Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
December 23, 2013 REMINDER THAT COAL, PETROLEUM COKE HEATING BAN TAKES EFFECT JAN. 1 – – – Ban Designed to Cut Greenhouse-gas Emissions Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship reminds Manitobans that, earlier this year, the provincial government introduced North America’s first petroleum coke and coal heating ban. Because coal burning is a significant contributor to climate change, Manitoba is banning the use of coal for space heating. Other fuel, such as locally available biomass or other forms of green heat like geothermal energy, can be substituted for coal to help the environment and the economy. Petroleum coke is derived from oil refining and, while it has been used as an alternative to coal, it is also a significant contributor to climate change. It is being banned as well. Key elements of the ban include: •as of Jan. 1, coal and petroleum coke will be prohibited from being used as space-heating fuels; •North America’s first coal heating ban will be phased in beginning Jan. 1, with a grace period up to July 1, 2017, if an approved conversion plan is filed by June 30, 2014; •anyone who has not submitted conversion plans by June 30, 2014, or does not implement their plans by June 30, 2017, may face a fine; and •conversion plans must identify the new energy source, provide details on new equipment or modification to existing equipment, set out proposed timelines for conversion and provide details on the amount of coal or petroleum coke used in previous years. To help people move from coal to other heating sources, Manitoba has introduced the Biomass Energy Support Program. The program provides financial assistance to coal users and biomass processors as they transition towards bio-based energy systems and supply chains. Manitoba has three to five million tonnes of biomass available annually. Since the emissions tax on coal was announced in 2011 and the pending ban on coal heating was introduced, many small coal users have already made the switch to alternatives or have plans to do so. It is expected that the ban will reduce emissions by 50,000 to 100,000 tonnes, the equivalent of taking between 10,000 and 20,000 cars off the road. For more information, the Coal and Petroleum Coke Ban for Space Heating Regulation can be viewed at http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/regs/2013/183.pdf. This initiative is part of Tomorrow Now – Manitoba’s Green Plan, designed to build a green economy while protecting the environment. More information on Tomorrow Now is available at: www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/tomorrownowgreenplan/. - 30 -
Friday, December 20, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Even though people might try to hide who they are and what their true values are behind the facade of nice clothes and smooth words, the universe has a way of revealing secrets when we least expect. Take the words of Federal Industry Minister James Moore, who said he is not responsible for feeding his neighbour's children. Although we say often that it takes a village to raise a child, that principle is not entrenched in our consciousness most of the times. Many of us do believe that everyone is responsible for feeding, clothing and housing their own children on their own notwithstanding the facts that sometimes even a person's best efforts. I believe Minister Moore was not being insensitive, he was speaking his truth and everyone is entitled to his or her truth. If you do not believe in that truth, if you believe we have to help raise the children of Canada because they are our own, they are the future workforce, the future doctors, lawyers, public servants and they deserve every chance to succeed, then you use the power of your vote to speak your truth. I believe that we have to have paradigm shift when it comes to children. We must see them as belonging to the world and not to individuals whom the universe has used to express itself. They come into the world for a reason and to teach us again and again how to be a human family and not a nuclear disaster. While I disagree with Mr. Moore's position I will defend his right to speak his truth and he should not be asked to apologise for thinking the way he does. There's really no right or wrong, just energy and vibration. When Moore's vibration lifts so will his beliefs. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/james-moore-sorry-for-remarks-about-hungry-children-1.2465666
Thursday, December 05, 2013
A giant has fallen. May his soul rest in peace. Here is a man who has lived his purpose. He deserves his rest from this physical plane. He has now ascended with his ancestors.
There is rejoicing in the other worlds.
There is rejoicing in the other worlds.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Find out how you can heat small spaces with a few tea lights and a couple of flower pots.