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COMMENTARY · 14th March 2011
Merv Ritchie
We have been writing forthright and boldly since early 2007. Unlike most other publications we do not rewrite news releases and pretend we did the research. When we receive a news release we post it as it is and attribute it to the source. When we do our own investigative work we attach our name to it and take the fallout when it comes.

In most cases we are proven to be quite accurate. In very few cases do we end up with egg on our face. We believe that it is our job to provide timely accurate information to keep the citizens, our audience, as completely informed as possible on any situation we address. Today it is tectonic plates, tidal waves and nuclear accidents. In 2007 it was the devastating flood of the Skeena River.

We did our research and were the first to warn the public of the impeding deluge of water coming from the Skeena Headwaters. We published this in the early morning hours of June 4, 2007 with this article; FLOOD, FLOOD, FLOOD, ARE YOU LISTENING?.

We didn’t wait, as the article states, for the officials to tell us to tell the public, we did our duty and provided the details and the knowledge we had, as soon as we had it.

We do not know what is going to happen in Japan. What we do know is it is very serious and the radiation exposure is not decreasing, it is increasing. The containment vessel in at least one of the reactors has failed permitting the large scale release of radioactive particulates. We hope they get it under control however things have been getting progressively worse, not progressively better. This is providing accurate information.

The next issue we need to raise is our own fault lines, the fracture zone off the west coast of North America, in particular the Juan de Fuca subduction zone.

We have written about this on numerous occasions and intend to continue bringing this serious matter to the publics’ attention. The region, shown on the map above, is the last of the entire Pacific Rim ‘Ring of Fire’ to not be rattled by a serious destructive quake.

Haida Gwaii is on the North end of this zone. Oregon is on the South end. We wrote about the seriousness Here in November 2009 after a minor quake.

Richmond, Sea Island and Delta are just that, Fraser River Delta. If a quake a hundred times ‘less’ powerful than that which struck Japan hit this area or even off shore, the entire region would sink into a quivering pool of muck. If the Ocean sucked back like it did in Indonesia on Boxing Day, 2004, the rush back in could reach all the way into Hope. Our duty here is to provide this information so the public can be prepared. Because by the time the government feels it is time to warn us, invariably it is far too late.

Many people feel we should calm fears, not alarm or alert the public. Most government officials have as their responsibility, much like the oath of office taken today by BC Premier Christy Clark, the duty to keep secrets. The media on the other hand has the duty to provide timely information, balanced and fair, not deceptive. More importantly the traditional role of the media has been to expose those secrets the government is attempting to keep from the public. Unlike Jack Nicholson in ‘A Few Good Men’ we believe you ‘can’ handle the truth.
Recent quakes at the south end of the Juan de Fuca subduction zone
Recent quakes at the south end of the Juan de Fuca subduction zone
We Can Handle The Truth
Comment by Terry Gresl on 15th March 2011
That's why we turn to your paper/website for the latest news, keep up the good work.