TO RECYCLE YOUR OLD PC
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
TO RECYCLE YOUR OLD PC
Sunday, July 29, 2007
The Salvation Army Thrift Shop on Bruce Ave. was the site of a giant garage sale this last Saturday. If you were a merchant you had plenty of opportunity to sell your wares. If you were a bargain hunter, there were no shortage of good deals. In addition the Salavation Army was selling breakfast and lunch at very reasonable prices to help with their worthwhile work. The Thrift Shop also had 50% off specials on their in store merchandise. While I was there, for one hour they were giving 50% off all furniture in stock. What a deal! If you missed it this year, be sure to circle your calendar next year, it is good deals for a good cause.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
What You will Discover at Nanaimo-Info.com
For example, with the 'click of a mouse' you can find the current conditions at either BC Ferries terminal, in real time. You can also access up to date activities and events taking place in Nanaimo and surrounding area, Job listings, emergency phone numbers, bus schedules and routes, city hall contacts including councillors and mayor, local members of government Federal and Provincial, Yellow-ePages (find business numbers in seconds), tide tables, local weather, city maps, gas price comparisons, often called phone numbers, things to do in Nanaimo (listing everything from Air Cadets to Windsurfing with over 160 listings in 72 categories) and lots of useful and interesting information about Nanaimo, with the 'click of a mouse'. There is a page titled 'Free Ads' which is provided as a means of free advertising for new business people in Nanaimo. Check them out, they will be eager to please.
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This mid September will mark the anniversary of the fire which razed the original building on this site on Stewart Avenue, Nanaimo. At that time it was about the same stage as it now is again. I do not believe charges were ever laid in the suspicious fire which destroyed the first building. As of this posting there are only seven units left in this desirable property, so if you want more information you can see listings for the remaining units here.
AND FRUIT SERVINGS COUNT
Eat at least one dark green and one orange vegetable each day.
Dark green and orange vegetables are mentioned specifically because they are rich in folate and vitamin A, respectively. Eating these vegetables each day will ensure that people consume adequate amounts of these nutrients.
Dark green vegetables are important sources of folate. Examples include arugula, asparagus, broccoli,
sprouts, collards, fresh parsley, green peas, mustard greens, romaine lettuce and spinach.
Orange vegetables are rich in carotenoids such as beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. These include carrots, pumpkins, orange-coloured squash and sweet potatoes. Some orange-coloured fruit such as apricots,
cantaloupe, mango and papaya are also important sources of carotenoids. People can eat them in place of an orange vegetable.
Choose vegetables and fruit prepared with little or no added fat, sugar or salt. Most vegetables and fruit are naturally low in fat.
Vegetables and fruit become high sources of fat when they are breaded, fried or served with cream-based sauces, whipped cream or butter.
French fries, onion rings, salads with large amounts of dressing and fruit served with cream are just a few examples of higher fat choices. People can cook vegetables or enhance the flavours of a salad using a small amount of unsaturated oil, such as canola or olive oil.
Frozen and canned vegetables and fruit are a healthy and convenient option. Fruit in heavy syrup, however, has more sugar and adds extra calories. Choose unsweetened frozen fruit or fruit packed in juice.
Canned vegetables usually contain added salt. People can rinse and drain canned vegetables to lower the sodium content. Some frozen vegetables come with added seasonings and sauces. Find the amount of fat and salt (sodium) in prepared vegetables by looking at the Nutrition Facts table on the packaging.
Benefit from eating vegetables and fruit at all meals and snacks.
Have vegetables and fruit more often than juice.
FOOD GUIDE SERVINGS FOR VEGETABLES AND FRUIT
What is one Food Guide Serving?
In general, one medium fresh vegetable or fruit or 125 mL (1/2 cup) cut-up is equivalent to one Food Guide Serving. One Food Guide Serving of salad or raw leafy greens is 250 mL (1 cup) and 125 mL (1/2 cup) of cooked leafy green vegetables. A Food Guide Serving of dried fruit is 60 mL (1/4 cup). A Food Guide Serving of juice is equivalent to 125 mL (1/2 cup).
Source: Health Canada
Friday, July 27, 2007
If you have friends visiting or are simply looking for something fun to do this summer, be sure to include the Nanaimo Harbour Ferry in your plans. You can board one of these unique, comfortable vessels for a scenic harbour tour or go over to Newcastle Island for a super summer day. If it's been awhile since you have been to Newcastle or seen your Nanaimo Harbour City from the Harbour........what are you waiting for? You can check fares and schedule information here.
• Eat at least one dark green and one orange vegetable each day.
• Choose vegetables and fruit prepared with little or no added fat, sugar or salt.
• Have vegetables and fruit more often than juice.
Vegetables and fruit have important nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and fibre. They usually are low in fat and calories. A healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruit may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer.
Nutrients provided by vegetables and fruit include carbohydrate, vitamins A and C, potassium, magnesium and some B vitamins such as folate. The individual nutrients may explain some of the health benefits of eating vegetables and fruit. It is more likely, however, that the nutrients work together with other naturally occurring components in vegetables and fruit to provide the overall health benefit.
The Vegetables and Fruit food group is the most prominent arc in the rainbow on
Some products with “vegetable” or “fruit” in their names or on their packaging are composed mainly of fat or sugar or are very high in salt. Fruit candies, vegetable chips, fruit jams or spreads, ketchup, as well as vegetable or fruit drinks or punches do not belong in the Vegetables and Fruit food group. People should choose 100% vegetable or fruit juices. Vegetable or fruit “drinks” or “beverages” may contain only a small amount of real vegetable or fruit juice.
To make informed choices, people are encouraged to read labels on packaged foods carefully.Source Health Canada
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Aside from removing logs, bark and other floating debris, the sand was thoroughly raked and groomed to ensure everyones enjoyment.
Of course, the lagoon isn't only popular on bathtub weekend, it is popular throughout the summer months with young and old alike.
If it has been awhile since you have enjoyed a stroll along the waterfront and visited Swy-a-lana Lagoon, be sure to drop down this week, as the weatherman is being most co-operative, and the watferfront is one of Nanaimo's hidden jewels.
WHAT TYPE OF FOOD SHOULD
The type of food that people eat is just as important as the amount.
• Eat at least one dark green and one orange vegetable each day.
• Have vegetables and fruit more often than juice.
• Make at least half of your grain products whole grain each day.
• Drink skim, 1% or 2% milk each day.
• Have meat alternatives such as beans, lentils and tofu often.
• Eat at least two Food Guide Servings of fish each week.
• Include a small amount of unsaturated fat each day.
• Satisfy your thirst with water.
• Choose grain products that are lower in fat, sugar or salt.
• Select lower fat milk alternatives.
• Select lean meat and alternatives prepared with little or no added fat or salt.
• Limit foods and beverages high in calories, fat, sugar or salt.
People should try to limit the amount of saturated and trans fats that they eat. Saturated fats are found in fatty meats, higher fat milk products, butter, lard, shortening, hard margarines and tropical oils such as coconut and palm oil. Trans fats are found in many deep-fried foods, fast foods, salty snacks and baked goods made with shortening or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. People can find the total amount of fat and the amount of saturated and trans fats in food by looking at the Nutrition Facts table on the packaging.
Lower in sugar
Lower in salt
Most people get more sodium than they need, especially if they eat packaged, processed foods and meals made outside of the home. Some of the foods that can be high in sodium include snack foods, such as crackers, nachos, potato chips and pretzels, cheese, gravies and sauces, processed luncheon meats, canned or dried soups and frozen meals.
Source: Health Canada
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I have lived here since 1970, and I can't say I remember actually going inside until just the other day. It is funny what you take for granted, when it just becomes a part of the landscape.
It is an amazing structure and given it is all constructed from hand hewn timber, from original old growth fir, and is made without the aid of nails, it is clearly a testimony to the builders of the day.
It was built in 1853 and is Nanaimo's oldest building and perhaps the second oldest in the entire province. It is the oldest freestanding Hudson Bay Company fort in North America.
There are three floors in total with two cannon situated on the second floor. When you stop by, consider what it would be like to fire one of those cannon in that confined space!
So, next time you're down that way, don't just drive by. Come by before noon, listen to the lone Piper, witness the cannon firing and then take in the Bastion, from the inside.
You won't be disappointed.
For more information about Nanaimo's Bastion click here.
How to Eat To Lose Fat
I used to interview elite bodybuilders on their training and eating for a living and did this for years and years. One reoccurring theme that kept popping up when talk turned to diet/nutrition was how much food top bodybuilders packed away on a daily basis. These men taught their bodies how to handle continually greater amounts of calories without becoming fat. Contrast this with the typical obese person who eats one meal a day and adds body fat at the drop of a hat. I am working with a crew of obese folks and having great success using modified bodybuilder eating tactics to help the obese lose body fat.
The first order of business for the obese is to establish a multiple meal schedule. The obvious advantage to this strategy is it divides the daily calories in smaller chunks. I require the obese person to eat every three hours and this usually works out to five feedings a day. Secondly we insist they clean up the food selections. Some foods are easily converted into body fat (sugar foods, manmade foods and saturated fat) and some foods are near impossible for the body to convert into fat (lean protein, fibrous carbohydrates). The body's metabolism kicks into high gear to digest protein and fiber - creates what is called the thermogenic effect of food. Body temperature actually increases when the digestive system is faced with the daunting task of breaking down hard to digest protein and fiber.
Multiple meals allow the body to deal with fewer calories at any one sitting and the repeated practice of eating 5-6 meals a day teaches the body to become adept at digesting and distributing food. Better to eat 3,000 "clean" calories a day divided into six five hundred-calorie daily meals than one 1,500 calorie mega-dirty fast-food meal.
The results are astounding when the obese buy into the approach. I have one male who has lost 40-pounds of bodyweight in 40 days while simultaneously adding 12-pounds of muscle. He started at 240 and yesterday he weighed 200. This is far more impressive because didn't lose muscle in the process, he added muscle in the process. This was no ex-jock loaded with muscle memory; this is a 48-year old man with zero weight training experience.
Obese folks who slash calories end up losing as much fat as muscle and end up as miniaturized versions of the old fat selves. This modified bodybuilder approach melts fat while simultaneously adding muscle: the obese person eats more and as a direct result feels energized and vibrant during the process. Contrast this with the calorie-slasher who feels deprived, denied and continually on the verge of a binge. A person who eats wholesome foods every three hours is far less likely to binge and blow their diet than some poor obese person subsisting on 1200 calories a day. The calorie starved obese individual has set their caloric ceiling set so low that eating a candy bar or a bowl of ice cream causes them to add five pounds in 24-hours.
Adding functional muscle and building strength allows the obese person to become mobile and adept at climbing steps, getting out of a low chair and powering their bulk around. Compare this to the calorie-slasher who actually weakens their already weak body. Those who depend on deprivation to trigger bodyweight loss weaken the immune system and continually contract colds and sickness.
Those who live on 1000 to 1500 calories a day live in a stressful psychological world of denial. A person who has elevated their metabolism and consumes 3,000 calories a day can absorb an occasional binge far, far better than a person starving; I allow my folks a cheat meal once a week: this allows them to feel psychologically free. The interesting thing about the cheat meal (not cheat day - cheat meal) is that by "being good" the other 6 7/8's of the time the sweets, fat and junk they crave and might eat are rejected by the body and classically results in diarrhea.
I train five obese folks I currently work with - one man and four women - and all are experiencing similarly spectacular results: all are losing unhealthy fat while building functional muscle and eating more food than they did before they commenced the process. This counterintuitive approach - eat more to lose fat - was torn right out of the playbook of champion bodybuilders and can be used to great effect by anyone interested in losing fat while adding muscle.
Coming soon! "The Obesity Solution" is designed to help overweight men and women physically transform themselves into healthier, thinner, more fit individuals. Designed by Marty Gallagher, a world champion coach and former www.washingtonpost.com fitness columnist, he will take you by the hand to help you achieve permanent fat loss.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Last Saturday the Lion's Pavilion in Maffeo Sutton Park was the scene of the SPCA's popular 'Pets on Parade' fundraiser.
Pets of all shapes and sizes participated in this crowd pleasing event.
Picture #1 SPCA Thanks everyone for supporting their worthwhile cause.
Picture #1 There was a good crowd on hand for this years event, even if the weather was not perfect.
Picture # 3 The tuffest contestant without a doubt. ' Come on, I'll take ya, an three more just like ya!'.
Picture #4 I'm sure this dog is saying ' OK, I'll wear this stupid thing, but only if you don't tell any of my friends, and I get special treats for a week'.
Picture #5 If you could read this dogs mind, I'm sure you would hear, ' Is that a CAT, is that a CAT, let me at him'.
Picture #6 Yes, it was a cat. And the felines were seriously outnumbered by the canine participants. I'm not sure what would happen if this cat's owner had let go???
If you missed this event, you missed an entertaining parade. If you have a pet you think might win, be sure to enter next year.
It's all for a good cause.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Picture #1, crew performs last minute check before launching at Brechin Boat Ramp.
Picture #2 The first Commodore of the Fleet watches the event at Swy-a-lana Park.
Picture #3 The crowds gather at the Lagoon as the sun makes a welcome appearance. Not a drop of rain!
Picture #4 The Steam Tub in the harbour 'lets off steam', plays a distinctive note or two.
Picture #5 And they're OFF, a mad dash for lead position, as over 50 tubs turn the harbour into a foaming mass of dangerous sea!
Picture #5 Tubbers jockey for position, while simply trying to stay afloat, and make it out of the harbour!
Picture #7 Departure Bay Beach was packed as the sun came out, and crowds gathered to see the race winners.
Picture #8 The final dash to the beach and run to the finish line.
The 41st annual Nanaimo Bathtub Race was a roaring success, with over 50 brave souls risking life and limb, pitting man and machine against an angry sea. Gail force winds gave all tubbers a lumpy, bone jarring ride.
Over 30 competitors were able to finish the grueling course and ring the bell at Departure Bay Beach.
There was lots to enjoy at the Beach, with the salmon bbq on a bun being a tasty highlight of the day.
Hats off to all brave competitors and their crews, and the organizers and members of the LNBS who once again put on a great event!
With folding chairs and umbrellas in hand, many Nanaimo residents came to enjoy the Sailpast on Wheels Parade, and they weren't disappointed.
The parade had all the elements of a great parade, and the participants should be given a great big THANK YOU for putting on a great display, in spite of the fact that umbrellas and rain gear were made necessary.
It was a great parade and the organizers and participants did a fantastic job.
Sunshine, of the non-liquid variety, is forecast for next year...so be there!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
The rain held off and the sun actually made a few brief appearances. However, the wind conditions were less than ideal, with a gale warning being posted at one point.
Of the 51 brave souls who risked life and limb in the harrowing test of man against the sea, 32 were able to make the beach and 'ring the bell'.
Full details of all other winners and official times were not available at the time of this post.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
- 11:00 am RACE STARTS with firing of Howitzer. Maffeo-Sutton Park/Swy-a-lana Lagoon.
- 11:30am - 3:30 pm Kiwanis Salmon BBQ. At Departure Bay.
- 12:00 - 1:00pm Auti Bobbi (Nanaimo) Clowing around with Aunti Bobbis is always fun for the kids. Lion's Pavilion Maffeo-Sutton Park.
- 1:00 - 3:00 pm Open house HMCS Nanaimo at the Visiting Vessel Pier downtown.
- 1:00 - 2:00 pm Rosemary (Nanaimo) stories and songs for the kid. Lion's Pavilion, Maffeo-Sutton Park.
- 2:00 pm Bathtub Race Trophy presented at the finish line at Departure Bay Beach.
- 2:00 - 4:00 pm Kids Entertainment at Lion's Pavilion Maffeo Sutton Park.
Friday, July 20, 2007
The Tim Hortons Marine Festival Entertainment Stage will be the site of a wide variety of music, dancing , magic and comedy entertainment over the next few days.
Check Nanaimo-info Blog for scheduled events during the Marine Festival. There truly is something for everyone. Don't let a little rain dampen your spirits, that's what umbrella's are made for!
- 8:30 am Line up for Sailpast on Wheels Parade. Selby Street.
- 9:30 am Judging for Sailpast on Wheels Fun Parade.
- 10:00 am- 10:00 pm Summer Street Party with live entertainment hosted by CHLY Radio. China Steps.
- 10:00am - 2:00 pm Downtown Farmer's Market. Pioneer Waterfront Park. Behind the Bastion.
- 10:00am -3:00pm Nanaimo District Museum Marine Festival Program. Indoor and Outdoor fun. Free Admission, 100 Cameron Rd.
- 10:30am Start Sailpast on Wheels Fun Parade.
- 11:00am - ???? Display Booths, Thrifty's Big Green Tent, Food Fare, Boat Safety Team, Sun Safety and more. All at Swy-a-lana Park/Lagoon.
- 12:00-5:00pm Steam Tug SS Master. Come and visit this historic vessel at the Port of Nanaimo Boat Basin.
- 12:00 - 1:00pm The Mad Hatter (Victoria) Comedy and Magic that will entertain all.
- 1:00 - 2:00pm Bathtub Pet Parade. Put on by the Nanaimo SPCA. A Must for all pet lovers.
- 2:00-2:30pm Amalgam Eighters (Nanaimo) Square Dance demonstration.
- 2:30-4:00pm Bastion City cloggers (Nanaimo) Clogging demonstration. A fund display!
- 4:30 -5:30pm Cindy Davis (Victoria) Wonderfully entertaining singer.
- 6:00 -7:00pm Pony Club (Victoria) This band will have you singing and clapping to their music.
- 7:30 -8:30 Kiltlifters (Nanaimo) Nanaimo's favourite SKA band!
- 9:00-10:00pm Time Well Wasted (Courtenay) This 12 piece band will bring the fireworks to the stage! They play all the big band favourites like Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire.
- 12:00 noon - 7:00 pm Bavarian Gardens & Bikini Contest. Live Band. Beside old Civic Arena Site.
- 1:00 - 3:00pm Open House Canadian Naval Vessel HMCS Nanaimo. 180 ft. Kingston Class. Visiting Pier, Nanaimo Boat Basin.
- 1:30 -4:00pm LNBS World Championship Waiters Race. Site of Old Civic Arena Parking Lot.
- 10:00PM Quality Foods Festival of Lights & music Fireworks Display. Nanaimo Harbour adjacent to Swy-a-lana Lagoon.
- 10:00am - 3:00pm Nanaimo District Museum Free Marine Festival Program. Indoor and outdoor activities, games, art mucic and more. Free Admission. 100 Cameron Rd.
- 11:00 am-8:00pm Display Information Booths. BC Hydro Power Smart, Red Cross Water Safety, Waterwise Boat Safety plus much more. Swy-a-lana Park & Lagoon.
- 11:00am - 4:00pm The Big Green Thrifty's Food Tent. Children's games and fun. Maffeo Sutton Park.
- 11:00am - 8:00pm Marine Festival Food Fare. Displays, Food Booths, Harbourside Playlot and Kiddies Karnival. Maffeo Sutton Park.
- 11:30am - 8:00pm Shoppers Drug Mart Sun Safety & Awareness Booth. Swy-a-lana Lagoon.
Lions Pavilion, Maffeo Sutton Park
- 12:00 - 1:00pm Aunti Bobbi (Nanaimo) Come and have fun clowning around with Bobbi.
- 1:00 - 2:00pm Rosemary (Nanaimo) stories and songs that the kids will enjoy.
- 2:00 - 3:00pm Brigadoon Dance Academy (Nanaimo) Scottish Highland Dance Demonstration.
- 3:00 4:00pm Crimson Coast Dance Society (Nanaimo) Body Talk- led by professional dance artists.
- 4:30 -5:30 pm Cristina Jean (Vancouver) This young entertainer fresh from the Merrit Mountain Music Festival.
- 6:00 - 7:00pm Turn it 2-11 (Nanaimo) Grand Stand Stadium Rock. All your favourites of the 80's.
- 7:30 - 8:30pm Mass Undergoe (Vancouver) Straight ahead rock ala Knickleback and Default.
- 9:00 - 10:00pm The Garage Junkies (Nanaimo) This entertaining local band plays to 40 favourites in the local establishments.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
- 10:00 am Cutting of the official Nanaimo Marine Festival Cake. Come a get your piece at Quality Foods, Northridge Plaza.
- 11:00 am - 8:00pm Marine Festival Food Fare, displays, food booths, harbourside playdock and kiddies karnival. Maffeo Sutton Park.
- 11:00am - 4:00pm The Big Green Thrifty's Food Tent. Children's games & Fun. Maffeo Sutton Park.
- 11:00am - 8:00pm Display and Information Booths. BC Hydro Power Smart, Red Cross Water Safety, Waterwise Boat, Safety Team plus much more. Swy-a-lana Lagoon Park.
Lions Pavilion Maffeo Sutton Park
- 4:30 - 5:30 pm MYC SHARRATT (Vancouver) 2007 Island Music Awards Best Male vocalist.
- 6:00-7:00 pm CHEERS IN THE BELFRY (Victoria) Great folk band with a warm inviting sound.
- 7:30-8:30 pm MAURICE (Victoria) They have attracted a great local following and are currently recording with David Foster.
- 9:00 - 10:00pm WHITFIELD (Vancouver) Great new band with sound reminiscent of U2 and Coldplay.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I'LL BE BAACK.........
It gives you an appreciation for what men of old would have endured under real wartime conditions. Especially, if you have to fire one, in the confines of the Bastion!
Haven't seen it? Do yourself a favour and check it out. While you are there stop by the Bastion for a visit.
Don't forget the Farmer's Market on Fridays from 10:00am - 2:00pm.
It is reported that the VIREB says Nanaimo's housing market is staying strong despite rising prices.
Nanaimo's average house price is $333,349 which still makes it a relative bargain compared to other Canadian centres.
It makes you wonder how first time home buyers view these bargain prices.
List of this weeks events:
- Marine Festival July 19-22.
- Bathtub Sail Past on Wheels Parade Sat. Jly. 21/07 10:30 am. (Parade route is Prideaux, Fitzwilliam, Bastion, Front St.)
- Waiter's Race Sat. Jly 21 1:30-4:00pm. Civic Arena Parking Lot.
- Landlubbers Race Sat. Civic Arena Parking Lot.
- Treasure Hunt Sun. Jly 22/07 For details click here.
For more detail visit the Nanaimo Bathtub Society website here.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Under cloudy skies and with a brisk breeze blowing, the 23rd annual Silly Boat Regatta was another crowd pleasing success.
Some teams could have done without the additional challenge of the stiff breeze. For example, sails, which were supposed to be a benefit, turned into a penalty during the first leg of the race, which was going into the wind.
The result, many craft probably covered more than three times the length of the race because of being blown waaaay off course.
Some vessels showed surprising seaworthiness while others simply kept you amazed they kept afloat!
It was a great day, enjoyed by all, with the Nanaimo Child Development Centre having another successful fundraiser for their worthy cause.
If you missed it.....be sure to come out next year. It is a fun time for all.
Of course, no one will go to Ladysmith, Nanoose or Parksville to purchase fireworks, and then illegally set them off in Nanaimo.
So if you want to make a little racket, to celebrate a special occasion, you better break out the pots and pans and the wooden spoon.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Saturday afternoon at about 1:00 pm there was a single car accident at the intersection of St. George and Terminal Avenue. This is the intersection just south of the new one at Terminal Park.
As one who uses this intersection on a very regular basis, I can say that cars are routinely running red lights and making illegal turns at this light.
Details of this accident were not immediately available.