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Promising Toronto Folksinger Taylor Mitchell, 19 — Killed By Coyotes

In entertainment, women on October 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm

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A 19-year-old Toronto singer was attacked and killed by two coyotes while hiking alone this week in a provincial park in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, reports The Globe and Mail.

“This wouldn’t even be considered a yearly event,” said Germaine LeMoine, a spokeswoman for Parks Canada, which oversees the seven-kilometre trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. “It’s extremely rare in the history of the park.”

Taylor Mitchell had just begun her career, already working with some of Canada’s top performers.

“Colin Linden, a veteran Canadian roots performer and producer who works with Nashville artists, was similarly struck after Ms. Mitchell opened for him at an intimate show Sept. 10 at a small venue in Pickering, Ont. It was their first and only meeting.

“She was really talented, she was really smart and she was a really good-hearted person,” Mr. Linden said from Winnipeg. “I thought she was one of those people who was going to be a lifer, a musician for a long, long time.”

How Do You Say Rabid in Japanese?

In culture on September 2, 2009 at 8:39 pm
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Wildlife, it seems, is getting a little wilder.

A black bear broke through the locked French doors of an Aspen home recently and attacked a woman within. With only one Department of Wildlife officer in the town, residents are being told to be more careful if and when they encounter a bear. Since July 1, reports The Wall Street Journal, 460 people have placed calls reporting bears wandering through that town.

On my walk today I saw a woman staring in wonder — at 5:00 on a sunny suburban afternoon — as a fat, furry raccoon crossed the path in front of her and waddled into the woods. A couple who had passed her saw me walking in that direction and wondered, as I did, why she didn’t avoid the animal

“Raccoons aren’t supposed to be out in daylight. You’d better warn her,” they said. I walked fast and caught up to her, but, carrying a book in Japanese, she was quite likely one of the many foreign students at our local residential language school. I wasn’t sure that saying “That animal might be rabid. Best to move along quickly” would be clearly understood. A neighbor across the street recently told me she had to stand between her dog and a coyote to protect her pet. This, on a New York road only 25 miles north of Manhattan.

As I began my walk, a deer stood in the middle of the concrete path, unconcerned that two women were walking towards it from opposite directions. It very slowly meandered about six feet away up a hill and stared at us calmly. It’s lovely to be so close to nature, really, but between Lyme disease-carrying ticks, food-seeking bears, curious coyotes and insomniac racooons, something’s gotta give.

I overheard a confident young woman in a trendy cafe in Toronto recently, explaining calmly and reasonably — which seemed somehow a very Canadian conversation — how she would react if she ever ran into a bear. “A bear wouldn’t attack me,” she said, “because I wouldn’t do anything to annoy it.” I hope she’s right.


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