Election BC May 2013

Hi Folks.  Here are 3 very good informative links for preparing for your vote this month.  The first one Globe and Mail for comparing platform stands on various issues.  If you click on the first issue at the very top “”Aboriginal Relations” just above the “Liberals, NDP, Conservatives, etc.” section, a drop down list will show for 32 current issues being debated.  Then scroll and click on the issue most important to you and the differing platform stands will show for comparison.  The specific platforms are below that list.

The second and third website links below show the estimated poll percentages for how things are looking currently, and how they have been through the year.  As well, the names of all the candidates and their ridings.

Advanced Voting begins tomorrow.  Happy Voting!

 

http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/interactive-compare-bc-party-platforms-on-32-election-issues/article11569057/?service=mobile

http://bc2013.com/

http://www.elections.bc.ca/index.php/links/

 

 

 

Black Sheep Mowers

We Love it.  Paris is employing black sheep to graze the municipal lands, the latest, newest and oldest technology for lawn mowing.  Blessed Be the Beautiful Black Sheep! Benit Etre Les Beaux Moutons Noirs!

Review the story here:

Bertrand Delanoe, Mayor of Paris has employed Black Sheep to mow one of their lawns, the 19th Arondissement.  The species is called “Ouissant”.    (pls forgive our absence of accents; still configuring our keyboard!)  Merci beaucoup, Mayor Delanoe.  :):):)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/world/europe/sheep-tend-lawn-outside-city-archives-in-paris.html?ref=science&_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2013/04/04/world/04sheepweb1.html

Photo drawn on April 5th, 2013 from Wikipedia Commons:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SchwarzesSchaf.JPG

Eco-Friendly Paint Sealant

Home Depot now carries an Eco-friendly additive and sealant for homeowners and contractors having to handle exposed lead from old (or new) paint.  It is called EcoBond, LBP, LCC.  Thank you EcoBond!

http://mt2llc.businesscatalyst.com/index-2.html.  http://www.ecobondlbp.com/_blog/EcoBond_LBP_News/post/Metals_Treatment_Technologies_inks_deal_with_The_Home_Depot_to_offer_ECOBOND%C2%AE_products_that_reduce_toxic_lead_hazards/.

Iceberg – Symbol of All that is Pure and Wild

Russian scientists have been following what is the world’s only known All White Male Orca, most recently found in the North Pacific, east of the Kamchatka Peninsula near the Commander Islands.  He is male and his name is Iceberg. “In many ways, Iceberg is a symbol of all that is pure, wild and extraordinarily exciting about what is out there in the ocean waiting to be discovered”; Erich Hoyd, Far East Russia Orca Project.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/offbeat/story/2012/04/23/tech-white-whale.html

In the mid-1940’s there was an all white female named Alice who lived for about 10 years around Race Rocks, off the coast of Victoria in BC.   Here is a clip of the lighthouse keeper at Race Rocks, Kurt Cehak, who watched her.  Here he shares a piece of his wonderful story of Alice.  It must have been a real treat for him to be so close to her and enjoy her visits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wrcw93Xu9Qc

The project currently undergo is called  FEROP, the Far East Russia Orca Project.  Iceberg is 16 years old, has a 2 meter white dorsal fin and most recently, has been traveling with a pod of a dozen normal black and white orcas. The team have not yet determined whether Iceberg has pink eyes, which would indicate whether he is true albino, or simply, a Pure White Orca.

This article explains how these genetics are possible for Orca albinos:

http://webspace.webring.com/people/sl/little_orca/OrcaBiology2-Genetics.html

 

Happy International Women’s Day to All Great Gals around the Globe.  Here is Canada’s status for general socio-ecenomics compared to other countries:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/womens-day/

And Celebrating Sacred Ceremonies for Women Worldwide says, Magdala Ramirez, is what all women need to do during these important times, “It is time for the sisters to gather together…”.  In this short video clip, She gives a wonderful introduction of the importance of women joining together to sustain the Divine Feminine Essence on Earth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tRE0JDbiDg0

 

Happy International Women’s day!

 

 

Just Love The Nature of Nature, Plastic Eating Pacman

Don’t you just Love The Nature of Nature?!  Wish we had discovered this little fella about a 150 years ago!  Biochemistry professor Scott Strobel, adventured to the jungles of Ecuador. Where his team discovered The Fungi, Pestalotiopsis microspora.  This Fungi is the first Fungi ever recorded discovered that can survive on a steady diet of polyurethane alone and…….do it in an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment that is close to the condition at the bottom of a landfill.

This is The Greatest waste issue News we have Learned about in a long time!  Go Mother Earth!

http://www.fastcoexist.com/1679201/fungi-discovered-in-the-amazon-will-eat-your-plastic.

Part of Yale University’s Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory,

Here is the Fella who apparently invented polyurethane, well, one of the Fathers of Modern Plastic anyway – Alexander Parkes….and what a string of a mess since then.

http://museo.cannon.com/museonew/UKmuseo/storia/storia2UK.asp

http://plastics.syr.edu/content/parkes_a.php

Buying items that do not have plastic packaging is a great start if you are new at being friendly to Mother Earth and Her inhabitants.  And recycling all else is good too.  When at the grocery store, bring your own cloth / cotton grocery bag and say goodbye to the other.  Some stores now offer biodegradable shopping carriers, and kitchen refuse.  You can buy them at Sobey’s outlets, Pharmasave, Zellers, and Thrifty Foods, but the Best buy is at The Soap Exchange where you can buy all kinds of other goodies too! http://www.victoriasoapexchange.com/products/garbage-bags

We ask you to purchase biodegradable only, and clean up our Oceans, Rivers and Lands.

Thanks!

 

She’s Yummy Chili / Chili Con Carne

 

For 5-6 Healthy Servings:

Spices

2 TBLsp Vegetable Oil

1 Large Piece of Raw Ginger (~ 3 inches), peeled and finely chopped in bits

1 Large Onion, chopped

1 Yellow Pepper, seeded and chopped

8 Garlic Cloves, peeled, smushed

1 TBLsp Cumin Seeds, pinched

1 TBLsp Chili Powder

1 TBLsp Dried Oregano

1 Small Package of Ground Beef – (Leave out for Vegetarian Style)

Vegetables

2 Cups Fresh or Frozen Corn

One  .4  L  Soaked 24 Hrs or Canned Black Beans, rinsed and drained

One  .4  L  Soaked 24 Hrs or Canned Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained

One  .8  L  Whole Tomatoes

1 Sweet Potato, peeled and finely diced

Topping Before Serving

1 Pinch of Cinnamon

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1/8 Cup Cilantro Leaves, washed

1 Green Onion, washed, chopped

1 Large Package of Ground Beef  (Leave out for Vegetarian Style)

Instructions

1. In Large Saucepan, heat oil to medium-low and sautee raw ginger and all spices together, except onion and garlic

2. In Small saucepan, sautee onion on Low slowly, until soft, brown and caramelized

3. In 3rd Saucepan, slow cook on Low Groundbeef, and drain all fat

4. Add Caramelized Onion and drained Groundbeef to Spices in Large Saucepan; add garlic and yellow pepper; sautee for another 2 minutes on Low

5. Add All Spices (and Beef mixture if not vegetarian) to Vegetables in Large Crockpot or Saucepan and Bake at 190 degrees for 24 hrs.

6. Mix  Cinnamon, Sourcream, Cilantro and Green Onion in large Bowl (Keep Cool)

7. Serve Large Dollap of Sourcream on each Bowl before serving

8. Serve with Delishious Warm Bread Rolls with Yummy Butter (My favorite is Vegan Earth Balance)

9. Enjoy!

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For 15-18 Healthy Servings:

Spices

6 TBLsp Vegetable Oil

1 Large Piece of Raw Ginger (~ 8 inches), peeled and finely chopped in bits

3 Large Onions, chopped

3 Yellow Peppers, seeded and chopped

2 Heads of Garlic, peeled, smushed

3 TBLsp Cumin Seeds, pinched

3 TBLsp Chili Powder

3 TBLsp Dried Oregano

1 Small Package of Ground Beef – (Leave out for Vegetarian Style)

Vegetables

6 Cups Fresh or Frozen Corn

Three   .4 L Soaked 24 Hrs or Canned Black Beans, rinsed and drained

Three   .4 L Soaked 24 Hrs or Canned Kidney Beans, , rinsed and drained

Three   .8 L Whole Tomatoes

3 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and finely diced

Topping Before Serving

3 Pinches of Cinnamon

1  1/2 Cup Sour Cream

3/8 Cup Cilantro Leaves, washed

3 Green Onions washed, chopped

Instructions

1. In Large Saucepan, heat oil to medium-low and sautee raw ginger and all spices together, except onion and garlic

2. In Small saucepan, sautee onion on Low slowly, until soft, brown and caramelized

3. In 3rd Saucepan, slow cook on Low Groundbeef, and drain all fat

4. Add Caramelized Onion and drained Groundbeef to Spices in Large Saucepan; add garlic and yellow pepper; sautee for another 2 minutes on Low

5. Add All Spices (and Beef mixture if not vegetarian) to Vegetables in Large Crockpot or Saucepan and Bake at 190 degrees for 24 hrs.

6. Mix  Cinnamon, Sourcream, Cilantro and Green Onion in large Bowl (Keep Cool)

7. Serve Large Dollap of Sourcream on each Bowl before serving

8. Serve with Delishious Warm Bread Rolls with Yummy Butter (My favorite is Vegan Earth Balance)

9. Enjoy!

Additional Info:

Main importance is to always sautee fully the spices FIRST and Separately, then add to other ingredients; and always use fresh raw ginger.  This aids in smooth digestion.

Organic Raw Chili is also good!  But better in summer!

 

340 Baby Penguins Released!

Thank you to The New Zealand Team of Compassionate Volunteers!  350 Tonnes of oil were spilled when a cargo ship ran aground last month off the coast of New Zealand.  A team of volunteers helped these little darlings and cleaned them off, releasing them today back into the wild waves of the Great Mama Ocean.  Here is a great video of the babes:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/11/22/penguin-video-new-zealand.html

Victoria Municipal Elections Nov. 18/19

For those in the local area of BC, here is the list of candidates for the Victoria Municipal Elections Nov. 18/19:

http://victoriachamber.ca/elections/municipal

There is also a Voter’s Guide, for those who have questions:  http://www.municipalelections.com/voters_guide.htm

Voting is a Privilege and a Right that many in the world do not have, and women have only had in this century.  In Canada the women of Manitoba received the right to vote in 1916 thanks to the efforts of Nellie McClung and her colleagues. The rest of Canadian women were allowed to vote in federal elections when the Women’s Franchise Act was passed in 1918. However, it was not until 1940 that the women of Quebec got the right to vote in provincial elections – the last province to accord them this right to vote.  So go vote!

With your vote, your say is counted when it comes to the issues you care about.  Happy Voting!

For the tougher truth of the revolution that finally moved women to have the right to vote in the U.S.  It is the story of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, only 90 years ago, and some of the courageous tribulation they went through to achieve the right to vote for generations to come:

It was not until 1920 that women in the U.S. were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.