From the Toronto Star:
Marineland must “thoroughly update” its water quality protocols to ensure it has a healthy environment for marine mammals in the wake of a Star investigation.
In an interim report Wednesday, the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums said studies of water quality logs and animal health records “raise questions” about how effectively the park’s water quality systems are working in three pools.
The report said records revealed several instances in which water quality did not meet industry standards. Such lapses had an “impact on the wellbeing of the animals in the pools in question.”
CAZA said it “expects to see a solution to maintain water quality in the long term,” and added that Marineland has agreed to an external evaluation of its water management system.
You can also see other stories about the CAZA findings at Marineland at:
I’ve waited for the “dust to settle” before posting more about the Maid of the Mist. There were lots of articles posted, but as usual, other than the local sites they were mostly Associated Press or Canadian Press articles. Here are a selection of good articles:
I’ve been on vacation for the last week and a bit. We didn’t really do anything other than do some work around the house. I saw all the articles about Nik Wallenda, and meant to post some of them, but never got around to it. In case you’ve missed some of them, here is a selection of articles I found talking about the approval that the Niagara Parks Commission gave to Nik Wallenda to walk on a wire over Niagara Falls.
I know there have been articles popping up everywhere, but most of them have been reprints of Associated Press or Canadian Press articles.
In case you were wondering, and missed my earlier comments, I was totally in favour of this, and am glad he was given a chance.
Here are a couple of articles from after the Nik Wallenda/Michael Chan meeting.
From the Canadian Press (via Yahoo! News):
Campaign officials work hard to keep their leader in the best possible light and out of potentially embarrassing situations.
So it seemed too good to be true Saturday when Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s schedule indicated he would visit the Ripley’s Believe It or Not attraction in Niagara Falls, Ont.,
Journalists were salivating at all the jokes that could be made, to say nothing of what the Liberals and the NDP hoped would come out of the photo-op.
Perhaps someone at Tory headquarters realized the fun critics could have with a photo of Hudak underneath the words “believe it or not,” because the event was cancelled at the last minute.
From a Canadian Press article found at Yahoo! Canada News:
A new public skating rink will open next month “a stone’s throw from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls,” say organizers of the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights.
The outdoor Rink at the Brink, two-thirds the size of an NHL rink, will be located across from the newly renovated Table Rock Centre and offer excellent views of the Falls, says a release.
It will be open daily between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. from Nov. 23 to Feb. 28. Skates and helmets will be available for rent, and skating lessons will also be offered.
Admission without skate rental is $8 for adults, $5.75 for children.
“We think it’s going to be a huge hit with both local residents and visitors to Niagara Falls,” said festival chair Joe Miszk.
From the Canadian Press (via Google News):
Travel between Canada and other countries decreased in June, led by a decline in trips between Canada and the United States…
StatsCan reports the decrease in travel abroad was the result of 9.6 per cent fewer trips to the United States in June…
Canadians took 1.4 million overnight trips to the United States in June, down 4.9 per cent from May…
Travel from the United States to Canada decreased 15.6 per cent to 1.6 million trips…