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Aucune mortalité de baleine noire dans le Saint-Laurent en 2018

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En mars dernier, Pêches et Océans Canada a annoncé la fermeture de zones de pêches en raison de la présence de l’espèce menacée de disparition. Des baleines avaient été retrouvées mortes après avoir percuté un bateau et s’être empêtrées dans des cordages de pêches.

Ces mesures ont été jugées excessives par le milieu des pêches. Elles ont forcé la moitié des pêcheurs de homard gaspésiens à écourter leur saison de trois semaines.

À l’époque, la préfète de la MRC du Rocher-Percé, Nadia Minassian, s’est notamment opposée à cette décision de Pêches et Océans Canada.

Le fédéral a pris des mesures draconiennes et intransigeantes, on n’a pas écouté les pêcheurs de notre industrie.

Nadia Minassian, préfète, MRC du Rocher-Percé

Malgré tout, Pêches et Océans Canada a gardé le cap et a défendu le fait que ses mesures de protection allaient être efficaces.

Québec est ensuite intervenu. La province s’est engagée à payer une formation pour les travailleurs d’usine et les pêcheurs afin qu’ils puissent bénéficier de l’assurance-emploi.

En juillet, les pêcheurs gaspésiens ont fait leur bilan. Ils ont déploré une baisse des captures de 25 % et ont continué à remettre en question les façons de faire d’Ottawa.

Bateaux de pêche au homard au quai de Grande-RivièreBateaux de pêche au homard au quai de Grande-Rivière Photo : Radio-Canada / William Bastille Denis

Un pêcheur de homard de Percé, Alain Rebaud, indiquait alors que la zone touchée par les mesures de Pêches et Océans Canada était trop grande.

Les quadrilatères étaient trop grands, première des choses, puis ils ont fermé la pêche. La journée qu’ils l’ont fermée, le lendemain il n’y avait plus de baleines noires dans le quadrilatère.

Alain Rebaud, pêcheur de homard de Percé

L’industrie des croisières a aussi fait les frais de la diminution de vitesse imposée par Ottawa dans le golfe du Saint-Laurent.

Neuf escales ont été annulées à Gaspé et l’industrie n’a pas obtenu l’aide financière demandée au provincial et au fédéral.  Malheureusement, notre démarche est demeurée lettre morte , explique Stéphane Ste-Croix, le chef d’Escale Gaspésie.

Une caméra pour repérer les baleines

Pendant ce temps, pêcheurs et croisiéristes fondent beaucoup d’espoir à l’endroit d’une caméra thermique pour repérer les baleines. Cet appareil est actuellement développé par le centre de recherche Merinov.

Pensez à la situation de la baleine noire. Est-ce qu’on pourrait détecter la baleine noire sur les côtes pour essayer d’empêcher les empêtrements? Est-ce qu’on pourrait mettre cette technologie-là sur des bateaux pour éviter des collisions? Moi, je pense que oui, et c’est ça qu’on veut faire, explique Chloé Martineau, chercheuse pour Merinov.

Les pêcheurs estiment que cet appareil pourrait permettre d’atteindre l’équilibre entre la protection de la baleine noire et la préservation de leur gagne-pain. La caméra ne sera toutefois pas disponible à court terme.

D’après les informations de Martin Toulgoat

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List of Tourist Attractions Open Now in Ottawa

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With Ontario now in Step 3 of 2021 three-step plan for reopening, museums and other indoor attractions are allowed to reopen with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors.

Here is a list of Ottawa attractions you can visit starting July 16th.

Do remember to wear masks and buy tickets in advance.

Parliament Hill

Parliament’s Centre Block and Peace Tower are closed for renovation.

You can join for tours of the Senate of Canada Building (2 Rideau Street), House of Commons at West Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill, and East Block at East Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill.

When: Grounds open; guided tours of Parliament are suspended through the summer of 2021.
Where: 111 Wellington Street, Downtown Ottawa

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Ottawa performer leapfrogs from gymnastics to Broadway to TV

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A new AppleTV+ series set in a magical town that’s stuck in a neverending 1940s musical includes a pair of Ottawa siblings in the cast. 

Warren Yang and his sister, Ericka Hunter, play two of the singing, dancing residents of the village portrayed in Schmigadoon!, a small-screen series that takes its cues from classic musicals like Brigadoon, Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music, and skewers them with the offbeat comedic mastery of Saturday Night Live. 

In fact, you’ll recognize many of the names from SNL, starting with executive producer Lorne Michaels, creator of the late-night, live-comedy sketch show. Schmigadoon! also stars SNL cast member Cecily Strong and comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who hosted SNL in May. They play a New York couple who get lost on a hike and stumble into a strange town where everyone sings and dances. 

For Yang, a relative newcomer to show-biz, the series marks his television debut. For Hunter, the younger of his two older sisters, it’s the latest in a career path that began with dance lessons as a child more than 30 years ago. She attended Canterbury High School, Ottawa’s arts-focused secondary school. 

“Her dream was always to perform,” said Yang, 34, in an interview. “But that was never the path I thought was an option for me.” 

While his sister studied dance, Yang did gymnastics. He was an elite gymnast throughout his youth, ultimately leaving Merivale High School at 16 to train in Montreal, finishing high school through correspondence courses. He was a member of the Canadian National Team and received a scholarship to study at Penn State, majoring in marketing. 

A few years after graduation, Yang was working at an advertising agency in Toronto when he got a call from a Manhattan number. To his astonishment, they asked if he would be interested in auditioning for a Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.

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COVID-19: uOttawa to require vaccination for students living in residence

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Vaccination will be mandatory for students who want to live in residence at the University of Ottawa this year, with proof of vaccination and at least one dose required before move-in, or within two weeks of doing so if they can’t secure a shot before arriving.

Those who can’t receive a vaccine for “health-related reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code” will be able to submit a request for accommodation through the university’s housing portal, according to information on the university’s website.

Students with one dose living in residence will also have to receive their second dose “within the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health.”

People who haven’t been granted an exemption and don’t get vaccinated or submit proof of having done so by the deadlines set out by the school will have their residence agreements terminated, uOttawa warns.

“Medical and health professionals are clear that vaccination is the most (effective) means of protecting people and those around them,” reads a statement provided to this newspaper by uOttawa’s director of strategic communications, Patrick Charette.

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“It is precisely for this reason that the University of Ottawa is requiring all students living in residence for the 2021-2022 academic year to be fully vaccinated. The University recognizes that some students may require accommodations for a variety of reasons and will be treating exceptions appropriately.”

Faculty, staff and students are also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, the statement notes.

“Ensuring a high vaccine coverage in all communities is critical to ensuring an ongoing decline in cases and ending the pandemic. This will be especially important with the return of students to post-secondary institutions in our region in the fall of 2021.”

Neither Carleton University nor Algonquin College is currently mandating vaccination for students living in residence, according to the websites for both schools. But uOttawa isn’t alone in its policy – Western University, Trent University, Durham College and Fanshawe College have all implemented similar requirements. Seneca College, in the GTA, is going even further, making vaccination mandatory for students and staff to come to campus, in-person, for the fall term.

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