In 1894 a French army officer, Alfred Dreyfus, was convicted of treason and sent to Devil’s Island prison. In 1896 a Paris journalist, Emile Zola, printed an article called “J’Accuse!”, which tore apart the case and led eventually to his pardon – which he accepted because he was dying on the vicious tropical Devil’s Island [...]
Tag Archive 'Alexandra Morton'
It’s been brought to my attention that the Vancouver Sun recently ran a story called “Women of Influence” and notable by her absence was Alexandra Morton, the tireless fighter against fish farms and for the protection of our wild salmon. I’m not going to replay all of Alex’s achievements because even with the biases of [...]
This week, biologist Alexandra Morton announced that she has learned that the fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago are on leases that have long ago expired. In a move combining defiance and a wicked sense of humour Alex has applied for the leases which she will devote to returning the ocean bed “to their natural [...]
Posted in General on Jun 30th, 2010
We learn from the morning excuses for Vancouver Papers that the provincial government is hiding back reports of the impact of sea lice from fish farms on wild salmon. Why should we be surprised? The government has steadfastly refused to face up to this issue on the old standby political position of saying and doing [...]
Posted in The Tyee on May 24th, 2010
Farmed salmon fighting rally, historic in size, rendered puny by BC’s big Canwest papers. We all know what a word or punctuation mark can do to a sentence. For example, to write “John, says Mary, is a lousy bed companion” is very different than “John says Mary is a lousy bed companion.” (In fact, perhaps [...]
In this province, those who care for the environment must be their own media. Tom Paine, the “media” catalyst for the American Revolution, rallied Americans with the stirring words “these are the times that try men’s souls”. Are these words applicable to British Columbia, its governments and the farmed fish issue?” I say, clearly yes, [...]
Posted in The Common Sense Canadian on Mar 3rd, 2010
Here’s an Article by Rafe at The Common Sense Canadian which tells us that even the former Attorney General of Norway and the owner of the world’s largest salmon farming company agree that salmon farms must be moved out of migration routes.
Those who complain I’m not even-handed don’t get my purpose. I read comments to this column regularly and both enjoy them and profit from them. In my last article on Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea there were concerns expressed that I was not giving equal time to both sides of the issue so I thought [...]
There is a coming together of environmentalists unprecedented in my memory and much of the impetus will come from those opposed to fish farms and to the government rivers policy. This is a natural alliance since both deal with rights to water and healthiness of fish although the emphasis might be different from group to [...]
Posted in General on Aug 21st, 2009
On Thursday August 20 I attended a rally against fish farms held at Pender and Burrard in Vancouver. I gave a short speech – and it was lousy, Stooping to use the “f” word, I called the government liars. I was trying to get the message out that one of the principal things we must [...]