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Issues & Experts >  Issues & Experts Archive > Salmon, water, cabinet shuffle, defense — issues and experts

Salmon, water, cabinet shuffle, defense — issues and experts

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July 21, 2004
Is it farmed or wild?…A new law in Alaska is generating a lot of flap among BC fish farmers. It requires restaurants to label all salmon on their menus as either wild or farmed. An Alaskan state senator who sponsored the bill says the new law is in response to mounting consumer concern in Alaska about toxins in farmed fish and environmental problems at farmed fish sites. There is no such law as yet in BC, but salmon farmers here are worried about the Alaska legislation. More than 80 percent of BC farmed salmon is exported to the US SFU consumer behaviour specialist Judy Zaichkowsky can comment on whether fish farmers’ fears are well founded.
    Judy Zaichkowsky, 604.291.4493; 604.730.1086, zaichkow@sfu.ca
    BC moves to further protect drinking water…SFU earth scientist Diana Allen is among six scientific and industry experts on an advisory panel that helped the provincial government develop a new regulation to protect BC’s drinking water. "Walkerton was an eye opener for British Columbia," says Allen, a groundwater resources expert and chair of SFU’s earth sciences department. Six people died when a complex array of factors, unique to the Walkerton situation, led to fatal contamination of the town’s drinking water supply. BC’s government has been working proactively for the last decade to make sure that one of those factors — improper well construction and wellhead protection — doesn’t cause similar drinking water tragedies in BC. Allen can talk about how Walkerton made BC move faster and what the new ground water regulation accomplishes. (full release available at 640.291.3928)
      Diana Allen, 604.291.3967, diana_allen@sfu.ca

      West gains clout…Prime Minister Paul Martin rewarded BC with the anticipated addition of BC players to his cabinet team on Tuesday. The news of Ujjal Dosanjh taking the health minister’s post and David Emerson being named industry minister was no surprise to veteran political analyst Patrick Smith, who can look at what the added western voices will mean for BC. He can also assess their roles as part of the minority government’s new cabinet.
        Patrick Smith, 604.291.3088; 604.291.1544 (h); psmith@sfu.ca

        Taking aim at the shield…Canada should join the proposed US ballistic missile defense shield, according to the country’s top soldier at NORAD, the joint Canada-US aerospace defense command. SFU political science professor Douglas Ross disagrees. With or without Canadian involvement, the US plans to begin deploying land-based interceptor missiles this fall. "Canada has a very limited defense budget and we spend quite inadequately now to protect and control our airspace and the coastal approaches to North America," he notes. "Contributing any financial resources to a poorly thought out, inadequately tested American escalation of rivalries in strategic nuclear weapons technologies is an unwise step." Ross says the real defense issue for Canada is to address the need for more interceptor aircraft and bases to provide more timely coverage and control of Canadian airspace.