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Saanich News, August 20, 2023

Volunteers expand road mural on Saanich’s Falaise Crescent

Representatives from the Falaise Community Association and the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network and the public came out to add purple camas flowers to the mural.

“The mural is fantastic,” said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, project co-initiator and network volunteer. “It’s bright and vibrant. It’s great for community building and road safety. Road murals have been found by some research to show that cars slow down.”


Loose Lips Magazine, April 9, 2023

BC Takes Revolutionary Step to Provide Free Birth Control

“The really cool thing about this campaign is that we started as just three or four people at a kitchen table and a Twitter account,” says AccessBC co-founder and Saanich district counselor Teale Phelps Bondaroff, who was seized by the contraception issue after his partner struggled to afford a contraceptive implant upon the couple’s return to Canada from the UK, where she had access to free contraceptives.  


The Moose Hide Campaign,

March 25, 2023

Changing the world, one pin at a time

You can find [Teale] bicycling around the Victoria, BC region, distributing books and important information to the little free libraries. One of the items he regularly tucks away in the homemade boxes? The moose hide pin. “The moose hide pin just seemed like a perfect fit,” he said. “The campaign was born here in Victoria. The pins are the heart of the campaign, and these little libraries are a great way to connect people to the campaign who wouldn’t be exposed to it otherwise.”


Vancouver Sun, March 5, 2023

The grassroots movement that made contraception free in B.C.

When prescription contraceptives become free starting April 1, it will be the culmination of an effort begun seven years ago by a grassroots group called AccessBC that had its start in a Vancouver Island kitchen as a back-of-the-envelope rough idea.

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National Post, February 28, 2023

'Beacon of hope': B.C. advocates cheer free contraception promise in 2023 budget

Teale Phelps Bondaroff, chair of the AccessBC campaign for free prescription contraception, says the policy is exactly what his organization has spent years calling for, and advocates are “so excited.” Phelps Bondaroff says free prescription contraception improves health outcomes for infants and mothers, makes life more affordable and equal, and he expects it will also save the government millions of dollars each year.



Daily Hive, January 21, 2023

Proposed sliding-scale traffic fine system could make ultra-wealthy pay up

An interesting proposal to charge the wealthy more for traffic fines could make its way to the BC government with enough support. Saanich Councillor Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff wants to see BC implement a traffic fines system that takes people’s income and wealth into account. “One hundred dollars doesn’t mean the same thing to everybody,” said Bondaroff in an interview with Daily Hive on Saturday, January 21. “We want people to be deterred from breaking the law in the first place.”

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Victoria Buzz, September 22, 2022

75,000th book delivered to the little free library network in Greater Victoria

Book lovers, rejoice, another little free library is coming to Victoria.  This Saturday, the organization behind upkeeping all the little free libraries (LFLs) around town, will be unveiling the 650th LFL. This milestone comes just days after the group announced the LFLs now host more than 75,000 books around the region. The Greater Victoria Placemaking Network (GVPN) Pocket Places Project has been delivering books to LFLs since 2017 and this week they hit their newest milestone of 75,000 books delivered. 

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Victoria News, August 7, 2022

Saanich researcher makes waves studying Asian sea cucumber crime

Sea cucumbers are common. From nearshore shallow waters down to the depths of the deepest trenches – they inhabit nearly every corner of the planet’s oceans. Yet, soaring demand has created a multi-million dollar black market for the lucrative blobs, according to one Saanich researcher.

Teale Phelps Bondaroff, director of research for marine conservation organization OceansAsia and an expert on illegal fishing and marine wildlife crime, was in the spotlight following the premiere of a new Undercover Asia documentary Sunday (July 31) featuring his research.


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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