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December 7th 2017 - Bill S-238, Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act - Centre for Biodiversity Genomics University of Guelph

Senator Poirier: Thank you, gentlemen, for the presentation. I’m looking for some clarity in terms of what uses there are for the whole shark carcass when the fishing is done in a sustainable manner. I was a bit confused by some of the information I had received and I am just trying to understand it. From what I understood, the shark is somewhat toxic for human consumption, but then we have the fin soup. Then, at another point, I thought I heard that in some countries — I’m not sure if it was F…
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December 5th 2017 - Bill S-238, Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act -Senator Michael L. MacDonald, Sponsor of the Bill

Senator Poirier: I have never had shark fin soup, so I don’t know where it is sold or where you can buy it. If I understood correctly, you have said that the shark fin is not eaten, it is just for decorative purposes, right? Senator MacDonald: For texture; that is right. Senator Poirier: Why do they need the shark fin in the soup? Senator MacDonald: They probably don’t. They can use something else for texture, but it is a cultural thing and a status thing. That is it why it has erupted the wa…
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February 7th 2017 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - Union of Canadian Transportation Employees

Senator Poirier: Thank you both for being here. It is very interesting. I have a couple of questions. The first is a follow-up to my colleague Senator McInnis. You mentioned — and from my notes it looks like it was six years or so — that you have been calling for significant changes in the way that CCG is governed, and you're looking at a separate statutory agency. Have you had a chance to discuss this proposition with the minister? If yes, what was the reaction? Is the government open to this…
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January 31st 2017 - Study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities - CHC Helicopters Canada

Senator Poirier: My colleague was talking about your looking at your service more as closing or filling in the gap. How often are you called upon to fill or close that gap? Mr. Parsons: Do you mean in terms of how many contracts we have of that nature? Senator Poirier: How many times would they reach out to you that they need you, in Canada? Mr. Parsons: In Canada we are not currently providing such a service. From memory, the only country today where we are representing an interim solution f…
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