Local Foods To Love

Hi all,

Thanks for another very successful evening last Monday, and for an interesting discussion, fully charged with positive energy.

  I hope you can keep it up next Monday, March 23rd, as we explore the pros and cons of eating local. We will need more of that positive energy because, guess what? The revolution is coming to Squamish! This doesn’t happen often, so make sure you tell everybody you know about it. Come along, see it with your own eyes, and let your mouth (yes, your mouth) decide for itself.

  Hope to see you all on Monday. Please continue to spread the word and send these details to your contacts.

  A million thanks for your support!


WE ARE ALL IN THE MELTING POT: A Climate Change Movie Series

Every Monday*, to March 30th, 2009
7pm at the Squamish Adventure Centre
Next installment:

Monday, March 23rd 2009: Green DO’s! – Food

Who says eating local is boring? You do? In The Islands Project, Michael Stadtländer travels on a biodiesel/solar-powered kitchen bus across the country to show us how lucky we are in this incredibly rich territory. Not ready to give up the South American chocolate, the Italian wines, or the Australian liquorice? Me neither! Perhaps Food Miles will reassure us that we don’t have to.


To sign the petition below please go to:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform … BwQmc6MA..

Petition to Protect Wild Salmon
written by Alexandra Morton

To: The Fisheries Minister The Honourable Gail Shea and
Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia

Wild salmon are the backbone of the BC Coast. On February 9, 2009
BC Supreme Court ruled that salmon farms are a fishery and a federal responsibility.
The science is in. The feedlot fishery is damaging wild salmon stocks worldwide
(Ford and Myers 2008). Fraser sockeye and all southcoast BC salmon and
steelhead are now at risk as a result of the Provincial policy of allowing the
feedlot fishery to use Canada’s most valuable wild salmon habitat .

We the undersigned demand that Fisheries and Oceans Canada
apply the Fisheries Act to this industry and immediately:

Place observers during feedlot salmon harvest to assess unlawful by-catch;

Examine feedlot salmon as they are cleaned for presence of wild fish in their
digestive tract;

Licence vessels transporting aquaculture salmon like all other commercial
fishing vessels;

As per Pacific Fishery Regulation "Prohibited Fishing
Methods" ban grow lights on fish feedlots to end wild prey species
attraction into the pens;

– Remove the marine feedlot industry from wild salmon migration routes.

The landmark BC Supreme Court decision states, “The inclusion of fisheries in s.
91(12) of the Constitution Act, 1867 was a recognition that fisheries, as a national
resource, require uniformity of the legislation”.

We insist that the Fisheries Act be applied to the salmon feedlot fishery immediately.

Standing by,
Alexandra Morton
Echo Bay/Sointula

To sign the letter demanding that the Fisheries Act be applied to fish "farms" click on this link. Pass it on:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform … BwQmc6MA..

To date 5,300 people have signed a letter to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Honourable Gail Shea and Premier of British Columbia to apply the Fisheries Act fair and square on fish farms.

To read "We Can Build a Better Aquaculture Industry" Alexandra Morton March 19, 2009 The Westcoaster http://www.westcoaster.ca/modules/AMS/a … oryid=6370

March 9, 2009 – Marine Harvest has appealed the BC Court decision that we won on February 9, 2009

They state concern that the Court fails to recognize that the salmon they put in their pens are the property of Marine Harvest and disagree with the courts’ ruling that they are a "fishery".

February 10, 2009

Thanks to your support, we spent four days this autumn in BC Supreme Court, arguing that regulation of British Columbia’s fish farms by the Province of BC is unlawful and we won. The judge said they are not "farms" they are a fishery, because the ocean runs through the net pens and the ocean is federal jurisdiction. Therefore, he ruled, the salmon aquaculture facilities must be regulated by the federal government . But the work has just begun because the federal government is not much better at this. The federal government, however, is legally mandated to protect wild fish and we can work with this.

Alexandra Morton will be appearing on Cortes Island on March 21.

Cornelia Dean of the New York Times has written a profile of Alexandra Morton and her struggle to preserve the wild salmon runs. Read it at

March 19, 2009


When you signed the letter to DFO asking the Fisheries Act to be applied to the fish “farms” you checked the box that I could contact you for help. Just let me know if you want to be removed from this list. We have about 5,400 signatures, but I think we need at least 10,000 to be considered noteworthy by Gordon Campbell and the Minister of Fisheries, Shea. In the past few hours the signatures coming in has stalled.

I am hoping that you can find a way to let more people know about this. Please contact any and all who you think might sign and help us get some relief for the wild salmon. I have a small poster that can be printed and if you want me to send it let me know.

Below is an article published today in the Westcoaster.ca please do what you can, I doubt we will get this close to reason again.

To sign the petition to apply the Fisheries Act to fish farms the way it is applied to fishermen please click on the link below……… pass it on

Thanks for your help

Alexandra Morton
Echo Bay/Sointula

We Can Build A Better Aquaculture Industry Ourselves

Published Date: 2009/3/19 0:40:00
Article ID : 6370
Version 1.00
By Alexandra Morton

The website for Friends of Port Mouton shows a grim-faced Nova Scotia fisherman holding a fish farm protest sign.

The caption reads, “Something’s wrong when you have to fight like this just to keep your friggin’ harbour.”

He’s right.

Something is very wrong, and my grizzled-faced fisherman neighbours are standing in this man’s shoes a continent away.

While government scoffs at the science, the fact is the wild salmon are vanishing on the extinction trajectory we predicted.

As the wild salmon go, so we go.

All the hype that fish farms benefit small coastal communities makes people from Port Mouton, N.S. to Echo Bay, B.C. angry.

But today there is no place for fish “farms” under the Constitution of Canada.

On Feb. 9, 2009, BC Supreme Court ruled: they are not “farms,” they are a fishery, their provincial licences to operate are unconstitutional and he removed this industry from provincial hands. The fish farmers are not allowed to privatize ocean spaces, and they cannot own a school of fish in our ocean. Their pens are irrelevant because the same ocean flows through both sides of the nets.

Marine Harvest has appealed the court ruling because their investors want the fish to be private property. The provincial government did not join Marine Harvest in this appeal.

Ok, so let’s take stock.

The fish “farming” corporations may not own their fish, their licences are unconstitutional and will be invalid in 11 months, and the B.C. government seems fine with this.

On the global front, their market is failing as Americans tighten their belts, and their share prices plummet due to a virus they appear to be accidentally infecting their own farms with down in Chile.

This industry has built nothing. As their market decays they will pull anchor and leave.

The Solution

I live in a small town and I know we need jobs, but someone in government is going to have to stand up and recognize that this social experiment is not working.

The Norwegian feedlot fishery is too mechanized, too damaging and too cheap.

Their fish are not worth enough for them to deal with their issues.

There has been a net loss in jobs, the price of wild salmon has been destroyed and the entire wild salmon fishery and the $1.5-billion tourism industry threatened.

So what’s the answer?
Wild salmon cannot be moved, so remove the ones in pens.

Offer incentives to Canadian fish farmers to build tanks on land where they can work on farming a range of fish species and rebuild a viable industry with infrastructure that will stay with the towns.

Form councils made of local people willing to work hard to restore wild salmon, using the remarkably successful biology of wild salmon as the compass and instruct government to help, not hinder these people

Apply the Fisheries Act fair and square to any aquaculture that remains in public waters.
We got into this mess because no one read the road signs and now we are way out of bounds and deep into the danger zone.

The final straw for me was the $5 million Pacific Salmon Forum tasked to respond to the plummeting wild Broughton salmon stocks.

They did indeed confirm there is a relationship between fish farms, sea lice and declining wild salmon and what do they recommend?

Leave farm salmon production at the level where all the damage to the lovely Broughton occurred.

This is wrong. When another fishery in Canada is even suspected (never mind millions in studies) of harming a wild salmon population they face reductions.

The PSF should take this industry back to 1994 levels where the wild salmon were surviving.

Something is indeed very wrong when you have to fight this friggin’ hard to do the obvious.

I don’t trust government or the industry to benefit the B.C. economy.

Norwegian fish farmers take your feedlots and go home.

Use your own coast as a litter box if you must, we can build a better aquaculture industry ourselves and have our wild salmon and our jobs, too.

To sign the petition to apply the Fisheries Act to fish farms the way it is applied to fishermen please click on the link below……… pass it on

Alexandra Morton
Echo Bay/Sointula

10,000 Voices for BC Rivers
Events update

On Thursday March 26 join thousands of British Columbians in
standing up for BC’s rivers. On that day, thousands of people
from around the province will be contacting their MLA and the
Premier calling for a moratorium on river privatization. Go to
www.tenthousandvoices.org today!

We’ve got a lot of 10,000 Voices for BC Rivers events upcoming
over the next few weeks. These events will feature Rafe Mair,
Joe Foy from the Wilderness Committee, and speakers from local
groups discussing the private power issue in BC.

March 17 at Douglas College in Coquitlam, 7-9 PM

March 18 at Bonsor Recreation Complex in Burnaby, 7:30 – 9:30 PM

March 24 at Brooks High School in Powell River, 7-9 PM

March 25 at Centennial Pavilion, Queen’s Park in New Westminster,
7-9 PM

You can find them all at http://tenthousandvoices.org/events.html
We’ll be adding more events over the next few days.

If you’d like to host an event in your community, please contact
me at 604 683 8220, or andrew@wildernesscommittee.org

Let’s find out how powerful all of our voices can be.


Andrew Radzik | Outreach Director
Wilderness Committee | Canada’s largest membership-based
wilderness preservation organization

Subject Earth Hour 2009-a very cool concept

Just passing along this incentive and hoping you’ll sign up too so that we can all share in turning off our lights on March 28 at 8:30 pm for an hour to share in a common cause. Please share this with as many friends as you can think of! It’s pretty cool watching lights turn off around the world in major cities (don’t know if Squamish will have any impact up here but you never know). Need more info? Check outwww.earthhourcanada.org (or for you ameriancs, www.earthhourusa.com, don’t know what link for you brits but I’m sure it can’t be hard to find)

Sign Up for Earth Hour 2009 – you could win a trip to visit the polar bears in Churchill!

Join millions of people around the world by turning out your lights for Earth Hour on March 28, at 8:30 p.m. Help us send a strong message to our global leaders about our need for action on climate change by signing up at EarthHourCanada.org.

By signing up, you can also be entered into our contest to win a trip for two to Churchill, Manitoba to visit polar bears! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see polar bears in the wild, experience firsthand the effects of climate change and understand why it is so important for each of us to reduce our ecological footprint every day.
What do I do?
Sign up today at EarthHourCanada.org

Enter our contest to visit the polar bears in Churchill

Help us reach our goal of 1 billion people participating worldwide by telling your friends to sign up at EarthHourCanada.org

more on: http://seatoskyviews.spaces.live.com/

The salmon are hatching now and will be swimming into collision with millions of Atlantic salmon in a few weeks. As a result there will be fewer again returning to their rivers; degrading communities, and the entire eastern Pacific cycle of life.

A fisherman sent the postcard on which brings home what we are fighting for.
http://cid-1799c7e714978fc0.skydrive.li … mp;lc=1033

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