However, the Herald says Erin Weir, an economist with the United Steelworkers Union in Toronto questioned that statement.He cautioned that a booming oil-and-gas sector in the West creates problems like a high dollar that hurts manufacturing in Central Canada. In addition, he said people are concerned about environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions.He concluded, while the oil and gas industry is an important piece of the puzzle, he believes it’s going too far to say it’s the economic engine of Canada.Advertisement By Dwight FordThe Calgary Hearld says, Alberta’s oil-and-gas industry initiated a board-based publicity campaign yesterday, to raise awareness of the economic benefits of energy and counter what it claims are often misleading and negative perceptions of the sector.The effort will consist of a website, a media campaign and “town hall” style meetings, to promote the role of oil and gas in sectors such as hospitality, retail and construction.- Advertisement -Similar campaigns will be launched in BC and Saskatchewan at a later date.In a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce yesterday, David Collyer, the president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said the campaign is really about winning at home and creating a different kind of engagement and relationship with the three western producing provinces. He and others also noted the contributions of oil-and-gas to other parts of the country, including Ontario and Quebec, describing the industry as the economic engine of Canada.Advertisement
Some crews on more than two dozen boats working to block the humpbacks’ path up the river have been trying since Monday to drive them downstream by banging metal pipes beneath the water. They hope to encourage the pair to return to salt water quickly, without upsetting the whales. “Stressing even a healthy whale is not good. Stressing an injured whale is worse,” said Brian Gorman, a spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The humpbacks, nicknamed Delta and Dawn, had traveled 90 miles inland more than a week ago before turning around at the Port of Sacramento on Sunday and heading back toward the ocean. They were making progress Monday until they reached the Rio Vista Bridge and began swimming in circles. Scientists theorized the whales began circling because vibrations from traffic on the bridge upset them. RIO VISTA – Scientists worried about the health of two wounded, lost whales circling near a Sacramento River bridge planned to begin banging metal pipes again today to herd them toward the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. The humpback whales, who wandered up the river more than a week ago, were spotted again this morning near the bridge about 70 miles from the Pacific where they have lingered since Monday. Both whales were apparently wounded during a run-in with a boat’s propeller. “The wounds appear to have worsened over time and their skin has changed from smooth and shiny to irregular and pitted,” said Frances Gulland of the Marine Mammal Center. Fresh water could hamper the humpbacks’ recovery, adding urgency to scientists’ efforts to push the mother and her calf back to their saltwater home, biologists said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!