Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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A group of First Nations and environmentalists are occupying a salmon farm near Alert Bay, B.C., and say they won't leave until the provincial and federal governments revoke permits for the facility.

Ernest Alfred, a traditional leader from the 'Namgis First Nation, says he and other protesters arrived six days ago at the farm owned by Marine Harvest Canada on Swanson Island and are now building a shelter.

He says the farm is threatening their traditional way of life by impacting wild salmon and herring stocks, and he's also demanding an overall end to open-net fish farming in the sensitive Broughton Archipelago area.

Marine Harvest Canada spokesman Ian Roberts says the salmon at the farm are very healthy and are regularly checked by licensed veterinarians and there is no evidence that the operation is impacting wild fish. (The Canadian Press)



The federal government has announced funding of up to 393 thousand dollars to help secure and increase the export market for Canadian flowers.

The money for Flowers Canada Growers comes under the Growing Forward 2, AgriMarketing program.

The investment will allow F-C-G to develop standardized training protocols for flower growers on Canada's new export certification program for greenhouse-grown plants.

The funding will also help increase their market share domestically and internationally through various marketing activities, including tradeshows, sales missions, publishing a directory and buyers' guide, marketing and promotion activities. (The Canadian Press)



Farm Credit Canada's agriculture economics team says livestock is proving to be the hottest sector in Canadain agriculture, based on projected cash receipts over the next year.

J.P. Gervais, F-C-C's chief agricultural economist, says it seems like almost everything with four legs or feathers is in high demand in Canada and has significant growth potential in export markets around the world.

Gervais says the solid performance of all sectors speaks to the resilience of Canada's overall agriculture industry, as well as its ability to innovate and adapt to the changing consumer markets. …

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