Monday, November 23, 2009

UPDATED TO INCLUDE WINNER -Season's Greetings Contest - the CPN and Safecastle LLC

PThe CPN is proud to host a "Season's Greetings" Contest with Safecastle LLC!!!

Safecastle LLC has long been established as a trusted supplier of a variety of preparedness-related items sold through their premier buyers club, Safecastle Royal. However, Safecastle LLC is most notably known for their Safecastle Shelters! Now, before anyone gets too excited - no, the prize for this contest is not a Safecastle Shelter! I know, what a let-down eh?

But the prize for this contest is the next-best thing:

Winner's Choice of Mountain House Freeze-dried Variety Packages!!!

Each variety package contains six #10 cans of different types of Mountain House freeze-dried food!!!

That's a value of $170 and, of course, free shipping is included!!!

So how do you enter? That's easy! Simply leave a comment on this post and be sure to include the line - "Safecastle LLC - now shipping Mountain House Food to Canada". The contest will run until December 25, 2009 when the lucky winner will be selected by a random draw!

Be sure to enter everyday for a better chance at winning!

A Big Thanks to Safecastle LLC!!!


As the CPN is a high-tech network, the contest winner was chosen after following a highly technical process (I have pictures of the process but can't get them to upload!!!). Anyway, the process used was this:

1). All entries were counted (for example, Doug left the most comments (20), followed by Anitapreciouspearl (15), followed by Vancouver49 (12)).
2). I wrote each person's entries on little scraps of paper and then folded them up into tiny bits.
3). The folded entries were put into a goldfish bowl (no goldfish were hurt during the process).
4). I shook the bowl and stirred the entries with my hand several times.
5). My husband shook the bowl and stirred the entries with his hand several times.
6). We set the bowl aside for a few hours to settle.
7). My husband (who is very technical!) selected a random entry.
8). And the WINNER is DOUG!

Congratulations Doug!!! You are now the proud winner of YOUR CHOICE of a Mountain House Freeze-Dried Variety Pack courtesy of the great folks at Safecastle LLC.

Doug - go here to select YOUR CHOICE and then contact me to at with your address/shipping details.

Thanks to all who participated in the contest! And a big thanks to Safecastle LLC!!!!

Scarecrow is doing his part to de-forest the planet...and is guest-posting over at Stealth Survival

The following is from Scarecrow over at the OPN - be sure to check out this link!!!

Information is power. Information wants to be free. In keeping with these observations, here is a link to a substantive list of literary resources that you can download and optionally print out. The information may be of use to you someday.

[What have you done today to prepare?]

submitted by Scarecrow

Thanks for sharing such a great resource with us Scarecrow!

Also, be sure to check out Scarecrow's guest-post over at Stealth will be glad that you did!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The CPN & NSPN Welcomes our Newest Member - Sue Frelick!!!!

Y'all know the saying:

"Give someone some free fire place tools and they'll gladly volunteer to write posts for one of the provincial networks".

Okay maybe I made that one up. However....exciting news coming:

The CPN & NSPN are very happy to introduce our newest contributing member - Welcome Sue!!!

According to Sue - you can call her Sue, or Soapy, Soapysue or Mormon Chick. She answers to them all :-)!!! Sue lives in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, with her husband of 16 years in an antique house that they are constantly renovating! Sue works part time at a local fabric store and teaches children how to sew in her studio. She loves to read, write, sew (naturally), cook real food from real ingredients and work at becoming self reliant.

You can learn more about Sue from her personal blog Short Fat Mormon Chick.

Sue will be taking over the NSPN and I encourage you all to head over to the NSPN and leave her a welcome message!

I have had the incredible experience of getting to know more and more about Sue via email and I am looking very much forward to her contribution at the NSPN!!!

Welcome is soo great to have you here!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The CPN & Riverwalker/Stealth Survival's Holiday Contest Winner - A Guest Post from Sue Frelick

Hi folks! After the fireplace contest was over, Kymber and Riverwalker asked for photos of the tools when they arrived.

So, I logged on to send them to you.

I have to say that I’m feeling really tinder this morning. The CPN’s generosity really kindled a flame in my heart.

I can’t sit here poker - faced any more. When the parcel arrived by courier I could barely handle the heat of excitement! Even my dear husband really got fired up!

These fireplace tools are a quality that can’t be matched and I definitely recommend entering a contest of Riverwalker’s if you ever get the chance. I can promise, you won’t get burned.

I can see that no one's roaring with laughter over this. It isn’t too punny is it? OK, I'll stop.

Anyway, I really wood like to say a big thank-you from the bottom of my hearth. Oops! That just slipped out.

Time to log off now.

Rock on, CPN!!!

submitted by Sue Frelick

Sue - the CPN wood like to take this opportunity to thank you for such great pics and the cheeky post!!!

The CPN wood also like to send a Big Canadian Thank You to Riverwalker and Stealth Survival for holding the contest here with us!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Calling All Canadian Preppers

Do you feel the need to start cutting back your spending/consumerism based on the economic challenges that we here in Canada face today? Are you interested in finding ways to save on your monthly food bill and all of your other household expenses?

Do you worry that you don't have enough food stocked in your pantry? Do you not even have a pantry?

Have you recently lost your job or are worried about your current job situation?

Have you wondered why the Canadian government has set up so many preparedness websites, Emergency Management Offices and other agencies that recommend that everyone have a 72-hour bag and at least 3 days worth of food stocked?

Are you in the early stages of prepping and feel overwhelmed when you see how far others are ahead of you in their preps? Do you worry that you will never catch up?

Do you think about prepping and the prepping lifestyle and wish to start but just don't know where to begin?

Have you been prepping for several years, have a fully-stocked pantry, are looking into alternative methods of heating your home and are quite confident that you can make it through the tough times ahead?

Are you concerned about avalanches, earthquakes, power outages, hurricanes, severe storms or wildfires?

Are you a full-blown, full-time, hard-core survivalist with a bunker and/or a tin-foil hat?

If you answered "maybe", "kinda-sorta", "not sure" or a resounding "YES" to any of the questions - then you have come to the right place!

And guess what? - we NEED you here at the CPN!!!

The CPN and all of the province sites were created in order to spread a message - a message that there is hope in these difficult times, and that there are people who care enough and are willing to share all of their knowledge, experience and wisdom!!! If you are just starting out in your preps or if you have been living the prepping lifestyle for 75+ years - we need your contribution in order to reach, help and teach as many people as possible! In order to do this - all levels of prepping-related experience are required!!!

Here at the CPN we have contributing authors who are all at different levels in their preps. Our contributing authors post articles on a variety of subjects and they do so voluntarily - because they care!!!

Do you care? Do you wish to join a community of like-minded individuals whose goal is to share information? If so, please contact Kymber here.

And for any of our American or international friends who care and wish to contribute - the CPN always accepts guest-posts! But be sure to check out the American Preppers Network too!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Did you know that the Government of Canada has an official preparedness site? If you've never visited it, take a few minutes and familiarize yourself with the site. Bookmark it. Check it often.

The government's basic 3 step plan is as follows:

Know The Risks
Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to your community and your region can help you better prepare. Find out here what the hazards are in your region.

Make A Plan
It's easy and essential. Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do if disaster strikes. Make your own plan and print it out today.

Get A Kit
It doesn't take long – find out what goes into an emergency kit, or where you can buy one. An emergency kit helps ensure you and your family are ready to cope on your own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency.

The Government of Canada lists the following as known risks:

Severe storms
Storm surges

They also list the following as other possible emergencies:

Bomb threats
Chemical releases
Nuclear emergencies
Pandemic influenza
Power outages
Suspicious packages

The CPN and its provincial affiliates are working together to address each of the "known risks and emergencies" recognized by our Canadian Government, along with many more that the government doesn't acknowledge such as:

Home security
Animal encounters
Food quality
Hospital-created deaths
Household toxins
Judicial break-down
And many many more!!

Make sure to check out the archives here at the CPN and at all of our province sites - if you have a specific topic in mind - be sure to use the Google Search bar up at the left-hand side of this page. If you have any questions - be sure to leave a comment. And if you have information that you would like to see on the CPN or any of the province sites - why not become a contributing author? Here at the CPN we are always looking for contributors and if you are interested in becoming a contributing author - contact Kymber here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In Flander's Fields

(written by Canadian Lt. Col John McCrae on May 3, 1915)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Please be sure to wear the poppy proudly on your lapel, overcoat or knapsack today!

And remember to honour all of our veterans by observing 2 minutes of silence at 11:00am today.

Lest We Forget!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Pittance of Time

On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store's PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the store's leadership role in adopting the two minutes of silence initiative. He felt that the store's contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o'clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the two minutes of silence to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry's anger towards the father for trying to engage the store's clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, A Pittance of Time. Terry later recorded A Pittance of Time and included it on his full-length music CD, The Power of the Dream.

A Pittance of Time Lyrics

They fought and some died for their homeland
They fought and some died now it’s our land
Look at his little child, there’s no fear in her eyes
Could he not show respect for other dads who have died?

Take two minutes, would you mind?
It’s a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls who went over
In peace may they rest, may we never forget why they died.
It’s a pittance of time

God forgive me for wanting to strike him
Give me strength so as not to be like him
My heart pounds in my breast, fingers pressed to my lips
My throat wants to bawl out, my tongue barely resists

But two minutes I will bide
It’s a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls who went over
In peace may they rest, may we never forget why they died.
It’s a pittance of time

Read the letters and poems of the heroes at home
They have casualties, battles, and fears of their own
There’s a price to be paid if you go, if you stay
Freedom is fought for and won in numerous ways

Take two minutes would you mind?
It’s a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls all over
May we never forget our young become vets
At the end of the line it’s a pittance of time

It takes courage to fight in your own war
It takes courage to fight someone else’s war
Our peacekeepers tell of their own living hell
They bring hope to foreign lands that the hatemongers can’t kill.

Take two minutes, would you mind?
It’s a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls who go over
In peacetime our best still don battle dress
And lay their lives on the line.
It’s a pittance of time

In Peace may they rest, lest we forget why they died.
Take a pittance of time

On November 11, 2009 at 11:00am let us all remember by observing 2 minutes of silence.

Lest We Forget.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Ontario Preppers Network passes 10,000 page views!!!

Maybe it's his witty way with words! Maybe it's the underlying level of sarcasm in most (if not all) posts. Maybe it's the fact that he can sometimes be very sweet! Maybe it's his elegant way of discussing difficult issues!

Or maybe it's THAT tagline staring us in the face at the end of every post daring us to get up off of our lazy butts!!!

Whatever it is - it sure keeps the readers coming back - Scarecrow and the Ontario Preppers Network has just passed 10,000 page views!!!

Congratulations to Scarecrow and the OPN!!!

Scarecrow is one of the original CPN members...he joined up way back in 1867 - woops - no, I meant to say that he joined us back in February 2009 (but has been prepping since 1867)! His posts have made us laugh, made us think, and with his most recent "Do 1 Thing" series (his summary of the Do 1 Thing program developed by - provided us all with several lists of actual, practical goals to achieve in order to begin, or get better, at prepping!!! And he speaks in an incredibly clear and thoughtful manner!

Scarecrow is the CPN's "darling" although sometimes he can be a little "diva" - but we at the CPN are very fortunate to have him and we know it. I have the additional and great honour of also being able to call him "friend"!

So please join us in congratulating Scarecrow for his awesome work here at the CPN, and more specifically, at the OPN. Drop in to the OPN and leave him a comment! Or leave a comment for him here! Passing 10,000 page views in such a short amount of time is quite an accomplishment!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The CPN - Saskatchewan Preppers Network welcomes our newest contributor - Jack Sellers!

Yes - now the province of Saskatchewan has a regular contributing member - introducing Jack Sellers!!!

Jack was directed to the CPN by our dear friend Wolfe of Wolfe's Blog and Survival Times. Jack has already posted some cool How-To videos on the Saskatchewan Preppers Network which you can view here. Jack was born and raised in Saskatchewan and plans to retire there in a few short years. We at the CPN are honoured to have him join us at the Sakatchewan Preppers Network and we look forward to his posts!!!

So join us in welcoming Jack to the CPN and Saskatchewan Preppers Network! Welcome Jack!