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I’ve been blogging for several months now and I’m glad to have recieved the feedback I have.  I’ve enjoyed the experince and for that reason I’ve decided to take blogging to another level.  I’ll be self hosting my blog and that means you’ll see a lot more creativity in the design, functionality and layout of the new blog.

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A Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books

So I cam across this book about 4-5 years ago and it just captivated me.   Sikhs and Jews have a lot in common and this story tells a tall tale.   Click on the Video Link to know what I mean.

The Book: Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books

Product Details

Author: Aaron Lansky

The Website: http://yiddishbookcenter.org/

Video: http://yiddishbookcenter.org/vid/ABridgeofBooks.html

So why I am I curious about Yeddish Books?

My Dad and I have been talking about these particular issues for about 5 years and finally I took a baby step and spent part of my new years eve volunteering with an amazing and inspiring group of people from my book club.   We spent time showing youth and the sikh community at large a new website that was launched to perserve Sikh litrature and history.  The project is called the Panjab Digital Library (http://www.panjabdigilib.org).

This particular demo was held at a sikh temple (Gurdwara) in Surrey,  I decided to bow out of my volunteer obligations a little early as I wanted to spend the new year  with my family who were at Gurdwara closer to home.

January 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogging, Creativity, Great Ideas, Sustainable Community Development | , , , | Leave a comment

Google Strikes Back at Rupert Murdoch!

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, strikes back at Rupert Murdoch in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal (which is owned by Rupert Murdock by the way). Before we get to the good stuff I’ll quickly explain who Rupert Murdoch is for those who don’t know.  He owns lots of media outlets (Newspapers, Magazines, Radio Stations, TV Networks, Cable & Internet Companies etc.) He is the founder, a major shareholder, chairman and managing director of News Corporation (News Corp).  He’s been in the news lately because he wants to ban Google from searching his sites and has been trying to make an agreement with Bing (Microsoft).  I don’t think he should be able to control the message people can and cannot hear.  I think and I hope he loses big on this!

With dwindling revenue and diminished resources, frustrated newspaper executives are looking for someone to blame. Much of their anger is currently directed at Google, whom many executives view as getting all the benefit from the business relationship without giving much in return. The facts, I believe, suggest otherwise.

Google is a great source of promotion. We send online news publishers a billion clicks a month from Google News and more than three billion extra visits from our other services, such as Web Search and iGoogle. That is 100,000 opportunities a minute to win loyal readers and generate revenue—for free. In terms of copyright, another bone of contention, we only show a headline and a couple of lines from each story. If readers want to read on they have to click through to the newspaper’s Web site. (The exception are stories we host through a licensing agreement with news services.) And if they wish, publishers can remove their content from our search index, or from Google News.

here’s even better stuff:

It’s understandable to look to find someone else to blame. But as Rupert Murdoch has said, it is complacency caused by past monopolies, not technology, that has been the real threat to the news industry.

Kudos to the WSJ for running the piece—assuming some editor didn’t lose his or her job for doing this. I just can’t wait to watch Google and News Corp go at it.

December 4, 2009 Posted by | Ads, Blogging, Business, Business Development, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Government, Information Technology (I.T.), Inspiration, Marketing, Politics, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media, Sustainable Community Development, War, Website | | Leave a comment

What is Brownfield Redevelopment?

CMHC

Brownfield redevelopment is a form of sustainable development, offering opportunities to revitalize older neighbourhoods, lower municipal infrastructure costs, increase municipal property tax revenues and lessen urban sprawl. Despite the obstacles facing this type of development, successful redevelopment projects have been built across Canada. These case studies are successful examples of residential projects that have overcome the barriers to brownfield redevelopment

Case Study: http://www.cmhc.ca/en/inpr/su/sucopl/upload/Brownfield-Redevelopment-for-Housing-in-canada-Case-Studies-London-Landing-Richmond-BC.pdf

October 30, 2009 Posted by | Community Economic Development (CED), Construction, LEED, Sustainable Community Development | | Leave a comment

How BioGas Works

Biogas refers to a gas made from anaerobic digestion of agricultural and animal waste. The gas, a mixture of methane and CO2, is used for direct combustion in cooking lighting applications, to power combustion engines or for electricity generation.

The following video will give you a great idea of what how Bio  Gas works.

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Construction, Sustainable Community Development, Waste | , | Leave a comment

The Bee Buzz at the Convention Centre in Vancouver

Dana Gee speaks to Allen Garr, who keeps the bees buzzing on top of the new Vancouver Convention Centre. Video by By Dana Gee and Jon Murray, The Province Newspaper.

September 12, 2009 Posted by | Business, Business Model, Great Ideas, Sustainable Community Development | | 1 Comment

Keeping Bees at Fairmont Hotel, Vancouver

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Graeme Evans, director of housekeeping at Vancouver’s Fairmont Waterfront hotel, opens a hive last week to show off the bees and their honey to guests. A beekeeper, Evans keeps beehives on a deck at the hotel. And no, he doesn’t wear protective gear. Photograph by Gerry Kahrmann, The Province

Bees cause buzz at Fairmont hotel

Three hives on third-floor deck provide kitchen with honey, guests with stories

Graeme Evans is undoubtedly Vancouver’s nattiest – and most hospitable – beekeeper.

You won’t catch Evans in one of those bulky, netted helmets and spacesuits that most of his colleagues don when tending their hives. He looks after his trio of nests while wearing a dapper, crisply pressed suit. And tie.

Then again, Evans is director of housekeeping for the posh downtown Fairmont Waterfront hotel.

And beekeeping is just part of his busy day ensuring that guest facilities pass muster.

Those facilities grew to include the hives, and a lush, bee-friendly garden surrounding them, several years ago when the international hotel chain decided to adopt a signature environmental program for each of its facilities.

Evans thought immediately of beekeeping, given what he knew of the massive threats faced by the world’s bee populations and their key role in agriculture everywhere.

The hotel liked the idea and set up the hives in what was once a pretty but nectar-free stretch of ivy bed on the north side of the hotel’s third floor above the busy downtown streets.

The hives, just metres from the spa’s outdoor pool and just across the roof from the hotel’s kitchen garden, are thriving.

And Evans’ idea has caught fire with the hotel chain. Toronto’s Royal York and New York’s Algonquin hotels both host bees now, too. So do the chain’s hotels in Dallas and Singapore, he says.

Locally, it’s meant heavier pollination of plants within a six-kilometre radius, including Stanley Park. Ultra-locally, it’s meant the hotel kitchen gardens bear massive loads of everything from apples to pumpkins.

By Christina Montgomery,
The Province Newspaper
June 7, 2009

September 12, 2009 Posted by | Business Model, Creativity, Great Ideas, Marketing, Sustainable Community Development | | Leave a comment

Simple Climate Protection Action Tips

CLIMATE PROTECTION ACTION TIPS
Small steps to help make Vancouver the cleanest, greenest, healthiest city in the world.
ON THE ROAD
Leave your car at home
If you drive to work fi ve days a week, leaving
your vehicle at home for one of those
days means you cut your driving by 20%.
Infl ate your tires
An improperly infl ated tire can reduce fuel
economy, increase tire wear and could be a
safety hazard. Your vehicle’s recommended
tire pressures can normally be found inside
the driver’s door frame or on the fuel cap.
The pressure shown on the tire itself is
a maximum safe pressure, not the
recommended pressure.
Stop idling
Idling will waste more fuel than turning
off your engine and restarting it. Idling
can lead to maintenance problems, engine
deposits and a fi ne from the City.
Buy a fuel effi cient car
You can save thousands of dollars on your
vehicle’s purchase price as well as annual
fuel bills by buying a smaller, more effi cient
daily-use vehicle.
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AT HOME
Install a programmable thermostat
or lower it by 3°C
For every 1°C you lower your thermostat,
you save 2–3% on your heating bill.
Programmable thermostats are easy to install.
Install low-fl ow shower heads
Hot water accounts for a quarter of home
energy use and hot showers are a main
culprit. A low-fl ow shower head uses 60%
less hot water and could save you $200/
year.* Vancouverites can get a complete
water saver kit from City Hall for only $12.
Switch to cold water washing
Between 80 and 90% of the energy used
to wash clothes goes into heating water.
New detergents have been developed to
work in colder water.
Get an home energy evaluation
A home energy evaluation will give you
unbiased and professional advice on what
you can do to reduce your monthly utility
bills while making your home more comfortable
and healthier at the same time.

Small steps to help make Vancouver and it’s suburbs the cleanest, greenest, healthiest city in the world.

ON THE ROAD

  • Leave your car at home If you drive to work fi ve days a week, leaving your vehicle at home for one of those days means you cut your driving by 20%.
  • Infl ate your tires An improperly infl ated tire can reduce fuel economy, increase tire wear and could be a safety hazard. Your vehicle’s recommended tire pressures can normally be found inside the driver’s door frame or on the fuel cap. The pressure shown on the tire itself is a maximum safe pressure, not the recommended pressure.
  • Stop idling Idling will waste more fuel than turning off your engine and restarting it. Idling can lead to maintenance problems, engine deposits and a fi ne from the City. Buy a fuel effi cient car You can save thousands of dollars on your vehicle’s purchase price as well as annual fuel bills by buying a smaller, more effi cient daily-use vehicle.

AT HOME

  • Install a programmable thermostat or lower it by 3°C  For every 1°C you lower your thermostat, you save 2–3% on your heating bill.  Programmable thermostats are easy to install.
  • Install low-fl ow shower heads Hot water accounts for a quarter of home energy use and hot showers are a main culprit. A low-fl ow shower head uses 60% less hot water and could save you $200/year. In Vancouver you can get a complete water saver kit from City Hall for only $12.
  • Switch to cold water washing Between 80 and 90% of the energy used to wash clothes goes into heating water. New detergents have been developed to work in colder water.
  • Get an home energy evaluation A home energy evaluation will give you unbiased and professional advice on what you can do to reduce your monthly utility bills while making your home more comfortable and healthier at the same time.

September 11, 2009 Posted by | LEED, Sustainable Community Development | Leave a comment

Mandatory Electric Vehicle Charging

PluginElectric Vehicle Charging:
Vancouver City Council has approved a by-law amendment to requires electric charging infrastructure for 20% of the parking stalls in new condo buildings, as well as a public charging pilot.

Read the Full Report from the City of Vancouver Website:

http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/documents/penv3.pdf

September 11, 2009 Posted by | Construction, LEED, Sustainable Community Development | , , , , | Leave a comment

Carrall Street Green Way – Vancouver

The Carrall Street Greenway is a major public realm, community building and economic revitalization initiative.

The route will link north False Creek with the Burrard Inlet, completing a seawall loop around Downtown and Stanley Park, and connecting a series of parks, plazas and historic sites in Gastown, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and Chinatown.

Beyond providing a pedestrian and cyclist-friendly transportation corridor, the greenway will also connect and build on the unique heritage character of these neighbourhoods, encourage active ground floor uses, and serve as a catalyst for economic revitalization and community development in the inner-city of Vancouver.

PROJECT SUPPORT
This project has received significant support from the public and private sectors as well as the local communities. The City of Vancouver has approved $5 million for the Carrall Street Greenway in the 2006-2008 capital budget plan. As well, the Vancouver Agreement partners and Bell Canada have committed $300,000 to the project as part of the Downtown Eastside Economic Revitalization Plan.

THE GREENWAY
The Carrall Street Greenway is a major public realm, community building and economic revitalization initiative. It is being designed to reflect the diversity of activities, cultures and communities in the Downtown Eastside. The greenway incorporates green infrastructure, facilitates private investments, and provides opportunities for social services, arts and culture programming to help achieve environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability for the area.

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September 11, 2009 Posted by | Sustainable Community Development | , | Leave a comment