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  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 34 weeks ago
    For all those who have lost a cat or suffered the loss of one recently in Rossland, I offer my heartfelt, shared sympathies and hope that the sunny little faces and paws that shined up our lives somehow make it safely back home again!
  • Hurricane Irene and the staggering costs of climate change   3 years 34 weeks ago

    Re: Hurricane Irene and the staggering costs of climate change

    To the editor:

    It is unlikely that global warming will cause increased extreme weather. If the world warms due to increasing greenhouse gas emissions, temperatures at high latitudes are forecast to rise most, reducing the difference between arctic and tropical temperatures.

    Since this differential drives weather, we should see less weather extremes, not more.

    It is also a mistake to blame human activities for current weather extremes. For example, the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (www.nipccreport.com) includes a study published this year about the causes of the 2010 Russian heat wave.

    Researchers concluded that "it is unlikely that the warming attributable to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations contributed significantly to the magnitude of the heat wave."

    It is also important notice decreasing trends in extreme weather. For example, we are now near a 30 year low in worldwide "accumulated cyclone energy"* ("hurricanes" in the North Atlantic), something that was not supposed to be happening if the forecasts of climate models were correct.

    Instead of futilely trying to stop extreme weather events, we need to prepare for them by burying electrical cables underground, reinforcing infrastructure and ensuring reliable energy sources so that we have the power to heat and cool our dwellings as needed.

    Tom Harris, executive director
    International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), Ottawa

  • B.C. Teachers issue 72-hour strike notice in effort to speed up bargaining with Liberal government   3 years 34 weeks ago
    I support any efforts teachers make to reduce class sizes and improve education for BC children. Beyond that, go to SK, AB, or ON. We can all make more money working there but we choose to live here. Those provinces have higher salaries in general and therefore a higher tax base to pay pubic service employees. There are countless qualified teachers waiting for a chance to live in the Kootenays (and BC in general). I have no doubt that we can maintain our current teacher base without giving in to such ridiculous financial demands. Unemployment is high; families are struggling. Be happy you have a secure job with good benefits and retirement plan. Holding our kids ransom for these extravagant demands is just wrong.
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 34 weeks ago
    Cats are not native to Rossland either. They have been introduced to the area, by humans. Cats are the most destructive predator on earth and have been the cause of extinctions of many species in both New Zealand and Australia. Now, you tell me which is the bigger problem, not only in Rossland BC, but worldwide. Cats or coyotes ??? In New Zealand cats have been responsible for the extinction of six endemic bird species and over 70 localised subspecies as well as depleting bird and lizard species. Cats in Australia have caused the decline and extinction of animals on islands as they have been shown to cause a significant impact on ground birds and small native mammals. Cats have also stopped any attempts to re-introduce threatened species back into areas where they have become extinct as the cats have simply hunted and killed the newly released animals. Numerous Australian environmentalists claim the cat has been an ecological disaster in Australia, inhabiting most ecosystems except dense rainforest, and being implicated in the extinction of several marsupial and placental mammal species.
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 34 weeks ago

    If you watched the original cat video, you have to hear the song...

  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 34 weeks ago
    The point is its not natural, cats were imported so should be controlled in order to save natural species. As for more attention, why do you want a cat if you are not inclined to give it? Plus as has been shown indoor cats don't cost big on Vet bills. With millions of cats running wild and reproducing at a phenomenal rate what hope is there for our naturally occurring birds ? If a person wants a cat be responsible!!
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 34 weeks ago
    Cats are perfectly happy as indoor creatures if they never are allowed to run wild. As for loving to hunt that is for the owner to take time to play with them they love to chase and play with toys. Save our wild life keep cats indoors.
  • Hurricane Irene and the staggering costs of climate change   3 years 34 weeks ago
    Hurricane Irene left billions of dollars in damages in its wake. To add insult to injury, thousands now have to face the prospect of pricey repairs to their damaged homes. Many compassionate souls are feeling motivated to give to those sufferers in need. But tragedies like these also bring out the crooks, eager to make a fast buck off the already-suffering. The Better Business Bureau has offered some tips in selecting legitimate workers and charitable groups. Source of article: Some contractors and charities taking advantage of Hurricane Irene
  • B.C. Teachers issue 72-hour strike notice in effort to speed up bargaining with Liberal government   3 years 34 weeks ago
    Two weeks paid leave for the death of a friend ???? Twenty six weeks paid leave to look after someone who is not even a family member???? One full year of pay as a bonus for retiring teachers ???? That, in my opinion, is abuse of tax payers money. Those demands are not even reasonable. What ever happened to teaching just for the love of it?? From it's inception in 1917, it was 54 years before the BCTF took province wide strike action over retiring teachers pensions. 54 years !!! Now it is almost every year and the demands are just getting ridiculous. It isn't about teaching anymore. It is about greed and only greed. It isn't about providing a good education for children. It's about getting more for less. We are after all, talking about people who get at least 12 weeks a year off from work. I can understand demanding class sizes being capped. I can understand extra help for special needs students. I can understand a lot of things but I can not understand the " give me or I refuse to work" mentality of today's teachers. It sickens me and I feel very sorry for the children and the parents of those children. A good majority of those parents are working low wage jobs with little to no benefits at all and still having to pay taxes to support public education. If my children were still of school age, I would refuse to publicly educate them. I think it is time for parents to say "enough already" and pull their children from the public education system and then see what happens to those unreasonable demands. If there are no children to teach, no pay coming in, I bet the teachers would soon sing a different song !!!
  • Trail police field the weird and wacky this morning   3 years 34 weeks ago
    this is junk. you must be short on stories.
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 34 weeks ago

    Thanks for bringing up this aspect of the issue, ssanders! Those owners who love to have their cats roam free willingly let them kill other animals, so need to be somewhat philosophical about the possibility of their animal getting killed in turn. That's what animals do!

    As for those who insist on keeping cats indoors, I'd like to learn more about the mental well-being of solitary predators that spend their lives cooped up in close proximity to other creatures while denied the right to hunt...Anybody out there care to educate me?

    I'm not a cat person, but if I was, I'd let mine take its chances outdoors and if it ended up as a coyote's lunch, I'd feel that at least it got to live while it was alive.

  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 34 weeks ago
    And let's not forget all the rodents that cats kill. Probably the reason they were domesticated in the first place.
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 34 weeks ago
    While I sympathize with those who have lost a pet, I agree that cat owners need to take more responsibility for their roaming cats. Cats kill billions of songbirds in North America every year and are major contributor to the decimation of songbird populations. Domesticated cats are a non-indigenous (invasive ) predator. Keep your cats under control or don't complain when nature takes its course. Cats are a predator that competes for prey with wild predators, including coyotes. It is natural for competing predators to kill the competition. And yes, even your outdoor cat kills songbirds. More info: http://audubonawe.squarespace.com/storage/OUTDOOR%20CATS.pdf
  • Hurricane Irene and the staggering costs of climate change   3 years 35 weeks ago
    Why the alarmists keep harping on every weather aberration as AGW is ridiculous . 31000 scientiasts -not Al Gore's minions- have dispelled the alarmists claim that Climate has anything to do with man made activity . Carbon yes! Gore no !!
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 35 weeks ago
    First I would caution those that are quick to say that we moved into the coyotes range and that they are 'natural' and therefore somehow deserving of special treatment (when they kill someone else's pet). Coyotes are probably not native to the Rossland area. Like the whitetail deer they have been expanding their range over the last century, following and using man as a facilitator. Most old-time woodsmen will tell you that if there are wolves around you will have few if any coyotes. Coyotes are extremely adaptable carnivores. The reason they are so adaptable is because they are very intelligent and opportunistic. The have discovered an easy food supply (pets) and that the risk to them of exploiting this food supply is almost nil. Unlike the prairies, almost no-one in this area targets coyotes. On the prairies there is a healthy population of coyotes but, by and large, they are very respectful of man. We don't need to eradicate coyotes. We can respect them for what they are, but unless they respect us there will be increasing confrontation with them. Soon they'll be trying out children as an easy target. We should support sportsmen who enjoy the opportunity to get out and try their skill at hunting this predator and support laws that encourage responsible harvest.
  • ATAMANENKO: Do corporate tax cuts really create jobs?   3 years 35 weeks ago
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  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 35 weeks ago
    If more people kept their cats in the house the coyotes would not increase because of an abundance of food and the poor birds would not be tortured to death by sadistic cats. Besides cats are not native here and are a deadly carnivore themselves, maybe we should just feed them to coyotes!
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 35 weeks ago
    My cat was attacked by an owl when I was a kid. Good thing my Dad was there to scare it off. Also, my little brussels griffon( 8 pound dog) was set upon by a hawk last year out at the Salmo river. My dog was only three feet away from me.The hawk was in full dive and couldn't stop when it saw me running towards it. It ended up crashing into the grass just inches from me. It was quite funny. Here it thought an easy meal was in sight and all it got was a face plant into the ground. LOL.
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 35 weeks ago
    Hahahahahahaha, I love it. You shot some kid in the butt for being a pain in the a**. My hat is off to you!!!
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 35 weeks ago
    " I’m all for live and let live,” Angela Price states, “but not when some thug of a [wild animal] moves into town. You can’t blame a coyote for being hungry, but you can say enough is enough when something is obviously hunting pets.” Angela, how can a coyote be considered a "thug". It is doing what all carnivorous animals do, hunting. Unfortunately cats tend to be easy prey. Any carnivorous animal goes for the easy prey. Expend the least energy for the best reward. You say "enough is enough". Does this mean that coyotes should be hunted down and shot like so many bears have been? It disgusts me that we move into an animals territory but we are so unwilling to accept the consequences of that action. You live in a mountainous area with wildlife all around. You don't want your pets "hunted" then keep them inside.
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 35 weeks ago
    It seems odd that people who let their pets run around actually shed a tear for them when they get eaten. In my mind, you shouldn't even be allowed to own a pet if you don't know where it is and what it is doing. I understand that they fill some selfish need for most people who want to own a living thing. I don't mind the occasional person (especially old) who needs a little company with an INDOOR, SPAYED or NEUTERED cat. Or if you own a farm. The rest of you should get off that. You are so selfish. Your cats run amock and spray everything in sight. They fight and they have sex and multiply. Cats do not like close proximity to each other, yet there will be 10 cats in a neighbourhood or multiple cats in a home which stresses them out. You are actually being cruel to own them in these situations. Of course there's the bird issue as well. There are only estimates of the numbers of birds they kill each year, but they are usu. over 100million in North America and possibly much higher. "The problem is not the cats," said Madi Legere of Cat Rescue Maritimes, a group that feeds several colonies of feral cats in Moncton. "The problem is the people who allow their cats to roam and especially the people who abandon their cats." Blancher said it's yet to be seen whether his research will lead to Environment Canada calling for action to reduce the number of birds killed by cats. Cats need to be licensed and owners should have to pay each year. Then they should be picked up or trapped and impounded if caught roaming around or a general nuisance to others. The North American cat population would decline pretty quickly, I imagine.
  • Why, oh, why, Wile-E? Local cats fast becoming a favourite snack for area coyotes   3 years 35 weeks ago
    I had no idea it would help anyone by reporting coyotes. Ive seen them in broad daylight on the hiway to red headind down a path to 3rd?st. and a pup on the road just as you enter town coming up from trail. three times by the golf coarse on the hiway about 4 pm. they didnt even run just trotting down the road. it seems they use the bike trails a lot. the folks in south belt are seeing way more and a cougar.my son saw 5 by the miners hall one night. there are more than usual and packs not just one sick one.Ill call them in now but they seem to be all over town at night and I know they cover a lot of ground.not just one trail like a bear.racoons also like kittys.poor guys are the meal of choice in town.the slingshot is a great idea.but be carefull. the good ones are used to hunt rabbits. I will never throw rocks at les's house!
  • HST scrapped by 55 percent of voters   3 years 35 weeks ago
    DST
    The only ones to benefit from this will be ones like Vanderzam who has money to burn. For poor folk we were gaining by receiving the benefit of our monthly return from this program as it depended on income. I will now miss out on a return of $235 a month, thanks to uninformed people.
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  • HST scrapped by 55 percent of voters   3 years 35 weeks ago
    Any prediction about which government services will be cut to pay for this?