Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Day the Water Died - Video

March 24, 1989 will forever plague history as one of the worst environmental disasters of our time. Eleven million gallons of oil spilled into the Prince William Sound killing thousands of wildlife and destroying a complex and delicate ecosystem. Exxon promised they would clean up the spill and promised that those affected would get their lives back. Sixteen years later and the people are still waiting for their lives to become "whole" again.

This video really touched me. Living on the Coast of BC where the provincial government keeps trying to open up offshore oil and gas exploration as well as allow tankers full of condensate to pass through our waters, this video reminds me why we need to be strong in our opposition to this. Because in the end, big business won't be taking care of us. We'll be the ones left carrying the burden of environmental disaster.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

First time I've had fish from the dock

I know, I know.....I live in Sointula and have never had fish off a Sointula fishing boat? I think I can be forgiven as we've only lived on the North Island for three summers now.
The first summer, there seemed to be a lot of surplus because people kept giving it to us. Last year, I don't even think we had an opening in the Strait, and I heard that the fishing was so crappy up North that we didn't even want to ask...does anyone have fish? This year there was an opening though.
So my partner found out at the hardware store what time the boats would be getting back in, and went down to the docks at the appointed time with cash in hand and my three year old in tow. Well, he was like a kid in a candy shop! He went totally crazy and bought like eighteen pink salmon! We don't even have a freezer! Plus, everyone said "you don't smoke pink", so what the heck were wer going to do with it all?
Well, I've got to tell you that pink smokes really nice! Apparently, there's a certain way it needs to be done. All I know is that it tastes fabulous. And I feel content in knowing that these guys were caught right in my own backyard.