We Need To Listen To Science And End The Captivity Of Marine Mammals

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 02.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Barbara Cartwright

The world's scientists vehemently condemn the captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoises, and it's time that we listened to them. Twenty marine mammal biologists from around the world recently signed a collective letter in support of the goals of Bill S-203, which would outlaw the practice of keeping these animals in captivity in Canada.

Ontario Park Denies 'Highly Unusual' Number Of Animal Deaths

CP | Liam Casey, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada

The OSPCA laid five animal cruelty charges against the park.

Marineland Charged With 5 Counts Of Animal Cruelty

CP | Liam Casey, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Living

Ontario's animal welfare agency laid the charges against the Niagara Falls, Ont. park.

Canada's 'Polka King' Now A Lottery King, Too

CP | Madeline Smith, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Business

Walter Ostanek has won a million-dollar prize.

Bill 52 Won't Protect Past Whistleblowers Like Me

Philip Demers | Posted 10.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Philip Demers

Marineland has launched lawsuits targeting myself, former orca trainer Christine Santos and animal care supervisor Jim Hammond. My latest round of legal bills totaled more than I will earn in this year -- $100,000. Our lawsuits are shining examples of the urgent need for the anti-SLAPP legislation that is Bill 52: Protection of Public Participation Act. It is unbearable to think that this historic piece of legislation -- as it is currently written -- will not apply to the very people who have largely inspired it. Why is the province turning its back on us and leaving us behind? Where is the procedural fairness for those of us who are already proceeding with unfair cases before the courts in Ontario?

Ontario Killer Whale Ban Passes

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.28.2016 | Canada Politics

It is now illegal to breed or acquire killer whales in the province of Ontario.

Bob Barker Wants Ban On Marineland's Killer Whale

CP | Liam Casey, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Bob Barker, former host of CBS's "The Price is Right," wants Canada's lone killer whale to be included in Ontario's proposed orca ban.Barker...

This May Be The End Of Killer Whales In Captivity In Ontario

The Huffington Post Canada | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Politics

After many years of protests by advocate groups and animal lovers, the Government of Ontario is attempting to end the acquisition and breeding of orca...

Vancouver Aquarium Disputes Whistleblower's Seal Story

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The Vancouver Aquarium disagrees with a former animal trainer who says that seals transferred to an Ontario facility are in poor health. Philip De...

Vancouver Seals Left Blind After Transfer To Marineland

The Georgia Straight | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The Vancouver Aquarium sent five harbour seals to a facility in Ontario long condemned by animal-welfare advocates, the Straight has learned. One o...

Canada Should Move Fast To Protect Endangered Whales

David R. Miller | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada
David R. Miller

In Canada, we have every reason to take an international leadership position on this issue. There are deep cultural connections between whales and our coastal communities -- and economic ones too. Whale watching has grown exponentially in recent decades, part of a global $2.1 billion (U.S.) industry.

Kindness and Cruelty: An Animal Welfare Year in Review

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Barbara Cartwright

Are things getting better or worse for animals in Canada? Here's a list, created by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, of animal welfare advances, setbacks, and issues that just made us shake our heads in sorrow in 2013.

How Marineland Is Using the Law to Silence Protestors

Cara Faith Zwibel | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada Business
Cara Faith Zwibel

Marineland has a right to deny some people entry to its park and to try to ensure that those who want to visit the park can access it safely. However, the steps that it has taken in court to date, and those that are threatened by its legal team, go well beyond these rights. We should all be allowed to protest on issues that we believe in without fearing a lawsuit and without being told which words we can use to make our point. And we should all be concerned when our courts, already overburdened and inaccessible to so many with pressing legal needs, are used by a corporate actor to silence its critics.

5 Reasons You Should Protest Marineland This Saturday

Shannon Kornelsen | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Impact
Shannon Kornelsen

Any Canadian who has picked up a paper or watched the news in the last nine months knows Marineland has been in a lot of hot, over-chlorinated water since 15 ex-employees decided to speak out about animal abuse and neglect at the park this past August. Marineland is set to open again this Saturday. This is why we need you (yes you!) to be at the Marineland Opening Day Demonstration.

Marineland Cleans Up (Some Of) Its Act

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Marineland has taken several steps to improve animal care after allegations of mistreatment at the Ontario attraction captured the attention...

Marineland Owner Shot Dead Neighbours’ Dogs: Witnesses

Toronto Star | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Business

Blue and Thor were born together and lived together for two years until the November day in 2010 when the dogs ran into Marineland and the path of own...

Marineland Ordered To Clean Up Its Act

Toronto Star | Posted 03.22.2013 | Canada Business

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ordered Marineland to clean up its water and deal with health issues among specific anima...

Marineland Can Sue Me -- But Not Silence Me

Dylan Powell | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Dylan Powell

The day before Marineland filed a $1.5-million lawsuit against me, news broke that the Ministry of the Environment was going to begin an investigation of the park's four mass graves. Two of them are allegedly full of more than 1,000 animals who have been buried during the park's 50-year history. The last resident in the park -- Paula Millard -- threatened that she would kill herself before she would leaver her home. On the night of March 31, 2011, that is what she did. I promised Paula's friend to see this through so that her struggle, as well as the struggle of the animals captive at Marineland, doesn't fade away.

Ontario Probes Mass Animal Graves At Marineland

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.20.2012 | Canada Business

Months after Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario, was accused of mistreating animals, the province’s environment ministry is launching an investiga...

Marineland Protest Draws 800 People

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.07.2012 | Canada

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Dozens of protesters rushed the gates of Marineland on Sunday demanding an end to what they called the abuse of whales, dolphin...

How Fixing Marineland Could Fix Niagara's Economy

Philip Demers | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Business
Philip Demers

But as detailed in The Star investigation into Marineland, serious understaffing has been one of several concerns expressed by myself and the other former employees who have exposed Marineland for its lackadaisical operation. What job losses do we fear from better protecting Ontario's animals? The fact is, if zoos and aquariums were held to higher standards, it follows that more jobs would be created!

They're Out of the News, But Marineland's Animals Still Need You

Philip Demers | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada
Philip Demers

By now, you know all you need to about Marineland. You know that it's a house of horrors for the animals that live there. Some time has elapsed since the initial uproar, and much of it has been spent sending kids back to school or catching a TIFF film or two. We now find ourselves in a scary limbo. Public awareness just isn't enough. If we don't start acting on our convictions, then our province will continue to regress.

Why I Left Marineland, and My Beloved Walrus Smooshi

Philip Demers | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada
Philip Demers

In May of 2012, I made the difficult and desperate decision to leave Marineland after about eight years of being a trainer for Smooshi the walrus. I could no longer bear witness to the suffering, and could ill afford to waste any more time. I simply didn't have a choice anymore. There are many changes I'd like to see in animal protection laws, but I also need to be reunited with Smooshi. Her health concerns me, and the quality of her life is greatly negotiated in my absence. She needs me as much as I need her. Her vulnerability humbles me, and she makes me a better human being.

Marineland Still Not In The Clear

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.26.2012 | Canada

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - The Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums says it is still in the process of investigating allegations concerning Marinela...

No 'Major Issues' At Marineland: Inspectors

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. - Marineland says the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums has found no ”major issues” at the Niagara Falls, Ont., facil...