It’s not what you think


The First Ten Words by Rich Larson

Chris Cornell, 1964-2017

Chris Cornell died early Thursday morning. His band Soundgarden played a show on Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in Detroit. Two hours after the show ended, he was gone.

For two days, I’ve been working on a piece to pay tribute to him, and it’s been a struggle. Usually when I have a problem like this it’s because I’m staring at a blank screen trying to figure out what I want to say. That’s not the problem this time. The problem is I have way too much to say.

I’m not going to sit here and claim to have been a huge fan of Soundgarden. I didn’t dislike them, I just had to take them in small doses. I was a fan of Cornell. I love “Seasons,” the solo song he had on Cameron Crowe’s movie, Singles. It’s a droning acoustic song about isolation and the…

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Don’t look past the label. Certified Organic Counts.


Read if you are into #organic #food #health #agriculture

Kinsella's Simply Organics - Certified Organic Farm

On January 4, 2017, the CBC presented an article and audio commentary entitled “Look past the label, why some farmers aren’t bothering with getting certified organic”.

The beginning basically discusses one farmer’s perception that they don’t have the time for unnecessary things, like becoming certified organic, and that it creates logistical problems.  In other words, it is too much additional work.

This farmer goes further to say,

 “But I guess, in my ethics, certified organic means you’re taking care of the environment while growing food. Until I feel confident that it’s something I need to do in order to sell my product, and make sure consumers understand how this product is grown, then I’m not 100 per cent on board.”

What is striking about this quote is that, while taking care of the environment is most definitely a priority for certified organic farmers, this particular farmer does not have any clear knowledge…

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Spring Means Fresh #Organic Salad – Recipe


Kinsella's Simply Organics - Certified Organic Farm

It may only be the beginning of January, but for farmers, Spring is just minutes away and it is no exception here on our certified organic farm.

Some of the fastest growing crops include salad greens, spinach and kale. So as a nod to the few months away we are from Spring, here is an easy organic greens salad recipe anyone is sure to enjoy.

Tantalize all the taste buds, bitter, sour, salty, sweet.

Organic greens growing in the sun. Organic greens growing in the sun.


Local certified organic salad greens & spinach

Local certified organic Oregano

Certified organic lemon (juice)


Olive Oil

Local honey or maple syrup

Local organic Feta cheese (if possible to source)

Salt & Pepper to taste

Put it together:

Make sure lettuces & spinach are cleaned.

Hand rip your lettuces & spinach apart in salad bowl.

In separate bowl, combine 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, honey…

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Restaurants & Chefs in Niagara Falls – Local Organic Advantages


Kinsella's Simply Organics - Certified Organic Farm

A recent or so article, published in July 2016, from Toronto Life called “Your salad says it’s local, organic and sustainable – but is it?” tested several restaurants in Toronto to their claims. Canadian restauranteurs do their best to provide their diners with locally sourced foods, but they do end up having to source outside of local, mostly due to seasonal availability issues.  Otherwise, their doors would simply close for good. The Canadian climate can be very uncooperative for farmers in Canada however, many restaurants have clever & sustainably minded chefs that create foods from seasonally available produces which narrows real choices.

Important Facts to Keep in Mind About the Importance of CERTIFIED ORGANIC

  • Organic means grown in soil that is pesticide and chemical free.
  • Certified Organic means that a farm, such as ours, has gone through and continues to go through rigorous processes and testing through government standards.  It is…

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Choose to do Something, Environment Week #emptythetanks #environment #blackfish


I have been working behind the scenes to help others with work in sustainable energy for awhile. I am online frequently and try to bring awareness to news and views with respect to the environment, animals, science etc.

I live in the Niagara region, and I am currently championing an excellent campaign in Ontario called “Green Energy Doors Open”. I am trying, however, I choose to do something I had not done before. I gathered with somewhere over 100 people recently to publicly express my heartfelt unhappiness for at least one very lonely & depressed creature in my local neighbourhood.

Now to be clear, yes, I care about animals, and yes, I have rescued a dog from an abuser.  But this particular, sentient and beautiful creature I am speaking of is not one that I can just simply intervene on by myself.  There are others who feel the same, and I respect that.

My participation is coming from a genuine concern and I could get into the whole back story, but here is the specific focus:

Marineland is holding the last ORCA, the last Killer Whale for entertainment purposes, in Canada, in a swimming pool that, relative to its’ natural environment in the oceans, is like sticking a child into a cage, period.

Being a killer whale, Kiska’s inherent and natural feelings and instincts cannot, in any logical way, shape or form, be duplicated, accommodated or replicated in tiny pools.  Being alone, without her true family, her bloodlines, or even any related company, I can only guess the perpetual sadness and stress that must keep her grinding her almost non-existent teeth (is that even in any way acceptable that her teeth are in such bad shape?). And also, how many times can a killer whale, held in a sardine box pool, become pregnant and in some way not be expected to abort.  This may sound really sick to some or sad to others, but if I was held in captivity, in a cage, forced to become pregnant, alone, hurting and depressed, I would most likely, being a mother, think that my body would reject any child, knowing consciously and with feeling, that their life would be just as bad?

All anyone needs to do is Google Marineland and/or any other SeaWorld Parks and there is not a pretty, entertaining picture being painted.

It bothers me.  I have seen the place behind the scenes where most regular people don’t get to go.  This is the truth.  The tiny holding pools for things like the dolphins, and especially the caged up walruses were such unhappy a to animals see.  There is a conscious sentient being looking back at you when you look them into their eyes.  And their look is utter sadness.

They should never have been put there in the first place and deserve rehabilitation.

There should never be any more wild animals held in cages, in tiny pens.

People can help, with one small step at a time.  People are saying ‘no more’ and understand that these beautiful amazing sentient creatures have families, have feelings and are doing something.

I appreciate the people who attended the gathering at Marineland in Niagara Falls.  I met many people from different places, feeling, reaching out.  They are just regular people, who are doing something.

It may not be what you, as the reader of this blog, may agree with. You may even think it’s ‘loserish’. However, the people who came out to express their concerns are really doing something.

All I suggest is that during this time of Environment Week, we all think about possibly making one choice, one small step and actually do something about something to do with the environment.

I cannot find any logical way to agree that Kiska is in a safe or healthy environment.  She cannot stand up for herself.  She is not being heard by those who own her in any real way, as she is merely property to them.  And those who have taken care of her in the past, present and future will definitely be affected by it, and I hope they too will come out and express their concerns.

I cannot be like Captain Paul Watson, I don’t have the freedom of the seas to do as he does.  I do have a voice, and I do have sons, who also feel that holding any wonderful beautiful sentient creature, out of its’ natural environment, is just wrong.

Please make a choice to support a healthy & safe environment for all creatures & the environment.  One step.

Thank you to all who support #emptythetanks and Sea Shepherds.



Thank you to all those who love animals & understand how important they are.

Now go do something about it!

But hey, what do I know?


1 Old Cell Phone in a Landfill is 1 Too Many


Recycle My Cell makes it easy for Canadians to do their part for Earth Day 2014

OTTAWAApril 16, 2014 /CNW/ – Recycle My CellCanada’s free cell phone recycling program, is calling on Canadians from coast to coast to recycle their old cell phones and accessories in support of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22. Almost 582,000 devices were recovered through the Recycle My Cell program in 2013. Results from the2013 National Cell Phone Recycling Study released today show that while Canadians replace their wireless device approximately every 30 months, only 10% of survey respondents recycled their old device when they purchased a new one, with 42% putting the old device in storage.

Canadians can participate in Earth Day by visiting the bilingual Web site – www.RecycleMyCell.ca andwww.Recyclemoncell.ca – and enter their postal code to locate the 10 drop-off locations closest to them where their old wireless devices will be accepted, regardless of brand or condition. If a consumer cannot get to one of the drop-off locations in their neighborhood, the Web site offers printable postage-paid labels that can be used to mail the device back to Recycle My Cell at absolutely no cost to the consumer.

The Web site also provides information about the program, facts and figures on e-waste, FAQs and links to provincial e-waste management sites. There is also a downloadable brochure and information about how consumers can clear their device of all personal data before dropping it off for recycling.

Other notable findings from the 2013 National Cell Phone Recycling Study include:

  • Nearly half of survey respondents (49% nationally) report knowing about cell phone recycling programs.
  • Satisfaction of those who utilize the Recycle My Cell continues to be high, with 96% of respondents citing a positive experience.

“Canadians are world leaders in the way they embrace new technology, particularly when it comes to wireless devices,” said Bernard Lord, President & CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA). “It is also our responsibility to be world leaders in protecting our environment for generations to come. There is simply no reason that an old cell phone should ever end up in a landfill.”

All of the processors involved in the Recycle My Cell program are ISO certified or verified to be operating in conformance with the requirements of the Electronics Recycling Standard (ERS), so they all have environmental management systems in place that guarantee accountability and knowledge of the environmental impacts associated with recycling.

The Recycle My Cell program also supports numerous local and national charities through the proceeds from the recycled devices.

“In recognition of Earth Day, we join in encouraging Canadians to recycle their used mobile devices which will not only help reduce the growing e-waste in Canada’s landfills, but also generate much needed funds for mental health initiatives across the country,” said Peter Coleridge, National CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association.

Businesses and community organizations can also support the Recycle My Cell program by hosting a drop-off location. Registration is quick and easy and all set-up materials are provided at no cost. For more information, please visit http://www.recyclemycell.ca/host-a-drop-off-location/ or contact info@recyclemycell.ca.

Recycle My Cell was created and is maintained by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) in conjunction with cell phone carriers and handset manufacturers who have come together to raise awareness about the importance of cell phone recycling. The program’s partners include: Bell, BlackBerry, Eastlink, GEEP Inc., GREENTEC, LG Electronics Canada, Inc., Lynx Mobility, MTS, Nokia, ProMobility, Rogers Communications, Samsung Electronics Canada Inc., SaskTel, Sims Recycling Solutions, Sony of Canada, Tbaytel, TELUS, Videotron, and Virgin Mobile Canada.

Canadians can contact a Recycle My Cell representative by e-mail at info@recyclemycell.ca, or call toll-free at 1-888-797-1740.

About Recycle My Cell
Recycle My Cell is Canada’s national recycling program for mobile phones and accessories. The bilingual Web site –www.RecycleMyCell.ca and www.Recyclemoncell.ca – allows consumers to simply enter their postal code to locate the 10 drop-off locations closest to them where their devices will be accepted, regardless of brand or condition. The free program is run by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), in conjunction with cell phone carriers and handset manufacturers, who have come together to raise awareness about the importance of cell phone recycling.

SOURCE Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association


Who Will Be There? All-Energy Canada Trade Show and Conference Toronto #AllEnergyCA


Hello energy enthusiasts, I’m coming back after a long hiatus.  I’m back – back in an All-Energy mood.  Spring is here and the sun’s warmth reminds me how the clean energy landscape in Canada keeps growing – sometimes quickly, sometimes slow. But still growing.

My media creds now official for All-Energy Canada (April 9-10, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto) I get to enjoying supporting several organizations, including the show’s associates. ‘Nuff said.


Here’s an advance on some of the exhibitors & speakers:

Biomass Innovation Centre

The BIC was established by Nipissing University’s School of Business in the spring of 2009 as a centre for knowledge and support in the development of an expanding clean technology industry.

Working with organizations and individuals to:

  • Identify biomass supply opportunities in the forestry and agricultural sectors.
  • Support projects that transform biomass into fuels and high-value products.
  • Develop market capacity and demand for bio-fuels and bio-refinery products.

Services include education, technical marketing, advocacy and research that spans from the forest to the marketplace. They focus on bridging the information gaps between knowledge and application and are dedicated to educating the industry as a whole.

Fronius Canada

Their technology boasts (solar) “… year-round autonomous energy supply involving photovoltaics was previously only possible by having environmentally-damaging diesel generators to fall back on. Fronius has found a new solution – the Fronius Energy Cell. In future, the energy cell can be used to convert excess energy into hydrogen for storage, converting it back into useful power when needed.”

Chiefs of Ontario

“The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and secretariat for collective decision-making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nations communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario.  Guided by the Chiefs in Assembly, they uphold self-determination efforts of the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehonwe, and Lenape Peoples in protecting and exercising their inherent and Treaty rights.   Keeping in mind the wisdom of our Elders, and the future for our youth, we continue to create the path forward in building our Nations as strong, healthy Peoples respectful of ourselves, each other, and all creation.

The activities of the Chiefs of Ontario are mandated through and guided by:

  • Resolutions passed by the Chiefs in Assembly of the 133 First Nations in Ontario
  • The Political Confederacy made up of the Grand Chiefs of Political Territorial Organizations (PTOs) and Independent First Nations
  • The elected Regional Chief for the Chiefs of Ontario”

STEEP Building Systems Canada:

An Ontario based manufacturer of energy efficient structural panels, will display their building product. STEEP panels have been used in scores of large and small buildings built across urban and rural southern Ontario with this quick, durable and cost effective construction technique.

Working with Far North Developments, STEEP Canada will also demonstrate how the construction benefits of STEEP panels can be integrated with renewable energy and storage technology. This approach makes STEEP panel buildings suitable for use as housing, schools and offices in rural, resource based communities and remote First Nation locations.

More speakers (International):

DR. WOODROW (WOODY) CLARK II (Keynote Speaker)
Chief Executive Officer, Clark Strategic Partners/Nobel Peace Prize recipient

A noted lecturer and senior advisor to governments worldwide, Dr. Woodrow Clark was one of the contributing scientists to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UNIPCC), which as an organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2007 along with Al Gore and the film An Inconvenient Truth.

Professor Bassim Abassi from Al-Balqa’ Applied University in Jordan, to discuss the use of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in the Mediterranean basin (case study).

Donnadelliah Maluleke, Consul Political at the South African Consulate General in Chicago.

More speakers (Canada):

William Lahey, Chairman of Efficiency Nova Scotia, from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to discuss consumer demand management and saving energy.

Elisa Obermann, Atlantic Director of Marine Renewables Canada, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, will be providing an overview of the Canadian marine energy market.

Matt Jameson, Director of Economic Development from Six Nations of the Grand River, the largest First Nation in Canada.

Martin Damphousse, Mayor of Varennes, Quebec, to discuss their leading role in community energy projects.

This is by no means a complete list.

The Trade Show part is free but you should register.  Please visit by clicking => All-Energy and come out.

Lots of companies to connect with, pose questions, get answers, network and support All Energy in Canada.

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