Morton Crossexam by Federal Government

Legal Counsel for the Government of Canada, Mitch Taylor cross examines Dr. Alexandra Morton at the Cohen Commission a federal inquiry looking into the collapse of the Fraser River Sockeye.


my dear disease do you exist?

The debate of whether a single cause attributable to the loss of Fraser River Sockeye wages on between scientists and those that have direct experience and first hand knowledge.  The metaphor of a single smoking gun serves to illustrate this elusiveness.  However is the discovery of a smoking gun truly unattainable or does someone wish for you NOT to find it.  Eventhough we could hear the gunshot, we can smell the gunpowder and the victim is lying there, does the lack of urgency, mean that the killer can clean its fingerprints and get as far from the scene as possible?

no smoking gun?
or actually, is there a smoking gun?

or does no one really want to find it?

my dear disease do you exist?
I tell you folks its not easy to tell, if this ease has been missed
if i don’t test, is it on my chest?
one fish two fish red fish… missing

the burden of truth is a cross to bear,
but the black and browns have starved out there
shall i just drag my heels …
so you can shoot a seal… lying?

Shall I be the unfortunate one who finds the smoking gun?
Will I be the outcast, the solo, the one
Have my principles been cautioned in front of me
Do I buy that this science is free?
Or created and purchased for only the blind to see?

Can Open-Net Fish Farms and Wild Salmon Co-Exist?

Steven Kelliher lawyer for the Aboriginal Aquaculture Association cross examines a panel at the Cohen Commission into the collapse of the Fraser River Sockeye. Industrial Aquaculture is seen by corporate interests as an economic saviour to First Nations communities in remote locations.  However in light of the steady decline of Wild Salmon Stocks; can open-net Fish Farming and Wild Salmon co-exist.  On this perspectives panel are the following:

  • Clare Backman (Director of Environmental Compliance and Community Relations, Marine Harvest Canada)
  • Alexandra Morton (Executive Director, Raincoast Research Society)
  • Mia Parker (formerly Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Grieg Seafood BC Ltd.)
  • Catherine Stewart (Salmon Farming Campaign Manager, Living Oceans Society)

Audio from the panel’s dramatic testimony on Sept 7, 2011 at the Cohen Commission


INQUIRY: Artist, Presenter and Performer Line-up

The INQUIRY Arts Exhibition is proud to have the following Artists, Presenters and Multi-Disciplinary Performers as part of our programming line-up


J Peachy
Shelley Rothenburger
Joanne Probyn
Gunargie O’Sullivan
Pierre Leichner
Kimberly Baker
Nicole Dextras
Leanne Hodges
Jennifer Safronick
Laurie Marshall
Carl Chaplin

FORUM Presenters – Saturday September 3rd


Jeremy Williams – Filmmaker and creator of  “Rise of the Salmon People”, which will be screened at the Exhibit


Michelle Nickerson – Cycling activist who just ride 2,900 Km along the route of the Fraser River to raise awareness of Wild Salmon Ripple

3:00pm: Arts Action Forum with
Don Staniford – Award-winning campaigner and writer.  Co-author of “A Stain Upon the Sea: West Coast Salmon Farming” and global coordinator of the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture.

Anissa Reid – Having worked in the Fish Farming industry and after leaving from the frustration of the environmental disregard by the operators, Anissa is the driving creative force behind the Wild Salmon Movement and co-founder of

Ivan Doumenc – Everyday citizen and Vancouver Based Activist for Wild Salmon

Damien Gillis – is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues – especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada’s wild salmon – working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.



Musqueam Elder, Rose Point
Singer Songwriter, Cameron Gunn
Ross Fairbairn, Rob Fillo


J Peachy
Eddie Gardner
Patrick Connors
Ta’Kaiya Blaney
David Campbell
Gary Abbott
Naomi Steinberg
Priscilla Judd/Michelle Nickerson