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On March 31, 2014, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled that Japan’s deliberate hunting, plus incidental killing of whales in the Southern Ocean was in violation of Japan’s legal obligations under an international treaty banning commercial whaling. Japan’s subsequent cancelling of this year’s hunt elicited jubilant responses by anti-whaling NGO communities around the world.

Curiosity. It’s what makes cats more fun and interesting. That’s what this guidebook does for curious people – makes travelling around BC and the Yukon a lot more fun and interesting.

Wildlife

6 Cultural Aspect of Japanese Whaling
Why does Japan persist in whaling?

32 State of the BC Environment
Loys Maingon examines the future for BC parks

35 The New BC Roadside Naturalist
Reviewed by Maggie Paquet

The Riparian Area Regulation isn’t a regulation, because it doesn’t regulate. It facilitates environmental destruction by developers because it has no penalties. It contains no provision for cancelling a project, so any proposal can theoretically go ahead, even if badly planned.

Canadian whistleblower Marc Mayrand is in the fight of our lives. As Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer, Mayrand blew the whistle on Bill C-23, the Harper government’s grossly misnamed Fair Elections Act.  In testimony to a House of Commons Committee in early March, Mayrand detailed numerous controversial features of the proposed Act, including its potential to make it very difficult for hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizens

A Shanghai company has 3D printed 10 small houses, 200 square metres, costing about $5000.

On March 13, 2014, Gerrard Olivotto, a consultant working for the BC government, visited  Sointula, BC to conduct a survey to measure people's reactions to photographs of wind turbines located in various locations and terrains. Mr. Olivotto explained that the information collected will be analyzed and published, and will form the cornerstone of government policy regarding the scale and location of wind energy developments in BC.

Yukon
Community opposition to fracking was spurred by an application submitted by the Chinese company, Northern Cross, in 2010. There is currently no fracking underway in the Yukon, but Northern Cross has been conducting 3D seismic testing. The Council of Yukon First Nations passed a resolution in July 2013 declaring traditional territories “frack-free.” A Standing Committee of the Yukon Legislative Assembly is accepting public comments about fracking, and will report on its findings and recommendations on a policy approach to hydraulic fracturing in the Yukon during...