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Fracking-Dollars and Sense

frackingIn a commentary posted on the website of the The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Dr. Michael Bradfield clarifies the economics of adopting a serious ban on exploration and exploitation of shale gas reserves. He provides some interesting numbers about the royalties and actual economic benefits, as well as our ‘dependency’ on federal transfers. Bradfield was a member of the Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracking Review Panel. Read more.

Sunday Nov 2, 2014: Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Trails Project

The Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area (BMBCL) is a spectacular near-urban wilderness located on the doorstep of Halifax. The site is comprised of public land totalling approximately 1,300 Hectares located to the west of Halifax-Bedford urban areas and Highway 102. “Please drop in to our community engagement session on November 2 to discuss the project and share your ideas with us.” Sunday November 2, 2014 2:00pm-6:00pm,St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 3 Dakin Dr, Halifax. More Info|Poster

SATURDAY, OCT. 18 : TREE PLANTATION VISIT

Meet Lowell DeMond and learn about the transformation he has stimulated on a 32-hectare woodland that was burned over in 1956. This 244-m-wide by 1.6-km-long property contains a mixed forest of hundreds of planted trees, a small Christmas tree lot, and two brooks.. read more

“Time to move biodiversity and wildlife to Environment”

clearcutIn an opinion piece in the Oct 4 Chronicle Herald, Jamie Simpson cites the clearcutting of environmentally sensitive Western crown Lands as evidence that responsibility for protecting for biodiversity and wildlife should be moved from the N.S. Dept. Natural Resources to N.S. Dept. of Environment. Read more

THURSDAY, OCT. 2: A LIGHTKEEPING JOURNEY

lighthouseChris Mills will explore the history of Canadian lighthouses, interwoven with his own lightkeeping experiences as an assistant and acting Principal Lightkeeper on 11 light stations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and British Columbia. Read more

Mushroom Foray Sep 26-28, 2014

mushroomWhy not have an outdoor WILD MUSHROOM experience? The Nova Scotia Mycological Society is holding its 6th annual foray in Wallace, NS beginning Friday, Sept 26 through Sunday, Sep 28. All are welcome. This event is geared to anyone interested in mushrooms and/or natural history. See the full program, registration and accommodation details at nsmushrooms.org.