WEST COAST PROFILE: Alex is one of the most high-profile activists on the West Coast, at the centre of the Get Out Migration protest walk the length of Vancouver Island, at the heart of the feature-length documentary Salmon Confidential, viewed close to a million times on YouTube, and of the 2018-2019 occupation of salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago.
ERIN BROCKOVICH MEETS RONAN FARROW: Alex has dug out more dirty truths and launched more lawsuits than either of them, and has also been a target of Black Cube, the same Israeli-based private investigative firm that tried to derail Weinstein’s accusers.
NATURE APPEAL: Not only a rousing story of resistance and truth-telling, Alex delivers startling and original insights about orcas and salmon migration, awakening the reader’s sense of wonder.
INSIGHT FOR ALLIES: Alex has put her science at the service of BC’s First Nations, for whom salmon is not only food but culture; her insights into the role a white ally can play are profound, and hard-won.
“[Not on My Watch] doesn’t read as an angry polemic. Rather, it’s an outline of a life spent standing up for something.” —Dana Gee, Vancouver Sun
“Alex Morton’s Not on My Watch, like Silent Spring, should touch off a national debate about rights and obligations, and while we’re at it, about decolonization. If Not on My Watch needs to be peer reviewed, those peers should include ordinary people with a thirst for justice and common sense. And every politician should be judged by their reaction to this book.” —The Tyee
“This is an important book filled with cautionary tales for anyone who cares about the environment. It is also a moving and well written human story. Highly recommended.” —Tom Sandborn, Vancouver Sun
“A devastating literary exposé of one of the greatest scandals of recent Canadian history. What begins as a wholly human memoir of a reluctant activist takes on the urgency of a murder thriller—one in which the victims are wild salmon, coastal communities, science and democracy.” —J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be
“How does a scientist and mother fight both foreign-owned fish farm cartels and lying governments? Alexandra Morton provides a thrilling recipe: a wallop of persistence, three decades of science, cups of stubbornness and the salt of undaunted courage. If the Pacific Northwest Coast’s wild salmon can survive our industrial assault on their very existence, credit must go to the indomitable courage of Alex Morton and a brave renaissance in First Nations governance.” —Andrew Nikiforuk, author of Empire of Beetle and Slickwater
“Not on My Watch is an urgent, essential read for anyone who cares about the rapidly dwindling wild salmon population of British Columbia. Meticulous, penetrating and passionate, Morton’s thorough exploration of the history and effect of placing an industrial zone in prime wild salmon habitat is chilling and infuriating.” —Eden Robinson, author of the Trickster Trilogy
“If ever there was a Mother Teresa for the voiceless inhabitants of the rivers of Pacific Canada, for the salmon and orca whales and small-scale fishers and others, that unstoppable voice has been Alexandra Morton’s. Grounded in science, rooted in a just cause, driven to find answers that come only with painstaking work—and most importantly, right all along—Alexandra Morton endured decades of harassment, lies and threats by people who profit from destroying ages-old sources of life. Her resolute strength through it all will inspire new defenders of wild things and wild places for generations to come. Fundamentally, this is Alexandra Morton’s compelling, sometimes maddening story of unstoppable love.” —Carl Safina, author of Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace, and of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel
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