Millions of scallops dying off B.C. coast Publish Date: 27-FEB-2014 09:25 AM Many of B.C.’s scallops are grown from larvae at a hatchery in Qualicum Beach. It is a controlled environment, carefully monitored to give the shellfish the best possible chance. But moving to the ocean is the next step, where things are becoming increasingly difficult as the waters seem to have reached a tipping point.
Local salmon advocate files federal petition Publish Date: 27-FEB-2014 09:19 AM A Whistler advocate of salmon preservation and habitat protection feels the federal government isn't doing enough following the release of the Cohen Commission into the Decline of Fraser Sockeye — so Dave Brown filed a petition with the auditor general of Canada expressing his concerns.
Acidic ocean deadly for Vancouver Island scallop industry Publish Date: 26-FEB-2014 09:21 AM The deteriorating health of B.C.'s oceans is impacting not only the province's marine life, but also its economy. Millions of shellfish are dying off before they can be harvested at Island Scallops, near Parksville, B.C., due to increased acidity levels in the ocean.
Court overrules DFO decision to reopen herring fisheries Publish Date: 26-FEB-2014 09:15 AM A Federal Court judge has ruled in favour of the five B.C. First Nations' injunction against Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada's (DFO) proposal to reopen commercial herring roe fisheries on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The ruling came after it was revealed in court that Fisheries Minister Gail Shea went against the advice of her own scientists when she decided to reopen the west coast of Vancouver Island for commercial herring fisheries.
Fisheries minister ignored advice from own scientists Publish Date: 22-FEB-2014 08:32 AM When federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea approved the reopening of commercial herring roe fisheries on First Nations' territories in British Columbia, she ignored the recommendations of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) scientists. This was revealed in an internal DFO document released yesterday during a court hearing of five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations' injunction against DFO's proposal to reopen the west coast of Vancouver Island to commercial herring roe fisheries in 2014.
No radiation in fish tested: Health Canada Publish Date: 21-FEB-2014 08:22 AM Canadian Food Inspection Agency; International Atomic Energy Agency; First Nations; Monitoring
Health Canada is citing two separate series of radiation tests on B.C. fish — along with ongoing ocean monitoring — as reasons why regular domestic seafood testing is not warranted in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident.
Federal government presents regulation changes needed to reopen ELA Publish Date: 19-FEB-2014 09:04 AM The Experimental Lakes Area has cleared the last regulatory hurdle on its way to reopening under the management of the International Institute for Sustainable Development this spring. The federal government has produced the changes to Canada’s fishing regulations which will allow research at the ELA to continue legally.
Oilsands and water : report calls for more research on effects of spill Publish Date: 27-JAN-2014 11:25 AM Too little is known about products from Alberta’s oilsands to assess whether spills in rivers or coastal areas could be effectively cleaned up, according to a recent report for a U.S. government agency. The scientists writing for the emergency response division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say it is unclear whether diluted bitumen will float in water and for how long the molasses-like mixture will remain at the surface.
Why NEB’s Gateway Report is Vulnerable to Legal Assault Publish Date: 20-JAN-2014 11:01 AM The federal Joint Review Panel report recommending Ottawa approve Northern Gateway has a number of flaws, errors and misrepresentations. The issues are serious enough that several environmental groups and two First Nations have asked the federal court for a judicial review.
Hamilton loses over 20 top environmental scientists Publish Date: 20-JAN-2014 10:58 AM There are at least 20 fewer federal research scientists at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington after a wave of government cutbacks over the past three years.
Safety first on fish farms Publish Date: 18-JAN-2014 10:30 AM Assurances that the federal government is making major investments in aquaculture research sound a little hollow coming from an entity that just closed regional Department of Fisheries and Oceans libraries and appears to have little respect for environmental science.
Canadian government accused of destroying environmental archives Publish Date: 17-JAN-2014 10:27 AM Scientists in Canada are up in arms over the recent closure of more than a dozen federal science libraries run by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and Environment Canada. Scientists fear that valuable archival information is being lost, and that the government, which is seen as hostile to environmental science, has little interest in preserving it.
Farming salmon on land is possible, project suggests Publish Date: 06-JAN-2014 03:18 PM The Canadian fishing industry is on the verge of being able to grow this saltwater fish anywhere – including, hypothetically, in the prairie provinces.
The Namgis closed containment facility on Vancouver Island is the first salmon farm in North America to grow Atlantic salmon on a commercial scale in a completely land-based aquaculture system.
What’s Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada’s Science Libraries? Publish Date: 23-DEC-2013 08:32 AM Shelves in Winnipeg's Freshwater Institute library showing, according to the scientist who shared this photo with The Tyee, vital records left in disarray and destined for further destruction. Scientists say the closure of some of the world's finest fishery, ocean and environmental libraries by the Harper government has been so chaotic that irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital built by Canadian taxpayers for future generations has been lost forever. Scientists reject Harper gov't claims vital material is being saved digitally.
La course autour du pôle (French) Publish Date: 15-DEC-2013 02:50 PM Pourquoi est-ce qu'on s'intéresse tant, tout à coup, au pôle Nord? Stephen Harper entend démontrer que ce petit point géographique fait partie du Canada. Le sujet a retenu l'attention parce qu'Ottawa a déposé, cette semaine, la demande visant à définir les limites extérieures de son plateau continental dans l'océan Atlantique. Frédéric Lasserre, professeur au Département de géographie de l'Université Laval, un expert reconnu en géopolitique de l'Arctique explique le différend qui oppose la Russie, le Danemark et le Canada pour ce petit bout de glace au bout du monde.
Livres au rebut (French) Publish Date: 13-DEC-2013 02:51 PM Si le gouvernement Harper brûlait des livres sur la place publique, on assisterait à une véritable levée de boucliers à travers le pays. Mais fermer ou amputer des bibliothèques spécialisées dans certains ministères en mettant au rebut des milliers de volumes et documents, cela passe largement inaperçu dans les milieux politiques et médiatiques. Le plus récent incident concerne le démantèlement du réseau de bibliothèques de Pêches et Océans Canada, dénoncé par Elizabeth May, chef du Parti Vert du Canada. Cette dernière en a eu vent parce qu'une partie des collections de la Bibliothèque Eric Marshall sur la recherche en milieu aquatique (située au Manitoba) a été relocalisée dans sa circonscription, en Colombie-Britannique. Mais bien d'autres documents (« impossible de dire combien ») se sont retrouvés au fond de bacs de recyclage...
Scientists raise alarm against Harper government changes to Fisheries Act Publish Date: 11-DEC-2013 03:45 PM It is not often that scientists enter the world of politics with a damning critique of what they see as wrong-headed government policy. But the government of Stephen Harper seems to be changing that. It is more often becoming a case of “I’m fed up and I’m not going to take it anymore!” That sentiment was in part at least the motivation leading Dr. Jefferey Hutchings, world renowned for his work on marine species at Dalhousie University, and Dr. John Post at Calgary University, to publish an article taking the Canadian government to task for its changes to the Fisheries Act.
International Open Letter to Save Canadian Science
Publish Date: 17-FEB-2014 01:56 PM
PIPSC has been working alongside other unions, advocacy groups and media to promote the importance of government science through research projects and public awareness.
Many of B.C.’s scallops are grown from larvae at a hatchery in Qualicum Beach. It is a controlled environment, carefully monitored to give the shellfish the best possible chance. But moving to the ocean is the next step, where things are becoming increasingly difficult as the waters seem to have reached a tipping point.
Des coupes pourraient être décrétées en santé si le gouvernement n'arrive pas à convaincre les médecins d'étaler leurs futures hausses de salaire, indique le ministre Réjean Hébert.
Le titulaire du portefeuille de la Santé et des Services sociaux a évoqué cette hypothèse, mercredi, en se présentant au Conseil des ministres.