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Endangered whales return to Canadian waters

A pair of North Atlantic right whales was spotted by surveillance aircraft in the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence on May 3, 2020. (Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada). Read the article »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics

Greenland wants its say in huge Canadian Arctic mining project

High up in the Canadian Arctic a giant open pit mine is extracting millions of tonnes of iron ore which is then shipped to destinations in Europe and Asia. The Baffinland company’s Mary River site on Baffin Island, originally began »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology, The Link

The LINK Online Mar. 6,7,8, 2020

Your hosts Stephane Parent, Vincenzo Morello, Marc Montgomery (video of show at bottom) Facial recognition technology: privacy questions growing Several Canadian police forces have admitted to experimenting with facial recognition technology, but only after news investigations. Questions are arising about »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Endangered North Atlantic Right whales: some better news, but not great news

With only about 400 of the North Atlantic right whales left, and 100 breeding females,  every death and every birth is critical news. The year 2017 was a disaster for the threatened species with 17 deaths, apparently mostly from fishing »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Beluga whale sanctuary for Canada likely

Plans seem well advanced for the creation of an open ocean sanctuary in east coast Canada for captive beluga whales. After scouting sites throughout N. America, the Whale Sanctuary Project has settled on two potential sites in Nova Scotia. Lori »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Microplastics found in all arctic beluga whales tested

A Canadian research team tested seven belugas in the eastern Beaufort Sea that had been harvested by Inuvialuit hunters. In each of the animals the scientists found evidence of microplastics in the stomachs and intestines. The area around Tuktoyaktuk is »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Revelations of whale behaviour using drones

University of British Columbia researchers wanted to study feeding behaviour of two separate groups of killer whales. Although both groups live in similar environments on the west coast, both feeding on salmon and facing increased noise pollution, water pollution, disturbances »

Arts & Entertainment, Environment & Animal Life, International, Society

Ending whale and dolphin captivity in Canada

“Free Willy” bill passes in Parliament A four year effort to pass a law banning the captivity of whales and dolphins has finally been passed in Canada. The bill now awaits Royal Assent before it will become law. The so-called »

Speed limits on commercial shipping have been re-imposed in the Gulf of St Lawrence after two endangered right whales were spotted this week

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Right whales, a ray of hope (interview)

They’re known as the North Atlantic Right whales. That’s because for whalers in the age of sail, they were the “right” whale to hunt. Big and slow, and full of oil and baleen, and relatively close to coastlines, they were »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Whales: Human created noise adds to threats

Canada’s agency charged with overseeing the status of biodiversity in this country has just released a report on marine noise and the effect on three whale species. Hal Whitehead, of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and co-chair of the marine »