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Agriculture committee  We have the DFO assessment of the export of eggs, and then we have as part of the core process another 400-page document. I would love to see more science, more discussion of science. Actually, our organization is thinking about convening some kind of scientific discussion arou

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Agriculture committee  I care about my family and my friends. Yes, I'm concerned about human health. It's not my area of expertise. I respect others who are concerned about it. Also, when we got into this court case, we got calls from people from the Jewish faith who said there's an issue here for the

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Agriculture committee  May I give a glib answer? Then why bother, if it's no different. Obviously, there is, I mean....

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Agriculture committee  It's a fair question. I get it, but at the same time there obviously is a difference, otherwise we wouldn't be interested. I think if any other body goes forward on this, you need to.... There's a DFO scientist, Robert Devlin, who's done, relatively speaking anyway, a lot of res

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Agriculture committee  The Lord could better answer this question, but there are a number of reasons. I think one that is really important is that DFO did an assessment, but only of the export of 100,000 eyed eggs from P.E.I. to Panama. They did not do an assessment of the commercial grow out. I'm sti

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Agriculture committee  Well, we were just talking about the potential for farm escapees to breed with wild fish. I believe a study just came out that showed that it has happened now. I think in the industry they use broodstock from the Saint John River, and they've now found salmon in other rivers with

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Agriculture committee  It is, in part. Aquaculture is an important industry, and should be an important industry, in Atlantic Canada. Our organization has certain recommendations about how it should be done. Taking it to the GM level opens up a Pandora's box for us. Given that all you need is one GM

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Agriculture committee  It has implications on a number of levels. In the United States, this was approved for human consumption. I believe Senator Murkowski, who is a pretty fierce defender of the Alaskan salmon fishing industry, came out swinging and said that we have to hit the pause button because r

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Agriculture committee  Certainly. Thank you very much for this opportunity to present and include the aquatic realm in your deliberations. We are in court on this topic this morning. As you said, I'm the policy director for the Ecology Action Centre. Prior to working at the Ecology Action Centre, I wo

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  The answer to the first question is yes. We were audited by the CRA. It began in I think the fall of 2011. Two years later, we successfully completed that audit. There are some I guess minor changes we have to make, particularly around tracking. We don't mind being audited. The

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  That's a big question, and I don't know if I can provide numbers off the top of my head. In terms of European settlements, Atlantic Canada is one of the earliest settled areas, and we've been fishing and farming and cutting down trees for a long time out here. We don't have a l

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  I'm familiar, but we're not part of them, because we have very little boreal in Nova Scotia. It's a similar model.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  Generally, I think you're right. For many businesses, even if privately they'll say to you that they think something is deplorable, for them publicly to take on another sector and its practices is perhaps not a good business proposition. So yes, they tend to fund things that don'

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  Well, I think that for some of our natural resources work, government funding would be a conflict of interest, or the government is unlikely to fund some of that stuff, so we have to go elsewhere for that funding. Just to reiterate a theme that I know you're exploring, governme

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  I'm generally aware of it. We didn't have a direct engagement with it, but I know that it no longer exists, and it's a loss.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler