Category Archives: NATURE

As I experience it

OLD LOGGING DAM

Coming back from Manitouwadge on Monday morning, on the Caramat Road, I decided I had to see the old logging dam again. At the turn-off to Hillsport, I drove east for a kilometre and a half, and there it was, … Continue reading

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PALISADES HIKING TRAIL

[Originally published 22 August 2008] Part I – Getting Up Seventeen people turned out for the guided tour of the Palisades hiking trail on Saturday, August 16. Hikers had spectacular views from some of the highest points in Northwestern Ontario. … Continue reading

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THE GREENSTONE TROLL PATROL

Today I set off with my trusty companion, a camera, and a four-legged beast. This beast, called Bear, hangs around our place waiting for something exciting to happen. To Bear, a walk is an exciting event. Bear is ancient ̶ … Continue reading

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TCPL PROPOSES, NATURE DISPOSES (Conclusion of 4 chapters)

4  ̶  . . . But Trust Me, and Verify Another four principles in the letter of the Minister of Energy stipulate that Aboriginal communities must be consulted, that local communities must be consulted, that TCPL must demonstrate “economic benefit … Continue reading

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TCPL PROPOSES, NATURE DISPOSES (Chapter 3 of 4)

3 – They May Say ‘Trust Us’ . . . Let us look at the human element. Let’s look at the OCC ̶ the Operations Control Centre. Or more exactly, the OCC controller. The leak alarm is tripped. The controller … Continue reading

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TCPL PROPOSES, NATURE DISPOSES (Chapter 2 of 4)

2 – . . . It May Still Be a Turkey The Energy East Pipeline proposal means that 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen will be traversing our beautiful country every day. Every single, blessed day. Except on the days … Continue reading

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TCPL PROPOSES, NATURE DISPOSES (Chapter 1 of 4)

1 ̶ If It Walks and Talks Like a Duck . . . The prospect of a pipeline carrying heavy crude oil in one’s back yard, gives everyone pause. Your back yard may be a province in Canada, or a … Continue reading

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COMING TOGETHER ON ENERGY EAST PROPOSAL

On June 27 in the post titled A CASE OF EYES CLOSED, I wrote this: “The Energy East project, an initiative of TransCanada Piplelines, would convert an ancient natural gas pipeline to carry diluted bitumen.  “Dilbit” is the stuff that devastated … Continue reading

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HUNT FOR THE ELUSIVE WILD ORCHID (Conclusion)

4 – The Manitou Place Back at the launch site on the Pic, we loaded the pickup and set off. John left his boat and motor so that he could return for a private camping trip in a few days. … Continue reading

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THE HUNT FOR THE ELUSIVE WILD ORCHID (Chapter 3 of 4)

3 – The Badlands and the Goodlands Our trip up the Pic River was not confined to hunting orchids. For me, and for any naturalist, a trip in the bush offers many opportunities for gasping. On the river, we encountered … Continue reading

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