From the comments section Toronto Star a reader writes:
Animosity growing toward those who fish
Oct 02, 2007 04:30 AM
Fishing trip to Westport turns violent
I live in the Westport area and am aware of the issue described in this article. The problem is that a lot of information is excluded.
There is animosity toward individuals who are fishing at night in our area. These people usually fish all night, are not concerned about how they fish, what kind of fish they catch or how many. They usually have large coolers filled with water with them, which they use as live wells for the transportation of fish back home. A lot of these people are working catching fish for companies based in Toronto and Montreal and they are selling the fish in those cities.
In the case noted in your article, the individual involved was fishing in a well-posted fish sanctuary that is a source of pride to the people of Westport. People have been caught fishing there before and some have been heavily fined by MNR bylaw officers.
Some of the landowners are very upset by the situation because the fishermen come in the middle of the night and fish in private or illegal areas. I don't condone violence but you can see how the type of animosity toward these fishermen could have happened.
It's nice to see the Toronto Star publish this reader's comments. It provided some balance to the three articles the paper published on the "nippertipping" incidents in which case all were one-sided stories presenting the Asian (mostly Chinese) fishermen point of view as victims of hate crimes. Too bad this reader's comments were buried in the comments section of the paper. Now that's balanced reporting.
If the Star reporters actually did what journalists are expected to do, that is to present all the facts of the story in an impartial way, the paper would not have to rely on reader input to provide balance. But I don't think the Toronto Star cares about balance when it comes to race relations. The paper favours "white bogeymen" stories more so than not. The Star journalists were either conditioned to unconsciously seek out the white bogeyman angle or they were either to lazy and inept to get the locals input aside from the "it's called nippertiping" quote and that it has been going on for a twenty years.
Why are Asian fishermen being attacked? Well the answer is apparently in the details that the Star chose to ignore. It appears some are fishing in illegal areas; some are fishing all night and disturbing the peace, and being a general nuisance. And many are fishing commercially and not recreationally. I wonder how many of these Asian fishermen have a commercial fishing license. You need a license to fish recreationally and it's apparent these fishermen are not there to relax by doing a little "catch and release" for a couple of hours after work. They bring with them live wells to carry back fish to sell in the food markets of Toronto and Montreal so fishing for them is another source of income. Will they declare this income for tax purposes? And they do this more than once a week on a weekly basis. How much fish have they illegally removed from the lake? Are they negatively affecting the conservationist goals of the local area? Do they even care?
Knowing these facts and asking these questions the Asian fishermen do not seem so innocent anymore. They seem to deserve it. Their behaviour invited the negative attention. It's so easy for those in Toronto to wax self-righteous and express outrage but Torontonians do not know what is going on and the Toronto Star is guilty of that. It's shameful of the Star to castigate the white population of Canada yet again and feed minorities’ perceptions of whites as incurable racists and minorities as perpetual victims. One only has to recall the "White Jays" and the "Queen's University is too white" stories published by the Toronto Star. And the paper does it in its typically unrepentant, smug, self-righteous manner. It's disgusting.