Cowichan Conversations: Alexandra Morton On The Banks of the Hazeltine River

Cowichan Conversations: Alexandra Morton-Mystery Film On Quesnel Lake

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Kevin Logan accompanied Alexandra Morton on this trip to investigate what Premier Clark would just as soon you do not see. They have provided a great deal of film and information otherwise not available. The original spin was too quick to say that the water was safe to drink and most everybody ...

Cowichan Conversations: More Maroc Messaging For BC NDP’s John Horgan

An Addendum to A Public Letter to John Horgan, MLA, Next Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition Don Maroc You’re right John. the original letter was loaded with enough responsibilities without adding more but a couple of your potential friends pointed out omissions. Alexandra Morton, the indomitable champion of B.C.’s wild salmon runs, pointed to ...

Cowichan Conversations: The Government of Canada Must Respect the First Nations Rights and Treaties

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Hardly a day goes by without hearing of another environmental disaster. In most cases they are easily traceable back to the doorsteps of greedy ‘Oil and Gas Corporations’ combined with reduced or eliminated federal and provincial regulations. Do we hear outrage and a call to action from our Prime Minister over the ...

Cowichan Conversations: Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Farmed Salmon-Video

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger It is at this time of year that we celebrate wild salmon returning to spawn in our creeks and streams and are  reminded of the crucial connection we have as Island dwellers with wild salmon. Our eco system is inextricably linked in so many ways. The threat of that link being broken ...

Cowichan Conversations: Radioactive Bluefin Tuna Caught Off California Coast!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger The Fukishima Nuclear spill has put the world on alert as to the dangers of radioactive pollution that effects the ocean, and all the living species that exist there or depend on its bounty for food, survival and recreation. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) owners and the freaked out Japanese ...

Cowichan Conversations: Political Pressure Needed To Save Our Wild Salmon

Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor Alexandra Morton has worked tirelessly and endlessly to raise awareness about the threat Fish Farming presents to our coast. For decades now this frequently published scientist has worked to understand the impacts of this industry on wild salmon. She has also clearly proven that the wild salmon economy far and away ...

Cowichan Conversations: Salmon Confidential – A New Video from Alexa Morton

Alexandra Morton-Marine Biologist  This film tells the backstory, behind the scenes of the biggest environmental government coverup ever perpetrated on British Columbians. After you watch this, please make sure all your MLA candidates watch it.  They will be the landlords of this industry if they get elected as this story is breaking to the surface, ...

Cowichan Conversations: ISA virus on your table – an act of desperation

Here is the latest from Alexandra Morton Alexandra Morton-Marine Biologist Hello The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has decided that ISA virus contaminated feedlot salmon can be grown-out in the ocean and sold to Canadians. The U.S. has reportedly rejected the product. This has become an national incident, Canada is stepping away from international protocol ...

Cowichan Conversations: We Are In The Sights Of A Double-Barreled Shotgun. A Fish Tale

Don Maroc-Cowichan Conversations Contributor We are in the sights of a double-barreled shotgun. One barrel forces us to farm Atlantic salmon, while letting wild salmon die off. The second barrel will force us to raise Atlantic salmon, genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal. Based on careful documentation of government and corporate actions ...

Cowichan Conversations: Cohen Report Embraces ‘The Precautionary Principle’ For Sockeye Salmon

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes – Political Blogger- I never met a Sockeye that I didn’t like. When I heard the news of the Cohen Report I immediately thought of the majestic sockeye and all the campaigner’s who fought valiantly for the salmon who have suffered losses, disease and death often due to the highly irresponsible permitting ...

Northern Insight: Fisheries Canada: "Virus, what virus?"

450,000 salmon to be destroyed after outbreak of anemia in Newfoundland and Labrador, Globe and Mail, July 7, 2012 “Newfoundland and Labrador is dealing with its first outbreak of infectious salmon anemia at an aquaculture site… “Guy Gravelle, senior media relations officer for the [Canadian Food Inspection] agency, said the risks the virus poses are ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Who is silenced by the animal health law?

Friday, May 25, 2012 You may have read about a provision in the proposed Animal Health Act which would make it illegal for journalists or scientists to report on animal illnesses at fish farms or other agricultural operations. But the Minister of Agriculture, who is responsible for the Bill, insists that that the section doesn’t ...

Northern Insight: Rewarding friends, jailing opponents

Again in 2012, Alexandra Morton was not awarded an Order of BC. Perhaps she is not sufficiently distinguished or perhaps she failed to offer financial support in the way others of this year’s recipients have done. Alexandra is not entirely left out though. BC Liberals do have plans for her. Unfortunately, the plan involve a ...

Northern Insight: Liberals legislate silence from environmentalists

Virus sparks quarantine on B.C. salmon farm, Curt Petrovich, CBC News, May 17, 2012 “B.C.’s salmon farming industry is on high alert after the discovery of a lethal fish virus [Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis (IHN)] at one farm on the west coast of Vancouver Island. “The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has quarantined the farm at Dixon ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: When politics and science diverge

Regardless of its ultimate conclusions about the decline of Fraser River sockeye salmon, the Cohen Commission‘s December hearings may have exposed the most critical of all issues: federal and provincial regulators operate for the present day benefit of industry instead of in the public’s long term interests. Dr. Alexandra Morton describes how the government of ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Future of wild salmon depends on volunteers

Alexandra Morton: “…If the leaked document really says 100% of one run of Fraser sockeye tested positive for ISA virus, we have two very big problems. One, Justice Cohen instructed DFO to provide all documents relevant to the health of the Fraser sockeye and this was not one of them. “Two, it means we are ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: To be different, we must do things differently

Alexandra Morton has a new blog entry. It starts with this: Dear Minister Ashfield: I would suggest you stop treating us like fools…Alexandra holds back little criticism because she has observed political lying and spin-doctoring first hand. Morton doesn’t pull punches. Science is on her side; also truth, the coastal First Nations and other admirers ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Mistrusted neighbour

“Salmon farming along the British Columbia coast has expanded with encouragement from both Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the B.C. provincial government. The Canadian federal fisheries department is in a contradictory role. It is charged with safeguarding wild salmon stocks, while also serving as defender and advocate of the salmon farming industry.” ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: One person’s voice echoes widely

Alexandra Morton has been nominated at The Tyee for The People’s Order of BC and you are eligible to vote. These words — familiar ones to readers of Northern Insights — explain the nomination: “Alexandra Morton has for many years sustained a selfless but articulate struggle against governments, industry and other financial beneficiaries of questionable ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: For service with distinction, to BC Liberals

The fatally flawed Order of British Columbia must be scrapped. Rushing to aggrandize themselves and their own financial backers, BC Liberals destroyed the award’s intended essence. It was supposed to recognize: “those persons who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavour benefiting the people of the Province or elsewhere.” Over time, ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: More contempt for the public by public officials

While we consider the subject of contempt for the public by public officials, Damien Gillis provides a definitive view of its existence. In a must read report on testimony at the Cohen Commission, Gillis demonstrates how private citizen Alexandra Morton, backed only by non-commercial supporters, confronts obstruction by two levels of government and the multi-national aquaculture industry. ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Dear Greenpeace, re Tzeporah Berman (RERUN)

Tzeporah Berman was at Capilano University Wednesday evening performing at the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts. Her act was promised to be an exploration of the past and future of the environmental movement. In view of her controversial lobbying on behalf of independent power producers and her pre-election support of Gordon ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Alexandra Morton reports an "Unwanted Trespass"

There seems to be no end to small details that paint a very disturbing picture in the coastal salmon farming industry. Why do we have to rely on private citizens to protect public interests while public servants work at protecting private interests? Visit Alexandra Morton’s website for the remainder, “On the stand on Friday was ...