The Single Biggest Layoff in Canadian History

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Rare Earth : We only exist because of you:

Jerry Rupprecht : Everyone knew that something fishy was going on.

Jake MC77 : Now do a video about the collapse of the salmon fishery on the West Coast. Much to do with the same kind of mistakes done on the East Coast.

Evan Ulven : "But remember folks, regulating industries is wrong and is the first step on the slippery slope to communism!" -The kind of people I hate.

John Emory : Love your work. Great cod piece.

Øystein Solvik : "found at Dildo" what.

PeRK : I had some time on my hands this morning so I gave it a go and translated the video into French using the YouTube tool for that. I've been wanting to do one of these for a while but just haven't found the time. I figure videos on Canada might be the best place to start since, well, French lol. Anyways, I don't know if this type of thing is of any value to you guys or not. If it is, I might give it another go on other videos when I get a chance. If it isn't, then I'll put it down as just a fun exercise I did this morning for the heck of it and that'll be that. ^^ PS: Obviously you'd have to find a French-speaker you trust to confirm, but it should be up to standard. I wouldn't have submitted it otherwise.

A Wingless Monkey : The Tragedy of the Commons, brought to you by Capitalism.

Michael Cherry : I surely wish more people could hear (or better yet LISTEN) to what you're saying. Every single time a resource is found to be profitable, it gets exploited to the point of exhaustion. When are we as a species going to understand that we have a real, measurable impact on this world? You can still find some so-called scientists who will attempt to attribute the decline in the cod stocks to something other than man's greed and waste. My favourite was hungry seals. Just try to imagine how many seals it would take to decimate the cod stocks. We'd be wall-to-wall in seals. Funny how they're so good at hiding, isn't it? The truth is, we as a species have always had a disproportionate impact on the environment, locally and globally and it's long past time we owned up and tried to use our "massive brains" to find a better way. Rare Earth is one piece of the puzzle, objectively (to the best of your ability) defining the history of the issues and giving people the opportunity to reflect on how we got here and perhaps come up with a plan to get out. It won't be easy. However long it takes to get into a crisis, it usually takes at least twice as long to get out, but the journey has to start now.

Danielle Spargo : The same can be said for so many of our other resources- the forests we're burning to raise cattle, the co2 we're pumping into the air. I know this sentiment isn't usually well received, but go veg. Even if just on mondays, even if just a day or 2 a month, start wherever you can, because everything helps. This Earth might not be around to sustain our grandkids at the rate we're currently going. I'm not saying become one of those vegan warriors, whose overzealous approach often has the opposite effect as they had intended. But it takes between 6 and 20 pounds of grain to produce one pound of meat - it's inefficient - not only do the cattle need land to be cleared/deforested for their living spaces, but also for their food. I'm not here to preach morals or superiority - I'm simply speaking of efficiency. What we're doing isn't sustainable, on land or sea. Something has to give.

Beefy G : Is this where Britains love affair with "fish and chips" came from. the cod supply from Canada?

Wolpertinger : I`m not Canadian but I remember the heritage minutes because of the "I can smell burning toast!" phrase.

Lorenzo Garza : Cod is pretty delicious not gonna lie chief

The Manly Astronaut : You documentaries are always wonderfully shot. I love it :)

Rory B. Bellows : Dildo Trinity Bay?

Simon Kete : This is not rare, as it happened and is still happening almost everywhere on earth. ; (

killercaos123 : I had a Chris Hadfield Masterclass ad before this video. :)

Hour Hour : Rare earth I wouldn’t change a thing about your style or anything, easily the most informative, diverse and satisfying channel I’ve come across on YouTube.

kairon156 : They never should have allowed other countries take our fish. PS: Thanks for taking time to talk about Newoufnland in your latest videos.

L_A_G : Considering what the fishermen were saying back when the moratorium was put in place I'm pretty sure the slow recovery has a lot to do with fishermen going out and fishing cod regardless of it. Who's going to commit political suicide by arresting a fisherman for doing their job? Even if they are fishing a seriously endangered fish with a moratorium, people are obviously going to remove it from that context to demonize them. : *Why not set up fish nurseries ¿?* Why not help the fish to grow in numbers and then harvest them a few years later ?

Lorenzo Garza : Maple tree = Canadian version of oil

Kim Carter Taveroff : You have this ability to take the stories of others and make them sound as if they are your own, as if you were there. Although I'd argue you are doing right now what you are best suited to do, I think you'd also make a fantastic history teacher. Thank you.

Justin Allen : Correction: the Newfoundland banking collapse wasn’t in the late 1900’s. It was in 1894

maf654321 : A great introduction to eating cod is bacalao/bacalhau in Spanish/Portuguese and generally most Latin American cuisine. The word really means salted and dried cod, as it was traditionally preserved, but these people have been learning for hundreds of years how to make tasty dishes with old dry fish and it's actually totally delicious. And to bring it back to Newfoundland, the "bacal-" word root found for salted cod all across Europe might actually have come, via Basque fishermen, from the Beothuk language itself (according to John Cabot).

One Pun Man : Something fishy is going on

John Smith : Calling a species a "resource" is the first problem. The term implies that it belongs to you. That it exists to serve you. You have nothing to do with these fish. Human-centrism is an exploitation mindset.

DrumWild : It's always risky when an entire economy revolves around one thing.

miraculux : Those credits at the end are fantastic. Thank you for the video, and specifically for *that*.

chokkan7 : There are two ways to exploit a natural resource: mine it, or be a steward. Miners find the resource, do everything they can to eliminate or minimize competition, harvest it as expeditiously and completely as feasible, then leave the mess for someone else to clean up while they move on to the next site. Stewards take the measure of the resource, learn how to handle it and extract an amount periodically that will still allow for replenishment, as well as what they need to provide to facilitate said replenishment, and then they can reasonably proceed in the knowledge that they will not kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Roughly put, mining (as I've described it) works for minerals (which is not to say that it still doesn't have its drawbacks), while stewardship is best applied to organic products. Still, farming the same crop year after year while pumping in petrochemically derived fertilizers and insecticides to increase yields could be thought of as mining; so could most North American timber harvests. Does any of that minimize the pain inflicted when the government steps in to end a livelihood? Has any industrialist ever been 'laid off'? A lot of questions were left unanswered here...

Shawn Elliott : As long as you're in the area, can you make a series about Labrador? I know almost nothing about the place, and information elsewhere is sparse -- especially video.

Darth Valius : I always love the end credits on these vids, so Good!

Lord of Laugh : That opening shot looks so good it's almost fake looking

Fresh Supply : “Tragedy of the Commons” - Hardin, 1968

Gathering No Moss : Cod was/is a major food source for Great White Sharks - more than seals. I think we forget that life in the oceans supports other life in the oceans. It's not there for the unlimited use of humans, and the hell with everything else. Every minute of every day, thousands of trawlers are stripping the ocean bare. I think we are looking at a future with nothing left except those animals that live very deep - out of the reach of the nets.

Alan Taylor : The rate at which the central interior of B.C.’s forest is getting logged worries me. The bug kill came they wanted to clean it up but now that’s it’s mostly gone will the logging slow down? Or will it be full steam ahead because everyone’s livelihood depends on it until there’s nothing but plantations left and nothing to log?

Rose Stewart : But the problem is that Ottawa gave the foreign trawlers permission to fish in Canadian waters. They traded the rights away for the privilege of trading other goods. It wasn't just Newfoundland that had their economy crushed. This happened in all of the Atlantic provinces.

Boof : "There's plenty of fish in the sea." Oh, wait.. I stock my own small pond, I know what I grow. Can't put a price tag on that... Cause when you do, Greedy people and there greedy corporation's only look to profit. So they don't have to raise their own food and take care of themselves. Enjoy your "healthy" "farm" raised industrial agriculture B.S. fish. If you don't grow it... You don't know it.

Thomas Kendall : As a Newfoundlander. Thank you for telling this story.

Rottingboards : Somali...why do they have pirates...the world allowed the massive trollers to destroy their fishing.

C Whitaker : While I do enjoy the content of your videos, my favorite part of a Rare Earth has got to be the endcard op-ed blurb giving little insights into your opinion and some of the challenges involved in filming that specific piece. That little touch doesn't go unappreciated.

Graham X : The tragedy of the commons. International waters are just so difficult to regulate and enforce. Similar depletions are happening all around the world's oceans.

gordon Bishoff : True story on so many levels of consumption of resources

Sam Rossi Songwriter : Canada is rich with resources but poor in management especially now.

Grant Parr : She's gone b'y, she's gone.

X Y : I was waiting for a moose to shout back "hello". Disappointed

srekalliW ecurB : TLDR: the Lorax of cod

ZombieSexmachine : Humans are a plague on the earth

Larry The Butcher : I remember when it happened. I have a colleague at work who is from St. John's. I've asked him when he moved to Ontario, but haven't asked him why.

MrDisclosedfoot : i wish the world could learn the lesson he's teaching.