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Old Cars Help People – Car Heaven Rewards Canada – and the Environment

19/09/2011

TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2011 via Canada News Wire – Car Heaven is challenging Canadians to consider the age of their cars and the effects they have on the environment and their wallets. Summerhill Impact’s national Car Heaven program is Canada’s only end-of-life vehicle program, dedicated to rewarding and enabling car owners to get their 2003 and older, polluting vehicles permanently off the road. When Canadians send their old, higher polluting vehicles to Car Heaven and adopt a lower-impact transportation mix into their daily lives, they can make a huge impact by supporting a Canadian charity, reducing their impact on the environment, saving money, and supporting local green businesses.

Recycle Old Cars - Help a Charity

“Most people don’t realize that 2003 model year and older vehicles can produce up to 39 times more smog-forming pollutants than cars manufactured today,” said Fatima Crerar, Summerhill Impact. “That’s why we are encouraging Canadians to retire these cars early and permanently remove them from our roads by offering Car Heaven: a rewarding, free and convenient program to participate in.”

The program benefits Canadians not just by protecting the environment; it also supports charities across the country. Canadians who participate will receive a suite of rewards that includes a charitable tax receipt from their selected Car Heaven charity partner, an alternative transportation incentive (where available), the guarantee that their vehicle will be recycled in an environmentally responsible manner, and a free tow (valued at up to $200).

Since its launch in 2000, Car Heaven and its program partners have retired more than 123,500 vehicles, resulting in a reduction of almost 5,000 tonnes of smog-forming emissions and generating more than $3,600,000 for its affiliated charities. Car Heaven is constantly adding rewards and incentives for Canadian participants and encourages all sustainable transportation providers – including transit authorities, bike retailers, car-share providers, and vehicle manufacturers and retailers – to join us in this initiative.

“Car Heaven is supporting green business growth in the Canadian economy and dedicated to using only auto recyclers who comply with the environmental process guidelines,” said Steve Fletcher, Managing Director of the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) “Environment Canada and ARC developed the Canadian Automotive Recyclers’ Environmental Code that all recyclers participating in the program must follow.”

By sending vehicles to Car Heaven, Canadians will ensure their cars will be recycled responsibly through the Canadian Automotive Recyclers’ Environmental Code, a process ensures that materials such as oil, gasoline, refrigerants, mercury switches and tires are removed from vehicles prior to scrappage. Recyclers that work with Car Heaven reuse and recycle over 80% of vehicles and ensure the remaining materials are responsibly disposed of. To learn more about the program visit www.carheaven.ca.

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Participating charities include:

Evergreen, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Asthma Society of Canada, Heart & Lung Association, Canadian Cancer Society, MADD, Breast Cancer Foundation of Ontario, Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Red Cross & more.

source: canada news wire

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Sustainable Environment in Canada: Coming Down the Pipelines

12/09/2011

I have suggested in several of my past posts, here & here, that sustainability in Canada is a really slippery slope, especially when it comes to the law.  And right now, it most certainly appears that oil & gas pipelines are higher on the sustainability agenda than the actual environment & truly erring on the side of caution.  It was announced in the media that the Harper government has backed off a very good initiative for properly managing the oceans in British Columbia a few days ago.

There are a few important things to note about this article and what it points to:

1) “environmental groups are using U.S. money to try to thwart development projects including Enbridge Inc’s $5.5-billion proposal to pump Alberta bitumen crude by pipeline to the West Coast for Asia-bound tankers”

What is sustainability in Canada?Anyone else find it aggravating that to keep on producing & expanding the oil & gas industry does not seem to align itself with what many believe to be a more sustainably developed world? Electric cars & solar power (along with a slew of other truly eco-saving energies) can easily be made available.  But hey, its always about the money almost everywhere seems.

Oh ya, and don’t forget about how it seems to be of great concern that environmental groups are thwarting (gas, oil) development projects. Holy human waste, batman but isn’t it effectively the agenda of environmental groups to save the environment? I am losing my mind here. Are we such oil & gas addicts that we cannot use fantastic alternatives & solutions right out of nature? We know this continued use of oil & gas & its development kills nature.  I’m smelling some human waste issues here that point to a certain kind of green – called greenbacks.

2) “The federal government’s letter, dated Sept. 1, 2011, declared that Ottawa is walking away from the $8.3-million funding agreement because it wants an oceans plan for the north coast based on a more “focused” and “sustainable and effective” process.”

Four words. “Focused”. “Sustainable”. “Effective”. “Process”.

Again, I will stress, that if one “FOCUSES”, it can be seen in the Federal Sustainable Development Act of Canada, the terms ‘sustainable’ & ‘sustainability’ are purely about “the capacity of a thing, action, activity, or process to be maintained indefinitely“.  In our government’s point of view & under the law, because the oil & gas industry are actions or activities or processes (that have already been around & will be for future generations!) to be maintained indefinitely. I will also stress that the precautionary principle is again, just a principle and/or a guide.  It is not specifically written into the legislation. I encourage you to look it up for yourself & read the Act.  Google it. Bing it. Share it. But make sure you don’t just take my word for granted.

Also, please view PNCIMA’s website.  Familiarize yourself with it. This plan has a steering committee comprised of government officials as well as First Nations & others.  First Nations are important & they comprise a large number of the population in BC. We also cannot forget that irregardless of any stereotypes, First Nations people understand nature & its circle, of that I have not doubt.  I have worked with First Nations in Ontario, talked to them.  I know what is going on.  This type of support withdrawal is nothing new to First Nations, but it is a big slap & direspect to them here as far as their involvement & it is indicative of control over their future involvement.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

If we really want to save our beautiful environment in Canada, let’s use some logic here.  It is not unreasonable for us to want to wean ourselves off of oil & gas & other dirty methods of energy production & to start the stoppage of these kinds of developments.  There are alternatives.  Are they at the top of the sustainable list in Canada?  I’m just not seeing that really.

What is coming is a lot more of oil, gas etc. developments unless we do something.

Roman historian & poet Juvenal posed this question:

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Translation:  Who will guard the guards themselves?

It is up to up to us to work within the system & fight for the proper wording & defense of our environment, animals, food, water etc. because sustainable seems somewhat a Trojan horse.

We hope & want & believe sustainability will save our environment. In global political economical terms, its all really about money, technology & resources.

But what do I know?

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POLL: How is Sustainability Defined Legally in Canada?

05/09/2011

Do you know what sustainability is under the Canadian Federal Sustainable Development Act?

Was hoping to get an idea from interested participants by responding to the following:

 

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A Map of Investments in Ontario (January – June 2011)

16/08/2011

Here is a visual map of publicly listed investments in Ontario that have been reported for the period January 2011 – June 2011. These investments are only ones that are either under study or new builds. There are also refurbishments etc. and if interested, the information is available at Who’s Investing in Ontario?

When clicked, the icons will display all information relating to that investment.

Just keeping track for all those interested.

But what do I know? 🙂

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Vintage Hydro Electric Power Generation Video – Queenston Niagara Falls 1915

10/08/2011

Time travel into Ontario’s energy past as you get a glimpse of workers building the Queenston power house at the turn of the 20th Century. Vintage video from around 1915-1922. Amazing.

But what do I know?

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Green Giggles – Renewable Energy Jokes

02/05/2010

Green Energy Giggles and Jokes:

  • Just a few tidbits of green humour, environment, energy, politcal funnies to help green up your day.

the day the earth stood still

What did the California wind farm say when it met Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger?
– We’re big fans of yours!

What’s the best way to charge a car battery?
– With a credit card.

What do you call a silly old man?
– A fossil fool.

What should they do to gas guzzlers?
– Lock them up in a fuel cell.

What did the 150 kilowatt Southwest Wind Power wind turbine say to the 15 kilowatt wind turbine?
– Trick question: Southwest Wind Power wind turbines don’t talk. They whisper.

How can you grow your own power plant?
– Try planting a light bulb.

Kilometers are shorter than miles.  Save gas, take your next trip in kilometers.

Is a vegetarian permitted to eat animal crackers?

Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations.  When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain’s majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.

The above one is just really sad …

They say if the warming trend continues, by 2015 Hillary Clinton might actually thaw out. — Jay Leno

 This one says it all really:

sucks that money is green too

Laughter is the best medicine, I say.  So let’s cure ourselves & save the planet.

But what do I know?

Peace 🙂

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Quotes to Make You Think About Green Renewable Clean Energy

28/04/2010

The great climate debate rages on and on.

Bottom line is we should really strive to clean ourselves and our planet up.  We need a brain scrubbing, a readjustment in thinking because ultimately, if we don’t, we will suffocate in our own polluted filth – the Earth’s population is by no means shrinking, and that alone means alot more energy use & pollution, no ands, ifs or buts.  But that’s just me, what do I know?

Bright Efficient Ideas

Learning about Renewable Energies

Here are quotes that are green, clean energy related or can be used in a relative context.  Hopefully these quotes will make you think:

“Anything so complicated as a planet, inhabited by more than a million and a half species of plants and animals, all of them living together in a more or less balanced equilibrium in which they continually use and reuse the same molecules of soil and air, cannot be improved by aimless and uninformed tinkering. ”

– E. F. Schumacher

“Let no one say, and say it to your shame, that all was beauty here, until you came.”

– Sign outside Lake O’Hara Lodge

“Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this Nation, and it can also be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we can win for our Nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our common destiny. “

~ Jimmy Carter

“If we insist on ruining the planet, we have to stop claiming we’re a ‘superior species’.”

– Bill Becker Presidential Climate Action Project

“I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle solar power.”

– Thomas Edison

“Human activity is putting such strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of the planet’s ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted.”

– UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2005

“A man falling from a 100-storey building will pass the first 99 floors unscathed.”

– Mike Nickerson

“Humans – despite their artistic pretensions, their sophistication, and their many accomplishments – owe their existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

– Source unknown

“Though living near a river, do not waste water; though living near mountains, do not waste firewood.”

– Chinese Proverb

“Sixty generations ago we were all eating beetles in the woods. We think we’re sophisticated because we live in cities, but we’re not. We’re just well dressed gophers.”

– Brian Keating

“If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”

– General Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff, American Army

“The risks of transporting deadly nuclear waste, the environmental justice impacts and the long-term health effects of both these projects are untenable…We cannot afford to be silent on these important issues.”

~ James Cromwell

“You must skate to where the puck is going, not to where it is now.”

– Wayne Gretzky

It would serve all of us well to learn from our past.  In our all too easily disposable society, we would benefit from repairing and cherishing the things we worked hard to spend our money on, instead of just pitching it and buying another.  How about growing food?

I know it sounds stupid, but if we suffered a massive power loss (eerily familiar to the events of Summer 2003 when the power went out almost everywhere!) and were unable to fix it in a timely fashion … how many of us would really know how to survive?

Our energy prices are going up in Ontario one way or another folks.  Our transmission and distribution systems are old and need the change to smart grid technologies.  They also need to be expanded.  Do any of you think about how many communities are run on diesel up North still?  There are alot of good opportunites that could result successfully if only Ontarians would educate themselves a bit more, and also plan the process, not only in terms of dollars and cents, but also in terms of natural and human resources.

But what do I know?

Peace 🙂

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