Last summer, First Nations activists turned around the installation of a new salmon farm in Clayoquot Sound, and while that battle won is a victory worth celebrating, it’s not nearly the end, nor even the beginning of the end of the war to reclaim the Sound’s environmental integrity for Wild Salmon.
Clayoquot Action has been taking local action to save Clayoquot Sound’s magnificent natural environment for years. It recently broadened its scope, taking a trip to Norway, Ground Zero of the international salmon farming industry, to speak directly to both representatives of that industry, and the Norwegian people.
Dan Lewis joined Clayoquot Action’s Bonny Glambeck and John Rampanen from the Ahousaht and Kelsemaht First Nations as members of the Wild Salmon Delegation to Norway, and she’s back in Canada now with exciting news from her travels to the other side.
Dan Lewis in the first half.
And; despite its pernicious impact on local environments, the fracking industry, or LNG as its known in these parts, has proven as resilient as pacific salmon, returning again and again despite the odds against it. In BC, neither international market disinterest, nor environmental logic can kill it; and it seems the will of the people too is incapable of deterring an industry no-one wants around. Recent events within the Cowichan Valley attest to “LNG’s” deleterious effects on democracy, while the provincial government’s embarrassing budget inclusion yesterday of its so-called ‘Prosperity Fund,’ (promised to be predicated upon “LNG” royalties) lends an “Emperor’s New Clothes” element to an industry that hasn’t yet, and may never, materialize here. Talk about “natural gas”!
Walter M. Brasch is an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor, syndicated columnist, broadcaster, educator, activist, and prolific author whose book titles include: ‘Before the First Snow,’ ‘America’s Unpatriotic Acts,’ ‘Sex and the Single Beer Can,’ ‘The Press and the State,’ ‘Social Foundations of Mass Media.’ His latest book, ‘Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting with Disaster’ is a detailed investigation of that industry, and what its activity means for the people and landscapes where it takes place.
Walter M. Brasch and fracking America in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of the coming week from our city’s street, and beyond there too. But first, Bonny Glambeck and a salmon farming sea change beginning.