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LISTEN: Andreas Schwabe joins the crew and shares a song, and a message, for Don Cherry

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Andreas Schwabe joins the Crew and reads Cam’s words about his thoughts on Don Cherry’s last Coach’s Corner.

A CHERRY TUNE from ANDREAS SCHWABE

CAM TAIT IS A NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST WITH 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. HE LIVES WITH CEREBRAL PALSY AND DOESN’T SPEAK CLEARLY. CAM HAS MANY STORIES. HE HAS WRITES THEM AND HIS FRIENDS READ THEM ON … CAM’S CREW.

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Edmonton Valley Zoo joins effort to protect endangered frogs

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Edmonton Valley Zoo joins effort to protect endangered frogs

December 4, 2019

The Edmonton Valley Zoo is leaping at the chance to be part of a program to save northern leopard frogs from extinction.

The Zoo received 22 of the highly endangered frogs and plans to establish a permanent conservation breeding population here in Edmonton. The offspring will be released in a targeted location in British Columbia with the goal of bringing the species back from the edge of extinction. In British Columbia, there is only a single remaining native population of northern leopard frogs located in the Creston Valley, but this population is vulnerable to extinction from habitat loss, disease and invasive species.

Northern Leopard Frog

The five-month-old frogs came from the Calgary Zoo and are in quarantine at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Next year they will move into a new public enclosure. Once the frogs begin breeding, their offspring will be relocated to the Columbia Marshes in southeast British Columbia to help re-establish a wild population.

“Our zoo team has proven expertise in caring for several endangered frog species, so we felt we could make a substantial contribution to this important conservation project,” said Lindsey Galloway, Director of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. “Frogs play an important role in our ecosystems. One third of the world’s amphibian species are at risk of extinction and by playing a role in this program, we can help one species recover.”

In addition to the northern leopard frogs, the zoo is home to 13 other species of amphibians.

“We started to care for amphibians in 2008 to bring attention to the biggest extinction event since the dinosaurs,” said zookeeper Wayne Woods. “Since 2008 we have bred numerous species including the critically endangered golden mantella from Madagascar.”

Northern leopard frog populations in western Canada declined sharply in the 1970s and are listed federally as an endangered species in British Columbia. This new Edmonton population will support the reintroduction breeding program, part of the British Columbia Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team. In addition to the Edmonton Valley Zoo, the recovery team includes the Calgary Zoo, the Vancouver Aquarium, local biologists, indigenous groups and representatives from the Government of British Columbia.

“Edmonton Valley Zoo is working hard to find new ways to help at-risk species,” said Galloway. “Our goal is to inspire our 400,000 annual visitors to become advocates for conservation. In addition, we are home to 14 endangered species, such as Amur Tigers and Grevy’s Zebra, and participate in Species Survival Plans that support genetic diversity. With this northern leopard frog program, we get to put animals back in the wild.”

Frogs around the world are important indicators of wetland health. Frog species are very adaptable so when populations decline it is a sure sign something is wrong in the ecosystem and other living things in the habitat may be in jeopardy. Northern leopard frogs are genetically distinct from other species found in Canada and are vulnerable to habitat loss and disease. Two additional populations have already been reintroduced to the wild as part of the program.

 

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BDO Red Deer and Edmonton crews the best in Canada at “Driving Away Hunger”

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BDO surpasses 1 million meals for Drive Away Hunger campaign

BDO Canada exceeded 1 million meals to fight hunger, supporting Farm Credit Canada’s annual Drive Away Hunger campaign. The meals go directly to food banks and school feeding programs in Canada.

For the 12th year, BDO offices from across the country hosted events in their communities to help bring meals to the less fortunate. The firm raised a total of 1,011,000 meals this year alone.

Furthermore, the top five performing offices were:  

  • Alexandria, Ontario
  • Pembina Valley, Manitoba
  • Red Deer, Alberta
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Vancouver, British Columbia

“Drive Away Hunger is an important initiative we have been proud to be a part of for the past decade,” said Pat Kramer, Chief Executive Officer, BDO Canada. “This year, I am particularly proud of how the BDO team came together to raise over one million meals for local communities across the country. This is our BDO culture in action and it’s remarkable what we can achieve working together.”

To date, BDO has collected over 5,900,000 meals to help reduce hunger in communities across Canada.

“With 1.1 million visits to food banks in Canada every month, we know that hunger is an ongoing issue in our country,” said Christopher Hatch, Chief Executive Officer, Food Banks Canada. “We are so thankful for companies like BDO Canada who participate in Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger Program and help make it a success.”

Established in 2004, Drive Away Hunger came to be when a Farm Credit Canada employee drove an open-cab tractor trailer around Ontario for eight days to collect almost 60,000 pounds of food. The campaign has grown to become the largest employee-led food drive in Canada, with 100 per cent of donations directly benefiting local charities.

To learn more about the 2019 FCC Drive Away Hunger campaign, visit www.fccdriveawayhunger.ca.

About BDO

BDO Canada LLP is a leading provider of professional services to clients of all sizes in virtually all business sectors. Our team delivers a comprehensive range of assurance, accounting, tax, and advisory services, complemented by a deep industry knowledge gained from nearly 100 years of working within local communities. As part of the international BDO network, we’re able to provide seamless and consistent cross-border services to clients with global needs. Over 73,000 people working out of more than 1,500 offices in over 160 countries, the network generates worldwide revenue of $8.1 billion.

BDO Canada LLP, a Canadian limited liability partnership, is a member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms. BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO member Firms.

About Farm Credit Canada

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $33 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. As a self-sustaining Crown corporation, our profits are reinvested back into the agriculture and food industry we serve and the communities where our customers and employees live and work while providing an appropriate return to our shareholder. Visit fcc.ca or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.

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