Conservation Officer Suspended for NOT killing bear cubs

Bryce Casavant, conservation officer, suspended for refusing to kill bear cubs
CBCCBC – Tue, 7 Jul, 2015

Tue, Jul 7: A conservation officer has been suspended after allegedly refusing to euthanize two orphaned bear cubs in Port Hardy. The North Island Wildlife Recovery Association is currently caring for the cubs.
Global News – Tue, Jul 7: A conservation officer has been suspended after allegedly refusing to euthanize two orphaned bear cubs in Port Hardy. The North Island Wildlife Recovery Association is currently caring …more

B.C. conservation officer Bryce Casavant has been suspended without pay for refusing to kill two black bear cubs near Port Hardy after their mother was killed for repeatedly raiding a freezer full of meat and salmon.
Despite an order to kill the cubs too, Casavant took them to a veterinary hospital. They are now at a recovery centre run by the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association in Errington, which like Port Hardy is on Vancouver Island.
Robin Campbell, the recovery centre’s manager, said the conservation officer did the right thing as the cubs are not habituated to humans and can be reintroduced to the wild.
“[The mother bear] was a problem, but these cubs did nothing.”
After Casavant’s suspension was reported in a community paper, an online petition was started asking Environment Minister Mary Polak to reinstate the officer.
Mother bear raided freezer
The conservation service had been called by a homeowner to deal with the cubs’ mother after she repeatedly raided the freezer inside a mobile home south of Port Hardy, said Campbell.
The cubs — a brother and sister — returned to the property looking for their mother.
They climbed a tree next to the mobile home, and were removed by a team of firefighters and the conservation officer.
Casavant tranquillized the cubs and took them to a veterinarian, who found they were in good health, Campbell said.
Campbell, whose facility has a provincial permit to rehabilitate black bears, called the order to kill the cubs unusual, since they were fearful of humans and good candidates for release.
“In 30 years, this is the first time we’ve ever had an issue like this,” he said. “There has to be some kind of misunderstanding … hopefully somebody will come to their senses.”
‘Sad and unfortunate situation’
The B.C. Ministry of Environment hasn’t said what it plans to do about the cubs now, but in a statement said the Conservation Officer Service is investigating “this situation, including the actions of its members.”
“This is a very sad and unfortunate situation,” said Polak in a statement. “Although conservation officers must sometimes put down wild animals for the safety of the public and the welfare of the animal, we understand how difficult it is for all involved.”
Polak said senior biologists and the provincial wildlife veterinarian are involved in the decision whether to relocate or destroy an animal, in addition to the local conservation officer.
The ministry said it would not comment on personnel matters due to privacy rules.
Casavant confirmed he was suspended without pay over the cubs, but declined to comment further.


Corb Lund euthanized after breaking leg at Calgary Stampede

Corb Lund euthanized after breaking leg at Calgary Stampede show

CALGARY (The News Desk) — Popular musician Corb Lund was euthanized at the Calgary Stampede on Sunday after the singer fell and broke his leg during a performance.

“A doctor was on scene immediately and determined that Lund had suffered from a broken right leg — specifically a fractured cannon bone,” organizers said in a written statement. “He was euthanized on the spot.”

Lund was a 52-year-old Edmonton native who had a previous career as a show horse before a friend convinced him to get into music.

“We all enjoyed watching Corb play this week,” said Ben Anders, lead organizer of the Virgin Mobile stage. “It’s always a shame to see one of our performances end this way.”

Lund’s band has been given a $2,500 fine and will be forced to start five seconds later in next year’s Stampede.

Steps have been taken in the past to limit the number of musicians that have to be put down each year, such as mandatory physicals and closing the open bar backstage, but at least one musician has had to be euthanized every year regardless.

Musician rights activists were furious, and rallied outside the Saddledome for hours Monday morning.

“This is a disgusting violation of his rights,” said Samantha Perton, a campaigner at MusicWatch. “He should have been put out to pasture, where he could live the rest of his days among other musicians.

“He should have been sent to Las Vegas.” ♦

Ginger Pride! Ginger Pride! Get your tickets now!

Wonder what colour their pride flag will be?

Ginger Pride festival to take place in 2016, celebrating the positives of being a redhead
09:52, 2 JULY 2015
Ginger folk have a lot of reason to celebrate next year, if this man has anything to do with it

SWNSStuart Parry (R) with fellow gingers John Harding(centre), Krissy Lancaster who are planing to organise a ginger gathering.Stuart Parry (R) with fellow gingers John Harding(centre), Krissy Lancaster who are planing to organise a ginger gathering.
2015 may very well be the year of PRIDE.

Ireland said ‘yes’ to same-sex marriage in May with a landmark referendum.

And there was victory in the US on Friday, as the Supreme Court ruled the ban on gay marriage in some US states as unconstitutional.

Pride is in the air, and the next movement is being spearheaded by ‘Team Ginge’ leader Stuart Parry, a 43 year-old pizza delivery man and proud ginger from Lipson, Devon.

SWNSStuart Parry (centre) with fellow gingers John Harding(L), Krissy Lancaster (R) who are planing to organise a ginger gathering.If you can’t wait for Stuart’s festival, there will be Redhead Day in London this September.
Stuart is currently planning the south west’s first ever Ginger Pride festival to celebrate all there is about being ginger. He explained his motivation to the Plymouth Herald.

“I wonder if we’re approaching a time when bullying gingers is over.
Being ginger has stopped being uncool, and people are seeing more and more positives about being a redhead.”

Ed Sheeran is a hit with the ladies, and a positive ginger role model.
Together with his wife and other supporters, Stuart recently held a successful meeting to plan the gathering.

Having suffered from depression, he credits his ginger pride festival plans with helping him through it.

And he has high hopes for the celebration, with his eye on a venue with a capacity of up to 200 people, live music planned and a local celebrity to judge the (what else?) ‘gingerbread decorating competition.’

But the festival isn’t just limited to strawberry blondes, auburns, russets and titians.
The event’s Facebook page, which has over four thousand likes, demonstrates its fun and inclusive spirit.

“This is being done, not for political status or because we have a chip on our shoulder, but because it will be FUN!”

Stuart’s pioneering work is part of a national redhead revolution that’s been gathering pace not just in the UK, but also abroad.

The Netherlands have been championing their gingers for some time. This year will see the tenth jubilee of their annual Roodharigendag (Redhead Day).

SWNSStuart Parry (R) with fellow gingers John Harding(L), Krissy Lancaster planing to organise a ginger gathering.Proud: Stuart’s efforts have been getting a lot of recognition and he says “We’ve obviously hit on something here.”
September will see the UK celebrate it’s third Redhead Day in Angel, London, which is supported by the charity Anti-Bullying Alliance.

And of course the world of tech caught up with the movement earlier in the month when tech firm Swyft Media released its own “emoji keyboard” (which our very own head of social media reviewed).

Ukrainian separatists attack the enemy…giant lipstick

Militants Blow Up Art Basel Artist’s Giant Lipstick Sculpture

Sarah Cascone, Friday, June 26, 2015

A militant Russian-backed separatist group has blown up a large-scale public art installation in Donetsk, Ukraine, according to Izolyatsia (Isolation) leaders.

Leonid Baranov, a separatist group leader who helped occupy the gallery, calls the contemporary art on display “perverted,” and says “these people are sick, and they have demonstrated this art to other sick people,” in a video posted ten months ago.

The destroyed artwork, titled Transform!, is a 2012 piece by Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou. It was created at the Izolyatsia Center for Cultural Initiatives as part of the exhibition “Where Is the Time?”

Tayou turned a 40-meter-tall factory smokestack into a monument to the women who helped the city rebound after the Second World War by perching a giant pink lipstick sculpture on top of the chimney.

The artist was prominently featured at this year’s edition of Art Basel, both at the fair’s popular Unlimited sector, where he showed a tree with colorful plastic bags for leaves, and at Galeria Continua’s captivating booth.

Meduza reports that according to Russian journalist Ilya Barabanov, the tower was demolished by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on June 2, although footage of the destruction didn’t appear online until this week.

The artwork’s destruction is only the latest indignity suffered by the city’s works of art. On June 9, 2014, the DPR invaded Izolyatsia, seizing the building and looting its art collection.

The Donstsk People’s Republic (DPR) destroy’s Pascale Marthine Tayou’s Transform! (2012), at the Izolyatsia Center for Cultural Initiatives. Photo: video stills.
The Donstsk People’s Republic (DPR) destroy’s Pascale Marthine Tayou’s Transform! (2012), at the Izolyatsia Center for Cultural Initiatives.
Photo: video stills.

“Over the past year Izolyatsia team was constantly informed of the consistent destruction of the artworks, which remained on the seized territory, and specifically, the destruction of site-specific installations,” the group wrote in short press release on the destruction of Transform! and the center’s ongoing occupation.

The Izolyatsia center has since held boycotts at the Venice Biennale and held a free vacation sweepstakes, offering a trip to the troubled region.

“They say that it was an international art center,” Baranov said. “We had no choice but to occupy it, because the art, which they spread, was not art at all. On the territory of Donetsk Republic this kind of art will be punished.”

Izolyatsia also included this quote from Tayou, presumably from the time of Transform!’s creation: “Thanks to the courage of the Ukrainian women, Donetsk rose from the ashes after the war and wanted to make some of their own symbols of love and hope…Donetsk is not only a city of mines and metal. It is also an island of dreams, ready to share its hidden treasures.”

Sadly, that beautiful vision is now threatened by the ongoing occupation.

1 in 4 single Japanese men in their 30s have never had sex….the solution….?
Special Nude Drawing Classes Help Japan’s 40-Year-Old Virgins With Women

Sarah Cascone, Monday, June 29, 2015

There’s an unusual social problem in Japan: a growing group of middle-aged men who seem unable to lose their virginity. The efforts to help this population include a special course, with nude figure drawing sessions designed to familiarize them with the female form.

The classes are part of the Virgin Academia, run by Shingo Sakatsume. The correspondence course comes with a 100-page textbook, Virgin Breaker!, and runs for a full year, with participants keeping a counselor apprised of their progress in their efforts to meet women.

AFP reports that a National Institute of Population and Social Security Research survey from 2010 found that one in four single Japanese men in their 30s had never had sex. This group has become known as yaramisos, and has seen an influx of growth over the past two decades, as the country’s economy has struggled.

“Many men seem to have lost confidence as they’ve lost their economic muscle,” matchmaker Yoko Itamoto told AFP. Another factor is the decline of arranged marriages—without them, some men, unprepared for the realities of adulthood, founder in their efforts to forge romantic relationships.

“I think that we should approach the growing number of ‘unwilling virgins’ (people who want to have sex but aren’t able to) as a social problem and one of the reasons that Japanese people avoid marriage or marry late,” wrote Sakatsume for Ignition. “The phenomenon also influences our country’s declining birth rate.”

Sakatsume sees Japan as a place of contradiction, where sexual imagery is widely found, but no one actually wants to talk about sex—and a woman can be arrested for making art based on her vagina. Another woman from France, decided to display hers full frontal.

The figure drawing sessions, which take place every other month in Tokyo, allows the yaramiso to encounter a naked woman in a neutral environment, free of romance and pressure to perform sexually.

Shingo Sakatsume with the Virgin Academia textbook. Photo: courtesy Shingo Sakatsume.
Shingo Sakatsume with the Virgin Academia textbook.
Photo: courtesy Shingo Sakatsume.

“The first time I did this, in autumn last year, oh . . . I was so amazed. Their bodies are incredibly beautiful,” said 41-year-old Virgin Academia student Takashi Sakai to AFP. “One thing I learned is that there are many different shapes of breasts and even genitals.”

Should the participants suddenly find themselves in an intimate situation, the hope is that the classes will have prepared them for the sight of the naked female body.

The goal of the course, according to Sakatsume, is that “when they finally meet that special someone, they’ll be able to build a relationship of mutual trust and make their first time a joyful occasion.”