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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Fishing for support #nlpoli

When the going gets tough, the tough go fishing.

In this case,  a bunch of politicians in a tough spot with voters are fishing among a small bunch of politicians in Ottawa for support in their campaign to turn a deal achieved in 2013 into something else entirely.

This isn’t really news, by the way, . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Fishing for support #nlpoli

Northern Insight: CFIA – Inept custodian of food safety

Food Safety Agency Should Protect Public, Not Cover up Virus for Salmon Farming Industry, Damien Gillis, The Common Sense Canadian, Dec. 1, 2012 “…Charged with ensuring your food is safe to eat, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) increasingly… . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: CFIA – Inept custodian of food safety

Northern Insight: Important summary of Cohen Inquiry evidence

Watershed Watch presents a “Cliff’s Notes” version of key evidence and testimony from the ongoing Cohen Sockeye Inquiry.

“Concerned that key evidence was hard to access and could become buried and forgotten, we took on the task of summarizing key evidentiary highlights on the many subjects considered during the inquiry, including harvest, habitat, management, . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Important summary of Cohen Inquiry evidence

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Fisheries Canada: "Virus, what virus?"

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Rewarding friends, jailing opponents

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Liberals legislate silence from environmentalists

Northern Insight: Say, what?

In making consumer choices, most of us don’t have time for careful sorting of fact from fiction. As a result, we rely on sources presumed to be accurate and free of bias.

For years, I’ve subscribed to and relied upon non-commercial Consumer Reports for general guidance. In the last decade, for food and cooking related subjects, I’ve paid . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Say, what?

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Gathering Storm #nlpoli

Another week and another fish plant closes permanently.

This time it is one of the plants that should have been the basis of a vibrant fishery.  The Burin plant did mostly secondary processing rather than just basic processing turning fish into big frozen blocks for someone else to develop into a higher value product.

Those . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Gathering Storm #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Sound Advice #nlpoli

Some people don’t like John Furlong’s ideas.

Here’s his latest one – on the fishery, again – but it is equally applicable to just about everything in the province these days:

Let’s talk about every single issue that needs to be talked about and let’s stop living in the problem and start living in the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Sound Advice #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Best interests #nlpoli

Fisheries minister Darin King rejected Ocean Choice International’s proposal for exporting and processing fishery. He held a news conference on Thursday.

King claimed the decision is in the best interest of the people of the province. 

King also said the decision did not mean he was opposed to reform in the fishery.  By his . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Best interests #nlpoli

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: When politics and science diverge

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Breaking news from the DFO

Statement from the Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Keith Ashfield, on Negative Infectious Salmon Anaemia Test Results in British Columbia Salmon

“After Canada’s reputation has needlessly been put at risk over the past several weeks because of speculation and unfounded science, additional in-depth, conclusive tests, using proper and internationally recognized procedures, are

. . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Breaking news from the DFO

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Not everyone shocked by Cohen disclosures

From my November 25 piece titled To be different, we must do things differently: “Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, along with Chief Bob Chamberlin and Chief Marilyn Baptiste, executive members of the BC Union of Indian Chiefs, attended the Nov. 24 celebration honouring Rafe Mair. It was a treat to hear each talk and share a . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Not everyone shocked by Cohen disclosures

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Vancouver Sun: FAIL!

On the left you can see yesterday’s Vancouver Sun cover page the day after more than 60 First Nations annouced they will not allow the Enbridge pipeline through their territories, on the right you can see today’s Vancouver Sun cover page the day after one First Nation annouced they support the pipeline.

Reprint of an . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Vancouver Sun: FAIL!

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Untruthful minister must resign

McRae at BC farm of Norwegian company Greig Seafood British Columbia Hansard, October 20,2011 Minister of Agriculture Don McRae: “I’m pleased to say that over 5,000 samples have been tested for ISA in the last several years. How many came back positive? Let me think about it for a sec. Zero — not one.

“…We’ve . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Untruthful minister must resign

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Change in the fishery #nlpoli

Ocean Choice International’s Martin Sullivan was the guest this week on CBC’s On Point. That’s a link to a CBC story that includes the whole program.

The most obvious point about Sullivan’s argument is that it is – essentially – simple and sensible.  The company needs to export fish in a form the market wants.  . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Change in the fishery #nlpoli

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Things I wonder about

1. — Exactly who is the federal government representing as they try to suppress evidence that they are suppressing evidence of the ISA threat to westcoast fisheries?

From Tamsyn Burgmann, Canadian Press: “The possibility that a potentially devastating fish virus has migrated into British Columbia salmon is concerning enough to prompt a federal inquiry to . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Things I wonder about

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Future of wild salmon depends on volunteers

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: And so it begins (fishery restructuring version) #nlpoli #cdnpoli

News today that OCI will permanently close two of its fish plants is merely the start of it.

The hurricane of change that is sure to follow will make the 1992 cod moratorium seem like a gentle breeze.

– srbp –

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: "No ISA in BC" says BC Liberal Don McRae

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Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Advocates not reporters

Canada kept detection of salmon virus secret, Craig Welch, Seattle Times environment reporter, Nov. 30/11 “A decade before this fall’s salmon-virus scare, a Canadian government researcher said she found a similar virus in more than 100 wild fish from Alaska to Vancouver Island.

“Canadian officials never told the public or scientists in the United States . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Advocates not reporters

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: To be different, we must do things differently

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: When up is down and down is up

BC Agriculture Minister Don McRae, coordinating with federal agencies, claimed last week there are no confirmed cases of Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) in British Columbia salmon. Mcrae said, “It is vitally important that we ignore and discredit scien… . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: When up is down and down is up

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. I… . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Mistrusted neighbour

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… . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: One person’s voice echoes widely