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January 31st, 2011:

Rob Ford: now where’s that number for the Army?

“I’m sure that damned socialist Lastman left it around here somewhere. Maybe Cherry knows.”

The Big Smoke and environs is due for another 20-30 cm of army-inducing snow tomorrow. Madness will ensue. Civic officials will publicly fret. Rob Ford will declare an emergency when his fave Timmie’s drive-through is blocked by a snowplow and he is unable to get his double-double and honey cruller.

Meanwhile in Ottawa, we might get an inch or two. But Parliament is back in session, so that makes up for it.


Blog of the week

This week, I am profiling a blog that is all about living and consuming while being sustainably-minded.

The Mindful Merchant, always has some good insights on how to turn just thinking about our environment into actions that might mitigate our environmental impacts. Acting sustainably is a tough thing to argue against no matter where on the political spectrum you plop your behind.

Take this recent article on alternatives to rock salt, for example (for those readers in warmer climes, rock salt is used on driving and walking surfaces to melt ice in order to make surfaces less slippery and much safer.) Clearly, The Mindful One has done loads of research on this post, as is the norm for her.

Another post from last summer is one I have periodically directed folks toward when questions of product labeling arise. Even I, as someone who works in the environment field (loosely speaking), did not know that the label or term “non-toxic” was an industry devised-marketing word and means diddly squat. I really thought that Health Canada or Industry Canada or someone monitored this stuff!

Go on over and visit the Mindful Merchant sometime… you might just learn something!