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Seriously?

It’s taught in journalism and public relations to make a headline both informative and catchy. In this case, we really, really tried. But every time we read the letter from BC’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, all we could say was, “seriously?” In early 2013, we were told ...
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92% drop in bear conflict shows co-existence works

There once was a problem in Yosemite National Park . Bears were getting into cars (more than 600 in 1997), turned over garbage bins and generally wreaked havoc. And then something incredible happened: it stopped. The San Jose Mercury News is reporting a 92 per cent drop in bear conflict ...
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Episode 148: Back to school, week 2

We’re continuing our back to school series – focusing this week on the two-legged young who are eager to learn. This week we’re happy to bring you two top humane educators. First up is Zoe Weil , co-founder and president of The Institute for Humane Education , who will share ...
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Olivia Chow first mayoral candidate to protect raccoons

You’re already doing great work, Toronto! Within 24 hours of us posting our #SaveRaccoonsTO blog and social media, we’ve received multiple responses from council candidates across the city. But the big news is the first mayoral candidate to state they would not use lethal action: Olivia Chow . “We understand ...
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Gazette fur story: journalism or a sales pitch?

It’s an old adage in journalism that reporters must tell the whole story. In the case of business news, this remains true. Yet for some reason, the Montreal Gazette felt they didn’t need to share the facts with their readers. In an article about entrepreneur Lysa Lash, a former event ...
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Kudos to responsible conservation officers in Banff

It is typically said that a fed bear is a dead bear. But in Banff National Park, some hard working conservation officers (COs) are preventing that from holding true. According to the Calgary Herald , the wildlife officials closed a park near the Banff town site after receiving reports that ...
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The squeaky wheel gets the raccoon-saving policy

It’s hard to believe it’s true, but raccoons have become an issue in the upcoming municipal election in the City of Toronto. And you have the power to save them. As it happens every few years, raccoons become a ‘problem’ for city residents. A slight boost to the local population, ...
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Canada a world leader in deforestation – and destruction of wildlife habitat

A damning article by the Huffington Post circulating the web shows that Canada is the world leader in deforestation. The news comes out of a study by Forest Watch , which outlines that eight per cent of the world’s virgin forests were degraded between 2000 and 2013. Of that eight ...
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London designers are going faux

The fur industry was jumping up and down, pointing to the runways in recent years as fashion designers took a turn at fur. But they’re strangely mute this year as those same designers are looking to faux fur for their fall lines. According to the Daily Mail , more designers ...
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Episode 147: Going back to school

Education is part of the foundation of a solid democracy, and in Canada we take that responsibility quite seriously. We have some of the best elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools in the world – and millions of young Canadians are back to the books this week. But every day we ...
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