Shoulda Asked Sheila: the fishy issue

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Sheila McCrindle and Kate Aley

Shoulda Asked Sheila, Number 2

The burning food issues of the day chopped up, hashed over and served back hot and satisfying.

By Sheila McCrindle and Kate Aley

Kate asked: Sheila, how on earth are we supposed to know what is ethical and sustainable when it comes to buying fish? Once it seemed that farming fish was going to be the answer to depleted ocean stocks, but now it seems aquaculture is actually a sign of the impending apocalypse…

Sheila replied: I know, oh how I miss shrimp. The issues around farmed fish are many. Salmon especially gets a bad rap for containing lots of antibiotics, spreading parasites to wild fish and generally being grown in disgusting habitat conditions.

K: So what about buying wild fish?

S: Wild fish stocks are becoming scarcer world-wide and there is the terrible waste of fish and many other sea creatures – known as “by-catch” - are caught and killed in the huge nets but will never be eaten.

K: I hear those immense ‘siene’ nets drag along the bottom of the ocean so thoroughly they are destroying habitat as well…

S: Indeed, yes. The big ships with their big nets, catching as much as possible as quickly as possible, do an awful lot of damage. There is also the issue of slave labour on fishing boats. People can be sold to a boat which may not return to port for months or years. The reports of conditions on these ships for the workers are beyond appalling.

K: So, we should boycott eating any kind of fish then?

S: Well, it is very grim. But, here for your inspiration, is a marvelous TED talk by the extremely charming Dan Barber about how he fell in love with a fish – actually two fish. It is worth the 18 minutes to hear him make a plea for a food system based on ecology and restoring resources and which produces food which actually tastes good.

K: So, what is an ordinary person who would like a bit of fish in their diet to do?

S: Luckily, there is an organization called Sea Choice. On their website you can find more information than you would have believed possible about buying ethical and sustainable fish. Regrettably, they do not label or certify seafood products – that would make our lives too easy - but they do provide a list of sustainability labels which we should all be looking for at the fish counter.

K: And what about the people who catch their own?

S: I really don’t know anything about personal fishing except that I think it is very well regulated by provincial authorities as far as I know. And there are fish consumption guides for people who eat what they catch. So good on them.

Take away message: Educate yourself, read the labels and eat with care.

Nos autres nouvelles / Our other News

The beginning of everything: "Origins" watercolour show opens

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Kate Aley

You are invited to an extraordinarily moving exhibition of new work by renowned Luskville painter, Ruby Ewen.

Entirely painted in watercolour, the pieces immerse the viewer into multiple magical realms of creationism, imagination and classic myth.

Show runs: Friday, June 22 (opening event, 6 -- 8 p.m.) to July 22, 2018

Site: Stone School Gallery, 28 Mill St., Portage du Fort.

Cooking meets trucking at new restaurant

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Kate Aley

After two years of extensive renovations, Au Coin du Camionneur, also known as Trucker's Corner, opened in Luskville on Sunday June 17. 

Owners Benoit Galipeau and Robert Bergeron have completely reconfigured the building at the corner of the Eardley-Masham Road and Highway 148. New lighting, comfortable seating and large windows that open onto a breezy patio create an inviting ambience.

Building a new future for Pontiac with slaughterhouse project

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Kate Aley

After five years of planning, construction has now started on the Les Abattoir les Viandes du Pontiac. Set on five acres on the outskirts of Shawville, the slaughterhouse is the brainchild of Quyon entrepreneur Alain Lauzon and three partners, Sofian Elktrousie, Ibrama Diagne and promoter Gilles Langlois.

“We are aiming to be open by end of October,” said Lauzon last week, as he watched forms being set for more concrete to be poured.

Turtle S.O.S.: Save Our Shells!

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Trouble in paradise.

It's June and that means those crazy turtles are once again roaming dirt side roads and busy highways alike; intent on finding mates, water and good nesting places as they have always done, paying no mind to the deadly wheels zooming past. I stop for a lot of turtles at this time of the year and so far we have all lived to fight another day. However I have never seen a turtle stuck in the bone-dry and baking-hot rink at the Luskville Community Centre before. Bad turtle terrain for sure.

Open letter to the Municipality of Pontiac recognizing the work of our municipal firefighters

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Sandra Barber

To whom it may concern:

Re: Recognition of volunteer Firefighters

While sitting at our dining table enjoying our first coffee of the day on Sunday, May 20 at 6 a.m., my husband and I both heard a very loud “thunk” and wondered what the heck it was. Curiosity motivated my husband to investigate further; he checked our basement, nothing amiss. Checked the living room located on a lower level, noticed a man sitting outside on the guard rail.

Kickin' it: Pontiac youth get into soccer

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Kate Aley

Some might say that young people are glued to their screens all day and all night. But that's harder to say when so many bright young people are running, kicking, playing and laughing in Luskville every Monday evening.
Community soccer classes started up on Tuesday, May 1st at the Luskville Recreational Park. The two- to four year-olds play in the softball field. The older group, aged five and up, play on the soccer field to the north.

How do rural communities comply with Quebec's Organic Strategy?

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Kevin Brady

Current Situation:

The Québec residual materials management strategy includes a progressive reduction and an eventual a 'ban' of organic material from municipal landfills by 2020. Municipalities that comply with the policy are eligible for funding to help offset the costs. As with the Municipality of Pontiac, many municipalities have chosen to pass resolutions to initiate door-to-door collection, with costs paid for by the residents.

Get ready, get set, get out: disaster preparedness in a bag

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Kate Aley

Remember this?

As the Pontiac watches epic levels of flooding in both New Brunswick and B.C. and considers our own possible return to inundation, it's time to let paranoia rear its helpful head and get ready to get out of the house. The concept behind having a so-called Go Bag is to have ready everything you might need to survive, out-of-doors, for about 72 hours... until help arrives or the zombies get you.

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