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Salish Orca arrives

The first of three new intermediate class ferries has arrived on the coast. Salish Orca will go into service on the Powell River–Comox route, across the northern Strait of Georgia, this spring.

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St John Point conservation bid

A bold transborder plan has been proposed by Mayne Island Conservancy to buy a 64-acre shorefront property from willing owners; one of only seven such properties remaining in the Islands Trust Area.

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New management for Great Bear Rainforest

An Act creating eight no-cut areas in the iconic forest - part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Initiative - came in to effect on January 1.

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BC 2017: Questions to ask your candidates

Island Tides is kicking off its election coverage with 12 questions to ask your candidates. In upcoming editions we will print answers from all candidates we are able to contact.

on page 4 | also single article 'Reprint' in Legislature archive (Back Issues & Reprints)

H Barry Cotton’s poetical look at the economy

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New movie about Gulf Islands

Gulf Islands Alliance volunteers have recorded the natural beauty of the islands, narrated by Arthur Black, scored by Valdy—a ‘must watch’ on YouTube.

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What trains show us

Elizabeth May travelled across Canada for Christmas. She compares this Canadian trip with a journey on an train in the US, showing how that country has been hollowed out and giving a heartwarming (and spectacular) view of Canadian community.

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Around The Islands:

Berth closure at Langdale, Fundraiser for Galiano Clinic, Lasqueti beach access disputed, Ptarmigan has new website

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News Digest:

Parks Canada consultation - hurry!; PEI residents vote for MMP; New Minister of Democratic Reform; Add a second; Record hybrid sales for Toyota; ‘Modernizing’ the NEB - you can help'; Salish Sea rallies against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

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NDP opposition to Site C, Another proportional voting system, Site C shell game

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More Stories

Saturna Notes; Shawnigan Lake court ruling shows up weakness in community water regulation; British Columbia refinery review suspended; Communities before bottled water companies, say Ontarians; What a citizen said; All at sea in an ocean planet; BC’s environmental record

Next edition: February 2

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