Alberta Soap Box ūüá®ūüá¶

Comments Effecting Canadian Events – Ken McGregor

Calgary City Hall Alderman Exposed by CTAG

with one comment

Calgary City Council on Banning Shark Fish on the prarries

Calgary City Council on Banning Shark Fish on the prairies

Yesterday¬†I had the pleasure of attending an information session at the Chinese Culture Center in Calgary¬† hosted by¬†CTAG (Coalition For Transparent and Accountable Governance) to hear the pros and cons of having a shark fin ban in Calgary. I was surprised to see the auditorium¬†full of concerned Calgarians wondering why the City Council did not ¬†consult them prior to the first reading and passage of the bill last month. The message that really stood out from the crowd was not only did the¬†two City Alderman, John Mar and Brian Pincott,¬†not seem to know any facts about shark fishing they really didn’t seem to understand that they cannot use bully tactic and tax payer’s money to pursue¬†an agenda that has little or no bearing¬†on city issues which¬†they were elected for. The few facts that Alderman Pincott threw¬†our were so extremely skewed ,¬†that when confronted ¬†were indefensible. When Pincott said that over 70 million sharks were killed each year¬†, there was no mention on how many are fished for food or fished just for the shark fin. Also in the scientific study that was quoted back to him, the scientific¬†community really¬†doesn’t¬†know how many sharks are fished each year, they can only¬†estimate¬†between 26 million to 70 million. It’s clear that¬†Mr Pincott is only quoting the highest numbers to benefit¬†his own agenda and¬†not¬† giving the public the real balanced¬†facts¬†so they can¬†understand the issue¬†.

Its was very disturbing hearing politicians like Alderman Mar and  Pincott trying to defend their position with innuendo and rhetoric. Not only did they not have any real facts on why they want to have Calgary ban shark fishing, but they had no idea on the cost to the taxpayer to police the ban. Alderman Pincott just ignored this important question by saying it will be looked into later. Completely irresponsible and ill thought out.

Mar and Pincott also seem to ignore¬†the legal sustainable shark fishing industry¬†in BC supported by the¬†Suzuki Foundation. There is nothing wrong with fishing any sustainable seafood whether¬†it be the spotted shrimp or shark. It’s a¬†mystery as to why these two Alderman think they¬†know more than the Suzuki Foundation on this issue and are dragging Calgary taxpayers into an expensive ban¬†while the¬†federal government has already banned¬†shark finning in 1996 plus the Ontario court¬† just yesterday overturned the Toronto shark finning bylaw.¬†

By far the most disturbing comment  by Alderman Pincott was when he blamed the federal government for not doing enough to protect the shark. This remark suggests they have other motives for getting involved in a federal jurisdiction. Do they really care about the shark or is this just a ruse to develop an issue , again on our tax dollars, to slam the Federal Conservative government. The motives for this ban have clearly become very suspicious.

Lucky for the taxpayer, over the next few weeks there will be more information sessions to expose this ridiculous ban and attack on our personal freedom to choose what legal food we like to eat. There has already been close to 6000 signature on a petition to stop this ban in just a few weeks. Now that the citizens of Calgary realize how they are being bullied and their right to choose legal products is being strip by these Alderman without properly being consulted,  we will most likely see these Alderman running for the door blaming each other for this stupid and very dubious bylaw.

Please comment below or email me direct at ALBERTASOAPBOX@gmail.com

Additional interesting Reading from CTAG – http://ctagcal.blogspot.ca/2012_10_01_archive.html

Advertisements

One Response

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. All of these are the PETA’s agenda. The bone heads in our city council fall into to their trap and pick the easier target – Chinese community in Calgary. We need to be united in one voice and fight hard to stop this by-law.

    Anonymous

    December 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: