The coastal waters of Northern BC have been protected since 1972 by a moratorium on oil tanker traffic through the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound. This ban is now under threat. Proposed projects from the Alberta tar sands to BC such as the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines would necessitate tanker traffic on the north coast.
The Dogwood Initiative is among the groups working on raising the public profile of tankers on our coast and exerting pressure to get our politicians to change course. Dogwood Initiative will be launching a new part of their No Tanker campaign in January, with the introduction of a No Tanker Loonie. It involves putting a sticker on a loonie to raise awareness about the campaign and distributing the No Tanker Loonies widely.