Theresa McCuaig

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Tried again after Cassie's latest e-mail. Works flawlessly now. Thanks!
Get Jack Spirko to be your co-judge. Ask Stephen Harris to design the energy and tool system. They specialize in preparedness. Ne plus ultra.
5 years ago
Yes, the e-mail reset works fine on Ubuntu Linux 14.10 running Chromium.
Adrien, it works fine on Ubuntu 14.10 with Chromium browser.
FREE PLANT EXCHANGE: Saturday, May 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Westdale Branch of the Hamilton Public Library, 955 King Street West at Sterling Street (Rain or Shine)

Find new homes for your spare plants, cuttings, and bulbs. Exchange them for new ones FREE. Label your plant with its name, sunlight tolerance, and watering requirements. Items for sale are not permitted at this trading session.

The nearest major intersection is King Street West and Longwood Street South. The Westdale Branch is accessible by the following HSR bus routes: #1 King; #5 Delaware; #10 Beeline Express; and #51 University. For more information, phone (905) 546-3456.

PUBLIC FORUM: Monday, May 12, 2014 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the Central Library, 55 York Boulevard: Public Forum on Climate Change, co-sponsored by the Council of Canadians, Environment Hamilton, Hamilton 350, Green Venture, and First Nations’ Idle No More Campaign. Speakers include: Gordon McBean (Director, Research and External Relations – Centre for Environment and Sustainability and Director, Policy Studies – Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction), Brian Kelly (Manager of Sustainability, Office of the CAO, Region of Durham) and Danielle B. (First Nations). The Manitou Mkwa Singers will perform.

“Human-caused changes to our climate are causing increasingly severe impacts on natural human systems. They pose potentially catastrophic risks such as extreme weather, flooding, droughts, food shortages and acidification of the oceans. Join us for a discussion on the latest climate change science and what individuals and the city government can do in Hamilton. The focus will be on specific actions that can be taken in Hamilton to make a positive difference.”

Central Library is accessible by the following HSR bus routes: #2 Barton, #3 Cannon, #4 Bayfront, #8 York, #21 Upper Kenilworth, #22 Upper Ottawa, #23 Upper Gage, #24 Upper Sherman, #25 Upper Wentworth, #26 Upper Wellington, #27 Upper James, #33 Sanitorium, and #35 College.

Driving directions:
From Toronto, take Highway 401 to HiThway 403. Exit at York Boulevard. Follow York Boulevard past Bay Street and FirstOntario Centre. The Central Library is on the right-hand side.
From Niagara Falls, take the QEW Westbound to Highway 403, Hamilton. Exit at York Boulevard. Follow York Boulevard past Bay Street and FirstOntario Centre. The Central Library is on the right-hand side.
From Brantford, take Highway 403 to Hamilton. Exit at Main Street East. Follow Main Street to Bay Street. Turn left onto Bay Street. Follow Bay Street to York Boulevard and turn right past FirstOntario Centre. The Central
Library is on the right-hand side.

Public parking lots are located throughout the immediate vicinity. There is a large municipal parking building on the north side of York Street, across from the Farmers’ Market and the Central Library.

Alternative: If you cannot come in person on Monday evening, there are still things you can do in your spare time regarding climate change:

For more information, email, or phone (905) 549-0900, or write:

Don Mclean c/o Environment Hamilton
22 Wilson Street, Suite 8
Hamilton ON L8R 1C5
6 years ago
We use this system: and pour septic starter on it in early spring. In mid-summer, we add red wigglers. Written directions available as a .PDF download from the USDA at

6 years ago
James Franze invites all permies to converge in Gage Park at the George R. Robinson Bandshell on Saturday, May 3 at 1:00 P.M. It is on the west side of the park, across from 200 Gage Avenue South. Here are a map, photos, and co-ordinates: For more details, e-mail James directly at We look forward to meeting you there.
6 years ago
A really good DVD for novices is Homestead Blessings' "The art of soap making", 2009 by Franklin Springs Family Media, featuring the West family. They'll show you how to make soap from scratch, and also how to recycle your used soap bits into fancy new soap balls. No special equipment required. They use a stick blender and olive oil cans.

We also enjoyed simple recipes from Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen in Making It, 2011 by Rodale Books, ISBN-13: 978-1605294629.

Voyageur Soap & Candle Company has excellent recipes and cheap soap-making supplies.

6 years ago
Also, Chef Shawn McCarty of Mortar & Pestle in Jerseyville.
6 years ago
We planted a dozen Siberian Mammoth sunflowers last year around a 144-square-foot perimeter to encourage goldfinches. The sunflowers killed very hardy perennials and self-seeding annuals, such as French sorrel, Arctic kiwi, Russian sage, lilies, iris, redbud, Hardy Chicago fig, kinnickinnick, and calendula. We can't grow any legume species in our yard, and I'm wondering if the sunflowers would cause that side-effect. I realize legumes are very sensitive to air and water pollution, and we have acid rain, due to a nearby steel smelter. Might be a combo of the allelopathy + pollution.
6 years ago