What follows is a short biography of my life, and my reasons for caring about the environment.
Firstly, I have spent almost my entire life in Vernon, B.C., mostly at home with my family. We have always lived in the rural area of town, called the B.X., and it is here that my passion for the outdoors was first birthed. Although I am not very good at putting adequate words to the memories I have (which might account for my general resistance to journaling) if given the chance I would talk all day about summer evenings at the pond or winters spent tobogganing at the orchard behind my house. Hiking in the foothills and snowboarding in the mountains above them have all been a part of my life for as long as I can remember; truly I had everything right outside my door that a boy could ask for. These experiences have helped shape my independence and spirit of adventure immensely.
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The Letters to the Editor page is the most read page in the newspaper. Submitting a letter is an effective and important way to voice your support for grizzly bear recovery in Alberta.
Keep these points in mind when writing your letter:
• Letters should be short (300 words max) and focus on one main message.
• Try to link your letter to the date and title of specific news story – ideally within two days of its publication
• Be straightforward, factual and to the point.
• Include your name and contact information
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The Ottawa forests and greenspace advisory committee will ask city council to put the construction of the Terry Fox Drive Extension on hold and order a more thorough environmental review.
The committee passed a unanimous motion Monday night to ask the city to "immediately re-examine the demographic, transportational and economic rationale" for the project and to halt construction until an "in-depth ecological analysis is undertaken."
The request will come before the city's planning and environment committee, where it would need the endorsement of councillors before it could be voted on by City Council.
But the highlands, a 895-hectare area of near-pristine woodlands and wetlands, have been identified by the province as a candidate for the designation of Area of Natural and Scientific Interest containing a complex of Provincially Significant wetlands.... Read more »
A few dozen concerned residents packed into a city committee meeting to make it known they oppose the extension of a main arterial road through a sensitive forest in Kanata.
It was standing room only at the city’s forest and greenspace advisory committee meeting Monday evening.
Marjorie Edwards, who lives on Old Carp Rd., said she fears the extension of Terry Fox Dr. will lead to more development and further destruction of sensitive environmental areas, with devastating consequences.
Some changes have been made to construction plans, explained Shawn Taylor of Dillon Consulting — the company contracted to do design the roadway — including reducing the size of the road’s footprint.
Crews will also create a man-made wetland area by transplanting part of an established wetland area that will be destroyed to another location in the Carp River drainage plains.... Read more »