MPs from all parties attended a World Wildlife Fund-Canada afternoon lunch event on the Hill last week. “Oceans on the Hill: Whales and an Ocean of Noise” was an opportunity for the WWF to educate MPs on noise pollution in the world’s oceans and to gather support for ways to mitigate the impact of noise on marine mammals and wildlife.
The event was hosted by WWF-Canada CEO David Miller, former mayor of Toronto, along with All-Party Oceans Caucus co-chairs Conservative MP Bruce Stanton and NDP MP Finn Donnelly.
Donnelly pointed out in a speech at the event that the oceans caucus has hosted a few events on the Hill this year, including an one in March in support of a national sustainable seafood day and an upcoming Oceans Day on the Hill in June.
A light lunch buffet of sustainable seafood was provided by The Whalesbone.
Among the MPs who attended: Green Party MP Bruce Hyer; Liberal MPs Hedy Fry, Carolyn Bennett and Joyce Murray; NDP MPs Megan Leslie, Joe Comartin and Murray Rankin; and Conservative MP Joe Daniel. Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and Government House Leader Peter Van Loan were also there.
The highlight of the event? A speech by ten-year-old Earth Rangers ambassador Rachel Marshall.