Salmon In The City

Salmon In The City
By Samantha McLeod
The Province
October 20, 2015

The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) is the advocate for local government in British Columbia, their vision is to effectively represent and serve all local governments in BC. UBCM focusses on policy development and implementation, Government relations, external Communications, and Liaison with other groups.

Members range from First Nations Bands, to local government bodies and Regional districts.

Recently their 2015 convention was held in downtown Vancouver where Members met to showcase their businesses and discuss their common needs. This is a time when they share information and advice and get involved in open communications with each other and local government officials.

Larry Samson, Campbell River City Councillor (here for the convention) said, “UBCM is such an important part of our coastal communities. The provincial and federal governments help us move forward our proposals and constitutions.”

There are interesting things happening in the lower mainland and Larry Samson would like to see more open and frequent conversations happening between small communities and big cities.

An event was held the last evening of the convention, at Mahony and Sons on Burrard landing. BC Salmon Farmers Association hosted the evening and it was an opportunity for everyone to unwind and enjoy a much-deserved break after the convention.

Mahony and Sons is one of my favourite places in the city, love the vibe, the food, and the view. Take a glance at their menu and you’ll see the pride they take in sourcing and serving foods that are mostly local, ethical, and definitely sustainable.

Mahony’s chefs prepared fresh salmon (courtesy of members of the BCSFA) that was delivered to their doors within two hours of being harvested. There was a variety of bite-sized finger foods like these soft little avocado sliders with fresh grilled salmon – when the fish is this fresh there is no need for seasonings and I love when chefs let the product speak up.

Rudy Storteboom, councilor of City of Langley popped by to try a salmon slider, he said, “Old guys like me need salmon and these are real good.”

According to Dr. Jim Powell, CEO of BC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences (CAHS), the biggest misconceptions regarding aquaculture and ecosystems can be clarified with more education and information made available to consumers.

BC CAHS’s mission is to improve the health of aquatic animals and ecosystems – by developing applied scientific knowledge. Their vision is to deliver innovative and practical solutions for aquatic animal and environmental health.

Jeremy Dunn, Executive Director at BC Salmon Farmers Association, planned the event because it’s a great opportunity for fish farmers and city people to mingle while enjoying a product that is fresh and local.

For me I enjoyed the event because I got a rare chance to chat with politicians about their small communities regarding growth and sustainability, and an even rarer chance to sit down and have long conversations with the people who grow my food.

Stay tuned for my upcoming Campbell River adventures.

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