Calls for bottled water bans grow in Canada

Calls for bottled water bans grow in Canada

Saturday, August 23, 2008

London, Ontario is the latest in a string of Canadian cities to have acted on increasing public demand to ban bottled water. On Monday, the decision to eliminate bottled water sales in city-run facilities was passed by London’s city council with a vote of 15-3 in favour. The move was driven by a desire to reduce waste and shipping, have a lower impact on the environment and promote tap water as a cheap and safe alternative.

London’s new restrictions will be implemented over the next several months in buildings that are already equipped with water fountains. Bottled water will still be permitted at many city-run events, such as upcoming summer festivals. Privately-owned retailers will not be affected by the ban.

Other cities, such as Vancouver, Ottawa and Kitchener, that are already engaged in debate on the issue, may now be watching London carefully for how the ban plays out. Other areas have already begun to phone London with questions on the details of its new regulations. Toronto has begun taking a look at bottled water packaging as part of its waste diversion strategy, and its public school board is looking into the possibility of a total restriction on bottled water sales.

In recent years, an awareness of the energy that is required to manufacture, transport and recycle the product has spread nation-wide. Proponents of the ban point to the fact that it can produce as much as 150 times the volume of greenhouse gas when producing bottled water as compared to supplying the same volume of tap water. They also point out that the water that goes into bottled water products is not inspected as frequently as tap water in Canadian cities.

Some have taken this cause to heart more than others, such as British Environment Minister Phil Woolas, who called the use of bottled water “morally unacceptable.” Restaurant critic Giles Coren of The Times of London criticizes those who use the product as “the new smokers.”

Canada’s beverage industry has come down with criticism on the increasing opposition to bottled water. Spokesman Scott Tabachnick for Coca-Cola Co., which produces Dasani brand bottled water, commented on the convenience of the product: “It’s hard to bring your kitchen sink with you.”

It’s hard to bring your kitchen sink with you.

Vancouver City Councillor Tim Stevenson thinks that bottled water’s time has come and gone: “Bottled water companies have had a fabulous ride on an unnecessary fad.” Vancouver officials are still determining how bottled water restrictions, which have been voted for by the City Council, can be phased in.

Next month, the city is planning to initiate a marketing campaign encouraging Vancouver residents to choose tap water and to remember to carry reusable drinking containers whenever possible.

Renowned environmental activist Dr. David Suzuki has praised London’s decision, saying that it represents a turning point for people’s perceptions on the issue: “I’m really delighted that London has done this because it really makes us focus on some fundamental issues.” He hopes that someday people will “look at anyone who hauls out a bottle of water and say, ‘What the hell’s wrong with you?'”

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Guide To Choosing Accommodation On A Hiking Trip}

Submitted by: Jonsky

Most people who’ve never been hiking for more than a day or not at all might think that tents are the only accommodation for hikers. There are quite a few options for you to shelter at night. Using tents is one option but you can also stay in huts, lodges, hostels, bed and breakfasts, and trail shelters.

These are options you can take in your trip if they’re available. Other than using your own tent, all the accommodations incur a small fee. Many hikers use a variety of lodgings on the course of a hiking trip.

Using Tents in the Wilderness

Hikers on a multi-day trips usually carry with them lightweight camping tents. Some hikers like to pitch a tent out of sight in the wild and if possible away from other hikers and campers as well.

In some places like in North America, a tent is usually the only option for accommodation. You’ll have a hard time looking for bed and breakfasts or lodges because there aren’t any.

This is not such a big deal because many hikers in North America prefer to camp with no other people around. You need to remember that if you camp, make sure you leave the campsite as it was when you’re done. This is called no-trace camping. Leave nothing behind and take your garbage with you.

Using Tents in Designated Campsites

While some hikers like to be left alone, some actually look for company or like to be in the company other hikers. This is a safer option to camping in solitude because there’s safety in numbers.

In Europe, designated campsites usually have food stalls where you can buy or prepare your own food. In the US, campsites are available in parks where campers are designated to a group site.

Taking Shelter in Huts

While huts are rare in North America, it is quite common and popular in Europe especially in mountainous areas. They’re found in remote places away from populated areas and usually only accessible on foot.

You get basic accommodation facilities including cooking facilities. You can also buy a hot meal at a reasonable price. This type of accommodation is so popular that it’s usually full during the high season. Be sure that you book in advance or you’ll be sorely disappointed.

Bed and Breakfast and Backpacker’s Hostel

In Europe, B&Bs are everywhere especially along hiking routes. The facilities and service is a bit better than the ones you see in huts. The same goes for Backpacker’s Hostels. You’ll find cooking facilities, a common room, laundry machines, hot shower and a friendly environment.

You get to meet other hikers and share stories or just enjoy each others company. These accommodations are usually listed in trail guides especially if they’re hiker-friendly.

Staying in such places don’t require you to carry any camping gear, not even sleeping bags and cooking gear. They’re usually situated near local attractions including historical sites and other places of interest for tourists.

There are usually no locks for the rooms so you might want to carry your gear with you when you go out. Quality varies from spotless to roach infested. Choose ones that have good reviews from other hikers.

Trail Shelters

The difference between trail shelters and accommodations such as B&Bs is that there are no services in trail shelters. There are no laundry and cooking facilities so you’d have to rely on your camping gear. Trail shelters are popular in the northern parts of Scotland.

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Wikinews interviews producer of horror film ‘6:66PM’

Wikinews interviews producer of horror film ‘6:66PM’

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Wikinews recently caught up with screenwriter and film producer Chad Ridgely to discuss his latest indie horror film, 6:66PM. The film is scheduled to show at the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival in Buffalo, New York in November.

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Caterpillars force temporary closure of Wisconsin state park

Caterpillars force temporary closure of Wisconsin state park

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A park in the U.S. state of Wisconsin has been closed, due to being over-run by gypsy moth caterpillars.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the unprecedented move yesterday, with officials saying they would temporarily close Rocky Arbor State Park near Wisconsin Dells due to an infestation of gypsy moth larvae.

The larvae are present at the park in such large numbers that, according to a report by the Wisconsin State Journal, camping there would “apparently be a squishy, nightmarish experience.”

Mark Guthmiller, DNR gypsy moth suppression coordinator said that “there are also health and safety considerations that prompted our action,” explaining that there was a significant risk of people having severe allergic reactions to the caterpillars. There were also concerns that the caterpillars might be accidentally transported out of the park on park user’s vehicles to areas where the moths have as yet failed to establish themselves. Guthmiller also commented that related sanitation issues” would also “significantly detract from the quality park camping experience.”

Andrea Diss-Torrance, another gypsy moth coordinator for the DNR, said of the infestation: “It’s very severe – it’s as severe as I have ever seen.”

The closure, which will run until at least June 27, is thought to affect around 95 campground reservations at the site, which covers 255 acres. State officials have been attempting to arrange alternatives for campers at nearby parks, or, failing this being acceptable, are offering refunds. The park will be closed until after the caterpillars have completed pupation – the period in their life cycle in which they transform into moths.

The gypsy moth is a pest in the U.S., having been introduced in the 19th-century in a failed attempt to to try to breed a hardy variant of silkworm. The moths can strip the leaves off at least 250 different tree species, and as they lack natural predators in the U.S., cause significant damage. The moths often chew leaves but don’t actually eat them, thus increasing the potential damage.

At Rocky Arbor, they have already stripped all the trees in some areas of the park. The caterpillars can kill trees directly, but more usually weaken them so that they are more susceptible to die from other causes, such as disease.

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Praline Pecans And Pecan Nuts: Sweet Delights For All Ages

By Danny Fox

Your brother just called up asking you if he could come over in the weekend together with his five kids since your sister-in-law is out of town for a business trip. You could not afford to say no; after all you have not seen your nephews and nieces for a couple of weeks. And your children are excited as well to be spending their weekend with their cousins.

As the host, it is imperative that you prepare food for your guests. Aside from the meals, it is important that you store lots of goodies for the kids good for the whole weekend. Since they are very active, sweets should be included in your stack of food. And never ran out of candies in your candy jars.

New Delights to Surprise Your Guests

Obviously it’s not the first time that they will visit you. There have been series of visits within the year. Although you haven’t heard any negative comment with regards to the food you have been serving to them, you feel there’s a need for you to rediscover the ways on how to surprise them. Here’s how:

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— In serving snacks to your guests, never forget to serve your newly discovered favorite round-shaped candy, praline pecans. Surely, they will love it as you had. Just one bite of a praline pecan will entice them, wanting to grab some more.

— Praline pecans are also good options for desserts, so you might as well serve some during lunch and dinner.

— A box of pecan nuts can be a good company while you chit chat with your brother in front of the TV and watch a good movie, instead of having the usual popcorn.

— You should encourage the kids to grab more of the praline pecans rather than have a bag of potato chips. Tell them a praline pecan is more healthy than chips with full of added preservatives.

Soon after, you realized you ran out of praline pecans in your stack of food. And so you have to buy more packs of them because your guests are expecting to have more of it. You can’t blame them for that, because nobody can resist to this sweet temptation.

The weekend is over, and so your brother has to go home as arranged. He thanked you for your hospitality and generosity. Your nephews and nieces gave you a big hug for they really enjoyed their weekend stay with you. Your kids thanked them also for all of them had a great time together. You even sent them some packs of praline pecans and 2 boxes of pecan nuts because the kids asked for it.

That Monday, your sister-in-law called you up to say thank you. She told you that the kids really enjoyed their weekend stay, especially the food. And they could not wait another visit in your house just to eat praline pecans and pecan nuts. She even asked you where she can buy those candies that her kids wanted her to buy tonight.

For easy access on where to buy your favorite praline pecans and pecan nuts, Tanner’s Pecan and Candies will be a good place for you to order more boxes. At Tanner’s, there are more variations of praline pecan goodies with beautiful packages, which make it perfect as gifts.

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Discussing Furniture Of The Canada Furniture Stores

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People definitely want to get to the best things in all the cases; whether they are for beautifying the house or any of the other requirements. A person surely opts for the best feasible option of variety in all the spheres of the products available. Even if it comes to furniture purchases one is likely to choose and purchase the best. Now here we come to the discussion on the furniture present for sales in the Canada furniture stores.

In the situation when one does not know what to purchase out of the various options of the furniture items then in that case; surely there would be an attractive and appealing solution in any one of the stores of furniture located in Canada. This is truly a positive point that these stores guide people in choosing the most attractive kind of furniture for home decor.

In case one does know about what to purchase specifically for one’s dining or the drawing room or even the sitting area and bed rooms then in order to get the required stuff one needs to explore the stores keenly. The point is that one would definitely come to one’s requirement in any of these Canada furniture stores. To sum up; these Canadian stores have numerous options for buyers.

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If there is someone who is bored of common stuff and is in search of some innovative pieces then there is an option that can be explored as well. Here in this situation it is suitable to try one of those stores that are not really famous. One can also take interest in some antique furniture shopping too.

The style of these Canadian furniture items is what is really popular about them. Therefore their fame all over is due to the fact that they look stylish. Wherever they are decorated; they increase the beauty and style of that corner. So it is a useful opportunity to buy from Canada furniture stores and this is easier for Canadian inhabitants.

People who want to give their home a pretty and yet stylish look; they must go for buying from these stores in Canada because they display the trendiest furniture the world over. Variety here is increased due to the availability of modern and traditional furniture items both. Another section is that of the antiques.

People who really want to explore and shop at the Canadian stores; yet another facility exists. People would not have to physically rush to these stores any more. A more convenient option exists now. These well known stores of furniture in Canada have got their websites for the customers’ convenience. Hence people have now been comforted by the option to choose furniture and then buy it online.

A world renowned feature of the Canadian furniture is that it is built up durably and is styled and finished attractively. So it is really attractive and stylish even if it is made traditionally or with some unique features. To sum up the discussion we can say that if a person really wants to buy quality furniture then it is advisable to invest time in searching the Canada furniture stores and buying from there; in order to spend money usefully.

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One dead in ski chairlift accident in Switzerland

One dead in ski chairlift accident in Switzerland
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Thursday, January 3, 2008

At 12:50 pm on January 3, a ski chairlift ride cost a German skier’s life and another German woman was left with serious injuries after the lift cable derailed from the mast sheaves in a windstorm. The derailed chairlift is the two-seater Fallboden lift at Kleine Scheidegg, next to the Jungfrau mountain in Switzerland.

Two more Australian tourists were lightly injured. About 20 further people had to be evacuated from the stopped chairlift. Wind velocity peaking at 90km/h prevented a helicopter from rescuing the trapped passengers, complicating the rescue.

According to, the lift was manufactured by Garaventa AG, a major Swiss ski lift company, now a part of an international group Doppelmayr/Garaventa. When contacted no one was available for comment.

Shortly before the accident, a wind alarm was activated few times by a 60km/h wind. The operator decided to close the lift and waited for the lift to unload all passengers; at the moment of the catastrophe the bottom station of the lift was already closed, but 75 passengers were still on the lift.

According to the Swiss law, every chair lift must be designed to withstand a lateral wind load of 250 newtons (approx. 25kg) per square meter. However there is no law limit at which wind speed or lateral loads the chair lifts have to be stopped. This safety aspect is left to the responsibility of the operator. The safety of the lift was checked by the Swiss Federal Office of Transport in January 2006. This chairlift accident is said to be the worst in Switzerland for the last 8 years.

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Woman in Buffalo, New York accidentally sets herself on fire

Woman in Buffalo, New York accidentally sets herself on fire
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Buffalo, New York — A woman in Buffalo, New York in the United States is in critical condition tonight at Sisters Of Charity Hospital after she accidentally set herself on fire.

The unnamed elderly woman was receiving oxygen for medical problems in her home and lit a cigarette, and the oxygen coming from her mask facilitated the ignition of her clothing, setting her on fire.

Despite her “severe” burns as described by firefighters on radio communications, she was still able to dial the emergency line in the U.S., 911.

In the U.S. only 4% of all residential fires were reportedly caused by smoking materials in 2002. These fires, however, were responsible for 19% of residential fire fatalities and 9% of injuries. The fatality rate due to smoking is nearly four times higher than the overall residential fire rate; injuries are more than twice as likely. Forty percent of all smoking fires start in the bedroom or living room/family room; in 35% of these fires, bedding or upholstered furniture are the items first ignited.

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Wikinews interviews John Wolfe, Democratic Party presidential challenger to Barack Obama

Wikinews interviews John Wolfe, Democratic Party presidential challenger to Barack Obama
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate John Wolfe, Jr. of Tennessee took some time to answer a few questions from Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn.

Wolfe, an attorney based out of Chattanooga, announced his intentions last year to challenge President Barack Obama in the Democratic Party presidential primaries. So far, he has appeared on the primary ballots in New Hampshire, Missouri, and Louisiana. In Louisiana, he had his strongest showing, winning 12 percent overall with over 15 percent in some congressional districts, qualifying him for Democratic National Convention delegates. However, because certain paperwork had not been filed, the party stripped Wolfe of the delegates. Wolfe says he will sue the party to receive them.

Wolfe will compete for additional delegates at the May 22 Arkansas primary and the May 29 Texas primary. He is the only challenger to Obama in Arkansas, where a May 10 Hendrix College poll of Democrats shows him with 38 percent support, just short of the 45 percent for Obama. Such an outing would top the margin of Texas prison inmate Keith Russell Judd, who finished 18 percent behind Obama with 41 percent in the West Virginia Democratic primary; the strongest showing yet against the incumbent president. Despite these prospects, the Democratic Party of Arkansas has already announced that if Wolfe wins any delegates in their primary, again, due to paperwork, the delegates will not be awarded. Wolfe will appear on the Texas ballot alongside Obama, activist Bob Ely, and historian Darcy Richardson, who ended his campaign last month.

Wolfe has previously run for U.S. Congress as the Democratic Party’s nominee. On his campaign website, he cites the influence “of the Pentagon, Wall Street, and corporations” on the Obama administration as a reason for his challenge, believing these negatively affect “loyal Americans, taxpayers and small businesses.” Wolfe calls for the usage of anti-trust laws to break up large banks, higher taxes on Wall Street, the creation of an “alternative federal reserve” to assist community banks, and the implementation of a single-payer health care system.

With Wikinews, Wolfe discusses his campaign, the presidency of Barack Obama, corporations, energy, the federal budget, immigration, and the nuclear situation in Iran among other issues.


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The Benefits Of Using A Vehicle Gps}

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Submitted by: Stanley Middleton

The technology behind GPS systems has come on a huge way since it started out years ago, and more people than ever before are using them in their own personal vehicles. Not only can you find stand-alone GPS units but also GPS in cell phones, and personal data assistance units. They are the perfect addition to have in your vehicle no matter where you plan to go. They can assist you in several different ways, and are the ideal gift to give to someone.

GPS units are essential in today’s society of needing to get to your destination in the shortest and quickest time. Many people run their lives in a very strict routine. Whether it is to drop the kids to school, to get to work, shopping, meetings, lunch, or appointments, everything is planned well. The slightest delay throughout the day can cause chaos, and make you late for the duration of the day.

A GPS unit will offer up to the minute exact directions on how to reach your destination. It will advise you of the quickest, and the shortest routes. The GPS unit can pinpoint your destination using the latest technology, and offer places of interest. They can also tell you where gas stations, speed cameras, traffic lights, and road jams are. All of which benefit you whilst driving to ensure that you have a comfortable driving experience.

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Far too many people become stressed behind the wheel of their cars because they can’t find their destination, or get stuck in traffic. Owning a GPS can avoid being stressed, and ensure that your day goes far better. Some cars also have GPS systems fitted as standard to assist if the car is stolen. The authorities will be able to locate your vehicle far faster.

They are also very popular with fleet vehicles, and cars that are used by employees for personal use. The company will be able to monitor the usage of their vehicles, and ensure that their employees are where they should be. However, this can be seen as an infringement of privacy, and should only be used when necessary. Watching your employees all of the time may be seen that you don’t trust them. Although the GPS are a great tool to have in the car there are occasions when they do fail to work, and a map may be needed. If there are new road layouts, or roads that have been closed the GPS may not know that.

Also if your GPS is battery operated you will find that it may only last for 3 or 4 hours and needs to be recharged quite often. The GPS also may not be clear in their directions, and you will need to listen clearly to the device. Some people also become distracted by the GPS, and do not concentrate on the road. There may be some downsides to owning a GPS unit but on the whole, they are very popular. More and more people are having them installed, and rental car companies are offering them as an added extra to assist you whilst on vacation. No matter where you are driving, whether it is at home, or abroad, the GPS unit is a useful gadget to carry with you.

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