Link hosts: Lynn Desjardins, Marc Montgomery, Levon Sevunts

Link hosts: Lynn Desjardins, Marc Montgomery, Levon Sevunts
Photo Credit: RCI

The LINK Online, Sun Aug 27, 2017

Your regular hosts, Lynn, Levon and Marc (see video of show at bottom)

A group of asylum seekers raise their hands as they approach RCMP officers while crossing the Canadian border Friday, August 4, 2017 from Champlain, N.Y.
A group of asylum seekers raise their hands as they approach RCMP officers while crossing the Canadian border Friday, August 4, 2017 from Champlain, N.Y. ©  PC / Ryan Remiorz

A trickle of people crossing illegally into Canada from the U.S. and requesting asylum has grown into as much as 250 per day.

That has taxed resources to house and process them. In just the first two weeks of August, more than 3,800 people walked over the border from New York State into Quebec, compared to the 2,996 who crossed throughout in all of July, according to statistics provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Federal Ministers visited an area in southern Quebec which is an unguarded road where crossings are being made.

Levon looks at the situation which has begun to divide Canadians even as the federal government tried to pass the message that Canadian laws will be upheld and there’s no guarantee that the asylum claimants won’t be sent back.

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The Gulf of St. Lawrence has abundant and diverse marine life. © Alamy/Robert LaSalle

A new expedition is exploring the Gulf of St Lawrence.

There aim is not only to gather scientific information but to engage the public in what Josh Laughren calls “the incredible ocean resources…that are too often out of sight and out of mind.

To do that the expedition will be streaming live video from the sophisticated underwater robot and from the scientists on board the ship. They will be exploring areas of the Gulf not previously seen.

Lynn spoke to Josh Laughren who is the executive director of Oceana Canada the convservation group operating the expedition in conjunction with the government of Canada.

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The newly opened HILL70 park. Shown during oening ceremonies on Aug 22/17
The newly opened HILL70 park with memorial obelisk Shown during oening ceremonies on Aug 22/17 © CBC

It was another bloody, destructive battle of the First World War. It came on the heels of one the first significant victories for the Allies in that war, at Vimy Ridge.

Both were Canadian victories, that at Vimy largely Canadian, and at Hill 70, entirely Canadian. Because the win at Vimy was such a huge morale boost for the Allies, and because of the horrific death toll at Passchendaele shortly after, the major win at Hill 70 was forgotten. Not only forgotten in the minds of everyone, but there was nothing to mark the spot..until now, 100 years later.

Marc spoke to Mark Hutchings, founder of the volunteer non-profit Hill 70 Project which created this park and memorial built entirely without Canadian government funds, and solely through private donations.

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