Canadian official publicly claims ‘no concern’ over new Fukushima leak info… Yet privately requested tests on salmon, due to “great public concern about potential radiation contamination in these fish”

Published: August 19th, 2013 at 3:27 pm ET


Sun News, August 14, 2013: Fukushima radiation leak not a concern to Canada, officials say […] Increased levels of radiation pouring into the Pacific Ocean from the fractured Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan do not concern Canadian officials. […] In recent weeks the situation has worsened and been declared an emergency. An estimated 300 tons of radioactive water is pouring into the ocean each day. But in Canada, officials said they don’t believe there are any concerns with the increased levels of radiation. […] “We don’t believe there’s any radiation being carried across the Pacific.” [B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall said.] […] Health Canada also said it doesn’t consider the radiation a threat […]

The Tyee, April 27, 2013 (Emphasis Added): [British Columbia public health officer Dr. Perry Kendall] became so concerned about calming the public fears that he considered unfounded that he urged the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to carry out a special round of testing […] Last December, Kendall’s office said that such testing was no longer necessary […] But then last month [March 2013] it appeared to reverse itself a second time, telling The Tyee that, due to “continuing misinformation on the internet,” it would ask Ottawa yet again to conduct new fish testing in 2013. […] Last June [2012 … Kendall] privately asked federal officials to test migrating salmon and tuna for possible radiation after the quake. But the federal government declined his request […] He began by writing that British Columbians were worried about decisions […] to not do any more testing of Pacific salmon or other migratory fish […] “There remains great public concern about the potential for radiation contamination in these fish species because of the emergency at the Fukushima Diiachi nuclear power plant in Japan,” wrote Kendall. “[…] we are officially requesting that CFIA and DFO revisit their decision to not test salmon or tuna returning to British Columbia shores this coming season,” urged Kendall.

Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility: Edwards said to test the fish for only the first year after Fukushima is wrong because radiation builds up in food chains over a long time, even centuries. “I’m very sad if they have the attitude that if they found low levels only in the first year, then more testing is a waste of time. That is Alice in Wonderland science.” After all, he added, the mercury level of fish in northern Quebec was not considered a risk until it had already affected people. […] You must realize that all governments have a vested interest in reassuring the population.

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From last year: [intlink id=”seals-walruses-now-unprecedented-number-of-sea-turtle-deaths-in-vancouver-island-says-oceanographer-audio” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]

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Published: August 19th, 2013 at 3:27 pm ET


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24 comments to Canadian official publicly claims ‘no concern’ over new Fukushima leak info… Yet privately requested tests on salmon, due to “great public concern about potential radiation contamination in these fish”

  • At what point will it become a concern?

    Not testing seafood at this juncture is like claiming the 5th amendment while being questioned.

    Because the truth will most likely incriminate you.

    They know it's contaminated, they know they're guilty of hiding the truth, they will do nothing and they will say nothing.

    The 'proof is in the pudding'.

    figure of speech meaning “the quality, effectiveness or truth of something can only be judged by putting it into action or to its intended use”

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      When privates testing is done by certified scientists but whether they get published or acknowledge is the kicker. IMHO

    • nedlifromvermont

      Of course he cares … he's just sayin' he don't care because he was paid $$ by GE, IAEA, Obamanuke (who really cares any more) to say he doesn't care.

      This is how the big nuke machine works. Give some smart-looking boneheads a bunch of money to show up in front of a t.v. camera to say "It's not a problem. We have these machines. We are big company and you a wee man. Move along. We are in control here, and you are gay. We know what we're doing, and you are gay. No immediate danger here, and you complainers are all gay."

      And the bought and paid-for media falls for it.

      Media can't start covering it now, or we'll all go "Where have you been the last two point five years?"

      GE can't admit to forcing a poorly designed reactor (Cheap, Cheap) onto the market, or some weaselly lawyer will show up with an anencephalous baby in court, win a civil suit, and take away all Mr. Immler's toys (and his swanky shoes.) We are trapped by our legal system in a world of lies, deceit, cover up, and plausible deniability.

      Isn't democracy wonderful (except in Egypt?)

      Are you understanding this yet? Do you have cancer yet? You soon will.

      Yakuza don't give a shit about Mr. Immler's stock price … or his swanky shoes.

      Are you hearing me yet? Or has the radiation got to you, too?

      Thanks be to GE.

      peace folks …

  • rebelgroove

    First of all, I am Canadian.

    Now on behalf of all Canadians not employed within the government who are not terrified to speak out, I apologise from the bottom of my heart for the morons leading my country.

    Canadians have come to understand that whatever their government says needs a second look, and we are becoming more self-reliant for information than ever before.

    My point is that we know they're lying …

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      At least your Government is discussing it while the US just raises the limits of radiation contamination or compares potassium in bananas to cesium. All governments downplay nuclear accidents for a plethora of reasons such as economics, politics, industry. I'm by no means making excuses but it is rather daunting when you look at the big picture from their perspective but regardless the right thing to do is to protect the public as that is suppose to be their job, their duty. So very disturbing on so many levels.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    I think I remember that a few Canadians could not even handle Ann Coulter.

    Man, I feel sorry for you guys up there since you must live in the "Land of OZ" too.

    Your puppet masters must be a little tougher than ours..

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    Canadian here as well. It's a known fact in this country that the worse used car salesman is more trust worthy than any politician. It seems that as soon as they are attending meetings in Ottawa their morals are replaced by their bank book. If they don't tow the party line they're thrown out and denounced, or made into a fall guy for the latest political screw-up.

    Don't get me wrong, I am totally pro-Canadian. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, but as rebelgroove stated, most people don't trust anything coming out of Capital Hill. They still maintain the "good-old boy" mentality of thinking where everything is done behind closed doors, you only inform people what they need to hear and you grab what you can in the 4 years you're in there.

    "You must realize that all governments have a vested interest in reassuring the population."… apparently not in protecting them though.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Always follow the money flying out of your government troughs since it will always leads to the truth!

    Checking a few politician's off shore bank accounts might help a little too!

    "Greed" has led us all into this mess….

  • Any and all government officials that argue that oceanic radiation levels are of no concern… Should have to swim a mandatory 5 mile circular lap in the bay outside fukushima Japan…

    Go ahead, guys…

    It's safe and of no concern to the people you are speaking for, so take a quick swim to assure us of your "testimony".

    • I'd like to hear the governments official answer to this request in a televised discussion…

      uhm would I swim in the ocean just outside the plant… Well that's uhm…

      If you can't swim there, where did you think the current plans and has already been taking the waste?

  • The main problem for the Canadian bureaucrats now is the future of the fishing industry.

    And I stress we should not just blame the Conservatives. All political parties think alike. They are there to protect business and their own interests above all other concerns.

    Let's look back at past experiences with unsafe food:

    – Mad Cow Disease never went away. And there is no way that inspectors can spot every sick animal. Special care is taken with Canadian beef for export (for business reasons) but that's it.

    – BC fish farms have had very bad press and the public are aware of the risks.

    – Poultry now. Most of us know that the poor creatures are pumped full of antibiotics, and have other health issues too.

    What do all three examples have in common? That the consumer really does not care as much as we think he does. The consumer WANTS TO BE LIED TO. Consumers will continue to buy food that is bad for them. The appearance of food, taste and cost are top priorities.

    So the government will establish a special fish inspection system and they will tell us that we should trust them and whatever inspectors approve, is good enough to eat. End of story.

    Most people will learn to live with it. What's a little mercury with their fish? Or a little radiation? Or a fish deformity or two if it goes into fish sticks?

    (BTW, radiation safety levels will continue to rise, as needed.)

  • gmathol

    We like to eat Tuna or even Sushi or Salmon and after a few tests in independent not US/Canadian laboratories we stopped.

    Sorry, even the herring in the dirty Baltic sea waters is not as contaminated as US sold fish. Think of the Gulf of Mexico – does Corexit tell you something? Right – the BP disaster is almost forgotten and people in Florida suffer from strange new diseases.

    Also enjoy fracking! Fracking is good for you, because it poisons the water table.

  • jackassrig

    No it can't be this bad. No No Aghhhh

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    Way back in the heady days of December 2011, when squadrons of pigs flew through the skies, and everybody used 'pig shit' proof umbrellas, and TEPCO actually thought that they'd fooled the world.

    The BBC released this article "Viewpoint: How Fukushima was stabilised"

    you can STILL sense the heady aroma of TEPCO BS even now.

    And yet even when it's obvious to everybody and their maiden aunt that TEPCO where spouting enough verbal fertilizer to end world hunger AND put Monsato out of business. The governments of the world, especially America and Canada still spout TEPCO's original line.

  • lickerface lickerface

    I got ten pounds of dulse powder from Canada that measures up to 260 CPM with a PRM-9000.

  • lickerface lickerface

    I got ten pounds of dulse powder from Canada that measures over 250 CPM, and I'd hope anyone wishing to know the truth would test their food. You cannot trust anyone's word.

    • lickerface lickerface

      Sorry for the duplicate post. I lost what I had before, and I didn't know the post was submitted.

  • razzz razzz

    Obviously, global warming is upsetting fish and we need more carbon credits./sarc/

    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      Yes, Al Gore can trade in some of his private jet trips/carbon credits to make up for the dead fish.

  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    Keep moving folks…nothing to see here…there is a sale at Walmart, and the newest fall fashions are on E News tonight.

  • Jebus Jebus

    No concern… hmm…

    Can someone with a little more research knowledge, give a summary of this recent russian study published today.

    I can only derive hints from it's technobable…

    Lagrangian study of surface transport in the Kuroshio Extension area based on simulation of propagation of Fukushima-derived radionuclides

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    People concerned about food safety will only increase until nuclear plants are replaced with safe wind and solar.

  • FXofTruth

    Here's what going to happen – eventually Canadian food will be too radioactive to eat. All Pacific-side fish, all farm produce, all dairy products, all wood products, etc. will never be purchased again.

    The radiation from Japan will in a few years overtake the Earth's ability to "dilute" the poisons in the oceans. Canada will be just another victim to their Government's denial of the problem. Had the Canadian Government had the balls to be concerned about the radiation problem since it is downwind and downstream, the public would have had been able to take measures to protect themselves.

    When the Public DOES learn of the impending Worldwide catastrophe because they will be in the middle of it….it will be too late.


    On a comment above I wrote that the public will not only get used to eating radioactive fish, but will trust authorities if they tell them it's safe.

    Here is a video where fake Obama sympathizers ask passersby to sign a petition "to add carcinogens to the water supply" to help with Obamacare because the 1% already get their carcinogens so it's time for the 99% got their carcinogens too.

    Several normal looking people happily sign the petition – It's all for the cause, it's all for the leader, it's all for their own health.



    And here is an Oregon politician stating that radiation is good for you and that nuclear waste should be dropped from airplanes, to add to people's health. And he was NOT KIDDING.