Thursday, July 19, 2018

7/19 Rattlesnake-plantain, BC pipe, Jonathan Wilkinson, sport salmon, green social justice, Marriott straws

Rattlesnake-Plantain [Wikipedia]
Rattlesnake-Plantain Goodyera oblongifolia
Goodyera oblongifolia is a species of orchid... native to much of North America, particularly in the mountains of the western United States and Canada, from Alaska to northern Mexico, as well as in the Great Lakes region, Maine, Quebec and the Canadian Maritime Provinces.... According to the "Doctrine of Signs," early settlers believed that because the markings on the leaves resembled snakeskin markings, this plant could be used in treatment of rattlesnake bites.... Some northwest coast peoples, such as the Saanich, used the plants as a good luck charm.... Goodyera is named for John Goodyear, a 17th century English botanist. (Wikipedia, Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast)

City of Burnaby gives Kinder Morgan protesters 72-hour eviction notice
Pipeline protesters camping on Burnaby Mountain say they’re gearing up for a legal battle after being slapped with an eviction and bylaw notice Wednesday and given three days to leave. The City of Burnaby ordered the occupants of the “Camp Cloud” protest site at Underhill Avenue and Shellmont Street to immediately remove all structures, trailers and vehicles, as well as put out fires, tear down a shower and leash their dogs. Officials warned the protesters to cease their “unauthorized occupation and use” of city lands within 72 hours or face city action to remove the camp. The protest camp started last November with a single trailer parked at Kinder Morgan‘s Westridge Marine Terminal on Burrard Inlet, but was moved in December to the street outside the tank farm’s gates, where it has grown into dozens of tents, trailers and buildings, including a two-level wood structure. Nick Eagland & Patrick Johnston report. (Vancouver Sun)

No construction ramp-up on Trans Mountain since purchase deal with Ottawa
Construction spending on the Trans Mountain oil pipeline has been minimal since the Canadian government announced its $4.5-billion purchase of the expansion project and its existing assets from Kinder Morgan Canada. In a conference call Wednesday to discuss financial results, Kinder Morgan Canada revealed it had spent about $1.25 billion on the $7.4-billion expansion project to May 31, the date that Canada started picking up the construction tab after reaching a purchase agreement the day before. But only another $41 million was spent in June, said Kinder Morgan. There were no figures for July. Gordon Hoekstra report. (Vancouver Sun)

Trudeau names B.C. MP new minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named North Vancouver MP Jonathan Wilkinson as his new minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Coast Guard Wednesday morning in a pre-election cabinet shuffle. The move places Wilkinson at the forefront of his government’s response to major environmental concerns in B.C. — the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and concerns about the risk of a major oil spill in the Salish Sea, as well as the impact of open-net pen salmon farms on wild salmon populations. Wilkinson, who was elected in 2015, has served as the parliamentary secretary to Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna. In that role, he has repeatedly defended the Trans Mountain pipeline, highlighting its potential for job creation and tax revenue. He’s also touted the investments his government has made in ocean protection, including investments to improve oil-spill response. Ainslie Cruickshank reports. (TheStar Vancouver)

'Everybody's scared,' Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce fears potential sport fishing restrictions
The potential for expanded fin-fishing bans in waters along the southwest coast of Vancouver Island has the sport fishing industry, a top economic performer for many towns, worried. "It's going to have a devastating effect," said Karl Ablack, the vice president of the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce, to All Points West host Jason D'Souza. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) added waters from Port Renfrew to Tofino to its amended recovery strategy for the northern and southern resident killer whales, in order to find ways to protect dwindling chinook salmon stocks, the main source of food for the species. There are an estimated 75 southern resident killer whales left in Canada's waters. Joel Ballard reports. (CBC) See also: Bellingham fishing derby forced to evolve with increasing shortage of salmon  Katie Boer reports. (KCPQ)

Equity and social science integration at the 2018 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference
Social science and equity are increasingly considered integral aspects of ecosystem restoration and reflect an expanding recognition that diverse approaches, tools, and voices matter in recovery efforts. A new study looks at social science and equity integration within the proceedings of the 2018 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. The study was produced by David Trimbach on behalf of the Puget Sound Partnership for the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound and the Puget Sound Institute. (Puget Sound Institute)

Marriott Follows Starbucks In Dropping Plastic Straws
The days of plastic straws are drawing shorter. Marriott International on Wednesday became the latest big company to announce it will stop using plastic straws, saying it would remove them from its more than 6,500 properties by next July. The giant hotel chain said it will stop offering plastic stirrers, too. It said the environmentally friendly move could eliminate the use of more than 1 billion plastic straws and about 250 million stirrers per year. Marriott said its hotels will “offer alternative straws upon request.” Earlier this month, Starbucks said it would drop plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. McDonald’s is phasing out plastic straws at about 1,300 restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland. And Alaska Air said in May that it’s replacing plastic straws on its flights with “sustainable, marine-friendly alternatives.” Avie Schneider reports. (NPR)

Now, your tug weather--

West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  255 AM PDT Thu Jul 19 2018   

TODAY  W wind to 10 kt becoming NW in the afternoon. Wind waves  1 ft or less. W swell 4 ft at 7 seconds. 

TONIGHT  W wind 10 to 20 kt becoming 5 to 15 kt after midnight.  Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell 5 ft at 7 seconds.

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