Last week, we reported a key aquaculture industry spokesperson had asked provincial New Democrat legislator Lana Popham to reconsider throwing a welcome celebration for fish farm opponent Alexandra Morton, who is walking the length of Vancouver Island to draw attention to her cause. And now Ms. Popham is being targeted by the union representing workers employed in the processing of farmed Atlantic salmon. In an open letter to the editor, United Steelworkers Local 1-1937 president Darrel Wong encouraged the Saanich South MLA to "take into consideration the existing science and the potential devastating impact on workers and Coastal communities before endorsing one side of the aquaculture debate." Earlier, Ms. Popham told Public Eye her welcome celebration for Ms. Morton was a "community response" not a "partisan event," offering to host a similar party for a fish farming company. The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned letter.
April 26, 2010