Feb 20 2010

pianos, hunger and salmon

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Written on February 20th 2010

Yesterday I didn’t blog – Gordon (my super piano tech husband) and I worked all day and late into the evening replacing 75 rusty strings on a small grand piano for a music teacher.too many bass strings! The piano’s design made the job difficult. I really wanted to stop and have the piano sent to our shop where we could take all the strings off and start from scratch. It took 23 separate manoeuvres to install one single looped string under two sets of crossed over bass strings.fishing strings through the bass As time went on, we didn’t have much to eat (bagel, cheese and coffee) by 8:30 PM my stomach was really annoyed – I was hungry – there were 15 strings left. I thought about the Siska people.

We could have taken a break, ordered take out, made time to eat – but we didn’t – we just kept our focus, repeating the same 23 steps for each string. It was hypnotic and tiring and the hunger seemed like a cattle prod – I knew I would hurt tomorrow. When we finished, the strings looked really good – the music teacher offered us hot pizza and we enjoyed every bite.

The Siska people living along the Frazer River didn’t choose hunger – their traditional food source just disappeared. If you missed our first salmon drive and you want to get involved – donation boxes are located in Vernon at Anna’s Vitamins Plus (across from the Bean Scene) and in Victoria at Cabin 12 (on Pandora). Shopper’s have increased their price it’s over $2 a can. Sheardown’s in Lumby has wild sockeye salmon on sale @ $1.99 a can. No Name Super Store in Vernon has salmon with the least amount of salt @ $1.39 a can.

note sent with donated salmon
This card was taped to each box of salmon and Siska First Nations people sent their appreciation to the kind people of Lumby, Cherryville and Vernon for the donation.

Fish Farms:
Norwegian Fish farms have received a lot of bad press for polluting BC waterways an contributing to the demise of BC wild salmon. It seems everyone but me knew about the missing salmon. The Supreme Court directed the Federal DFO (Department of Fisheries) to resume responsibility for fish management striking down BC ‘s unconstitutional claim of jurisdiction over fish farms including “Right to Farm” protection. No new fish farm licenses are being issued until DFO develops new regulations. The Federal Government called an Inquiry – which means they are embarrassed.

In searching the Internet for salmon information, there is one aspect of this story, to which every single person agrees – the importance of clean water. I haven’t found anyone lobbying for dirty water. There may be Corporations that deny dirty water or agencies that ignore dirty water but people in Canada agree on the need for clean water. Perhaps that desire will unite all Canadian voices for permanent change to the problem of lost salmon.

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