Environment

Ships continue to work to control a fire on board the MV Zim Kingston about eight kilometres from the shore in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, October 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Fires in cargo ship off B.C. coast may take days to put out: coast guard

About 40 containers that fell off ship have been tracked to the northern tip of Vancouver Island

 

Numerous bags of garbage were discarded this weekend along Fern Crescent, causing an attractant to bears and a hazard to the environment. (Doug Stanger/Special to The News)

LETTER: Low-lifes endanger bears, pollute environment all to save a few bucks

Yennadon-area Maple Ridge resident critical of litter bugs – big and small

  • Oct 24, 2021

 

Environmentalist Ross Davies went toe to toe with a banana slug at the Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre. A true sign of the season. (Special to The News)

SHARE: Slowly but surely making progress

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

  • Oct 23, 2021

 

A fully-loaded logging truck plunged into the Elk River on Monday, October 18 2021. (Contributed by James Kirk)
A fully-loaded logging truck plunged into the Elk River on Monday, October 18 2021. (Contributed by James Kirk)
Michael Seymour of Maple Ridge has started The Great Mask Cleanup. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Maple Ridge man launches The Great Mask Cleanup

Organizer says unsightly PPE litter is becoming a serious environmental issue

Michael Seymour of Maple Ridge has started The Great Mask Cleanup. (Neil Corbett/The News)
In September 2021, 142 black bears were destroyed by the B.C. Conservation Officer Service due to human conflict. (Black Press file photo)

Ex-conservation officer says ‘armed police’ don’t belong in B.C.’s wildlife response

142 black bears were destroyed by the B.C. Conservation Officer Service in September

In September 2021, 142 black bears were destroyed by the B.C. Conservation Officer Service due to human conflict. (Black Press file photo)
Are you up to taking the Zero Waste Challenge this month? (Special to The News)

GOING GREEN: This Thanksgiving, help stem the tide of garbage

Maple Ridge environmentalist talks about Zero Waste October – yes, it’s a thing

  • Oct 10, 2021
Are you up to taking the Zero Waste Challenge this month? (Special to The News)
The quarry located on Sheridan Hill in the Pitt Polder area of Pitt Meadows. (Gene Cordoni/Special to The News)

LETTER: Wishing to share an often unseen view

Longtime Maple Ridge resident offers a look inside the Pitt River Quarry at a reclaimed mine

  • Oct 6, 2021
The quarry located on Sheridan Hill in the Pitt Polder area of Pitt Meadows. (Gene Cordoni/Special to The News)
Police and protesters were at Red Dress Camp during this columnists visit. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: One man’s take-away from protest

The final instalment of Jack Emberly’s visit to the logging protest on Vancouver Island

  • Oct 1, 2021
Police and protesters were at Red Dress Camp during this columnists visit. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)
Members of the black-tailed deer family appear to be most severely affected by adenovirus hemorrhagic disease. (Photo - Veronika Andrews)

Fast-spreading disease has ‘100s’ of deer dropping dead on Vancouver Island

Never seen before in B.C. Adenovirus hemorrhagic disease poses no risk to humans, livestock or pets

Members of the black-tailed deer family appear to be most severely affected by adenovirus hemorrhagic disease. (Photo - Veronika Andrews)
An attendee walks past hydraulic fracking equipment at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Homes near fracking sites in B.C. have higher levels of some pollutants, says study

Researchers found higher levels of chemicals used in fracking in selected Peace River residences

An attendee walks past hydraulic fracking equipment at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A heavy hauler truck transports material from Suncor’s North Steepbank in the oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alta., Monday, June 13, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Environment groups say all parties now firmly behind strong action on climate change

Only the People’s Party of Canada had no climate action plan

A heavy hauler truck transports material from Suncor’s North Steepbank in the oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alta., Monday, June 13, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Maple Ridge’s Jack Emberly was at Fairy Creek to see first hand what’s happening in the efforts to halt logging of the old-growth forest. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: Tension mounts at Fairy Creek while columnist gains insight

Day 2 at protest site: Maple Ridge environmentalist visiting the Vancouver Island action

  • Sep 14, 2021
Maple Ridge’s Jack Emberly was at Fairy Creek to see first hand what’s happening in the efforts to halt logging of the old-growth forest. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)
Spills in Kanaka Creek have been happening regularly, and they impact the water at the Bell-Irving Hatchery. (Special to The News)

Spills into Maple Ridge creek killing hatchery salmon

Conservation group suspects dumping into Kanaka Creek in the early morning

Spills in Kanaka Creek have been happening regularly, and they impact the water at the Bell-Irving Hatchery. (Special to The News)
Maple Ridge’s Jack Emberly was at Fairy Creek to see first hand what’s happening in the efforts to halt logging of the old-growth forest. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)

ALONG THE FRASER: Three days at Fairy Creek logging blockade

First of three columns from an Maple Ridge environmentalist visiting the Vancouver Island site

  • Sep 9, 2021
Maple Ridge’s Jack Emberly was at Fairy Creek to see first hand what’s happening in the efforts to halt logging of the old-growth forest. (Jack Emberly/Special to The News)
This Sept. 4, 2021, satellite image provided by Maxar shows a view of oil slicks in the Gulf of Mexico at East Timbalier Island National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies via AP)

Hurricane Larry’s track shifts west, residents of Newfoundland warned to prepare

Hurricane is not expected to have much of an impact on the rest of Atlantic Canada

This Sept. 4, 2021, satellite image provided by Maxar shows a view of oil slicks in the Gulf of Mexico at East Timbalier Island National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies via AP)
Residents who live along the North Alouette River are upset that silt from a new subdivision spilled into the river. (Special to The News)

North Alouette River clouded by silt spill

Environmental group, neighbours critical of developer and city hall

Residents who live along the North Alouette River are upset that silt from a new subdivision spilled into the river. (Special to The News)
The RCMP use an excavator to extract an old-growth logging protester from a tripod in the Fairy Creek area on Vancouver Island. (Submitted)

RCMP watchdog gets more than 70 enforcement complaints from Fairy Creek blockades

Protesters’ lawyer says 17 complaints fall under the agency’s mandate and will be investigated

The RCMP use an excavator to extract an old-growth logging protester from a tripod in the Fairy Creek area on Vancouver Island. (Submitted)
A sunflower star on the Olympic Coast of Washington is shown in this undated handout photo. Sea stars in the waters off British Columbia that died off in the billions about a decade ago are not recovering as expected, an expert says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Janna Nichols

‘Very disturbing’: Expert says sea stars melting away because of wasting disease

Scientist: unclear if populations of sea stars in B.C. waters will survive

A sunflower star on the Olympic Coast of Washington is shown in this undated handout photo. Sea stars in the waters off British Columbia that died off in the billions about a decade ago are not recovering as expected, an expert says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Janna Nichols
People find comfort in sea breeze at the Scala dei Turchi (Stair of the Turks), a rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte, near Porto Empedocle, southern Sicily, Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. The ongoing heatwave will last up until the weekend with temperatures expected to reach well over 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of Italy. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)

Days of hot weather grip Southern Europe, North Africa

Scientists say there’s little doubt climate change from fossil fuels is driving extreme events

People find comfort in sea breeze at the Scala dei Turchi (Stair of the Turks), a rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte, near Porto Empedocle, southern Sicily, Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. The ongoing heatwave will last up until the weekend with temperatures expected to reach well over 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of Italy. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)