Putting Columbia River salmon restoration at risk

Including Indigenous voices in U.S.-Canada water agreement discussions would give the environment a leading role

Putting Columbia River salmon restoration at riskSalmon used to swim all the way up the Columbia River from the Pacific Ocean near Astoria, Ore., to the Canadian Rocky Mountains at the river’s headwaters in Canal Flats, B.C. It was an astounding journey of 2,000 kilometres upstream that cut through a landscape of lush forest, dry desert and high peaks. But since…

Why is the anti-fish farm lobby so afraid of science?

Anti-fish farm activists ratchet up conspiracy campaign against Canadian scientists and studies

Why is the anti-fish farm lobby so afraid of science?Fearing that Canadian science will drown out their claims, the anti-fish farm lobby has embarked on a campaign to discredit upcoming studies by the government to develop better aquaculture standards. Taking the cue from Twitter-in-chief Donald Trump, who constantly tells his core supporters not to believe any official investigation about him, the activists’ campaign is…

The most irrational, damaging or downright dumb beliefs of 2017

A look back at 2017 shows far too many instances in Canada where we got it all wrong

The most irrational, damaging or downright dumb beliefs of 2017For my first column of the New Year, I’ve dipped into my collection of irrational, damaging or downright dumb happenings in 2017. The year saw major breakthroughs in the use of genetically-modified human cells to treat diseases, including retinal dystrophy and blood cancer. Human genetic re-engineering is an emerging science but there has been little…

Salmon farm industry faces harsh glare of court spotlight

By bringing suit for trespass, Marine Harvest Canada Inc. moves a critical discussion beyond the court of public opinion and into legal court

Salmon farm industry faces harsh glare of court spotlightQUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. Oct. 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ – A lawsuit brought by a West Coast salmon farm operator will likely shine a harsh light on the industry. Marine Harvest Canada Inc. has filed a Notice of Civil Claim for trespass against “Alexandra Morton, John Doe, Jane Doe and all other persons unknown to the plaintiff occupying,…

Salmon farming a ‘cultural genocide’ for First Nations

West Coast communities rise up in opposition to salmon farms as the lifeblood of their culture is threatened

Salmon farming a ‘cultural genocide’ for First NationsQUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. Sept. 18, 2016/ Troy Media/ – A tide of First Nations opposition to salmon farming is rising on the West Coast. The arrival in July of the Sea Shepherd's RV Martin Sheen on its “Operation Virus Hunter” expedition to examine salmon farms along the east coast of Vancouver Island had an unexpected effect.…

Salmon farming heads into dark, perilous waters

As the international industry struggles to deal with growing problems, tonnes of farmed B.C. salmon have died from toxic algae and low oxygen

Salmon farming heads into dark, perilous watersQUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. Sept. 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The salmon farming industry may present a front of confidence and optimism, but behind the public relations image is a reality of threat and fear. The situation in Norway – from which the industry spread to Scotland, Chile and Canada's East and West Coasts – shows the direction salmon farming is…

Swimming upstream in the battle to protect salmon

Canada's scientists are finally back in charge of protecting our fisheries, but the long delay in taking action has had a devastating impact

Swimming upstream in the battle to protect salmonQUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. Sept. 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Scientists are back. The dictatorial edict of censorship from the former Conservative federal government that prevented scientists from communicating freely with the public was lifted within hours of the new Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau taking office last fall. No one was more relieved than Kristi…

Professors’ letter outlines risks of salmon farming

8 academics express “deep concern” about salmon farming in BC

Professors’ letter outlines risks of salmon farmingDownload this column on salmon farming for your publication or website. Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use QUATHIASKI COVE, BC Jul 6, 2015/ Troy Media/ - As the B.C. salmon farming industry applies to expand its operations in the province, a warning letter by eight of Canada's leading university academics on salmon's…