We are being played for fools

Staff writer
January 31, 2014 01:00 AM

The following letter was sent to MP John Weston and MLA Nicholas Simons with a copy to Coast Reporter.

Dear Mr. Weston and Mr. Simons:

I have read with dismay a recent story in the Vancouver Sun regarding Ottawa's announcement regarding major expansion of fish farms in British Columbia.

There is a mountain of scientific evidence that fish farms pose many hazards and are jeopardizing wild salmon stocks. Several major salmon runs were dismal in 2013 for returning chinook and sockeye salmon, so bad, in fact that orcas are suffering because of lack of food. Did no one listen to the recommendations of the Cohen commission? Why did we spend $26 million on the inquiry? Why are we even considering jeopardizing our wild stocks with even more fish farms?

Canadians and British Columbians are being played for fools.

The majority of open net fish farms are owned by Norwegian companies, not Canadians, not British Columbians. It is not acceptable in a democracy when the needs of corporations and lobbyists usurp the needs of a country's citizens.

Fish farms should be taken out of the ocean and onto the land, not expanded!

As representatives of our coastal community, it is your duty to take these concerns seriously and let the federal and provincial government know that it is not all right to sneak this policy through without looking at the science that speaks against it.

Bette Chadwick

Sechelt


© Coast Reporter

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Coast Reporter welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus
Coast Reporter

Email to a Friend

Close

QUESTION OF THE WEEK POLL

Should a 30 km/hr speed limit be implemented throughout our community?

or  view results

Popular Coast Reporter

Community Event Calendar


Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.