Author Archive | Sheldon Birnie

Suncor employee killed by bear in Alberta

An employee at Suncor Energy’s main oil sands operation was killed by a black bear Wednesday. The woman, whose name has not been released, was attacked by a bear in the early afternoon. According to the Globe & Mail, when the RCMP responded to the call, “the male bear was still in the area and it was ‘shot and killed by RCMP members.'”

Manitoba is cuckoo for specialty license plates

Don’t everybody go crazy at once now, but Manitoba Public Insurance are rolling out yet another “specialty” license plate! In an afternoon press conference, Justice Minister Andrew Swan and Bill McDonald of the Winnipeg Humane Society unveiled a new license plate that’s sure to thrill dozens of dog lovers across Manitoba. The new plates are available at $70 a pop, a portion of which goes to the Humane Society, which is all just swell. Great, even. Well, no, let’s leave it at swell.

Winnipeg police are raiding legal head shops now

Head shop owners in Winnipeg believe they are being specifically targeted for harassment by local police in the wake of yet another raid last week. Jeremy Loewen is only the latest entrepreneur to have his store — Hemp Haven, which today stands shuttered in Winnipeg’s Elmwood neighbourhood — raided by Winnipeg police, in what many […]

Respect the ground squirrel

Move over, red squirrel, there’s a new bad boy on the rodent block: prairie dogs. Researchers from the University of Manitoba who have been studying the black-tailed prairie dog in Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park believe they have broken an intricate form of communication practiced by these lowly beasts. And apparently the bad boys have more in common with drunken sports fans than anyone would have previously thought.