Give Me Some Oxygen.

A translation by Judith Turcotte. This song by Diane Dufresne (Donnez-moi de l’oxygène) comes to mind as I write this text. In my latest blogs, I described the consequences of the warming of the water in the Gulf of St. Lawrence: the lobsters are leaving the shores of the state of Maine for the gulf, … Lire plus

Québec calamari!

A translation by Judith Turcotte When I conducted my research on the migration of Maine lobster to the Gulf of the St. Lawrence, I learned that there were calamari in the Gulf’s water. I admit that I was surprised by this information. I ignored that there were calamari in the St. Lawrence River. I am … Lire plus

Impossible to Predict

A translation by Judith Turcotte Lobsters from the state of Maine are invading the Gulf of St. Lawrence in search of cold water. During this time, our Nordic shrimps are disappearing partly due to the warming of the water of this same gulf. My first reaction in the face of this phenomenon is to try … Lire plus

An Abundance of Lobsters?

A translation by Judith Turcotte Lobsters are in abundance this year in Gaspésie and the fishermen are expecting a record year. In a Radio-Canada news report, the managing director of the Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels du sud de la Gaspésie attributed this result to the fishermen who, in his opinion, had made great efforts in … Lire plus

Plastic Everywhere

A translation by Judith Turcotte In ’’Invisible Crisis “a recent blog, I had written a paragraph on microplastics that were found in the St. Lawrence River. I didn’t know at the time that the problem with plastic would make the headlines last week. When we think of the pollution due to plastics, we see images … Lire plus

Drugs, Viruses and Bacteria

A translation by Judith Turcotte. A variety of drugs are found in the St. Lawrence River. In a recent study by the Université de Montréal, we learn that we find caffeine, carbamazepine, diclofenac and ibuprofen in its waters. The carbamazepine is an anti-convulsive drug used in the treatment of epilepsy and diclofenac is an anti-inflammatory … Lire plus

An invisible Crisis

A translation by Judith Turcotte Last fall, the Fondation Rivières published its 2022 list of untreated wastewater discharges in the lakes and rivers of Québec. During the year, there were more than 57,263 discharges. For those who read my blogs, you know that these discharges disgust me especially since our lakes and rivers represent our … Lire plus

Sources of Freshwater

A translation by Judith Turcotte In my previous blog, I described the dangers that threatened the largest basin of freshwater created by the Great lakes and the St. Lawrence River. In this same blog, I wondered about other sources of drinking water. DESALINATION The ocean water represents 97% of the water on the planet; however, … Lire plus

FRESHWATER, a Rarity

A translation by Judith Turcotte The St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes represent one of the most important freshwater basins in the world. More than 40 million people live on the shores of this basin and depend on this water for their consumption and the irrigation of their farm land. We worry about the pollution … Lire plus