British Columbia

The Great Canadian Tour

British Columbia

Host Glen McInnis visits the community of Bella Bella, British Columbia, and explores how a fish hatchery in Ocean Falls, B.C., is affecting salmon farming in Bella Bella. Glen also examines why the Heiltsuk First Nations people are suing the provincial government over salmon aquaculture on Heiltsuk territory in British Columbia. Glen speaks with Phillip Hogan (Heiltsuk First Nation), John Van Dongen (British Columbia Minister of Fisheries), Otta Langer (director of the David Suzuki Foundation), Edwin Newman (the chairman of the Native Fishing Association), Kjell Aasen (the manager of the Omega Ocean Falls Hatchery), and Gary Houstry (the hereditary chief of the Heiltsuk First Nation), who express their views on the issues.

On the second half of the program, Glen visits Maillardville, Coquitlam, British Columbia, where he speaks with historian Tony Paré and John Kingsbury (Mayor of Coquitlam) about the uniqueness of the area.

Later, Glen visits D’Arcy Island, British Columbia, and speaks with Chris Yorath (author and retired geologist), who explains the island’s grim history. Alan Lowe (Mayor of Victoria) speaks to Glen about how he is paying tribute to D’Arcy Island’s former inhabitants.


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Glen McInnis

Born and raised in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Glen is a proud Cape Bretoner. His distinctive personality and informal approach bring a fresh perspective to political news. Since joining CPAC in 2000, Glen has hosted Outburst, the Great Canadian Tour and reported on the Hill. Before joining CPAC, Glen worked with CBC Radio in Sydney, NS, and occasionally appeared as guest host for Breakfast Television on ATV in Halifax. He has also worked for Calgary’s A-Channel where he was a producer for The Big Breakfast, as well as a news writer. Glen is also an avid musician, and can often be found playing his prized Rickenbacker bass around Ottawa in his spare time.