Highlights / protection

Environment & Animal Life

Coast guard takes steps to protect Pacific coast whales

The Canadian Coast Guard is opening the first Marine Mammal Desk to protect orcas and other cetaceans on Canada’s west coast. The threats to orcas, also called Southern Resident killer whales, include noise and disturbance from boats, ship strikes, entanglements »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Government must protect Canadians’ data sent abroad: think tank

Urgent action is needed to safeguard Canadians’ most sensitive information which is stored by social media platforms, says a think tank at Ryerson University. The Ryerson Leadership Lab warns that people’s social media data can be transferred outside Canada, to »

Economy, Society

Canadian clothing retailer Le Château seeks bankruptcy protection

Canadian clothing retailer Le Château Inc. announced Friday that it is seeking court protection from creditors to allow it to shut down and liquidate its assets after nearly 60 years of operations. The company, which employs about 1,400 people across »

International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Recognize privacy as a human right, urge world’s guardians

Canada’s privacy commissioner has joined counterparts from around the world to urge that privacy be recognized as a fundamental human right which is vital to the protection of other democratic rights. Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien and international counterparts adopted »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics, Society

An international crackdown on wildlife crime and smuggling

Interpol once again launched a vast and widespread operation involving 109 countries to crack down on poaching, smuggling and wildlife crime. Environment and Climate Change Canada’s enforcement officers took part in this third edition of a global operation by customs »

Society

Political parties asked to respect elector’s privacy

Canada’s political parties are being asked to adopt privacy policies to protect the data they collect about voters. The Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Chief Electoral Officer have issued a statement reminding political parties that they are required to »

Environment & Animal Life

Sable Island gets funding for restoration, protection

The Canadian government has announced it will provide $3.4 million for a national park which is home to one of the largest dune systems in eastern North America. Sable Island National Park Reserve sits 156 km off Canada’s Atlantic shore »

International, Internet, Science & Technology

Canadians warned to beware of election interference

Canadians will vote in a federal election in October 2019 and the government is taking steps to combat interference. “Foreign and malicious actors are becoming more creative at using online platforms to manipulate opinions,” says a government statement. Several measures »

Environment & Animal Life

World is losing wetlands, critical benefits, say conservationists

The world has lost 64 per cent of its wetlands and the benefits they provide, says Dan Kraus, a senior biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a national land conservation non-profit. A Government of Canada website on wetlands says: »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Society

Don’t gift exotic pets, urges non-profit

World Animal Protection is urging people to not give or ask for exotic animals for Christmas. A survey suggests that 10 per cent of Canadians own such animals with freshwater fish as the most common one followed by exotic birds, »