Archive For The “Environment” Category

Frustrating night for search team in Vancouver

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Frustrating night for search team in Vancouver

North Shore Rescue crews have a bit of a head-scratcher on their hands.Team Leader Mike Danks says at first, two people called Grouse Mountain at around 9:30 Sunday night, “Saying that they were gonna be late getting the tram, because one of their hiking partners had hurt his knee. And then the call dropped.” READ…

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Dozens of pets getting sick in Lethbridge after coming into contact with foxtail

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Dozens of pets getting sick in Lethbridge after coming into contact with foxtail

A recent influx of foxtail plants in Lethbridge is to blame for a sudden spike in dogs getting sick in the area.A few days ago, west Lethbridge resident Sandi Hughes had to rush her dog, Bella, to the vet. She had foxtail seeds stuck in her throat, requiring her to be sedated for emergency surgery…

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Saskatchewan unveils its newest wildfire fighting air tanker

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Saskatchewan unveils its newest wildfire fighting air tanker

A new air tanker than can scoop water off of a lake, like a flying boat, is now in Saskatchewan’s wildfire fighting fleet.The new CL-215T is the fifth aircraft of its kind in the province’s wildfire management branch aviation operations. It became active this past May and was on display in Prince Albert Friday. Story…

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Environmentalists and volunteers tackle invasive plants in Lethbridge river valley

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Environmentalists and volunteers tackle invasive plants in Lethbridge river valley

Local organizers are calling it the largest weed pull they’ve ever seen. Over 40 southern Albertans descended on the Elizabeth Hall Wetlands Thursday night to rid the river valley of a serious threat. The Helen Schuler Nature Centre, Parks Canada Officials, and a large group of volunteers took part.“The best thing we can do is…

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Husky oil spill cleanup continues on Sask. river one year after pipeline leak

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Husky oil spill cleanup continues on Sask. river one year after pipeline leak

Cleanup resulting from the Husky Energy oil spill is expected to continue into August, according to an official with the Saskatchewan government’s Ministry of Environment.On July 20, a Husky pipeline carrying blended crude oil buckled, eventually leaking 225,000 litres of the material in and around the North Saskatchewan River near Maidstone, Sask. Story continues below FULL…

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Dry conditions in Regina cause meter fires

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Dry conditions in Regina cause meter fires

 A meter box fire at a Regina home was contained quickly and the damage is relatively minor. The cause, however, is rare.Three meter boxes have caught fire this week in the city.“It’s the weather, it’s the dry conditions that are just pulling down, you can see ground settling of between 4 and 8 inches and…

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Tsuut’ina chief, ‘Don’t Damn Springbank’ pen open letter asking Calgary mayor to join opposition

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Tsuut’ina Chief Lee Crowchild and another staunch opponent of the Springbank Dam have penned an open letter asking Calgary’s mayor to join them in opposing the controversial flood mitigation project.“Let’s not lose sight of the neighbourly spirit that got us all through the floods,” reads the letter, which was co-signed by the chair of the…

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More Kelowna parks closed to public because of fire hazard

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More Kelowna parks closed to public because of fire hazard

The City of Kelowna has closed three public parks because of the extreme fire danger.They are Paul’s Tomb and Lochview Trail, Canyon Falls Park and the Dewdney Road #1 beach access.“These parks have been identified as a risk with limited access points paired with extremely dry grass and underbrush that can ignite in the hot,…

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Celebrating raptors and their important work in nature

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Celebrating raptors and their important work in nature

Raptor’s prey on smaller birds, but that doesn’t intimidate wildlife interpreter Robyn Radcliffe. “I just love being near them,” Radcliffe gushes as an owl quietly perches on her arm. “I love them more every time I work with them. They have so much personality. They’re really neat birds.”Radcliffe is part of the team at Pacific…

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Kelowna residents fed up with deer propose cull

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Kelowna residents fed up with deer propose cull

A group of Kelowna residents are gathering signatures on a petition to have the City cull deer that they say are damaging their neighbourhoods. The Upper Mission residents believe deer have become habituated to the residential buffet.“They are being born here and never leave the community,” Ken Walker said. Story continues below Walker said he…

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