Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Bear-Cub-Killing)

A B-C Supreme Court ruling that conservation officers have the authority to kill wildlife while performing their duties is being appealed by an animal protection group.

The Association of Fur-Bearing Animals had filed a petition in court last year challenging a decision by conservation officers to kill a black bear cub near Dawson Creek.

A woman had found the cub, which was about the size of a domestic cat, in May of 2016 and called the conservation officer service.

Court heard a licensed wildlife centre in Smithers had agreed to accept the cub into its rehabilitation program, but the officer euthanized the bear. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Oceans-Disappearing-Oxygen)

A research paper published this week in Science suggests oxygen is disappearing from increasingly large areas of ocean, including areas off Canada's West Coast.

Almost two dozen marine scientists from around the world are warning about the side effect of climate change and pollution, saying it is threatening marine life.

Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientist Denis Gilbert, one of the 22 co-authors of the study, says marine animals are leaving the areas that are losing oxygen.

He says global warming models predict the oxygen decrease will be even worse by 2100 and will keep getting worse. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Theatre-Soulpepper-Policies)

The executive director of a Vancouver theatre organization says recent allegations of sexual harassment in the industry points to the lack of women in positions of power.

Heather Redfern says the Cultch -- which is predominately female-run -- has long offered anonymity to anyone wanting to report harassment.

Redfern says the theatre organization gives staff a number of avenues to report problems -- including speaking to the board of directors -- so they can find someone they trust.

Industry members say sexual misconduct lawsuits filed this week against Soulpepper Theatre Company and its founding artistic director are serving as a wake-up call across Canada's arts scene. …

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