Greener Canada: Reducing Energy Costs for Homeowners

Greener Canada - Green Attic Hatch

Recently, I have read a lot about the initiative Greener Canada, and how this can be achieved. There are thousands of articles on the topic of creating a Greener Canada, and I was impressed by an article which featured a 38-year-old company building doors and windows. Now you would be wondering how does a door and window manufacturer help with the environment and sustainability.

Well, it’s by reducing their use of energy. The innovation and Positive action, plant a tree towards minimising the use of energy are the driving forces behind this company. Now, let me share with you the name of the company which is also very cool – ‘All Weather Windows’.

The main concern with windows is that they are built after the house is done and they have a great impact on the structural integrity. They have been the pioneer of V-weld technology which increases the strength of windows. Houses in Canada have to be air tight as it has really harsh winters, and here is where the latest innovation by the aforesaid company comes into play. The innovation is about Attic Hatch which has been a concern for house builders. Private framing required more time and the aluminium frame used did not meet zero energy requirements. The innovative product of a thermally broken PVC frame by All Weather Windows has solved the problem. It has not only reduced air flow but also reduced the cost of frames which can be now ordered after measuring. This is a really cool way of building a greener home and saving money in the process. Kudos to All Weather Windows for reducing the cooling and heating cost through this innovative product.

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Vacation Spots around the World

Vacation spots in the Sun

With ever increasing globalization throughout the world, traveling has become easier and more convenient than ever. So, I would like to mention three of the top vacation spots that are worth a visit. I would like to start off with Istanbul, Turkey. Even though the country has been going through some tough times, it shouldn’t deter you from a visit to Istanbul. The scents and smells of the spices and Turkish cuisine will be sure to stay with you even when you leave. Wander around the beautiful, ancient bazaars with old carpets and Turkish lamps all around you, not to mention the incredible architecture of the mosques and old Ottoman buildings. The second city I would like to suggest is Prague, Czech Republic. Prague is one of the best vacation spots if you want a real cultural experience and some time off from the beach. The Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle are awe inspiring to say the least. Just being in the main square and really feeling the city is an experience in itself. The nightlife is something to be seen as well. Prague’s best bars are found in old cellars. The last city is Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Playa del Carmen is known as one of the best dive sites in the world. It’s a much more modern city compared to the village it once was. If you don’t dive, then you can golf or enjoy the wonderful shopping areas they have as well. All of these destinations deserve at least one long visit!

Hiking gear tips for economical buying

Hiking Gear

Hiking gear tips are necessary when you are buying gear for a hike. Buying gear that is cheap can sometimes backfire. Hence you should invest in the type of gear you want, but also keep track of what you are spending.

(1) Search and buy at discount online stores – With the advent of the Internet, everything is without frills. The same goes for hiking gear. You can purchase items online for much less than a retail store; always explore this option before buying.

(2) Check out the gear before buying – It is always prudent to check out the gear, even if you are buying a local brand. The seams of the tent should be strong; the boots should be comfortable. Keep these things in mind while buying and you can get gear that lasts longer.

(3) Be ready to carry more weight – If you are ready to carry more weight, the price of the gear goes down. A heavier tent will be less costly. For this, you need to be strong to carry the load. Back strengthening is essential – get some tips here. These are three hiking gear tips for economical buying. If you are short on cash, you can check for short-term loan options on ferratum.ca. They can provide you with cash loans that can help you prepare for your hiking trip.

Canada Deforestation facts

Tree Plantation in Canada

Lumbering is a major business in Canada. So what about deforestation? Well surprisingly Canada is the country with one of the lowest deforestation. Only 0.02% of the forests are lost. The government has not taken deforestation lightly as it affects the soil, biodiversity and ultimately the climate. The law in Canada makes health management of forests a major issue. Here are some facts about Canada and Deforestation.

Lowest deforestation rate – Yes 25 years back deforestation was rapid. However taking into account the figures today only 2 trees out of 10000 are lost. That makes it an annual deforestation rate of 0.02%. In fact deforestation rates are dipping every year, thanks to excellent control by the government.

Logging causes deforestation is a myth – Deforestation means converting forest land permanently for other uses. Logging is done in Canada but is followed by Plantation to keep the forests intact. In fact a series of programs with plantation and natural growth of forests are undertaken to maintain the biodiversity. In fact logging industry is responsible for most of the plantation.10 trees are planted for every tree taken down.

Most rigorous laws for deforestation – Unlike popular belief Canada laws make cutting trees very difficult. You can read more about the laws here. The forests lost to forest fires and insects cannot qualify as deforestation. The deforestation done is essential for economic growth.

Banff National Park: Alberta

The natural beauty of Canada is vast and one is lucky if they are able to see some of the highlights of their own country. Banff National Park is the oldest National Park in the Rockies, established in 1885 in the province of Alberta. Within its boundaries are jagged peaks, the highest being Mt. Forbes at 3,612 meters, followed by Mt, Columbia at 2,383 meters and thirdly Mt. Temple at 1,544 meters.

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Mt Colombia

Contrasting with the majestic wonder of the surrounding Rockies are serene lakes such as Lake Moraine, a popular destination for families with kayak and canoeing rentals. The town of Banff is the highest city in all of Canada and was discovered by railroad workers who happened upon hot springs near the base of Mount Sulphur. In 1988 Banff was established as a national treasure and the Banff Hotel was built. Within the park is the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site if Canada; this museum is the oldest, built in 1903. It includes historical facts and activities for children. Camping, day hiking as well as some of the world’s best rock climbing are some of the ways one can interact with the natural world and benefit from the solace outdoor experiences bring to us.

For the avid fishing fan regulations vary lake to lake and a license is required.

Lake Moraine at sunrise
Lake Moraine at sunrise

Litter Warning

 I think litter is a major problem which is threatening the health of our planet. All the major cities of the world generate millions of tons of trash every year, and of course it once again comes down to what I keep referring to – over-population. This glut of garbage can be laid squarely at the feet of massive urban populations, and they are known as ‘throw-away societies’ – they just discard their bottles, paper, plastic wherever they are – into rivers, into the sea and into the streets. I was very surprised to read on the Internet that Canadians produce more garbage per capita than any other country on earth. We’ve all seen the way motorists and truck haulers simply hurl their garbage out of their moving vehicles.

Littering in nature is extremely damaging

Environmentalists tell us that we are harm our storm water systems, our oceans and our wildlife, with many animals dying a horrible death when they’ve swallowed plastic discarded carelessly by the human race. Littering the environment can cause fires too. People who litter simply don’t care about the earth.  care, and to prove this, I’ve joined a group in our neighborhood who have the same concerns that I have and I want to feel I’m doing something for nature, which I have such a strong affinity with.

Caring for Nature

Caring for Nature

Do not cut trees, plant new ones, care for animals, do not litter. Are we not reading these messages everywhere? But are we acting on them and really caring for the nature which nurtures us? Well I feel very few people are concerned. Still trees are being cut to pave way for roads, airports and comforts and polyethylene bags are littered in the seas and other water bodies. We are creating trouble for ourselves. We cannot stop the road being built but can make our own contribution. Here are some simple ways in which we can make the difference.

  • Be Frugal and recycle : Do not throw away all the plastic bottles you bought. You can reuse them and hence reduce its consumption even so by one unit. If everyone starts doing this much difference can occur.
  • Optimise use of paper and wood : Paper and wood come from trees. So when you are making your office paper-less or buying very few wooden furniture you are actually contributing in not cutting more trees. This simple gesture can help save lots of trees which give us the oxygen we breathe.
  • Do not use animal fur or skin based products – It feels very nice to have python skin shoes or a bear fur coat. Well folks avoid such kind of articles to minimize poaching. If there is no demand for such things no more species will be categorised as endangered.

We can do so much for Nature and in the way we are actually doing it for ourselves. Save Nature Save Humanity.

Keep Your Date with Nature

As I’ve said my wife and I both love nature and we regard it as a gift. If you’re feeling down, there isn’t anything quite like nature to uplift you. Living in Canada gives us plenty of opportunity to get out and about. You don’t have to travel to faraway places, although we do that with great enjoyment from time to time, but there is extraordinary nature right on our doorstep. I don’t like to dish out advice to people, especially when no-one has asked for any, but if I can give anyone a good tip, I will say get walking – and better still, do it in nature. Living in Montreal, there are awesome walking opportunities around our city, and the Mount Royal Park is a place that we’ve opted for, with heaps of hiking and backpacking opportunities. There are so many marvelous nature parks and you can walk through wetlands, forests and even shoreline marsh.

mount royal park  a place to be

I have to mention the brilliant trail system in the forested parts of Angrignon Park in LaSalle, because there are not many cities in the world where you can walk out of a subway and then make off into the woods. When you’re finished with a walk in nature, you’ll be doing yourself a favour in different ways – getting fitter for sure, but that break away from the city and into fresh air is a date with nature that I’m always going to keep.

3 Major challenges faced by Nature

Aliens laughing at Human Development

When we talk about nature it is the whole ecosystem. It includes land and sea, plants and animals and even the atmosphere. However the acts of humans are disturbing the balance. The so called development juggernaut has crushed and destroyed natural resources. The developed world is facing toxic poisoning from chemicals produced by us. These have resulted in the current state of the world which faces many negative impacts of the plunder of nature. Some of the factors contributing to the accelerated destruction of nature are :

  • Ever growing Human Population – Humans or “Homo Sapiens”  and Virus have one thing in common, unheralded growth. We have controlled deaths by medicine but have not been able to control birth in the same rate. This has led to a burgeoning population. This is the root cause of all other factors which are directly or indirectly associated. Controlling population is not all possible, unless some step is taken which is revolutionary.
  • Deforestation – Trees give more to earth than take, and we just cut them. Should not be cutting trees be branded as a serious crime with a punishment to deter. Humans have depleted the forest almost completely. 80% of total forest cover is not there. Does the excuse of settlement area or development stand? Well nature will take its toll.
  • Rapid Industrialization – Factories sending poisonous fumes and polluting the air. The chemical effluents poisoning our rivers and seas. What kind of development is this? Well nature is replying with acid rain, climate change and more diseases coming to us.

We need to not only realize the facts but also act soon. If we do not act, soon we will destroy the place we live in- The planet earth along with nature as we call it. There will be no need for aliens to destroy us.