Category Archives: Environment

Pest control reports larger and more spiders in metro Vancouver

By Staff Writer Longer, warmer summers have led to both an increase in size and occurrence of spiders in metro Vancouver, according to a pest control specialist. “Spiders are huge right now, larger than I’ve ever seen before,” Randy Bilsky,

Despite being happier in nature, most Canadians spend less time in it

By Staff Writer If you find yourself opting for a night in curled by the TV rather than venturing to the great outdoors for a camping trip, you’re not alone. A new survey from the Nature Conservancy of Canada found

Dozens of birds fall from sky in Tsawwassen, B.C.

By Staff Writer On September 14, dozens of starlings suddenly dropped from the skies onto the pavement in an episode reminiscent of a scene from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring or Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. “The poor little guys were in

Inland B.C. rainforest park reveals trove of 2,400 plant species

By Staff Writer Researchers have been able to describe a bounty of around 2,400 plant species—many of them newly discovered—in British Columbia’s newest provincial park, Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park. Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park, located around 113 kilometres

Goldfish posing invasive species problem in B.C. lakes

By Marina Wang This year, our beloved childhood pet, the goldfish, has swarmed Pinecrest Lake near Squamish, and this isn’t the first time they’ve posed an invasive species problem in the province. “People have been observing schools of 30 to

BC firefighters warn against floating lanterns amid wildfire season

By Marina Wang British Columbian firefighters have taken to social media to warn against releasing floating lanterns amid the coast’s desiccating drought. Floating lanterns are made of a paper shell with an open flame in the center. The hot air

Thousands of tiny toads killed in traffic during mass migration in Chilliwack

By Marina Wang This week thousands of small brown flecks will be seen hopping across the highway at Ryder Lake as the Western toad makes its annual migration. Conservationists have constructed a tunnel underneath the road to help the juvenile

Spending time in nature is good for your health, new study confirms

By Marina Wang “We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and

Heat wave leaves 33 dead in Quebec, numbers could rise

By Marina Wang The death toll from the recent heat wave striking Eastern Canada has now exceeded 30 Canadians. So far, 33 Quebecers have been reported to have died from heat-related health problems, with the death toll from other provinces

Toiletries containing microbeads no longer for sale

By Marina Wang On Canada Day Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced that the “final step” in banning microbeads was in effect. McKenna tweeted that microbeads “would no longer be for sale in toiletries as of today”. Microbeads, also known as