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Last year 5,000 British Columbians marched on parliament to urge an end to ocean-based fish farms and support for the wild salmon run. This received remarkably little attention in the media, and the same has been true of the Cohen Commission Hearings into Aquaculture, presently taking place in Vancouver.

SCCA members and other concerned individuals from the Sunshine Coast have been travelling into Vancouver for these hearings. Here are a few links with more information on the hearings:

Province allows release of salmon audits (Vancouver Sun, Aug. 31)

Privy Council blocked scientist’s access to media, Cohen probe told (Globe and Mail) Aug. 25

 Alexandra Morton is reporting on the hearings on her blog. There is also coverage from the Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society.

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carrotsLocally grown organic produce is coming to Gibsons Landing. The Fiddlehead Farmer’s Market is joining forces with the Gibsons Sunday Market beginning Sunday, July 3. Both groups are very excited to see the markets come together. Also bringing excitement to the market is Gibsons’ Music in the Landing which will bring live music to the sundial stage next to the market most weekends.

The Gibsons Landing Sunday Market takes place every Sunday 10-3 in Holland and Winegarden Parks along Gower Point Road. All market products are grown, baked, or created on the Sunshine Coast.

Expect to find a range of organic vegetables and berries as the season progresses, as well as jams, baked goods, and unique artisan products. Vendors include find Henry Reed Organic Farm, Green Room Organics, Chaster Creek Farms, Three Sisters Farms and many more.

In January 2011 the Sechelt Indian Band (SIB) and Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) officially renewed their joint management agreement to protect and mutually watch over the Chapman Creek and Gray Creek watersheds. The renewed agreement will run another five years.

These watersheds provide the Sunshine Coast with the majority of its drinking water needs and are within Sechelt First Nation territory.

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LtoR: Lorne Lewis (SCRD Area E), Anne Kershaw (District of Sechelt), Lee Turnbull (SCRD Area F), Garry Nohr (SCRD Chair), Chief Garry Feschuk (Sechelt Indian Band), Donna Shugar (SCRD Area D), Keith Thirkell (District of Sechelt), Barry Janyk (Mayor, Town of Gibsons), Jordan Louie (SCRD SIGD Director)

The SCCA is very pleased to announce that our favourite environmentally conscious band, Sweet Cascadia, has finally brought out their first music CD. Everyone is invited to join them on Sunday, February 27 from 2 to 5 pm at Roberts Creek Hall for their CD launch party.

Tickets will be $8 adult, $4 children or $20 per family. They're available at Jeans, Melomania (Roberts Creek), Gaia's Fair Trade (Gibsons) and Coast Copy (Sechelt).

For a preview of some songs, visit Sweet Cascadia on Myspace .