National Newswatch

Three southern resident killer whales declared dead plunging population to 73

Aug 7 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — Three southern resident killer whales have been declared dead by the Center for Whale Research, bringing the population down to 73. The dead killer whales are a 42-two-year-old matriarch known as J17, a 28-year-old adult called K25, and a 29-year-old male called L84, the institute posted on its website. "These whales are from the extremely endangered southern […]

Rescuers make slow progress on freeing entangled North Atlantic right whales

Jul 17 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — Efforts to free some endangered, entangled North Atlantic right whales continue, weather permitting, according to the federal government.  A news release from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said search and rescue operations for three whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence resumed on Tuesday after "several days" of challenging weather conditions. "Two of the three […]

One of three entangled North Atlantic right whales may be on its way to freedom

Jul 12 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — Efforts continued Friday to free three entangled right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, after some limited success freeing one of the endangered marine mammals on Thursday. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said in a news release late Thursday that disentanglement operations successfully removed gear that was keeping one of whales from using its tail […]

Poor weather foils search efforts for entangled North Atlantic right whales

Jul 11 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — Search and rescue efforts for three endangered North Atlantic right whales that were found entangled in ropes were foiled on Wednesday because of poor weather conditions. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said in a news release that it hopes to resume at-sea and aerial surveillance Thursday morning. "While poor weather conditions have caused difficulties in our […]

Police should be part of mental health strategy: B.C. death review panel

Jun 4 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VICTORIA — A British Columbia death review panel says police play a crucial role in the province's mental-health system and there are ways for officers to reduce fatalities and improve public safety. The BC Coroners Service say in a report release Tuesday that provincial police respond to more than 74,000 calls every year related to mental-health issues and substance-use concerns. The aim of the review is to determine […]

Tentative agreement reached in B.C.’s port dispute just as picket signs went up

May 30 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A tentative agreement has been reached in a labour dispute that threatened to shut down all ports in British Columbia and have a ripple effect across the Canadian economy. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union said Thursday the deal was reached after all-night bargaining with the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association. About 6,500 longshore workers at ports from Metro […]

B.C. man who scaled Everest says climb is not for ‘faint of heart’

May 29 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — When Chris Dare stood on the roof of the world he had tears behind his goggles. The British Columbia man has climbed mountains on seven continents in less than 10 years, but last week he feared he wouldn't make it down the 8,848-metre peak of Mount Everest. Dare, 35, who's an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, said he stood atop the peak […]

Trudeau’s action plan on climate change brings B.C. politician out of retirement

May 22 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party's action plan on climate change has brought one former British Columbia politician out of retirement and back into the arena. At his nomination event Tuesday night for the riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, Terry Lake, a former B.C. health minister, described to the prime minister the conditions the area faces […]

Trudeau’s action plan on climate change brings B.C. politician out of retirement

May 22 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party's action plan on climate change has brought one former British Columbia politician out of retirement and back into the arena. At his nomination event Tuesday night for the riding of Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, Terry Lake, a former B.C. health minister, described to the prime minister the conditions the area faces […]

Another adult Southern resident killer whale and her calf found in poor health

May 18 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — VANCOUVER — A female adult Southern resident killer whale and her three-and-a-half-year-old calf are rapidly declining in health in what appears to be a troubling situation for the creatures. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States recently released photos taken by a drone that show the adult known as J17 had deteriorated in health since she […]

Edmonton Pride Festival cancelled this year citing ‘current events’

Apr 11 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — The organizers of the Edmonton Pride Festival have cancelled this year's event, citing "current political and social environment."  A letter from the board of directors says the decision was made with a "heavy heart," adding there will be other community organizations putting on events in June. The letter posted on the Edmonton Pride Festival Society's […]

Edmonton Pride Festival cancelled this year citing ‘current events’

Apr 11 2019 — Hina Alam, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — The organizers of the Edmonton Pride Festival have cancelled this year's event, citing "current political and social environment."  A letter from the board of directors says the decision was made with a "heavy heart," adding there will be other community organizations putting on events in June. The letter posted on the Edmonton Pride Festival Society's […]