Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Ken Wylie Named to MSI Board


Mountain Spirit Institute names Ken Wylie to Board of Directors

Ken Wylie

Ken Wylie, a veteran certified mountain guide from Cochrane Alberta, Canada with years as an experiential educator and program manager at Canadian universities as well as Outward Bound Canada and the Outward Bound USA, has recently been named to the board of directors at Mountain Spirit Institute based in the U.S. and New Zealand.  In addition to helping guide the U.S. organization, Wylie has plans to launch a  Mountain Spirit Institute Canada where he will create mountain programs based on the mission statement. Mr. Wylie and founder Randall Richards along with fellow board members are in discussions about also collaborating on mountain programs in the U.S,  New Zealand and possibly the Alps.

Says Wylie, “I am drawn to Mountain Spirit Institute because of the organization’s vision. MSI has the vision for the 21st century in my estimation, and is what I have been searching for in my career.” Adds Wylie, “The mountains are an experience that can change people’s lives, but are more often than not just another consumable, another peak to check off the list. What people need now more than ever,  is to connect and MSI helps them do that.” (more…)

Ghost Towns, Above and Below Water


Newfoundlanders Abandon Villages, Cod Fisheries Gone

Child with Cod, circa 1895, from Greenpeace

After more than 400 years as the foundation of one of Earth’s great fisheries, cod are not coming back to Canada. The costs are more than environmental.

In the mid-20th century, cod supported more than 40,000 eastern Canadian fishermen. That’s when industrial catch techniques nearly tripled annual harvests. By the early 1970s, cod numbers plummeted.

Fishing stopped for a while. Cod came back. Fishing started again. Cod disappeared. In the early 1990s, the government halted fishing again, expecting the fish to return, just like before — but this time, they didn’t. They’ll likely vanish before mid-century.

Scientists can’t say for sure what’s going on under those cold gray waters, but they can speculate.

Newfoundland communities abandoned since 1960

There were likely too few cod to revive a population: individuals simply couldn’t find each other to reproduce. Some other species might have taken their spot in the web of life. The web itself has changed shape, and may no longer have room for them.

“You see this very rapid, drastic collapse of large predatory fishes that used to dominate, particularly cod,” said Boris Worm, a marine biologist at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. “You see a rapid collapse of those, and a shift of the ecosystem towards invertebrates and small pelagic fishes.”

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M.S.I. Board Members Randy Richards & Cindy Heath take Discussions on the Road (and Mountains), to Canada

MSI Board member Cindy Heath with her dog Stanley on Mt. Orford, Quebec, Canada

Board member Cindy Heath & Stanley

As board members and staff, we’re discovering that rountinely getting out in the mountains, and preferably, out of the country lays a good groundwork for productive discussions. Plus it’s fun. Heck, one of our board members lives in Nova Scotia.

R Richards, in Quebec, CA

R Richards, in Quebec, CA

Mountain Spirit Institute board members Randy Richards and Cindy Heath took a spontanious road trip, and quick hike up Mt. Orford in Canada, near the town of Magog, Quebec on November 13th. The two brainstormed development strategies, and also managed to take in some views from the summit of the moderate adirondack. Cindy’s dog, Stanley, broke trail most of the way. All in all, it was a productive use of time, plus we had the opportunity to practice our language skills again, which is most important.