Environment

Tours of the recycling depot are open again this summer, so people can learn more about what happens after they put their recycling to the curb. (Special to The News)

All ages invited again to tour recycling depot

Ridge Meadows Recycling Society plans two events open to the public this summer, July 27 and Aug. 14

 

The MV Schiedyk is shown in this handout image. Tonnes of bulk fuel has been safely removed from a ship that sank off the west coast of Vancouver Island more than half a century ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Bligh Island Shipwreck Response *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Tonnes of oil, diesel pumped from leaking B.C. shipwreck 53 years after sinking

The 147-metre cargo ship went down in Nootka Sound in 1968

 

Halfpipe with his mother Split Fluke in 2019. Photo courtesy Kaitlin Paquette.

Death of young humpback shows tragic impact of ship collisions, 2 experts say

Two-year-old ‘Halfpipe’ found dead July 8

 

ARMS is asking for volunteers to help protect storm drains from toxic material.

ARMS looking for volunteers to help protect storm drains

Painting yellow fish to remind public to protect salmon

ARMS is asking for volunteers to help protect storm drains from toxic material.
Trees need water too, especially in this heat. (Special to The News)

LETTER: Do your part by watering the trees

In this excessive heat and dry spell, local residents need to pitch in and help save the environment

  • Jul 9, 2021
Trees need water too, especially in this heat. (Special to The News)
Alexandra Holmes will be acting environmental projects and communications at ARMS. (ARMS/Special to The News)

New member of ARMS passionate about species at risk

Sophie Sparrow at local Maple Ridge environmental agency will be taking mat leave

Alexandra Holmes will be acting environmental projects and communications at ARMS. (ARMS/Special to The News)
A pumpjack works at a wellhead on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Injection of public funds didn’t increase Alberta oil well cleanups, study suggests

Parkland Institute: Province may have simply replaced money energy companies would have spent anyway

A pumpjack works at a wellhead on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
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LETTER: Bill C-12 critical to the future the world

‘We owe it to future generations to take a stand now,’ said letter writer

  • Jul 5, 2021
Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
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LETTER: Public will voice protest in next civic election

Maple Ridge resident upset by vote on subdivision next to the Alouette River

  • Jul 1, 2021
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Gates Creek, 274-acres of land now in trust with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. (Nature Conservancy)

New conservancy will protect 274-acre corridor B.C. grizzly bears use to meet, mingle

Maintaining connectivity between Stein-Nahatlatch and South Chilcotin grizzly populations essential for species’ survival

Gates Creek, 274-acres of land now in trust with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. (Nature Conservancy)
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra speaks while Ottawa South MP David McGuinty looks on during a press conference at the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The Liberal government is speeding up its goal for when it wants to see all light-duty vehicles sold in Canada to be electric.THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Kawai

Liberals say by 2035 all new cars, light-duty trucks sold in Canada will be electric

The government had set 2040 target for when it wants to see all passenger vehicles sold be electric

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra speaks while Ottawa South MP David McGuinty looks on during a press conference at the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The Liberal government is speeding up its goal for when it wants to see all light-duty vehicles sold in Canada to be electric.THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Kawai
Crews with the $3.5-million provincially funded Marine Debris Removal Initiative remove discarded and lost gear from B.C.’s central coast in the summer of 2020. (Photo supplied by Simon Agar)

Coastal Cleanup stages sequel of bid to rid B.C. coast of garbage

West Coast cleanup nets over 200 tonnes of marine debris

Crews with the $3.5-million provincially funded Marine Debris Removal Initiative remove discarded and lost gear from B.C.’s central coast in the summer of 2020. (Photo supplied by Simon Agar)
Katzie First Nation Chief Grace George is critical of Maple Ridge for a lack of consultation. (The News files)

Katzie ‘will not be standing down,’ oppose riverfront subdivision

Maple Ridge council decision ‘oppressive and unacceptable’

Katzie First Nation Chief Grace George is critical of Maple Ridge for a lack of consultation. (The News files)
Two peregrine falcon chicks have now hatched at a quarry in Abbotsford. Operators of the quarry have had their wildlife permit suspended for the second time in a month. (Submitted photo)

Wildlife permit suspended 2nd time for Abbotsford quarry with peregrine falcons

Operator has failed to follow 50-metre protective buffer zone, says province

Two peregrine falcon chicks have now hatched at a quarry in Abbotsford. Operators of the quarry have had their wildlife permit suspended for the second time in a month. (Submitted photo)
ARMS president Ken Stewart and director John Dale on the banks of the Alouette River where the subdivision has been approved. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Maple Ridge council approves controversial riverfront subdivision

Duncan asks councillors who received funds from developer not to vote

ARMS president Ken Stewart and director John Dale on the banks of the Alouette River where the subdivision has been approved. (Neil Corbett/The News)
The Site C Dam location is seen along the Peace River in Fort St. John, B.C., Tuesday, April 18, 2017. A United Nations agency says Canada’s largest national park is now so threatened that it could likely be placed on the list of World Heritage sites in danger. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Alberta’s Wood Buffalo National Park nears endangered status

UNESCO says industry, poor governance ‘likely’ endanger Canadian World Heritage site

The Site C Dam location is seen along the Peace River in Fort St. John, B.C., Tuesday, April 18, 2017. A United Nations agency says Canada’s largest national park is now so threatened that it could likely be placed on the list of World Heritage sites in danger. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Former ARMS president Geoff Clayton told councillors that Maple Ridge city hall has a legacy of protecting the Alouette River. (Special to The News)

ARMS, Katzie, public blast riverfront subdivision plan

Public hearing for opposes development on South Alouette River

Former ARMS president Geoff Clayton told councillors that Maple Ridge city hall has a legacy of protecting the Alouette River. (Special to The News)
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LETTER: Old-growth logging tip of a much bigger issue

Letter writer erects flagpole and fly national and provincial flags upside down as sign of distress

  • Jun 14, 2021
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Shail Wolf admires the ancient tree the protesters have dubbed the grandmother. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

OUR VIEWS: Old-growth can kicked down the road

Latest deferral avoids a difficult conversation about how, when to stop logging our oldest forests

  • Jun 13, 2021
Shail Wolf admires the ancient tree the protesters have dubbed the grandmother. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Fire consumed a condo development project under construction at 208th Street and 80th Avenue Monday night, April 19. Many spectators shared their images. (Daniel Gerstner/Instagram: @gerstner/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Creek impacted by ‘millions of litres’ of chlorinated water used to fight B.C. condo fire

Local watershed group concerned about harm to creek and wants better protocols in place

Fire consumed a condo development project under construction at 208th Street and 80th Avenue Monday night, April 19. Many spectators shared their images. (Daniel Gerstner/Instagram: @gerstner/Special to Langley Advance Times)