Nova Scotians fight for healthy environment

A new movement is sweeping through communities across Canada. Environmentalists, human rights activists, politicians, lawyers and more have joined together to fight for the right to a healthy environment. This includes the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, consume safe food, access nature, know about environmentally harmful pollutants and have more participation in governmental decisions that affect the Canadian environment. Led by the David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice Canada, an environmental law charity, the movement is known as the Blue Dot. [...]

Warm weather makes par

Golfing in December is becoming the norm in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. What was once a time for hot cocoa and skiing is now a time for hitting the links in almost springtime conditions. “We usually close by the last week of November, but if the conditions stay decent, we stay open,” said Osbourne Ward, owner of Eagle Crest Golf Course in Centreville, near Kentville. The course was open until Dec. 29 this year. “The only day we closed was Christmas day,” said Ward. They hosted 110 people on Dec. 28 and all 44 carts were rented out. [...]

N.S. vineyards weather the storm

Climate change is altering the face of an industry that is thousands of years old – winemaking. While climate change is proving challenging to many wine regions, it may actually bring some new opportunities to Nova Scotia’s vineyards. Tucked away in the Annapolis Valley is a burgeoning wine industry. The Winery Association of Nova Scotia counts 70 grape growers with 291 hectares of vines across the province. The industry is expected to flourish in the coming years. The provincial government reports Nova Scotia wine sales totaled almost $16.7 million last year. [...]

Mild winter doesn’t slow city workers

Last week, Fred Boyle was chased down the street by an angry, swearing man giving him the finger. An affable man in his mid 40s, Boyle drives a plow for the Halifax Regional Municipality. And he’s been the target of angry Haligonians for 20 years because he often deposits snow in people’s driveways. “I’ve had people throw shovels and ice scrapers at me as I drive by,” Boyle says. But he laughs it off. One of the most important aspects of his job is making sure storm drains are clear, so they can accept run-off from melting ice. This precaution means the blade of his plow needs to touch the curb and give the road a nice, clean shave. [...]

Dal biologists fish for government support

In the wake of climate change, many tropical schools of fish are migrating northwards to Nova Scotia’s colder waters, causing fishermen to change the way they monitor their catches. “There are local temporary benefits of the changing water temperatures because there are more fish locally,” says Rebekah Oomen, a Dalhousie University PhD student in biology. However, with a larger variety of fish, “the ecosystems are becoming unstable and unpredictable,” says Oomen, who is now based in Arendel, Norway, where she is researching Atlantic codfish. [...]