Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The voters' choice: People's Order of BC winner

Meet salmon farming's worst enemy: a determined biologist, Craig Welch, Seattle Times, May 26, 2012

"...It was Morton who stunned U.S. scientists last fall with trace evidence found in wild salmon of a virus that killed millions of farmed fish in Chile.

"Researchers from Washington state to Washington, D.C., scrambled to grasp the risks of so-called infectious salmon anemia (ISA), a virus typically linked to fish farms. Congress demanded federal agencies test American fish. Wild-salmon lovers seethed. Leaders of British Columbia's $500 million-a-year salmon-farming industry scoffed — in part because they so distrust Morton.

"Then, just last week, another virus raced through salmon farms at Vancouver Island and Bainbridge Island, forcing operators to kill hundreds of thousands of farmed fish on both sides of the border..."

Additional reading:
Canada kept detection of salmon virus secret, Seattle Times, November 2011
Why fish virus spooks scientists, Seattle Times, November 2011
B.C.’s Animal Health Act makes sickness a secret, Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, May 2012
Four former ministers protest ‘taking the guts out’ of Fisheries Act, Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, May 2012
B.C. law to ban information on farm outbreaks, Ethan Baron, The Province, May 2012
And the People's Order of BC Winners Are..., Geoff D'Auria, TheTyee.ca,, October 2011
H/T John W.
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  1. Perhaps Dr. Morton could publish her findings in the U.S. papers and the bloggers could paste the copy and McRae's censorship would become the laughung stock that he is.

  2. Norm,

    Followup idea on the People's Order.....

    Would like to see a comparison chart of donations to the BC Liberal Party by the the 14 recepients of the OBC vs donations to the same party by the POBC nominees.

    1. 2012 is not too bad. The two big LIberal donors are deserving of OBC on their own merit because while Keevil and Khosrowshawi might be very large supporters of the governing party, they've also been important players in the BC economy.

      Certainly, the OBC has lost some of its lustre because unworthy recipients in years past but that's no surprise.

  3. Anyone who care what they are eating should sign this petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/costco-safeway-loblaws-we-don-t-want-to-eat-salmon-flu-or-heart-viruses

  4. As Alexandra Morton stated there is little money that goes back into the Canadian economy as the fish farms are beholden to their shareholders. Norway does not allow these open net cess pools why do we here? It is time we the consumers voiced our concerns to Fairway and other grocery stores. We need a pamphlet that outlines the detriments of this disgusting practice not only on the human but the animal food chain as well.
    animal food chains,



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