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February 27th, 2017

Fin in the News: MPs Seek Restoration Of Fish Act, Will Repeal 2012 Change

Blacklock's Reporter

Parliament must repeal Conservative amendments to the Fisheries Act, says the Commons fisheries committee. The panel’s Liberal majority concluded the 2012 changes failed to protect habitat.

November 21st, 2016

Dead humpback found entangled in aquaculture lines

A dead humpback whale has been found entangled in empty aquaculture lines near Campbell River - the second time a whale has been trapped at the fish farm since September.

November 14th, 2016

Fin in the News "B.C. MP’s closed-pen salmon farm bill advances in Ottawa"

A bill banning Atlantic salmon in open-net British Columbia fish farms – backed by Star Trek actor William Shatner – has seen its second reading in Ottawa.

November 10th, 2016

Fin in the News "New Fisheries Act Promised"

Cabinet will introduce legislation by July 1, 2017 to restore full environmental protections in the Fisheries Act. Conservative amendments enacted four years ago were “an abuse of process”, said Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc.

November 10th, 2016

Letter to the editor: MP targets ocean-based salmon farms

B.C. MP Fin Donnelly advises that not only are open-net salmon farms harming our wild salmon, but there is an alternative - closed containment salmon farming. No need to reinvent the wheel here. Denmark and Norway are already building closed-containment farms. Could we not expect, for example, that Marine Harvest, the world's biggest Atlantic salmon producer, based in Bergen, Norway, which operates near five towns in B.C., do the same?

October 19th, 2016

Fin in the News "Captain Kirk beams in to back wild salmon protection bill"

Fin Donnelly has landed a big fish in his campaign to protect B.C.'s wild salmon.

October 17th, 2016

Fin in the News "MP issues litterless lunch challenge to Tri-City schools"

Port Moody-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly is again using Waste Reduction Week in Canada to reboot his annual litterless lunch challenge.

October 11th, 2016

Fin in the News "Ocean-based salmon farms targeted in B.C. MP's private member's bill"

A B.C. MP's private member's bill would see this province's ocean-based salmon farms move to land-based facilities within five years.

September 27th, 2016

Fin in the News "Bills for Tri-City MPs moving through House of Commons"

September 1st, 2016

Fin in the News "MP's bill to ban open net-cage fish farms gaining steam"

More than 3,000 names are now on a federal ePetition to back a bill by Port Moody-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly that calls for the protection of west coast wild salmon.

July 19th, 2016

Fin in the News "Bigger northern conservation area planned after Shell relinquishes permits"

Parks Canada says that in the wake of Shell Canada relinquishing all its exploratory permits near Lancaster Sound, off the shores of northern Nunavut, an agreement on a National Marine Conservation Area could be in place by the end of 2017.

June 28th, 2016

Fin in the News "Debate over closing of B.C. salmon cannery goes to federal committee"

The debate over the closing of B.C.'s last salmon-canning operation shifted to Ottawa this month, where a federal committee heard sharply differing opinions on the issue.

June 15th, 2016

Fin in the News "Ottawa owes veterans no 'duty of care,' federal lawyers argue in case"

The federal Liberal government says it agrees with an argument advanced - and later abandoned - by the former Conservative government that Canada owes no special duty of care to those injured in the line of duty.

June 10th, 2016

Fin in the News "Canada yet to ratify first global treaty to combat illegal fishing"

The first global treaty to combat illegal fishing has become international law, with more than 30 countries and the European Union formally ratifying the agreement - but Canada is not among them.

June 7th, 2016

Fin in the News "East Van residents vow to save 'sacred park' from planned Port of Vancouver expansion"

East Vancouver residents are concerned that the view from their beloved Crab Park - on the edges of the Downtown Eastside - will soon be obscured by a multi-million dollar terminal expansion project.

May 18th, 2016

Fin in the News: "Trudeau accused of breaking promise on West Coast marine safety"

Longtime Quadra Island politician Jim Abram says he heard Justin Trudeau promise one thing before the election and something else after it.

May 18th, 2016

Fin in the News: "Ottawa's legal manoeuvre on veterans benefits called 'a betrayal'"

The federal government is taking veterans back to court to try to block certain benefits for injured and wounded soldiers, despite a Liberal campaign promise to better support them after an era of Conservative cuts.

April 28th, 2016

Fin in the News: "On the eve of coast guard station reopening, many questions remain"

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As we told you a few weeks ago, the Kitsilano Coast Guard station is scheduled to re-open on Sunday.

April 22nd, 2016

Fin in the News: "Kitsilano Coast Guard station reopens May 1, Comox radio station to close May 10"

"MPs from all sides of the House of Commons questioned in interviews on Thursday Tootoo’s apparent unwillingness to consider the parliamentary committee’s recommendation, expected to come before the scheduled May 10 closure of the Comox facility.

April 13th, 2016

Fin in the News: "Community calls on federal Liberals to postpone Coast Guard station closing"

B.C. New Democrat Fin Donnelly, who also sits on the committee, welcomed the Liberals’ insistence that they have no preconceptions about whether the station should close, though he said “it is very disturbing” to hear that the plan to close the Comox base is proceeding.

March 23rd, 2016

Fin in the News: "Kits coast guard base to take on new role"

"The devil’s in the details. Or the lack of details.

That’s how New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly — a critic of the previous Conservatives government’s decision to close the Kitsilano Coast Guard station — reacted to the Liberals’ federal budget announcement Tuesday that the reopened rescue station would be expanded to provide an emergency environmental response and to train local groups in emergency response.

February 25th, 2015

Global BC: Closure of MCTS Centres

My interview with Global BC on February 20, 2015 regarding the closure of the Vancouver and Ucluelet Marine Communications and Traffic Service Centres.

January 26th, 2015

Community Calendar Correction

COQUITLAM- Residents of New Westminster – Coquitlam and Port Moody should have received my community calendar in the mail over the past few weeks.

November 6th, 2014

Standing up for our veterans

Dear Fin Donnelly,

I am a constituent of yours in your Coquitlam riding. I am a veteran and a member of the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada.

August 20th, 2014

Opinion: We can expect more Mount Polley disasters

By Fin Donnelly, Special to the Vancouver Sun

The Mount Polley mine tailings disaster that released more than 14 million cubic meters of metals-laden fine sand, toxic sludge and water into one of British Columbia’s most productive sockeye producing lakes is certainly one of the worst environmental disasters this province has experienced. While drinking water and fishing bans may have been recently lifted, the impact of this event will be felt by the community and environment for years to come.

February 21st, 2014

Letter to the Editor - Government must act on Cohen recommendations

Re: Federal government supports B.C. salmon, Letters, Feb. 12

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and her Parliamentary Secretary Randy Kamp try to make the case that the Conservative government has acted on Justice Cohen’s recommendations, but the reality is they have failed to properly respond to this $26 million public inquiry.

February 13th, 2014

5th Annual Tri-Cities Champions for Youth Children - Awards of Excellence

Presented by the Tri-Cities ECD Committee

Do you know someone in the Tri‐Cities who has made a difference in improving the lives of children under the age of 6 and their families? Please let us know! Nominate them today!

February 12th, 2014

Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

The Library of Parliament is currently accepting teacher applications for the 18th annual Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy to be held November 2-7, 2014.

January 31st, 2014

Canada Post prepares for transition to community mail boxes

By Diane Strandberg, Tri-City News

Canada Post has announced its strategy to switch from home delivery to community mail boxes in response to concerns.

December 9th, 2013

Proposed New Prosperity Mine

The NDP shares concerns about the pervasive environmental and cultural impact of this proposed mine, which include the grave threat to fish and wildlife, livelihoods, as well as serious challenge First Nation’s inherent spiritual and human rights. While there may be potential economic benefits to this project, it is irresponsible to ignore these impacts.

June 18th, 2013

NDP proposes independent oversight for MP expenses

Official opposition tables motion to increase transparency and replace the BOIE with independent body

The NDP has tabled a motion to bring full transparency and accountability to the House of Commons.

May 7th, 2013

Hill Times - NDP MP Donnelly Vows to Continue Fight to Ban Shark Fin Imports into Canada

By BEA VONGDOUANGCHANH | Published: Monday, 05/06/2013 12:00 am EDT

Sharks are thought to be 450 million years old, have lived through five mass extinctions, and are vital to our ecosystem, but 100 million of them are slaughtered annually for their fins—often while they are still alive and dropped back in the ocean—for what is an estimated $3-trillion-a-year global business. The House recently defeated a private member’s bill that would have banned the importation of shark fins, and despite a promise, the government still has not taken any action to strengthen such a ban nor has it introduced any new regulations to address the problem.

April 23rd, 2013

Storybook Relives Fin’s Epic Swim

By Mario Bartel - New Westminster News Leader Published: April 23, 2013 9:00 AM

March 22nd, 2013

Community Seminar - Disability Tax Credit Information Session

In our community, hundreds of people with disabilities are still uncertain about whether they are eligible for important tax credits; tax credits which could result in a significant refund. My office wants to make sure that every eligible resident in our community knows how to access this tax refund. To that end, we are off offerring workshops to assist people in taking advantage of the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). The DTC can be claimed retroactively for up to 10 years.

July 27th, 2012

Canada Post nixes Korean War stamp

More than 200 letters of support not enough to change postal service's position

Coquitlam Now, 27 July 2012 By Jeremy Deutsch

Guy Black never fought in the Korean War. In fact, the Port Moody resident only last year met a relative for the first time who served in the war.

June 27th, 2012

Call for Volunteers to Assist Kwikwetlem First Nations

During the 2007 Flood Red Alert, the Kwikwetlem First Nations called for the help of their neighbours and you came out in droves.

June 13th, 2012

Budget becomes battle of wills

Coquitlam Now, 13 June 2012 By Brent Richter

New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly says he and the rest of Parliament's Opposition MPs will be using every means at their disposal to make changes to the Conservatives' proposed budget before it passes.

June 5th, 2012

Municipalities Refute Ottawa's Claim that They Support Fisheries Change

Edmonton Journal, 5 June 2012 By Peter O'Neil

OTTAWA – Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield was accused Tuesday of misleading the House of Commons and of misrepresenting Canadian cities and towns after he suggested the Federation of Canadian Municipalities still supports controversial and sweeping changes to the Fisheries Act.

April 17th, 2012

Credit card fees too much: Chamber

The Tri-City News, 17 April 2012

Tri-City businesses joined forces on Monday to discuss the impact high credit-card processing fees are having on their bottom line.

April 14th, 2012

Tri-Cities Chamber, Fin Donnelly fight high credit card fees

The Tri-City News, 14 April 2012 By Staff Writer

Canadian merchants pay some of the highest credit card processing fees in the world. The average rate in Canada exceeds 2%, compared to countries like Australia where the average rate is about 1% and 0.79% in the UK.

April 5th, 2012

New Westminster MP blasts Minister over Katimavik cancellation comments

The Record, 5 April 2012 By Alfie Lau and Jennifer Moreau

New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly is taking exception to comments that Conservative Heritage Minister James Moore made in the House of Commons on Thursday.

March 27th, 2012

Editorial: Economy over environment

Nanaimo News Bulletin, 27 March 2012 Editorial by Black Press

The alarm has been raised that the federal government is about to turn the clock back on fisheries protection by about 35 years.

March 14th, 2012

Transcript: Fisheries & Oceans Committee Meeting (14 Mar 2012)

Mr. Fin Donnelly: In your opening remarks you talked about habitat protection. In the questions you also pointed out an example of a jamboree in a field. Isn't it more to the point of looking at pipeline projects and that you've been intensely lobbied by large organizations, with more of a focus on pipelines and oil transportation off the coast, perhaps mining and other major activities? Isn't that more of a concern? Certainly it's come to light.

March 13th, 2012

Harper government to gut laws protecting fish habitat, biologist claims

Vancouver Sun, 13 March 2012 By Peter O'Neil

OTTAWA - The Harper government is planning to gut the powers in federal legislation intended to protect fish habitat, making it easier for projects like Calgary-based Enbridge Inc.'s Northern Gateway pipeline to B.C. to clear federal hurdles, according to a retired fisheries biologist who obtained the information from a government source.

March 13th, 2012

Leaked info alleges Tories removing habitat protection from Fisheries Act

Burnaby Now, 13 March 2012 By Jennifer Moreau

New Westminster MP Fin Donnelly is raising questions in Ottawa about leaked information that alleges the Conservatives are proposing to remove habitat protection measures from the Fisheries Act.

February 15th, 2012

City's Pier Park Wins National Award

The Record, 15 February 2012 By Theresa McManus

The City of New Westminster has won another national award for its redevelopment of Westminster Pier Park.

February 9th, 2012

NDP: Budget cuts putting fishermen’s lives in danger

The Chronicle Herald, 9 February 2012 By Paul McLeod

The NDP accused the federal government Wednesday of putting fishermen’s lives at risk, foreshadowing what will likely be months of heated debate over upcoming budget cuts.

February 2nd, 2012

Canada's failure to protect marine biodiversity 'disappointing and dismaying,' asserts panel chair

Vancouver Sun, 2 February 2012 By Larry Pynn

Canada is failing miserably at protecting its rich marine biodiversity from the looming threat of climate change, an expert-panel report for the Royal Society of Canada concluded Thursday.

January 25th, 2012

MPs invite Harper to tour Royal Columbian

The Record, 25 January 2012 By Theresa McManus

New Westminster's members of Parliament are inviting Prime Minister Stephen Harper to tour Royal Columbian Hospital.

January 16th, 2012

Local MPs issue challenge to Stephen Harper

New Westminster News Leader, 16 January 2012 By Staff Writer

New Westminster MPs Peter Julian and Fin Donnelly have challenged Prime Minister Stephen Harper and federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq to tour Royal Columbian Hospital before making changes to the transfer of health funds to the provinces.

December 6th, 2011

Imperilled: Shark populations in free fall throughout the world

Rob Williams and his colleagues weren't even looking for sharks

Vancouver Sun, 23 October 2010 By Larry Pynn

The University of B.C. researcher was aboard a 20-metre research sailboat off the B.C. coast for three summers, surveying for marine mammals such as whales, dolphins and porpoises.

November 18th, 2011

Donnelly tries again with benefits bill

New Westminster News Leader, 18 November 2011 By Staff Writer

New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody NDP MP Fin Donnelly is giving it another shot in his bid to get the federal government to strengthen its medical employment insurance benefits for those suffering from serious illnesses such as cancer.

November 15th, 2011

NDP MP Fin Donnelly seeks to extend EI benefits for seriously ill

Georgia Straight, 15 November 2011 By Stephen Thomson

New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly is renewing his effort to have medical Employment Insurance benefits extended for those suffering from serious illnesses like cancer.

November 8th, 2011

Fraser River champion to take petition to Ottawa

Richmond Review, 8 November 2011 By Martin van den Hemel

Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly will soon be carrying the sentiments of Richmond residents opposed to plans for a jet fuel pipeline, and delivering them to Ottawa.

November 3rd, 2011

Lethal salmon virus now detected in four species

The Province, 3 November 2011 By Sean Sullivan, Postmedia News

A lethal virus that could pose a new threat to British Columbia's prized Pacific salmon has now been detected in four wild species, prompting fears about its effect on the multi-billion-dollar fishery.

November 1st, 2011

Movember gets personal for MP Fin Donnelly

New Westminster NewsLeader, 1 November 2011

New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly is joining the Movember movement to grow a moustache in honour of deceased NDP federal leader Jack Layton. Participants in the Movember campaign spend the month without shaving their moustache to bring awareness to prostate cancer—a disease that claimed Layton’s life earlier this year—and raise funds to fight the disease. “This campaign is very personal to me,” said Donnelly. “It is a fitting tribute to Jack. He was so positive throughout his illness; he would want us to continue to fight this disease and to do so with style and grace.”

October 24th, 2011

Feds must take threat [of ISA] seriously

The Daily News, 24 October 2011 By Walter Cordery

It wasn't until Alaskan and Washington state politicians raised the alarm about a potentially devastating salmon virus that has been detected in wild West Coast salmon stocks that Ottawa started to investigate the findings of a study by Simon Fraser University fisheries statistician Rick Routledge.

October 21st, 2011

U.S. senators raise alarm over salmon virus

Postmedia News, 21 October 2011 By Peter O'Neil

The Harper government, which described as "inconclusive" tests showing British Columbia wild sockeye salmon have been infected with a potentially devastating virus, isn't taking the matter as seriously as top politicians in the U.S., the House of Commons was told Thursday.

October 1st, 2011

VIDEO: Inside a shark slaughterhouse in China

Toronto Star, 1 October 2011 By Bill Schiller, Asia Bureau

PUQI, CHINA—They have roamed the seas for millions of years, survived the rise and fall of the dinosaurs.

September 28th, 2011

NDP MP Fin Donnelly seeks Canada-wide ban on shark fins

Georgia Straight, 28 September 2011 By Matthew Burrows

The man who swam the Fraser River twice to raise awareness about our river systems admits he has the right name for his latest campaign.

September 28th, 2011

MP wants ban on shark finning

Royal City Record, 28 September 2011 By Theresa McManus

New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly is taking aim at the "brutal" practice of shark finning.

September 23rd, 2011

Cleanup a success

Coquitlam Now, 23 September 2011 By Ksenija Mircic (Letter to the Editor)

This is my second time attending the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. I look forward to this event every year.

September 21st, 2011

MP pushes to ban import of shark fins

Coquitlam Now, 21 September 2011 By Eva Cohen

Up to 75 million sharks are killed each year, with the majority used toward the shark fin trade, according to Wild Aid Canada.

September 18th, 2011

MP wants shark fin ban

The Province, 18 September 2011 By Cassidy Olivier

NDP Oceans and Fisheries critic Fin Donnelly plans to introduce a private member's bill during the fall sitting of the legislature seeking a ban on the importation of shark fins into Canada.

September 17th, 2011

B.C. MP diving in to ban shark fin imports

The Province, 17 September 2011 By Staff Reporter

NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic Fin Donnelly intends to introduce federal legislation this fall to ban the import of shark fin into Canada.

September 16th, 2011

NDP Fisheries Critic wants to keep illegal shark fins out of Canada

New Westminster News Leader, 16 September 2011 By Helen Polychronakos

Illegal shark fin imports to Canada should be banned, says New Westminster MP Fin Donnelly, who is also the NDP’s critic for Fisheries and Oceans in Ottawa.

August 26th, 2011

HST: How the Tri-Cities voted

The Tri-City News, 26 August 2011 By Todd Coyne

The results are in and Tri-City residents voted 'Yes' to scrapping the harmonized sales tax (HST), with the biggest support for axing the tax coming from Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.

August 26th, 2011

New Westminster responds to plan to scrap the HST

Postmedia News, 26 August 2011 By Theresa McManus

The HST has indeed proven to be the Hated Sales Tax among a majority of British Columbians.

August 22nd, 2011

Statement from Fin Donnelly on death of Jack Layton

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of The Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of the New Democratic Party. My thoughts are with Jack's wife Olivia, his children Mike and Sarah and the rest of Jack's family. Today Canada has lost a great political leader. It was Jack's leadership and boundless energy that encouraged me to run as Member of Parliament. He inspired all of us to fight for our beliefs with courage, determination and optimism. His legacy will carry on through all who strive to make Canada a better place.

August 22nd, 2011

MP Fin Donnelly calls Jack Layton’s death "a big loss for Canada"

Georgia Straight, 22 August 2011 By Stephen Thomson

NDP Leader Jack Layton’s death is a significant loss for Canada, says B.C. member of Parliament Fin Donnelly.

August 16th, 2011

New Westminster Pride event balloons in size

Royal City Record, 16 August 2011 By Brent Richter

Organizers of New Westminster's 2011 Pride Week events were hoping to get a better turnout in the celebration's second year and, brother, they got it.

July 13th, 2011

New Westminster mail delivery slow without overtime

Royal City Record, 12 July 2011 By Brent Richter

Two weeks after the end of the strike and lockout of Canada Post workers, mail is getting out but only at a trickle, postal workers say.

March 2nd, 2011

Tim Hortons triage: B.C. patients treated in coffee shop

An unexpected influx of patients to a B.C. hospital forced administrators to open a temporary emergency ward at an on-site Tim Hortons coffee shop earlier this week.

March 1st, 2011

Tim Hortons doubles as an ER

With an overflowing emergency room and surrounding hallways, staff at Royal Columbian Hospital turned to the adjacent Tim Hortons cafeteria as a space to treat patients Monday night.

February 16th, 2011

Olympic glow still shines

The Olympics are never far from the hearts and minds of Mayor Wayne Wright and Dr. Bob McCormack.

February 15th, 2011

Oil companies defend using coast guard ship

Oil industry money covers 1/3 of budget for Arctic research consortium

BP and Imperial Oil executives appeared before a parliamentary committee Tuesday to defend the companies' use of a coast guard ship for research that could help them drill in the Arctic.

February 15th, 2011

MP says appeal cash would be better spent helping the whales

Fin Donnelly, MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam-Port Moody and the NDP fisheries and oceans critic, said Fisheries Minister Gail Shea is wasting taxpayers’ money appealing a court ruling instead of protecting B.C.’s endangered Orca whales.

March 11th, 2010

HST will kill not create jobs

Campbell's HST Illusion The U of Calgary paper supposed to support the tax is full of holes and wishful thinking. By: By David Schreck, 10 March 2010, TheTyee.ca

March 11th, 2010

Salmon an economic problem too

Forecast not looking good for B.C.'s salmon stocks this year

Stephen Hume, Vancouver Sun

Another disastrous season for B.C.'s iconic wild salmon appears to be unfolding even as yet another inquiry gets underway, this time into the collapse of last year's Fraser River sockeye runs.

March 5th, 2010

Budget fails to make life more affordable for the people in New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody

Feds to rein in spending

From the Tri-City News

By Sarah Payne - The Tri-City News Published: March 04, 2010 4:00 PM Updated: March 04, 2010 4:06 PM

February 23rd, 2010

In the News: Reasons to care about Parliament

Matthew Furlong The Telegram January 14, 2010

Canadians are having two main problems with Stephen Harper’s second prorogation of Parliament.

The first is with members of Parliament wasting government money by not doing the work expected of them. The second is with Harper’s contempt for the parliamentary hurdles necessarily faced by a minority government, and his abnormal use of a normally uncontroversial procedure.