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BU's Dr. Chris Malcolm to be featured on CTV's Manitoba Moments

October 12, 2006

Brandon University Geography professor Dr. Chris Malcolm will be featured,
along with one of his honours students, on an upcoming episode of CTV
Television's Manitoba Moments, airing on Sunday, October 15 from 6:30 to
7:00 p.m., and again on Saturday, October 21 at 5:00 p.m. on CTV.

The episode, titled Qilalugat: Churchill's Other Great White, features
interviews with Dr. Malcolm and student Heather Penner based on research
that Malcolm has been conducting on the population of beluga whales that
resides in and near the Churchill River estuary from June to September.
River estuaries such as the Churchill and Nelson represent an essential
element of beluga habitat, yet the reason for their seasonal use of these
areas is unresolved at present. Malcolm's research explores those reasons,
investigate beluga spatial use patterns and behaviours in the estuary,
relating them to water characteristics such as depth, tidal patterns,
temperature and salinity.

For thousands of years the Qilalugat, or Beluga whales, have spent their
summers in the Churchill River, raising their calves and preparing for the
winter months. For hundreds of years, this annual migration has been a vital
economic source for the town of Churchill. While Churchill's past has
included commercial whaling and supplying zoo aquariums, it is now focusing
on a new kind of tourism: whale watching. Has Churchill finally hit upon a
relationship that will benefit both people and whale?

Written and directed by Shereen Jerrett, this documentary will look at the
effect that the Beluga has on Churchill, and Churchill has on the Beluga.
How is Churchill dealing with the delicate job of managing their precious –
and popular – resource? Is it possible for the town to exploit this natural
wonder in a way that is beneficial to both worlds?

Manitoba Moments is a weekly half hour series that showcases and explores
the people, places and events that directly impact the lives of CTV viewers
in the province. Through special reports, features, minidocumentaries and
independently produced specials Manitoba Moments offers local and regional
reflection that speaks to the interests and concerns of its Manitoba
audience. A production of CTV News, Manitoba Moments airs each Sunday at
6:30 p.m. Produced by Léo Dufault, Charles Lavack and Louis Paquin of Les
Productions Rivard in association with CTV.

For more information, please contact:

Micheline Arbez
Les Productions Rivard
Phone: (204) 233-0694 ext. 238

Kelly Stifora
Communications Officer
Brandon University
Phone: (204) 727-9762

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