Big­ger fish to fry

The Labradorian - - EDITORIAL - Colin Mur­ray, N.L. na­tive study­ing for a Masters in Coastal and Marine Man­age­ment at the Uni­ver­sity of the West­fjords in Ice­land.

The catch and re­lease vs. re­ten­tion de­bate this sum­mer of­fered the NL Lib­er­als the per­fect pub­lic dis­trac­tion from a huge aqua­cul­ture pro­posal.

In al­most the same breath, they have ac­cused the fed­eral gov­ern­ment of not lis­ten­ing to an­glers — while ap­peal­ing a rul­ing by the Supreme Court of NL to re­quire an En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment for what would be the largest salmon aqua­cul­ture project in Canada.

Such a project would have “both sig­nif­i­cant pub­lic con­cerns, and the po­ten­tial for sig­nif­i­cant neg­a­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects” ac­cord­ing to Jus­tice Gil­lian But­ler.

The project has been very un­pop­u­lar amongst an­gler groups; how­ever, the pro­vin­cial Lib­er­als wish to by­pass the very process by which stake­hold­ers (like an­glers) can voice their con­cerns. Con­trary to what might anec­do­tally have been in­di­cated this salmon sea­son past, there are big­ger fish to fry than catch and re­lease vs. re­ten­tion an­gling.

On a side note: I pre­dict the peo­ple who have been dis­miss­ing the At­lantic Salmon Fed­er­a­tion this sum­mer as elit­ists will now be look­ing to that group to step up to the plate — once again — for At­lantic salmon. What has been lost in the anger? NL an­glers are too worked up — by each other — to even feel how sad this all is. Time will tell if an­glers will be able to unite be­hind a greater cause or con­tinue to sense­lessly bicker over small pota­toes.

In the lat­est in­stall­ment of my per­sonal six de­grees of sep­a­ra­tion saga, I was able to draw a di­rect line of con­nec­tion to the story about that cou­ple hop­ing to open a Balkan res­tau­rant at the site of the for­mer Sports Bar on Bon­cloddy Street in St. John’s.

Now, first of all, be­fore I cap­ti­vate Read­er­ship Land with my re­la­tion­ship to that area of town, I would sug­gest city coun­cil fol­low the lead of coun­cil­lor Art Pud­dis­ter and find a way for this Bos­nian fam­ily to cir­cum­vent a fool­ish mu­nic­i­pal tech­ni­cal­ity and be given an hon­est crack at hav­ing their dream reach fruition.

It’s re­ally a no brainer, is it not? From an eco­nomic point of view — even from a feel-good an­gle, one not nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with politi­cians — it makes so much sense for coun­cil to ex­pe­dite the change in the zon­ing reg­u­la­tions, and let Eldin Hu­sic and his wife pro­ceed with their plans to give town­ies (and vis­i­tors) an­other unique, in­ter­na­tion­ally flavoured eatery.

(In con­trast to Pud­dis­ter’s sen­si­ble sug­ges­tion em­a­nat­ing from what The Evening Tele­gram of the ’60s and ’70s head­lined as “Coun­cil Notes,” there was Sandy Hick­man’s Monty Python-like pro­posal re­cently to the ef­fect that the best way to deal with those ma­cho bik­ers vi­o­lat­ing the tran­quil­ity of Sig­nal Hill Road is to con­struct an­other route up to Cabot Tower, one that would, ac­cord­ing to news re­ports I read, swing right by the Miller Cen­tre, where peo­ple are pre­par­ing to die in the pal­lia­tive care unit and oth­ers are en­dur­ing ag­o­niz­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive pro­ce­dures.

Like that tele­vi­sion com­mer­cial for a for­eign beer would

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