Six In The Morning: It’s Not Morning Anymore

6-in-the-morning1. LET’S START WITH SOME REGINA AND SASK NEWS The City is looking at updating its condominium conversion policy; Premier Brad Wall is grumpy about grain; someone got stabbed near the General Hospital and a plane had engine trouble at Regina’s airport; and Haley Wickenheiser will carry Canada’s flag at the Olympics.

2. ROB FORD GOT STUCK IN AN ELEVATOR Of course he did. He’s not a mayor, he’s a comedy skit.

3. THE BIG PICTURE: HARPER’S CONSERVATIVES ARE DESTROYING CANADA’S SOCIAL PROGRAMS Read this, and then reflect on the fact that Regina’s daily newspapers endorsed this government last election.


5. KILL THE RABBITS An Alberta town is free to continue massacring cute bunny rabbits after the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear an appeal from a pro-rabbit activist. Here’s some background. The rabbits are descendants of pets released in the 1990s. Critics of rabbits say they attract hungry cougars. Some¹ might suggest that cougars are AWESOME and it’s good to attract them.


BONUS! The headline says “Ghost ship full of cannibal rats could be about to crash into Devon coast”. Coooooool.

BONUS BONUS! Bieber busted!

LOOK, IT’S A NEW RAH RAH VIDEO! Looks great! There’s a tour happening, too, with a Feb. 28  gig at the Exchange.

1. Some might also suggest that Prairie Dog’s editor is exactly the type of idiot who will one day be killed by the extremely dangerous wild animal he petted. Some might be right.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

15 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: It’s Not Morning Anymore”

  1. (5) Leaving Stephen’s debatable idiocy aside, the real issue here is irresponsible pet owners, specifically the ones who released the rabbits 20 years ago. It’s exactly this kind of behaviour (as in Australia, for one example) that would and should draw condemnation from people who care about the environment.

  2. There’s a good doc about the cane toads released in Australia available for loan at the library. Saw it years ago, remember it being pretty good.

    Flippancy aside, I don’t know that these rabbits pose an ecological threat comparable to other invasive species in other places (like cane toads or domestic cats in Australia, both of which are nightmares). The biggest problem I can think of would be if they out-competed local herbivorous fauna. Seems doubtful to me, but I don’t know and could be wrong. And yes, people shouldn’t release their pets into the wild.

  3. The U of R released bunnies about 10 years ago and the population, which dwelled mostly on the front green off the Wascana Parkway, bloomed. They even miraculously survived the winter, may have been multiple winters. Anyhow, it was eventually deemed that a thriving bunny population at the U of R was bad for business, or something, and they were shopvac’ed-up and sold to a cafeteria at a Chinese daycare in Jinan. A friend’s sister’s boyfriend at the time rescued 2 and kept them as pets, for a time, until the poop and pee got to be too much.

  4. Actually, my reference was to rabbits in Australia, but the cane toads are also part of the mess we make when we bring in some bird, animal or plant to supply a narrow need/desire for the moment, without considering the possible consequences.
    I’ve been to Canmore; the number of feral rabbits is incredible. I’m guessing that your competition hypothesis could well be right, especially if the ferals are less prone to the cyclical natural epidemics that serve to keep the genuine wild rabbit populations in balance. Certainly, rabbits in Australia thrived like the green bay tree, lacking the usual predators and diseases, and they ate/eat every plant in sight. The rabbit-proof fence was one desperate method of trying to curb their movement across the continent.

  5. Nobody should “rescue” an animal, or otherwise keep one for a pet, unless (s)he is committed to its care until its natural death, or until injury/disease make euthanasia a sad necessity.

  6. Message I’m taking away from today’s Six: Whitworth *might* think cougars are awesome. Hmmnnn . . . *some* cougars might be encouraged to hear that. (Also, I really hate lectures. Unless they’re filled with wit and sarcasm. And, unfortunately, most are NOT.)

  7. It’s hard to be witty and sarcastic when the well being of animals and/or people is at stake. Wit or sarcasm in re: gang rape in India? Go for it, Rebecca.

  8. Oh dear, I forgot to mention — jumping to conclusions is another one of my all-time favourites. Now, it’s past 5 o’clock somewhere, so I’m off to ponder serious issues, enjoy time with friends, expand my horizons, practice some serious sarcasm and maybe stay in touch with the real world. That’s important, too. See you later, Prairie Doggies. Looking forward to reading your new issue.

  9. Another favourite might be (notice the “might”) to insinuate and then escape, with a side dish of minimization. Have fun!

  10. I’m not sure what he did with the bunnies, think he re-released them into the wilds of suburban Regina. I will agree that I think he lacked a strategy, strategic planning not being the sharpest tool is his skill set tool box.

  11. Truth, I clicked on TFjr’s viddy post, before I started to type this.

    My subject was already in mind, before I saw the vid.

    5. Sarlings, those robin sized ,wannabe crows, are not natural to Canada. There are fairly ethical ways to cull them.

    More rabbits will be hit by traffic, than most birds.

    With 21 century technology, it’s should be relatively easy to shoot RFIDs into any cougar, & set up wireless electric fences, sensitive to the RFIDs.

  12. Maybe the rats would prefer Megadeath but it felt like the right music to bob along to in slo-mo as they prepare to crash a fellow ship, board, and gnaw

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