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CTV News, May 12, 2022

March for Life in Victoria attracts hundreds amid U.S. abortion debate

Advocates fighting for better access to abortions and contraception point out while abortion is legal, many barriers still exist when it comes to reproductive rights. Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaraff is a co-founder of Access B.C. He said the costs for contraception can be immense, and then there are additional challenges.

"If you live in a rural or remote community, you have to pay for transportation to and from a clinic. You have to pay for child care if you have children, take time off work or school, and those costs all add up," he told CTV News.

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CityNews, Vancouver, May 12, 2022

'Not just a U.S. issue': Advocates urge feds to broaden safe abortion access in Canada

The recent spotlight on safe abortions in the U.S. has highlighted that many Canadians face a number of barriers when accessing their reproductive options, says one advocate.

Unless you live in Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal, “it’s very challenging to access abortion care,” said Makeda Zook, access line program manager at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Right.

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CityNews, Vancouver, May 12, 2022

Advocates press B.C. Liberal leader to clarify stance on free contraception, access to safe abortion

A grassroots group in B.C. seeking free contraception for all British Columbians is pressing provincial Liberal leader to clarify if he supports reproductive health choices and safe access.

Teale Phelps Bondaroff is the chair and co-founder of Access BC. He sent a letter to the newly elected B.C.’s opposition Liberal leader Kevin Falcon.

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Times Colonist, May 11, 2022

How the U.S. abortion paper leak is bringing B.C.'s reproductive access into focus

“We need politicians to bring that same energy when it comes to tackling other barriers to reproductive care. We have politicians saying you have a right to an abortion, which you absolutely do. And that's fundamental, but we don't have them throwing that same energy behind efforts to prevent unplanned pregnancy to remove other barriers to people accessing reproductive health services.”

This is one reason why AccessBC has been advocating for free prescription contraception in B.C. since 2017: conducting research, meeting with MLAs and consulting with government.

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Saanich News, April 26, 2022

Saanich council joins push for free prescription contraception

Saanich council unanimously endorsed sending a letter to the provincial government in support of making all prescription contraception free in B.C.
 

AccessBC, a grassroots campaign founded in Saanich in 2017, has been garnering support for free prescription contraception and is also running a province-wide public letter campaign.

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Saanich News, April 25, 2022

Saanich author donates trailer load of children’s books to little free libraries across CRD

“There are now over 600 little free libraries in the CRD and there never seem to be enough children’s books to fill them. It’s fantastic that the Pocket Places Project can help top up local little free libraries with children’s books and share the fantastic work of a local Saanich author,” said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, board member of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network.

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CBC, March 3, 2022

Advocates for free contraception disappointed election promise wasn't funded in 2022 B.C. budget

A B.C. advocacy group is calling on the provincial government to provide free prescription contraception to all British Columbians after it was promised during the 2020 election campaign but not included in the 2022 provincial budget.

In a statement, Access B.C. says it was  extremely  disappointed in the lack of funding and wants the B.C. NDP to "fulfill its election promise to make all forms of prescription contraception universally accessible at no cost."

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Mongabay, October 13, 2021

Demand for sea cucumbers turns India-Sri Lanka waters into trafficking hotspot

The biodiversity-rich Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay areas, the main stretches of water between India and Sri Lanka, are the current hotspot for sea cucumber poaching. But over on the southwestern side of the Indian subcontinent, the Lakshadweep archipelago saw a significant spike in the number of reported smuggling and poaching incidents last year, showing that sea cucumber-related offenses are expanding and spreading to this remote island chain, said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, director of research at OceansAsia, an organization that investigates and marine environmental crimes.

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GVPN, November 27, 2021

Delivering the 50,000th book of the Pocket Places Project

Since August 2017, the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network’s Pocket Places Project has been delivering books to little free libraries (LFLs) around the region, and this week, project lead Teale Phelps Bondaroff added the 50,000th book to a LFL. A copy of Chris Hadfield’s ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth,’ was left in the Republic of North Park Little Free Library on Queens Ave. Victoria.

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BCHA, October 27, 2021

Saanich endorses COVID-19 denial through permissive tax exemption

Without benefits tests for permissive tax exemptions (PTE), municipalities risk funding organizations that only provide services to their members, run commercial operations, exclude and discriminate against people or flout the law. This is exactly what the District of Saanich did at its meeting on Monday, October 25th when this municipal council unanimously voted to renew a PTE to a prosperity gospel church known for equating child disobedience to witchcraft, for preaching homophobia, endorsing and engaging in so-called ‘conversion therapy,’ and for outspoken COVID-19 denial and anti-vaccine rhetoric.

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Saanich News, October 8, 2021

LETTER: Noisy vehicles should be monitored in Saanich

Given the well-documented harms of noise pollution to health and well-being, action is needed. I encourage Saanich to explore using noise cameras to address this issue. Our current approach is not working.

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The Guardian, September 7, 2021

Licence to krill: the destructive demand for a ‘better’ fish oil

“It’s pretty worrisome when you’ve got fisheries exploring these ‘unexploited’ areas or discovering large stocks of fish,” says Teale Phelps Bondaroff, director of research at OceansAsia. “This really should raise eyebrows because what’s really driving that expansion? Krill oil is obviously one factor.”

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Times Colonist, August 17, 2021

Working on reconciliation, one free little library at a time

“People thought that it was a great idea and suggested that it would be a good title to be included in the little free library network,” said Phelps Bondaroff. “We started a public crowdfunding campaign and in under 24 hours, we managed to raise the $4,000 we had initially asked for. We then raised the goal and, as of Tuesday, have raised almost $6,900.”
 

That’s enough for the non-profit organization to purchase 902 copies of the booklet — 870 in English and 32 in French.

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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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