Posts Tagged ‘science’
- Bloomberg notes Canadian-born Bank of England governor Mark Carney’s criticism of Brexit, looks at the continuing exodus of Somalis from their homeland, and looks at an unusual crisis with the creditors of Turkey’s central bank.
- CBC looks at the human cost of the one-child policy in China, reports on Maxine Bernier’s decision to run for the Conservative Party leadership, notes that many cell phones have their FM radio chips turned off, and looks at the undue criticism of Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau for wanting help.
- The Globe and Mail notes the lack of interest among Canadians in radically changing Canadian content rules.
- MacLean’s looks at Québec’s careful policy on the sharing economy and shares Kathryn Borel’s interview with Anne Kingston.
- National Geographic writes about the intelligence of birds.
- The National Post notes a Washington State mall’s decision to accept Canadian dollars on par on holiday weekends.
- Universe Today reports on a Japanese 3-D map of galaxies stretching billions of light years that confirms Einstein’s theory of relativity.
- The Verge notes the compelling postmodernist fictions written by Google’s AI.
- Wired reports about the genesis of Eurekalert.
Written by Randy McDonald
May 16, 2016 at 2:46 pm
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Trinity Bellwoods Park has its famous white squirrel, making rare appearances shared delightedly on social media, a kind of urban badge one achieves in downtown Toronto. However, the Toronto Botanical Gardens (TBG) in North York may have the city’s friendliest squirrel, who stands on his hind legs with his hands clasped together, plaintively looking you in the eye.
“Go away, Freddie,” says Paul Zammit, sighing. “People have been feeding him.”
Zammit is the director of horticulture at the TBG, and as he surveys the site he points out squirrels, hawks, ground hogs and mouselike voles that make their home among the 3,600 different kinds of plants he cares for.
“Gardens are opportunity,” says Zammit, wandering between planting beds, naming off dozens of different kinds. “A garden isn’t just esthetic, there’s an opportunity to educate.”
Bees are one way to educate. On site there is both a “bee hotel” and collection of hives they call a pollinator garden. Zammit explains many bees don’t sting, nor do many produce honey, but they are integral to the garden’s biodiversity. Apart from Zammit, there is only one full time and one seasonal gardener to take care of all of this, but 40 volunteer gardeners also pitch in.