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If you want trinkets,
they are on the shore.
But if you want REAL treasure,
you’ll have to dive into the ocean.
-Sufi Wisdom

Vitamin C About to be Made Illegal in Canada!

What if, just for taking vitamin C, you could be thrown in jail for up to 2 years and fined up to $5,000,000?
That scenario could very well soon become a reality in Canada. The Canadian Government is trying to pass a bill known as Bill C51. According to some interpretations of the bill, it would remove all supplements from over-the-counter availability, by only allowing MD’s to prescribe them as they see fit.

This would mean that if you wanted to take a multivitamin, you would have to book an appointment with your doctor and try to convince your doctor that you are in need of these supplements. If your doctor
decides a certain drug would be better for you, then you won’t have access to your supplements anymore.

Consequences of the bill could include:No more supplement stores Supplements made illegal unless obtained through a prescription;70 percent of all current supplements on the market could be removedFines of up to $5,000,000.00 and/or 2 years in jail per incident of being caught breaking this law.

Find out how your MP votes here!

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GM oh NO!

There has been some debate and protest over the genetic modification of our food supply. Greenpeace has had an on going campaign to raise awareness about what is actually going on in the fields and in laboratories around the globe. Genetically Modified (GM) crops entered our food supply in 1996 , no labeling was required of modified crops and very little safety studies were done. According to University of Guelph professor of plant physiology, Ann Clark “the approval process has been largely based on assumptions.”

We know our food is being altered, who has not heard of Monsanto’s “round up ready” crops? Seeds that have been modified to grow despite being drenched in herbicide that kills every living green thing it touches.

There is another product of the biotech industry that is commonly overlooked, GM cotton. Used not only for fabric, cotton seeds are processed into pulp for animal feed and cooking oil. Although health Canada assumes that refined oil from these crops raise no concerns related to safety, there are many that would argue the process of creating GM crops can create unpredicted damage in its DNA. These incedental changes could produce dangerous toxins, allergens or carcinogins, which if fat soluble, could end up in the oil and our food. Biotech companies. like big tabacco before them, believe we should assume these products are safe, and Health Canada agrees.

According to the The Royal Society of Canada’s report it was found that “70 percent of the currently availalbe GM crops approved for commerce in Canada, including all the canola and cotton crops have not been subject to any actual lab or animal toxicity testing” The studies that have been done are not conducted by health Canada, but by the biotech companies themselves.

Although more independent studies are needed some tests have shown animals fed GM crops showed profound changes in their livers, kidneys and hearts, and most alarming is the damage to the reproductive organs and DNA function. Even Monsanto’s own studies on trangenic corn MON863 showed toxicity in animals liver and kidneys. The only human feeding study on GM food, published in Nature in 2004, found that genes inserted into GM soybeans transfered into the DNA of human gut bacteria.

It was announced that Health Canada would conduct studies in 2002, but according to a CBC TV report the research was abandoned less than a year later as it was determined to be “too difficult to put an effective surveillance system in place”

The European Union has been fighting to ban all GMO crops and an import ban has been argued by the U.S. that this is in violation of trade agreements. The institute for Responsible Technology is currently running a campaign to stop the poliferation of GMO in our food supply, but have we already gotten to the point of no return? The answer (and seeds) are blowing in the wind.

Image:World map GMO production 2005

  • ██ The five countries producing more than 95% of commercialized GMO

  • legend pattern orange:Other country producing commercialized GMO.
  • orange dot:Only experimental crops.

Kids weekly update part 4:6 Activeties

Hello there it is me, Justin, and my topic today is six activities for you to do: activity number one:jungle gym getting old?Try climbing a tree!Its lots more excercise on account they were’nt made for it!The best one I know is the one at second beach park at the playground. Number two:Is that motor boating getting motor BORING?Try kayaking instead!So MAYBE it is tough on the elbows.BUT it will give you some excersize on the arms! and then it is tough to get to school when you are 2 minutes late so instead ride a bike!It is fast,excercize and it is fun!Also good for those darned grocery runs that you gotta do.#3:I have a bit of a hard time with this excercise but it is cool to know how to do it and that is swimming!#4:Skiing is an excellent sport if you can get the hang of it but it is fairly easy to do once you get the hang of it and if you like it enough go twice a week!#5: Nintendo thumbs killing you?Of course it is O.K. too use Thumbsmasher 3000 a little but to work out those hands to be stronger try this:pretend you have a newspaper in each hand and scrunch them as fast as possible.And number 6:nature programs can be…not so hot…but being right there is great!imagine if you were in a kayak and you came across a natural waterhole that connects to the lake or whatever and then you can see all these cool animals like maybe even a black bear!(editors note:with adult supervision please!!)well that all for this week but next week:a hint at the contest and my favorite indoor sports!next week,Justin.

Families “greening” together

Today, children are increasingly aware of the current environmental situation. Compelled by the optimism of youth, they look to their parents for ways to participate in finding solutions to the challenge that face humanity. A great way for a family to grow closer can be taking on a series of small ‘green’ projects. Here are three ideas for projects for your family that will directly change your ecological footprint.

Change your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), also known as compact fluorescent light bulbs, are designed to replace incandescent lamps and can fit in the existing light fixtures. CFLs use between one fifth and one quarter of the power of an equivalent incandescent lamp. As a family, count how many light bulbs in your home can be switched to compact fluorescent bulbs. At your family’s next visit to your local store, compare the available CFLs. Come to an agreement as to which bulbs are most suitable for your home by considering their cost and energy efficiency. Discuss how much electricity can be saved and if able, find an electric bill to see what the difference will be next month. Talk together about how the money saved from the reduced electric consumption offsets some of the cost of the new bulbs.

Begin composting. Composting is the decaying of food, vegetables, lawn and garden waste and organic material. Instead of adding your food waste to the landfill you can use it to create useful soil. Begin by deciding on the best size and location for your composter. We recommend you get the largest composter your space can manage. Families in apartment buildings can use smaller worm composers that can fit on a balcony. Families with large yards can consider bigger composters. There are many good resources available for details on setting up your compost project such as the Composting Council of Canada. Discuss with your family how composting is truly recycling. Did you know that landfills prevent substances from biodegrading due to a lack of oxygen? Most cities have composters for sale and the city of Vancouver even has a compost hotline.

Replace toxic cleaning products. Examine the cleaning products in your household. Determine which products are the most offensive to the environment. Which are the most likely to be tested on animals? If able, look up information on the manufacturing of the product. Go to your local natural product retailer or the ‘green’ product section of your usual store. What options are available? Look to the past to see what has been used, for example white vinegar and baking soda have been used to clean for generations. Discuss the hidden costs to the planet that are not reflected in the price of the old product such as pollution, animal cruelty and health hazards to the workers who make the product.

By making simple changes you and your family can be proud that you are helping the environment and you may find an added bonus, saving money!

Places to see around Vancouver

Walking along the Stanley Park seawall is really beautiful

There are many lovely parks around the lower mainland

There are so many great places to walk in Vancouver, this great site  lists many of them!

Just about an hour East of the city of Vancouver is a fabulous native interpretation centre called Xa:ytem in Mission. Lots of hands on activites.

You could take the Albion ferrie (a free 10 minute ride) accross the river to Fort Langley
which was a Hudson’s Bay Trading Post. The village of Fort Langley is a great place to have lunch and there are some lovely antique and craft shops.

Grouse Mountain also has a beautiful gondola ride (expensive but worth it) The view of the city is spectacular from there on a clear day.

Lynn Canyon suspension bridge and nature centre. This is a free activity and there are some lovely hiking trails across the bridge.

Reifel Bird Sanctuary is another lovely place to walk and quite different from the mountainous spots

Lynn Headwaters Park has some great hiking trails. Be sure to check the site and read the advisories about the wildlife (black bears spotted last week!)

On a rainy day You might want to check out Science World

Depending on how you feel about wildlife in captivity there is the Vancouver Aquarium which has belugas, otters, dolphins.

You might consider a whale-watching tour to see some of these animals in there natural habitat.This site has some excellent resources for Vancouver Island.

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