Dear Deb ,
As Ocean’s Week comes to an end, the fight to protect our oceans and its wildlife keeps going, which is why I’m writing to you today. On June 15, 16, 17, 18 and 22, Georgia Strait Alliance, along with 8 other environmental groups, represented by Ecojustice, will be back in court fighting for meaningful and needed protection for our endangered southern resident killer whales.
On June 15th, proceedings begin at 9:30 am. We expect this to be the same each day but it could change as the proceedings go on. Also note that it is possible the trial will not go the full 5 days, so attending earlier would be better. If you do attend, please review the court etiquette link, noting that no recording devices are allowed and all cell phones must be off (not on vibrate).
In the past 4 years, we have pushed the federal government to identify the habitat critical to the survival of our orcas, and now we are asking that they not only protect geophysical features, but also the salmon they rely on, and their need for quiet and clean waters. Your presence in the court room on any one of these days will show the judge that this isn’t only about the concerns of a few environmental groups but of all citizens of this region.
Please join us in our fight to protect the orca. The venue is the Federal Courthouse in Vancouver, 3rd Floor, IBM Building, 701 West Georgia St (at Granville). If you do plan to attend, note that courtroom etiquette must be followed (learn more here), including being quiet as you enter and leave the room
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Christianne Wilhelmson, M.Sc.
Georgia Strait Alliance
607 – 207 West Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7
Caring for our Coastal Waters