On Facebook, Vision Vancouver park board commissioner Sarah Blyth has announced she is not seeking reelection or running for city council in this November's civic election.
But that's not all Blyth said in her statement, posted today (March 4). The former park board chair wrote (this is a straight-up cut-and-paste):
One last thing,,
Though I believe in the conservation and animal rescue efforts of the Vancouver Aquarium a great current example is Walter the Sea Otter that got shot and is now blind and has no where to go and its great he has a life at the aquarium, there are many stories like Walters. I do believe its time to have a serious conversation about breeding in captivity and capturing wild and free mamals. With all of the knowledge we have Im not sure if its the right thing for Vancouver anymore.
The Vancouver Aquarium is located in Stanley Park, which is overseen by the park board. With an expansion underway, the aquarium is likely to bring in new beluga whales, which are mammals, in the coming years.
Earlier this year, current park board chair Nikki Sharma told the Straight's Travis Lupick that the city’s agreement with the aquarium will be reviewed in 2015.
So, the "serious conversation" referred to by Blyth will probably happen then, if not during this fall's election.