Metro Vancouver lawn watering restrictions begin next week

The regional district says Stage 1 water restrictions will commence on Tuesday and remain in place until Oct. 15.

The move, which is two weeks earlier than last year, is a bid to conserve treated drinking water during the hot and dry summer months.

Residents can water their lawn two mornings per week, down from three, with additional adjustments related to watering trees, shrubs and flowers with a sprinkler.

Metro officials say an hour of rain or watering per week is enough water for a healthy lawn.

“Water conservation is not just about water shortages — it’s imperative that we use water wisely all year round, both indoors and outdoors,” said Darrell Mussatto, chair of Metro Vancouver’s utilities committee.

“With a growing population and the effects of climate change, conserving water every day is the right thing to do.”

The new restrictions are part of Metro Vancouver’s Drinking Water Conservation Plan, which regulates how residents, businesses and local governments use drinking water in the summer months or during periods of water shortages.

Metro Vancouver lawn watering restrictions begin next week

Vancouver Cancer charity shouldn’t accept money from wine fundraiser, because alcohol is a carcinogen: expert

VANCOUVER — A top substance use expert said he’s shocked to see the Canadian Cancer Society is accepting money from a wine event fundraiser, because alcohol is a known carcinogen.

Dr. Tim Stockwell, Director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria, told StarMetro the most recent approximate estimate shows there were between 400 and 500 deaths from breast cancer attributable to alcohol consumption in Canada in 2015.

In May, Liberty Wine Merchants will host the ‘Rosé Revival’ in Vancouver, a fundraising event for breast cancer research. Its promotional material prominently features The Canadian Cancer Society name and logo.

Stockwell said it’s wrong to associate a wine party with fighting breast cancer.

“The implicit message is, let’s prevent cancer and let’s drink rosé while we’re doing it,” he said.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society’s website, in 2015 an estimate of 10,700 Canadians were diagnosed with “cancer linked to their alcohol consumption” and “alcohol is one of the top three causes of cancer deaths worldwide.”

The May 7 fundraiser will mark the company’s tenth year of hosting the event. According to its website, Liberty Wine Merchants has raised more than $30,000 for breast cancer research.

The Canadian Cancer Society’s gift acceptance policy says that it accepts money from alcohol producers and sellers, but not from tobacco companies, indoor tanning businesses, or manufacturers of pesticides.

Stockwell is not alone in his concern. Dr. Carolyn Gotay of University of B.C.’s Faculty of Medicine, said she’s alarmed by the event’s connection to breast cancer research. As the Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention, Gotay receives funding from the Canadian Cancer Society for her research.

Gotay said she doesn’t condemn wine drinkers, and she drinks wine herself. But drinking alcohol is related to seven types of cancers, and even a glass a day increases a person’s risk of breast cancer.

“For some cancers such as breast cancer, there really is no safe amount of alcohol that is compatible with preventing breast cancer,” she said.

According to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer research non-profit, some research suggests low alcohol consumption by healthy adults can reduce the risk of heart disease, drinking more than one alcoholic beverage per day for women, and more than two for men, has no health benefits and can cause breast cancer. But a pooled analysis of 53 studies found that the relative risk of breast cancer increased by about 7 per cent for each alcoholic beverage consumed per day.

When Gotay travels on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society, she’s not allowed to buy alcohol with money from the food budget. If she wants a glass of wine, she pays for it with her own money.

“A fundraiser that relies on alcohol sales to support the Cancer society is too incompatible,” she said.

But she doesn’t condemn the efforts of anyone behind the fundraiser.

“I know that people are good natured and trying to do something to help the organization,” she said.

Alex Wade, office manager at Liberty Wine Merchants and one of the event organizers, said the company hosts several charity fundraisers each year, and supports breast cancer because the wife of one of the managers is a survivor of breast cancer.

“We wanted to support in whatever way we could,” she said. “We put on the event, we run everything ourselves, and then we just hand over the money in the end.”

Shawna Dash, co-ordinator of annual giving at Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division, said the event is not a partnership, and Rosé Revival is an independent fundraiser.

“When it comes to alcohol consumption, we believe in moderation, the less alcohol you drink the more you reduce your risk of cancer,” she said.

“If there’s ever something that’s a known carcinogen, we wouldn’t do that, it’s all in the gift acceptance policy,” Dash said.

While she didn’t know of any changes to the policy coming down the pipes, she said “with any smart business you do have to adapt with the research.”

Chicago Friday Sermon – Dr. Ashraf Nusairat Calls Upon Women Not To Be ‘Led Astray’ By Western Colonialist Notions Of Equality

n a Friday sermon delivered at the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Ashraf Nusairat said that the notion that women do not have rights in Islam was introduced into Islamic countries by Western colonialism. According to Dr. Nusairat, the issue of women’s freedom, equality, and rights is foreign to Islam and was planted by the Western colonialists, who now use it against Islam. “I call upon our Muslim women to return to the religion of Allah, and to understand the Islamic faith correctly. They must not be led astray by the Western notions of equality,” said Dr. Nusairat in his March 16 sermon, which was posted on the Dar Al-Hijrah YouTube channel. Dr. Ashraf Nusairat is the director of Noon Arabic Academy in Hanover Park, Illinois.

To view the clip of Dr. Ashraf Nusairat on MEMRI TV, click here or below.

False accuser and Liar Sarah Thomson

MeToo. MeNotTrue.

Perhaps Sarah Thomson was seeking her close-up moment, her MeToo movement inclusion, because, Lord knows, she does crave the limelight, on a soupçon of substance.

That — a purported shunning by Steve Paikin, as host of TVO’s The Agenda — was part and parcel of the publicity magpie’s complaint, stemming from an allegation of inappropriate sexual cajoling on Paikin’s part during a private 2010 luncheon at Grano restaurant.

Some 11 weeks after an independent third-party investigation was launched, Paikin, on Friday, was cleared of a pernicious accusation that had its genesis on social media, the pitchfork platform for so much damage that is never proven, but inevitably lives on, wedging into the minds of those who choose to believe what they believe and evidence be damned.

Read more:

Steve Paikin cleared after investigation into allegation of inappropriate comment

Not substantiated, in the legal parlance.

And therein lies the dilemma.