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10 Life Rules


Do you have life rules that you live by, here are some thoughts about life rules to live by

  1. Nobody is thinking about you – So much energy is wasted on worrying, everyone is thinking about themselves – banish paranoid thoughts – so if someone is about to get you don’t fret about it, you can not control
  2. Live by the 70/20/10 rule – ignore the 10% that you will not be able to change, focus your time on the 20%
  3. Appearance is frequently reality – be yourself
  4. Envy no one – ever
  5. Don’t blame the parents for one’s life
  6. Never bring news of slander to a friend – if a friend bring bad news your guard is down and you react, if an enemy slander you, discount it
  7. Never expect gratitude – if you are spending you life to expect glory, you are going to burn yourself out.
  8. Go against the crowd be a leader not a follower
  9. Be a positive person
  10. Self praise is no honor, you are a braggart, if another person says you’re great, people pay attention

Re-use papers


Tips on how to use and buy re-useable papers.

Look for the EcoLogo on paper and other office supplies. All purchases should be made with environmental considerations in mind.

  • Double-up! Produce double-sided documents and photocopies.
  • Reduce paper usage by using electronic mail.
  • Collect paper that has previously been used on one side and re-use it for fax messages, draft documents and notepads.
  • Pass items you no longer need on to co-workers who can make use of them.
  • Save and re-use binders, file folders, envelopes, paper clips, elastics, etc.
  • Use your own re-usable coffee cup, rather than a disposable cup.

World without borders


What does it mean to be Canadian when we come from everywhere?

How do we forge a shared national purpose among people who have never shared anything before?

The world is coming to Canada. More and more Canadians are global citizens, exploring the world or staying connected to our countries of origin more instantly, more easily and more inexpensively than ever before.

We are Canadians without borders, looking outward to an exciting future. We have come together from every corner of the globe to continue to build a progressive, vigorous, multi-ethnic democracy that is unique in human history. We want to embrace the national responsibilities that have been thrust upon us because of our unique place in the international community.

Our destiny is to show that Canada can be a model for a troubled world increasingly challenged by religious and sectarian friction, and environmental catastrophes. Our growing diversity as a people, our huge pool of human talent, is our greatest strength from which to forge a clear, national purpose.

We need bold and visionary national leadership to inspire us to confidently take on the world and convey a sense of forward motion.

We need national leadership that inspires Canadians once again to believe that those in public life can translate rhetoric into action. We need a national government that governs for the Canadian people, not the provincial premiers, and that brings forward initiatives with clarity and conviction.

Here are some examples of what such leadership could achieve:

We need a vigorous national commitment to establish the best public education system in the world. Among other things, this should mean:

Child care, including early childhood education, available in the schools (elsewhere as necessary) from the age of 3.

Enhanced parental leave to permit one parent to stay home with children for at least the early years of a child\’s life.

No public funding for faith-based schools and a curriculum that includes serious study of religions of the world.

Funding to ensure that there is a teacher\’s assistant in every classroom.

Schools open in the evening and serving as community hubs.

Assured access to the full range of post-secondary education to all qualified students.

We must once and for all devote the attention and resources necessary to put an end to Third-World conditions among aboriginal Canadians.

We must likewise take all necessary steps to achieve equality of opportunity for all Canadians in practice, not just in theory. We must solve the foreign credentials problem that has deeply hurt so many new Canadians, and provide adequate infrastructure to help new Canadians maximize their potential through language training, settlement services and internship programs that provide work experience.

We must also establish wage security to enhance the employment insurance of those whose jobs are displaced by global forces, and take much more effective steps to eliminate poverty and unemployment.

We should have true national standards for medicare, with a commission at the national level establishing what services should be necessary for all Canadians, from autism therapy to physiotherapy.

As important as it is that we find cures to the diseases affecting Canadians, we must also take much more aggressive national action against environmental causes of ill health and disease, such as by identifying and eliminating the toxic chemicals and pesticides to which Canadians are exposed daily.

The time is long overdue for the national government to:

Put an end to the costly, wasteful barriers to trade among provinces.

Create a single national securities regulator.

Take firm steps to make Canada the greenest country on the planet, with a minister of the environment on a par with the minister of finance.

We can start by putting a price on carbon and introducing a carbon levy on polluting activities, including a levy on gas at the pump. This will provide substantial dedicated funding for a wide range of initiatives designed to increase energy efficiency and conservation, and develop new sources of clean, renewable energy, including a national electricity grid. The additional revenues can contribute to a reduction in personal income taxes and ensure that business and investment taxes remain competitive.

The time is also long overdue for a well-funded national infrastructure program to help establish public transit, new sewers, safe water supplies, and ensure repairs to existing bridges, roads and railways.

Finally, almost every aspect of our daily lives has a global dimension. All the serious challenges we face – whether climate change, dreadful poverty, wars, sicknesses, nuclear proliferation, terrorism – require global co-operation and decisive national leadership.

With clear global vision and bold national leadership, Canadians are uniquely positioned to be in the front ranks of a world without borders.

Take a Houseboat Vacation


A houseboat is a large RV that runs on water instead of the highway. You move in, set up housekeeping and use the houseboat to get around. A houseboat vacation is relaxing, with little to do all day but swim, cruise around exploring lake’s, picnic on a n island, read, play games or take a nap. I’s a nice change of pace if you want to slow down for a while.

What’s Included

Most houseboats will have a generator and heater. Some have an air conditioner or evaporation cooler. You’ll find taps for hot and cold lake water as well as fresh water. You’ll often find a gas-powered barbecue on deck and deck chairs.

Most houseboats have fully-stocked kitchens with a refrigerator/freezer, gas stove, microwave, oven, blender, coffee maker and toaster, along with dishes, silverware and plenty of pots and pans. They even provide the dish soap. If you need extra storage for cold foods, make sure there\’s a supplementary ice chest.

Sometimes you can find restaurants at marinas around the lake, but it’s more fun to eat on the boat. Plan simple meals that everyone can help prepare, or make them ahead at home and freeze them. Bring ready-to-bake cookies or a cake mix, especially in cooler weather.

Things to Bring on a Houseboat Vacation

Know what’s provided. You probably won’t need to bring your flyswatter or toilet paper, but you will need to bring you own bedding. Don’t make any assumptions. Ask if you have any questions about what the rental company does and does not provide, ask.

Think through what you’ll be doing and what you’ll need to do it and make a list. Check with each person who’s going along to see what they might want to bring. These are some of the things everyone will need:

  • Towels: Bath towels, hand towel for bathroom
  • Bath mat
  • Bathroom air freshener
  • Bath soap
  • Sheets and blankets for the beds or sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Earplugs (to block noise for a better sleep)
  • Games, cards, books
  • Slippers to wear inside or warm socks (in cooler weather)
  • Paper and pens, so you can leave each other notes
  • Binoculars
  • When you go on shore, you\’ll pick up a lot of mud on your feet that\’s easy to track inside. Bring a doormat or an extra pair of shoes to wear inside.
  • Bring a cell phone, or even better two phones that use different service providers. They’ll come in especially handy if you forget something or get in trouble.
  • If you own them, walkie-talkies can be very handy when trying to maneuver or anchor.
  • The on-board refrigerator runs on propane and has only eight cubic feet of capacity. If you’re taking a lot of food, you’ll need ice for the auxiliary ice chest.
  • Butane match (the kind you might use to light a barbecue), cigarette lighter or kitchen matches
  • Wood for a bonfire.

Clothing you might not think of:

  • Waterproof fanny pack for your wallet
  • Warm clothing for the evening. It can get quite cool on the lake any time of year
  • Water shoes that are also suitable for light hiking. Closed-toed ones are better than sandals.

Orientation

Orientation will take about an hour. Pay close attention, ask questions, take notes. It all sounds easy until you\’re in the middle of the lake and forget how something works.

  • If you have a digital camera along, take pictures to help you remember
  • Don’t stop at listening to instructions about how to drive the boat. Ask if you can back it out, go in a short circle and come back in with your instructors. It’s harder than it seems, and you may be able to avoid what happened to us when we ended up stuck against the dock going the wrong way.
  • Practice tying and untying the boat with your instructor.

Boating Tips

Try to keep track of where you are by matching the landmarks you pass such as marinas and boat ramps to the map.

Before you try tasks that require a lot of coordination like tight maneuvers or anchoring, appoint one person to be the only one who make decisions. Discuss every step in detail before you start, and once started, obey your leader.

You Know You are From Canada When …


1. You only know three spices: salt, pepper and ketchup.
2. You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
3. Canadian Tire on any Saturday is busier than the toy stores at Christmas.
4. You\’ve taken your kids trick-or-treating in a blizzard.
5. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled in  with snow.
6. You think sexy lingerie is tube-socks and a flannel nightie with  only 8buttons.
7. The local paper covers national and international headlines on 2 pages, but requires 6 pages for hockey.
8. You know which leaves make good toilet paper.
9. You find -40C a little chilly.
10. The trunk of your car doubles as a deep freeze.
11. You attend a formal event in your best clothes, your finest  jewelery and your Sorels.
12. You understand the Labatts Blue commercials.
13. You perk up when you hear the theme from “Hockey Night in Canada”.

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Tips on how to use your car in a green society


On-road vehicles contribute up to 35 per cent of the emissions that are involved in smog formation and up to18.5 percent of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Between 10 and 15 percent of Canada’s fleet are older, pre-1988, or poorly maintained vehicles that generate

  1. Reduce warm-up idling – start driving after no more than 30 seconds of idling because excessive idling is not good for your engine.
  2. Turn it off after 10 seconds – turn your engine off if you are going to be stopped for more than 10 seconds, except in traffic.
  3. Minimize use of remote car starters – these devices encourage you to start your vehicle before you are ready to leave, which means wasteful idling.
  4. Use a block heater – in temperatures below 0°C, use this device to warm up the engine before starting your vehicle. This will improve fuel efficiency and reduce exhaust emissions.
  5. Spread the word!

Turn it Off

  • Turn your vehicle off when parked or waiting to pick someone up.
  • In winter, avoid using a remote car starter – these devices encourage you to start your vehicle before you’re ready to leave, which increases wasteful idling.
Restarting the engine uses less fuel than 10 seconds of idling and produces less air pollution.

Idling gets you nowhere!

http://ottawa.ca/city_services/environment/city/programs/idling/index_en.html

Did you know that…

An idling vehicle emits nearly 20 times more pollution than one traveling at 50 km/h.

Ten seconds of idling uses more gas than restarting an engine.

$1.3 million of fuel is idled away by Canadians annually.

  • Fast starts and hard braking only reduce travel time by 2.5 minutes for the average hour-long trip. You also use 39% more fuel, and produce as much as 5 times more exhaust emissions.
  • Limit the use of your vehicle’s air conditioner. In stop-and-go traffic, air conditioning can increase fuel consumption by as much as 20%.
  • Use gasoline with 10% ethanol and don’t overfill. When the pump stops the first time, don’t restart it. Spillage is a major source of ozone pollution.
  • Drive your vehicle less. Walk, cycle, carpool or take public transit more often, and reduce your fuel consumption by 10 litres a month. Plan ahead and “chain” your errands so you get everything done in one trip.
  • Drive at the posted speed limit. With most vehicles, increasing your cruising speed from 100 kilometres per hour to 120 kilometres per hour will increase fuel consumption by about 20%. Speeding also reduces the life of your tires. On the highway, use cruise control to maintain a steady speed and reduce fuel consumption.
The number of tonnes of CO2 produced by driving 20,000 km a year:
Mid-sized SUV = 6 tonnes
Mid-sized sedan = 4 tonnes
Gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle = 2 tonnes
  • A poorly maintained vehicle uses up to 50% more fuel and produces up to 50% more GHG emissions than a vehicle that is serviced regularly.
  • Check your tire pressure at least once a month. With under-inflated tires, your vehicle can use up to 3% more fuel.
  • Block heaters reduce air pollution by reducing the amount of fuel required to warm the engine. When it’s below freezing, use a time to turn on your block heater for one to two hours before start-up.
Every litre of gasoline that your car burns produces 2.4 kilograms of CO2
  • A vehicle that’s 25% more fuel efficient will reduce your GHG emissions and save $360 on an average annual gasoline bill of $1440.
  • If you’re shopping for a new vehicle, check the EnerGuide label for its estimated fuel consumption and annual fuel cost. Also, check out the list of the most fuel-efficient vehicles by category and year at http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/vehicles/home.cfm.
  • If you are buying a used vehicle, check the on-line Fuel Consumption Guide for information about its fuel efficiency at http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/vehicles/home.cfm.

On-road vehicles contribute up to 35 per cent of the emissions that are involved in smog formation and up to18.5 percent of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Between 10 and 15 percent of Canada’s fleet are older, pre-1988, or poorly maintained vehicles that generate up to 50 percent of these total emissions.

Allergies: Suffer the Sneezing Worker


Ah May: the leaves are opening, flowers blooming, your eyes are a watery haze and your nose is running like a faucet. Allergy season is here!

In its Spring edition, Allergic Living magazine looks at the hidden toll of spring allergies and finds a lot more than cases of the sniffles. In fact, there is widespread “presenteeism” on the job – in which allergic employees show up but are too irritable, congested and sleep-deprived to do a proper day’s work. And the costs? One study puts it at a staggering $593 per employee a year – ahead of high stress.

Speaking of stress, Allergic Living for Spring also reveals the growing level of anxiety among children with food allergies. The problem, according to experts, starts with well-meaning parents who talk too openly with young children about the risk of death from anaphylaxis. Rather than preparing their children to manage the condition, the kids become scared, and by school age are mistrustful and anxious.

For excerpts from the issue, see www.allergicliving.com

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