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The Power of One - we all have it

September 2nd, 2016

They will be in Victoria TOMORROW, Saturday Sept 3, 2016 - 1 PM At the BC Parliament Buildings Vancouver ART GALLERY Monday Sept 5, 2016 1 PM the Art Gallery The nations of the Dzawada'enuxw are uniting and traveling down the coast of Vancouver Island locking arms with other nations in their quest to remove salmon farms from their traditional waters, sometimes called the Broughton Archipelago. They have said "no" for almost 30 years to the salmon farms using their territories. But somehow Canada, BC and the Norwegian/Japanese salmon farmers decided to ignore them and so today one third of the BC salmon farming industry has made themselves at home in Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw territory. This industry is disrupting the web of life throughout this coast, entrapping wild fish, disrupting migration patterns that fed hundreds of species, smothering the seafloor, altering the chemical composition of the water with industrial feedlot effluent, release of billions of lice, viruses and bacteria daily! The Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw, a people with a 13,000 year relationship with this place, view this as yet another form of genocide. This remote tribe from the Kingcome Valley has received support from nations in Campbell River, Comox, and Nanaimo. ...
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Gotcha!

August 27th, 2016

I have now been on the RV Martin Sheen for 39 days! We have looked closely at salmon farms from Vancouver to Port Hardy. Ship's Log I brought the boat to the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw, in Kingcome Inlet, as they have fought this industry for nearly 30 years! They have said "no" from the beginning and yet 1/3 of the BC salmon farming industry is using their...
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Gotcha!

August 27th, 2016

I have now been on the RV Martin Sheen for 39 days! We have looked closely at salmon farms from Vancouver to Port Hardy. I brought the boat to the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw who have fought this industry for nearly 30 years. They have said "no" from the beginning and yet 1/3 of the BC salmon farming industry is using their territory to grow Atlantic salmon. Their...
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Gotcha!

August 27th, 2016

I have now been on the RV Martin Sheen for 39 days! We have looked closely at salmon farms from Vancouver to Port Hardy. I brought the boat to the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw who have fought this industry for nearly 30 years. They have said "no" from the beginning and yet 1/3 of the BC salmon farming industry is using their territory to grow Atlantic salmon. Their...
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CFIA testing for ISAV in British Columbia - acceptable?

June 24th, 2016

In the ongoing saga of what I view as a coverup of the effect of farm salmon disease on wild salmon, I have written to Canada's newest Minister of Fisheries. Recent internal CFIA emails reveal that the agency only wants only one lab in all of Canada to test for ISA virus in BC farmed salmon and that lab is shrouded in controversy due...
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Wild Salmon: A sampling expedition to the Discovery Islands

June 10th, 2016

I spent this past weekend examining young wild salmon migrating through the Discovery Islands off Campbell River. These young salmon are leaving the mighty Fraser River to start their lives out in the open ocean as they have done for thousands of years, but today they have to swim through fish farm pollutants. I am studying how this pollution of viruses, bacteria and lice affects...
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Briefing - First Nations can stop diseased farmed salmon

May 27th, 2016

Briefing: Significance to First Nations - DFO announces new farmed salmon disease May 23, 2016 Lawsuit that triggered the announcement June 2015 - Federal Court struck down conditions of licence permitting Marine Harvest to transfer farmed salmon infected with disease into open net pens. The court ruled this activity was harmful to the protection of fish and unlawful according to the Fisheries Act. Both DFO and Marine Harvest immediately appealed...
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DFO confirms heart disease is present in BC farmed salmon

May 20th, 2016

In a technical briefing was held by phone-in only Dr. Kristi Miller of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. They confirmed for the first time that the disease Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) was diagnosed in farmed Atlantic salmon in a farm in the Johnston Strait area of British Columbia. This is a very important finding because the virus associated with this disease, piscine reovirus (PRV), is widespread...
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Case Adjourned! DFO Blinks.

May 19th, 2016

On Friday the 13th, the lawyer for Fisheries and Ocean wrote to my lawyers at Ecojustice asking if the appeal against me could be adjourned until some time in October. This took everyone by surprise, because only a few weeks ago the same lawyer was in such a hurry that we could not wait for a court date in Vancouver and the hearing date was...
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Why is DFO taking me to court?

May 6th, 2016

Last year I won a legal decision (thank you Ecojustice) prohibiting further transfer of farmed salmon carrying diseases into marine net-pens on the BC coast. While common sense suggests putting diseased Atlantic farm salmon in the Pacific ocean is a bad idea, the Harper government and Marine Harvest appealed the decision. We came to expect this kind action from Harper, but here's the shocker....
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