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Fish farming an issue for our times

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Thank you to Erin's amazing family, Dennis, Susan and Lucas, for having such an awesome son and brother. We wish it didn't have to be under these circumstances, but it was a pleasure getting to know you.

Thank you to all the Daggers and everyone who shredded with Erin this year... he said last week that he would not be able to top the amount of fun he was having on the mountain this season. The last words he wrote on his Facebook page say it all: "yet another rad day on the shred... life's good, and simple."

Thank you Erin, for reminding us to live life, stay wild and make the most of every moment we have, because one day we will all be gone from this world and right now is all we have. Thanks for everything, miss you tons, till we meet again my friend...

Nada Shureih

Christian Bertrand

Mark Bannock

Kim Zanussi

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The workers' struggle

Ah, the spring season is about to start again in this little mountain town. Time for some to leave and more to arrive for the summer, getting a job, perhaps word of a summer bonus, finding a place to live for what you think will be the best summer yet.

The big problem underneath all of this is the awful working and living situations most of us will have to deal with, and some awful employers who need to be held more directly responsible when dealing with their employees. Us somewhat transient, foreign, but usually ending up long-term workers are the very grease in the wheels in this town, and the way we are treated is a direct slap in the face to the spirit of our youth.

I can't count the number of hard-working people I know that have been oh-so-conveniently fired from jobs and evicted from staff accommodation for things that in the real world would just require a written warning. And there must be three such written warnings from an employer to an employee before any firing can legally take place, according to the B.C. Employment Standards Act. How is it possible that the average workplace in this town has degraded to slightly better situations than a third world country would have? As a whole, most of us are paid just above minimum wage, offered illegal staff accommodation (basements with no windows, houses with no heating or vents, six people to a room in bunk beds, etc.), charged extraordinarily high prices for rent (where on earth is it acceptable to pay $750 for a shared room that's certainly no mansion?) and have to pay for groceries and bills in a town where it costs $3 for a loaf of bread! It's no wonder you may have some disgruntled, not so eager to work employees, who have to get a second job just to survive, never mind save money to go back to school or maybe perhaps leave! But you still can't fire them for nothing because you don't think you can keep paying them.

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