My Weekend As A #WorldEnvironmentDay Youth Ambassador

I’m back baby!!!! After a month of no internet, and the multitude of problems that accompany not having internet, I’ve got everything set up once again!  And it’s just in time too.  We are currently in the midst of Canadian Environment Week, which was kicked off this past weekend with World Environment Day being celebrated on Monday.  For those of you not in the know, World Environment Day is a UN created day, all about celebrating positive environmental action.  For this year, Canada was fortunate enough to be chosen as the host country, with the theme of “Connecting people to nature”, and I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of Canada’s six Youth Ambassadors for the day.  The day (well day and a half truthfully) was filled with tons of stuff, and I’d like to share with you all today what all went down. Continue reading

Hot Tip: Don’t Feed Sea Lions!

A college student captured a hilariously terrifying and stupid moment at a harbour in Canada, which has since gone viral. Michael Fujiwara took his camera out in time to tape a little girl being grabbed by a sea lion and pulled into the water. You also see the girl’s grandfather jump in the water after her, to get her out of the water. You see both of them appear to leave the area unhurt. This means that not only can we laugh at the ridiculousness of the events, but also use it as a cautionary tale to whomever else thinks it’s smart to feed wild animals.  Continue reading

We Can’t Let Trump Distract Us From Trudeau

Sure, the US’ environment might be going to hell in a handbag, but we here in Canada need to make sure we don’t let that train wreck distract us from our own country.  It might feel real good to live in a country where your leader understands that climate change exists, and believes in science, but that doesn’t mean that we should just stop scrutinizing his actions.  So while everyone is talking about Trump’s inability to properly run a country and protect its environment, today I want to check in with how Trudeau is doing. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: March 19-25

Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  This week was actually a pretty good week.  Sure, Trump issued a permit for the Keystone XL, coral reefs are in the shitter essentially globally, and Shell’s doing some real shady shit in Nigeria- but, scientists have reversed some of the signs of ageing in mice, plants can learn from environmental cues, and the dinosaur family tree might get a complete face-lift. So let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: January 15-21

We’re back with another weekly roundup and holy chipotle has it been a crazy week! A lot has changed in our world and we want to make sure you guys are kept up to date with what’s going on with our environment. While some may be furiously stocking their underground bunkers for the impending apocalypse, not all of our stories from this week are bad news. However there are still so many issues out there that demand our attention! So here’s our bag of news trail-mix!  Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: January 8-14

Holy shit do I have a good Round Up for you all this week.  First off, things were mostly pretty positive (ignoring that fact that ring-tailed lemurs are screwed and Japan is losing coral reef like nobody’s business), and secondly there were some amazing stories. Seriously, there’s footage of a monkey and a deer trying to get it on, and that’s not even this week’s most amazing story- #DoesItFart takes the cake easily.  So this week we’ve got farting animals, a beaver related gift for Canada’s 150th, and interspecies sex.  Truly though, the #DoesItFart spreadsheet should be all you care about.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading

Justin Trudeau Stopped One Pipeline, But Approved Two Others

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Okay…this is a tricky story to tease out so I’m going to do my best to spell it out! Yesterday Justin Trudeau and his government made a number of announcements regarding natural resources, pipelines, and energy. While many were pleased with Trudeau’s rejection of the Northern Gateway pipeline, many were also displeased with his approval of the Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipelines. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: November 13-19

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Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up, where we’ve decided to adopt the new headlines format (Yaaaaay!).  You’ve all spoken over the last few weeks, so it’s been decided that sharing the headlines of the articles that caught our attention over the week, is the best way to go.  This week had a lot of stuff.  Unfortunately, it’s mostly just people complaining about what a Trump presidency will mean for the environment (it’s bad) and how he’s going to put the worst people in charge of running environmental policies (not a surprise at all).  So we’re not including any of that.  We’ve talked about it before, the internet won’t stop talking about it now, and we would just be shouting into the void.  So instead, here’s the rest of the news that turned our heads this week.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading

Flashback Friday: Hinterlands Who’s Who

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Hello friends!  It’s Friday- YAY ALMOST THE WEEKEND!!!  So for today, we’re taking you back over the past 50 years to enjoy some of the greatest television ever made: The Hinterlands Who’s Who.  That’s right, we’re going back to a time when tv ads told you to contact the government to learn more about beavers, chipmunks, and Canadian geese.  So get ready for that haunting theme, that matter-of-fact voice, and those warm fuzzy feelings of your childhood. Continue reading

WWF Says The World Is Turning To Shit… What’s Changed?

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If you have any Facebook friends who are super eco-friendly you probably have stumbled across an article that claims we have lost over half of Earth’s wildlife since 1970. They’re right…to an extent. Based on WWF’s current model, if things continue the way they are we can expect to lose 67% of Earth’s wildlife abundance by 2020. That number is clearly staggering, but it’s not the first time humans have been confronted with a monstrous statistic. Go watch any environmental documentary and they will use the most outrageous numbers to try to mobilize the public to change their ways. In all honesty, the tactic of fear to induce public support of environmental initiatives has been overused. So the big question is, what’s changed with this new report, and will it actually make a difference? Continue reading

The Argument For Bigfoot

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In case you haven’t heard from Facebook yet, we’ve got ourselves a new Loch Ness Monster sighting, and it’s pretty darn convincing.  Of course it could just be three seals swimming in a row- if seals lived in Loch Ness, and if the loch contained saltwater instead of freshwater, and if it wasn’t ~12 km away from saltwater- but I digress.  Today I don’t want to join in on the ever growing debate about Nessie, instead I want to talk about Bigfoot- and how he’s real. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: July 31- August 6

It’s that time of week again- it’s time for the Weekly Round Up!  Summer’s just hurtling by as we have our first August Round Up (it seriously still feels like summer’s just started).  We’ve got a bunch of news coming your way, so settle in with your cup of Joe, or tea, or oj, or whatever it is you enjoy to drink on a Saturday, no judgement here.  We’ve got happy volcanoes, snow in New Zealand, and superhero whales.  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

Canada Day Honours: Canadian Geese

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Screw honey badger don’t care, Canadian goose don’t care.  It’s Canada Day, so to celebrate we’re shining the spotlight on one of the most badass bird species out there (yeah, take that eagles, thinking you’re so damn cool): the Canadian goose.  Now I know what you might be saying, coolest bird out there?  What about eagles, owls, ostriches, albatross?  All pansies.  Eagles: glorified pelicans, without the awesome neck/beak thing.  Owls: never evolved to eat food without hacking half of it back up.  Ostriches: we’ve domesticated them.  Albatross: kites with a brain.  No one messes with Canadian Geese, and their salty ire, take shit from no one, attitudes are what put them leagues above anyone else. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: May 29- June 4

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Well, after yesterday’s optimistic article, I’m back today with reality to smack you in the face- sorry.  There was a lot of shit that went on this week while everyone was obsessed with the Cincinnati zoo and Harambe.  It’s almost like everyone was trying to unload all of their crap quietly, while everyone worked themselves up into a ridiculous gorilla-fuelled frenzy.  Anyways, we’ve got an update on the Tiger Temple situation (#JusticeForThailandTigers), lots of coral, and a great new policy out of Norway.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: January 25-30

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Guess what time it is?  It’s The Weekly Round Up.  That time of the week when you get to put your feet up, grab your cup of coffee, and catch up on all things environmental that went on this week.  Lucky for you, this was a pretty great week.  With new pipeline regulations being put into place in Canada, brain size/smarts research, self aware lizards, and street fights, this week was something, that’s for sure.  It’s been a pretty interesting week, so let’s dive in. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: November 23-28

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Just like the grass on the other side, this week was greener…  does that make sense?  I mean, last week was research heavy, and then this week is on the other side of that week.  Okay, so the weekend is a fence, and the weeks are lawns…  What I’m trying to say is this week was mostly environmentally conscious.  Rwanda’s going solar, Alberta’s fighting carbon, oh and Nelly was not the prophet we asked for, but the prophet we needed.  It’s the Weekly Round Up! Continue reading

Featured Contributor Vincent Luk: The James Bay Shorebird Project

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Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to go up north to the Hudson Bay lowlands for the Western James Bay Shorebird Project. Three weeks in a remote location on Moose Cree First Nation land to work on a multi-agency collaborative monitoring and research project towards the conservation of shorebird species. It was an incredible adventure that brought me into the heart of the Canadian wilderness, and taught me so much about birds and field work. As a photographer and visual storyteller, my assignment was to document what I saw and share the amazing work that’s being done up there. Continue reading

1 Ontario County, 1 Big Goal: Become 100% Renewable.

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The Paris Climate Change Conference begins on November 30 and continues until December 11. In those 10 days, world leaders will discuss climate change and  will, as many hope, create a plan that countries will follow, unlike the Kyoto protocol. I don’t know about  you, but I’m getting pretty tired of all of the hype for another climate change conference. It seems like many discussions are had and yet not a lot changes. I have definitely had a handful of cynical moments dwelling on this. And then I learned about Oxford County. Continue reading