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Humpbacks Return To Cortes Island

By Roy L Hales

Humpback whales were passing through our area long before the first people arrived. Whaletown is one of Cortes Island’s principle villages.  Whaletown Road passes right through Squirrel Cove. There is a “Whaling Station Bay,” on Hornby and “Blubber Bay,” on Texada Island. Up until a few years ago, there have been no humpback whale sightings since 1871. This morning’s broadcast consists of a series of  interviews about the humpbacks return to Cortes Island.

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What Climate Change May Bring To The West Coast

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The situation in California is intensifying. More than half of Oregon is now officially in extreme drought conditions. Washington’s snowpack has disappeared and more than a quarter of the state’s rivers are at record time lows. Though the emergency has not yet reached British Columbia, the province predicts “some regions will likely experience significant water supply shortages.” The drought shows us what Climate Change could bring to the West Coast. Continue reading What Climate Change May Bring To The West Coast

Container Ship Adrift Off Haida Gwaii

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Navy Lt. Paul Penderghast, from the Canadian Forces’ Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says, there are still approximately seven meter waves, but the vessel is holding its position 9 miles offshore. The “Simushir’s” injured captain was evacuated off by helicopter. Ten crew members remain. Some fear the vessel will run aground, spilling some of the 560 metric of tonnes of bunker and diesel fuel onto the coast. The Haida Nation has issued a press release stating their “worst fears are coming true.” There is a 135-metre long Russian container ship adrift off Haida Gwaii.

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