Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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Canada's federal fisheries minister says scientists are studying possible measures to help protect right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and he expects to convene a symposium on the matter.

Dominic LeBlanc says Ottawa will do whatever is needed to protect the endangered whales and bolster their numbers.

Speaking in Moncton this morning, LeBlanc says Canadians have been moved by the deaths of 10 right whales in the gulf since early June.

Collisions with ships and fishing gear entanglements are major threats for the whales.

LeBlanc says his department has already taken steps such as shortening the snow crab season, and fishermen have been asked to limit the amount of rope they have on the water. (The Canadian Press)



Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball has announced that Jeff Loder will represent the province at the upcoming re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Loder played the same role advocating for the province for the Canada-European Union Trade Agreement and Canadian Free Trade Agreement.

Ball says the province's economy relies heavily on trade, especially with the United States, which is Newfoundland and Labrador's largest trading partner.

Ottawa will be leading the negotiations when the Canada-U-S trade talks begin in Washington, D-C on August 16th. (The Canadian Press)



Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says Cape Breton University should soon be getting more money from the province, but there's no immediate word on how much.

Board members of the university spoke up last week after finding out that Acadia University has been receiving extra funding.

Documents show that Acadia got 10.5 million dollars in additional appropriations in the last fiscal year, including seven million to cover a federal loan and an extra 3.5 million for the school's operating grant. …

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