Category Archives: National

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/

 

 

 

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

 

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!