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Half of chinook salmon populations in decline

Half the country's chinook salmon populations are endangered and most of the rest are in decline, according to a science committee that monitors the health of wildlife populations.

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada reported yesterday that of Canada's 16 Chinook populations, eight are endangered, four are threatened, and one is considered of special concern.

Rescued bear cub dies in refuge

TOFINO, B.C.—A British Columbia wildlife refuge says staff are upset and shocked after a bear cub that was rescued near his mother's dead body this spring died unexpectedly in his enclosure.

The bear named “Malcolm” was asphyxiated after getting his head stuck in a small rope handle attached to a plastic buoy, the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre said in a statement yesterday.

Premiers want oil on agenda

Alberta and Saskatchewan want issues facing the oilpatch to be on the agenda when premiers meet with the prime minister later this week.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe have made the request in an open letter to Justin Trudeau.

They say the current agenda does not include any discussion of a crisis facing the energy industry.

Astronaut blasts off

LONGUEUIL, Que.—Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques blasted through the skies over Kazakhstan early today in what appeared to be a seamless launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket bound for the International Space Station.

The 48-year-old doctor and astronaut lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Anne McClain of NASA and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos.