Former park board rivals team up on council motion supporting proposed federal ban on shark-fin imports

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      From 2014 to 2018, Michael Wiebe and Sarah Kirby-Yung didn't always see eye-to-eye as park commissioners.

      Wiebe, a Green, voted against prohibiting cannabis-related events on all park board property.

      In 2018, he declared that it would be an "easy process" to make sure that Sunset Beach could be brought back into use after 4/20.

      Kirby-Yung, who's with the NPA, strongly supported the ban. And she's continued to condemn 4/20 since she was elected to Vancouver council in October.

      But this week, Wiebe and Kirby-Yung have teamed up on an issue on which they agree: banning the importation of shark fins into Canada.

      They've jointly submitted a motion on notice to the Tuesday (May 14) council meeting calling on their colleagues to endorse Bill S-238. 

      If it receives royal assent, it would amend the federal Fisheries Act and the federal Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act.

      Sen. Michael MacDonald's bill aims to outlaw importing shark fins, which are used in shark fin soup (above).
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      The sponsor, Conservative senator Michael MacDonald, has brought forward the bill to ban the importation of shark fins, which are used to make soup.

      "Shark finning is a wasteful, inhumane practice that involves cutting off a shark's fins and then tossing the still-live shark back overboard to drown, bleed to death, or be eaten alive by other animals," the Vancouver politicians' motion on notice states. "Each year, up to 73 million sharks are killed primarily for their fins, threatening one-third of open ocean sharks with extinction."

      Wiebe and Kirby-Yung also want council to direct the mayor to forward a copy of the motion to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to encourage other councils to express their support for MacDonald's bill.