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

Diver extraordinaire Jill Heinerth earns books contract

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After winning Canada’s Polar Medal in March, Jill Heinerth has followed up in April with a four-book contract. Heinerth, a well-known technical diver, filmmaker, writer and photographer will now have another vehicle to educate Canadians in conservation, exploring and increasing awareness of the planet and its challenges. The first of two adult books, “Into the Planet,” will be published in the autumn of 2018 by Doubleday Canada. The first of two children’s books with Tundra Books will follow in 2019. Heinerth is an accomplished explorer, especially in remote places. It has been said that more people have walked on the…

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Plastics’ unchecked growth threatens wildlife

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No Blue, No Green! Next time you see someone throw plastic into the ocean, inform the offender that 8.8 million metric tons of plastic waste are dumped into oceans every year. China is responsible for 2.4 million metric tons. It is time to end such destructive behaviour. The problem keeps getting worse because plastics do not biodegrade. Thus, it should be no surprise that eighty percent of marine debris is plastic. Floating debris tends to form a circular motion known as a gyre. Plastics are usually found at the centre of gyres or along coastlines. Plastics in the ocean are a…

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Rideau lakes transform from defence project to tourist attraction today

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  Canada’s Rideau waterway linking Ottawa (the nation’s capital) with Kingston Ontario was built for military purposes but its role evolved dramatically in the years to follow. So did Canada, which did not exist as a nation until 1867. That was more than five decades after the War of 1812 between the United States and British loyalists opposed joining Americans who had broken away from Britain to form their own country. The war was inconclusive with both sides declaring victory in what was mainly a series of skirmishes. But the end of the war did not guarantee peace. Loyalist…

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The Scuba News Canada surfaces to celebrate first birthday

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The Scuba News Canada was launched one year ago by the international and leading online diving magazine, The Scuba News. Its mandate is to serve Canadian divers by focusing on the sport in their country. Lee Taylor-Watson, managing editor of The Scuba News, asked me to be at the helm of the Canadian version, a position I was honoured to be offered. It is a perfect fit for me, as I was looking to advance more into the informational part of scuba diving. It is a chance to research the environment, equipment and meet people and organizations that relate to…

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Shooting Up the Canadiana

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It is the early summer of 1943 and the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan is well into its fourth year of existence.  Potential air crews from across the Commonwealth are gathered and training is in high gear producing well-trained crews capable of contributing to the war effort.  Across Canada the skies are filled with the droning sounds of training aircraft of many types. Those aboard the aircraft are hoping to become the next pilots, gunners, navigators, wireless operators or bombardiers that are needed to ensure that victory will come to the Allied powers.  Unfortunately not all of the potential air…

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Introducing The Saskatchewan Underwater Council

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The Saskatchewan Underwater Council exists to foster, promote, and create avenues and opportunities for all residents of Saskatchewan to be able to experience and appreciate the benefits and rewards of recreation through underwater activities. The Saskatchewan Underwater Council promotes the benefits of recreation to youth groups and strengthening our strategic alliances with a new program call Dive Into Recreation.  With this program we intend to show the youth of our province a variety of new recreational activities that they can pursue that are Scuba or snorkel related water activities that are conducted in pools, as well as traditional snorkeling and…

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Investing in ecotourism better option than backing seal hunt

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Seals are cute and lovable but their slaughter in Canada’s annual spring hunt is neither. The mass killing is seem as inhumane by many people. It has also taken a huge toll on the species. With the launch of this year’s seal hunt the Humane Society International/Canada (HSI) has released some troubling facts. Canada’s federal government established a quota of 400,000 seals in 2014. The seals, mainly their young, are clubbed to death to market their pelts, meat and blubber. Large clubs that resemble ice picks and are known as hakapiks also are used, as well as guns. Non-aboriginal seal…

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Researcher studies impact of climate change on poor

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As climate change advances and triggers more frequent and severe tropical storms, floods, droughts and rising sea levels, we may wonder what could be worse. The answer is all of the above if they strike those living in poverty. Heather Stager’s master’s thesis in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo was based on the December 1999 Vargas tragedy in Venezuela. Landslides and floods claimed 10,000 to 50,000 lives. Stager, of Ottawa, is now working on a project probing the relationship of poverty to climate change and disasters in the Caribbean. One factor is that the homes of the poor…

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‘A Plastic Ocean’ exposes damage of a disposable lifestyle

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“No Water, No Life. No Blue, No Green.” – Dr. Sylvia Earle There was a time when we didn’t carry our groceries home in plastic bags. There was also a time when society was unaware of the damage plastics were creating in our oceans. Thankfully, we are more aware now. That awareness will be reinforced by a new documentary called “A Plastic Ocean.” It underlines the damage created by our disposable lifestyle. Fifty per cent of plastic bags are only used once and then discarded. Unfortunately, a lot of them end up in oceans to the detriment of ocean life…

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