Island Talk

The Salish Sea Coasts Into The House of Commons

“The Salish Sea is ten weeks away from being recognized as a World Heritage Site,” according to the ever-optimistic predictions of Laurie Gourlay, Interim Director of the Salish Sea Trust – the organization that submitted the UNESCO WHS application. And just to be sure Canada’s federal politicians appreciate the global significance of the Salish Sea’s […]

Canadians should worry about U.S. border searches of cell phones: privacy czar

OTTAWA — Canadians should be “very concerned” about their cell phones, computers and other electronic devices being searched by U.S. border agents, the federal privacy czar says. Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien told a House of Commons committee Monday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers can look at mobile devices and even demand passwords under […]

Opioid poisoning often only start of seniors’ problems

Most opioid poisonings among seniors are accidental and B.C.’s seniors advocate says their related hospital stays are longer and more serious than other age groups.  A Canadian Institute for Health Information survey released on Thursday found that from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017, 63 per cent of opioid poisonings among seniors age 65 […]

 B.C. Seniors Advocate releases results of landmark residential care survey

September 15th 2017. B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie released provincial results of her office’s survey of publicly subsidized residential care homes today. This is the most extensive survey of residents’ quality of life ever conducted in Canada. “For the first time in this province, we have heard the collective voices of some of our most frail […]

Paradise Found

House for sale on Gabriola is only part of the picture.  Honestly, I’m still surprised with comments like, “I never knew”; “Wow, what a place and you have it all here on your island, Gabriola”; “We sailed by, but hadn’t stopped in until today.  Looking to rest our sea-legs, and find a home on Gabriola”.  […]

Blue Economy Offers BC Boost for Growth & Sustainability Potential for Billions To Assist Transition

With BC’s Finance Minister and a new provincial government looking for economic opportunities the Salish Sea Trust is pointing to global interest in the ‘Blue Economy’ as a viable and attractive option. “We’ve written Minister James, and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change,” states the Interim Director of the Salish Sea Trust, “recommending investment […]