Author Kathy Dowsett

Kathy is the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear, a passionate Scuba Diver, Ocean Advocate and Managing Editor of The Scuba News Canada

Discovery’s Shark Week at the Movies

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Everyone’s favorite week of television, “Shark Week,” makes waves in movie theaters nationwide for a one-night event this summer. The exclusive event features one of the best episodes from “Shark Week 2016,” along with a special episode of “Shark Week 2017” ahead of its television debut on Discovery Channel. The large screen format of the cinema offers audiences the chance to see “Shark Week” in whole new way. Moviegoers will see every detail of these powerful creatures, from their enormous size and multiple rows of teeth, to their impressive hunting skills as they burst into the air to capture seals on…

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The Great Fundy Coastal Cleanup: July 15, 2017

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada is partnering with The Nature Trust of New Brunswick and many other great organizations to plan a large-scale, one-day marine debris cleanup event for multiple coastal and island nature preserves within Charlotte County. NCC will be organizing a cleanup of our beautiful Pendleton Island Nature Reserve. We will be boating over to the island and collecting the marine debris which accumulates on the shores and threatens the marine wildlife. There are many cleanup sites for you to choose from. Please see the list below for all cleanup sites and contact information for each site. Please…

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Introducing John Olivero, Professional Adventurer

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Residing in Newfoundland, John Olivero is a professional adventurer, leading cultural history, diving and eco tourism trips that introduce visitors to outdoor adventures in Newfoundland. He is a diving instructor and cave diver, boat captain, expedition safety specialist, outdoor guide and cultural historian. He leads visitors on ocean based eco-tours while describing and even singing about Newfoundland’s unique culture. John Olivero has served as a safety specialist, diver and camera operator supporting numerous television specials and scientific expeditions in Newfoundland including the 2016 Royal Canadian Geographic expedition of the year,  MineQuest, exploring the Bell Island Mines. Why does he do all this?…

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Plastic Oceans Launches in Canada

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Canada has embraced the global awaveofchange campaign following the successful launch of the Federally Incorporated Canadian Not for Profit branch of Plastic Oceans Foundation (POF Canada) alongside the premiere of A Plastic Ocean in Vancouver on 19th January. At POF Canada, we have been working to connect with all the organisations and individuals across Canada that participated in or have upcoming screenings of the film, across the country, from Vancouver through to Halifax and Quebec. In BC, Local Town Councillor Anne Skipsey, who had previously attended the private screening of A Plastic Ocean at the UBCM (Union of British Columbian Municipalities) Conference…

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Introducing Blue Fish Canada

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Blue Fish Canada is a grassroots charity dedicated to protecting the health and future of Canada’s water and wild fish stocks. Blue Fish Canada was federally incorporated in January 2012 as a non-profit organization, and was subsequently registered as a charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency the following November. Blue Fish Canada operates with a limited number of members who serve on the organizations Board of Directors. We are headquartered in Canada’s national capital, Ottawa. A Message from the President My passion for the outdoors started quite early and, despite being registered blind at age eight, grows stronger each year.…

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Straws: Making a Sea of Change, One Straw at a Time

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Each day in the United States, humans use an astounding 500,000,000 plastic straws. Recent reports show that 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing over 250,000 tons are floating at sea, up to 80 percent of plastic in oceans comes from land-based sources and an estimated 5-13 million tons of plastic enter oceans each year. To educate the nation about the growing plastic pollution crisis, director, producer and editor Linda Booker created a new documentary that exposes the negative impact of the billions of plastic straws that live in our landfills and oceans. With colorful straw history animation and segments narrated by Oscar winner…

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Diving the Flooded Iron Ore Mine on Bell Island, Newfoundland

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The first week of May 2017, found Frank Stopa and Matthew Lerpiniere (a contributing writer for The Scuba News Canada) of Discovery Deep diving the flooded #2 Iron Ore Mine on Bell Island in Newfoundland. Together with Frank and Matt were Steve Lewis, Rick Stanley, John Olivero and Kylie Loper’s husband Chris. Many thanks to techdiverTraining, Go With The Flow Diving, FSS Photography and especially Rick, John, Debbie Stanley and the entire team at Ocean Quest Adventure Resort. Video Credit: Frank Stopa of FSS Photography and Discovery Deep

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Tall ships to visit our ports to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday

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With its shoreline touching both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and climate change lengthening the Arctic shipping season it is fitting that the tall ships will help Canada celebrate its 150th birthday this year. More than 40 tall ships will visit Canadian ports this summer. Quebec will play host to 15 ships, Nova Scotia will have 11 and Ontario three. The tall ships’ visits will run from June 30 to August 20. The trademark of a tall ship is its traditional rigging. Top-sail schooners, brigantines, brigs and barques qualify as tall ships. They are also defined by organizations that include…

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‘Still Standing’ star dives into comedy, Atlantic Ocean

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Small towns provide big laughs. That is what Jonny Harris gets on his cross-Canada trip to bring his humour to small-population centres. His summer-time show, “Still Standing,” returns to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation June 27 and will feature the comedian on stage as well as scuba diving in the Atlantic Ocean. Most aspiring entertainers’ goal is the “big time.” Harris is proving that seeking out the “small time” can be rewarding, too. Television fans see Harris every week on the CBC show “Murdoch Mysteries,” a drama set in Toronto before automobiles were commonplace in Canada’s largest city. He plays the…

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Reclaiming The Deep: Solving the Riddle of Nitrogen Narcosis

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Nitrogen narcosis is one of the most common dangers of deep sea diving and despite decades of study, it remains poorly understood. However, advances in science and engineering mean that researchers are on the cusp of new discoveries. In this teaser for a full-length documentary, we take a glimpse at the ongoing work of scientists in their effort to reclaim the deep. Video by Hirudin Films Directed by Jesse Andrewartha, and featuring Sherri Ferguson, Dr. Jay Dean and Phil Nuytten

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