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published in Animals, Change, Charities, John Petropoulos Memorial Fund, Police, Wolves, Workplace Safety by Maryanne | September 14, 2019 | 2 Comments

Can a Sad Story Save a Life?

 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

Can a sad story save a life?

I don’t know. But this much I do know: doing nothing in the wake of a preventable tragedy won’t bring about a better future. That’s the belief I’ve built my life on for the past 19 years.

When John died of a brain injury after stepping through an unmarked false ceiling in 2000, several of his police recruit classmates stepped up to the plate and started a memorial fund in his honour. Nearly two decades later, the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund is still going strong, raising public awareness about why & how people can make their workplaces safer for everyone, including first responders.

Over the past 19 years, the JPMF has produced eight 30-second workplace safety public service announcements that have aired over 2 million times on TV. The Fund’s powerful 10-minute safety video has been viewed in presentations, at conferences and on-line thousands of times.

In 2020, the JPMF will be producing a new PSA that will raise awareness about the shocking fact that since John’s death in 2000, nearly 20,000 Canadians have died as the result of a workplace injury or illness.

Yes, you read correctly: 20,000 Canadians.

From my perspective, one workplace fatality is one too many; 20,000 deaths (and thousands of life-altering injuries and occupational illnesses) is unacceptable.

It’s time to create a new legacy for workers – and their families – in Canada.

For further information on the new PSA and/or to make a donation to assist with production costs, here is the link.

Or perhaps this fundraiser might be of interest…

John and I both loved wolves. I suppose you could say wolves were our spirit animal…whatever that might mean to you. What that means to me is that, as a person and a police officer, John shared similar characteristics to that of a wolf: integrity, honour, courage, dedication, loyalty, commitment to excellence and being a strong team player.

John and I used to sponsor a wolf in Alberta through the organization, Wolf Awareness. Our sponsored wolf’s name was Nakoda and she was the alpha female of the Peter Lougheed Pack. John and I used to love reading updates about her and her pack’s activities.

When John and Nakoda died within a week of each other, I began to wonder if there really was some sort of connection between John and I and wolves?

I’ll never know for sure, of course. But the JPMF chose the wolf as the logo because the police pack is rather like a wolf pack…

“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”

– Rudyard Kipling

Since 2005, more than 2000 wolves in Alberta alone have been killed inhumanely: shot from helicopters, poisoned with Strychnine or caught in strangling snares. Wolves in Western Canada are running out of places to hide…they need our help.

And so, as a fundraiser – and to raise awareness – for both the JPMF and Wolf Awareness, I wrote a little story: A Wolf Called Nakoda. 

The story is $9.95 (plus $2 shipping), with $2 from each story sold going to the JPMF and $2 to Wolf Awareness.

The story is printed on small cards (2.5 inches x 2.5 inches), held together by a stainless-steel book ring and packaged in a pretty little gauze bag with matching tag. The story is 900 words, 22 cards total.

To order, please visit our Etsy store.

Can a sad story save a life…of a wolf and/or a worker? 

That remains to be seen. But this I know: raising awareness about issues that matter is an integral part of bringing about change for the better…and organizations such as the JPMF and Wolf Awareness are doing just that.

Thank you for caring…and for sharing.

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

 

 

 

 

 

published in Animals, Change, Environment, Nature, Wolves by Maryanne | August 29, 2017 | No Comment

One Quick Way YOU Can Help Stop Wolf Cull in BC

(And no…you don’t have to be a BC resident)

 

 

“Gunning wolves from helicopters and using strangling snares on the ground have been the main tools used in an ongoing experiment to recover caribou herds protected by federal law.  These herds were pushed to the brink of extinction not because of wolves, but due to continued destruction and fragmentation of their habitat by logging, resource extraction and motorized recreation.”

– Wolf Awareness Inc

 

If you’ve heard about the wolf cull in BC and don’t support it:

One quick way you can take action, right now, to speak up on behalf of wolves in BC is to fill out this quick survey at wehowl.ca.

If you’re not familiar with the culling practice, here’s a bit of background from Wolf Awareness Inc:

On Feb 24th, 2017, British Columbia announced that aerial gunning of wolves would begin in a new area – Revelstoke-Shushwap – as the third provincially designated “wolf kill zone.”

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations stated they are “taking immediate action to save the Columbia North caribou herd from wolf predation.”

But killing wolves won’t repair what’s been damaged. Instead of protecting the homes and habitat caribou require, industrial interests have been allowed to trump conservation, ecology and ethics.

Over the winters of 2015 & 2016, a minimum of 288 wolves were killed in BC – most often through callous methods that prolonged suffering – under the guise of conservation.

More than $1.5 million tax dollars have been spent on aerial gunning wolves, despite no evidence to show this is increasing caribou numbers. In fact, there is a lack of scientific evidence that wolf kill programs will increase caribou populations.

Scientists and governments recognize that caribou populations are low because of ongoing destruction and impoverishment of the habitat they need to survive. Yet destruction and impoverishment of critical caribou habitat continues for industrial and recreational interests.

 

Killing wolves over a prolonged period creates major ecological repercussions that negatively impact many plants and animals in the ecosystem.

Those involved in planning the expanded wolf and cougar kill disregard the considerable damage that scientists understand happens in ecosystems when top predators are removed, and callously exhibit an indifference to the suffering experienced by wolf families as pack members are killed.”

– Chris Genovali, Executive Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation

How you can take action:

If you haven’t already, please take the 5-minute survey (it actually only takes 3 minutes) at wehowl.ca.

If you are on Twitter, please follow Wolf Awareness Inc @wolfawareness and use the hashtag #NoWolfCull

 

About Wolf Awareness Inc.

Wolf Awareness Inc. is a non-profit charitable foundation, established in 1987,  whose primary goal is to promote positive attitudes towards predators in general, the wolf in particular, and to foster an appreciation for the environment of which we are all a part. They achieve their mission through the development and implementation of educational programs and by supporting scientific wolf research. Please visit wolfawareness.ca for details.

Related Blogs by Maryanne

Wolf Bounties Abound in Alberta

A Wolf Named Nakoda

Wolves in British Columbia Need Our Help

Help Stop Wolf Cull in Alberta

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here.

 

 

 

published in Animals, Change, Environment, Giving, Wolves by Maryanne | May 9, 2016 | No Comment

 Wolf Bounties Abound in Alberta

 

How Long Will I be Safe Wolf Bounty

“You and I are as much responsible for the future of wolves as we are for our own children and for all creatures of this earth.”
                                                                                                                                        – Michael W. Fox, The Soul of the Wolf

Although bounty killing programs are known to be an ineffective management practice, they are maintained by some municipalities in Alberta as an attempt to reduce livestock depredation by wolves and coyotes.

Over the past 5 years more than 1,400 wolves and 25,000 coyotes have been killed by bounty hunters in AB, who are rewarded with a payment.

Wolves and coyotes play important ecological roles in wildlife communities; share strong social bonds with their families; and like all species, have immense inherent worth. Many of the wild canids killed for bounty never encountered livestock and likely never would have. The persistence of bounties in rural regions is largely based on perceptions rather than facts.

Wolf Awareness Inc is setting out to gather the facts.

will you be my voice wolf photo

I am a long-time supporter of Wolf Awareness Inc, so I wanted to pass this info on:

Wolf Awareness Inc (WAI) is proud to partner in a project developed by Alpha Wildlife Research & Management to study wolf and coyote seasonal food habits in counties with bounties, and in counties without bounties.

Along with the research, which will all be non-invasive to wildlife, WAI will be collaborating with Coyote Watch Canada and “Certified Predator Friendly” Louise Liebenberg (Grazerie Farms) to educate farmers, the public and the scientific community about non-lethal measures that can be taken to minimize livestock depredation and promote coexistence.

Their priority is providing accurate data on what wolves and coyotes are eating in bounty areas, and helping people to learn about responsible methods of conflict prevention instead of practicing reactionary and ineffective killing  programs. This is a very important project – but WAI needs funding to get it started this spring.

The project, entitled the Wild Canid Coexistence Project, will help make bounty killing a thing of the past…bounty programs are unethical, ineffective and irresponsible.

If you would like to donate to Wolf Awareness Inc, so they can help bring about the end of bounties, you can do so here. 

Their fundraising goal is to raise $30,000. Each 2-week research period costs approximately $3,000 in transportation and lodging alone. Thank you 🙂

photo of grey wolf

FYI, recent media coverage, “Bounties on wolves and coyotes slammed as ‘inhumane’ by Alberta biologists; Research paper concludes bounties do more harm than good,” by Terry Reith and Briar Stewart of CBC News, also explored the issue of wolf and coyote bounties.

If you live in Calgary…

For the entire month of May, all three locations of Community Natural Foods will be matching all donations to the Wild Canid Coexistence Project, through their Change for the Earth program.

“The true moral test of humanity lies in its relations to those who are at its mercy: the animals.”

– Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.