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Correction Appended


March 17, 2010
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Simon Fraser University will confer honorary degrees on six distinguished Canadians during its spring (June 15-18) and fall (Oct. 7-8) convocation ceremonies.

The four spring recipients are:

Beverley Busson, retired RCMP commissioner who in 1974 was among the first group of women to graduate from the RCMP academy and went on to become B.C.’s first female commanding officer in 2000 and Canada’s first female top Mountie in 2006.

Alexandra Morton, B.C. biologist and activist whose work linking sea lice infestation in wild salmon to fish farming in the Broughton Archipelago has drawn international attention and challenged both the salmon farm industry and the government officials who regulate it.

Gordon Gibson, Vancouver political columnist, author and former Liberal politician who served as assistant to Prime Minister Trudeau from 1968-1972, ran in three federal elections, was elected to the provincial legislature twice and served as B.C. Liberal Party leader.

Julio Montaner, Argentine-Canadian physician, director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Canada's largest HIV/AIDS research, treatment and education facility, president of the International AIDS Society and one of the world’s leading AIDS specialists.

The two fall recipients are:

Pat Carney, former federal senator, MP and minister responsible for the Canada-U.S. free trade negotiations in the Mulroney government, has been a strong voice for B.C., a role model for female politicians and an advocate for aboriginal women’s rights.

George A. Cohon, founder of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited/McDonald’s Russia and founder of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada/Russia, a charity dedicated to helping children with serious illnesses or disabilities and their families lead happier, healthier lives.

*Photos available upon request.

Correction: March 24, 2010
The original information about Pat Carney has been revised.

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perry jacobson

Thank you for recognizing Alexandra Morton.

I hope this wakes up our bonehead politicians.

barry

thanks to pat carney for her two-bits worth setting up NAFTA and unemploying thousands of canadians

Marjorie Watts

Congratulations to all. Well deserved.

And to you Alexandra, it scares me to think of what would have happened to the future of our salmon had you not taken a stand. Thank you so much for all of your hard work.

Keith Holliday

Well done, with the dire trouble that these "fish farms" are inflicting with wanton abandon,it is great to see this lady is recognized for the grand job she is doing to save the native salmon. Terrific. Kind regards, Keith Holliday. Tasmania ,Australia.

Bob Minnes

Alexandra Morton has carried the flag for some time now to make people aware of the damage fish farms have caused to wild salmon She often stood alone against a strong lobby, both levels of government who refused to recognize scientific proof of the terrible damage that was taking place. Congratulation on this award.

Rick Steel

Great Job Alexandra

Your tireless efforts have finally been recognized.

Maybe these people will finally listen after 15yrs.

Thank you!

Klorinth

So Alex Morton gets honored for libeling people, making false statements to the public about the nature of her research, failing to report her methods and data accurately to the journals for peer review, and has not demonstrated any correlation between fish farms and sea lice on wild salmon that did not involve selective use of data. All the while taking US foundation money to market Alaskan salmon in part by demarketing farmed salmon. I think I will return my science degree to SFU if this is what they consider "honor".

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Vivian Krause

This is to express my concern and my opinions regarding the sea lice research by Ms. Alexandra Morton and others. My paper titled, "Sea Lice Research: Science or Marketing?" and the information posted at www.fair-questions.com is the basis of my concerns and opinions.

Please allow me to begin by disclosing that I am an ex-fish farmer. In 2002 and 2003, I worked in the salmon farming industry. In 2007, I also did two short consultancies for which I was paid $17,750. I have not worked in or for the salmon farming industry since July 2007.

I respect that the senate of the Simon Fraser University has approved the decision to award an Honorary Doctorate of Science to Ms. Morton. My concern is that in making this decision, some important, relevant information may not have been available to SFU. As a concerned member of the public, I sense a duty to draw this to your attention.

As we know, Ms. Morton claims that her research shows that sea lice originating from salmon farms cause high levels of mortality among juvenile salmon in the wild and put their populations at risk of extinction. I would like to make clear that if Ms. Morton's claim is supported by her actual research findings, I would agree that salmon farms should be closed and Ms. Morton should be recognized for her work. However, in my opinion, this claim is unsubstantiated and false. In simple terms, here's why:

1) Sea lice levels at salmon farms and mortality in the wild were never measured.

2) A method to trace the origin of sea lice simply doesn't exist. If follows that claims about "farm-origin" sea lice, are unsubstantiated.

3) The actual research findings were correlative. A correlation is not evidence of causality.

4) In the analysis on which the extinction prediction is based, data prior to 2000 and data for the largest watershed in the Broughton, was excluded. When all relevant data is considered, Brooks & Jones (2008) find that wild pink salmon populations in the Broughton appear to be INCREASING. Twenty scientists have e

Disgusted

It is completely shameful that SFU would give an honourary degree to an environmental extremist such as Morton. This honour is supposed to be reserved for those who have served their communities, and not for those who have carried out sleazy propaganda campaigns against legitimate businesses.

SFU must not care about its credibility within the community.

Owen

Congratulations for recognizing the hard and unbiased work that Alexandra Morton has been doing. She has had to stand up against a huge corporate lobby,and a government that doesn't listen.

I meet fish farmers all the time who agree with her that sea lice are an incredibly horrible problem. They know that every spring they SEE wild baby salmon swim to the lights around their nets and they know they catch the sea lice there. they can SEE it. When people like Vivian throw loophole doubts into Ms Morton studies I think she should get into a wet suit into the water at an infected farm - you don't have to be a rocket scienitist to see the problems! - or she should become a lwayer.

Owen

Congratulations for recognizing the hard and unbiased work that Alexandra Morton has been doing. She has had to stand up against a huge corporate lobby,and a government that doesn't listen.

I meet fish farmers all the time who agree with her that sea lice are an incredibly horrible problem. They know that every spring they SEE wild baby salmon swim to the lights around their nets and they know they catch the sea lice there. they can SEE it. When people like Vivian throw loophole doubts into Ms Morton studies I think she should get into a wet suit into the water at an infected farm - you don't have to be a rocket scienitist to see the problems! - or she should become a lwayer.

James

I am deeply moved by the decision to award Ms. Morton an honorary degree.

It makes me physically ill to think that such an undeserving individual can be given the title "Dr."

This is a tragic turn for science.

Politics and marketing are now in control of the scientific method and the world will suffer terribly for this.

SFU has cheapened itself and done a great disservice to all who would attempt to better themselves and the world by pursuing a higher education.