Archives for May 3, 2019
What goes through your mind when you feel you might have been lied to?
What do you think when it is possible you have been moonlighting for free while under the belief you were doing something for the betterment of the planet?
Interesting questions depending on where you live and who picks up your recycling. Remember a while back we discussed public perception related to social license?
Let us think about an alleged, very deceitful practice that has come to light. It appears in many communities Canadians and Americans have been shamed, bullied and convinced to recycle plastic and who knows what else. We see promotional programs about what companies are doing to make the planet a better place to live. That is a good thing isn’t it? Well maybe.
For some time China was taking our recyclable waste now they are not. So the answer? Many waste companies are shipping your garbage waste, plastic, paper and packaging wrap, old appliances etc off to Vietnam and Indonesia and anywhere else they can find a nook or cranny to dispose of it. Families sort through it and take what they can sell the rest goes to a new home, some of it even in the Ocean.
Our domestic recovery is about ten percent according to some so that means ninety percent is sent off shore, and much of it as pollution drifts back onto our shore. Yes in many cases we are allegedly being lied to by some companies and various levels of government, Feel better knowing you have an unpaid part time job sorting garbage? I don’t mind doing it if I am not being hoodwinked into believing something that is not true. It also does not mean we stop sorting and recycling.
So now that we know what do we do? First ask our local company or companies for assurances in writing that they are not engaged in deceptive practices.
Secondly we must challenge governments to legislate to make sure our standards are enforced and the responsibility of the companies does not become someone else s problem. We must legislate shipping and packaging laws to ensure the container is not way bigger than the content inside the package. Here is an idea. If we want people to sort and do the recycling for free then companies should not be allowed to pass on costs to consumers for oversized packaging. Even more of an incentive have the place of purchase take the recycled packaging. Before you cry out it would not work think about it.
Under those conditions would the store carry products with oversized packaging? A friend of mine has an idea and on occasion has done what I am about to propose. When buying a product wit excessive packaging he unpacks it right after purchase at the til. Maybe more of us should do that.
The oceans are filling with plastic, landfills are expanding at an unprecedented rate and something has to be done to address the issue. A good start would be to have the companies who are engaged in unethical practices to start being honest, and governments at all levels, level with the public about what is really going on.
I am sure we can sort this mess out to everyone’s satisfaction.
Attitude is everything, according to some. Attitude is a mental state that is so strong it is clearly reflected in a person’s behaviour. This can be good and not so good. If my attitude is to accept the world as it is and do my best to enjoy my life, then you would see me doing certain things, like smiling a lot. If my attitude is that the world owes me and I get grouchy when I don’t get what I want, not so pleasant
When someone ‘has an attitude’ they are living inside their head, acting as if they are the only one on the planet. This kind of attitude develops from choosing self righteous thoughts, exclusionary, angry at, uhm, almost everything. I cannot placate someone who has taken an attitude. They seem to have committed to being unhappy. Yes, that’s it, decided that it is better for them to be right than happy. Ouch
I know someone who has taken on an attitude of gratitude. He operates a Gratitude business, has written a gratitude book, does seminars. He has really embraced the attitude of gratitude. The Dalia Lama lives his live from an attitude of forgiveness. He inspires others to adopt the same attitude. When I manage to do that my life feels better. Why not give it a whirl? Adopting any attitude is our choice
Choosing an attitude? What a concept. I saw something recently that I quite enjoyed. It said, ‘I have decided to take up smiling again’. Loving it. My intention drives my choices, my actions and ultimately my results. I’m not sure I fully realized how tightly these are connected. It seems to be saying I can design my life by designing my attitude. Well wow. Sure, now that we read it we know. But did we before?
My attitude is like a commitment to a set of behaviours. And I get to decide on the attitude I will commit to. OK, so how come some people seem to have a truly unhelpful attitude? Did they not choose well or simply not realize we all have this choice. A guy parked so poorly that his car took up three spaces. I asked if he noticed. He gave me attitude. Oh. He thought my attitude needed adjustment. Maybe
(Interesting that Vaseux not included in this list)
Most public beaches throughout the valley are free of invasive weeds due to this program. However, recent changes in provincial and federal regulations are increasingly affecting our most effective treatment method, rototilling in the winter. Rototiiling de-roots milfoil from the lake bottom, reducing stem densities by 80-97% in a single treatment. Rototilling is now prohibited in several areas under provincial regulations.
This recent rototilling prohibition is due to federal and provincial government staff efforts to protect a species of freshwater mussel known as the Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel (RMRM).
These mussels range from southern California, East to Nevada and throughout the Pacific Northwest, but in Canada they are limited to the Okanagan Basin, which represents only 5% of their total population range. Prior to 2003 there had been only 14 occurrences of the RMRM recorded in the Okanagan, and the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) recommended that they be listed as “Endangered” under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).
However, more recent surveys have found healthy populations with successful reproduction rates in several areas throughout the valley. One study in 2015 counted more than 5,500 RMRM in just nine surveyed sites, and estimated the total population at those sites to be more than 13,000. COSEWIC has not re-assessed their recommendation since 2010, and has not accounted for this new information.
Further, November 2011 was the last time that Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans conducted public consultations on the recommendation to list RMRM as endangered under SARA. Milfoil rototilling is now prohibited in any areas where RMRM are found based on an assumption that this weed control method could cause harm to RMRM. However, there is evidence to suggest that allowing milfoil to grow will create conditions which are unsuitable for RMRM, while also creating poor water quality, poor habitat for other species, as well as social and economic harm.
Source: Okanagan Basin Water Board
Letters sent to:
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development asking both to grant an authorization under the federal Fisheries Act for the milfoil control program to continue.
OBWB strongly believe that a more evidence-based and balanced approach is needed before prohibiting milfoil de-rooting and allowing this invasive weed to thrive in our lakes.
OBWB has almost a million dollar annual budget amount paid by local taxpayers to clean the lakes of milfoil.
Seventy percent of North American fresh water mussel species are at risk of becoming extinct. In Canada, the Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel is a freshwater mussel (or bivalve) that is only found in the Okanagan Valley. It is currently listed as Special Concern under Species at Risk Act (SARA) and the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has recommended it be up-listed to Endangered (2010).
Native freshwater mussels are integral components of our natural and cultural heritage. They filter out water pollution, are closely linked to the health of fish populations and are important prey for many other animals. They are a long-lived species and good indicators of ecosystem health, and one of the most endangered groups of animals on earth. Native mussels, such as the Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel live among the gravel and sediment along lake shorelines and river or stream bottoms (invasive zebra/quagga mussels, in contrast, are small and grow in dense clumps on pilings, boats and rocks).
Source: Province of BC
Why is this important – both the provincial and federal government have disallowed roto tilling the bottom of the these two lakes in our area to assist the mussel in prospering in this environment. What can be done? Follow the series.
When I was a child I believed in fairies. My brother was seven years older than my self and he lived with my mother. Mom had to work full time so I was brought up by my grandma so was treated more like an only child. Because of this I spent most of my free time reading, I was taught to read long before I went to school but, because of very little reading material in the house, I almost lived in the local library.
The library was almost at the end of grandma’s street so very accessible without crossing main roads, which I was not allowed to do. Usually young children were allowed two books per visit but, because of my voracious reading habits, I was allowed five. Even so this did not last me for an entire week.
Although my reading skills were above average, I was very immature and my favourite subject was fairies. I read and re-read any stories about fairies that I could get my hands on. I loved the illustrations of dainty little people with wings of fantastic coloured gossamer. Some of the stories I read showed fairies sleeping inside roses and this is what got me into trouble.
Grandma’s neighbour had a beautiful climbing rose that came over the wall into grandma’s yard. By standing on the dustbin I could look into the roses on the top of the wall. Of course I never caught sight of sleeping fairies and thought this was because I only looked in daylight.
One night I managed to stay awake until grandma went to sleep. We shared a bed so I had to be very careful getting up and going downstairs. Taking the matches I very carefully climbed on top of the dustbin, lit a match and began my search. A few matches later and I had investigated all the roses within reach.
Being a somewhat determined child I brought several bricks from the corner of the yard and built a small platform to stand the dustbin on, climbed up again and managed to get on top of the wall. I once more started my investigation of the flowers but, unfortunately let the match burn down low enough to burn my fingers. In my haste to rid myself of the match and suck my poor burnt finger ends I slipped off the wall, onto the dustbin, which fell over making the most awful din.
I was sitting in the garbage that spilled out of the bin when both grandma and the woman from next door came out to see what the noise was. I don’t think grandma realised that I wasn’t in bed until she saw me on the floor. She yanked me onto my feet and marched me into the house double quick, smacking my bottom as she walked.
When I gave her the explanation of looking for fairies, she told me in no uncertain terms that there were no such thing as fairies and then she really dropped the bomb shell…there was no Santa Clause either. I was honestly speechless, how could this possibly be true. I had firmly believed in Santa and even had a spat with one of my school friends when she told me there was no Santa. I had come home that day and told grandma what my friend had said and grandma replied that my friend would probably not get any presents if she said things like that. Now it was really hard to believe that the whole thing was a lie. I felt really betrayed to have had such a cruel trick played upon me and it took me a long time to forgive grandma for spoiling my belief in Santa but more so for disclosing the fact that there are no fairies.
I really love the idea of fairies and can still imagine how these beautiful little beings flit amongst the garden flowers. Maybe, just maybe if I sit very quietly on the deck, in the early morning I may catch sight of brilliant wings hovering over the garden pond and just maybe, it will not be a dragon fly.
No takers I guess
Took less than a half hour to do a quick drive around the core of Oliver to find
3 poles – Fairview at Bridge, Kootenay at Fairview, School Ave at Kootenay
Garbage Cans – signs removed
and the winner is ?