NEWS RELEASE · 6th April 2011
MP Nathan Cullen - Smithers
Skeena-Bulkley Valley incumbent Nathan Cullen is calling on federal officials to conduct comprehensive radiation testing on seaweed and other seafood on B.C.'s Northwest Coast in order to reassure residents of the safety of their food sources.
"Seafood is the backbone of our coastal economy and culture," said Cullen. "Coastal British Columbians have a lot of questions about the impact of the Japanese nuclear crisis and the government has a responsibility to provide them with accurate, timely information."
"I'm not looking to raise any alarms, but rather respond to concerns I've been hearing on the doorstep," Cullen added. "To ensure people remain confident in their seafood, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans should immediately fund a radiation monitoring program in cooperation with coastal communities."
Cullen met with senior officials from Natural Resources Canada and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission in March to raise questions about the Japanese nuclear accident's potential impacts on Canada. He was assured that monitoring of radiation in the air was ongoing and impacts were not expected to reach Canadian shores.
"Equipment has now picked up some trace radiation on our coast, and British Columbians are calling for a more thorough monitoring program that includes water and seafood," said Cullen.
Cullen is currently visiting Haida Gwaii communities as part of his re-election campaign. He spent Tuesday in Masset and today visits Tlell and Skidegate.
I am unsure why...
Comment by M Craven on 8th April 2011
I have tried my best to contact with Nathan, he is the NDP Environment Critic. Now on the news they are finally showing the huge groups of 'islands' of trash floating across the Northern Pacific Ocean, everything from whole houses to cars to body parts. I contacted his offices in Ottawa twice for personal reasons asking for help and support for my family and offering information so he can get the news out and make it a serious campaign issue. There is more then just the radiation for Canadians to be concerned about to be concerned about. As for Mayor Monaghan, I assure you she has taken this issue very seriously. She additionally has offered so much support for my family. Words cannot express the respect I have for her.
Comment by Daniel Carter on 8th April 2011
A little too late with that now. You need to wait until at least May 2 before we can get a fully functional federal government. There is somewhat of a hiatus now due to an election being called. Maybe a bit of thought should have went into the urgency of certain world incidents that Canada is involved in before your NDP and other parties voted non confidence in the Prime Minister at this time of need.
Are you collaborating with Michael Craven?
Comment by A Heidl on 6th April 2011
Nathan,I am very happy to see that you are taking action regarding the nuclear threat to the Pacific Ocean. I recall Michael Craven wanting to help you with this campaign and being very diligent trying to update you with information from scientific documents that he has been translating for the Japanese government. I know many Canadians are not being well informed and are very concerned. I was hoping that you would have jumped on this issue earlier as Michael has been posting you information on your facebook page since a few days after the Fukashima crisis. I hope that you can reach out to Michael Craven and use his ties in Japan to help B.C waters. As he has mentioned to me before the ocean is the most important issue right now as the nuclear waste will bring continuous damage to the ecosystem.
Comment by Leon Dumstrey-SooS on 6th April 2011
Why did take such along time for Cullen to react.??
Our community does not have even basic detection equipment, WHY??. Is the public safety Federal concern only? In my oppinion Cullen is making as much sense on the subject as our Mayor did ,when I posed her the question on the subject. Would the peoples safety be the speedy and first concern above all the others??
Do we need to score politicaly on the tragedy of Japanese people??