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The following article was published in the Chronicle Herald today: Fishermen cast scorn on reform September 17, 2012 By PAUL McLEOD Ottawa Bureau Let’s everyone be clear, if the government does back off their plan to eliminate the owner/operator, fleet separation policy it’s because of the massive negative reaction from fishermen and their organizations. When it became clear that Minister Ashfield and the Conservatives were trying to slip this change through under the guise of “modernization”, they were forced to… Read more
Canada’s Democracy Week, from September 15 to 22, provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of civic engagement. To mark Democracy Week, the Library of Parliament is launching a new web resource for youth: Explore Our Country, Our Parliament Based on the Library’s popular publication Our Country, Our Parliament, the new site uses games, videos and interactive media to encourage youth to discover the democratic process and connect to the Parliament of Canada. Young Canadians are also invited… Read more
Conservative cuts to Fisheries and Oceans and Fisheries Act changes hurt chances for recovery OTTAWA- Conservative inaction and neglect of BC’s salmon fishery is putting recovery and the commercial fishery at risk, say NDP Fisheries and Oceans Critic Robert Chisholm (Dartmouth-Cole Harbour), and deputy West Coast Fisheries Critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody). “Sockeye is critical to the commercial fishery in British Columbia,” said Chisholm. “Recent news about the likely closure of the fishery is devastating for coastal… Read more