Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) unleashed a storm of protests, when they announced that salmon farms pose a minimal risk to migrating wild salmon. One of the most telling criticisms came through an interview that the Globe and Mail had with Kristi Miller-Saunders, head of the department’s molecular genetics laboratory at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo. Dr. Miller-Saunders is troubled about the assessments and the fact department scientists are depend on funding from industry.Continue reading Are DFO scientists too dependent on funding from industry?
By Moira Wyton, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Experts and advocates are hoping the next B.C. government will focus on expanding preventative mental health-care services and overhauling the aging and “outdated” Mental Health Act to protect individual dignity in care.Continue reading Election 2020: Fixing the Mental Health System
By Rebecca Dyok, The Williams Lake Tribune, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is standing with Wet’suwet’en land defenders who said they were threatened with arrest during a recent ceremony in their traditional territory near Houston, B.C. which briefly blocked access for Coastal GasLink workers.Continue reading Wet’suwet’en land defenders ceremony
A new video made by Vancouver Island activists at the forefront of the Fairy Creek watershed blockade in Port Renfrew has gone viral on the internet as it takes a dig at B.C.’s destination marketing brand, Super, Natural British Columbia.Continue reading Fairy Creek protesters release video highlighting BC’s ‘hypocrisy’
By Anna McKenzie, The Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Canada delivered its Speech from the Throne to signal a new session of parliament on Wednesday. The speech was largely focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and the middle class. After a tumultuous 10months following the previous throne speech, including a global pandemic, the Wet’suwet’en crisis, and several high profile police brutality cases upon BIPOC in Canada (and in the United States), the federal government has said that they will be moving towards expediting several of its commitments to Indigenous Peoples. But for Kukip7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer of theUnion of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), reconciliation has been put on the back burner.Continue reading Reconciliation on the back burner