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Jeff Matthews

Scientist, Environmental Activist

Jeff Matthews is a scientist and environmental activist based in Vancouver who has a passion for ocean and animal rights issues. He obtained a PhD in biophysics from the University of British Columbia.
The Vancouver Aquarium Is Swimming In 'Alternative

The Vancouver Aquarium Is Swimming In 'Alternative Facts'

If the Vancouver Aquarium is willing to leave marine mammals to die on beaches only because they are no longer allowed to put them on display and taught tricks in Stanley Park, one has to wonder about the real motivations of their leadership.
05/25/2017 04:57 EDT
Vancouver Aquarium's Case For Captive Whales

Vancouver Aquarium's Case For Captive Whales Flounders

Unable to pinpoint a specific cause for the deaths of their last two remaining belugas, the Vancouver Aquarium was left to speculate. And speculate they did, deftly pointing their finger at the critics of whale captivity that have been an ever-present thorn in their side. Ask yourself: Are these the actions one expects from a world-class science-based conservation charity? Or are they the public relations tactics more typical of people with something to hide?
12/06/2016 07:14 EST
Please, Save Our B.C.

Please, Save Our B.C. Salmon

The war on wild salmon escalated during the Harper years as wild salmon were viewed as mere complications to environmental assessments of resource development projects. A year into the Trudeau Liberal government, it appears little has changed.
11/03/2016 01:38 EDT
Seals And Sea Lions Pay The Price For B.C. Salmon

Seals And Sea Lions Pay The Price For B.C. Salmon Farming

"Marine mammal interactions" (a.k.a. deaths) are a well-known and inevitable consequence of open-pen salmon farming. It's hard not to see how putting large numbers of slow-moving, artificially fattened fish directly into the habitat of hungry sea lions is flawed by design.
04/11/2016 02:39 EDT
End Christy Clark's Unnecessary And Cruel War On

End Christy Clark's Unnecessary And Cruel War On Wildlife

For most Canadians, the end of the Harper era brought hope for the return of reason to environmental policy in this country. Not so on the West Coast, where B.C. premier Christy Clark has assumed the Harper mantle of industrialization over conservation and declared her own war against wildlife.
12/18/2015 01:01 EST
Is Salmon Farming B.C.'s Version Of The Tar

Is Salmon Farming B.C.'s Version Of The Tar Sands?

When you are a multi-billion dollar, foreign-owned industry continuously mired in controversy over your environmental record, you have but two options: you clean up your act, or you clean up your image. The latest public relations offensive from B.C. salmon farmers leaves little doubt that for them, image is everything.
12/03/2015 03:02 EST
Ahousaht First Nation Warriors Win B.C. Salmon Farm

Ahousaht First Nation Warriors Win B.C. Salmon Farm Standoff

A salmon farm like the one proposed can create about the same amount of raw sewage as a city the size of Kelowna. "It's common sense," says Lennie John. "We fish in these waters for food, we don't go into Cermaq's kitchen and leave manure all over the floor."
09/24/2015 04:08 EDT
17 Ways the Government Is Helping Kill Wild

17 Ways the Government Is Helping Kill Wild Salmon

In British Columbia, salmon are sacred. For centuries, they have nourished First Nations and settlers alike, and continue to sustain virtually all of the wildlife we cherish in B.C.: orcas, eagles, bears, seals and sea lions, wolves and even our forests. Wild salmon make life possible on the West Coast. So why are our federal and provincial governments trying to kill them? I do not speak of simple neglect. I mean actively working towards the destruction of wild salmon.
05/22/2015 17:42 EDT
Vancouver Aquarium Clams Up Over Pipelines And

Vancouver Aquarium Clams Up Over Pipelines And Tankers

There would be far greater benefit to our coastline if the aquarium educated their visitors about the grave risks of tarsands pipelines, tanker traffic and LNG ports, rather than focusing on how acrobatic dolphins can be.
04/21/2015 05:22 EDT
Vancouver Aquarium Whales, Dolphins Just Can't Catch A

Vancouver Aquarium Whales, Dolphins Just Can't Catch A Break

The whales and dolphins at Vancouver Aquarium just can't seem to catch a break. Even the city's new bylaw that bans breeding and introduces new, independent public oversight of the Stanley Park attraction won't offer much relief for the captive cetaceans. Because, as it turns out, there never was a bylaw after all.
11/20/2014 06:39 EST