This last week has been a whirlwind of things to do, but I am happy to say that it has been productive!
To start with we have had a situation come up that again questions the license issues for Aquaponics and Aquaculture in Alberta. As a result of the questions are in the process of setting up a meeting with Jim Wagner from Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (Fish and Wild Life) and Jeff Presley from Agriculture and Rural Development (Alberta Agriculture) on January 25, 2014.
The hopes of this meeting are to clarify the license questions and resolve out the problems that people are having with them. I also hope that this will allow our voices to be heard in the implementation of changes to the licensing situation to provide a better understanding and policy int he future.
I am also inviting City Council, the Mayor of Calgary (Naheed Nenshi), and the local MLA (Manmeet Bhullard) to see if they can assist in getting the resolutions going with the licensing issues.
As it sits now, the legal side of the license has holes big enough to drive a truck through them leaving them open to a wide range of interpretation, miscommunication and inevitably frustration on both sides of the issues. These laws need to be defined and laid out in a better manner for everyone involved.
We cannot make change without your support, so I invite you all to come to this important meeting. If you are at all interested in aquaponics or aquaculture, this meeting is paramount to your future, so please take this seriously and come show your support and get your questions answered.
I am still in the process of nailing down the location (tis the season for making bookings hard to do) but I will do an update and post it in the events calendar as soon as it is established.
This last week has also been one of serious weather. We have had a cold snap that has seen temperatures dropping down to the -40 range and snow that has had us digging out every pathway around our house a couple of times a day.
This weather has had its impact on the greenhouse for sure and has all but got us shut down. We still have two growbeds going at this point in the greenhouse, but one system was forced to be shut down completely.
Being Friday the 13th, I am also wishing everyone some good luck and happy gardening!