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Cabinet meetings wrap up and new Joni Mitchell release: In The News for Sept. 16

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Canadian wildlife …

Wildlife experts say the death of a mother grizzly bear and her two cubs — including a rare blond-headed grizzly — in Banff National Park is a major loss to the population.

Parks Canada officials have said that a 10-year old female bear was struck and killed on September 3rd by a Canadian Pacific train on the railway line through the national park in Alberta.

They say the bear, known as Number 143, spent most of her time in the backcountry of Banff and adjacent Yoho and Kootenay national parks in British Columbia.

The bear was spotted earlier this summer with two cubs, and officials say the cub with a blonde head and brown body hasn’t been seen since June and is presumed dead.

The second cub was last seen in mid-August and it’s also believed to have died prior to the train collision.

Colleen Cassady Saint Clair, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Alberta, says the deaths are a big loss for the population.

There are only about 65 grizzly bears in Banff National Park.

ICYMI …

VICTORIA — Two long-forgotten tapes featuring some of the first recordings of Joni Mitchell have come out of storage and into circulation, thanks to a serendipitous turn of events involving retired Victoria broadcaster Barry Bowman.

Bowman, who spent three decades on air at CFAX 1070, was a disc jockey at CFQC AM in Saskatoon when he first met Mitchell in 1963.

She was an inexperienced 19-year-old playing music under her given name, Joni Anderson, when Bowman brought her into the studio for an hour-long session.

Nine songs were recorded that night, featuring Mitchell and her ukulele, which he said she hoped to use as an audition tape to attract managers and booking agents.

The songs, once thought to be lost, will be made public on a forthcoming five-disc boxed set, “Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967),” which is due Oct. 30.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 16, 2020

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