A plan to stop an Antarctic whale hunt: Paul Watson


The Sea Shepard Society's own website makes it clear that Paul Watson and those who share his vision of saving whales are deadly serious. Today, Paul Watson who jumped bail conditions and left Germany without his Canadian passport is back in the Southern Ocean as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, equipped with 4 ships, a helicopter and 2 drones prepared to confront Japanese ships headed toward them for what the Japanese government says is a scientific whaling operation aimed to killing 900 whales.

A plan to stop an Antarctic whale hunt: Paul Watson

This week, four Japanese whaling ships set sail toward a whale sanctuary off Antarctica. They say the hunt is for research. But environmentalists don't believe it and say it's just a mission for meat.

For years, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, led by Canada's Paul Watson, has sailed between the whalers and the whales. The conservation group says its aggressive tactics have led to dramatically reduced catches. But the confrontations have been dangerous, with both sides claiming negligence.

Late month, a U.S. appeal court ruled that Paul Watson cannot venture within 450 metres of a Japanese whaling ship. And that decision follows Watson's detention in Germany last spring at the request of Costa Rica for an anti-shark protest ten years ago. Paul Watson jumped bail and slipped out of Germany last summer. We found him this morning somewhere in the Southern Ocean.

We did request an interview with the Japanese embassy in Canada but our were requests were denied.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Canada

This segment was produced by The Current's Lara O'Brien

Elder Care Letters

We have a little time left to dip into some of the feedback we received from last week's programs. We received lots of response from our focus on so-called "bed blockers" last week ... mostly elderly patients who are hospitalized with chronic conditions which prevent them from going home. They need a spot in a long term care facility, but such spots are in desperate short supply.

Last Thursday, Jane Meadus, with the Ontario Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, told us some of the misinformation that circulates.

And then we heard from Carrie Drake of St Thomas, Ontario who wrote:

My dad recently returned to hospital due to a foot infection that went septic due to improper care in the long term facility. The care is excellent in hospital. I dread the day he returns to the understaffed long term facility.
Long term care facilities are merely warehouses for citizens. Hospitals do a much better job caring for the elderly. I hope my Dad blocks a bed until he dies a peaceful and dignified death!!

Here's another view from Kim Thompson of Toronto who writes:

With so many condo projects in development in Toronto, the city is becoming a ghetto of small units for young singles. Shouldn't developers be obligated to contribute to a certain number of units for long-term care, along with green space and family friendly units? We should demand this kind of city planning.

And on Facebook, Sheila Durrant posted this:

In Europe, programs help seniors to be on their own for much longer. Their co-op housing, where they care for each other, with help from government provided assistance, seems to be much kinder. Our system is paternalistic, with caregivers who take away the autonomy of elders.

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Other segments from today's show:

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