Category Archives: Sustainability

If Bees Are An Indicator Species

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1During the course of an interview with Gwen Barlee, of the Wilderness Committee, I asked if bees are an indicator species.

This transformed what started out as a conversation about the Canadian Standing Senate Committee’s findings on bees and bee health into a wider discussion. If bees are an indicator species, then the massive bee die-offs are another indication of what we are doing to our planet.

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Plant Species Defending Themselves Against Deer

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The European arrival in British Columbia resulted in an explosive growth of the deer population. This is particularly true in the Gulf Islands, where there natural predators (cougars, bears and wolves) have virtually been eliminated. Deer populations can be as high as 170 animals per square-kilometer. Now there are reports of plant species defending themselves against deer.

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98 ‘Old Vets’ on Mount Elphinstone

By Roy L Hales

The great stands of Douglas Fir that many of our ancestors saw are largely gone. Isolated pockets persists.  IN the following interview Ross Muirhead, of the Elphinstone Logging Focus, talks about the attempt to save 98 ‘Old Vets’ on Mount Elphinstone.  ” is an ECO Radio interview broadcast on CKTZ (Cortes Island Community Radio) , CJMP (Powell River Community Radio) and CFSI (Green FM – Salt Spring Island Radio).

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North America’s #1 Urban Cultivator

Originally Published in Clean Technica

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The problem with buying greens in a supermarket is that they usually lost half of their nutrients within a day of being cut. As anyone with a garden knows, freshness translates into taste. A Vancouver company brings this freshness into kitchens. North America’s #1 Urban Cultivator gives restaurants and homeowners an opportunity to grow micro-greens and herbs year round.

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