Q:Hi! I was walking in vancouver and saw a news paper with an healine saying that local politicians wanted to sit down and talk about forbiding the exhibition of ceteceans at the vancouver aquarium. I couldnt read the article though. Any details?thanks
Yep, the one of the committees is considering putting a question on a ballot in an election asking citizens to vote if cetacean captivity should be phased out at the Vancouver Aquarium. But that’s only if the aquarium doesn’t come to an agreement about it by November.
Also, the mayor of Vancouver supports ending captivity.
Yaaaaay!!! I knew most of this already though. My wife is panicking a bit though, she says we need to get there ASAP before they lose their belugas.
*le sigh* I really don’t want to see cetaceans in tanks…
The Vancouver Parks Board and municipal bureaucrats have been trying to ditch the Aquarium for over a decade. It has nothing to do with animal welfare, and everything to do with the pristine Stanley Park waterfront property the Vancouver Aquarium sits on. Lots of money to be had when the wealthy developers pay city hall a visit. SeaWorld and other equally sketchy animal theme parks will be getting new “attractions” at bargain prices, since none of the animals at the Vancouver Aquarium can be rehabilitated and released. So Vancouver residents have to pick one of two choices:
1. Allow these fine animals to reside in a world class facility, with complete public oversight and access to the best care the marine science community can offer.
2. Go through with this legislation and watch these fine animals suffer at 2nd rate facilities (ie. SeaWorld, Marineland, etc.), where there is no oversight and the bottom line always takes priority.
This is important to not - Vancouver does not capture any wild animals any more. Only ones deemed unable to survive in the natural environment or bred in captivity are held at the Vancouver Aquarium. The loss of the aquarium would be a huge loss to the nature of education in the lower mainland - easily focused on nature, biology and the environment.
Before My Eyes
The professor droned. And by droned, I means he spent five minutes explaining how to interpret the axes of a graph in her black-and-white Powerpoint presentation. I realized I had written nothing for the entire lecture and had almost chewed clean through the arm of my glasses. Why is it that I didn’t care?
Perhaps it was her method of teaching - she sometimes forgot what she put in her own presentations, interrupting the class with more than her usual minute-long pause of confusion, and adding in its place, “whoa, that’s not right, why is that there?”
I truly despise dendrology. And by the middle of the class, I realized that I hated my entire field of study, but not the material: the reason.
Unlike the material, which to me is genuinely fascinating, I don’t like learning it for no apparent reason. I feel like we’re being pumped chock-full of information… simply to move on and be pumped full of more information.
I love people; well, don’t get me started on how ridiculously I actually dislike people. What I like is the idea of sharing ideas, knowledge, and information with people. That’s not what university is for. It is counterintuitively designed to fill you up with information you will forget as soon as you take the test.
Brian walked into the class after the professor left, handing out the course evaluation forms. Handing them out, I continued to think about what had just infected my brain with hate for my current education. I had chosen this program because it interested me. I hadn’t thought whether the outcome interested me. I was always told, “Study what you like, not what gets you money, that will garner the best results.”
Does this teacher come to class fully prepared for lessons? Strongly Disagree.
I filled in about 90% of the bubbles with “strongly disagree.” I couldn’t stand the course. Then again, I can’t stand the program.
I realized why I truly hate it so much: I wasn’t contributing to anything whatsoever. Nothing I did in there felt like it would amount to anything that would be useful. I have no interest in working for a lumber company or even a conservation organization. I want to be one-on-one with individuals or people, teaching them, educating - broadening their perspective of the world and informing them. Instead, I was sitting in a classroom forgetting material.
Before my eyes, I saw everything shift - everything. Not just one little bit of my opinion of education, everything. I understand that some people are content learning things to use on their own or in small groups, but I want to be learning things to share. Everything crumbled, and it’s time to start from the bottom and build back up to the top. I’ve possibly wasted a year of my education on this program for people who want to work in business. I don’t want to. I want to work with kids, people who want to learn, people who ask questions and genuinely want answers.
And won’t just forget them.