Environment and Nature
Small town editor to cycle from Toronto to Ottawa for global warming petition
CLEARWATER, BC: “My special interest in climate change began several years ago when the child of a family member cried himself to sleep after watching a television documentary on the subject. Will you sign my petition to help fight climate change in Canada?”
That’s how an online petition starts out that has been posted on Care2 by Keith McNeill, the editor of the award-winning Clearwater-North Thompson Times in Clearwater, British Columbia. The petition calls for a Canada-wide referendum on carbon fee-and-dividend.
Volunteering: A key ingredient to healthy Canadians and healthy places
Each year, more than 13 million Canadians dedicate countless hours to causes that mean the world to them. Whether you volunteer for your local minor hockey association, at your senior’s centre or for your local nature organization, one person’s volunteer contribution has the power to impact lives, including our own, while strengthening communities.
Get crops off to the best start with a pre-seed burndown
A spring burndown is a critical step in preparing the soil for seeding; however, it can often be overlooked if growers are rushing to get ahead of the growing season. Seeding crops into clean fields means they don’t have to compete for moisture, sunlight or nutrients from weeds. Seeding crops into clean fields will help get them off to the best possible start but there are a number of things to keep in mind that will increase the effectiveness of any burndown.
Endangered piping plover is small, cute and must be protected
The piping plover, named for its plaintive bell-like whistles, is a relatively small bird both is size and numbers. The species is designated as endangered under the federal Species at Risk Act, as there are only 6,000 to 6,400 individuals in the world! The Nature Conservancy of Canada is working with many partners to conserve this sensitive species’ habitat and help increase its population.
Conserving water in the Waterton Park Front
Water is a resource that connects every country and every person on this planet. World Water Day (March 22nd) is an opportunity for Canadians to think about this important resource.
As a non-profit land trust, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) works to protect critical water within our conservation lands. The properties we conserve often contain headwaters that provide fresh water for Canadian families. Caring for this precious resource is a hugely important priority for NCC.
Three steps to celebrating World Water Day
Water: it’s a ubiquitous substance, necessity of civilization and the lifeblood of the planet. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day — “a day to celebrate water, make a difference and prepare for how we manage water in the future.”
Five ways to incorporate nature into your March Break
While March is one of the months without a long weekend, many families are looking for ways to spend time together as students take leave for a week-long winter break. With the deep freeze finally behind us and balmier temperatures triggering a natural instinct to get active, here are five simple ways to spring into the season with your family and loved ones:
1) Savour the last of your winter activities
To idle, or not to idle? That is the question.
It’s no secret that Canadian winters can be brutally cold, but did you know that you shouldn’t idle your car to warm it up? It’s true! The best way to warm up your engine in the cold is to gently drive.
Jani-King launches #JaniKingPledge to advocate for emergencies in Canada
Jani-King in Canada is launching a new campaign to create awareness around the issue of disaster preparedness. With an increasing frequency of natural disasters occurring around the world, it is important that Canadians are prepared.
Jani-King, with 13 regional offices and over 600 franchisees located throughout Canada, is promoting the importance of disaster preparedness so that no Canadian is left in need when a disaster occurs.
Family ties in the wild
Family: it’s a strange and wonderful thing. Somewhere between the first heartbeat and the last breath, our family plays a significant role in shaping who we become. Much like humans, other animals form bonds (short- or long-term) for different purposes in their lifetime, including mating and parenting.
In honour of Family Day, here is a showcase of three Canadian wildlife species with very different family structures, some that resonate with us; some that do not:
Until death do us part