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On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Saturday, February 01, 2003

More van Dongen revelations

It's been reported that former B.C. agriculture and fisheries minister John van Dongen tipped off a major fish farming company -- and B.C. Liberal Party donor -- about an environment industry investigation into the company's aquaculture practices.
The company – Stolt Sea Farm Inc. – made a $5,200 political donation to the B.C. Liberals for their successful 2001 election campaign. Government sources say that later that year, van Dongen helped the fish farm company, sharing the contents of a government report about an investigation into Stolt – an investigation that wasn't over.
Nasty stuff, to be sure. The government has the reputation as being cozy to the industry, and this case shows the conflict between the government's desire to boost industry while protect the environment.

Van Dongen can be thankful about one thing: Former Social Credit cabinet minister Rafe Mair, who is arguably B.C.'s most influential political pundit, is on vacation and will not be back in Vancouver until February 10th. Mair has been a vociferous critic of fish-farming practices, and of van Dongen's laissez-faire attitude towards the industry. If Mair were doing his CKNW radio program this week, I do believe that the vitriol in his editorials would be hazardous to human health and political careers.
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