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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

What are you ready to abstain from to stop climate changes?


If all people around the world consume as we do in the west, we would need 5 earths to support it.

So we are domed, as our market economy is based on use consuming more. Our business and government is not going to change this, it comes down to us the individuals to do something about it.

Are you ready to something to stop the climate changes?

What can you do?

For instance, you could change your light bulbs to fluorescent lights, drive your car less, lower the temperature in your house, use public transportation, bike and walk, take the train instead of the air plan.

I like to here from you, what are you willing to stop climate changes?

ALZHEIMERS’ EYE TEST


Count every “F” in the following text:

FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE
SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI
FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH
THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS…

(SEE BELOW)

HOW MANY ?

WRONG, THERE ARE 6 — no joke.

READ IT AGAIN !

Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 F’s before you scroll down.

The reasoning behind is further down.

The brain cannot process “OF”.

Incredible or what? Go back and look again!!

Anyone who counts all 6 “F’s” on the first go is a genius.

Three is normal, four is quite rare.

Send this to your friends.
It will drive them crazy.!
And keep them occupied
For several minutes..!

More Brain Stuff . . From Cambridge University.

Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs.

cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn\’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.

Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if
you can raed tihs psas it on !!

Are our politicians bullies?


Being bullied or being a bully is not only a part of the growing up, in my view, a bully tends to continue being one throughout life; only his tactics change. What is bullying? I visited http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bully and their definition of bullying is “Bullying involves the tormenting of others through verbal harassment, physical assault, or other more subtle methods of coercion such as manipulation. There is currently no legal definition of bullying.”

A bully when entering adult life, is likely select a profession in which they can find ways to assert power; finding suitable jobs in policing, the military, prisons, perhaps even law or politics. It is through politics that one can achieve the highest levels of power in our society today.

Historically the world’s leaders have been politicians and many of them have been dictators who have ruled through bullying. In Canada, we have democracy and an elected government, many of the politicians have law degrees, and so our preferred form of bullying comes out in the handling of our rights, changing or creating new laws.

The true nature of our politicians is revealed in election years, they create an election platform to manipulate our opinion to get our votes, and they verbally assault other party leaders through advertising. In parliament they stand up and verbally harass opposing politicians to discredit them. How can we allow this to happen?

We discuss ways of handling bullying in schools as we find it very upsetting when we hear about our kids engaging in such behavior, but we are not saying much when the political parties goes at each other. This week, the Harper government has launched TV advertisement to discredit Stephan Dion as a leader, somewhat ineptly using out of context clips to cast doubts on his environmental platform. Harper, as the face of the conservative party has allowed his party to show their true face, they are worried about loosing their power so they act as bully to keep it.

Canadian must stand up against such childish schoolyard antics and vote for a party that is concerned about our welfare, our environment, and our health. We cannot allow this to happen over and over again; we need to grow up and stand up for issues that affect our society. We need to see through the negative bullying and through our vote, support the party that is genuine, open to change and actually deal with real issues.

Only in Canada


1. Only in Canada……can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
2. Only in Canada……are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
3. Only in Canada……do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.
4. Only in Canada…..do people order doublecheese burgers, large fries, and a diet coke.
5. Only in Canada……do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.
6. Only in Canada……do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.
7. Only in Canada……do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we don’t miss a call from someone we didn’t want to talk to in the first place.
8. Only in Canada……do we buy hot dogs in packages of twelve and buns in packages of eight.
9. Only in Canada…..do we use the word ‘politics’ to describe the process so well: ‘Poli’ in Latin meaning ‘many’ and ‘tics’ meaning bloodsucking creatures’.
10. Only in Canada……do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.

Canadian traveling in Europe


Three men were traveling in Europe and happened to meet at a bar in London. One man was from England, one from France and one from Canada.

They got acquainted and started talking about their problems with their wives.

The guy from England began by saying: “I told my wife in no uncertain terms that from now on she would have to do the cooking. Well the first day after I told her, I saw nothing. The second day I saw nothing. But on the third day when I came home from work, the table was set, a wonderful dinner was prepared with wine and even dessert.”

Then the man from France spoke up: “I sat my wife down and told her, that from now on she would have to do all the shopping, and also do the cleaning. The first day I saw nothing. The second day I saw nothing. But on the third day when I came home, the whole house was spotless, and in the pantry the shelves were filled with groceries.

The fellow from Canada was married to an enlightened woman from the prairies… He sat up straight on the bar stool, pushed out his chest and said: “I gave my wife a stern look and told her, that from now on she would have to do the cooking, shopping and housecleaning.  Well the first day I saw nothing. The second day I still saw nothing. But on the third day I could see a little bit out of my left eye …”

You have two cows – Freakonomics


TRADITIONAL ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies and the economy grows.
You retire on the income.

INDIAN ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You worship them.

PAKISTANI ECONOMICS

You don’t have any cows.
You claim that the Indian cows belong to you.
You ask the US for financial aid, China for military aid,  British for Warplanes, Italy for machines, Germany for technology,
French for submarines, Switzerland for loans, Russia for drugs and Japan for equipment.
You buy the cows with all this and claim exploitation by the world.

AMERICAN ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You sell one and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.
You profess surprise when the cow drops dead.
You put the blame on some nation with cows & naturally that nation will be a danger to mankind.
You wage a war to save the world and grab the cows.

FRENCH ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You go on strike because you want three cows.

GERMAN ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You reengineer them so that they live for 100 years, eat once a month and milk themselves.

BRITISH ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
They are both mad cows.

ITALIAN ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You don’t know where they are.
You break for lunch.

SWISS ECONOMICS

You have 5000 cows, none of which belong to you.
You charge others for storing them.

JAPANESE ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You redesign them so that they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.
You then create cute cartoon cow images called Cowkimon and market them worldwide.

RUSSIAN ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You count them and learn you have five cows.
You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.
You count them again and learn you have 17 cows.
You give up counting and open another bottle of vodka.

CHINESE ECONOMICS

You have two cows.
You have 300 people milking them.
You claim full employment, high bovine productivity and arrest anyone reporting the actual numbers.

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