Common Sense Canadian
 

    Species At Risk
    Premiers Christy Clark and Alison Redford (Larry MacDougal/CP photo)

    Rafe on Clark’s Embarassing Antics in Alberta and Renewed Calls for Wolf Culls

    Today is a twofer – two for the price of one. First, I’m beginning to feel sorry for Premier Christy Clark. She is a very nice person, personable and able to speak. What she is not capable of doing is speaking sensibly ...


    Rafe: ‘I Support Captain Paul Watson’

    I see that all civilization and some uncivilizations, like the USA, want Paul Watson’s hide. Just so there’s no doubt, I’ve known and supported Paul for over 30 years and for many years have been on the Sea Shepherd Socie...



    The McNab Creek Valley would be heavily impacted by a new proposed gravel mine

    Top 10 Reasons to Save Howe Sound’s McNab Creek from a Gravel Mine

    The following comes from the Future of Howe Sound Society – with introduction by Rafe Mair. In beautiful Howe Sound on the Sunshine Coast we have the beginning of yet another environmental travesty, where there has been n...


    Douglas Coupland-narrated video shows ship noise impacts on whales

    Endangered Whales and Dolphins Affected by Tankers

    by Julie Andreyev Scientist Rob Williams is concerned about the Enbridge, Kinder Morgan and Vancouver Airport proposals that will increase tanker traffic along BC’s coast. It’s a gray day in Knight Inlet, B.C. The calm silv...



    Law Takes Precedence Over Justice in Germany – An Update From Captain Paul Watson

    This article appeared originally on the blog of Captain Paul Watson’s Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. I remain a prisoner in Germany in a case that has become highly unusual, controversial and international. On May 13t...


    Conservationists in Panama push a South Atlantic Whale Sancturay plan prior to the annual IWC meeting

    Japan Torpedoes South Atlantic Whale Sancruary on Day 1 of IWC Meeting in Panama

    Renowned BC-based whale expert Dr. Paul Spong reports on Day 1 of the 64th annual International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting, taking place this week in Panama. One of the great things about Panama is the predictability of t...



    Dr. Peter Ross has published world-renowned scinece on pollution and marine mammal health during his 13 years at DFO

    Silent Summer: Leading Fisheries Researcher on Harper Govt. Killing Ocean Pollution Monitoring

    by Dr. Peter Ross Since being hired 13 years ago as a Research Scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), I have been fortunate to conduct research on such magnificent creatures as killer whales, beluga whales, harbour sea...


    Australia's Great Barrier Reef is just one of the world's coral reef's under attack by increasing ocean acifdification (National Geographic photo)

    For Whom the Bell Tolls: Disappearing Coral Reefs, Ocean Species

    In one of the most beautiful essays ever written in the English language, the 17th century courtier, poet, adventurer, priest and lecturer, John Donne, reflected on the meaning of a tolling funeral bell. His Meditation 17, when...



    Photo: Anne Sherrod

    The Bee’s Needs

    When the final tally is done on humanity’s many post-Industrial Revolution screw ups, it is likely that the top of the list will be: They let the bees die. Consider this: According to a 2010 UN Environmental Programme report,...


    Photo from http://alexandramorton.typepad.com

    Salmon Farms Killing Sea Lions

    If spreading sea lice, diseases and pollution weren’t justification enough for removing open net-pen salmon farms from BC’s wild West Coast waters, the latest outrage is the slaughter of California sea lions and the...