Wildlife

Map showing proposed site of RV park in Big Pond.

UARB Critical of CBRM Planners in RV Park Case

January 23, 2019 at 1:08 pm

I have to start by quoting myself. This is what I wrote about Chris Skidmore’s RV Park proposal for Big Pond back in February 2018 CBRM planning staff seem really keen on this Big Pond RV Park idea. I don’t know how else to interpret the time and effort planningRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Editor’s Note: It’s that time of year when the Spectator turns off the computer for a bit to focus on decking halls, trimming trees and eating all the best chocolates in the Quality Street tin. To facilitate this, we’re including Fast & Curious with the regular edition of the paperRead More

The famous NASA image of the earth from space which gave the Blue Dot movement its name. (Source: Blue Dot http://bluedot.ca/)

Connecting the (Blue) Dots

November 21, 2018 at 1:06 pm

CBRM Council has declared its support for the Blue Dot movement. Launched in 2014 with the backing of the David Suzuki Foundation, Blue Dot is a “national campaign to advance the legal recognition of every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment.” In passing its resolution of support last night, theRead More

Moose in CBHNP. Still shot from Parks Canada "Bring Back the Boreal" video. (Source: YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTevrWnhlWg)

Parks Canada Extends Moose Cull, Ups Budget

October 24, 2018 at 12:47 pm

boondoggle: (noun) an unnecessary and expensive piece of work, especially one that is paid for by the public (Cambridge Dictionary)   I think the Cape Breton Highlands National Park (CBHNP) moose cull meets the definition of a boondoggle. As a Parks Canada undertaking, it is definitely paid for by the public.Read More

Canadian moose. (Source: CBC)

Cull of the Wild: The North Mountain Moose Harvest

August 8, 2018 at 11:34 am

It’s easy for people to not think about moose culls in our national park during the summer; however, for anybody wanting more details about the annual moose cull in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the 2017 Moose Harvest Summary Document can provide information. It is a short read, butRead More

Parks staff lighting a prescribed fire at La Mauricie National Park (Source: Parks Canada)

Letter to the Editor: Parks Canada, Protecting Wildlife?

May 30, 2018 at 11:45 am

At what point did Parks Canada develop such a callous disregard for the lives of living creatures? Moose, cormorants, deer, elk, coyote, wolves and other creatures have all caught the eye of Parks Canada management at various times. Recently, in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, a prescribed fire wasRead More

Chickens and Ticks and Lyme Disease and…Super Models?

Chickens and Ticks and Lyme Disease and…Super Models?

April 25, 2018 at 11:36 am

A recent conversation with a relative set me to researching chickens and ticks and what a long, strange trip it’s been. The conversation was about the efficacy of chickens in controlling tick populations. It struck a chord with me because I’ve been thinking of the advantages of backyard chickens latelyRead More

To RV, Or Not To RV?

To RV, Or Not To RV?

February 21, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Do you know what struck me most forcibly, watching the CBRM’s public hearings on the proposed Ceilidh on the Lakes RV Park for Big Pond yesterday afternoon? That if developer Chris Skidmore (who, God love him, looked like he was in the dock at his own trial when he spokeRead More

Canadian moose. (Source: CBC)

Letter to the Editor: Questioning Moose Cull Math

January 3, 2018 at 12:00 pm

I have always loved our CB Highlands National Park (CBHNP) and much of what is done there is cause for celebration. Park visitor numbers are up, new ideas are being tested and found to be positive and steps are being taken to try to bring back the boreal forest—at a faster rateRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

December 15, 2017 at 9:30 am

Out of Order As an armchair political scientist (we’re almost indistinguishable from the real thing until we open our mouths), I was quite happy to read what an actual political scientist, CBU’s Tom Urbaniak, had to say about the go-ahead at last Tuesday’s CBRM council meeting. In case you went to BostonRead More