This past summer, the retreat of a salmon farming operation from Clayoquot Sound marked a first for the long fight to protect wild salmon.
For those whose epic migration cycle begins and ends in the rivers and creeks of the Sound, they must first and last traverse a gauntlet of more than twenty such operations.
Opposition to the fish farms, referred to by opponents as the sea-based equivalents to land-based feedlot, or “factory farms,” has grown throughout British Columbia due to environmental impacts and concern for the genetic survival of the five distinct Pacific salmon species.
While the success at home, in Clayoquot, is heartening for all engaged in the effort to preserve wild salmon, sometime the fight must be taken to the source; and it is with that in mind a delegation of First Nations and local enviros are heading to Norway, the very heart of the salmon farming industry, to attend a transcontinental Wild Salmon Conference and meet up with their European counterparts.
Bonny Glambeck is with Clayoquot Action, the Tofino-based conservation society committed to the Sound’s biocultural diversity. Their goal is simple, they say; “keep Clayoquot Sound clean and green for future generations, to preserve the diversity and integrity of the ecosystems, and to maintain and develop community and cultural richness.”
Bonny Glambeck in the first segment.
And; it’s not only on the streets of Europe’s capitals, militarization is taking hold in the most varied of venues. For example, a newly released report reveals the so-called security strategy of the Canadian/US mining giant Tahoe Resources, and to the people of southeastern Guatemala, the Escobal Project looks a little like the Third-World War. Investigative Journalist, Luis Solano’s ‘Under Siege: Peaceful Resistance to Tahoe Resources and Militarization in Guatemala’ untangles, says MiningWatch Canada, a web of relationships and tactics leading to the militarization of local farming communities.
“From the outset,” writes Solano, “Tahoe Resources hired a US security and defence contractor that boasts experience with corporations working in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan to develop a security plan that treated peaceful protest and community leaders as if they were armed insurgents.”
Jennifer Moore is the Latin America Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada. From her Ecuador-base, Jen spent years in Latin America as a freelance print and broadcast journalist, specializing in communities affected by Canadian-financed mining companies and exposing, among others, Blackfire Explorations’ and its notorious Payback Mine in Chiapas, Mexico. MiningWatch Canada helped sponsor Luis Solano’s recent ‘Under Siege’ tour through Canada.
Jennifer Moore and resisting Tahoe in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz of happenings on and around our streets, and beyond, in the coming week. But first, Bonnie Glambeck and On to Norway! with Clayoquot Action.