Nanaimo Town Hall with Prime Minister Trudeau

Friday, February 2
Registration at 9:00 AM – first come, first served.
Vancouver Island University, Lower Cafeteria.
Building 185 – 750 Fourth St.  Nanaimo (The line-up is expected to start by 7 am)
The event will start at 11 AM in the Gymnasium.
This campus map will help:   https://www2.viu.ca/map.
There are several facebook pages – the most active seems to be
Fish farm activists: 
Questions:   if you are inside and get to ask a question, Alex Morton recommends that this one is key.
“Why is your minister of Fisheries, Dominic LeBlanc fighting in court to make it legal to put piscine reovirus-infected farm salmon into fish farms along the BC coast, when the laws of Canada prohibit this and the Federal Court already ruled against this behaviour.”
Background – fish farmers have told the courts 5/6 of their hatcheries are infected, and that their operations would be “severely impacted” if they were actually prohibited from transferring these fish into marine pens.  The virus is Norwegian, it is spreading to wild salmon and appears to make it harder for the fish to swim up the rivers.

Signs

  • LeBlanc’s face and “Stop allowing PRV-infected farm salmon into BC waters” . “Fish Farms Out”.   Eg.s of large signs for rally.
  • large signs will not likely be allowed inside the event, but people might be able to bring a smaller cloth one in their pockets, to open at an appropriate moment.  Careful with this strategy, so as not to derail Trudeau having to respond “our” questions.

Update on Fish Farm Opposition

FN’S Government to Provincial Government
The Chiefs of 5 First Nations from the Broughton Archipelago will meet Premier John Horgan and other provincial Ministers on January 30th in Vancouver. The purpose of this meeting is for the BC government to indicate how it will respond to the First Nations’ demands to not renew fish farm licenses on their territories when they come up for renewal in June.

Federal Government
• DFO is proposing to download responsibility for farmed salmon inspection to Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which has no mandate to protect wild fish.
• DFO’s conflict of interest – it can not, or will not protect the industry and wild salmon at the same time.
• Bill C262, NDP Bill to make all Canadian laws consistent with UNDRIP, is in second reading in Parliament. Liberals have indicated they will support it. Vote is in March 2018.

‘Namgis, Swanson Island Camp
• Issued eviction notices to Marine Harvest on January 20th.
• Chief Ernest Alfred observing a Swanson farm and occupying a camp on Swanson.

Musgamagw Dzawada’enxw, Midsummer Island Cedar Camp
• Monitoring 18 farms in their territory for re-stocking.
• Molina Dawson and Karissa Glendale observing farms and occupying Cedar camp on Midsummer.

Matriarch Camp, Victoria
• Tsastiqualus Ambers Umbas and Shawna Green were arrested on January 18, later released until their court date in Victoria on February 19.
• The camp will be moved to another location, details tba. Continue reading