Alexandra Morton is a scientist studying, among other things, the effects of fish farms on the wild salmon of the Pacific Northeast. She has fought tirelessly to educate the government, aquaculture industry, and the public at large of the dangers these concentrated fish lots pose to migrating wild salmon and other species. So far, the governments of Canada and British Columbia have colluded with industry to obfuscate the facts and deceive the electorate - all for the benefit of trade and corporate interests. She spoke at the University of Victoria on April 21, 2012. - ape
It's one of British Columbia's most baffling mysteries: Why are the B.C. Liberals content to risk the future of the pacific wild salmon, and put into doubt the viability of the province's ecological heritage, all for the benefit of a small group of international fish farm operators? Why do they insist on continuing to endanger the fishing and eco-tourism industries, and with fish farm expansion plans, threatening perhaps the collapse and extinction of the keystone species, the Pacific Salmon? Just what does Mr. Campbell and his cabinet collaborators stand to gain from expanding foreign fish farm operations here? Alexandra Morton is a Broughton archipelago-based whale and fish researcher and environmental activist named Conservationist of the Year by the BC Wildlife Federation. She's the author of numerous books on the whales, dolphins, and fish of the pacific northwest, and her latest is the retrospective, 'Heart of the Raincoast: A Life Story.' Alexandra Morton in the first half.
And; last year, Victorians were stunned to hear of the removal from the board of The Land Conservancy of its founding member, Bill Turner. Turner was pushed out in what many TLC faithful termed a coup, and they've vowed to see the popular environmentalist returned to the helm. Alastair Craighead is a long-time community activist in and around Victoria. He's a co-founder of the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition, served as president of the Fairfield Community Association, and sat as a Victoria City Councillor. While with the city, he chaired the first Victoria Environment Committee, and as a director of the Victoria Water Distric, he successfully stopped logging within the water district's lands. Alastair Craighead and the local ties binding Victoria's environmental community in the second segment.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft embarked yesterday from the Peace Arch border crossing bound for Cuba, the small Caribbean island embargoed by the United States for nearly fifty years, with the Pastors for Peace. We'll try hooking up with Janine from somewhere in Washington state at the bottom of the hour.
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