Bigger fish to fry
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