Elisha Dacey

No charges to be laid in Neepawa Natives hockey hazing incident

Neepawa RCMP say no charges will be laid after a team was accused of assaulting a player during a hazing incident.The incident, which happened in late September, set off a wave of parental and media outrage after a 15-year-old boy and his parents went public about the incident, in which they...

Monday, November 28, 2011, 6:29 PM

Black Friday deals too good to pass

Border officials are expecting long wait lines this weekend as Canadians flock to the United States for Black Friday. But that won’t stop Winnipegger Steve Penner, who says the deals are too good to pass up.“Things are cheaper and taxes are cheaper in Grand Forks (N.D.) than they are in Winnipeg,”...

Thursday, November 24, 2011, 1:03 AM

Bearly There: Polar bears at risk

If there’s any animal on Earth that could inspire people to engage in preventing man-made climate change, the polar bear is it.Majestic, deadly and powerful, the cuddly looking bears are under direct threat from a warming planet, and they’re already showing the symptoms.“What you’ll find in the...

Friday, November 18, 2011, 6:00 AM

Bearly There: In Pictures - Serving time in polar bear jail

When your town’s biggest nuisance can kill you with a casual swipe of a paw tipped with razor-sharp claws, grabbing the nearest shotgun when confronted with one seems a prudent idea.But that thinking led to the deaths of dozens of polar bears in and around Churchill, Man., a few decades ago.“...

Friday, November 18, 2011, 5:55 AM

Bearly There: Coke, WWF team up for Arctic Home

Fifteen years ago, groups like the World Wildlife Fund did not partner with groups like Coca-Cola.The ultimate American brand, Coca-Cola’s perceived cultural pervasiveness and arrogance meant they were the enemy. But not anymore.Coca-Cola Canada president Nicola Kettlitz said Coca-Cola has actively...

Friday, November 18, 2011, 5:50 AM

Bearly There: In Pictures - Polar bears essential to Churchill: Mayor

There are arguably only two industries in Churchill: shipping and tourism, and both are under threat.The economy over the past five years means tourism is down overall, said Mike Spence, Churchill’s mayor and owner of Wat’chee Lodge.“Tourism has been down over the last couple of years due to the...

Friday, November 18, 2011, 5:45 AM

Bearly There: Doing Churchill on a budget

Doing the full Churchill guided tour isn’t cheap. Between flights, hotels, meals and the full tundra experience, a one-week stay can cost you $12,000. Per person.But that doesn’t mean you can’t see Churchill and the polar bears for less. Here are three tips:1. Take the train: An economy train...

Friday, November 18, 2011, 5:42 AM

Bearly There: Value of summer ice

Ice is hugely important in the lifecycle of polar bears, even in summer. Here are 6 reasons why:1. Polar bears’ favourite food is ring seals, and ring seals are hunted from the ice. If the ice has disappeared, the bear is forced onto shore, where seals can’t be hunted. When the ice freezes over in...

Friday, November 18, 2011, 5:40 AM

Bearly There: The economic impact of a melting arctic

The melting of Arctic ice in summer will be both an economic blessing and a curse, said marine scientist Dr. Peter Ewins.Warmer summer months means longer shipping seasons for the port of Churchill. Passages that were previously ice-covered will become much easier to navigate. More shipments means...

Friday, November 18, 2011, 5:35 AM

Bearly There: Polar bears - The ultimate logo

Polar bears have been used as a symbol or logo for everything from diamonds to sports teams. Here’s a quick run down of a few:Cola: Coca Cola has been using the Polar Bear as its official symbol since 1922. It started with an ad campaign in France and grew from there. This year, Coke is changing...

Friday, November 18, 2011, 5:30 AM

Bearly There Blog: The arctic adventure is over but the work has just begun

Our last night in Churchill, we have dinner at the Trader’s Table then head to the bar. As far as I can tell, there are two bars in Churchill, and a band called The Afterparty flew in with our group to play at one bar Friday night, and the other bar Saturday night.We plan to see the group at the...

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 5:30 AM

Bearly There Blog: Admiring the beauty that is the Arctic north and its polar bears

Sitting in Tundra Buggy 12, I vow to never complain about the condition of St. James Street in Winnipeg ever again.Take your average, ordinary school bus, paint it white, mutate it to twice its width and height, equip it with a bathroom and a propane heater, cut the roof off the back six feet, add...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 5:30 AM

Bearly There Blog: In Pictures - To The Arctic sneak peak

I’m sitting in a teepee. Smoke fills the tent, as does the sound of twist-off caps being pulled off beer bottles. Howling from 27 dogs is our background music. And then a major representative of WWF tells me, “This may not be a popular opinion, but I kind of think they should just let the Panda die...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 5:30 AM

Bearly There Blog: In Pictures - Welcome to Churchill!

Friday afternoon, 4:18 p.m., The Polar Bear InnI step off the plane to arrive at Churchill’s neat but tiny airport. It’s blue with CHURCHILL in big red letters. We’re told when we get on the bus that the runway and the road leading from the airport were freshly repaved this summer. We’ve also been...

Monday, November 14, 2011, 1:55 AM

Bearly There Blog: Ready for take-off...

Friday morning, 8:14 a.m., on the planeI wake up at 5 a.m. this morning and decide to forgo a shower. I’m gonna be wrapped in a coat, hat, mitts, scarves and giant white boots, so what’s the point? I spend the last few minutes making sure I have everything, including pencils (they don’t freeze in...

Monday, November 14, 2011, 1:26 AM

Bearly There Blog: 'Twas the night before Churchill

It's always a little intimidating to blunder right into a group of people who don't know you and try to make friends. It's usually downright awkward when that group of people are corporate suits who all know each other, but don't know you. Add people whose accents I don't understand (I'm horrible...

Friday, November 11, 2011, 1:37 PM

Bearly There Blog: Are you kidding me, it takes how long to Churchill?

So, doing my research on Churchill, I’ve come across several interesting facts. Like, there’s either more people than polar bears or more polar bears than people, depending on whom you ask. And really, the Manitoba government should build a road to Churchill already and link it up with Nunavut.But...

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 5:30 AM

Bearly There Blog: What's a polar bear? Let me show you

There is little that has gotten me as excited for my Churchill adventure as the Polar Bear Cam.The ingenious people at Frontier North launched the website a few weeks ago and ever since then, I have been addicted.I know I’m not the only one – Winnipeg twitter addict and editor of the Filipino...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 5:30 AM

Bearly There Blog: Dressing appropriately for the adventure

When you’re a scientist packing for a trip to Churchill, you think about things like, “Do I have all my instruments ready if the aurora borealis is more intense than usual?” and “Will my polar bear skull fit into my suitcase?”When you’re a journalist packing for a trip to Churchill, you think about...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 5:49 AM

Bearly There Blog: The ultimate trip for a science nerd

So, the whole thing started out like this:Charlotte Empey, Metro Editor-in-Chief: “Elisha, I know you’ve got a little one, but we have an opportunity for you go to Churchill and maybe do a report. Just wondering if you’d be interested.”Me: “Forget my kid. I am so in. Thank god I didn’t get rid of...

Monday, November 7, 2011, 10:30 AM