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Clayoquot reserve not so protected after all

September
29
,
2016
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A West Coast area that became synonymous with B.C.’s War in the Woods more than 20 years ago is threatened again by resource development, say two naturalists who were part of the struggle that pitted loggers against environmentalists. Dan...

World Rivers Day runs Sunday

September
23
,
2016
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River City celebrates Rivers Day on Sunday, Sept. 25, with a host of events at Riverside Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. World Rivers Day is a free family event that celebrates rivers and encourages residents to learn about watersheds, water conservation,...

Get set for a 'wild weekend'

September
16
,
2016
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There's a wild weekend awaiting. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18, WildSafeBC hosts its inaugural B.C. Goes Wild. The purpose of the province?wide event is to encourage people to safely enjoy wildlife in its natural habitat and...

How to save a bear's life

September
14
,
2016
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Bear reports around the city are sure to increase over the next two to three weeks, so property owners should be taking precautions, says WildSafe B.C.’s provincial co-ordinator. Picking up tree fruits and securing waste in keeping with the...

Cutting down on illegal firewood

September
9
,
2016
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How much does free firewood cost? Over the past 18 months, it has cost gatherers $14,878 in B.C. because they didn’t bother to get a free use permit. Free firewood is one of the bonuses of living the province, but people who cut,...

First case of whirling disease discovered

September
9
,
2016
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Provincial biologists are calling on B.C. anglers to take extra precautions following the discovery of a potentially fatal fish disease in a lake near the B.C.-Alberta boundary. Last week, Parks Canada closed Johnson Lake in Banff National Park...

Mountain races begin this weekend

September
8
,
2016
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Wet weather in advance ensures that this weekend’s North Face Dirty Feet Trail Race lives up to its name. A Sun Peaks event running Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11, Dirty Feet is one of two to challenge athletes this month at Sun Peaks....

Drownings reinforce need to wear PFDs

August
31
,
2016
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Two drownings in the past week in which personal flotation devices were not worn have prompted a warning by the B.C. Coroners Service ahead of the Labour Day long weekend. Both victims were in small boats. In one case, the person fell overboard....

Pedal Fest back for long weekend

August
30
,
2016
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This Labour Day long weekend, Sun Peaks Resort celebrates the return of Peaks Pedal Fest, a three-day celebration highlighting the community's diverse and ever-expanding biking culture. Avid freeriders through to casual cyclists will find...

Hunters asked to watch for disease

August
30
,
2016
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Provincial wildlife health authorities are turning to B.C. hunters to help monitor deer, moose and elk after biologists discovered an animal infected with chronic wasting disease 30 km southeast of Edmonton. This is the furthest west – by...