Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Today along the Bow River - October 2012

Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2012
  
It's the last day of October, there is still snow on the ground, and the high today was -4 °C.  In fact, CTV Weatherman David Spence described today/tonight as "Cold, misty, foggy, spooky Halloween night weather".

Given the circumstances, we had to go back 13 days (2 days BTS) for our photo: One of our shuttle clients getting ready for an afternoon float. 

Warmer Weather Thursday

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TUC responds to 'Cohen Commission - Final Report'

"Here is a link to the final report of the Cohen Commission of Inquiry, which examined the collapse of the sockeye salmon fishery on the Fraser River and on the west coast in the period around 2009. 

Do you think the report will make a difference to the way our government looks after our fisheries? 

There are 75 recommendations. Some of the main ones are (1) more care is needed in the placement of salmon farms, especially where farms are close together (2) DFO needs to minimize the scientific uncertainty associated with farms - ie, collect more data and measure the effects of farm-centric diseases on wild sockeye over long periods of time. (3) Mitigation measures should not be delayed in the absence of scientific uncertainty of cause and effect. 

This is the "precautionary principle" which was most clearly stated in the report of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit as follows - "Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation". 

Mr. Cohen states in his report that penned net farms should be banned (by the year 2020) if we are not certain that they pose at most minimal risk to native sockeye stocks. (4) more funding is needed for DFO for science and enforcement (but he praises front-line DFO staff for doing a good job in challenging circumstances) (5) Mr. Cohen agrees with the critics of changes to the Fisheries Act contained in the recent omnibus bills and states that the effects of reduced habitat protection will only become apparent in the future. (6) the federal government must provide sufficient funding for DFO to do its job.

If you have opinions on this important report I would love to hear from you - Jeff Surtees (email me at jsurtees@tucanada.org)"

 Link to Cohen Commission - Final Report

Report on sockeye salmon collapse released

Commissioner Bruce Cohen. Photo, CTV BC News

Report on sockeye salmon collapse released 

Dene Moore and Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012


The judge who conducted a two-year inquiry into the health of one of British Columbia's most lucrative fisheries has concluded the federal government's changes to the Fisheries Act have the potential to harm -- not help -- Fraser River sockeye.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen also said it was "regrettable" the government didn't wait to pass Bill C-38 until after he had submitted his report.

"I find it difficult to avoid the conclusion that legislative amendments in Bill C-38 lower the standard of protection for Fraser River sockeye salmon," he said.

Bill C-38 was tabled five months after Cohen's hearings were over and it was enacted this summer. The bill changes how fish habitats are protected and puts in place new management enforcement and environmental assessment provisions.

Cohen said his biggest worry is that those changes are focused more on developing fisheries than promoting habitat, even though experts have stressed eco-based values such as promoting biodiversity.

He said changes to the Fisheries Act might actually authorize harm to fish habitat. They appear to be taking the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in a very different direction than the one he laid out in his report, he said.

"DFO's first priority must be the health of wild stocks." Cohen said repeatedly during the news conference.

"What about the future?" Cohen asked. "I my view, unless significant, remedial measures are introduced soon, the stressors that are currently believed to affect sockeye negatively will continue to do so."



Report on sockeye salmon collapse released | CTV British Columbia News

Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Michelle chatting with shuttle clients, late Oct 2011.  Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles 2011

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Today along the Bow River - October 2012

Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2012

Looking for trout, 5 days BTS* (Oct 15)

*BTS: Before The Snow. 

Halloween Chill

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David Suzuki and Dasho Kinley Dorji: Happiness Bhutan to Banff (Simulcast) and Films - Nov 01, 2012



David Suzuki and Dasho Kinley Dorji: Happiness Bhutan to Banff (Simulcast) and Films

Thursday November 1, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. 
Margaret Greenham Theatre
$32

There are still a limited number of tickets available for this event, which includes the Canadian Premier of Watershed Movie.

"David Suzuki is bringing a message from the mountains fro the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.  The eminent environmentalist will be speaking on Thursday Nov 01 with Dasho Kinley Dorji, secretary of information and communications for the mountain kingdom of Bhutan, on the subject of Gross National Happiness, an alternative way to measure progress and development.  The Bhutanese have it down: despite an average in come of around $110 USD per month, in 2006 Business Week named their country the eighth-happiest nation in the world." - Swerve Magazine, Calgary.

Read more, and purchase tickets, here

Calgary Latin Wave Film Fest - Nov 02 - 04, 2012




¿Entiendes españoles? ¿Te gusta el cine? 

If so, check out the Calgary Latin Wave Film Fest

VIOLETA SE FUE A LOS CIELOS (Violeta Went to Heaven), the winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the GUADALAJARA Mexican Film Festival and the winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the SUNDANCE Film Festival, will be coming to Ca lgary as part of the Calgary Latin Wave film festival. 

Actress Francisca Gavilán has won Best Actress awards at the LIMA Latin American Film Festival and at the GUADALAJARA Mexican Film Festival. Her performance transcends the screen and captures a larger than life legend.

Travel Alberta remember to breathe Summer 2012 - There Is



Remember to breathe is back with more of Alberta's unique summer experiences. 

Shot in summer of 2012 throughout Alberta's breaktaking taking landscapes prairies, badlands and cities. 

You'll also spot Calgary in this one!

Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Red stems of dogwood in the foreground, late Oct 2011. 
Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2011

Monday, October 29, 2012

Today along the Bow River - October 2011

Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2012
A family fly fishing trip on a sunny afternoon, only 14 days ago. No snow in that photo! 

Warmer Tuesday

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Watershed Movie - @ Banff Mountain Film Fest - Nov 01, 2012



A film about saving the Colorado River & exploring a new water ethic for the New West. 

Executive produced and narrated by Robert Redford. Produced by Redford Center & Kontent Films.  

Watershed Movie  
Banff Mountain Film Festival

Province to get public input on water, development and conservation in southern Alberta

A series of provincial consultations on the province’s proposed land-use strategy focusing on water, economic development and conservation needs will cover the Castle wilderness area, where logging has been hotly debated.
Photograph by: Calgary Herald/Files , Calgary Herald

Province to get public input on water, development and conservation in southern Alberta


A land-use strategy focusing on water, economic development and conservation needs in southern Alberta will get a full public airing during a series of consultation sessions this fall.

The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan, which includes an area spanning 83,774 square kilometres from just north of Calgary to the United States border, is the second in a series of land-use plans in the works by the Alberta government.

They are based on the province’s major watersheds.

In the South Saskatchewan region, it includes Calgary, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Airdrie. It also contains the Castle wilderness area, where a logging plan was recently put on hold by the province until the completion of the plan for the area.

Residents interested in commenting on the strategy will be able to attend any of the public sessions being held across Alberta.

From Nov. 6 until Dec. 6, the sessions will be held across the province — including in Cardston and Red Deer on Nov. 6; Calgary on Nov. 13; Airdrie and Pincher Creek on Nov. 20; and Canmore on Nov. 21.

For more details on sessions in your area, go to www.landuse.alberta.ca.

LINK (via: Calgary Herald)

Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Drifting in late Oct 2011.  Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles 2011

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Today along the Bow River - October 2012

Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2012

Today, for the first time in a week, the temp got above the freezing mark - all the way up to 5 °C!  Everyone, including the local jackrabbits, enjoyed the milder temperature and some sunshine.


Messy Morning?

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Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival - Oct 27 - Nov 04, 2012

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Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Whitetails, late Oct 2011. Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2011

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Today along the Bow River - October 2012

Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved
The snow has been with us for a week now.  This shot is from two days prior to that.  Seems like a long time ago...

P.M. relief!


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And a river runs through it...

All photos, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved

Fish Tales Fly Shop held their Grand Re-Opening last Saturday. 







Consultation for South Saskatchewan region begins next month





October 26, 2012

Albertans invited to provide input on next regional plan

Consultation for South Saskatchewan region begins next month

"Albertans can also provide their input for the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan through an online workbook, available until December 21."

Edmonton... Work on a land-use plan for southern Alberta will focus on water, economic development and conservation needs. A new round of consultations in the South Saskatchewan region starts November 6.

The Alberta government invites the public, stakeholders and municipalities to offer input on recommendations made by an advisory council for development of the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan. This is the second of seven regional plans that will be developed based on the province’s major watersheds. The Alberta government approved the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan, for Alberta’s oil sands region, in August. It came into effect September 1.

“We must make smart choices about the way we grow to maintain all the advantages Albertans have - abundant resources, jobs and a beautiful and diverse natural landscape,” said Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Minister Diana McQueen. “We know that water and population growth are key issues that will drive change in southern Alberta. It’s time to hear what Albertans think about the advice we received from the advisory council for the regional plan. This is what long-term planning is about - making sure that we consult with all Albertans, including Aboriginal people and municipalities, at each stage in the development of a regional plan.”

Public and stakeholder sessions will be held across the South Saskatchewan region, from Calgary to Cardston to Medicine Hat, from November 6 to December 6. Sessions will also be held outside the region in Edmonton, Red Deer and Drumheller. 

Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Gearing up for the trip. Late Oct 2011.  
Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2011.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Just the other day

Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2012
Just the other day ... in fact, one week ago today.  The day before the snow flakes began to fall


Big Change Sunday!

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2012 Photo Contest Winners - Calgary Women Fly Fishers

***Grand Prize Winner *** 
First fishing Experience - Erin Langridge

The winners of the 2012 Photo Contest were announced at the club's meeting last Thursday. 

There were 9 categories plus the President's Choice Award. You can view all the winning photos on the club's website. Go to 'Club Activities' and click on 'Photo Contest'. 

The Calgary Women Fly Fishers Club meets monthly on the third Thursday.

Chasing the Run

Music for the Wild - Oct 27, 2012


More information here

Looking Back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Michelle chatting with shuttle clients, Late Oct 2011. 
Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2011

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Today along the Bow River - October 2012

This pair of Mallards on the Bow doesn't seem to mind the early arrival of winter.  
Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2012

Weekend flurries, then a break. Maybe.

The cold, and sometimes snowy weather is expected to go on for a few more days yet. We may not break out of this until the end of the weekend. Light snow is expected to resume late Friday, and continue through parts of Saturday. It's all very uncertain, but at this point there is a chance sunshine will return Sunday, with much warmer weather on the way for Halloween.

Thursday night: Partly to mostly cloudy, low -8
Friday: Cloudy, late afternoon, evening snow flurries, high -5
Saturday: Periods of light snow, high -6
Sunday: Morning flurries, then partial clearing, high -2
Monday: Mainly sunny, high 4
Tuesday: Mainly sunny, high 8

David Spence - CTV Calgary Weather

We Day Rallies Youth (Calgary)


Marc Kielburger, left, and Craig Kielburger address the crowd at We Day Alberta on Wednesday. Craig says no action is too small to affect positive social change in the world. “So long as these actions are undertaken with great love, we really can make an impactful difference on the lives of so many.”
Photograph by: Stuart Gradon, Calgary Herald

Students' good deeds pile up as 18,000 pack Saddledome 
Eva Ferguson, Calgary Herald. Thursday, October 25, 2012  

Celebrities say kids are true stars of We Day show 
By Valerie Fortney, Calgary Herald October 25, 2012  

Corbella: Another 18,000 Iqbals born in Calgary 
By Licia Corbella, Calgary Herald October 25, 2012 

We Day 
Free The Children

Authors Among Us - Oct 27, 2012


Jim and Lynda McLennan will be at this event with Jim's books, CD and their photo cards.

This Authors' Expo will feature 35 published authors mainly from Southern Alberta.

Come wander throughout the library to meet and talk with these authors and see their books which cover a wide range of genres and ages.

Throughout the afternoon selected authors will be reading from their works during salon presentations in our meeting rooms.

There will also be the opportunity to purchase copies of their publications.


No Cost to attend
Sheep River Library
Saturday, Oct. 27th
12-4pm


More information here:

Click on this announcement for larger image
 

Walk Off The Earth - R.E.V.O. EP



Walk Off The Earth, a Canadian Indie band, is coming to Alberta (Calgary & Edmonton) in November.

Their new EP - R.E.V.O. is streaming for the next few days. Go and have a listen and let them know what you think at this link. It will be avail for download on Oct 30th.

Listen here:  Walk Off The Earth - R.E.V.O. EP

Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

View from 22X, returning from the boat launches at Mac, Legacy and Cars. Late Oct 2011.  
 Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Maiden Voyage

Photo, courtesy Terry Johnson/Fish Tales Fly Shop
This was the maiden voyage of Louise S's (in stern) brand new Clakcacraft!  The occasion was the Calgary Hook & Hackle Club's 'Iron Man Tournament' on Saturday Oct 13, 2012.

Take Me Outside Day - Oct 25, 2012

Click on poster for larger image

Alberta based ‘Take Me Outside’ is trying to get 50,000 students across Canada outside on this day! Almost 200 schools signed up so far - amazing support! And if you're not a student or teacher, you can still join!

Tales of inspiration often steal We Day spotlight from celebrities (Calgary)

 We Day speakers Spencer West and Molly Burke, with her dog Gypsy, say they get as much out of acting as speakers at the inspirational event as the young people in the audience.
Photograph by: Stuart Gradon , Calgary Herald


Tales of inspiration often steal We Day spotlight from celebrities (Calgary)

By Valerie Fortney,
Calgary Herald
October 24, 2012

At her first We Day event, Molly Burke found herself trembling from head to toe.

At that moment, an older gentleman came to her rescue. He put his arm around her, said some words of encouragement and handed her a rosary.

“He asked me if I was nervous and I said, ‘a little, but excited too,’” says the 18-year-old from Oakville, Ont., who is blind. “He gave me a hug, then put a rosary in my hand and said, ‘When you go on stage, put this in your pocket. It’ll bring you good fortune.”

As the diminutive, adorable teen tells me this story, I too feel the urge to put my arms around her, to protect her from the harshness of life.

In this case, however, appearances are more than a little deceiving. That pep talk from last year was before Burke stepped on to a stage to speak to a crowd of 20,000. And that reassuring older man? Well, that was none other than Martin Sheen, the legendary film star and activist.

Read more here:

We Day  
Free The Children