Monthly Archives: May 2011

Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home

We’ve seen this act before. Disgruntled activists says she’s done “all she can”, that she’s “failed” and she’s “throwing in the towel”.

Yesterday, activist Alexandra Morton presented her case against British Columbia salmon farming to a group of 200+ registered professional biologists. It is quite rare that she engages academics and professionals – her usual gig is camping with various misfits, singing ‘kumbaya’, whilst reminiscing about the good ‘ol days when throwing fish  and mud at salmon farmers would have been accepted practice.

Well those days are over.

Today, salmon farming in British Columbia has surpassed the polarized debate that has, in the past, played right into the hands of activists like Alexandra Morton. Ms. Morton did have her chance to be a part of constructive dialogue – she decided not to partake in the various environmental groups, First Nation and industry dialogues that discuss real challenges and potential solutions to those challenges. BC salmon farming has evolved tremendously over the past 30 years – in part due to the insistence of activists like Morton. That is to be respected and acknowledged. Perhaps she should just be overjoyed that she was a part of that change which has helped mature the industry to what it has become today. But, as we all understand, apparently lack of conflict doesn’t pay the bills for activists.

“I’m broke and I have to survive”, she utters.

She must be a good read of body language, because at yesterday’s conference in Nanaimo, she must have had an epiphany. That is, no one was buying her emotional nonsense. Realizing that, she’s once again plays the ‘woe is me’ card.

“The research myself and others have done doesn’t seem to be acceptable…I just don’t know what else I can do”, she laments.

Insecurity is slightly irritating and mostly boring.

Her cult followers will rally around her, trying to relive the past. But they probably won’t tag along for too long because, sooner than later, they will realize that there will always be another Heaven’s Gate to latch onto.

Ms. Morton must be a fan of South Park, because she’s stolen a thought from the beautiful, world renowned poet ‘Cartman’ – “Screw you guys, I’m going home!”

It’s just a fundraising campaign

Submitted by Kelly Bennett (not verified) on May 9, 2011 – 11:04.

I was thinking that she is just looking at raising some funds, and based on the 2 comments made on this post, kinda proves that there are still some suckers out there that will be happy to help fund junk science and non-collaborative activism. Free world – they can do that if they want.

Her criticisms were maybe (maybe) useful 20 years ago, but she’s sooooo 1992 now.

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Alex Morton stepping down

Submitted by David (not verified) on May 7, 2011 – 22:42.

Do you people live in a bubble or something? For twenty some years the salmon farm industry with all their billions of dollars combined with our own federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and all their (or should I say our) millions of dollars, have tried in vain to vilify this amazing human being. You may as well be pissing into the wind because whatever you spray out there you will wear yourselves. My contempt for this forum and the people who buy into this nonsense is boundless!

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pretty fair actually

Submitted by Mark Brokenshire (not verified) on May 9, 2011 – 13:12.

David, actually this is a pretty fair piece. It says that her criticisms have been useful, and that they have helped shape a pretty good business. Does it pretend to be perfect, no. And it isn’t the industry or government that’s tried to “vilify” this woman – in fact, from what I’ve read they’ve been pretty understanding and haven’t prevented her from speaking her mind and protesting whenever she wants. What may finally be her undoing is her latest published studies don’t pass the test and she is now resorting to pure activism, and that doesn’t reflect well on the RPBio trade.

Fish farms will be removed!

Submitted by Mr.Enviro (not verified) on May 7, 2011 – 18:46.

I support Alexandra Morton’s campaign, and it is just beginning again in Ottawa. With more M.P.’s elected who want these farms placed on the land, my friends in the oppostion will not let B.C’s wild salmon go the way of the Dodo bird. Harper will not rest and Alexandra Morton been a champion by rallying the troops together to fight for our wild salmon’s rights and to bring sustainability to B.C.’s Aquaculture industry.It is not sustainable at this time and we need to remove the fish farms to land to be sustainable, i personally will not accept the greenwash fed to me by Ottawa, stating fish farms are sustainable, you have to be a fool to accept Harper’s views, if you do!, then you have been greenwashed.