to Cecilie Davidson, Claire Lynch, Hal Knight, Andrea Tischhauser, Cheryl
Davies, Bill Metcalfe, Richard Bocking, Janice Turner, Anke Bergner, Laura
Porcher, Peter Gardner, Catherine Bennett Bourns, Deryck Thompson, Leslie
Campbell, Marilyn Thaden Dexter, Barbara Benoit, Susan Grout, Martin Weideman,
Judith Fetter, Troubador Records, Wayne Madden, Stuart Wulff, Ruth Masters,
Thelma Macmurchie, Sherri Hohert, Tom Kenyon, Margaret Fear, Island Energy,
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Path Nursery, only until Sept 4th. www.earthfuture.com/gardenpath
See Green Diary for details.
line (free to non-profits, low-income). Box ads: 1" ad $30, $2"
Laundry dilemma. Someone with private laundry facilities wanted to do
laundry for environmentally ill woman. Machines must never have been used
with Tide, fabric softener or laundry of unknown history (2nd
hand clothes). Transport, payment negotiable. 920-0036.
Ethical investors wanted to help with purchase of land for Nanaimo CoHousing
group. Murray Rogers email@example.com
Handmade House? UK green architect and author David Pearson is writing
a new book on beautiful, curious & unusual homes, huts, treehouses &
playhouses where people let their creativity run wild, and heís looking
for examples. Have you built one? firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sierra Club, Victoria Group, is inviting applications for new Board
Members, deadline Sept 15th. For details, call Kevin Prokopenko, 382-6666.
VIPERG is planning a conference on global militarization and peace to
coincide with NATOís Parliamentary Assembly thatís being held in Victoria,
Oct 5-9, 2001. To help, call Bruce Wallace, 721-8629.
Arterberry, professional mime, is creating a children's show on energy
and climate change. If you have stories, music or intriguing ideas, please
help us write this educational script for the elementary level. Contact
Bev Sawatzky, 642-6281.
Spacious, bright basement suite in heritage house, 1BR, pvte garden
on quiet street, Gorge-Burnside. To non-smoking, eco-responsible person.
$625/month obo. Utilities, laundry & cable incl. 381-5196
Ascent Bookkeeping. Conscientious, personal service. Debra Meeks 478-7880
EcoNews urgently needs thousands of clean envelopes. If you have envelopes
with an "old" address, call Guy 881-1304
you Draw? EcoNews is always looking for small black and white illustrations.
No pay, but lots of exposure.
summer has seen disastrous decisions by the BC government and by the DFO
in Ottawa to support ocean fish-farming; the federal government has even
seen fit to give the industry a $70 million hand-out, as if they have written
the wild salmon off. Alexandra Morton is a whale researcher who lives on
the water at the Broughton Archipelago, and sees first hand what is happening.
This an extract from a letter she has recently sent to Herb Dhaliwal.
Minister of Fisheries,
have no idea how uninformed you sound in the letter you sent to me, dated
August 16, 2000. You are simply wrong on all three points. No one who witnessed
the Atlantic salmon caught with open sores last fall in Scott Cove Creek
agreed with the Provincial line that those sores could have been made by
sticks. This suggestion by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
was so preposterous I sent samples off for independent analysis. The results
came back with two types of Serratia bacteria resistant to 11 out of 18
antibiotics used in human medicine. When I put this out on the Internet
I got the response that exactly this bacteria has been found in farmed Atlantic
salmon in Scotland - associated with leaking septic tanks on those farms
- and manifests large open sores of the type found on the Atlantics in Scott
Cove. As far as I am concerned you are trying, unsuccessfully, to perpetuate
a smoke and mirrors story concocted by MAFF, which no one on the grounds
am very familiar with the "non-lethal methods to deter marine mammals
from netpen areas". In complete violation of the Fisheries Act, your
department has allowed acoustic harassment devices into one of the richest
and most enjoyed marine mammal areas of the world. The fisheries act clearly
prohibits displacement of cetaceans, even posting a $500,000 fine for each
such act. Research by Peter Olesiuk of the DFO Pacific Biological Station
reports a "precipitous" decline of harbour porpoise when exposed
to acoustic harassment and my own research confirms this in killer whales
and dolphins as well. Despite this, your department prefers to violate the
Fishery Act in favour of salmon farming than protect marine mammals.
term "Honorable" before your name rings hollow, Mr Dhaliwal, in
light of your feverish promotion of Atlantic salmon - the only salmon which
can survive the sale of British Columbiaís watershed resources and oil rights.
It has not been lost on coastal residents that the largest salmon farmer
here, Stolt, is an enormous oil tanker corporation and that this type of
large corporation makes a good political ally.
will be posting my findings on survivorship and distribution of escaped
Atlantic salmon as they invade this coast when the flood of reports slows
down. Over ten thousand have been caught in my area in the past three weeks.
In ten days after escaping from Sargeaunt Pass fish farm the Atlantic salmon
were found to contain wild food, including a salmon smolt. Atlantic salmon
are entering B.C. rivers as I write and mature, free-swimming Atlantic salmon
have been recently found feeding near salmon pens. If you question my numbers
you can take that up with the skippers of each and every reporting vessel
- the people who you work for.
such as the one you sent makes the Minister of Fisheries appear ignorant
and erodes confidence in you and your department. As the truths about the
impact of farming Atlantic salmon on the migration routes of wild Pacific
salmon float to the surface, you will find yourself in an increasingly untenable
and dishonorable position. Atlantic salmon will bring the virus Infectious
Salmon Anemia to this coast, and will cause cataclysmic ecosystem collapse.
In addition, the concept that large corporate factory fish farms benefit
the small coastal communities is a myth which is wearing thin. You are threatening
life on the Pacific Coast. I hope you will find a way to re-examine your
blind support of salmon farming.
area of practice:
common ground for 20+ years
GREEN PARTY IS ON A ROLL
1,900 members (the highest ever), with National Green Party leader Joan
Russow taking on Stockwell Day in the Okanagan-Coquihalla by-election on
Sept 11th (www.voterussow.org),
and with the leadership convention coming up in Vancouver on Sept 23rd,
the Green Party is on a roll. The three provincial leadership contenders
Ė Andy Shadrack, Adriane Carr and Wally Du Temple - are carpooling around
the province to the leadership rallies, discussing strategy as they go,
building a commitment to work together whoever wins. Soon afterwards, a
new draft policy manual will be published. I (Guy) joined the party last
year, sensing that there was a positive change in the air, and Iím excited
by the people who are getting involved. The Green Party website (www.greenparty.bc.ca)
is still the dullest thing going, but thatís due to change soon. We urgently
need a party that will champion the vision of a sustainable BC where all
the forests are eco-certified and all the farms are organic, where strong
greenbelts protect the agricultural lands, where energy is generated renewably
instead of by gas and oil, where offshore gas and oil exploration remains
under a moratorium, where endangered species are given proper habitat protection,
where communities are empowered to run their own welfare systems and regenerate
their own local economies, where fish farming is banned from the oceans,
where cycling, transit and walkable communities are given priority over
cars and sprawl, where work is shared, where urban and rural ecovillages
thrive and developers have to build a percentage of affordable housing,
where young people feel hopeful for the future instead of being scared,
and where we are part of the global movement to create a sustainable future
for planet, instead of being part of the problem. The NDP is failing us
on almost all of this vision; the Liberals seem not even to understand it.
Globally, Green Parties are sharing power in Germany, France and Mexico.
BC is a strange place, where old parties can vanish overnight, and new ones
appear from nowhere. With sincere respect to those who are still trying
to turn the NDP around, and who have often put in years of heartfelt commitment,
I invite you to join the Green Party of BC. To learn more, call 1-888-473-3686.
In Victoria, call Jack Etkin 721-1682, or Al Craighead 381-1284.
SHOWS THE WAY
summer, two research projects confirmed that when Monarch butterfly caterpillars
feed on milkweed contaminated by the pollen from genetically modified Bt
corn, they die. The GE food corporations and the governments that support
them said "donít worry" - theyíd done research which showed GE
food was safe. Well, they were wrong. In an Iowa State University study,
Monarch caterpillars were fed milkweed leaves from Bt cornfields. After
two days, 20% died. After five days, 70% died. Now Minneapolis City Council
has jumped into the fray, voting by 11-1 that Minneapolis should give preference
to organic food vendors for all of its contracts, urging Minneapolis schools
to offer certified organic school lunches, and calling on the state and
national government to require labeling and safety testing for all GE food,
and to have liability assigned to the commercial developers of GE foods.
See www.mtn.org/iasa. If you are interested
to take a similar motion to your council in the Victoria region, call Harald
DONíT GIVE YOURSELF PARKINSINSONíS DISEASE
study of people diagnosed with Parkinsonís disease has shown that those
who had been exposed to home pesticides were 70% more likely to develop
the disease than those who had not, and those who had been exposed to garden
pesticides were 50% more likely to develop it. For herbicides, the risk
increased with the days of exposure. Fungicides did not show a similar pattern.
The study was done by Lorene Nelson, a neuroepidemiologist at Stanford Universityís
School of Medicine. If youíd like a home visit to show you (or your parents)
how to manage without these chemicals, call City Green at (250) 381-9995;
their staff are trained and waiting to come out and help. Is it really worth
it Ė an old age suffering Parkinsonís disease, for the satisfaction of spraying
a few bugs?
must have shares in the companies that make drugs for Parkinsonís disease,
because they have just announced that they are developing a herbicide tolerant
strain of genetically altered lawn seed that can withstand intensive spraying
with Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup. Now all they need is a suburb called
Parkinsonís Meadows, where they can try it out.
THE PERFUME PLEASE
you are asthmatic, you probably know this already. A new study by the Tulane
University Medical Center has demonstrated that some perfumes cause a decline
in lung function among adult asthmatics. Of 77 adult asthmatics who completed
a questionnaire, 77% said they were allergic to fragrances, especially Red,
White Diamonds, Giorgio, Charlie, Opium and Poison. When asthma strikes,
the bronchial tubes swell up and go into spasm, blocking the passage of
air in and out of the lungs. Ladies Ė these are not gentle herbs that you
are spritzing on your bodies: they are noxious chemicals. You may not know
it, but there are some among us who hold our noses when we smell you passing
by. And no, thatís not a sign of sexual attraction.
President elect, Vincente Fox, has pledged to end Mexico's problems with
air and water pollution. Fox is advocating a substantial increase in funding
and police powers for the agency that enforces pollution laws, a sharp reduction
in the logging of old-growth forests, an increase in commercial reforestation,
the inclusion of pollution as a negative cost when calculating economic
growth, and tax breaks for industry to install environmental controls. His
minority partner in power is the Green Ecologist Party, that joined with
Fox's National Action Party to form the Alliance for Change that swept him
OF THE MONTH
Boyd writes: During his successful bid to become leader of the New Democratic
Party, Ujjal Dosanjh made a public commitment to create an Environmental
Auditor to evaluate and assess the governmentís performance on sustainability,
in the same way that the Auditor General assesses the provinceís finances.
Such an office would produce objective, independent reports on the governmentís
environmental track record, and create an office that could push government
along the path to sustainability, or act as a brake on future governmentsí
efforts to turn back the clock. For example, the State of Environment reports
show a 15% increase in greenhouse gas emissions. The Environmental Auditor
would examine steps taken by government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
explain why they have failed, and indicate how they could be improved.
Write to the Premier, and urge him to act on this very sensible proposal.
Legislative Assembly, Victoria V8V 1Z4.