Monthly Archives: February 2013

IS THE GRASS ALWAYS GREENER?

         

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A lush lawn can be a drain on scarce water resources, but it may also be a boon to cities with storm water issues ~ published in Water Canada magazine, Nov./ Dec. issue ~by Kerry Freek

LAWN BLOG PARCHED LAWNYour city is suffering from an extended summer drought. Every blade of grass has recoiled from the sun. Every lawn has large, crispy sections which look more like hay than turf. One home’s lawn, however, defies the sun, looking lush; thriving in the sun. Feelings of jealousy override any rational belief that you’re part of the water conservation solution, making a small sacrifice for the greater good. Your aesthetically inclined neighbour has clearly ignored the citywide watering ban, but you have to admit that his lawn looks good.

LAWN BLOG TURFIn this era of climate change, extended drought and fiercer rain events, municipalities are finding that their storm water systems are inadequate. Cash strapped councils are beginning to see the benefits of low-impact development best practices, which include increasing permeable surface coverage with comparatively cheaper plants and grasses to help with infiltration. “Turf grass is an incredible filter,” says Alan White, president of Burlington, Ontario-based Turf Systems, who says that healthy, well-kept lawns can also help cool concrete urban heat sinks, manage carbon emissions, and increase oxygen production.

LAWN BLOG6Picking the right plant ~ Jealous neighbour jokes aside, watering bans are growing increasingly common across the country. However, while water scarcity is concern, it doesn’t always make lawns entirely out of the question. In fact, healthy lawns and water conservation practices may be able to coexist—at least for short periods of drought.

LAWN BLOG grass seedlingIt’s all about the right plant in the right place. Richardson says the key is to select the proper species and cultivars. “In extremely dry regions, it’s always prudent to use warm season grasses if they are adapted, but cool season grasses can be used with proper selection of species and cultivars.”

BLOG LAWN GRASS SEEDFinding the right grass can be difficult, partly because the broad use of the term “drought resistant” has many people confused. The current seed and sod market is saturated by companies with big claims and no proof. “Everybody has put ‘drought resistant’ on their packages…

LAWN BLOG RAIN GARDENChristine Zimmer of the Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC) says grass plays a role in a landscape’s ecosystem services, but the real key is biodiversity – especially when it comes to storm water management practices. How does a permaculture or rain garden stack up against a lawn made up of one species of grass, for instance? CVC is currently monitoring the differences in retention between low right-of-way rain gardens and grasses. Zimmer is also worried that the drought tolerant label could confuse consumers. “With new developments, people want a landscape to look nice right from the start. But when developers use turf, you don’t have stabilized roots right away,” says Zimmer. Even if the grass is rated drought tolerant, rain events will shuttle sediment into retention ponds until roots dig into plots.

LAWN BLOG TURF2Turf in cities ~ Still, a standard may go a long way in convincing municipalities and developers to acknowledge turf’s potential. Interest is growing, says Sean Moher of Manderley, Canada’s largest sod producer. “You’d be hard pressed to find a city that isn’t talking about water-wise landscapes and grasses. Drought tolerance is still so new, though. Industry has to be able to catch up to demand.”

LAWN BLOG LANDSCAPEDFor White, however, it’s not just about lawn advocacy. “If I can help people to avoid  installing artificial turf, that’s a win for us,” he says. “But there’s a bigger discussion going on here – landscape is a vital tool; it’s part of our cities’ infrastructure.”

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AMAZING, INGENIUS, YOUNG GLOBAL ENTREPRENEUR

LUDWICK MARISHANE2Student Ludwick Marishane invented a waterless bathing lotion and was named the 2011 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award – all because he didn’t feel like taking baths. One day Ludwick Marishane and his best friend were sunbathing in the sweltering heat in their native Limpopo. Marishane’s friend turned to him and said, “Man, why doesn’t somebody invent something that you can just put on your skin and then you don’t have to bathe?” Marishane, 17 at the time, thought: Yeah, why not? It took six months of research to develop a formula for a lotion that cleanses cheaply and easily – especially important for the 2.5 billion people worldwide who lack proper access to water and sanitation.

Ludwick Marishane: A bath without water

DRYBATHIf you had to walk a mile for a jug of water every day, as millions of people do, it’s unlikely you’d use that precious water to bathe. Young entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane tells the amazing, funny story of how he invented a cheap, clean and convenient solution: DryBath, the world’s first bath-substituting lotion.

DryBath has the same effect as anti-bacterial cleanser, but it’s odorless and creates a biodegradable film that cleanses and moisturizes the skin. Five years later, it’s now available on the market. Marishane has since enrolled at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. 

South African Student Entrepreneur, uploaded to YouTube by TV2Africa


Links ~
http://www.dellchallenge.org/projects/drybath%E2%84%A2-no-more-bathing

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Meet Ludwick Marishane (South Africa), Anzisha Prize Finalist.mp4

OTTAWA RIVERKEEPER ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL

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Ottawa’s First Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Join Ottawa Riverkeeper for an evening of adventure-packed films that celebrate our natural world while raising funds to protect the Ottawa River.

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The evening includes a silent auction, door prizes and the opportunity to speak to the Ottawa Riverkeeper herself, Meredith Brown!

When: Thursday, February 21, 2013 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
(Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Where: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Why: All proceeds from this evening support Ottawa Riverkeeper initiatives, including the purchase of water quality test kits for our Riverwatch Program. Swim. Drink. Fish. It’s your river, it’s your right!

Tickets: $12 General Admission, $50 VIP pass (1 ticket with reserved premium seating and admission to our prescreening reception)

Hosted by Ottawa Riverkeeper, this year’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival features award-winning environmental documentaries with a focus on freshwater.

Through stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling these films inform, inspire and ignite solutions to restore the earth, build strong communities, and create a positive future for the next generation.

Award Winning Films

White Water, Black Gold
Follows David Lavallee on his three year journey across western Canada in search of the truth about the impact of the world’s thirstiest oil industry. This is a journey of jarring contrasts, from the pristine mountain icefields that are the source of this industry’s water, to the Tar Sands tailings ponds. White Water, Black Gold is a sober look at the untold costs associated with this unconventional ‘oil’. Take a sneak peak!

Chasing Water
Follow the Colorado River, source to sea, with photographer Pete McBride who takes an intimate look at the watershed as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family’s Colorado ranch, down river to the sea. Check out the trailer

For a full listing of films…


Amazing Prizes

A Stand Up Paddle group lesson for six from Paddlefit

An Ocean Wise five-course menu by Executive Chef Walid El-Tawel with Restaurant e18hteen

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CANADIAN ROMANCING THE WIND ~ VIDEO GONE VIRAL!!!

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When I began work on this blog I had a link to an absolutely fantastic YouTube video that I received in an e-mail, but unfortunately I can’t use it in this blog in Canada.  I hope that some of you in other countries may be more fortunate and will be able to watch it ~

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=nr9KrqN_lIg

The second video features the World Multiple Kite Flying Champion – Canadian Vancouverite Ray Bethell.
You will be amazed by his mesmerizing and seemingly impossible art of bringing life to his kites.

In the following video Ray Bethell shares a very personal insight into his life from approximately 60 years to the present.

Life in a DayBob and Ray in Vancouver – Ray’s favorite practice park

 

HEALTHY HEART ~ DRINK WATER!

FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTH MONTH 

HOW DOES DRINKING WATER SUPPORT A HEALTHY HEART?

 

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Dole Nutrition Institute answered:

Fluid intake may help support heart health, by affecting factors such as the thickness of blood and plasma. In fact, a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that subjects who drink five or more glasses of water per day have half the risk of fatal coronary heart disease compared with those who drink less than two glasses of water each day. A diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables provides additional hydration help, as produce can provide roughly 20 percent of your water needs. Cucumbers, celery, zucchini, tomatoes, watermelon, strawberries, spinach, grapefruit and broccoli are all more than 90 percent water

TRANSPARENT HEARTGIMPAlkaline Water Health Improvements:
The lack of h2o in people’s diets stands out as the undeniable cause of plenty of common illnesses. People don’t understand that clean, healthy liquid, and the proper intake has enormous health and fitness benefits. If the water is actually alkaline, further enriching our bodies by bringing the acidic material back towards balance, then a health benefits are sustained. You may be astonished to learn that the explanation for and solution to countless common discomforts is too little of water intake. It may possibly be something you’ve been going through your entire life. Increase your water consumption to avoid heart problems.
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Drinking a good amount of water could lower your risks of a heart attack. A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.
TRANSPARENT HEARTGIMPAngina
Angina, also referred to as heart pain or serious heartburn, is a sign of dehydration during the heart and lung axis. Although angina is incredibly crippling, medication should be utilized. Increased water intake will remedy this challenge over time.
TRANSPARENT HEARTGIMPHeartburn
Heartburn is one approach the body signals that there’s a shortage of mineral water in the upper an area of the gastrointestinal tract, generally any esophagus or stomach. You will need to keep this area for the body thoroughly hydrated, because the acidic content of your stomach may be very strong and can be damaging towards the rest of your overall body, particularly the throat.
The most severe part is, many people do not realize that heartburn is signaling anyone to drink more water. As an alternative, they medicate it utilizing pills and antacids. With time, this is detrimental with your health! The continued dehydration and medication may cause inflammation of the belly, with potentials for ulcers, hernias, and in the end cancers in the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the failing liver and pancreas.
Does the temperature of the water matter at all? Believe it or not – it does matter.
Cold water is not as good for hydration as room temperature. The theory is that the cold water causes the blood vessels surrounding stomach to shrink, slowing absorption.
One theory, upon which medical researchers have varying opinions regards whether drinking cold water is as good for you as drinking tepid water, particularly when you are exercising. Some doctors suggest that room temperature or body temperature water is better than cold water, because the body has to expend energy to heat cold water to body temperature, resulting in some water loss.
The problem is that as the COLD drinks pass through our system, they solidify the fats from the foods we have just eaten or are eating at present. This makes the body find it harder to digest and disperse the unwanted fats from our body.
However, if we simply swap our cold drinks for a warm drink (warm water/ coffee/tea/herbals) the warm fluids help the fats in our foods to remain fluid and so easing the digestive system and helping the fats pass through our body (and reduce risk of clogged arteries).
Most people understand the importance of hydration, but the disconnect is how critical to health the source and structure of water is.
Water is your body’s most important nutrient, is involved in every bodily function, and makes up 70- 75% of your total body weight. Water helps you to maintain body temperature, metabolize body fat, aids in digestion, lubricates and cushions organs, transports nutrients, and flushes toxins from your body.

http://www.sharecare.com/question/water_heart_health

 http://natural-body-health.com/heart-attacks-and-drinking-water/

TRANSPARENT HEARTGIMPHeart Attacks and Drinking Warm Water

This is a very good article. Not only about the warm water after your meal, but about heart attacks. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot green tea with their meals, not cold water, maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating.

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this “sludge” reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and may lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal…  

Heart Month: Quiz: Test your own heart health knowledge

http://www.capitalgazette.com/lifestyle/health/quiz-test-your-own-heart-health-knowledge/article_b924020d-3ed0-5603-b938-a20b4e65c6d4.html

TRANSPARENT HEARTGIMPRelated links ~

   http://www.knowledgebase-script.com/demo/article-179.html

   http://www.dumblittleman.com/2007/07/9-great-reasons-to-drink-water-and-how.html

TRANSPARENT HEARTGIMPWater Filter
Instead of spending a fortune on bottled water, invest in a filter for your home. It’ll make tap water taste much better than bottled, at a fraction of the price.

WATER DROPLET1_FOR BLOG ICONQUESTIONS? ~ Call us to help with your home’s water filtration needs.  More and more people realize that even though they are on municipal water, filtering your home water is a necessity now that evidence states more and more dangerous chemicals such as fluoride, trihalomethanes, lead and pharmaceuticals may be in our water.

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FUNNY VALENTINE’S DAY 2013!

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TRANSPARENT HEARTGIMPHappy Valentine’s Day
from your friends
at Rainsoft Ottawa.

TRANSPARENT HEARTGIMPA funny and really cute trip down Valentine’s memory lane ~ WALT DISNEY’S CHIP ‘N’ DALE – “TWO CHIPS AND A MISS”:

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The animation effects in this video are superlative!

Have fun watching Chip’s and Dale’s cavorting antics as they try to outdo one another to get the attention of the enticing Clarice performing at the Acorn Club.

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I blogged this last Valentine’s Day and it was so popular I decided to publish it again, but with added graphics – the collage at the top.

TRANSPARENT HEARTGIMPEnjoy and share with
family and friends!

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TRANSPARENT HEARTGIMPEternally Pure Water Systems, Inc.
5450 Canotek Rd., Unit 66-67
Ottawa, ON K1J 9G5
613-742-0058

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WATER FOOTPRINT

The Global Water Footprint of Humanity

ANGELA MORELLI PHOTOAngela Morelli is an Italian designer. She gained her MA in Communication Design with distinction from Central St Martins, where she specialised in Information Design. Her first degree was in Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and she has an MA in Industrial Design from Milan. She has collaborated with a number of research and commercial organisations in Europe and works as a Graphic and Information Designer. She is based in Norway.

WATER FOOTPRINT1The Global Water Footprint of Humanity is her final MA project, based on research carried out by Unesco and The University of Twente in the Netherlands, and awarded Honorable Mention for Outstanding WOrk at the INDEX:|AIGA Aspen Design Challenge Designing Water’s Future.

Angela Morelli – The Global Water Footprint of Humanity

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Angela Morelli is an Italian information designer based in London. Her love of mathematics led to an engineering degree from the Politecnico of Milan. Her love of design led to a long journey through industrial, communication and information design. Her love for the planet led to a strong passion for global water issues. Her love for science led to dialogues and collaborations with research and commercial organisations in Europe.

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She believes that bringing about change is not an easy task and it can only follow from a true understanding of a problem, from awareness and reflection. Design has a vital, irreplaceable role to play in achieving this understanding through empathic thinking and emotional intelligence.