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The White-tailed Deer

By Al Lowe

This is the familiar deer of eastern North America. Its scientific name ‘Oedicoilus virginianus’ indicates that it was first named by the early settlers inn the eastern colonies.

Time to think about Canada Day

By Ken Boshcoff
M.P. T. Bay-R.R.

During these cold winter days it’s never too soon to plan for Canada Day. “Celebrate Canada!” activities have become a tradition offering Canadians the opportunity to share their national pride. “Celebrate Canada” is an eleven-day celebration that takes place annually from June 21-July 1 including National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean- Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1.

We are very fortunate!

By Kendall Olsen
Riverview Principal

Sometimes fortune comes by way of being in the right place at the right time. Other times it comes with a good idea and some hard work. So on two accounts Riverview School is considering itself fortunate.

Managing disease key to strong cattle herds

By Gary Sliworsky
Ag. Rep.

As with other living organisms, morbidity and mortality also occurs in cattle. During the production year the mortality for cattle operations ranges from 1-5%.
A combination of factors involving cattle susceptibility, the environment and the presence of a disease agent is necessary for disease to occur. Producers need to manage their animals to reduce or prevent the incidence of disease. If disease should occur, they must consider how to treat the animal.

Should Flag Day be made a national holiday?

February 15, 1965 was the day that our Canadian Flag was first flown over Parliament Hill. The 11 pointed Maple Leaf has become Canada’s symbol around the world. The red maple leaf is our brand image.

Let’s talk about the weird weather

By Melanie Mathieson
Gardening Guru

The winter of 2006-2007 has started out as a bit if an unusual event. It has been hovering in and around the freezing mark, with only a few cold snaps and we have had more rain than snow so far this season. From a human perspective this has been an enjoyable winter so far. But how about looking at the weather from the perspective of a plant?

Environment is important

Submitted by
Ken Boshcoff M.P.

It is often said that some folks learn much more slowly than others. That certainly appears to be the case with the Conservative Government. For over nine months, I have been writing letters and articles, presenting petitions, and speaking in the House of Commons and across the riding about the challenges we are facing with Climate Change. Finally, it seems that the “lightbulb has gone on” for the Conservatives and they are starting to hear the warning bells that have been ringing for such a long time.

Have you checked in lately?

By Father Dan Debano
RR Ministerial

A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day, decided to pause by the altar and join the others who had come to pray.
Just then the back door opened, a man came down the aisle. The minister was shocked at what he saw. The old man hadn’t shaved in a while. His shirt was kind of shabby and his coat was worn and frayed. The man knelt; he bowed his head, then rose and walked away.

The Great Horned Owl

By Al Lowe

The largest of our resident owls is the Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) A large bird, with a wingspan which may reach nearly five feet, it strikes silently in the night at its unsuspecting prey. Owls have specially developed wing feathers with downy margins, so they don’t make the whistling sound that other birds make in flight. The general colour of the Great Horned Owl is a mottled brown of different shades. It has a white throat. The ‘horns’ are really tufts of feathers which stand up when the bird is perched, but are always flattened down in flight.

Animals with hypotrichosis prone to stress

By Gary Sliworsky
Ag. Rep.

This week’s article is part 2 on congenital defects in cattle. Here are some of the more common genetic defects that can occur.
Hypotrichosis (Hairlessness). Hairlessness occurs in several breeds of beef cattle. It expresses itself as complete or partial loss of hair. Calves are often born with no hair but will grow a short curly coat of hair with age. Affected individuals are prone to environmental stress (cold and wet) and skin infections are more prevalent. A recessive gene causes hairlessness.


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