Chris Genovali
Christopher Genovali has served as Executive Director for the British Columbia based Raincoast Conservation Foundation ( for over a decade. Christopher has had numerous articles and features published on North American wilderness and wildlife conservation issues in print and online publications throughout Canada and internationally (Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, Victoria Times Colonist, Victoria News, The Ecologist, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Alternatives Journal, Edmonton Journal, Georgia Straight, Monday Magazine, The Tyee, Truthout, CounterPunch, Common Dreams, Buzzflash, etc.). He has also appeared as a spokesperson on various radio and television outlets such as CBC's 'As It Happens', CBC 'Newsworld', US National Public Radio, CKNW, CFAX, CTV, Global TV, BBC TV, BBC radio, Channel 4 UK, the Knowledge Network, and CBC News Vancouver.

Entries by Chris Genovali

Local Hunters or Not, Every Bullet Is the Same to a Bear

(2) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 2:10 PM

The recent controversy surrounding the tug of war between the B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF) and the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. (GOABC) over the allocation of wildlife is a lurid sideshow, distracting from the real issues around trophy hunting in the province.

This debate has...

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Stop the Brutal Slaughter of Wolves in Alberta and B.C.

(89) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 5:58 PM

An inhumane slaughter of wolves is occurring at the hands of the Alberta government. This unscientific and unethical wolf cull is a consequence of oil and gas development, and industrial logging, which have endangered woodland caribou. The Alberta government and resource industries have transformed the caribou's boreal habitat...

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Let's Have Peace On Earth For Endangered Killer Whales

(6) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 2:32 AM

The holidays are a time for celebration as we come together with family and friends for seasonal gatherings or at places of worship. But this time of year should also serve as a time for reflection. We might do well to reflect on whether we will ever achieve "peace on...

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We Are All Directly Affected By Kinder Morgan's Proposal

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 2:59 PM

What do you love about British Columbia's Fraser River, the Gulf Islands, and the Salish Sea? What are your concerns for the future of the Salish Sea region, the health of the B.C. economy and the impacts of climate change? The answers to these personal questions are fundamental to informing...

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It Makes More Economic Sense To Shoot Grizzlies With Cameras Than Guns

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 9:13 PM

One can only conclude that British Columbia's Minister of Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto was poorly briefed by her handlers with regard to the grizzly bear hunt issue after reading about her recent misinformed, head-scratching speech on Salt Spring Island.

Having B.C.'s tourism minister put forth...

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Down-Listing Jeopardizes Humpback Whales

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 5:06 PM

By Misty MacDuffee and Chris Genovali

In the middle of the Easter long weekend, the federal government published a notice in the Canada Gazette that they intend to down-list the status of North Pacific humpback whales.

Although the status of humpback whales is one of the few...

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Why Does B.C. Government So Desperately Want Grizzly Bears Dead?

(14) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 2:24 AM

We want these bears dead. This is the message the B.C. government's "reallocation policy" sends to Raincoast Conservation Foundation, British Columbians, and Canadians across the country. This policy is also preventing the implementation of an innovative solution to end the commercial trophy hunting of grizzlies and other large...

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What Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Anniversary Has To Do With Canada's Wild Salmon

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2014 | 7:50 PM

Canada's northwest coast stands alone as one of our planet's last unspoiled coastlines. Its rich assemblage of wildlife, wild rivers, and intricate landscapes makes it qualitatively different from any other place in the world.

British Columbians have increasingly come to cherish this maritime commons of waters, islands, and forests....

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B.C. Grizzly Hunt Bolstered By Spurious Science

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 9:20 PM

Scientists from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Simon Fraser University, and University of Victoria recently authored the first peer-reviewed study of British Columbia's controversial grizzly bear management. Conclusions from the article, titled "Confronting Uncertainty in Wildlife Management: Performance of Grizzly Bear Management" and published online in the...

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Enbridge Is No Friend Of Whales

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 6:30 PM

Janet loves the orcas. At least that's what Enbridge would've had us believe in their now aborted Northern Gateway ads that featured the company's Vice President Janet Holder touting how safe oil tankers are for British Columbia's killer whales. Unfortunately, Janet must not remember what happened to killer...

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NHLer's B.C. Grizzly Kill Offside?

(7) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 3:48 PM

Raincoast Conservation Foundation has asked the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the entity responsible for managing the trophy hunting of bears in the province, to investigate the killing of a grizzly on the central coast by National Hockey League player Clayton Stoner. As a...

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Climate Change Missing In Enbridge Northern Gateway Assessment

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 6:02 PM

Our environment is changing rapidly and these changes are occurring faster than we can understand them. Climate disruption during the last decades has promoted a reorganization of biological communities, influencing the interrelationships of species and their distributions. Wildlife are now experiencing chronic alterations of local and regional ecology...

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The Government's Oil Spill Plans Are a Bit Too Slick

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 6:39 PM

The federal government's recently stated intention to establish a "world-class oil spill response and prevention" plan is clearly designed to assuage public fears in British Columbia over the dramatic increase in oil tanker traffic that would accompany the Enbridge Northern Gateway project and the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain...

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B.C.'s Torturous Wolf Management

(6) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 5:35 AM

Although an increasing number of British Columbians are learning about the provincial government's unscientific and unethical wolf cull, most are likely unaware their tax dollars are supporting not only the killing but also the sanctioned torturing of these animals. To compound matters, the government's persecution and inhumane treatment...

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How Would Wolves Manage The Human Population?

(8) Comments | Posted January 20, 2013 | 12:01 AM

In British Columbia, which provides one of North America's last bastions of wilderness and biodiversity, a symbol of both brings out the best and worst of people. Wolves draw either awe or fury from equally passionate poles. Wolf advocates marvel at the beautiful and intelligent cousin of humankind's best friend,...

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B.C. Wolf Management Plan Scapegoats Carnivores

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 12:54 PM

Looking back at the year in wildlife management policy for 2012 in B.C., the low point just might have been the rollout of the "Draft Management Plan for the Grey Wolf in British Columbia" by the provincial government's Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources.


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Art for an Oil-Free Coast in B.C.

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 6:55 PM

Raincoast Conservation Foundation is excited to present the documentary film, Reflections: Art for an Oil-Free Coast, which shares the story of an expedition of artists into the truly stunning and remote landscape of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, weaving together the artists' work and their emotional response to...

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Saving the Spirit Bear of British Columbia

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 5:17 PM

On the heels of the declaration by 10 coastal First Nations that formally oppose the sport hunting of grizzly and black bears on the central and north coast of British Columbia, Raincoast Conservation Foundation has now secured the commercial trophy hunting rights across a large portion...

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An Oil Spill Off BC Won't be Able to Control Itself

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 6:04 PM

The government of British Columbia has announced five requirements that must be met before it approves any new heavy-oil pipeline from the Alberta oilsands, such as the Enbridge Northern Gateway project.

The province's primary concern is about getting a bigger piece of the oil royalty pie, which...

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Sorry Enbridge, PR Spin Won't Change Our Minds

(13) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 5:46 PM

If you live in British Columbia there's a good chance that by now you've seen the new Enbridge television advertisements; the warm and fuzzy cartoon animation with the soothing soundtrack and the family strolling down what looks like the yellow brick road, overlaid by a saccharine narration assuring...

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