Navigating Troubled Waters

Ottawa, Canada, June 05, 2009 --( The Canadian Wildlife Federation is launching a new French language documentary on threats facing wildlife in the historic St. Lawrence seaway during Rivers to Oceans Week June 8-14. The 30 minute program Navigating Troubled Waters is airing several times on the Quebec television network Canal Savoir and four French language webisodes have also been posted to CWF’s website for the public to download free of charge.

“The investigative programs look at the impact human activities are having on this critical international waterway and the many species that depend on it for survival,” says Wade Luzny, Executive Vice President of the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Key elements include the impact of climate change on water quantity, the effects of development on water quality and protecting the health of wildlife populations. “We cannot water down the message that our rivers are at risk and new approaches to address national and international water challenges must be developed to protect species at risk.”

The Canadian Wildlife Federation and the award winning filmmakers of Gallant Productions Inc. teamed up to create the half hour French language documentary and four webisodes on the environmental issues facing the St. Lawrence River. The high definition videos are part of CWF’s Rivers to Oceans program. The documentary will air on Canal Savoir from June 8 – July 11. A sneak peak was provided during the 5th World Environmental Education Conference: Earth Our Common Home in Montreal in May.

Navigating Troubled Waters follows the St. Lawrence River from its start at the Great Lakes to where fresh water mixes with salt water at the mouth of the Atlantic ocean.

Host Dr. Yves Jean, a past president of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, explores how an aging infrastructure in this historic region is in desperate need of repair and talks with some of the province’s most respected scientists to find out what solutions have been found for the region’s water woes and what still needs to be done. Cancer is one of the most frequent causes of death of beluga whales living in the St. Lawrence Estuary and this disease is linked to high rates of industrial contamination.

Dr. Jean is also a fellow with the Canadian Wildlife Federation Learning Institute and a professor at The University of Quebec in Montreal (TELUQ). His in-depth understanding of conservation issues and ability to present scientific knowledge in a user friendly way will help television audiences better understand the challenges facing Canada’s largest fresh water resource.

The French language webisodes provide excellent resources for teachers and range from seven to 10 minutes long. For more information or to download the webisodes visit

The Canadian Wildlife Federation has prioritized water quality and quantity, climate change and species at risk in its current campaigns to protect wildlife. CWF has been advocating for water awareness at international conservation conferences in Spain and Turkey over the past months and plans to continue its strong messaging to international and local audiences. “Wildlife know no borders and international solutions must be developed in order to ensure a lasting legacy of wildlife and habitat,” Luzny says.


About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national non-profit charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. Visit

Heather Robison
Media Relations Officer
(306) 550-4155

Please tune in to Canal Savoir to watch Navigating Troubled Waters on the following dates and times:

Monday June 8 at 9 pm
Wednesday June 10 at 11:30 am
Saturday June 13 at 8 pm
Wednesday June 17 at 11:30 am
Saturday June 20 at 8 pm
Wednesday June 24 at 11:30
Saturday June 27 at 8 pm
Wednesday July 1 at 11:30 am
Saturday July 4 at 8 pm
Wednesday July 8 at 11:30 am
Saturday July 11 at 8 pm
Canadian Wildlife Federation
Heather Robison
(306) 550-4155