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Pacific herring stocks are shadows of their former abundance. But the Canadian government wants to reopen fishing off British Columbia. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 14:26

Fighting Over Herring­the Little Fish That Feeds Multitudes
By Craig Welch

National Geographic
Picture of pacific herring swimming in a large ball for safety




Pacific herring in British Columbia, Canada, come near shore in massive schools every spring to spawn.

Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Creative

The Pacific herring­an oily, silvery, schooling fish­is rarely high on the list of marine animals people fret about.

But for the second straight year, the Canadian government has ignited a skirmish in British Columbia by moving to let fishing nets scoop up spawning herring, despite objections from scientists, Native people, and even commercial fishing groups.

"Last year it almost got to a war­locals were geared up to block fishing boats in port," said Tony Pitcher, a fisheries scientist with the University of British Columbia. "There were more police on the dock than there were local people."

This unusual battle is part of a global debate about the future of some of the oceans' most important fish: the abundant schools of sardines, squid, smelt, anchovies, and herring that serve as forage for larger animals in the sea.

Scientists like Pitcher argue that too few governments take into account the essential role these forage fish play in marine systems before deciding how many of them can be caught.

Earth News
Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 15:48


OCTOBER 4, 2014 10:16 PM

The VIA Rail Dayliner en route to Victoria from Courtenay in 2009.   Photograph By Krista Bryce, Nanaimo Daily News


A new E&N Rail terminal should be located on city green space being created through the elimination of the S-curve on the western approach to the new Johnson Street Bridge, says Victoria Coun. Ben Isitt.

“I think when we look at the economic vitality of the downtown, it’s important as the commercial and employment centre of Vancouver Island,” said Isitt, the Capital Regional District appointee to the Island Corridor Foundation, which owns the rail corridor.

“I think shortening the distance from the downtown to the rail terminus should be the top priority in site selection.”

A voice from wilderness defends Oak Bay’s deer PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 24 January 2015 21:16

By Jack Knox: Times Colonist


Kelly Carson works the bullhorn during an anti-deer cull protest in Oak Bay Village.   Photograph By ADRIAN LAM, Times Colonist

The knock on opponents of Oak Bay’s urban-deer cull is that they themselves are urban animals — latté-sucking city dwellers with a Disneyfied view of nature.

Which, for the anti-cull crowd’s most familiar face, is as far from reality as the isolated lighthouses in which she grew up.

Stephen Lewis roars once more in takedown of Stephen Harper government: PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 24 November 2014 17:51

Canada and its politics, the former Ontario NDP leader says, are in free fall.

In his Friday speech, Stephen Lewis took aim at the “pre-paleolithic Neanderthals” in office.


In his Friday speech, Stephen Lewis took aim at the “pre-paleolithic Neanderthals” in office.

At the age of 77, Stephen Lewis describes himself as being “happily in his dotage,” a man free to bare his soul and dispense with diplomatic niceties.

He did just that in Charlottetown last Friday. The one-time lion of the left unleashed a withering roar over eight years of Stephen Harper government that deserves to be moved from the relatively tiny confines of the Confederation Centre of the Arts and into a larger forum.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 17:54
"Christy's Classroom" to open on Legislature lawn on Tuesday if dispute with teachers not settled PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 29 August 2014 08:10

Friday, August 29, 2014

VICTORIA—The Legislature Lawn is slated to be transformed into an outdoor "peoples' classroom" by students, parents, teachers and community members on Tuesday Sept 2nd if the BC government does not reach a settlement with the teachers first.
"Christy's Classroom" will open with the ringing of a school bell at 9AM on Tuesday, the day classes are scheduled to start in BC's public school system.
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:56
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