Some Canadian retailers are pulling a wasp trap from their shelves after reports emerged that it was trapping birds and killing them.The TrapStik for Wasps is advertised as catching wasps by luring them to its sticky surface with a bright pattern.But in a Facebook post shared tens of thousands of times, photos appear to show small birds stuck to one of the traps.Phoenix Pike of Toronto says her aunt, who lives in Waterloo, Ont., took the photos, and she shared them on her Facebook page.Pike says her aunt bought the trap because her 10-year-old son is afraid of the wasps in their backyard.But she says the boy went outside to find seven small birds stuck to the trap.Pike says the birds all died.After the photos surfaced online, Home Hardware said it would be pulling the product from store shelves.A representative for Home Hardware said the company hadn’t received any reports about the TrapStik before seeing the pictures, but decided to pull the product because it was deemed “unsafe.”Loblaw is also reportedly pulling the product from its shelves.Representatives for the manufacturer of TrapStik, RESCUE!, posted a written statement online, saying that it’s rare for birds to be caught in the trap.“In the 5 years since this product was introduced in the U.S., we’ve sold over 1 million TrapStiks, and have been alerted to a bird catch about a dozen times,” the statement says.“While rare, we acknowledge that this is an upsetting and traumatizing sight for anyone to see,” it reads.The company says TrapStiks should be kept away from trees and other places where birds are likely to fly, and should be hung from man-made structures.Pike says her aunt hung the trap from an eavestrough, and followed all of the instructions.“I was really sad for the birds. My heart hurt knowing that they suffered, and that’s how they had to die,” she says.
The Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia’s (AME BC) 2016 Mineral Exploration Roundup was held last week, focussing on the theme of Innovation in Exploration. The conference reflected on the importance of stakeholder engagement and effective relationship building and examined creative and innovative approaches to mineral exploration and development in a challenging market. AME BC reported a successful meeting with more than 5,400 participants representing 33 countries.Roundup Organising Committee Chair Kendra Johnston:“This year’s Mineral Exploration Roundup conference has been a great success thanks to the continued support of our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, delegates, and volunteers. We are excited to see the collaboration and innovation that’s taking place within the industry to ensure long-term success.”Highlights from the 2016 Mineral Exploration Roundup conference included Premier Christy Clark’s announcement that the Province will extend the BC Mining Exploration Tax Credit and mining flow-through share program and allow British columbia mines to defer electricity bills to provide relief for mining companies as they wait for commodity markets to recover. Details of implementation are still being finalized.A milestone agreement was signed between the Yukon government and the Kaska First Nations, following months of reconciliation and resource development discussions. The agreement creates a framework for negotiations over economic and resource development in southeast Yukon.Geoscience BC released results from its latest airborne electromagnetic survey – Unlocking the Resource Potential of West-Central British Columbia – and the first phase of its C$2.415 million Search Project. This date will help exploration companies in west-central British Columbia unlock the resource potential in the region.A memorandum of understanding was signed between the B.C. Centre of Training Excellence in Mining (CTEM) and five post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. The memorandum will make it easier for B.C. students to train for careers in mineral exploration and mining.Keynote presentations from Rex Murphy – social commentator, editorialist, and distinctive Canadian voice; Patrick Evans – President & CEO, Mountain Province Diamonds; Randy Smallwood – President and CEO, Silver Wheaton; the Hon. Bill Bennett – B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines; Sean Kerklaan – CEO, Fatigue Science; and Ross J. Beaty – Chairman, Pan American Silver Corp. and President, Sitka Foundation.There were Technical and Show Case Sessions examining topics like innovation in exploration, the current state of commodities and financial markets, effective engagement practices, and corporate social responsibility.AME BC President and CEO Gavin C. Dirom says, “Despite the challenging market, the collaborative ideas, news connections, and innovative solutions coming out of this year’s Roundup conference will help shape the future of the industry as it continues to work through the current downturn.”AME BC’s Mineral Exploration Roundup conference returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre East under the sails of Canada Place from January 23 to 26, 2017, www.amebc.ca/roundup