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Victoria Field Office

The Victoria office of the Wilderness Committee was established in 1989 to protect Vancouver Island’s unique wild places. Since then, we have led many successful campaigns to protect our wilderness, including the Sea to Sea Green Belt, the Sooke Hills and Carmanah Valley.Our Victoria Office remains a strong a vibrant part of the Wilderness Committee, and the activist community in Victoria. With two full-time staff members, a door-to-door canvass team and a bunch of volunteers we are working hard to protect Vancouver Island's old-growth, our special marine ecosystems and species, and to stop climate change at its root causes. Please join us! Volunteer, donate or just stop by our lovely office in Fan Tan Alley!Come buy your holiday gifts, cards and calendars at the Wilderness Committee. Our store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Come visit! To sign up for e-mail action alerts from our Victoria office, please complete the full form below: Charitable Registration # 11929-3009-RR0001

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The Walbran Valley harbours some of the finest ancient forests remaining on southern Vancouver Island. This amazing big-tree forest has been the subject of Wilderness Committee preservation campaigns since the 1980s.

Currently, over 14 per cent of British Columbia is protected as parks, including provincial parks, national parks, conservancies and ecological reserves. It has taken generations to build the BC park system, which is the envy of every other province and territory in Canada. But BC's park system is far from completed.

British Columbia, Canada is home to some of the Earth's most spectacular, ancient temperate forests, including the world's largest Douglas-fir tree (the Red Creek Fir) and second-largest western red cedar tree (the Cheewhat Cedar).

Wild Pacific salmon – Sockeye, Coho, Chinook, Chum and Pink – are the lifeblood of the West Coast, supporting Orcas, Grizzlies, other wildlife, forests, First Nations, coastal communities and tourism. Wild salmon are in trouble.

Since the early 1980s the Wilderness Committee has been working with like-minded environmental groups to protect the intact ancient forested valleys of Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. We are seeking protection for 68,000 hectares of ancient forests.

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Protect Canada's Bees - Ban Neonics

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Did you know that bees and pollinators are in rapid decline? A deadly class of pesticides called neonicotinoids ("neonics") has been linked to a frightening number of bee deaths all over the world. The European Union, Ontario and Quebec have already banned neonicotinoids, but across Canada, they're still widely used.

Pollinators like bees are essential to both our environment and our agricultural systems. They provide critical services that allow food crops and other plants to thrive, and they contribute billions of dollars to our economy.

And it's not just pollinators at risk – a comprehensive four-year scientific study on neonics has now conclusively shown that these pesticides are a serious risk to bees, butterflies, birds and earthworms. Scientific research has also raised concerns about possible effects on human health.

Sadly, the Canadian Honey Council reports that Canada has lost 35 per cent of its honey bee colonies each year for the past three years. In 2012, unusually large numbers of honey bee deaths were reported in several provinces, and a huge die-off in Ontario led to the loss of 37 million bees.

Our report, “Canada's Bees on the Brink”, explains the vital role that pollinators play in our ecosystems and our everyday lives, and takes a deeper look at recent bee deaths linked to neonicotinoids.

Please read the report and share it with your friends, family and neighbours. The more people know about pollinators and the threats they’re facing, the better equipped we’ll be to protect them! Click here to download the full report.

The Wilderness Committee has taken action to ensure that Canada’s pollinators get the real protection they deserve. In September 2013, we joined Ecojustice and four other environmental groups to file an official objection to Health Canada’s recent decision to re-approve one type of neonicotinoid pesticide. Then in March 2014, we called on federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose to stop stalling on critical research and take meaningful steps to protect bees from these harmful pesticides.

Now we need you to take action, too. 

Stand up for the bees by signing the petition!! 

To download a PDF version of the petition to print out and collect signatures in your community, click here.

You can also take action by writing to Health Minister Rona Ambrose, letting her know how strongly you feel that neonicotinoids should be BANNED across Canada. Write a letter today! 

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