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Welcome to new writer, Jim Erkiletian of Nanaimo…

The saddest thing about the fish-farm fiasco Jim Erkiletian, Nanaimo BC The saddest thing about the fish-farm fiasco is that the Norwegian corporations deliberately placed their farms where they knew they would do the most damage to our wild salmon stocks. Especially the Broughton Archipelago where most of the salmon from the Salish Sea migrate. Their operations in Norway and Scotland had already destroyed wild stocks in over sixty rivers when they came to BC, with the blessing of NDP and Liberal governments.

Only the Greens spoke against importing a business that is in direct conflict with our fishing industry and the importance of protecting wild salmon stocks. But we should give the foreign fish farmers their walking papers. They’ve done more than enough damage. There are few places in BC where fish farms can exist without impacting wild stocks. First Nations fishers know where they are, and should be allowed to operate on their traditional territories.


REFLECTIONS, ON A SUNNY DAY Brexit, Sovereignty… and the Great Mystery Paul Bowles, Fruitvale BC From my cane armchair on the deck I cautiously seek the peace of retirement, half-expectant of explosive mechanistic interruption at any time, the world around us does impinge. Up above, fluffy white mares tails pattern the blue sky, a pigeon, with a hooting call like a dull flute, keeps a steady motif of ‘Hu hoo hu’ – and a chirping thrush intersperses with her more complex melody. A hummingbird stopped in mid-air and looked at me before jetting away. Life was now full of meaning; man and nature have at least touched base. Where now, could the soul take me? – before someone starts their lawn mower and manages to expel my flirtations with the Great Mystery.

But who am I that suffers thus while safe here in Canada. My old country, England, has just elected to create for itself a cauldron to boil in. Brexit, an intriguing mess for those whose job it is to extricate themselves from a short circuited nervous system. Brexit, so called, has cost the P.M. his job; and the subsequent fall out in the political and economic world will be news for years to come. England will be hanging onto its shirt, and now Scotland has new impetus for independence from ‘Blighty’ by wanting to remain in the European Union. So the ‘leave’ voters, even though seemingly to have voted emotionally and only now after the fact, intellectually pondering the consequences, could well have made a statement against the fetters of corporatism and control of affairs, from afar, for which they, the English would rather have the reins. The only thing is that they are the ‘People’ and not the politicians. Do the ‘People’ know how to effect any reorganisation of their destiny? I am sure the ‘People’ would not have 12 dialogue

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chosen for the Pound to be devalued, and the ramifications of that has echoes even in Canada, since I receive an English pension. But quite apart from the chaos of Britain leaving the E.U., in the long run perhaps English independence would rally a phoenix that could rise to set its citizens new standards of living and pride. Sovereignty has been lost since harmonisation with an ever-expanding Europe that took over control of Britain’s environment, health and safety, fishing, farming and trade policy. Britain has been held hostage by directives from Brussels. It was Winston Churchill who said Britain shall be with the E.U. but not of it; but slowly, Britain’s democratic rights were voted away by unelected bureaucrats of Europe. English justice, or Napoleonic Law? Another aspect of discontent to consider is the fraud in the E.U. As Dominic Raab, England’s justice minister, pointed out, there has been a huge increase in the amount of E.U. money linked to fraud. The European Fraud Office identified 901,000,000 Euros. Maybe the ‘leave’ side knew something, or even if they didn’t, research after the fact may well seal their conviction that ‘out’ is better, in spite of the consequences, in order to regain faith in themselves once more to hammer out a better future. But this is reflections on a sunny day, not a monologue on how the world decimates itself piece by piece. What then, can resurrect our faith in life itself, beyond the flailing desperation of humanity to control their fate? A character like Socrates is needed in times like these, to consult and get to the bottom of it. When faced with his own fate he looks to a higher power. “We have to invite the soul to be present to the body,” Socrates said, “We have to try to attract its attention …/

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