2018-11-3 : http://www.vils.ca/

VILS.ca brings together the life-sciences community in Victoria and around the Island:

Did you know there are over 35 companies and entities in the Victoria and island area working on life sciences innovations? Neither did we, until we started meeting up in late 2016.

Our membership is open and involves no dues; it merely requires an interest in and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and innovation in life sciences. Our members include biotech, diagnostics, medical devices, pharmaceutical, and software companies; students; secondary education institutions; local government; and more.



2018-11-2 : Atrazine – A kind of “chemical castration,” causing males of all species to develop female sex characteristics.

Atrazine is a herbicide of the triazine class. Atrazine is used to prevent pre- and post-emergence broadleaf weeds in crops such as maize (corn) and sugarcane and on turf, such as golf courses and residential lawns. It is one of the most widely used herbicides in US and Australian agriculture.

Atrazine – Wikipedia


Post Script

In 2012, Syngenta, manufacturer of atrazine, was the defendant in a class-action lawsuit concerning the levels of atrazine in human water supplies. Syngenta agreed to pay $105 million to reimburse more than one thousand water systems for “the cost of filtering atrazine from drinking water”. The company denied all wrongdoing.

2018-10-7 : Threats to the Salish Sea

The Salish Sea is a special place. Here, hundreds of rivers meet the sea, creating a unique coastal environment that supports a huge variety of marine life, including wild salmon and endangered killer whales. These waters have supported thriving First Nations communities for thousands of years, and today tourists, businesses and residents alike are drawn by the region’s mild climate, unique geography, fantastic quality of life and the stunning natural beauty of the Salish Sea.



2018-10-05 : HCTF Education – Water Sampling


I will give this some attention tomorrow when I am back home (Bowen) but some more background reading for your Project 2:

https://hctfeducation.ca/lessons-more/ HCTF Education was formally branded as Wild BC https://hctfeducation.ca

You will likely find teaching resources here that would compliment what you have in mind or just maybe there is something there already??????????

The great thing about HCTF Education is its marketing capability. If you come up with new teaching resources that they can use they will handle the out reach to educators through out BC and they have a long respected track record 20 + yrs with teachers at all levels. I had a resource created back during my days with government…….

I think it was this one (it was a long time ago)  https://hctfeducation.ca/product/water-stewardship-a-guide-for-teachers-students-and-community-groups/


TTFN for now.


2018-9-25 : Community Mapping Network (CMN)

Cattle Point Foundation is excited to be working with Community Mapping Network (CMN). We are exploring the use of their water pollution knowledge and mapping expertise to deliver the IT GIS system we need in our plans.

We have been impressed by their:

  • Pacific Region Contaminants Atlas and their
  • Georgia Strait Alliance Salish Sea Map.
  • The Private Well Network (PWN) is a community-based initiative designed to encourage private well owners to protect their health through regular and affordable testing of well water quality. By sharing water quality test results, aquifer maps and general information about groundwater, the PWN aims to empower private well owners to take the necessary steps to improve their own well water quality and to prevent contamination of our common drinking water sources. The current geographic scope of the PWN is limited to the Township of Langley. We are thinking about extending it across the Gulf Islands in 12/2018.

Salish Sea Bioregion

Rob Knight and his team on Bowen Island have added a RED polygon around the Salish Sea Bioregion.

We also plan to incorporate the Stroud  WikiWatershed toolkit.

Rob writes :

“Check out this mobile water quality app https://wikiwatershed.org/water-quality-app/

I have had a good look at it and I recommend it because all of the data can be exported in a format that would be easy to use in any GIS or on CMN web maps.

It has options for just about any water quality measurement you would want. I have the iOS version (there is an Android version too) and am planning to experiment with it in more detail – someday.