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Posted by on Sep 24, 2016 in Advice/Tips, Community, Living | 0 comments

Living on Your Own for the First Time and Need Trash Removal? What to Know

Living on Your Own for the First Time and Need Trash Removal? What to Know

If you are living on your own for the first time and you need to provider of waste management, there are some things to consider when keeping the cost down. The bigger the bin that you need, the more money the service will cost. Here are a couple of things you want to consider doing to keep your waste management bin small, and to reduce your weekly amount of trash.

Get a Garbage Disposal

If it can be demolished in the garbage waste disposal and then washed down the drain instead of placed in your garbage, you want to use the disposal. If you don’t have one find a model that is high powered and efficient. If you have one that doesn’t work properly, get it replaced and compare the costs and power of different models.

Create a Compost Box

You can purchase or build a compost box for all of the vegetation that doesn’t get eaten or that would get tossed out. This keeps it out of the garbage containers, and provides you with fresh fertilizer for plants or your property.

Obtain a Recycling Bin

Find a waste management company that offers recycling to consumers, and that gives the consumers a discount if they have both trach removal and recycling pickup. This would mean the bin saves you money, and you remove a large amount of items from the trash when you have a bin to recycle glass, metal, paper, plastic and more.

Compare Costs for Services

Get rates for more than one waste management service in your area. Give each service provider the address of your home and ask if there is a neighborhood discount, or if they would offer a discount if others were willing to switch and use them. You may also be able to get a reduced rate if you offer to pay the entire year of service up front, or if you tell the company you can get a better rate with the other waste management providers in Vancouver.

Reducing the amount of trash you have each week isn’t just going to save you money when it’s time to pay your waste management bill, but it also helps you feel proud that you are preserving the planet. Look into these different options so you can have less trash to take out to the road, and so you can reuse and recycle the other debris.

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Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Community | 0 comments

Using Light and Sound to Kill Cancer

Using Light and Sound to Kill Cancer

The traditional treatments for cancer generally involve surgery to remove the affected area or chemotherapy. Both of these leave the body in a worsened state of health and cause a rapid decline in the cancer patient’s emotional and physical well-being. Because of this, there has been an increase in research towards available alternative cancer treatment options that could cure the chronic illness in a less invasive manner. One of the safest and most fascinating of them all is called sono-photo dynamic therapy, which uses light and sound to kill cancer cells.

How it Works

To receive this therapy, a person is injected with a form of chlorophyllin, which is so safe that it is often given to babies who have elevated bilirubin levels. Chlorophyllin has the unique ability to adhere to cancer cells and increase their sensitivity to light and sound. So, when light and sound at a specific frequency range is applied to the body, the cancer cells vibrate and quickly explode. This is possible because the chlorophyllin is positively charged, and the cancer cells contain negatively charged lactate because they are anaerobic. This causes the positively and negatively charged cells to become attracted to one another. The light and sound cause the chlorophyllin to become energized, and it reacts with surrounding oxygen to form free radical oxygen. This new oxygen is unstable, and it blasts away at the lining of the cancer cells, so they are destroyed.

Side Effects

There are few bad side effects to this treatment. Most patients experience fatigue, so they are encouraged to rest afterwards, instead of trying to resume their normal activities. There are positive side effects though. The patient’s physical pain will be reduced, and they will regain their appetite. Those with lung cancer can also breathe better after the treatment. This therapy is often used in conjunction with other herbs given by a naturopath that detoxify the body, such as milk thistle. This herb is also very gentle, and its only side effects are from the possible Herxheimer’s reaction that can happen. Patients might have nausea, weakness, and headache if they take too high of a dose initially. Therefore, it is best to start out with a small dose, and increase the amount that is taken gradually.

Types of Cancer That Can Treat

Sono-photo dynamic therapy works for a multitude of types of cancer, including leukemia, breast cancer, and bone cancer. It can even work on cancerous tumors. In fact, the person administering it doesn’t even need to know which type of cancer that a person has. But, it is helpful to at least know the region that the cancer is located in because the light and sound can be directed to that area though. For those interested in learning more, please visit Dr. Sean Ceaser, ND.

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2016 in Community | 0 comments

Medical Marijuana Laws in Vancouver

Medical Marijuana Laws in Vancouver

Medical marijuana simply means the use of cannabis, either the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or some of its essential extracts to treat disease or improve symptoms. The marijuana plant is not approved as a medicine, but there is limited evidence showing that it can help in treating a range of illnesses. It can treat chronic pain and muscles spasms as well as increase appetite for patients with HIV/AIDS and reduce vomiting and nausea during chemotherapy. So far, scientists have not conducted enough research to determine whether these benefits of marijuana outweigh its side effects and risks in patients.

Medical marijuana retailers and dispensaries are illegal in most parts of the world, but there are major cities now starting to regulate these retailers with licensing agreements. Since 2014, the City of Vancouver has allowed the retailers, producers, and processors to operate after obtaining licenses from the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). There are several retailers in the city, each required to pay a $30,000 license fee.

State licensing requirements

• The marijuana facilities should be located at least 1000 feet from the nearest school, playground, library or park.
• The prospective owners have to undergo a criminal and background check to ensure their intentions are legitimate.
• Full cooperation with security, operational, advertising, labeling, transportation and any other requirement.
• Adults can purchase up to an ounce of cannabis from the retailers, but can only consume it on a private non-commercial property away from the public glare.
• The sale of edibles, like pot brownies or cookies, is prohibited.

Standard requirements

• Before construction, the owner should have an updated license, a building permit, site plan or any other approvals.
• The facility should be indoors only.
• The retail facility should be located in the Community and General Commercial zones only, and a minimum of 300 feet from the each other.
• Marijuana products and any valuables or cash to be stored in a secured safe.
• Adherence to a closing time, which is at 11 pm.
• Compliance with state standards, especially being at least 1000 feet from children’s facilities and recreational sites.
• Production and processing facilities should be located in the Light and Heavy Industrial zones only.

Under the provincial laws, individual medically authorized users or growers are not prohibited from possessing or growing small amounts of marijuana. In fact, the sick can grow their marijuana as long as they do not consume it in public or in front of a minor.
There are significant strides towards the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. The number of licensed recreational marijuana retailers keeps increasing, and some new incentives and laws are softer on the retailers. Thus, more patients can access the medical marijuana and get treated.

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Advice/Tips, Community, Events, Living, Travel | 0 comments

Economic Benefits of Tourism

Economic Benefits of Tourism

The city of Vancouver, like most major cities in the world, has experienced a rapid expansion in the growth of jobs involving computer technology. Tourism has likewise contributed to the growth of other industries like the restaurants, hotels, touring services and car rentals. The city has been praised for the excellent service of their public transportation system, including the airport which makes the place an easy favorite among tourist destinations.

The major sites in the city include Stanley Park which opened in the 1900s. The park was named after the Governor General of Canada at the time, Lord Stanley. It is one of the most famous parks in the country and is a great place to view nature at its finest. There are trails that go all over the area which is suitable for walking, cycling, running and rollerblading. Beaver Lake is a natural water form that can be found near the center of the park.

The park features a lot of sites for family activities like picnic areas, playgrounds, trains, an outdoor pool and a water park. A seawall borders one perimeter of the park while the Rose Garden which houses around 3500 varieties of roses and other ornamental plants, can be found near a historic building, the Pavilion. The beauty of city parks lies in their accessibility – it gives you a chance to cool down and unwind after experiencing the hurried energy of the city. While summer is considered the best time to explore the park, the place is so beautiful that tourists frequent  it the whole year round.

There are also a lot of museums and galleries that are worth visiting while in the area just like the Vancouver Art Gallery and Scienceworld. With all these places of interest, it’s no surprise that the city ranks high in the list of the best places to live in the world. The fair climate and great surrounding makes the living conditions superior than other major cities. Experts have consistently recognized it  as a great choice to live in because it nurtures linguistic and ethnic diversity. It also presents a good opportunity for new businesses to thrive in and maintains impressive standards in housing and education.

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Advice/Tips, Community, Events, Travel | 0 comments

Discovering the Sights and Sounds of Vancouver

Discovering the Sights and Sounds of Vancouver

There are a lot of sights and places to visit in Vancouver. It is a place that offers diverse opportunities for both outdoor and urban activities. On one hand, the rugged terrain and great landscape beckons to individuals who enjoy the outdoors and on the other, cosmopolitan adventure awaits those who enjoy city life. Fine dining restaurants, shopping outlets, galleries, museums and theatres abound in different places.

There are markets to shop in the whole year round just like Granville Island’s public market with its impressive display of abundant fresh produce, baked goods, seafood and meat products. The island is a pleasant place to visit and has a lot of small novelty shops that sell unique items and other memorabilia.

Guests can take in the Vancouver Aquarium which is located in Stanley Park. It is now home to around 70,000 amazing sea creatures that can be found in the planet. There are side shows that feature beluga whales, sea lions and otters, and dolphins. Children will enjoy the sight of moon jellies, sea turtles, octopus, sharks and moray eels.

Spending time outdoors is just as enjoyable with camping trips to book, mountain trails to take on, and private spas and wellness clubs to discover. A must-experience is the Capilano Suspension Bridge which stretches to 450 feet high above a canyon and a river. After crossing the bridge, you can take in the thriving forest that surrounds the area and check out a number of other suspension bridges in the Treetops Adventure. Another great natural attraction is Grouse Mountain which is just a few minutes away from the downtown area.

Any of these places and activities will make you realize that the trip is definitely worth it. There are lots more treasures that you’ll stumble on as you make your way around the city. You can ride in one of the horse-drawn carriages that go around Stanley Park. The park has trails that are great for cycling, hiking, and rollerblading. Bicycle rentals along with helmets and locks are located all over the place. If you want a more relaxing time, you can book a trip with Harbour Cruises to experience sightseeing from a unique vantage point.

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