Peaceful Parks Coalition on Ontario’s cormorant hunt plan

Just received an email blast from Peaceful Parks Coalition, providing a link to the CBC story on government scientists' opposition to their own government's proposed cormorant hunt. (see my earlier post). PPC notes that the proposed hunt was supposed to begin today, and says (in part): The season was scheduled to open today March 15 …

Ontario’s government scientists are upset with their own government’s proposal for a mass cormorant slaughter

CBC has used FOIA filings to winnow out considerable concern among scientists in Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests (MNRF) over the proposed new provincewide hunting season for double-crested cormorants. Those concerns echo the issues I raised in my submission of comments on the proposed measures, after the province posted them on the Environmental …

Fish farming

The results of a multi-year study on the impact of fish farms on freshwater lakes in Freshwater Biology is being greeted as good news for the aquaculture industry, which has long dealt with accusations that its operations in the Great Lakes are not a good thing for the environment. I wrote about the controversy for …

Varley’s “Stormy Weather”

Here’s an image to get everyone in the mood for another summer: Frederick Varley’s Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay (1921). It was painted by the Group of Seven member in the vicinity of Dr. James MacCallum’s cottage on West Wind Island on eastern Georgian Bay. The painting hangs in the National Gallery of Canada.