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We Must Play a Bigger Role In Keeping Sports Safe for Kids

February 21, 2019

Ottawa Lions Summer Track

Note from the author: Although this topic is outside of my usual niche of travel and animal welfare, sports played a large role in my childhood and influenced my adulthood. I felt like I needed to touch on the topic.

This morning, Thursday, February 21, 2019, CBC News and Sports broke the news that an investigation launched by the broadcaster revealed at least 222 coaches involved in amateur sports over 20 years have been convicted of sex offences involving more than 600 victims under age 18.

Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan and the Coaching Association of Canada announced new policies in Ottawa to address abuse and harassment in sport, saying the investigation and it’s results “broke her heart”.

Running With Wolves – Or, Moose. Or Bears.

October 15, 2018

It sounds like the opening line of a joke.

Earlier this month, a man was running in New Brunswick, Canada when he was attacked by a moose.

Paul Gallant was jogging along the waterfront when he came upon a moose, just 20 meters away from him, standing on the path. His plan to take slow steps backwards didn’t work – the moose began walking towards him – so he moved off the path and into the ditch. That didn’t work either.

Oh Canada! Say Goodbye to Microbeads

July 18, 2018

image via courier-journal.com

On July 1st 2018, after two years in the making, Canada officially passed a law banning the import, manufacture, and sale of products containing microbeads. What a happy Canada Day we had this year!

In case you didn’t catch that – this is great news! Even though it means you may have to say goodbye to your favourite facial cleanser or body wash, it means we are collectively  taking a step forward to ensuring our oceans – and the fish we eat – stay free of toxins.

It’s easy to overlook the tiny microbead. They’re minuscule, and wash down the drain and out of our memories forever. But while they might be out of our memories, they don’t stay out of our lives – each day up to 8 trillion of them enter the waterways of the USA alone! And while it might seem like that would be the end of the road for the tiny plastic pieces, microbeads make their way back into our systems through the fish we eat.