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Alison Wheatley

polar bear
Wildlife

The results of recent studies have showed great news: in certain areas, polar bear numbers are on the rise. Up until this point scientists and experts have thought that the polar bear population in certain regions of Canada have been on the decline, however, recent studies show that the Kane

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wilderness committee duck
Conservation

On Saturday I met a small group of committed Wilderness Committee members who had a table and signs outside the Broadway and Commercial SkyTrain station. They were handing out invitations to the March & Rally starting at Vancouver City Hall at 12:00 noon on November 19th, part of their continuing campaign

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elephants to be translocated
Endangered Species

Translocation, which is the capture, transport and release of an animal species, is becoming more popular in wildlife conservation around our world. Ever since I was a child reading Gerald Durrell’s books I have been a fan of translocation to save threatened and endangered animals. Here are a few successful

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Refugees sign
Humanitarian

In September, the UN Refugee Agency welcomed important new support committed to by government leaders from Canada, the US, and 48 other states and countries, who joined UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. Convened by President Obama in New York, the Summit was co-hosted by the US,

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IUCN Giant Panda
Endangered Species

Back in June 2016, scientists reported the first animal casualty to climate change. The Bramble Cay melomys, known as a mosaic-tailed rat, is now thought to be extinct as a result of dramatic habitat loss and rising sea levels caused by climate change. This alarming reality will unfortunately become more common

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Saving elephants
Conservation

CTV News’ investigative journalism gem W5 recently re-aired their excellent show Gambling on Extinction. Working with broadcasters from 15 countries, the producers present an overview of the current sad situation of poaching and international sales of ivory and rhino horns. Every 15 minutes, a wild elephant gets killed by poachers. In

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Wildlife

Darcy Dobell, Vice President Pacific Region of WWF Canada, was kind enough recently to share her thoughts about the Great Bear region. WWF Canada is famous for finding the middle ground where two sides of an environmental argument can agree.  Darcy explained that this issue is not just about Great

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Humanitarian

Canada is less than a week away from signing a 31-year trade deal that will give Chinese companies new powers over Canadian economic and environmental policy, as well as our right to speak out about them. We should not forfeit our democratic principles in pursuit of trade expansion. Join the

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GeneralHumanitarian

Hundreds of organizations, politicians, and high profile people darkened their websites yesterday to protest the federal government’s Bill C-38 which limits federal environmental efforts without input from the people the changes will impact the most.  In Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, and St. John’s, environmental leaders and high-profile supporters gathered and spoke

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GeneralHumanitarian

It’s Rhododendron season in Vancouver, and there are lots of Rhodo trees around that are in full bloom.  If you like pinky red ones, check out East 7th and East 8th and McLean Street (near the Commercial & Broadway skytrain station).  VanDusen Garden’s were in gorgeous bloom last weekend, and

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GeneralWildlife

Recently, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the four South Okanagan bands asked the B.C. Government to return to talks to consider the establishment of a national park in the South Okanagan-Similkameen region. “This is one of the most critically endangered ecosystems in Canada,” stated Chloe O’Loughlin, Director of Terrestrial Conservation

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GeneralWildlife

February 2nd, as well as being Groundhog Day, is World Wetlands Day. It’s an important day in Canada partly because there are more wetlands in Canada than in any other country in the world. Canada is home to about one quarter of the world’s wetlands, covering 14% of our country.

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General

There has (rightly so) been a considerable amount of media buzz recently about the Canadian National Women’s Soccer Team winning entry to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.  Congratulations! Hopefully some people also noticed that the Team was also demonstrating their commitment to girls’ issues and rights by wearing

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GeneralWildlife

More than 130 scientists across North America have just signed a declaration calling for permanent protection of Clayoquot Sound’s remaining intact old-growth rainforests. But that might not be enough to protect the area. The B.C. government has received an application for logging in the old growth rainforest of Flores Island

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GeneralWildlife

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is cheering the January 11th announcement that a large area of Manitoba’s Boreal Forest will be protected. The vast area on the east side of Lake Winnipeg is home to the Bloodvein First Nation. They worked with the province to develop a land

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