Monthly Archives: October 2012

Canada’s growing democratic deficit

Our democracy is going down the tube in Canada as best evidenced by the fact that the polls show two thirds of Canadians are progressive, yet we are now being ruled with an iron fist by the Conservatives who likely stole the election in part through the use of robo-calls. Our elected representatives do not represent their constituents, but rather vote along party lines, as do the non-elected senators.

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Mountain biking on Crowfoot Mountain

It has been 38 years since my last trip up to the top of Crowfoot Mountain, when I went up on horseback during a trail ride with friends. After numerous reports about the damage from motorized recreational vehicles that is occurring to the sub-alpine meadows and wetlands, I was eager to see it first hand. Thanks to the extended warm, dry weather we drove the rough road to the summit on October 10th and enjoyed a delightful mountain bike ride to the lookout and back.

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Journey into the Upper Seymour

Journey into the Upper Seymour

The Upper Seymour River Provincial Park, 1996 aerial photo by Myron Kozak

I first learned about the Upper Seymour during the summer of 1993. After an expedition into the Hunakwa Lake wilderness area, I stopped for dinner at the Seymour Arm Hotel and chatted with a logger who told me he was building a road into a forest with the biggest cedar trees he had ever seen. My first visit into the Upper Seymour was with forest service ecologist Dennis Lloyd and government staffer Dave Tudhope in the spring of 1994. We were truly astonished by the massive size of the trees in this rare interior rainforest.

[Watch the 1997 video, Shuswap Wild, with its clips of the Upper Seymour here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bmo34Ma8TU&feature=plcp

And watch the Journey into the Upper Seymour video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpFko3YxXVw&feature=plcp

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Shuswap Wild (1997)