Linda's Canadian Adventure

Olie lek

Posted by: Linda | July 25, 2007, 8:52 pm

Zelfs in Nederland was het op het nieuws, in Burnaby is gisteren tijdens wegwerkzaamheden een olieleiding gesprongen. 240.000 liter ruwe olie spoot de lucht in, over huizen en tuinen en uiteindelijk het water in. Het is niet ver bij mijn huis vandaan, zo’n 4 km. De olieraffinaderij staat ook niet zo ver hier vandaan.

Het is echt ongelooflijk dat dit gebeurd is. De wegwerkers dachten dat de pijpleiding ergens anders liep. Het zal nog moeten blijken wat de gevolgen voor natuur en milieu zullen zijn. In ieder geval zal alle natuur dat onder de olie zit langzaam afsterven en er wordt gevreesd voor de dieren die in en op het water leven: vogels, zeehonden en vissen. Misschien dat we in de dierenopvang vogels binnenkrijgen die onder de olie zitten, ik hou jullie op de hoogte.

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Certifying organic

Posted by: Linda | 8:28 pm

cbc.ca

Consumers looking for organically grown food now need only to check for the Canada Organic label, a maple leaf rising above two hilltops.
In July 2007, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency unveiled the new Canada Organic logo, which can only be used on food certified as meeting Canadian standards for organic production, such as using natural fertilizers and raising animals in conditions that mimic nature. In July 2007, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency unveiled the new Canada Organic logo, which can only be used on food certified as meeting Canadian standards for organic production, such as using natural fertilizers and raising animals in conditions that mimic nature.
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The label ensures producers have grown the products within certain guidelines. A food product can only be stamped with the logo if 95 per cent of its ingredients are organic. The product must also have been grown using natural fertilizers, and animals must be raised in as natural an environment as possible, the federal watchdog says.

Previously, Canadian organics were accredited by an assortment of authorities, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Quebec and British Columbia were the only two provinces to regulate organic produce. But in December 2006, the federal government announced the unified regulation plan, after the European Union had threatened to ban Canadian produce.

Canada’s biggest organic cash crop is wheat. Half of it is exported to Europe. Most of the rest goes to the United States, which has had government regulations on organic farming for several years. It was feared that losing the European market could have cost Canada’s organic farmers half a billion dollars over the next decade.

On Sept. 2, 2006, the federal government announced its plan to regulate and certify organic foods. Instead of more than two dozen bodies overseeing voluntary standards, one body — the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) — is now trusted with the job of ensuring mandatory regulations are followed.

Under the new rules, farmers who want their produce to carry the new “Canada Organic” label have to apply in writing for certification. The application must include:

* The name of the agricultural product.
* The substances used in its production.
* The manner in which those substances are used.
* A report setting out in detail the methods of production and the control mechanisms in place to ensure that those methods comply at all times with the organic standards.

As well, product labels would have to comply with the Food and Drugs Act and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and their regulations.

It’s not just fruits and vegetables that carry the current “Certified Organic” label. There’s organic milk, organic cheese and organic butter. There are even organic processed foods — including cereals, pastas and corn chips.
‘Natural,’ ‘free-range’ not necessarily organic

If you thought that organic means pesticide-free, you may be surprised to find that’s not true.

Pesticides are so pervasive in the air and in our environment that no crop can be declared totally free of synthetic chemicals.

If you buy poultry that’s labelled as free-range, you cannot assume that it is also organic. The same holds true for the word “natural.” There are currently no standards on the use of the word “natural” when labelling agricultural products.
Organics a billion-dollar industry

The organic food industry has been growing at a dizzying pace in Canada — 15 to 20 per cent per year over the past decade. It’s now a billion-dollar industry that has moved from small specialty shops to the country’s largest supermarket chains.

The Certified Organic Growers Association says there were 3,618 certified organic growers in Canada in 2005, with another 241 farmers in the process of converting their conventional farms to organic.

More than 530,000 hectares of land are dedicated to growing organic food, the largest crop being wheat.

Organic foods have grown in popularity in recent years, according to the Certified Organics Report released in May by the Nielsen Company. It found that more than half of Canadian households purchased organically grown food in 2006, saying they were primarily driven by concerns over pesticides in non-organic foods.

Ruptured oil line gushing ‘river of oil’ into Burrard Inlet

Posted by: Linda | July 24, 2007, 1:09 pm

news1130.com

Tuesday, July 24 – 1:30 PM

BURNABY (NEWS1130) – A rupture in an oil line has sent thousands of litres of oil out of a pipeline beneath the Barnet Highway in Burnaby, and the area is being evacuated. Witnesses are calling it a ‘river’ of oil, spraying high into the air and covering homes downwind from the rupture. They also say there is so much oil it’s now pouring into Burrard Inlet, potentially becoming a major spill. A road crew apparently ruptured the line.

Workers in the area are saying the line carries crude from oil tanker docks to a nearby refinery. Burnaby firefighters, police and oil workers are all responding. Evacuations are underway in homes from West of Inlet Drive, along Ridge, Belcarra, Malibu Drive and North Cliff Cresent.

Immortalized

Posted by: Linda | July 20, 2007, 10:24 am

Not very new any more, but I thought it would be nice to mention. I’m very active in the local group of the Sierra Club and our group is immortalized in a book. It’s a book with people and organizations from the Canadian west coast with ‘a vision for a better and healthier, greener lifestyle’.

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We had an official photoshoot with a make-up artist who thought we all looked ‘fabulous’.

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Clockwise from the top: Anita, Linda, Jami, Eric en Paul

Unfortunately I’m not recognized on the streets yet…

Vereeuwigd

Posted by: Linda | 10:15 am

Voor mij is het eigenlijk geen nieuwtje meer, maar ik vond het toch leuk om even te melden. Ik ben erg actief in de lokale groep van de Sierra Club en onze groep is nu vereeuwigd in een boek. Het is een boek met allerlei mensen en organisaties uit deze regio met een ‘visie voor een betere en gezondere levensstijl’.

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Het was een officiele fotoshoot compleet met make-up artist die ons allemaal ‘fabulous’ vond.

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met de klok mee vanaf boven: Anita, Linda, Jami, Eric en Paul

Ik word helaas nog niet herkend op straat…

Live Earth Vancouver

Posted by: Linda | July 11, 2007, 10:30 pm

Live Earth was also a little bit in Vancouver last Saturday. The concerts were shown on a large screen and local artists performed on stage. I was there with the Sierra Club and talked to a lot of people. Mike performed with his band Damsel Fly. It was very special to be part of this event together.

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The Sierra Club, Jessica, Eric and Aki

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Damsel Fly in action. The festival was very well organized with a lot of volunteers. The band was never treated so well before, Mike got help carrying his gear and there was food and drinks.

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The audience could sit on the stairs, among them William and Sheri.

Konijntje

Today I had to take care of a very young rabbit. The little animal was brought to the Wildlife Rescue, but because it isn’t wildlife they aren’t allowed to keep it. Until another solutions was found I took it home and gave it water every half hour.

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Live Earth Vancouver

Posted by: Linda | 10:23 pm

Afgelopen zaterdag was Live Earth ook een beetje in Vancouver. Op een scherm werden de concerten vertoond en op een podium waren lokale artiesten te zien. Ik was de hele dag aanwezig met de Sierra Club en heb heel veel gepraat en gediscussieerd met mensen. Mike trad op met z’n band Damsel Fly. Het was erg leuk om hier samen deel van uit te maken.
Het was een mooie zonnige dag en we waren middenin Downtown Vancouver op het terrein van de universiteit.

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De Sierra Club, Jessica, Eric en Aki

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Damsel Fly in actie. Het was allemaal erg goed geregeld met heel veel vrijwilligers. De band is nog nooit zo goed behandeld.
Mike werd geholpen met het dragen van z’n spullen en er was volop eten en drinken

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Het publiek zat lekker op de trap, waaronder William en Sheri

Konijntje

Vandaag moest ik een paar uur op een piepklein konijntje passen. Het beestje was naar de Wildlife Rescue gebracht, maar omdat het geen wild konijn is mogen zij haar niet houden. Tot er een andere oplossing gevonden werd moest ik haar elk half uur water geven.

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Ik kon het niet laten om ook nog een filmpje te maken.

Groetjes vanuit een heel zonnig Burnaby!

Global Habitat Festival

Posted by: Linda | July 4, 2007, 9:11 pm

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Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on 7/7/07 that will bring together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis.

Vancouver is part of this event!

Saturday July 7 2007, 12:00 – 9:00 pm, Robson Square.

The Global Habitat Festival is featuring live music, art, an eco-village and live
coverage of the monumental global event Live Earth. (Free admission, all ages)

Global Habitat Festival aims to raise public awareness about solutions to
climate change and inspire people to be part of the solution by making
meaningful and lasting changes in their lives.

Come visit me at the Sierra Club booth and
come see Damsel Fly perform at 5:30 – 6:00pm!

Cheers, Linda

www.globalhabitatfestival.com

www.liveearth.org

www.sierraclub.ca/lmg

www.damsel-fly.com

Global Habitat Festival

Posted by: Linda | 9:06 pm

global_habitat_festival

Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on 7/7/07 that will bring together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis.

Vancouver is part of this event!

Saturday July 7 2007, 12:00 – 9:00 pm, Robson Square.

The Global Habitat Festival is featuring live music, art, an eco-village and live
coverage of the monumental global event Live Earth. (Free admission, all ages)

Global Habitat Festival aims to raise public awareness about solutions to
climate change and inspire people to be part of the solution by making
meaningful and lasting changes in their lives.

Come visit me at the Sierra Club booth and
come see Damsel Fly perform at 5:30 – 6:00pm!

Cheers, Linda

www.globalhabitatfestival.com

www.liveearth.org

www.sierraclub.ca/lmg

www.damsel-fly.com

Tineke’s page

Posted by: Linda | July 3, 2007, 12:53 pm

Read about Linda’s passion that she wanted to keep a secret on Tineke’s page

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