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BCHA, June 15, 2021

An Extra Burden: The clergy residence deduction

"Through the clergy residence deduction, the government is explicitly supporting religion over non-religion, a clear violation of the government’s duty of religious neutrality. "If the goal of the deduction is to support those who work from home, there are other deductions that do not specifically promote religion over non-religion, and one specific religion, the majoritarian religion, over others. It's time for this antiquated deduction to be abolished."

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Victoria News, June 13, 2021

LETTER: Winds of change blowing through Saanich

Urban noise is not inevitable. Cities can minimize noise by altering infrastructure design and by enforcing and improving noise bylaws. Last updated in 1993 and with large unenforceable sections, Saanich’s noise suppression ordinances are long overdue for an update.

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Saanich News, June 6, 2021

Around 65 tonnes of sea cucumber seized in five years from Gulf of Mannar and Palk strait

Dr Teale Phelps Bondaroff, also the Director of Research, OceansAsia, a Hong Kong based marine conservation organisation, told The New Indian Express that the illegal smuggling routes are traced to remote island chains while mapping the crime occurring places. Protecting the threatened species of sea cucumbers, the earthworms of the seas, from poaching help to keep our marine ecosystems healthy, he said.

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Saanich News, June 6, 2021

Leaf blower ban petition attracts 544 signatures, sparks discussion by Saanich council

Teale Phelps Bondaroff extensively researched and then began a petition aiming to permanently ban gas-powered leaf blowers in Saanich. Having gathered 544 signatures, he was part of a productive discussion at the May 31 council meeting.

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CBC News, May 30, 2021

Little Free Libraries launch book bingo game across Victoria

Greater Victoria is home to more than 467 miniature libraries and, thanks to a new initiative, readers can now play a game of bingo while searching for new books. Greater Victoria Placemaking Network, the group that started Little Free Libraries — a collection of take-a-book, leave-a-book stalls throughout the city — has now launched Little Free Library Bingo. 

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Think Big, May 26, 2021

Sea cucumber crime is a thing, and this is where it’s happening

Long a delicacy in China and East Asia, sea cucumbers are now also becoming a rarity worldwide.

India has outlawed the trade, inaugurated a marine reserve, and put together a law enforcement task force.

But the trade remains legal in Sri Lanka, which has become the hub for widespread "seafood laundering."

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Times Colonist, May 22, 2021

Saanich council mulls ban on gas-powered leaf blowers

About 500 people signed a petition that was presented to Saanich council on May 17. The petition, started by researcher Teale Phelps ­Bondaroff, calls for a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers, a recycling program for obsolete machines and regulation of electric blowers to ensure their noise output is within safe thresholds and in compliance with Saanich’s noise-suppression bylaw. The petition cites the negative health impacts of environmental and noise pollution.

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Peninsula News Review, May 21, 2021

Greater Victoria book bingo game launched by Little Free Library operators

The Greater Victoria Placemaking Network (GVPN), the group that tracks and stocks the region’s take-a-book, leave-a-book stalls, has launched Little Free Library Bingo. The pandemic-friendly game is complete with bingo cards encouraging players to check out the mini-libraries to cross off the squares on their cards and, of course, prizes.

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CFAX 1070, April 28, 2021

Greater Victoria's 'Little Free Libraries'

Teale Phelps-Bondaroff, Greater Victoria Placemaking Network, joined Al to share an update on Greater Victoria's 'Little Free Libraries

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Public Health On Call, April 22, 2021

301 - Earth Day: Why COVID-19 Has Caused an Increase in Ocean Pollution

COVID is creating massive environmental issues such as the 1.56 billion face masks that entered the oceans in 2020 alone. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, the Director of Research for Oceans Asia, talks with Stephanie Desmon about how improperly discarded PPE to a massive rise in the production of single-use plastics are setting the world significantly back in controlling its problem with microplastics and pollution.

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Oceanography Magazine,
April 13, 2021

RIPPLE MARKS • Surgical Masks on the Beach: COVID-19 and Marine Plastic Pollution

“The 1.56 billion face masks that will likely enter our ocean in 2020 are just the tip of the iceberg,” says Phelps Bondaroff. “The 4,680 to 6,240 metric tons of face masks are just a small fraction of the estimated 8 to 12 million metric tons of plastic that end up in our ocean each year.”

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The Guardian, April 11, 2021

‘Aphrodisiac’ of the ocean: how sea cucumbers became gold for organised crime

“If you have a legal market in that kind of way in proximity to an illegal market, the legal market becomes a huge source for fish laundering,” says Teale Phelps Bondaroff, director of research at OceansAsia, whose recent report maps the arrests and seizures of sea cucumbers in the two countries.
 

For years, authorities in Sri Lanka and India have been trying to combat this marine crime. But despite the number of arrests and seizures on the rise, new cases show the illegal trade is spreading to previously untouched areas.

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Loose Lips Magazine, March 22, 2021

Free contraception in BC would help everyone, not just cis women

The BC NDP was elected on a platform that promised to make all prescription contraception free, affirmed by Minister of Health for BC Adrian Dix’s mandate letter. That still hasn’t happened, limiting access to care for anyone who can become pregnant across the province. That can include trans men, non-binary people, gender-fluid people, and intersex people, not only cisgender women.

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CKPG Today, March 11, 2021

Provincial group pushes for free contraception

A BC-based group that formed over four years ago is on a campaign to remove barriers to accessing prescription contraception.
 

AccessBC believes prescription contraception is a right, not a luxury. The group wants to see universal no-cost prescription contraception for the residents of BC.

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Times Colonist, February 17, 2021

Little free libraries like 'coral reefs for community'

For Phelps Bondaroff, the free ­little libraries are about much more than books. They’re places where you can strike up a conversation with a ­stranger, meet your neighbours and make new friends. 

“I’ve always described the libraries as coral reefs for community. And so they have the potential to sort of serve as these community hubs,” he said.

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