Hi, on Oct 24, 2023, this pigeon fell from the sky, tumbled off our roof top, and hit the ground. It was attacked by a hawk who was sitting on the roof top waiting to finish it off. We chose to take care of it after saving it. It had a damaged wing and could not fly. The hawk clawed into it and fractured its wing in mid flight. It was, in fact, a racing pigeon. It will never race again. We thought about taking the pigeon to the Animal Rehabilitation Centre but since two previous birds with similar wing injuries that we brought there were euthanized, we decided not to go there and give this bird a chance.
Friday, November 3, 2023
Thursday, October 12, 2023
Friday, September 29, 2023
A HISTORY LESSON
The territory of today's Ukraine in the XX century inter World War period was split essentially between a repressive Polish dictatorship and a savage and genocidal Soviet Russian regime. Small portions were under Czechoslovakian and Romanian control. In the case of the Soviets, some 7-10 million Ukrainians were starved to death in the 1932-33 years alone. The Molotov Ribbentrop Pact between Berlin and Moscow of September 1939 changed the political map but did not mitigate the dire conditions governing the indigenous Ukrainian population. When Poland was ousted, its repression was replaced by Soviet savagery.
In 1939 the Soviets brought their genocidal policies into Western Ukraine, populated primarily by Ukrainians in the villages and Poles and Jews in the cities. The Ukrainians and Poles were fiercely persecuted. Jews in great numbers served their new masters. When the Germans reneged on their Soviet pact in June 1941, the Soviets chose to retreat employing a scorched earth policy. Many Ukrainians and Poles were simply slaughtered.
Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Monday, August 21, 2023
Animal welfare at risk as war in Ukraine continues
July 13, 2023
(Lviv, 13 July 2023) – Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers in Ukraine have become overwhelmed with rescue requests as a result of the ongoing war in the country. With the influx of wild animals in need and the continued destruction of facilities and lack of resources, it has become increasingly difficult for rescue and rehabilitation centers to apply the necessary welfare standards and practices.
IFAW is helping the facilities introduce better welfare standards for wild animals in captivity through a two-day conference in Lviv. IFAW is co-organizing the event with ICF Save Wild, the Ukrainian Bat Rehabilitation Center and BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr on July 13 and 14.
Saturday, August 12, 2023
Ihor Cap: Commentary on the Russia-Ukraine War, Ukraine Request for Weapons and the Battle of Kasham (aka Conoco Fields)
Ihor Cap: Commentary on the Russia-Ukraine War
When Ukraine asked for tanks and weapons back in September 2022, the Russians only started to build their fortifications. Ukraine got its tanks six months later, but by January 25, 2023, the well-armed and well-supplied Russians had hundreds of miles of well-built fortifications and minefields, not to mention even more mobilized troops. It is little wonder why the Ukrainians are slower in their counterattack. The relatively quick Ukrainian successes in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions did not face well-entrenched Russian troops. Casualties were still high on both sides.
Now that Ukraine is asking for air support, air defence systems, and more tanks in addition to longer-range artillery weapons, the West is still befuddled and slow to respond, at the cost of more Ukrainian lives. After all, it’s not their lives at stake here.
The weapons to mitigate Ukrainian suffering are assuaged by a long list of lamentable regrets. These may include: we can’t give you these weapons; we don’t have enough artillery; we cannot produce them fast enough; let’s not escalate matters; or you can’t use these weapons in certain situations while the morally deficient Russians continue to bomb civilian populations, food storage facilities, infrastructure, and revel in their genocidal acts. You wonder if the NATO countries were even ready to fight Russia after 80 years of preparation.
Monday, May 8, 2023
The Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA). Committed to providing a forum for exchange of ideas, information, and resources, CAF-FCA brings together businesses, labour organizations, education providers, and government representatives to support apprenticeship training and skilled trades in Canada. As a country partner of GAN Global, CAF will have access to a worldwide network to share best practices and engage in dialogue with other organizations committed to promoting work-based learning (WBL).
GAN Global is an international network bringing together businesses, organizations, and governments to promote and support the expansion of quality apprenticeships worldwide as a means of equipping individuals with the skills needed to succeed in today's rapidly changing economy. In partnership with GAN Global, CAF-FCA seeks to better understand the application of other WBL and apprenticeship models in various countries. Exploring international examples and practices will encourage and inspire the Canadian apprenticeship community to push beyond current systems, processes, and politics to find new and better approaches to apprenticeship training.
“We are proud to partner with GAN and look forward to this unique collaboration to promotework-based learning. This important step will allow CAF-FCA to share and learn from international apprenticeship best practices to address skills gaps and ensure a robust pipeline of skilled trades talent for Canada.” France Daviault, CEO – Canadian Apprenticeship Forum