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Cohen Inquiry


Commission Of Inquiry into Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River

Inquiry Documents

Terms of Reference - Backgrounder - PM - November 6, 2009
Announcement of the Inquiry - Release - PM - November 6, 2009
Inquiries Act - Law governing the inquiry
Orders-in-Council - Order establishing inquiry

July 7, 2010 - Cummins - One Down and More to Go - Further Resignations at Cohen Inquiry Needed 

July 2, 2010 - Surrey Now - Salmon Decline Inquiry Is Farce
June 24, 2010 - Cummins - Who Is DFO Protecting - Another Conflict of Interest
June 18, 2010 - Courier-Islander - Editorial - Inquiry into the Inquiry

June 17, 2010 - Cummins - This is Not a Science Seminar

June 16, 2010 - Cummins - The Cohen Inquiry Has Turned Into a Farce
June 16, 2010 - Globe - Salmon Inquiry's Credibility Under Fire
June 15, 2010 - CBC Radio Vancouver - Early Edition

June 15, 2010 - Abbotsford News - Editorial - Clouded Salmon on Inquiry

June 14, 2010 - Commons Sense Canadian - Rafe Mair - Potential Conflicts of Interests

June 14, 2010 - Globe - Sockeye Commission Smells Fishy

    April 21, 2010 - Cohen - Appoints Six Experts to Scientific Advisory Panel

June 13, 2010 - CKNW - Sean Leslie Show - Interview with Cohen Inquiry's Brian Wallace

June 12, 2010 - CKNW - Sean Leslie Show - Cummins on Cohen Inquiry

June 11, 2010 - Georgia Straight - Sockeye Salmon Inquiry "Without Credibility"

June 9, 2010 - The Hook (A Tyee Blog) - Questions Objectivity of Sockeye Inquiry's Scientists

June 8, 2010 - Peace Arch News - Advisers Taint Salmon Inquiry

June 8, 2010 - Province - Conflict of Interest 

May 19, Richmond News - Salmon Inquiry Lost At Sea with Cargo of Lawyers

The staff being assembled by Justice Cohen suggests an inquiry without credibility that has lost its way.  It is certainly not the inquiry that fishermen sought. ...

If Cohen wanted an effective inquiry hew would have established a truly independent staff of experts in fisheries science, management and enforcement.  He would have provided funds for interveners to engage experts and to prepare evidence.  Instead he has created a lawyers' picnic with a large staff of in-house lawyers and a corresponding cadre of government-funded lawyers acting on behalf of interveners.

April 12, 2010 - Fisheries Committee - Briefing by Alexandra Morton  

March 25, 2010 - Common Sense Canadian - Challenges Faced by the Cohen Inquiry   

    Link to 2006 report by David Levy

     Link to David Levy on Cohen Inquiry website
February 12, 2010 - Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadow Times - Yale Treaty Stinks
February 10, 2010 - Delta Optimist - Treaty is a blow to Fraser sockeye inquiry
February 9, 2010 - Chilliwack Progress - Yale Treaty Fatal Blow to Fraser Inquiry
February 8, 2010 - Province - If It's Truly a Treaty, Then Why Does This Yale Deal Still Stink?

According to Conservative MP John Cummins (Delta-Richmond East), ratification of the Yale agreement could seriously tie the hands of Chief Justice Bruce Cohen, who is in the preliminary stages of setting up a federal government-ordered judicial inquiry into the decline of Fraser River sockeye salmon.

This is a full inquiry, armed with witness-subpoena powers that many stakeholders had sought.

"Mr. Justice Cohen has to investigate the Fraser Canyon fishery and its impact on migrating sockeye," says Cummins, himself a one-time commercial angler.

"These treaties represent constitutional change, so if Justice Cohen decides changes need to be made in the canyon, then the Yale treaty will tie his hands before his hearing starts," Cummins adds.

Are we seeing politics trump fish on the Mighty Fraser?

February 5, 2010 - Statement from John Cummins - Yale Treaty Fatal Blow to Cohen Inquiry?

"The initialing of the Yale Treaty is certainly not a hopeful indicator for either the Cohen Inquiry or for the government’s desire for or commitment to making fundamental changes in fisheries management.

January 28, 2010 - Letter - Cummins to Strahl - Impact of Yale Final Agreement on the Cohen Inquiry

"If the Yale Final Agreement is to be signed off, our Government’s commitment to the Cohen Inquiry will be put in doubt.  Fishermen will rightly conclude that Mr. Justice Cohen’s work will be a waste of time.  These same fishermen who have been the most fervent supporters of the Prime Minister’s efforts to establish the Judicial Inquiry will be left to conclude that our Government is not committed to the successful conclusion of the Inquiry.

It would be folly to sign a Yale “Fisheries Treaty” prior to May 1, 2011 when Mr. Justice Cohen reports his findings and recommendations to the Prime Minister."

    Backgrounder on Yale Treaty Impact on Cohen Inquiry

November 12, 2009 - Alberni Valley Times - Accountability Is Always Good
November 11, 2009 - Times colonist - Judge Will Hear Evidence
November 10, 2009 - Globe - (editorial) Salmon Inquiry A Judge Wades In
November 10, 2009 - Kamloops This Week - Sockeye Go To Witness Stand
November 8, 2009 - The Province - DFO Faces Intense Scrutiny Over Farms
November 7, 2009 - Truro Daily News - Newfoundland Fishermen Advice - Find What Happened
November 7 2009 - Times Colonist - Interim Report Must Be Submitted by August 1
November 7, 2009 - Globe - Ottawa Gives BC Judge Proad Powers
November 7, 2009 - Delta Optimist - MP Encouraged By Judicial Inquiry
November 6, 2009 - CTV - BC Judge to Head Inquiry Into Salmon Collapse
November 6, 2009 - Globe - Harper Launches Judicial Inquiry to Save the Salmon
November 6, 2009 - Surrey Leader - BC Judge to Head Federal Missing Salmon Probe
November 6, 2009 - Province - PM Calls Judicial Inquiry Into B.C.

November 6, 2009 - Richmond News - Harper Announces Probe

November 5, 2009 - PM's Announcement of Judicial Inquiry Gives Hope for Future

"The establishment of a judicial inquiry into the management of the Fraser River sockeye fishery gives hope for the future of a great salmon river," said John Cummins, M.P. (Delta-Richmond East).

 October 11, 2009 - Province - Federal Inquiry Demanded by Different Groups

October 5, 2009 - Globe - Salmon Collapse - In 2004: "A Real Problem", Now: Silence
Something terrible happened in the Fraser River in the summer of 2004, when the sockeye run collapsed, and it sounded alarms all the way to Ottawa, where the Opposition called for a judicial inquiry.

Why is there a deafening silence now?

October 3, 2009 - CTV - Biologist Call for Judicial Inquiry on Salmon Decline
Biologist Alexandra Morton wants a judicial inquiry.  She says it's the only way to get the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to explain what went wrong.

"The investigation has to be thorough if we want to keep our fish.  Because this is exactly what happened with East Coast cod," she said.

October 3, 2009 - Tyee - The Hook (blog) - Hundred's Heed Morton's Call
October 1, 2009 - Chilliwack Progress - Salmon Are Counting On Us

September 23, 2009 - Hope Standard - Sockeye Disaster Promsts Call For Public Review

September 22, 2009 - Meadow Ridge Times - Call For Salmon Review Derided by Local MLA

Penner's response didn't sit well with MLA Michael Sather.

"It is interesting to note that, even though the Fraser River sockeye run was very poor overall, the Harrison River run was strong," said Sather. "Unlike the outmigration of juveniles of other Fraser River sockeye, which go north from the mouth of the Fraser, the Harrison run goes to sea via the Strait of Juan de Fuca, where there are no fish farms. The B.C. Liberals have been extremely loathe to regulate the fish farm industry, who contribute significantly to their party."

Bob McKamey, a representative of gillnet fishermen who requested the judicial inquiry, said, "This is the third year of disastrous sockeye returns."

He accused Fisheries and Oceans Canada of "epic mismanagement of Fraser River sockeye, which has been regularly covered up. It is long past time we got some honest answers. We don't have time to watch four more years of compromise and ass-covering from here to Ottawa," he said.

"It's no longer about who gets to fish. It's about the survival of Fraser River salmon," he said.

September 21, 2009 - Nanaimo Daily News - Biologist Wants Inquiry on Salmon Stocks

"I want DFO to say that they'll turn over every stone in finding the reasons for the collapse of that run and I want everyone appearing at a judicial inquiry to be put under oath because there's a lot untruths out there on this issue that need to be cleared yup," she said.

September 20, 2009 - Calgary Herald - Biologist Wants Inquiry on Salmon Stocks

September 18, 2009 - Courier-Islander - Judicial, Binding Review Needed of DFO

September 18, 2009 - Globe - Province Pushes for Probe into Sockeye Collapse

September 17, 2009 - Area E Harvest Committee - Fishermen Call For Judicial Inquiry

"DFO's epic mismanagement of Fraser sockeye has been regularly covered up and it's long past time we got some honest answers..... We've been calling for a judicial inquiry into DFO's management of Fraser salmon since 1992, but DFO always finds some way to avoid being accountable and now the department has destroyed 3 of the 4 cycle years of our once-magnificant Fraser sockey runs," said McKamey.

"We need more than a group hug - we need a judicial inqury," said McKamey.

September 17, 2009 - Vancouver Sun - Community of Interest blogs - Judicial Inquiry

September 11, 2009 - Courier-Islander - Where's The Sockeye?

"We've got to have an inquiry, not only from the fishermen's point of view, I think the public has to know what's going on.  Anybody affected by the fishing has to know.  What happened to the sockeye?"

September 10, 2009 - Vancouver Sun - letter - Craig Orr - Who's Looking After Sockeye

September 9, 2009 - Times Colonist - Sea Lice A Drag on Their Hosts - Could Reduce Survival

September 8, 2009 - Times Colonist - Sockeye Fry Had Little Chance Because of Fish Farms

September 7, 2009 - CP wire - Experts Say Gaps in Science Make It Difficult to Solve Collapse

September 4, 2009 - Times Colonist - Mismanagement Threat to Salmon

August 28, 2009 - Richmond News - Fish Saga Makes Waves: MP

August 28 2009 - Surrey North Delta Leader - Disastrous Sockeye Run Flops to a Finish

August 26, 2009 - Campbell River Courier Islander - Time for Inquiry is Now (editorial)

It is time that we have a judicial inquiry into the operation of this ministry.  The Inquiry must have strong and legally binding guidelines that allow a free and unimpeded flow of information and opinion.

August 25, 2009 - Victoria Times Colonist - Action Now on Wild Salmon (editorial)   

August 17, 2009 - Surrey North Delta Leader - Demise of Fraser Sockeye A Puzzle

August 13, 2009 - Maple Ridge News - Sockeye Run Looking Like a Disaster

"We need a judicial inquiry into the management of the Fraser River fishery.  The prime minister promised it and we know that some of the people who may have had dirty hands opposed the inquiry.  If it had have happened we'd have the results already and we'd have some answers.  And now we're stillswimming around in the dark."

August 13, 2009 - Globe - Fisheries Catastrophe - Fraser River's salmon stocks "beyond a crisis'

August 11, 2009 - Richmond Review - Sockeye Disaster as run size cut to a tenth of forecast


Disaster in the Fishery - Government Response - East & West


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