On Sunday, April 4, 2010, our tiny mountain town lost another one of our most vibrant souls, Erin Solowey Wanamaker.
Erin had a kind spirit and an ability to keep everyone laughing in any occasion. Erin loved his life here in the mountains and his family and friends so much. He was well known for his amusing stories, party antics and giant bear hugs. When Erin tipped his head to the side and flashed me a giant grin, he had again successfully convinced me to come along on another adventure that usually made a regular evening turn into a story we would tell.
Erin was loved by all who knew him. His kindness, laughter and hugs will be missed in this community. I send my thoughts and love to Erin's family: Susan, Dennis and Lucas. He loved all of you so much and often told me stories about his life with you.
Erin, I didn't know that I could miss you even more than I loved you. Ride on, Manimal.
I would like to echo and thank Bruce Kay for his letter "A sinister soap opera" last week. If we do not remove fish farms from the Canadian wild migration route, wild salmon will be an imported luxury sold beside King Crab.
There are no salmon farms in Alaska; they chose not to risk their wild salmon. In Norway, Scotland and now Chile, fish farms have left behind a mess that cannot be remedied - ever. Due to "ISA," Chile has lost over 70 per cent of its salmon in the last 18 months.
We are now at the 11 th hour; it is not too late. A big problem is poor communication and a powerful salmon farm industry lobby. For example, last fall the Saturday Globe and Mail ran a full page article on Alexandra Morton and her findings on how sea lice are affecting wild salmon. The following Saturday, Mr. Paul Sprout, Regional Director General of DFO Pacific Region, the Honourable Minister of Fisheries Gail Shea's most trusted advisor, wrote a rebuttal letter to the editor. He stated that farm salmon lice and wild salmon lice are not related! It seems misinformation like this has been a recurring policy undermining biologist's efforts to slow fish farm expansion.
Marine Harvest, one of the largest Norwegian farm corporations here, has been dragging its feet on its closed pen pilot commitment. Hopefully it will decide to go ahead in the near future.
I would like to thank those of you that signed petitions and even better sent donations to the ads recently published to help protect wild salmon habitat.
To those that missed the ads, please take the time to visit the following sites and even more importantly please sign the petitions.