Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Fox, three chickens and a Horse

Once upon a time there was a Fox, three hens and a Horse.

Now the Horse sometimes appeared to be a bit shy and laid back. However he was strong of character and everyone trusted his judgement and quiet effective ways.

Between the five of them they were the committee who provided the safeguards for the barnyard. They saw to any problems and made decisions that affected each and every one of the barnyard animals.


One day they needed to decide the fate of the chicken coop. Now one would have thought that there might be a teeny conflict of interest when it came to three chickens deciding their own fate as it were. But nope. The Fox declared he knew best and the chickens decided to go along with him because, well, because he was the boss. Right? His word was law? Hmmm. Not the way it was supposed to work but hey, it was precedent and it had worked before.

The Horse didn’t get a vote since he was out in the pasture when the issue came up.

Oh there had been discussion in the barnyard though. It went so far as being suggested there should be a ‘board of directors’ established to over-see the whole farm yard and all its particular interests.

Anyway those concerned put forward a cow, duck, rooster, a couple of sheep and even an alpaca as potential ‘directors’. Many were older and had been a part of the community for many generations and it was argued that they could bring this experience to play for the benefit of all.

Nope. The Fox said he knew what was best for the chicken coop …

Next day the coop was removed and the chickens sent to market… The Horse cried…”NEIGHhhh…” but it was too late.

And the moral of our story is that in life you should never allow “the fox and a committee of submissive chickens to guard the hen house”.

It can be perceived as a conflict of interest which can come back to bite you on the horse’s ass.

. . . and IMHO the more eyes the better.fox1

NPCA’s — RUMPELSTILTSKIN – Just movin’ things around

Once upon a time . . .  a group of foreigners offered great wealth to those in authority if they could just give up a tiny bit of their protected lands. The Queen of the province had already made a deal with the wealthy developers and told Rumpelstiltskin, the leader of the authority to find a way to change the laws without it looking like they were selling off the protected and threatened species that lived in these slough forests of Niagara.

The authority thought and thought and finally came up with a plan. They called it biodiversity offsetting. Rumpelstiltskin argued that if the authority gave the wealthy Chinese investors the lands they coveted they would be able to reproduce, restore the lost wetland, including the slough forest, within a few years in another location. Voila.

Who wouldn’t believe such an ingenious plan would work?

After all who wouldn’t believe a Rumpelstiltskin ( a mischievous spirit that clatters and moves around objects) – right?

Hmmm someone must be owed a favour from Mother Nature, eh?

Those who didn’t agree pointed out that the wet lands in Niagara are important slough forested wetlands and are unique in all of Canada. They are globally significant as they foster a degree and a number of biological forms that can’t be found anywhere else.

However that didn’t stop the authority or Rumpelstiltskin. Even with mounting concern, protests and scientists arguing against their made-up “biodiversity offsetting” plans they soldiered on.

So far, the story has no real ending. However those of us who remember our Grimm fairy Rumpelstiltskintales know who won in the end and it wasn’t good old Rumpelstiltskin was it now? Ha..ha..ha…