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Fight to force B. C. legislation to protect waterways

 BC SALMON The following article is taken from WaterCanada’s Mar/Apr issue; “A Legal Hotbed – Environmental groups in British Columbia are fighting to force the government into using legislation to protect its waterways” by Siobhan McClelland.
Environmental groups are testing the litigation waters in British Columbia to challenge government actions that put the marine environment at risk.

PIPELINERight now, British Columbia is a
hotbed for environmental issues, with private companies interested in using the province’s waterways as part of their operations, including fracking and natural gas businesses.

               
ECOJUSTICEBut Ecojustice, a Vancouver-based organization that represents several environmental groups, is pursuing many legal cases against the government. The organization claims the government hasn’t used its legislation or has violated its legislation, resulting in too much power being handed over to private companies that are making decisions that affect the environment.
WATERWAYS PROTECTION PROGRAMWhile there are environmental laws that provide protection for Canada’s waterways and marine life, some question how effective the legislation is.

“It’s frustrating to have legislation on the books, which the various levels of government ignore or OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAinterpret in a manner different than what was represented to the populace when proclaimed,” Maureen Bell,
(see link at end for one of Maureen’s articles on water rights) a Calgary environmental lawyer, said. “In such cases, the politicians get full points for creating the legislation, but if it languishes on the shelf or is perverted in its application, it isn’t much good.”
MARGOT VENTONMargot Venton, a staff lawyer at Ecojustice, said that people have been using the courts to try to protect the marine environment since the 1980s, when the rules changed to allow public interest parties standing, or the ability to become involved in environmental cases and bring lawsuits.

VANCOUVER COASTLINE“I think right now, in the British Columbia coast, there’s a lot of tension over how we will develop resources and what we are willing to risk in the development of these resources,” Venton said. “Some of the FISH FARMpotential resource uses, like pipelines or fish farms or whatever it is, are really placing these issues front and center in people’s minds, and we’re realizing that the threat is becoming really obvious.”
BC OIL AND GAS COMMISSIONEcojustice is currently challenging the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission’s decision to issue short-term water approvals to fracking companies, arguing that the companies should have to go through the more stringent process of bringing water-license applications.
RANDY CHRISTENSENEcojustice staff lawyer Randy Christensen said short-term water approvals, which are usually good for two years, are being renewed by the same company five or six times. He said Ecojustice wants the companies that use water for fracking purposes to go into the water-licensing process, where the government would then assess the impact of the water withdrawals more carefully and look at the cumulative impacts of many water withdrawals in one area.
“Our concern right now is that there are really two different routes of getting the water. One has minimal oversight and one has more robust oversight,” Christensen said.
SALMON LIFECYCLEHe added that the cumulative impact of the fracking operations could affect water flow conditions in certain areas and fluctuations in water flow could affect the life cycles of fish in rivers and streams. This could possibly result in shortages at certain times of the year that would affect other people’s water use.
“These are all the kinds of things that need to go through the licensing process so that you have studies and assessments, and you know the impact of what those uses could be,”
Christensen said.
DISEASED SALMONFracking operations aren’t the only concern for Ecojustice. In another case, Ecojustice alleges diseased farmed Atlantic salmon have been unlawfully transferred into an open-pen fish farm, where the diseased fish would share water with wild fish. The claim is that FISHERIES LOGOFisheries and Oceans Canada has unlawfully given a private company the power to decide whether to transfer the diseased salmon.

Venton said decisions about the risks associated with the transfer of diseased fish should be made by the government, not private companies.
FISH FARM BEST“It’s more appropriate for the government to make the call about that risk than it is for a private individual or private company running a farm to make that call,” she said, arguing that the law doesn’t allow anyone to put fish that may carry a diseased agent into the ocean because this could potentially harm the conservation and protection of fish in the ocean.
PRIVATE CO MAKE DECISIONS“I think there is a general trend, in particular in the federal government, to get out of the business of governing,” she said, adding that this is her personal opinion. “There’s also a trend
in Canada toward deregulation and toward handing more and more power and decision making to the companies, with less and less oversight. You see that in British Columbia.”
DON'T FRACKKirsten Ruecker, a communications advisor at Fisheries and Oceans’ office in the Pacific Region, wrote in an email that the government was unable to comment on the fracking and salmon cases as these matters are currently before the courts.
ECOJUSTICE SAVE SALMON IN COURTThe fracking case does not have a hearing date yet. The salmon-farming case is scheduled for a hearing on June 9.

 

Siobhan McClelland is a former lawyer now working as a freelance journalist and the new media editor at Canadian Geographic. She has written for several law publications on a variety of topics.

Maureen Bell – “Water Rights Set To Make Waves” ~
http://www.lawyersweekly.ca/index.php?section=article&articleid=757

Save Otters Petition (Force Change)

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Save the Sea Otter from the
Effects of Climate Change!

The charmingly mellow sea otter spends much of its life in water, where it eats, sleeps, hunts, mates, and even gives birth. But a changing climate is changing its habitat and threatening the otter’s food source. Ocean acidification prevents the formation of carbonate shells, which put the otter’s food supply (marine invertebrates like clams & sea urchins) at risk.

Youtube video, “Threatened: The Controversial Struggle of the Southern Sea Otter”

In order to protect this adorable aquatic mammal, we need to combat climate change immediately.

Youtube video, ” California Sea Otters”, published on Feb 5, 2013

The EPA has proposed a landmark standard for climate pollution from new power plants. This standard will help end dirty energy as we know it and keep animals like the sea otter safe from climate change.

We know that industry leaders and their friends in Congress will be attacking it at any moment — and we need our voices to rise up louder than theirs. Tell the EPA you support its proposal to help curb climate pollution and save the sea otters’ habitat!

PLEASE SIGN PETITION:

http://forcechange.com/124591/save-the-sea-otter/?utm_source=ForceChange+Newsletter&utm_campaign=2cdbdc7e45-NL4535_26_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_600a6911b9-2cdbdc7e45-297079149

A Great Thank You for Rainsoft !

RAINSOFT HOUSE WITH PRODUCTS FOR BLOG2

We love it when
our customers are happy!

IMAGE12The following is a brief excerpt from a letter we received from a very satisfied client:

…”I recently won the RAINSOFT reverse osmosis unit from your company at a Green Exhibition in Lansdowne Park. What a wonderful surprise!…

Click below to read the full letter from this client.

Letter 2011

Here is Martin’s YouTube video explaining the benefits of our Rainsoft Reverse Osmosis drinking water system ~ 

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Flash mob Rijksmuseum Amsterdam ~ wow!

RIJKMUSEUM

This is a really ingenious way
to promote an upcoming event!

REMBRANT PAINTING HEROES

Published on Apr 1, 2013

The slogan ‘Our Heroes are Back’ is used to announce that, after an absence of one decade, all major pieces in the Rijksmuseum’s collection are back where they belong. This is what happens when they suddenly emerge in an unsuspecting shopping mall somewhere in The Netherlands.

“This Flashmob recreates Rembrandt’s “Night Watch”. It’s considered one of the most famous paintings in the world.”

REMBRANDT SELF PORTRAIT The Night Watch, created in 1642, is the most famous painting in the Rijksmuseum, actually has another title: Militia Company of District II under the Command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq. A militia painting is a group portrait of a division of the civic guard. Rembrandt depicted the group of militiamen in an unusual way. Not in a neat row or sitting at their annual banquet, rather, he recorded a moment: a group of militiamen have just moved into action and are about to march off.

The names of the eighteen militiamen portrayed in the painting are on a shield above the gate. A company comprised more members, but only those who paid were included in the group portrait. The drummer was hired and was therefore allowed to be in the painting for free. Rembrandt added the others to enliven the painting. Three people on the left of the picture disappeared in the eighteenth century when part of the canvas was cut off. We are now only able to match a few names to the faces in the portrait.

http :// www.ing.nl / Rijksmuseum.

 

Exposing Invisibile Business Risk (Water Footprints)

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  TONY MAAS“Water Footprints ~ Exposing invisible business risk” – this excerpt from Tony Maas’ article appeared in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Water Canada.

IMAGE3Safe, reliable freshwater and healthy, productive freshwater ecosystems are foundations for a strong economy and sustainable communities. But the collective impacts of producing more food and fuel and quenching the thirst of expanding cities and industry are taking their toll on the Earth’s rivers, lakes and wetlands – including Canada’s.

IMAGE2Canada’s Rivers at Risk: Environmental Flows and Canada’s Freshwater Future, a recent report by World Wildlife Fund (WW F), examined how these impacts are affecting 10 of the country’s most important rivers. It found that, despite our position as one of the world’s water wealthy nations, Canada’s rivers and the freshwater flowing through them are under growing pressure. The report highlighted the need to protect and restore the natural flow of freshwater as a foundation of water security. For solutions, we must also turn our attention to the flow of water through our IMAGE1economy and to how these two streams interact. Water footprinting provides an approach for understanding these interactions, and for business and industry to understand their exposure to risks related to water security.

Confronting water (in) security: ROB DE LOEAccording to Rob de Loë, professor and research chair in water policy and governance at the University of Waterloo, “Water security exists when sufficient water of good quality is available for social, economic and cultural uses while, at the same time, adequate water is available to sustain and enhance important ecosystem functions.” As climate change impacts intensify, demand for water grows and action to protect and restore nature’s water needs takes hold, business and industry around the world are coming to grips with growing issues of diminishing water security – often suddenly and unexpectedly.

FTA December 2009 article in the Financial Times warned, “Water shortages could affect agricultural production and manufacturing processes and regulation could increase prices and limit the volume of water available.” These things are already happening. Anglo American, MILLER BEERone of the world’s largest mining groups, has had some difficulty developing a rich seam of platinum in South due to a lack of fresh water. In  South Africa ABMiller, the world’s second largest beer retailer was forced to halt production at one of its plants in 2007 due to water shortages.

1-WATER FOOTPRINTS1Here in Canada, a moratorium has been placed on water withdrawals from a number of prairie rivers – the Bow, the Oldman and the South Saskatchewan – to protect them from drying up. And a new water management framework under development for the lower Athabasca River will place tighter limits on the amount of water that can be withdrawn from the river to support the world’s largest energy project, the Alberta oil sands.

Understanding water risk: The article in the Financial Times also noted that “[Water] is an issue on which businesses need farJPMORGAN greater levels of awareness and understanding.” Efforts on this front are also well underway. A chorus of reports and publications on water and business Pacific-Instituterisk have emerged over the past few years from groups such as JP Morgan, the Pacific Institute and WWF. All recognize WWF-logothat water risk is a multi-dimensional challenge involving physical, regulatory, reputational and financial risks.

WATER FOOTPRINT4Early efforts by business and industry to understand and assess these risks have tended to focus on their operational water footprint – on the implications of local or regional water issues for local production facilities. But in a world of globalized trade, supply chains for most products reach across continents and often stretch around the planet. The result is a complex web of global interdependence on water resources whereby businesses operating in one watershed—which may be water secure – are (often unknowingly) exposed to risks on the other side of the world. So a business operating in Calgary or Toronto may be exposed to “invisible” water risks that stem from water security problems in the fields, farms and factories around the world from which their inputs to production are sourced. This supply-chain water footprint is much more challenging to trace.

WATER FOOTPRINTExposing invisible water risk: This global interdependence on water resources highlights a critical and often overlooked difference between water and carbon GREEN HOUSE GASfootprints. In the same way that a carbon footprint quantifies the amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by a product or organization, a water footprint quantifies the amount of water required – both directly in operations and indirectly along supply chains – to produce goods and services.

But there are important differences. When an individual or organization emits greenhouse gases, it adds to the growing global pool accumulating in the planet’s atmosphere – the impacts of IMAGE4which, while maybe different in nature and severity depending on location, are shared around the world. Not so for the impacts of water footprints. The availability of freshwater resources and impact on freshwater ecosystems are much more localized. To understand the full water footprint impacts of a business or product we have to look much closer to the ground – at the many regions or watersheds where a supply chain may touch down.

For example, as1.-tar-sands-in-hands upgrading and refining phases to produce usable product, its impacts on freshwater resources and ecosystems stretch across North America. Extraction processes withdraw and pollute water from the Athabasca River. As the bitumen moves to upgrading facilities near Edmonton, its impacts expand to include the waters of the North Saskatchewan River. And this upgraded product is refined in facilities across North America, including the Great Lakes Basin, further expanding the impacts to include the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem…

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Tony Maas is the director of WWF’s freshwater program.

T.G.I.F. ~ SIMPLE TEST WILL BLOW YOUR MIND

TGIF MATH TEST

This Simple Test Will Blow 98% Of People’s Minds. You Other 2%… Well, You’re Weird.

    

The following is a reblog of Viralnova’s April 30, 2014 post – many thanks!!! htttp://www.viralnova.com is one of my favorite sites that I subscribe to – check it out.

RED_GREENThis is a simple test, but what happens at the end will probably blow your mind. It happens to be one of those cool things that no one can really explain, but is totally fascinating. It isn’t hard science, but you need to try it and see for yourself.

SMILEY2Don’t write anything down or use a calculator. This is just simple arithmetic… 

math test

WALKINGAre you in overwhelming percentage that thought “red hammer?”
What about “red” or “hammer?”
If you’re in that 2% that thought of something else, you have to show others this.

O.k. so my mind’s blown – to my astonishment ‘red hammer’ was my answer – at least I’m not in the “weird” category.

I would love to know how we’re drawn to answer this way.

Read more at http://www.viralnova.com/neat-test/#4GDXsgWpPgXz2d4m.99

 

Healthy Wonders of Water, Part 2 + video!

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Healthy Wonders of Water, Part 2

I’ve included a really great informative video for you, “Nutrition Health Secret – The Power of Water” ~ please see below…

Water and Your Diet: Staying Slim and Regular With H2O
WATER TUMMY Stay Slimmer With Water
Trying to lose weight? Water revs up metabolism and helps you feel full.
Replace calorie-filled beverages with water, and drink a glass before meals to help you feel fuller. Drinking more water helps amp up metabolism – especially if your glass is icy cold. Your body must work to warm the water up, burning a few extra calories in the process.
Water Boosts Your EnergyWOMAN DRINKING WATER
If you’re feeling drained and depleted, get a pick-me-up with water. Dehydration makes you feel tired. The right amount of water will help your heart pump your blood more effectively. And water can help your blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells.

WOMAN SWIMMINGLower Stress With Water
About 70% to 80% of your brain tissue is water. If you’re dehydrated, your body and your mind are stressed. If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already a little dehydrated. To keep stress levels down, keep a glass of water at your desk or carry a sports bottle and sip regularly.

Nutrition Health Secret – The Powers of Water Uploaded on 23 Oct 2007 Water is the super nutrient which allow all of the processes of nutrition to work.

MAN MUSCLEBuild Muscle Tone With Water
Drinking water helps prevent muscle cramping and lubricates joints in the body. When you’re well hydrated, you can exercise longer and stronger without “hitting the wall.”

WOMAN WASHING FACENourish Your Skin
Fine lines and wrinkles are deeper when you’re dehydrated. Water is nature’s own beauty cream. Drinking water hydrates skin cells and plumps them up, making your face look younger. It also flushes out impurities and improves circulation and blood flow, helping your skin glow.

FEET IN WATER2Stay Regular With Water
Along with fiber, water is important for good digestion. Water helps dissolve waste particles and passes them smoothly through your digestive tract. If you’re dehydrated, your body absorbs all the water, leaving your colon dry and making it more difficult to pass waste.

KIDNEY STONESWater Reduces Kidney Stones
The rate of painful kidney stones is rising. One of the reasons could be because people — including children — aren’t drinking enough water. Water dilutes the salts and minerals in your urine that form the solid crystals known as kidney stones. Kidney stones can’t form in diluted urine, so reduce your risk with plenty of water!

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

GLASS WATER ON SANDMost healthy adults get enough to drink by letting their thirst guide them. But the exact amount you need depends on your size, level of activity, the weather, and your general health. You may need more water if you exercise or sweat heavily.
http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-water-9/slideshow-water-health