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Saanich News, August 13, 2022

Taking it to the streets: Saanich gets its first road mural

“Research has found that road murals encourage drivers to slow down, thereby improving road safety. I’m very pleased to see this pilot project up and running in Saanich and am looking forward to evaluating its effectiveness,” he said.

Phelps Bondaroff worked with the district to develop road mural guidelines. He’ll be collecting traffic speed data and comparing it against measurements taken pre-mural to study the impact of the mural on vehicle speeds on the street.

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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.

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Radio Canada, August 3, 2022

Débarrasser les rives des débris plastiques

Dans le but de libérer ses côtes des débris de plastique, la Colombie-Britannique investit dans des organisations qui nettoieront le littoral et se chargeront du recyclage de ces débris. Quatre millions de dollars provenant de l'initiative Clean Coast, Clean Waters sera distribué à quatre organismes, dont l'initiative Great Bear des Premières Nations côtières de la province. Une bonne nouvelle pour Teale Phelps Bondaroff, directeur de la recherche pour OceansAsia, un organisme de conservation des écosystèmes marins.

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Channel News Asia, July 31, 2022

Undercover Asia: Pirates of the Seabed

Sea cucumbers, a prized delicacy in Chinese cuisine, fetch exorbitant prices in East Asia. These creatures play a crucial role in marine ecology -they vacuum the ocean floor; help coral reefs to grow and slow down the acidification of oceans. But now a soaring demand for these creatures is luring criminal gangs and fueling a booming multimillion dollar illegal trade. As millions of sea cucumbers get decimated, authorities and conservationists escalate their war on the poachers. Undercover Asia dives into the illegal sea cucumber trade and uncovers a global hotspot in the waters between India and Sri Lanka.


Victoria Literacy Connection, July, 2022

Book Bash! Champion - Teale Phelps Bondaroff

As a volunteer member of the board of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network, Teale heads up the Pocket Places Project, which helps promote, map, stock, and build little free libraries around the CRD. To date, he has helped build over 80 of these little book boxes, and has delivered and distributed more than 70,000 books to the region’s growing network of over 615 little free libraries, with his bike trailer. In addition to topping up little free libraries with books, Teale also drops off other important information, including Book Bash! book marks.  


Burnaby Now, June 24, 2022

Roe v. Wade overturned, bringing B.C.'s reproductive access into focus

And while Phelps Bondaroff thought their response was “admirable and necessary,” he said more work needs to be done. “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.


Amazing Places Podcast, June 3, 2022

S2 #21 Quiet(er) Places are Amazing Places w/ Teale Phelps Bondaroff

There's been a lot of talk in the news lately regarding noise, and specifically about gas-powered garden and landscaping equipment. The District of Oak Bay recently voted to phase out the residential use of all gas-powered gardening tools, over the next 3 years. The whir of lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and grass trimmers are just one type of noise pollution that we face. This episode we have Teale on to talk about how noise affects people and the environment, how it impacts our ability to form community, as well as show the detrimental effects on our communities.

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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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.