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BC’s Prophet: The Ghost of Roderick Haig-Brown Speaks

PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:57 am
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The Prophetic Roderick Haig-Brown

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PHOTO: Roderick Haig-Brown fishing at the mouth of the Campbell River in 1928.

Famed Campbell River conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown died at the age of 68 in 1976. Yet his writings prove startlingly relevant today. Booms and busts. Sustainable forestry. Wild salmon. Site C. LNG. Saving species.

Each piece in this five-part Tyee series summons Roderick Haig-Brown’s wisdom and warnings on different contentious B.C. issues, and is drawn from Andrew Nikiforuk’s talk “Why Haig-Brown Matters More than Ever,” given last month in Campbell River at the Seventh Annual Haig Brown Memorial Lecture.

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BC’s Prophet: The Ghost of Roderick Haig-Brown Speaks

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New series revisits the famed writer’s eerily apt warnings on today’s big issues.

By Andrew Nikiforuk , | December 19, 2016

Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about the energy industry for two decades and is a contributing editor to The Tyee. Find his previous stories here: [ ]

QUOTES: "The experience helped Haig-Brown collect all the research he needed for his remarkable book Panther. It also convinced him of the absurdity of predator control. He later wrote that “sportsmen who elect to assume responsibility for controlling predators seem to be enormously presumptuous. They are saying in effect that the natural world is theirs and all that is in it.” Still later he asked how is it that seals, salmon, bears, sea lions and whales all managed to live together for millions of years before humans presumed to save them from themselves. By 1935, he had already given up cougar and deer hunting."

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"Haig-Brown defended the right to live watchfully and carefully the life uniquely granted to him and his family in Campbell River. In the process, the salmon lover became one of Canada’s best-known writers but also one of its sharpest critics of relentless resource extraction. By 1952, he had already sold more than 300,000 books."


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Included in the series:

The Prophetic Roderick Haig-Brown

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BC’s Prophet: The Ghost of Roderick Haig-Brown Speaks
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Says No to BC’s ‘Avaricious’ Boom and Bust Rulers
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Fish Hatcheries Are No Fix and He Tried to Warn Us
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Hovering over Site C, a Ghost with a Warning
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Fight to Stop Oil Spoiling BC’s Coast Is 50 Years Old
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