Sierra Club Blog Posts
Conservatives, Liberals and Bloc MPs have teamed up to avoid voting on funding asbestos.
Have you ever heard something and just couldn't believe what you heard? It
happened to me today at the Standing Committee on Natural Resources Committee.
Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources and MP for the asbestos mining region of Québec told the committee that Chrysotile Institute is not a lobby group. I was stunned. Did he really say that? So I checked and yes, he did say it!
Here's why I was so stunned. According to the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada's website, the Chrysotile Institute has an Active Registration Number (# 781292-13573-5). They have even reported to the Commissioner that they receive $250,000 annually from Natural Resources Canada - one of the federal departments it says it lobby's. ... Read more »
I've always found it strange that people can so quickly dismiss environmental concerns. I've been shocked and appalled when the governments we elect choose to do likewise.
I grew up in a city and I still live in a city. In fact, there's a good chance I will always live in a city - more and more of us are living in them after all. Yet, for all my time in a city, I've continually been amazed to find people who know nothing of the city they live in and have no desire to learn or to explore.
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Today marks Canada's first Bottled Water Free Day.
Why would you pay for a plastic bottle of (now contaminated) water, when you can turn on the tap and it's there, for fraction of the price, and is tested more often? AND it's local water, not water trucked in from somewhere else in the country, or, goodness forbid, the globe!
Why is bottled water so bad? Well, Derek sums it up very well in an amusing way, and I totally agree. ... Read more »
Day 10 already!
Just for those who may be curious, I am still maintaining a healthy level of personal hygiene. I'm not covering it up with perfume or anything. haha
I also haven't been running marathons, though. I've thought about jogging since it's getting nice out. I should do that and bathe afterwards and see if the same amount of water still does a good enough job...
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Check it out here. She also talked to my pal Alina, who is blogging about her progress here, and also here, with Kevin Freedman, creator of this lovely challenge, now in its second year! :)... Read more »
As many of you are likely aware, March 8th is International Women's Day. (*Apologies for the late post, I'm having some serious internet problems at home!)
How does this relate to water? In a number of ways:
Mopping without water? Easy and effective.
This might sound crazy but it's actually really straightforward, and my kitchen floor is squeaky clean right now.
I use a microfibre mop cloth, which is great for a number of reasons. Mainly, it picks up and stores dirt naturally without spreading it all over your floor. Also, because it's a thin piece of cloth, you're mopping your floor with a damp textured cloth instead of a giant sponge in a bucket of water that will become dirty and potentially make a mess by getting too much water on the floor, you could spill it, etc.... Read more »
The past couple of days have been a whirlwind, really. Between analyzing and responding to the Speech from the Throne and the 2010 Federal Budget, and personal activities in the evening (like open mics and dance lessons), I haven't found the time to keep up on my blogging! Sincere apologies. (But you didn't miss anything too exciting, I promise.)... Read more »
So doing dishes last night took quite some time (30-45 minutes), but only about 1.685 L of water or so, so that's not bad considering the amount (and the quality) of dishes I did.
Overall, I used 10.514 L of water yesterday, even with the dishes! --AND the best part is that I got to recycle 1.89 L of that into my toilet tank to offset when I flush. Recycling water? Yes. Totally. It's called soft path. I'm going to be talking about it a lot this month.
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So far, so good. In fact, I'm surprised at how little water I've used so far! Yesterday totalled a whopping 10.11 L for the entire day. --That being said, I did eat lunch at a restaurant and dinner at a friend's house, so I guess I 'outsourced' the water used to wash those dishes (though I did avoid bringing home styrofoam, which Ottawa isn't yet recycling).
I also drank a 355mL gingerale that I didn't factor in.
Moving forward, I think I'm going to avoid bottled or canned beverages for the rest of the month, and also avoid eating at restaurants as much as possible.... Read more »