Thursday, May 31, 2012

Romney ready to lead ‘Amercia'.

From: AFP
May 31, 2012 3:55AM

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has congratulated Mitt Romney on being chosen as the Republican to challenge him as the leader of America.

Or is that ‘Amercia’?

With a win in the Texas primary, Mr Romney secured his place as the Republican nominee but his celebrations were somewhat dimmed by a spelling mistake on the "With Mitt" iPhone application rolled out by his campaign.

The app allows users to express support for the recently anointed Republican flagbearer by personalising a photo with an overlaid Romney slogan. Trouble is, one of the slogans has a howler of a spelling mistake: "A Better Amercia".

Members of the proofreading public recently made the discovery and it went viral on microblogging site Twitter, with people mockingly tweeting photos showing the "Amercia" message.

"Some poor app designer is getting strapped in a cage on the top of a car and driven across country tonight. #amercia," one user tweeted, in a reference to Mr Romney's hard-to-live-down decision years ago to strap the family dog in its carrier on the roof of the car during a vacation... more


NORD Press Release - Water use restrictions!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vernon willing to split up control of parks

By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star

Vernon won't stand in the way of dividing up control of parks.

Council voted unanimously Monday to pursue a change in the service model for Greater Vernon parks.

"It seems to address all of the issues that have been raised," said Coun. Juliette Cunningham.

Under this model, while some parks would remain part of the collective, most would become the individual responsibility of Vernon, Coldstream and the regional district to operate and maintain.

The other proposed model has been keeping all parks within the collective with Coldstream and Vernon having contracts to provide maintenance.

Cunningham is convinced a change in the service model could benefit Vernon, especially since there are public concerns about the condition of beaches on Lakeshore Road.

"We as a council could best decide what resources to put towards it," she said.

Discussions between the Greater Vernon jurisdictions will resume next week.

"There's a real philosophy of wanting an agreement and wanting to get it done," said Mayor Rob Sawatzky.

Firm details for the two models must still be worked out.

"There aren't very large differences in costs," said Sawatzky.


Richmond City Council Finalizes GE Free Zone

Press Release

Richmond City Council Finalizes GE Free Zone

May 29, 2012. Ottawa. - Last night, Richmond City Council (British Columbia) unanimously confirmed a decision to make the city a GE Free Zone.

Following the initial unanimous decision by the General Purposes Committee on May 24, 250 Richmond residents turned out last night to support final approval at City Council. The biotechnology industry lobby group CropLife presented in a failed effort to dissuade councilors from approving the resolution.

“Teachers, parents, farmers, high school students, and other ordinary citizens packed City Hall and spent almost 3 hours making presentations to Council,” said local agrologist Arzeena Hamir with the Richmond Food Security Society. “We’re really proud of our City Council for taking this bold decision on our behalf. We hope that other communities can take similar action to stop these unwanted and unnecessary crops.”

Richmond is a municipality of almost 200,000 people to the south of Vancouver in British Columbia and has about 200 farms.

The City of Richmond agreed to oppose the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE, also called genetically modified or GM) plants and trees in the City, making an exception for the 3 dairy farms that already grow GM corn. The resolution states, “no further GM crops, trees or plants should be grown in the City of Richmond. This also includes GM fruit trees, all GM plants and shrubbery, GM vegetables, GM commodity crops and any and all field tests for medical and experimental GM crops.” The City also agreed to send letters to all levels of government “requesting strengthened management of genetically modified plants, and including the introduction of mandatory labelling requirements, more transparent assessment procedures and enhanced communication with the public.”

“There’s no room in our communities for crops like the proposed GM apple. We need to invest in organic farming rather than risk its future from GM contamination,” said Tony Beck of the Society for a GE Free BC.

“Last night, the industry tried to dismiss people's concerns about the safety of GM foods and crops but the public is right not to trust corporate tests that are kept secret from them and independent scientists.” said Dag Falck who presented at the meeting on behalf of Nature’s Path Foods which is headquartered in Richmond.

“Local communities are stepping up to protect BC’s environment and economy,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network. “The markets for iconic and economically important BC products could soon be destroyed if genetically modified organisms like GM apples and GM salmon are introduced.”

The Richmond Food Security Society and the Society for a Genetically Free (GE) BC introduced the resolution in 2010. Richmond joins other GE free zones in British Columbia such as Powell River, Kaslo, Nelson, New Denver, and Rossland.
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For more information: Arzeena Hamir, cell 604 727 9728; Dag Falck, cell 250 307 4992, Lucy Sharratt, 613 241 2267 x 25.

Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
Suite 206, 180 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 1P5
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext. 25
Fax: 613 241 2506
Stop the GM Apple:


NORD Kalamalka Lake Ad Hoc Committee meeting


Monday, May 28, 2012

Words and expressions that could make you suspect!


Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you (and they include 'pork', 'cloud' and 'Mexico')

Department of Homeland Security forced to release list following freedom of information request
Agency insists it only looks for evidence of genuine threats to the U.S. and not for signs of general dissent....more



Friday, May 25, 2012

District of Coldstream 2011 Annual Report is available now!



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SPrKL News - Volunteers needed!

Hi Everyone!
Please come out on June 15th and/or 16th to help us clean up the wetland next to the RDNO Office.
We'll be weeding on the 15th and planting on the 16th – see the attached poster for more details.
There will be free refreshments including PIZZA for all volunteers.
Any time and effort you can afford to donate to SPrKL during these two days would be greatly appreciated!
Hope to see you there! Please pass this email on!
on behalf of SPrKL Directors

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Greater Vernon Parks Service Review

Anyone who might be interested there is a Service Review meeting at the Regional District's meeting room from 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Attached are the meeting minutes of the May 9th meeting.


RDNO Meeting Agenda - May 16, 2012.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Readers write.

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