Environment

Charlotte Brady (left) and Anastasia Castro head the Kids For Plastic Free Canada. They were two of the students present at a special presentation to the B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy on Tuesday afternoon. (File contributed/ Margaret McCullough)

Victoria students, climate activists urge province for protection beyond a plastic bag ban

Kids for Plastic Free Canada, Surfridermeet with Minister of Environment and Climate Strategy

Charlotte Brady (left) and Anastasia Castro head the Kids For Plastic Free Canada. They were two of the students present at a special presentation to the B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy on Tuesday afternoon. (File contributed/ Margaret McCullough)
UVic Masters student, Desirée Bulger (middle) has been researching the effectiveness of artificial reefs (Tobias Scharvogel photo)

University student studies effects of artificial reefs made of sunken ships, planes

To preserve marine life eight ships and a plane have been deliberately sunk off the Island

  • Oct 5, 2019
UVic Masters student, Desirée Bulger (middle) has been researching the effectiveness of artificial reefs (Tobias Scharvogel photo)
The tree located at the intersection of Wharf, Humboldt and Government streets was removed to accommodate the new bike lane and pedestrian scramble. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

City of Victoria looks at amending tree preservation bylaw by redefining ‘tree’

Misunderstandings between what is considered a ‘tree’ has been causing problems

The tree located at the intersection of Wharf, Humboldt and Government streets was removed to accommodate the new bike lane and pedestrian scramble. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
(From left) Friends of North Saanich Parks executive director Sharon Hope, with volunteers Joy Douglas and Tom Richards. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Green Team seeks for recruits in North Saanich counter attack on invasive plants

Exercise, meet people and learn at Lillian Hoffar Park clear-up

  • Aug 27, 2019
(From left) Friends of North Saanich Parks executive director Sharon Hope, with volunteers Joy Douglas and Tom Richards. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
Signs warning Reay Creek park users not to swim in the pond as a precautionary measure. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Swimmers splashing in Reay Creek pond advised to stay out until remediation complete

Pond a Class 1 contamination site but only sediment a problem says Transport Canada

Signs warning Reay Creek park users not to swim in the pond as a precautionary measure. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
Reay Creek, which is rated as a Class 1 contamination site. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

Reay Creek clean-up to begin near Victoria International Airport

Remediation of Class 1 contamination site to last approximately two months

Reay Creek, which is rated as a Class 1 contamination site. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
Jeff McKay showing how small pieces of plastic can often be overlooked but are a big danger to marine animals and fish. (Nick Murray/News Staff)

First anti-plastic and oil pollution device in B.C. installed in North Saanich

Seabin device part of Oak Bay Marine Group trial, with promising results so far

Jeff McKay showing how small pieces of plastic can often be overlooked but are a big danger to marine animals and fish. (Nick Murray/News Staff)
The provincial government is asking residents for input on plastic pollution strategies. (File photo)

Provincial government seeks feedback on plastic pollution strategies

The province launched an online survey on banning plastics and upgrading recycling strategies

The provincial government is asking residents for input on plastic pollution strategies. (File photo)
A walk along the David Foster Harbour Pathway in Laurel Point Park is a popular tourist attraction. While the sights are breathtaking, the soil and ground water in the area, pictured in 2017, was contaminated with high levels of metal and petroleum hydrocarbons. After a 10-month remediation process the soil is now clean. (Black Press File photo)

Contaminant removal wraps up at Laurel Point Park in Victoria

Over 70,000 tonnes of contaminated soil was removed in 10 months of cleanup

A walk along the David Foster Harbour Pathway in Laurel Point Park is a popular tourist attraction. While the sights are breathtaking, the soil and ground water in the area, pictured in 2017, was contaminated with high levels of metal and petroleum hydrocarbons. After a 10-month remediation process the soil is now clean. (Black Press File photo)
Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers hard at work clearing invasive species in 2018. (Black Press File)

Join North Saanich invasives removal and experience three key benefits

Friends of North Saanich Parks says July 27 clear-up will be rewarding as well as green

Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers hard at work clearing invasive species in 2018. (Black Press File)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visiting Port Alberni last year. He used a Challenger jet for the trip, so he could join a waiting motorcade for the drive to Tofino, where he joined his family on a private holiday. (Tony Shumuk Photo)

Justin Trudeau’s carbon footprint revealed in ranking of world leaders

Travel company ranks 15 world leaders’ foreign flight CO2 emissions

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visiting Port Alberni last year. He used a Challenger jet for the trip, so he could join a waiting motorcade for the drive to Tofino, where he joined his family on a private holiday. (Tony Shumuk Photo)
Bazan Bay beach cleanup nets plastic, tires and an Atlantic lobster

Bazan Bay beach cleanup nets plastic, tires and an Atlantic lobster

Peninsula Streams Society and Sidney Rotary Club host beach cleanup

Bazan Bay beach cleanup nets plastic, tires and an Atlantic lobster
Green New Deal Victoria will host a picnic on July 6 in Beacon Hill Park. (Black Press File Photo)

Green New Deal Victoria hosts picnic in the park

July 6 event in Beacon Hill Park will focus on environmental sustainability

Green New Deal Victoria will host a picnic on July 6 in Beacon Hill Park. (Black Press File Photo)
The Urban Biodiversity Enhancement and Restoration Project is inviting the community to a very unique birthday party — their wetland is turning 10 on Sat., June 29. (Photo courtesy of Urban Biodiversity Enhancement and Restoration Project)

Saanich farm hosts birthday party as wetland turns 10

The Urban Biodiversity Enhancement and Restoration Project invites community to 10th birthday for wetland

The Urban Biodiversity Enhancement and Restoration Project is inviting the community to a very unique birthday party — their wetland is turning 10 on Sat., June 29. (Photo courtesy of Urban Biodiversity Enhancement and Restoration Project)
Jaalen Edenshaw with his father Guujaaw and young companion inspecting the grey whale carcass found south of Jungle Beach (Archie Stocker Sr.).

PHOTOS: Grey whale found stranded on Haida Gwaii beach

The dead grey whale on Haida Gwaii was reportedly in very bad shape and the stench was overpowering

  • Jun 3, 2019
Jaalen Edenshaw with his father Guujaaw and young companion inspecting the grey whale carcass found south of Jungle Beach (Archie Stocker Sr.).
Colwood Mayor Rob Martin (left), Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith, View Royal Mayor David Screech, Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, Esquimalt Mayor Barbara Desjardins, Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor, Highlands Mayor Ken Williams, Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch and North Saanich Mayor Geoff Orr attended a luncheon to hear University of Victoria scientists discuss climate change. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Greater Victoria Mayors, environment minister talk climate change

Ten local mayors and minister Catherine McKenna heard a presentation from UVic scientists

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin (left), Sidney Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith, View Royal Mayor David Screech, Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, Esquimalt Mayor Barbara Desjardins, Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor, Highlands Mayor Ken Williams, Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch and North Saanich Mayor Geoff Orr attended a luncheon to hear University of Victoria scientists discuss climate change. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
An online ecological footprint calculator explain how many planet Earths would be required if everyone lived your lifestyle (File photo)

City of Victoria jumps on board the ‘Municipal survivor challenge’

How many Earths are needed to sustain your lifestyle?

An online ecological footprint calculator explain how many planet Earths would be required if everyone lived your lifestyle (File photo)
A workshop on April 10 will tell people how to help pollinators stay healthy (File photo)

Oak Bay workshop teaches how to help native pollinators

April 10 event at Windsor Park Pavilion will discuss healthy habits for local species

A workshop on April 10 will tell people how to help pollinators stay healthy (File photo)
Sidney and Transport Canada are working with stakeholders to clean-up the polluted Reay Creek. (Peninsula News Review/file photo)

Sidney’s Reay Creek pond rated class 1 contamination site

Transport Canada and Town to collaborate in remediation efforts

Sidney and Transport Canada are working with stakeholders to clean-up the polluted Reay Creek. (Peninsula News Review/file photo)
Grade 5 students from Glenlyon Norfolk School, accompanied by Grade 11 student Anastasia Castro, gave a presentation to Oak Bay council on Monday, Jan. 28. (Jesse Laufer/News staff)

GNS students inspire Oak Bay to re-examine plastic bag ban

Grade 5 students present case for council to ban single-use plastics

Grade 5 students from Glenlyon Norfolk School, accompanied by Grade 11 student Anastasia Castro, gave a presentation to Oak Bay council on Monday, Jan. 28. (Jesse Laufer/News staff)