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Ten charges laid in oil spill that fouled English Bay beaches in Vancouver
Charges have been laid against the owners of the MV Marathassa nearly two years after a leak of bunker fuel fouled the beaches of English Bay in Vancouver, but the company is trying to scuttle the...
Mar 31st, 2017
Grey whale in English Bay
A grey whale that showed up in English Bay this week has Vancouverites buzzing. A Vancouver Observer reader shot a video of the cetacean swimming near Jericho Beach. "I actually stopped because I...
Valentina Ruiz Leotaud
Oct 1st, 2015
Canada's oil spill response needs a review, Master Mariner says
Editor's Note: Captain Mal Walsh is a Master Mariner from Comox, B.C. He has over 40 years of experience in the international oil exploration and shipping industry—both commanding...
Apr 27th, 2015
As fuel spill pollutes beaches, destination of toxic material remains unclear
Nearly a full week after the toxic spill in English Bay, key details regarding the clean-up and disposal of contaminated articles remain unclear. After the grain ship MV Marathassa ...
Apr 14th, 2015
Mayor blames province and feds for slow response to English Bay spill
It took six hours for the Coast Guard to build a containment boom around a toxic spill at a deep-water anchorage off English Bay and 13 hours before City authorities were notified. Now the City of...
Apr 10th, 2015
Mayor's statement on Vancouver fuel spill
Any spill of this nature is met with grave concern by all Vancouver residents, and underscores both the importance of robust oil spill response capacity in our local waters
Apr 9th, 2015
Through the looking glass with the Dogwood Initiative
“The fate of these pipeline and oil tanker proposals is really up to us, the voters,” says Kai Nagata.
Nov 12th, 2014
Mustang Survival Corp partners with WorkSafeBC to improve high seas rescues
Mustang Survival Corp, embarked on a study to find ways to make the rescue process more effective.
Marguerite du Plessis
Feb 14th, 2013
Keep the "laughing statues", urges petition
Fourteen tall, bronze men glimmer in the Vancouver sun, overlooking the sea at English Bay. The statues, called "A-maze-ing Laughter", are one of the iconic sights in the city. You might have even...
Mar 12th, 2012
Black history in Vancouver: Who was Joe Fortes?
February is Black History Month, and with it comes the tale of shipman, lifeguard and hero of the Bay, Seraphim "Joe" Fortes.
Feb 2nd, 2012