Beaver Management

Beaver Management

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on May 2016

With summer-like weather arriving so early in the season, I wanted to take the opportunity to update you on some amendments to The City’s approach regarding beaver management. Beavers are an integral part of Calgary’s ecosystem. They assist in sustaining wetland areas, mitigate the damaging effects of drought and minor flooding, and purify downstream water through their dams. The drawback is that each beaver may cut down 200+ trees per year. A family of beavers in the wrong location can quickly destroy the habitats of other wildlife and cause significant damage to other infrastructure and property. Without natural predators, the[...]

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W-18: Deadlier than Fentanyl

W-18: Deadlier than Fentanyl

By Diane Colley-Urquhart on May 2016

With all the recent media coverage on fentanyl and its dangers to users and the public at large, it is truly disheartening to hear about a new, more dangerous drug that is hitting our streets. The legal opioid, dubbed W-18, is now infiltrating North America's drug scene and is being called the deadliest drug trend in more than three decades. W-18 is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and 10,000 times more powerful than morphine. W-18 is not regulated by federal drug law and has no clinical use. As a result, it cannot be detected by routine drug testing – this[...]

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