Tag Archive for British Columbia

Vaccine misinformation winning in British Columbia

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More news on the harm that vaccine safety misinformation does. Thanks Jenny McCarthy! B.C. vaccination rates drop amid ‘misinformation’ campaign | CTV Vancouver News. An organized campaign by anti-vaccination groups to sow doubt about the effectiveness and safety of vaccines has helped push some vaccination rates among kindergarten-aged children in B.C. to their lowest levels…

Surprise! Wolverines found on Canadian island, and eats fish

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The wolverine population is spreading. And evolving new habits. Salmon-eating wolverines found for first time on island off B.C.’s coast. Evidence shows the often-reclusive wolverine has taken up residence for the first time on an island off British Columbia’s Central Coast and the animal’s eating habits have changed along with its relocation. The study, published…

Someone got this century-old message in a bottle

The message can be read through the glass.

A terrific story. I hope it turns out to be authentic. Century-old message in a bottle found in Tofino | Globalnews.ca. A Courtenay [B.C.] man made the discovery of a lifetime when he came across a bottle containing a message dating all the way back to 1906. Steve Thurber says he was walking along Schooner’s…

Metallic sounds in BC town freak people out (UPDATE: Horn of Gondor, etc.)

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And… here we go again… Strange sounds in Terrace, B.C., spark stranger theories – British Columbia – CBC News. Some people in Terrace, B.C., say they were awoken Thursday morning by some strange, whining and grinding noises echoing off nearby hills for several minutes, prompting a wide range of speculation online about the source. At…

Sasquatch, Keeper of the forest, invoked at environmental hearing

This is not the first time, surprisingly, that mythical creatures have been used for environmental causes. Sasquatch cited in mine hearings | Local News | Prince George Citizen. Most people consider the sasquatch a legendary creature, but the mythical bush man of northern B.C. received its fair share of attention at environmental review hearings into…

It really is an emu in B.C.

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This was a surprise. Emu found wandering on northern B.C. logging road – British Columbia – CBC News. A B.C. trucker used to animal sightings is still having a hard time believing what he saw on a logging road south of Prince George, even with photographic evidence. On Monday, one load into the day, Juan…

Wifi-sensitive people would like accomodations for their disability

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Is environmental electrosensitivity a disability? Sensitive riders want a safe place away from B.C. Ferries Wi-Fi. While debate rages on over the effects of wireless technology on human health, those who claim a hypersensitivity to electromagnetism have called on B.C. Ferries to provide options to limit their exposure. Louise Campbell of Nanoose Bay says her…

Meadowood monkey reported

Residents and a conservation officer were trying to track down a “vicious” monkey on the loose Monday in Meadowood, British Columbia. Parksville Qualicum News – ‘Vicious’ monkey on the loose in Meadowood. Update from Ministry of Environment, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 10:15 a.m.: “Early Sunday afternoon, COS and RCMP responded to a complaint of monkey at…

Adding more fuel to the fire over smart meters

We previously told you about consumer concerns over smart meters to monitor utilities. Add another spark to the flame over these devices. Smart meter fires spark concerns in B.C. – British Columbia – CBC News. Questions are being raised about the safety of smart meters after fire crews were called to a home in Coquitlam…

Biodynamic wine is a witches brew of magical thinking

B.C.’s Summerhill winery seeks biodynamic certification. Summerhill Pyramid Winery CEO Ezra Cipes admits there are elements of biodynamic farming that sound more like witchcraft than modern agriculture, but he insists you can taste the results in a superior glass of wine. In the biodynamic process, herbs such as camomile, nettles and dandelions may be stuffed…

Disembodied foot mystery solved – one step at a time

Disembodied foot ID solves 25-year-old mystery. A disembodied foot found on a B.C. shore last year belongs to a fisherman who died in January 1987, the BC Coroners Service said Friday. Stefan Zahorujko’s boat was found overturned in Sasamat Lake in Port Moody, B.C., on Jan. 5, 1987. Despite repeated searches, the 65-year-old’s body was…

Mystery of the severed feet may be solved: Selection bias

I love every post on ForgetoMori. This one is no exception. Mysterious severed feet and the Crazy Statistician We all recall the many severed feet that washed up on shore in the Pacific northwest. Mori provides us with the nonobvious answer and shows out how we must expand our reasoning to account for our own…