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‘Gorgeous fish’: Steveston fishery workers haul in sockeye salmon bounty

Trung Nguyen, selling sockeye off his boat at the Steveston Pier for $8 a pound, has been waiting four years for this moment. Nguyen and other commercial fishery workers returned to the Richmond harbour Thursday with coolers full of salmon after being allowed out on the Fraser River Wednesday to catch salmon. Source: CBC News | August 9, 2018

Trans Mountain expansion increases spill threat for Fraser River salmon: report

Salmon in the Fraser River are under threat from the Trans Mountain pipeline, according to a new report by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Wild Salmon, Pipelines and the Trans Mountain Expansion details the potential effects a spill from the pipeline or associated tankers could have on salmon in the Fraser and the river’s tributaries. Source: Burnaby Now | August 9, 2018

Health Canada wants to phase out pesticides to save the bees

Health Canada is sticking with its proposal to phase out most outdoor and agricultural uses of a common pesticide, even though a recent study found bees are only affected by the substance in certain circumstances. Source: Global News | May 31, 2018

Piece rate for fruit pickers is fairer than hourly wage, B.C. fruit growers maintain

As the B.C. government considers whether to scrap the piece-rate system of pay for the province’s fruit pickers, growers are arguing that it gives their workers a much better wage.

Fruit pickers are paid based on the volume of crops they pick instead of an hourly rate, but the province is looking at whether it should get rid of the pay method as it looks to increase minimum wages. Source: CBC News | April 23, 2018