Last week I attended the salmon inquiry in Vancouver and was shocked at the high level of secrecy and security.
Why was Nanaimo-based scientist Dr. Kristi Miller shadowed everywhere by two burly bodyguards with earpieces and escorted from the courtroom like a prisoner?
It speaks volumes that a DFO scientist is protected by the secret service, prevented from speaking to the media and is being starved of research funding to continue her groundbreaking research on a virus in Fraser sockeye.
Not only is Miller's scientific work being muzzled but her research laboratory in Nanaimo is also in danger of being shut down by the federal government.
What does the Privy Council and the Prime Minister's office have to hide by muzzling Miller?
During Friday's public hearing, the Crown lawyer representing the Province of British Columbia shamefully argued that keeping salmon farming disease data secret was "in the public interest."
The argument is illogical and is cause for international embarrassment.
Why is Ottawa shielding the Norwegian-owned salmon farming industry from public scrutiny?
It will make a mockery of this so-called public inquiry if the Crown and Ottawa values the business interests of foreign companies farming Atlantic salmon before fishermen, First Nations, bears, eagles, orcas, wolves, forests and the people of British Columbia who depend upon healthy wild Pacific salmon.Further Research and Articles Listed Below
"Cycle of Salmon Rides into Vancouver - Ripple Effect makes waves at Cohen Commission" (The Ripple Effect, 29th August): http://ripplerelay.ca/
"Many questions raised over salmon inquiry" (The Daily News, 29th August): http://www.canada.com/Many+questions+raised+over+salmon+inquiry/5321825/story.html
"Aquaculture industry never refused to give up salmon samples: BCSFA" (FIS, 29th August): http://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=45580&ndb=1&df=0
"B.C. wants to keep audit data on salmon farms out of public eye" (The Times Colonist/Vancouver Sun, 28th August): http://www.timescolonist.com/technology/wants+keep+audit+data+salmon+farms+public/5320456/story.html
"Peaceful Wild Salmon Warrior Rally August 30, Tuesday Vancouver Art Gallery" (Alexandra Morton, 28th August): http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/alexandra_morton/2011/08/peaceful-wild-salmon-warrior-rally-august-30-tuesday-vancouver-art-gallery.html
"Cohen Commission Observations Disease/Aquaculture 22-26" (You Tube/Tofino News, 28th August): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RL4Xx5etE6g
"Week 1 Review: The Skeletons Rattling in Cohen's Closet" (Superheroes 4 Salmon, 28th August): http://www.superheroes4salmon.org/blog/week-1-review-skeletons-rattling-cohen%E2%80%99s-closet
"Kristi's Choice" (Grass!Struggle, 28th August): http://grassstruggle.blogspot.com/2011/08/kristis-choice.html
"Day 5 - Not public for the public good" (Alexandra Morton, 28th August): http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/alexandra_morton/2011/08/day-5-not-public-for-the-public-good.html
"Wild Salmon Warrior Rally - Why?" (Salmon Are Sacred, 27th August): http://salmonaresacred.org/blog/wild-salmon-warrior-rally-why
"Company recalls more than 8,000 packages of smoked salmon" (CNN, 27th August): http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/08/27/salmon.recall/
"Agreeing to disagree: A fish story by any other name" (The Vancouver Sun, 27th August): http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Agreeing+disagree+fish+story+other+name/5317095/story.html
"Cohen-ciding with the Truth" (Cohen Inquiry Notes, 26th August): http://coheninquirynotes.blogspot.com/2011/08/cohenciding-with-truth.html
"Lift your voices, raise our hopes" (Richmond News, 26th August): http://www.richmond-news.com/Lift+your+voices+raise+hopes/5310633/story.html
"B.C. wants to keep audit data on salmon farms out of public eye" (The Vancouver Sun, 26th August): http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/wants+keep+audit+data+salmon+farms+public/5314709/story.html
"Salmon farmers support unprecedented fish health data release" (BC Salmon Farmers Association, 26th August): http://www.salmonfarmers.org/salmon-farmers-support-unprecedented-fish-health-data-release
"A Stink Rising at the Cohen Salmon Inquiry: Judge Blocks Releasing Disease Findings" (Pacific Free Press, 26th August): http://www.pacificfreepress.com/news/1/9562-a-stink-rising-at-the-cohen-salmon-inquiry-judge-blocks-releasing-disease-findings.html
"Canada media: The sockeye’s woes in BC get a national airing" (Knight Science Journalism Tracker, 26th August): http://ksjtracker.mit.edu/2011/08/26/canada-media-the-sockeyes-woes-in-bc-get-a-national-airing/
"Opinion: Fish farming not a culprit of the declining salmon stocks" (The Vancouver Observer, 26th August): http://www.vancouverobserver.com/blogs/world/2011/08/26/opinion-fish-farming-not-culprit-declining-salmon-stocks
"Muzzled" (Salmon Inquiry, 26th August): http://salmoninquiry.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/muzzled/
"Facts run contrary to claims of salmon virus" (Nanaimo Daily News, 26th August): http://www.canada.com/Facts+contrary+claims+salmon+virus/5311358/story.html
"A fishy little mystery" (Kitimat Northern Sentinel, 26th August): http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_north/northernsentinel/opinion/128330398.html
"Virus may have led to sockeye salmon's steep decline" (FIS, 26th August): http://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=&day=26&id=45508&l=e&special=&ndb=1%20target=
"Virus Scientist Helps Sport Fishers" (The Times Colonist, 24th August): http://www.catchsalmonbc.com/?p=493
Including from Ryan Lake in the Richmond News: "Don't allow the Fraser and its salmon to become just another morally starved, bastard child of corporate greed"
Read a new report "Fish Farmageddon: The Infectious Salmon Aquacalypse" including details of Infectious Salmon Anaemia, IHN, VHS, Sea Lice and Gyrodactylus salaris.
Download in full online via: http://www.ecobc.org/~DOCUMENTS/Salmon/Fish_Farmageddon_.pdf
Read online via: http://issuu.com/pool32mag/docs/farmageddon_pdf_lowest_res
This week (29th August to 1st September), the Cohen Commission in Canada will continue the focus on salmon farming and the disease issue – details via: http://www.superheroes4salmon.org/blog/dfo-dock-cohen-commission-august-september
'Aquaculture' is on the agenda on 29th, 30th and 31st of August and on 1st, 6th, 7th and 8th September (Alexandra Morton is on the witness stand on 7th & 8th September along with Marine Harvest and Grieg; Mainstream/Cermaq is on the stand on 31st August).
According to the Cohen Commission web-site: "With increased interest in the commission’s hearings as they near their conclusion, the commission will be allocating a block of seats in the public gallery to participants with standing for the topic for each day’s hearing. Any additional seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis".
Watch the Cohen Commission live via: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/salmon-inquiry#utm_campaign=www.facebook.com&utm_source=9161925&utm_medium=social
Live updates online via Facebook: "Salmon Inquiry: Cohen Commission Watch": http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113025692098919&ref=ts#
For more background on the Cohen Commission visit: http://www.superheroes4salmon.org/cohen
For details on a rally on 30th August in Vancouver near the Cohen Commission visit: http://www.salmonaresacred.org/cohen-commission