A funny thing happened when I checked my snail-mailbox the other day … out popped an unsolicited calendar (and request for funds) – courtesy of the Canadian Wildlife Federation [CWF]:
CWF, evidently has been part of the Canadian scene since 1962. Via their “interactive timeline“, I learned that (for example):
As early as 1963, CWF was urging government to further investigate the effects of biocides on wildlife and to impose regulations on their sale so wildlife would not be damaged unnecessarily. CWF also urged government to establish suitable diagnostic and recording standards for identifying and recording human illnesses or deaths caused by biocide poisoning in Canada.
And that as early as 1965, CWF was:
Demand[ing] that government protect grizzlies and reverse their diminishing numbers.
And, as early as 1989, i.e. long before any of the “gold standard” Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s science was in1, CWF was among those at the forefront:
Urg[ing] the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions to reverse the global warming trend.
Furthermore they were just as (fearful for?! and) fond of wolves in 1989, as well:
[CWF] Starts a multi-year biological research project on wolves and moose in British Columbia.
Well, I think you get the picture … and here’s their latest:
Ooops … I almost forgot to mention the CWF’s apparent connection (of some kind or other!) to the World Wildlife Federation (WWF):
Research Funded by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (2011-2013)
World Wildlife Federation
This project, led by researcher Tonya Wimmer of the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), is designed to establish a process that allows fishermen to apply their knowledge and expertise to reduce the unintentional catch of non-target species at risk in Atlantic Canadian Waters. Researchers will work with the fishermen to ensure that these efforts are scientifically sound and that the fishing industry takes the lead on developing and implementing the plans. This three year project will expand on the efforts of WWF’s right whale entanglement project and will examine the threat of entanglement with a multi-species approach. […]
Presumably Wimmer is a “researcher” with WWF-Canada (the “Panda” people who also just happen to bring in big bucks of their very own). And while they advertise themselves as …
For half a century, WWF has worked to protect the future of nature. WWF [World Wildlife Fund which may – or may not – be associated with the World Wildlife Federation, noted above -hro] is Canada’s largest international conservation organization with the active support of more than 150,000 Canadians. We connect the power of a strong global network to on-the-ground conservation efforts across Canada, with offices in Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, St. John’s, Iqaluit and Inuvik. Our Mission: To stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature […]
… among their “successes”, WWF claim:
From Lake Superior to Gwaii Haanas, from sustainable forests to sustainable seafood, from whales, to turtles, to black-footed ferrets see the impacts of your support.
Am I the only one who sees some, well, duplication of mandate, effort, territories and (Gaia forbid, perhaps even admin and other costs?!) between CWF and WWF-Canada?! Maybe one day they’ll disclose how they divvy up the disasters in the making! Yeah, right!
Meanwhile … a few footnotes:
1 Back on the Canadian newsfront … I thought it was rather interesting that on Sunday, Nov. 2, when the IPCC released its Synthesis Report of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report, it was certainly dutifully mentioned in the two CBC radio broadcasts I happened to hear while driving in my trusty (gas guzzling, hah!) 1992 Tercel. BUT, these little-bit-louder-whole-lot-worse iterations of the IPCC’s “projections” radio newscasts also mentioned … wait for it … the fact that some are skeptical of such findings!
Furthermore, there was absolutely no mention of this Synthesis Report in any of the daily E-mail updates I received from the CBC. Not on Sunday, and not on Monday! If you’d like to know more about the latest big yawn propagated by the crème de la crème of the exceedingly well-funded Green Blob, I recommend Paul Matthews’ summary: IPCC Synthesis Report – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
And speaking of the “ugly” …One other point about this latest and greatest from the IPCC, btw, is their completely unfathomable decision to “dedicate” this particular edition of the big yawn to the memory of the late Stephen Schneider. Donna Laframboise has summarized all the reasons that this was an unbelievably poor choice on the part of the IPCC powers-that-be. Clearly, they just don’t get it! As Laframboise noted in her post:
“An organization whose reputation is in tatters links its new document to a rude, intolerant, highly politicized climate crusader.”
Schneider was certainly a “rat” of the first order!
And … finally … speaking of the CBC and rats … Readers may recall that here in Beautiful British Columbia, in no small measure thanks to the creeping implementation of our 2008 Climate Change Act, I had noted that with the implementation of a so-called “food scraps” program, according to:
a not-so-glowing report from the cheer-leader of all-things-green CBC, I was not at all surprised to learn that the City of Vancouver alone had “received more than 4,000 complaints in the first three months of operation”, thereby leading some to conclude that Vancouver – far from being the ‘greenest city of ‘em all’ – is developing a reputation as the ‘grossest city of ‘em all’.
Interestingly, while (as I had noted above) the CBC’s latest news E-mails did not include any mention of the Green Blob’s big yawn, one I did receive yesterday contained an update on the rat problem in Vancouver:
Rat infestations in Vancouver lead to call for political action
The Vancouver Rat Project set out to determine the health risks posed by rat populations. Researchers trapped 725 rats from a total of 43 city blocks of the Downtown Eastside and the neighbouring port over the past year.
Some of the rodents tested positive for C. difficile, Leptospirosis and the superbug MRSA. The rats likely picked up the diseases from humans by acting as sponges for bacteria entering the waste stream, says [Veterinarian Chelsea] Himsworth.
She claims that destabilizing the rat population could threaten the spread of disease. [emphasis added -hro]
Oh, that’s the just the ticket, isn’t it: blame “humans”!
Amazing. Simply amazing.