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  • published Cut methane from fracking in Take Action 2018-10-23 22:10:26 -0700

  • published Ask Ministers to Stop Burnco in Take Action 2018-03-20 22:33:25 -0700

  • posted about Be a Howe Sound Hero on Facebook 2017-12-17 08:26:54 -0800
    Proud to be Howe Sound Hero. Will you join me and make a monthly donation to My Sea to Sky?

    Be a Howe Sound Hero

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    Howe Sound is full of everyday heroes, just like you and me. People that are willing to speak up and work together to protect this beautiful place we all call home.

    When you make a monthly donation to My Sea to Sky, you are helping to support our campaigns to stop Woodfibre LNG, stop the Burnco gravel mine, and actively support our vision to protect Howe Sound for future generations. 

    Wearing a cape is optional.

    Why is it important to make a monthly donation?

    • Because we are an advocacy group, My Sea to Sky isn't eligible for most grants. Instead, we rely on the My Sea to Sky community for small donations that provide the majority of our funding.
    • Monthly donations help us know in advance how much money we have available to plan our campaigns, maintain our communications, and organize our volunteers.
    • We can be politically independent and accountable to you, our grassroots base.

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    To donate by cheque, please send a cheque payable to “My Sea to Sky” to:

    My Sea to Sky
    PO Box 2668
    Squamish, BC
    V8B 0B8

    Please include a note with your cheque so we know who it's from.

    Donate via Vancity or Squamish Savings

    If you bank with Vancity Credit Union or Squamish Savings you can send a donation instantly, for free.

    1. Log into your Vancity/Squamish Savings online banking
    2. Click “Transfer Money” on left menu bar
    3. Fill out required fields and choose amount
    4. If you would like to make it a monthly donation, select “Recurring Transfer”
    5. Select Account: “Another Member”
    6. Add Relationship # 81392894 (My Sea to Sky's account number)
    7. Click “Continue”
    8. Select Account: “Business Chequing” (formerly called “Community Service Account”)
    9. Memo: Make sure you add your name so we know who the donation is from
    10. Click “Continue”
    11. Double check details and click “Confirm”

    If you have any trouble, please contact your Vancity or Squamish Savings branch.

    About My Sea to Sky

    My Sea to Sky is a registered non-profit, but to ensure our community's advocacy can be as effective as possible, we are not a charity, and donations are not eligible for a tax credit. We are incredibly proud and grateful to say that we rely on the My Sea to Sky community for small donations that provide the majority of our funding. Since our launch in 2014, we have been funded through personal savings, family and friends; and powered by the passion of our volunteers. Your generous contribution will help us to run our critical campaigns to protect Howe Sound. Every dollar helps.

    Donate

  • Will the Province repeat past mistakes in Howe Sound gravel mine review?

    November 28, 2017
    Contact: Tracey Saxby
    604 892 7501

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    28th November 2017

    SQUAMISH, BC — My Sea to Sky is frustrated the provincial government is once again reviewing a major project without independent data — this time for wild salmon that are at risk from Burnco’s proposed gravel mine on McNab Creek.

    “The environmental assessment process is completely broken,” said Tracey Saxby, marine scientist and Volunteer Executive Director of My Sea to Sky. “Public engagement is nothing more than a checkbox on a form, and the process relies on science that is bought and paid for by the proponent. It’s a clear conflict of interest.”

    Last month, the Province announced it would review the practice of professional reliance which allows companies to hire consultants to determine the impacts of proposed projects. It’s the same policy that allowed Woodfibre LNG to ignore herring spawn in Howe Sound thanks to the lack of baseline data.

    “There is no point engaging in this broken process, so we decided to bypass the process and email the Ministers directly,” said Saxby. “This is a real opportunity for the government to fix the mistakes of the previous government and ensure that our wild salmon are protected.”

    This is the first environmental assessment decision to be made by the new BC NDP government. More than 2,600 people sent a letter to the Ministers, calling for them to:

    1. Initiate a review of the environmental assessment process for the Burnco gravel mine thus far.
    2. Conduct a robust and fully independent baseline assessment of wild salmon populations in McNab Creek.

    The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has already refused permits, twice, for a gravel mine at McNab Creek, due to the impacts to this critical salmon spawning habitat.

    “We need the province to press pause until it restores public trust in the process,” said Saxby. “We can dig up gravel anywhere, but our estuaries are irreplaceable.”

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    FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT

    Tracey Saxby, marine scientist and Volunteer Executive Director of My Sea to Sky
    604-892-7501, tracey@myseatosky.org


  • published Donate to Stop Burnco in Donate 2017-11-22 13:21:30 -0800

    Donate to Stop Burnco

    This campaign will only succeed if we can get hundreds of people to send a message to the Ministers asking them to stop the Burnco gravel mine at McNab Creek. Can you chip in to help us pay for Facebook ads so we can promote this action as widely as possible? For every $10 you donate we can reach up to 1,000 people on social media.

    Other ways to donate:

    Make a monthly donation

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    Donate by Mail

    To donate by cheque, please send a cheque payable to “My Sea to Sky” to:

    My Sea to Sky
    PO Box 2668
    Squamish, BC
    V8B 0B8

    Please include a note with your cheque so we know who it's from.

    Donate via Vancity or Squamish Savings

    If you bank with Vancity Credit Union or Squamish Savings you can send a donation instantly, for free.

    1. Log into your Vancity/Squamish Savings online banking
    2. Click “Transfer Money” on left menu bar
    3. Fill out required fields and choose amount
    4. If you would like to make it a monthly donation, select “Recurring Transfer”
    5. Select Account: “Another Member”
    6. Add Relationship # 81392894 (My Sea to Sky's account number)
    7. Click “Continue”
    8. Select Account: “Business Chequing” (formerly called “Community Service Account”)
    9. Memo: Make sure you add your name so we know who the donation is from
    10. Click “Continue”
    11. Double check details and click “Confirm”

    If you have any trouble, please contact your Vancity or Squamish Savings branch.

    About My Sea to Sky

    My Sea to Sky is a registered non-profit, but to ensure our community's advocacy can be as effective as possible, we are not a charity, and donations are not eligible for a tax credit. We are incredibly proud and grateful to say that we rely on the My Sea to Sky community for small donations that provide the majority of our funding. Since our launch in 2014, we have been funded through personal savings, family and friends; and powered by the passion of our volunteers. Your generous contribution will help us to run our critical campaigns to protect Howe Sound. Every dollar helps.

    Donate

  • donated via 2017-07-26 09:36:32 -0700

    Donate to Stop Woodfibre LNG

    Howe Sound is world renowned for its wild natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and the vibrant communities we call home. We love it here, and we know you do too.

    That is why we are standing up to protect Howe Sound from Woodfibre LNG, which threatens to reverse the recent recovery of Howe Sound, increase local air pollution and greenhouse gases, and put our communities at risk from dangerous LNG tankers.

    For the last three years, My Sea to Sky volunteers have been here, carefully watching each move by Woodfibre LNG, and mobilizing our community to take action at critical moments. We need your support to take it to the next level. Your generous donation will help us to:

    • engage with provincial and federal politicians to influence policy and regulations
    • pursue possible legal avenues
    • continue educating people in Vancouver, Victoria, and around Howe Sound about Woodfibre LNG
    • mobilize our community of 6,000+ people to take action at critical moments
    • keep you up-to-date every step of the way.

    Other ways to donate:

    Make a monthly donation

    To make a monthly donation, click the link above, or if you prefer, you can login to PayPal directly and send your donation to donations@myseatosky.org.

    Interac e-Transfer

    To donate by Interac e-Transfer, send your donation to donations@myseatosky.org. Note: please also email us the answer to your Interac e-Transfer security question.

    Donate by Mail

    To donate by cheque, please send a cheque payable to “My Sea to Sky” to:

    My Sea to Sky
    PO Box 2668
    Squamish, BC
    V8B 0B8

    Please include a note with your cheque so we know who it's from.

    Donate via Vancity or Squamish Savings

    If you bank with Vancity Credit Union or Squamish Savings you can send a donation instantly, for free.

    1. Log into your Vancity/Squamish Savings online banking
    2. Click “Transfer Money” on left menu bar
    3. Fill out required fields and choose amount
    4. If you would like to make it a monthly donation, select “Recurring Transfer”
    5. Select Account: “Another Member”
    6. Add Relationship # 81392894 (My Sea to Sky's account number)
    7. Click “Continue”
    8. Select Account: “Business Chequing” (formerly called “Community Service Account”)
    9. Memo: Make sure you add your name so we know who the donation is from
    10. Click “Continue”
    11. Double check details and click “Confirm”

    If you have any trouble, please contact your Vancity or Squamish Savings branch.

    About My Sea to Sky

    My Sea to Sky is a registered non-profit, but to ensure our community's advocacy can be as effective as possible, we are not a charity, and donations are not eligible for a tax credit. We are incredibly proud and grateful to say that we rely on the My Sea to Sky community for small donations that provide the majority of our funding. Since our launch in 2014, we have been funded through personal savings, family and friends; and powered by the passion of our volunteers. Your generous contribution will help us to run our critical campaigns to protect Howe Sound. Every dollar helps.

    Donate

  • published Monthly Donation in Donate 2017-04-18 22:50:54 -0700

    Make a monthly donation

    Help us to inspire and empower British Columbians to safeguard the spectacular natural legacy of Howe Sound. Become a monthly supporter now. 

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  • published Boycott in Take Action 2017-03-11 17:48:57 -0800


  • published Have your say on Woodfibre LNG in Take Action 2017-01-21 12:36:10 -0800

    Have your say on Woodfibre LNG

    LAST CHANCE! Deadline midnight tonight, 23rd March, 2015

    Time is running out! The second public comment period for the Environmental Assessments for Woodfibre LNG is rapidly approaching its deadline. This is the last chance for you to get involved and have your say about this project.

    Your input is critical! It can be as simple as stating your concerns and WHY you are opposed to the project, however, specific questions related to Woodfibre LNG’s application have more weight. You can also copy and paste from the list of key concerns below. This is one of your only opportunities to hold Woodfibre LNG accountable and stop this project!

    • Submit your comments here by March 23rd, 2015

    • Say why you are opposed to Woodfibre LNG

    • Copy and paste the key concerns below

    • Share this with your friends via email and social media

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     List of key concerns with Woodfibre LNG's application

    We have compiled a list of our key concerns with Woodfibre LNG's application below. Please feel free to cut and paste as many of these as you'd like to include. You can submit comments as many times as you like.

      1. SAFETY: Siting an LNG facility in Howe Sound violates international safety standards and practices, putting Howe Sound residents at risk
        As LNG tankers transit Howe Sound, there is a high-danger zone for 1,600 metres (1-mile) on either side of the LNG tanker. If an accident happens, people within this zone risk death by asphyxiation, or death/injury by fire or explosion. Every time a tanker travels through Howe Sound (approximately 6-8 transits a month according to Woodfibre LNG) several Howe Sound communities will be in that high-danger zone, including: Bowen Island, Bowyer Island, Anvil Island, Passage Island, Porteau Cove, West Vancouver, and parts of the Sea to Sky highway. The Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) LNG Terminal Siting Standards states that LNG terminals should not be located in narrow, inland waterways with dense local populations and significant commercial, recreational, and ferry traffic. Why would that guideline not apply to Howe Sound? The proposed siting of the Woodfibre LNG terminal and associated transit of LNG tankers through Howe Sound poses an unacceptable risk to safety of people in communities along the shores of Howe Sound.
        Sources: Sandia Report, 2004 and SIGTTO LNG Terminal Siting Standards

      2. ENVIRONMENT: The once-through seawater cooling system proposed by Woodfibre LNG is outdated
        Woodfibre LNG is proposing an outdated and damaging cooling method to help cool the LNG facility. They propose to extract 17,000 tonnes (= 3.7 million gallons, or 7 Olympic-sized 50-meter swimming pools) of seawater from Howe Sound, chlorinate it, heat it, and then spit it back out into the sound every hour of every day for the next 25 years. This method has been banned in California and several other places as it is very damaging to marine life such as juvenile salmon, herring, and plankton which are the building blocks for all other life in Howe Sound. If the herring are impacted, the dolphins, orcas, and humpbacks are also impacted as they no longer have a food supply. The impacts of increased water temperatures and the addition of chlorinated seawater will likely reverse the recent revival of marine life in Howe Sound, which is just now recovering from the toxic legacies of previous industries. This is unacceptable.

      3. HEALTH: Social costs and health impacts of air pollution
        Woodfibre LNG is estimating air pollution emissions of 295.7 tonnes of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and 43.8 tonnes of sulfur dioxide (SO2) every year (See Table 5.2-14 of the Air Quality Section of Woodfibre LNG’s environmental assessment application). Emissions of NOx and SO2 interact with other compounds to form fine particles, which can affect both the lungs and the heart. Exposure to these particles is linked to increased risk of respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing, or difficulty breathing; decreased lung function; aggravated asthma; onset of chronic bronchitis; irregular heartbeat; nonfatal heart attacks; and premature death in people with heart or lung disease. A new study published in the scientific journal, Climatic Change, estimates the true social costs of air pollution that aren’t accounted for in the cost of fossil fuels and other pollutants. Social costs include the health impacts of air pollution as well as impacts from climate change. The study found that sulfur dioxide costs $42,000 per tonne, and nitrous oxides cost $67,000 per tonne. Sources:
        Mills et al (2009) Adverse cardiovascular effects of air pollution. Nature Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine 6: 36-44
        Shindell (2015) The social costs of atmospheric release. Climatic Change


      4. SITE SUITABILITY: The Woodfibre site is not a safe location for a hazardous LNG facility
        On February 15th, 2015, a 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit Vancouver's coast that was felt throughout Howe Sound. The Woodfibre LNG proposal is located within this zone of moderate to high earthquake risk, on two known thrust faults. The Woodfibre site also has a history of slope failure. In 1955 a wharf and three warehouses collapsed into Howe Sound at the Woodfibre site, causing $500,000 – $750,000 in damages (Bornhold, B.D., 1983, Fiords, GEOS, no. 1, p 1-4).  A recent, but unreleased, geotechnical study by Knight Piesold identifies that approximately 46% of the study area was mapped as having rapid mass movement. This means landslides and slope slumpage... including existing natural landslide hazards as well as terrain where construction activity may increase landslide initiation.  Why hasn't the geotechnical study by Knight Piesold been released?
        Sources:
        http://www.cbc.ca/news/multimedia/every-fault-line-in-british-columbia-1.2919420
        Bornhold, B.D., 1983, Fiords, GEOS, no. 1, p 1-4
        B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines


      5. ECONOMY: The requested socio-economic study has not been provided
        During construction, only 4.3% of jobs (=38.5 out of 895) will be for locals living in the Squamish/Whistler corridor (See Table 6.2-8 of the Labour Market section of Woodfibre LNG’s environmental assessment application). Why are there so few jobs predicted to be filled by workers in the Squamish/SLRD area?  The EA application is also very unclear about how many of the 100 full-time jobs will be filled by residents of Howe Sound once the LNG terminal is operational. What are the benefits to Squamish? What are the costs? There is still no clarity around how much in municipal taxes will be paid to the District of Squamish. How will this project impact existing small businesses and existing industries in Howe Sound?

      6. CLIMATE CHANGE: 142 thousand tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions is unacceptable
        Woodfibre LNG is now estimating greenhouse gas emissions to be 142 thousand tonnes of CO2 equivalent every year. These annual emissions of CO2 equivalent from Woodfibre LNG is equal to adding over 18,000 cars to the highway, driving to Vancouver and back, every day. This is more than six times greater than current highway traffic. It is irresponsible to approve this kind of polluting industry at a time when we need to transition away from fossil fuels to mitigate the risks associated with climate change, and to reduce the economic and health impacts of air pollution in general.

      7. GOVERNMENT REGULATION: Inability of government to monitor, enforce, and respond to issues
        There are no regulations adopted to regulate this LNG industry from a technical standpoint. Any of the current standards are not applicable to the LNG industry. Do the regulators have the knowledge and the expertise and the capacity to oversee this industry or will they be relying on the proponent to monitor themselves and report to the regulator? Self-monitoring industries have created several examples of accidents with resulting environmental destruction in recent years, including the Lac Megantic rail disaster and the Mt Polley tailing pond spill.

      8. ENVIRONMENT: Removal of water from Mill Creek unsustainable for fish life
        Woodfibre LNG has secured the water license to extract water from Mill Creek, which flows through the Woodfibre site. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has objected to this because the amount of water that WLNG is proposing to remove will reduce water levels in Mill Creek to levels that will no longer support fish life, especially in the summer months. Woodfibre LNG needs to source water for this project from somewhere else to protect this important stream habitat which is home to several native fish species.

      9. ENVIRONMENT: Missing baseline studies
        The following baseline studies are either missing or are inadequate as they do not conform to any recognized scientific standards: fish, birds, marine mammals, air quality, shipping, water quality, marine sound, and atmospheric sound, marine life near the Woodfibre site, and the cumulative impact assessment. Proper studies need to be completed before any decisions can be made regarding this project.

      10. VIEWSCAPES: BC Hydro clearcut of two 64 metre swaths of forest at the Woodfibre site will impact viewscapes from the Sea to Sky highway and the gondola
        BC Hydro is proposing to clearcut two 64 metre swaths of forest at the Woodfibre site which will create visible scars in the Howe Sound viewscape which will be very visible from the highway and the gondola. This information was only made available during the recent BC Hydro open house held on 19th March, near the end of the public comment period. This information is not included in the cumulative impact assessment of the Woodfibre application and it should be. This late release of information pertinent to this project and the timing of the BC Hydro open houses is unsatisfactory.

      11. ENVIRONMENT: 9000 year old glass sponge reefs endangered by tanker traffic
        LNG tankers do not have enough clearance to get over the 9000 year old reef if they go off course.  These 9000 year old glass sponge reefs have been called "Living Fossils" by National Geographic as until recently this species was thought to have gone extinct over 60 million years ago. MLA Jordan Sturdy recently made a statement in the House about the importance of this discovery in Halkett Bay near Gambier Island, and to  support the proposal to expand the Provincial Park Protected Area to ensure these reefs are protected.
        Sources:
        http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131018-glass-sponge-reef-canada-ocean-science/
        http://jordansturdymla.ca/bcltv_videos/mla-sturdy-halkett-bays-glass-sponges/


      12. ENVIRONMENT: Will there be smog? Will there be a smell?
        Woodfibre LNG is estimating air pollution emissions of 295.7 tonnes of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and 43.8 tonnes of sulfur dioxide (SO2) every year (See Table 5.2-14 of the Air Quality Section of Woodfibre LNG’s environmental assessment application).
        Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) is a reddish-brown gas with a pungent, irritating odour. It absorbs light and leads to the yellow-brown “smog” pollution haze seen hanging over cities. It is known to irritate the lungs and increase susceptibility to respiratory infections. In combination with either ozone (O3) or sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide may cause injury at even lower concentration levels.
        Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) is a toxic gas with a pungent, irritating, and rotten smell. Current scientific evidence links short-term exposures to SO2, ranging from 5 minutes to 24 hours, with an array of adverse respiratory effects including bronchoconstriction and increased asthma symptoms. These effects are particularly important for asthmatics at elevated ventilation rates (e.g., while exercising or playing). Studies also show a connection between short-term exposure and increased visits to emergency departments and hospital admissions for respiratory illnesses, particularly in at-risk populations including children, the elderly, and asthmatics. The addition of these air pollutants in Howe Sound is of particular concern as recent research by MSc student Annie Seagram (studying under Professor Douw Steyn, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia) has shown that the Howe Sound airshed and Lower Fraser Valley airshed are connected. Emissions from Woodfibre LNG will add to the pollution in Howe Sound, exacerbating the existing air quality conditions, particularly in the Squamish-Brackendale corridor.
        Note that Metro Vancouver annually issues several Air Quality Advisories due to high concentrations of ground-level ozone. This pollution also impacts the Howe Sound and Squamish, and exposure to these pollutants are of particular concern for infants, the elderly, and is directly linked to health issues such as lung or heart disease and asthma.
         

     

    More questions?

    If you have any questions, contact Michael Shepard, the Project Assessment Manager for both the Woodfibre LNG project, and the Fortis BC pipeline from Eagle Mountain to Coquitlam.

    Michael Shepard
    Project Assessment Manager
    Environmental Assessment Office
    Michael.Shepard@gov.bc.ca
    1-250-387-8745

     


  • published Turning off the fracked gas in Updates 2015-10-08 12:00:37 -0700

    Turning off the fracked gas

    natural gas stove

    My partner and I bought our home in Squamish in September 2006. It was a fixer-upper, and one of the first things we wanted to do was replace the old oil furnace. Winter was coming, and we needed to make a quick decision. The local heating company convinced us that natural gas was the way to go as we already had the ducting in place, and natural gas is “clean” and “green.” Besides, it had the word “natural” in it, so how bad could it be?

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  • BC Hydro bills will increase 30-40% over the next three years to subsidize building Site C dam for LNG projects

    A:

    LNG plants need a lot of electricity, and they're not paying their fair share. Everyday British Columbians will be subsidizing the cost of Site C dam which is only being built for these industrial users, and our BC Hydro bills are set to increase 30-40% over the next three years.

    SOURCE: Interview with former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen


  • posted about Sign the Howe Sound Declaration on Facebook 2015-04-13 12:19:04 -0700
    340+ signatures in a little over 24 hours. Have you signed this yet?

    Help us Stop Woodfibre LNG. Sign the Howe Sound Declaration.

     

    17,772 signatures

    Howe Sound is world renowned for its wild natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and the vibrant communities we call home. We value intact ecosystems that sustain and support our communities, our livelihoods, and our diverse local economies.

    The proposed Woodfibre LNG project is based on faulty economics, will harm marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and poses an unacceptable health and safety risk for the communities of Howe Sound. This project does not fit our values.

    We call on the Provincial and Federal governments to reject the Woodfibre LNG project and its associated pipelines and tankers.

    Add signature

  • wants to volunteer 2015-03-09 23:12:42 -0700

    Volunteer

    Do you love Howe Sound? Volunteering with My Sea to Sky is a way to put your beliefs into action. We’ll help you put your skills and expertise to work in ways that make a measurable difference in your community.

    Why should you volunteer?

    • Make a difference
    • Be part of our amazing volunteer community
    • Learn new skills & gain experience
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    We need your help. Join our awesome team of volunteers below. Select as many roles as you are interested in and sign up below.

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  • published Woodfibre LNG is located on two fault lines in Safety 2015-03-09 19:28:19 -0700

    Woodfibre LNG is located on two fault lines. What happens when the big one hits?

    A:

    Fault lines in Howe SoundOn February 15th, 2015, a 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit Vancouver's coast that was felt throughout Howe Sound. The Woodfibre LNG proposal is located within this zone of moderate to high earthquake risk, on two known thrust faults. Source: B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines

    A seismologist from Natural Resources Canada has warned that “the big one” is just a matter of time. Do you think it is smart to site explosive Class A hazardous material on a site that has a history of landslides?