New plan plots to keep Canada geese out of local marshes
Canada goose. Photo: Zoë Ducklow
On the South Island, a national symbol has become a regional nuisance as Canada geese bring harsh attitudes, heavy appetites, and a huge amount of feces.
These birds are supposed to be migratory, but here they no longer fly away home.
Brought in for hunting in the 1970s, Canada geese became year-round residents thanks to a mild climate, an abundance of food, and few predators.
They now occupy farms, sports fields, golf courses, ecological reserves, islands, and sensitive intertidal zones.
They damage moss that’s important to river ecosystems, harming already at-risk salmon along the way.
This year, the CRD is putting money into efforts to reduce their numbers and impact, using culling methods such as egg addling.
But one major tactic is a gentler one that takes inspiration from Indigenous fish weirs. “Exclosure” fencing made of alder and willow is being set up at local marshes; smaller species can pass, but the Canada geese rely on having a large open area to land.
Men Without Hats star joins Victoria Conservatory of Music
Colin Doroschuk. Photo: Courtesy Victoria Music Conservatory
Colin Doroschuk—a founding member of Men Without Hats, the Canadian new-wave band whose hit songs “Safety Dance” and “Pop Goes the World” topped international charts—has been named head of voice for the conservatory’s classical school, and director of voice for its contemporary school.
Though he may be known best for his electronic-pop past, Doroschuk has worked in the classical music world for some time, as a resident composer of Victoria Ballet and a operatic composer in Quebec, including writing an original opera, Évangéline, based on the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Doroschuk, who once in a while does wear a hat, received his masters in music and theatre at UVic 15 years ago, and his connection to the city has been strong ever since—he says he’s worked with “most of the professional musical organizations in Victoria” over the years.
With his mixture of musical disciplines, and his background as a classical vocal teacher, he plans to share this rounded experience with Victoria students.
“These days, the students who wish to become pop singers realize, as I did, just what an asset classical technique can be towards developing range, timbre, power, flexibility, expressivity, as well as the endurance necessary to sustain a rewarding professional career,” Doroschuk said in a release.
He says he hopes to bridge the gap between contemporary and classical vocal training to ensure singers leave the conservatory “technically secure” and “conversant in multiple styles.”
Beer fest hits the grounds at RAP
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Canada’s oldest beer festival kicks off today for its 29th year of suds and fun.
The Great Canadian Beer Festival showcases brewskies from all over the country, and this year will include upward of 100 craft breweries and cideries.
Phillips Brewing, Lighthouse Brewing, and Ile Sauvage Brewing are among the local breweries you’ll find at Royal Athletic Park over the next two days.
The tasting starts at 4pm today and runs until 9. Tomorrow, the suds are served from 9am to 5pm. One-day tickets cost $45, and if you prefer two days of lip-smacking pleasure, $80 gets you the full weekend.
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Sask. murderer on parole arrested in Victoria
Kenneth David MacKay, 49, was convicted of brutally killing Crystal Paskemin, 21, of Sweetgrass First Nation in 2000. He was granted day release on the Island in February, despite his case team’s concerns. Authorities have not said how he broke parole. [CTV]
Body found in water near Tsawwassen ferry terminal
A boater spotted the body in the water Saturday morning and contacted the Coast Guard, which called the RCMP on Pender Island. After it was determined the remains were human, they were recovered and taken to Vic General for identification and an autopsy. [Times Colonist]
In Cowichan, a lake runs through it
Usually a lake gets its water from the river, but the ongoing drought has crews ready to pump water from Lake Cowichan into the Cowichan River as early as Monday to preserve the habitat and species living in it. Boaters should watch for restrictions. [CHEK]
Former Victoria mortgage broker faces bankruptcy order
Greg Martel’s location is still unknown, as is most of the money he is alleged to have bilked from investors. PricewaterhouseCoopers is trying to find $226M in missing investments and is expected to proceed with an application to have Martel declared in contempt of court on Monday. [Vancouver Sun]
Thursday’s headlines: How a two-year drought affects the salmon, 10 UVic researchers get Canada’s highest academic achievement honours, and Saanich Peninsula Hospital extends its emergency department closure. [Capital Daily]
Canada needs rapid response force, says ex-commander
A former army lieutenant-general says Canadians’ lives are at risk because the country doesn’t have a national rapid response force to help with wildfires, floods, evacuations and other emergencies. Retired Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie tells CBC News other countries have one, and so should Canada. [CBC]
Surfs up for Canadians in Tahiti
That’s where some of Canada’s best surfers are this week, riding the waves at Teahupo'o, which will host next year's Olympic surfing event. [CTV]