Fish farming an issue for our times 

I would like to thank Jim Horner and Bruce Kay for recent efforts to raise awareness regarding threats to B.C. wild salmon stocks brought on by the fish farming industry.

Readers should know that Jim recently paid, out of his own pocket, for full-page ads in local papers. Unselfish support for a cause that one feels strongly about should not go unnoticed.

Additional threats to the wild salmon of B.C. can be identified with increased habitat loss. The private power producers are doing their best to build dams on every free flowing waterway left in the province, which will have devastating downstream impacts to spawning and rearing grounds on a cumulative scale. Just as the fish farming corporations are mainly Norwegian multi-nationals, the private power proponents are U.S. based corporations with Canadian shell companies. Unlike the Jim Horners of this world these morally challenged people put profits and personal wealth ahead of our natural environments and the creatures that depend on same.

We know that a strong sense of environmental stewardship exists in this area. For that reason there should be more than a few people who would like to join fisheries biologist Alexandra Morton on her 500 km walk to Victoria to raise awareness for our wild salmon. The walk ends on May 9.

I personally have not attended a protest since 1971, as a student in Vancouver. The issue of the day back then was nuclear weapon testing in Amchitka, Alaska. What came of that day was an organization called Greenpeace. That weapon program was halted after one test, but Greenpeace became the first of many groups to raise public awareness of environmental issues that are still facing us.

This is one of the most important issues we face today. A large turnout in Victoria could force government officials to start acting in the best interests of British Columbians, not their corporate supporters.

Steve Anderson



They deserve a medal

The Olympics and Paralympics put on by Vancouver and Whistler were fantastic!

However, it would not have happened without the commitment and the dedication of the volunteers and we would first like to highlight the volunteers that worked on our ski hills preparing the race courses for both the Olympics and the Paralympics.

What an amazing job they all did! Despite fog, too much snow etc., they soldiered on. We heard stories of them being up there at 4 a.m., 5 a.m., 6 a.m., packing, shoveling, setting, slipping to get things ready - only to have things delayed or cancelled due to poor weather conditions, but still they carried on until all the events were run successfully. A very impressive job indeed!

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