Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Silver Donald Cameron: "This Affects Us Too"

Regarding Alex's petition (see yesterday's post), below is an excerpt from an email I received from Silver Donald Cameron. Mr. Cameron writes a Sunday column in the Halifax Herald.

"Alex Morton has been fighting an almost single-handed battle for years and years to get BC's salmon farms properly regulated and controlled, and she's finally won in court.

Now the question is whether the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will actually apply the law to the salmon farms, and that's the subject of this petition.

Most of the people on this list live a long way from the Pacific Coast, but DFO's dereliction of duty affects us too. This is a rogue department that's largely responsible for the decimation of the fisheries on both coasts, a department which will promulgate special regulations to stifle protest at the seal hunt, and will enforce those regulations vigorously -- but won't support a ban on trawling on unique seamounts, and won't even meet their obligations to apply the law where it really does matter.

Anything we can do to make DFO behave as though it were answerable to the people of Canada, I think, deserves our support, wherever we may live. That's why I signed this petition, and that's why I'm inviting you to join me if you have similar feelings about DFO.

Best wishes,

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