Leaders on West Coast: Gov’t is “highly irresponsible… very negligent” for not testing in Pacific as Fukushima radiation arrives — Contamination of seafood is going to happen — “We don’t want to get cancer… We have a right to know if our fish is safe” — Gov’t: Testing ‘not required’

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Coast Reporter, Feb. 6, 2014: [...] Radiation from the March 2011 nuclear accident arrived off the B.C. coast [in June of] last year, Robin Brown [at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans] said Tuesday. [...] a report by five DFO scientists concluded that [...] “the inventory of Fukushima radioactivity will almost entirely shift from the western to the eastern North Pacific during the next five years.” [...] [It featured one model that] suggested ocean contamination would exceed levels of maximum fallout from nuclear tests and previous accidents such as Chernobyl, while the other model said levels would equal the amount of contamination that existed in 1990. [...] the report cited “many reasons for study,” including human health and marine biota. Brown, one of the co-authors of the report, acknowledged that neither study factored in ongoing discharges from Fukushima after the March 2011 release.

Message from Annita McPhee, Tahlton Central Council president, to national Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo: “We cannot sit by and watch and wait to see what the full impacts of the Fukushima disaster will be on our salmon and our way of life [...] To date, we have not seen or heard of Canada taking this issue seriously and working in a real way to address it.”

The Coast Reporter interviewed McPhee: “Some people are not eating their fish because they’re scared. Some people don’t want to feed it to their kids. We don’t want to get cancer. We already have lots of cancer up in our area. I mean, lots [...] The Tahltan people have been very concerned about what’s going on. We get our fish from the Stikine River, but it comes from the Pacific Ocean [...] As First Nations, we’ve got to come together and address this, force the government’s hand. We have a right to know if our fish is safe to eat.”

B.C. Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
: “[The federal government’s inaction is] highly irresponsible. [...] I think it’s certainly a legitimate concern [...] Other jurisdictions — other countries — realize there is a very real potential for contamination. Unfortunately, Canada doesn’t seem to be taking any steps whatsoever to acknowledge this as a potential threat. [...] It’s not only unacceptable, but it’s very negligent of the government of Canada.”

Sliammon Chief Clint Williams: “Our people really cherish salmon, it’s always been part of our culture, so we absolutely encourage [testing and full disclosure]. We want to make sure our food is safe. And it’s not just salmon either – it’s clams, geoducks, sea urchins [...] I’m sure those concerns are shared all up and down the coast here.”

Former shíshálh (Sechelt) Nation chief Calvin Craigan: “If [contamination of natural foods from the sea is] going to happen in the long term, and it is, all First Nations have to get together and call for testing.”

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
: “Based on our test results, as well as our ongoing assessment of information from a variety of expert resources, further testing of imported or domestic food products for the presence of radioactive material is not required”

ENENews was the first news outlet to report on the letter from McPhee, Jan. 20, 2014: Officials by West Coast Speak Out on Fukushima: Concerns about cancer, illness from contaminated food -- 'Low-level' radiation being reported in fish -- "We cannot sit by and watch and wait" -- National gov't appears to not be taking it seriously

ENENews was also the first news outlet to publish information about Brown’s findings, Dec. 20, 2013: Gov't Report: Fukushima ocean plume hit Canada 6 months ago -- "Precedes model predictions by several years" -- 'Human health' is first reason listed for study (MAP)

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  • OldFool

    The penultimate achievement of corporate capitalism – loss of the Pacific as a food source for over two billion people. A bit inconvenient, but corporate profits and bonuses for the executives are more important.


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    • OldFool

      Fear Not! Even though the Pacific will be lost and more than two billion people will have to starve – your government officials and politicians are working their fingers to the bone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, stuffing corporate bribe money in their pockets. So you can rest assured that the safety and survival of your family and all the other little people will be their paramount priority.


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      so, OldFool, guess we can conclude from your assertions, environmental crimes committed by socialists are acceptable? Well, that's good news! I'll let my Russian friends know that it's safe to go fishing in the Pripyat River again…


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      • OldFool

        Never said or implied any such thing – you are fabricating a straw man issue to attack. All these political and economic structures have become dysfunctional. It was even recognized by Will Rodgers almost a 100 years ago, when he said that we have the best politicians that money can buy.


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        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          then do explain, OldFool, your use (exclusive) use of "…corporate capitalism…" within your initial post.

          Be they "corporate capitalist" or Soviet socialists, I have no love for 'centralist', of any kind. I've learned not to bother picking ideological favorites from the same can of worms.

          They're – all – why we find our world in the state it's currently in.

          They've – all – done their part in impeding global progress towards decentralization…


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          • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

            guess that answers that…


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            • We Not They Finally

              Actually, it DOES answer it, Aftershock. After the USSR went down, we were supposed to have paradise, because no more communism, just capitalism.

              How did that work out for you?

              The problem is less "isms" than human corruption and greed. You could offer a caveman the most advanced "ism" in the world. And you know what? He'd make a mess of it!


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          • orsobubu orsobubu

            Aftershock, also soviet socialists (and chinese, etc) were capitalists, precisely state capitalists, because capitalism is based upon wage work, surplus value, money, capital, market and banks, the same materialistic structures (the social relationships that buld the production system) of western countries. Also, I would not refer to centralism or decentralization, because, i.e., if you study the "Federalist" by Madison and Hamilton, you can see that all the federated structure are developed aiming to make the central power stronger. This was of paramount importance because bourgeoise needed to maintain strictly the control and impose an uniform general surplus value rate on the entire territory, above all in crisis and war times. Every functional structure works better if centrally planned and coordinated, this is true in nature, in society, in industry, in science, etc. The problem is not inside the ideologic superstructural forms (politics, etc), but in the material structural forms, the materialistic social relationships of the production system: in other words, the exploitation of a class by another ruling class and the class struggles. All the problem originates exclusively from these social relationships which – like all the social relationships – is not given forever, but can be transformed and revolutionized.


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            • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

              brilliant treatment, orsobubu, of the deeper issues. And you are correct about the Federalist and what they were up to, when they destroyed the right of each state to manage their own affairs; what some purposely misconstrued as an act that ended slavery within the Continental U.S. Such was a more an afterthought towards gaining the moral high ground against secessionist. And while I agree with your conclusion to what the "bourgeoise" (aka power-elite) were up to, I don't condone it. You should also be made aware, that it's been the efforts of centralist elements which have been instrumental in the catastrophic deterioration of both man-made and natural organizations. The gradual decay of truly objective science is but one indicator of centralization's deadly influence. And it is not happenstance that our planet's entire ecology is in the balance. That destruction is running concurrent with ever-expanding centralization; what some still refer to as globalization. I'll stick to nature's eternal plan that things are far safer when kept diverse and decentralized…


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              • orsobubu orsobubu

                I've understood your points. As a scientific libertarian communist, I'm basically an anarchist. So I prefer decentralization too, just think that anarchy (if it will ever come) will be possible only after the present centralized imperialistic age of capitalism (bourgeoise's dictatorship) will be wiped off by a more or less long age of centralized communism (workers' dictatorship) outlawing private property of the means of production, and economically based on robots, automation and new energy types, without wage work exploitation. World government would decide the user values (no more exchange values, money, capitals, markets) to pursue, without competition, duplicates and wastes. In a phrase, Ferraris for everyone. The product goes almost entirely to producers, no more surplus value pocketed by the "elites", no more crisis, unemployment, wars. finally, long term great projects for huge forward leaps for men become possible. The Marx, Engels and Lenin's long term plan. But my preferred vision is decentralized and anarchist, with mankind that – after the communist "cure" – has longer evolved over exploitation mentality and expands as bubbles in the universe in micro-worlds of free, different libertarian cultures.


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                • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

                  sounds awesome, orsobubu. I recall when we first chatted years ago, we basically came to the same conclusions. It's reassuring to know, that while we may differ on the semantics, we're both in agreement to where it's at. Take care and be well, my good friend…


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                • VanneV VanneV

                  World government means New World Order, the rule of the elite.. Your propaganda makes me want to throw up.


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                  • VanneV VanneV

                    oxymoron: libertarian communist. These are polar opposites.

                    He who know not the past is doomed to repeat it.

                    All the communist countries are pro-nuclear.


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                    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

                      actually, VanneV, he goes on to translate the meaning to be anarchism. While I fear that he's still working from the 'playbooks', at least he's coming to understand the inherent dangers within centralization. For that alone, I tilt my cap…


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                • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

                  "World government would decide the user values (no more exchange values, money, capitals, markets) to pursue, without competition, duplicates and wastes. In a phrase, Ferraris for everyone."

                  Historically speaking, this is a failure mode. The only solution to man's issues is that he remove himself from the equation of life. As long as man remains a player he effects the outcome and this means failure every time regardless of ideology, methods or modes. Get the human out of the loop.


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        • OldFool

          His name was Will Rogers. Another quote of his that I think applies here very much – "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."


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        • Homolumina Homolumina

          All western society models have never been working, they all failed at the beginning they were implemented. We look back on a history of war and destruction since the world is ruled by dangerously immature, non initiated males. Mitsuhei Murata states it here too. The Japanese culture is one of the most male dominated cultures, no wonder we see all the insanity going on, what else to expect…

          Fukushima Nuclear Reactor unit 4 is sinking Lord help us all.
          http://www.youtube.com
          This is a very important message Many thanks to Professor Mitsuhei Murata for being so honest.


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        • OldFool

          Here are some more gems from Will Rogers – everything he says still applies precisely to this Sr-90 mess. I wish he was alive to see what has happened, he would not pull his punches.

          "There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."

          "Last year we said, "Things can't go on like this'" and they didn't, they got worse."

          "It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so."


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          • Sickputer

            You misquoted Will Rogers. He was not the George Carlin or Lenny Bruce of his era. The real quote is this:

            "There are three kinds of men:
            The ones that learn by reading.
            The few who learn by observation.
            The rest of them have to touch an electric fence."


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      • humptydumpty

        Let's not get caught up with labels. The Russians and Chinese basically are following the corporate capitalist model of exploitation of workers and plundering of the earth for profit. I'm not sure that "centralism" is apt, either. While multi-national corporations are certainly "decentralized," they are not necessarily conglomerated. I think it's the motivations and non-regulation of capitalism that are to blame, and these are operative in so-called communist or socialist nations as well as so-called representative democracies either as state-sponsored monopolies or corporate ones.


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        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          research, humptydumpty, who controls their finances and you'll discover that multi-national corporations only have the appearance of being autonomous entities. It's all now being controlled by a handful of power-elite. Though the have no fear of us, they feel it's more in their interest to avoid the image of being one-big global government. Besides, they still have one or two real enemies and just might need to call on us (or our children) to fight the "good war", once again. If we all understood how we're now living under the oppressive boot of centralized global government, other than those who'll sell themselves for a turkey, the rest of us might decide to cease in our cooperation…


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    So what's it going to be?
    Eat or die ..eat and die.
    Or both!

    Support hunters to fight hunger in Nunavut, says report
    Feb 7 2014

    http://news.ca.msn.com/canada/support-hunters-to-fight-hunger-in-nunavut-says-report-1


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  • Socrates

    Although it arrived last June on the British Columbian coast, the entire inventory of Fukushima radiation from the 3-11-11 will shift from the western to the eastern North Pacific Ocean during the next five years.

    Questions will be the levels, the effects, the costs, who pays, whose fault, how to prevent another Chernobyl or Fukushima, and how to get politicians who will help with the above issues.

    I asked some forbidden questions no doubt. My apologies to those powers that be.


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  • "Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil"
    – A Japanese proverbial principle – Three Wise Monkeys

    * Note: There is a 4th monkey, "do no evil". This monkey is usually depicted crossing his arms or covering his genitals.

    The lack of concern or empathy makes it clear to me these agencies are in maximum coverup mode.

    "… further testing of imported or domestic food products for the presence of radioactive material is not required.”
    - Canadian Food Inspection Agency

    * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_wise_monkeys

    Thanks to enenews this may change. :)
    http://cdn.twentytwowords.com/wp-content/uploads/Three-Wise-Monkeys-in-the-Internet-Age.jpg


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  • weeman

    The Canadian government has treated the first nations people like second class citizens in there own country for a very long time. Canadian government gives vast amounts of charity around the world, but they refuse to look in there own back yard and see the poverty that exists in there own first nations people, disgraceful.
    The first nation people on the west coast get most of their diet from the pacific ocean and they are in mortal danger and will be one of the first to see the devastation to their population from this, is this what the Canadian government want to use them as precursors, I hope not that would be criminal and impeachable.
    Give us the facts and only the facts, it is your duty, please reread your oath of office, you can and will be held responsible, you swore on oath.


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  • or-well

    Good article from a small weekly, circ 12,000+.
    But, how many will see it?
    Where's the Sun or the Province, the big dailys, on this?
    Go to their sites, search…in vain…
    Imagine if there was no online edition of Coastal Reporter…
    Thanks, ENENews & Coastal Reporter.


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    • +1

      Imagine.

      You mean like when TMI(1979) and Chernobyl(1986) occurred.
      If we would of had internet then, we might not have Fukushima now.

      It's time to STOP the NEXT ONE.
      The only way to assure that is to bring them all down.


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    • bo bo

      I know. When I try to explain people (many of them highly educated) they often ask me : 'Just WHERE are you getting all this information …?' they then go home and do a quick google search, visit snopes, Wikipedia, about.com, roll their eyes and then shut down the computer.


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  • PeterC

    You need to understand that 'government' is puppets on a string.

    In Canada, all land is owned by the crown. It is the crown that pulls the strings. The crown is the head of the snake.

    Say it with me: "Off With Their Heads".


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    • weeman

      The north American Indians that live on reserves in Canada are considered wards of the state and all land in Canada is not crown land, vast amounts of land is protected by crown land under the name of the queen in name only, she would not be able to claiming the land personnelly and if she did she could not afford the land taxes, does the queen own the palace or art work etc, no these are national treasures and she cannot sell, so who property is it, not the queens, the queen is window dressing.


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      • Angela_R

        weeman "vast amounts of land is protected by crown land under the name of the queen in name only.." likewise in Australia. The misconception of the ownership of the Crown has been ongoing and has in fact deflected the blame from those who have made bad decisions, i.e. the people's representatives and their advisers.

        The Monarchy does not deserve these insults hurled. What was one of the things that most concerned young William after the arrival of his first born? What were his father's concerns? Yet he was continually howled down.


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  • dka

    Consumers are turning away from Pacific seafood. It is very sad for the west coast fishing industry.
    The governments should test for all the strontium, plutonium, americium, cadnium and so forth.


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  • Ontological Ontological

    They can test. Better policy don't eat the fish.


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  • earthsmith

    Like so many of any nations' government corporations the CFIA has yellow cake on its face!


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Strontium-89 from Japan found in Big Island milk
    April 27 2011

    http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/Strontium-89_from_Japan_found_in_Big_Island_milk.html

    Kyodo: Highest levels of Fukushima contamination in plankton already east of Hawaii? (MAPS)
    May 21 2013.

    http://enenews.com/kyodo-highest-levels-of-fukushima-contamination-already-east-of-hawaii

    EAST..what does this tell a person?

    Suspect that the debris that has been riding the radioactive plume..might be radioactive?

    I do..

    Heavy debris finds isle shores..
    1/5/2014

    http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/iprc/news/marine_and_tsunami_debris/2014/img-106122604-0001.pdf

    What do they want ..a bonnie flag?


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  • We Not They Finally

    And Robin Browns report did not even "factor in ongoing discharges from Fukushima after the March 2011 release"?

    That's like saying, I ate dinner once. Oh, you mean I've been eating dinner every day since?


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  • We Not They Finally

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency needs to be wholesale fired. But then again, that's what I thought about the Office of Radiation Monitoring in the U.S. But instead, the head of that, Gina McCarthy, got promoted to head of EPA!


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  • Oceania - foreknowledge of pain Oceania - foreknowledge of pain

    Thousands of educated agents having PhD’s, and more thousands with advanced science and management degrees staff the NRC –IAEA – DHS EPA, FDA or NOA. No doubt these individuals sacrificed time and money to pass their finals, get their degrees and/or complete their thesis. Among those many thousands of professionals there is only silence.

    These thousands of staffers follow the demands of the military, which are the masters of the nuclear chain. These bureaucrats did not achieve their positions to protect citizens but to serve the military, whose security clearances are more powerful than the welfare and lives of common citizens.

    We are isolated by these certificate whores who are loyal to the money and prestige of being nuclear insiders, they are without conscience. They conform to double speak so their silence is a minor victory, their voice would only result in subterfuge and lies. They do not serve the public, no more than their stooge “TEPCO.”

    We are considered to be the enemy, expendable. We have been abandoned, please keep posting, we have enough knowledge to find the truth. Perhaps a “Snowden” will emerge in an anonymous post and lead us forward.

    You think?


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  • paschn

    Kissinger et al is experiencing pure joy over all this. He's getting his reduction in "useless eaters" and saving a buck to boot!


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  • Nick

    If you know the truth, and do not speak of it, your lies will ionize us all.

    Trust no one. Use your instincts. Map radiation. That is all.


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  • Capt. Nemo Capt. Nemo

    The People of the West Coast: Fed. taxes not required!


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  • Capt. Nemo Capt. Nemo

    Eventually the contamination will reach all eaters even those with the most exalted superiority complexes. And there will be other nuclear plant disasters. And more nuclear waste piped into the sea in Europe. However, if Michael Cremo is correct with his idea of the extreme antiquity of the human being, then we have gotten through great irradiation before. However, the world will change greatly to survive.


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  • FXofTruth

    Remember, you elected these people to represent you and your interests. It seems like your safety doesn't matter to them at all. Since their election money comes not from you but from special interest groups…their allegiance has been bought and paid for.

    Even though the Public is affected by the laws passed and decisions that your representative make, the "Public Safety" is of no matter of importance to them. When the reactors blew up, constant and accurate testing should have be put in place immediately! So, the message from your Government is very clear: Your on your own. If you can see the obvious danger, too bad for you. Nice guys….


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