Author Archives: Mama Bear

The Race for Adaptation in an Increasingly Acidic Salish Sea

Good question, what happens to the absorbed CO2 from plants grown in water die? Click here to read the full article or an excerpt below.


The lack of historical data and the variability of acidity in the Salish Sea makes the task challenging, Christian said.

The Salish Sea saturation state in the surface water is low, meaning it is naturally acidic in the winter, with the summertime plankton bloom taking up carbon dioxide making it easier for shellfish to produce shells, Christian said.

That may mean that the organisms that live there are well adapted to an environment that is naturally acidic or it may mean that it’s relatively close to a threshold that could be really bad for those organisms,” he said.

What we do know is it’s a trend that is going on all over the world. In a place like this the natural variability is extremely large, but the long term trend goes in one direction,” Christian said.

The one certainty is that the only way to stabilize the oceans is a global effort to stop putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which means a halt to burning fossil fuels, scientists agree.

But there are other actions that will help and work done in Washington State has confirmed that freshwater runoff and sewage are major contributors to acidification in Puget Sound.

Get a good septic system if you care about the shells on your shore,” Ianson recommended.

On a small scale, experiments such as restoring eelgrass and kelp beds in the Hood Canal are also underway, Manning said.

The idea is that, as plants grow in the water they absorb CO2 so they can buffer and raise the pH as the plant is actually growing. The question is what happens when the plant dies — does it re-release all that CO2 as it decomposes?” he said.



Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated: Mawson Homeschooled Study Reveals Who is Sicker

Excellent article with references to lots of studies and other articles on the pros and cons of vaccinations. Click here or on the pdf file to learn more.


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Operating in Darkness, BC’s Mental Health Act Detention System, November 2017

I am shocked at this report and the changes which I am surprised are only being brought forward now. In 1977, Parliament created the Canadian Human Rights Act. It was the first federal human rights law in Canada, and the first federal law against discrimination. Click here to learn more about human rights in Canada. Click here or on the pdf file to read the full report.


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BOOKS How to Heal Trauma by the Simple Act of Walking

Good advice that my friend has told me over the years. Click here to learn more or read an excerpt below.



There are five steps to correctly performing a Walking Your Blues Away session. They are:

  • Define the issue.
  • Bring up the story.
  • Walk with the issue.
  • Notice how the issue changes.
  • Anchor the new state.


Mother pushes for change after teenage daughter’s overdose death

Is it time? Click here or on the pdf file to learn more or read an excerpt below.


Brenda Doherty says she did everything she could to try to save her 15-year-old daughter’s life, but gaps in the system designed to help youth struggling with addiction contributed to her death.

Squamish teenager Steffanie Georgina-Anne Lawrence died of a fentanyl overdose Jan. 22, two days after she was released from Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver.

According to Doherty, three days before Steffanie’s death, the family’s doctor had signed a Mental Health Act Form 4 that requested Steffanie be involuntarily held for her own safety if admitted to hospital.


B.C. watchdog lambastes province’s ‘awful’ child-welfare strategy

I am appalled at the MCFD and yes the Liberals owned this before but the NDP are beginning to now own this problem too. The operative word on the BC watchdog is “watch”, Bernard Richard, BC’s Representative for Children and Youth can only watch he has no power to change anything the MCFD does. The actions of the MCFD are criminal. If I was a social worker, I would not be proud to call myself a social worker. Click here to read the full article or an excerpt below.


“I’ve tried to understand it,” Mr. Richard said. “I’ve spoken to ministry officials at a high level to express my outrage about how this case was handled. It’s very concerning, it reeks of paternalism. The issues the ministry had related to the grandmother, rather than the mom herself. It raises concerns about systemic racism.”

“The province is pushing back hard, they are not walking the talk,” he said. The Huu-ay-aht developed a community plan in 2016 to provide child welfare services with the goal of ensuring that none of their children would be removed from the community. He said even more children are now in care than when they started. “We want to work with the province to end this type of practice,” he said.

Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy said on Tuesday that the child welfare system she oversees must be reformed, but pleaded for time.

“The system doesn’t work, the system has failed thousands of kids in this province. And we do have to change it,” she said in an interview. She added that she has been “incredibly frustrated” with the pace of change, seven months after she was handed the portfolio.

“We are going to change the trajectory of how Indigenous child welfare is done in this province,” she said. “We have to make sure social workers are changing the way they do their business.”

The NDP, while in opposition, frequently criticized the over-representation of Indigenous children in care. Ms. Conroy said her government is working on legislation she hopes to introduce this spring to provide for Indigenous child welfare systems.

But Sonia Furstenau, the Green Party critic for child welfare, said Ms. Conroy has missed an opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to change.

“If they are going back into court to try to undo the B.C. Supreme Court decision to value and protect the maternal bond and this infant’s right to breastfeed, then they have failed and they should be ashamed,” she said.

“Based on this case, the evidence is that the government is doubling down on the trajectory that they are already on, which has resulted in the over-representation of Indigenous children in care and the ripping of newborns from their mothers.”

Federal Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott has described the Indigenous child-welfare system as “a humanitarian crisis,” and in the budget tabled in February, Ottawa promised more than $1.4-billion over six years for First Nations child and family services. Indigenous children under the age of 14 comprise 7.7 per cent of all children in Canada but represent more than half of all children in foster care.


Opinion: Time to give teeth to B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth

I agree. Click here to read the full article or read an excerpt below.