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Tag: British Columbia


Something fishy about Canada’s response to salmon virus

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

In October, a British Columbia professor sent a chill through Northwest fishery circles. He claimed to have found traces of a potentially devastating virus in two wild sockeye taken from waters in northern British Columbia.

The virus – infectious salmon anemia (ISA) – has killed millions of farmed salmon in Europe and Chile. The great fear here in the Northwest is that somehow it will develop in one of the many salmon farms along the B.C. coast and be transmitted to wild salmon.

Now comes a bombshell that threatens to damage the relationship between the United State and Canada on fishery issues. Read more »


B.C. agrees to treat Victoria sewage – finally

After decades of debate and criticism from this side of the border, British Columbia has approved a plan that – if it’s funded – will end the dumping of raw sewage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

B.C. provincial approval of the $738 (U.S.) million treatment proposal is the first step to getting federal and regional funding. If all goes as planned, a massive treatment system should be finished in 10 years or so.

Currently the Greater Victoria area dumps up to 34 million gallons of untreated sewage daily into the waters between B.C. and Washington state –

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Let the Games begin – and the rain go away

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

As the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games open tonight, we here in the suburbs of the 17-day event should be keeping our fingers crossed – and not just for the 11 Washington athletes seeking Olympic glory. We should also wish our neighbors to the north some serious good luck (bonne chance, in the spirit of Canadian bilingualism).

After all, when the British Columbia city won its quest to land the Winter Games seven years ago, who could have foreseen that they would take place during the worst global economic plunge since 1929 – and in an El Niño year to boot. That weather pattern is creating unseasonably warm conditions, forcing Vancouver organizers to haul snow in by truck and helicopter. Read more »