Sunday, October 30, 2011

Canada to Scrap Long Gun Registry

It would seem as though a miracle were about to happen...a politician is about to keep a campaign promise.
The Conservative government has tabled legislation to not only scrap the long gun registry, but also destroy the records already there.
Along with the estimated $22 million per year to maintain the registry, the government also cited the fact that the registry targets law abiding gun owners instead of criminals as a reason for scraping the registry. Restricted firearms will still have to be registered and proper licensing will also be in force for ownership & purchase of a long gun or ammunition.
with a Conservative majority, the law, tabled on Oct.25th is expected to pass into law shortly after it's third reading, depending on the opposition.
An estimated 7.1 million long guns are in the registry.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Twitter & Preppertalk

Do you use Twitter? Have you heard of the new Preppertalk hashtag?
Simply add #preppertalk to your tweets and join the prepper conversation...officially from 6 - 9 pm but it can go on 24/7. Ask questions, offer advice, or simply chew the prepper fat. It's worth a look.

Monday, October 17, 2011

? and Jelly

So, I read that the price of peanuts is set to rise as much as forty percent (40%) due to poor goober growing conditions south of the border. What this means to us peanut butter loving types is a sharp increase in the price of peanut butter and other products such as peanut oil.

And then I read that the price of cereal grains is likely to remain high due to a variety of reasons, not the least among them the horrendous flood or drought conditions existing in various parts of the world. If you were a farmer in certain parts of North America you got flooded and suffered from drought both. Lucky you (not).

There is even concern about my favourite drink, coffee. A combination of labour shortages and climate change may well see supplies dwindle, sending the already rising prices into the stratosphere.

And of course there is just the general rise in food prices we’re seeing. More people (seven billion of us I think) competing for a flat or falling supply of food. Not a nice scenario. We’re still better off than most of the rest of the world, paying as little as fifteen percent (15%) of our disposable income to put food on the table. Most people spend far more than North Americans, and some places in the world that amount is fifty percent (50%) or more, and in the worst of drought stricken places, there is just no food to buy for any amount of money. We've been lucky so far.

Speaking of which, the lower parts of North America seem to be gripped in an intractable drought, with northern Mexico and the American Southwest being especially hard hit. When water is so scarce that growing hay is difficult, and the hay itself the target of thieves, it’s not a good sign.

Overall, look for food prices to continue to rise over the short to medium term, and act accordingly. Stock up on what is slated to jump (e.g. peanut butter) and keep a slow steady food acquisition and storage program in other areas. Having a bunch of stuff in storage will make it easier to wait on deals where you can buy cheaper and blunt the effect of rising prices.

If you’re not doing so already, it might be time to consider starting to raise some of your own food, or expand the scale of what you are doing (plant more taters!) or start producing in new areas (chickens: eggs and white meat!) to try to lessen your dependence on the local supermarket.

And keep an eye on the agricultural news so you aren’t blindsided by crop shortages or failures. Most people worry about political or financial news, but they are secondary to what is going on with your food supply. You can’t eat money or ballots.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Be A Proud Canadian, But Don't Limit Yourself

As a proud Canadian, I strive to support Canadian resources for my prepping. Border issues aside, I prefer to make purchases from Canadian sources, and the more local, the better. I am sure that all of us have done countless google searches regarding prepping and come up with an overwhelming majority of American sites. Personally, I have visited prepping sites from all over the world, from Canada, America, Britain, Africa, name it. Interestingly enough, there seemed to be only two main differences from one geographical location to the next. Tese would be climate and gun laws. Food preservation & storage remained constant with mylar bags, home canning, dehydrating and prepackaged freezedried & MRE's. Gardening was also a constant with variations only on crops and growing season. Country dwellers farmed and city dwellers fortify homes all around the world.
So my question is, why limit yourself to localized information? I belong to a multitude of prepper sites from all around the world and have learned valuable information from all four corners of the earth.
Yes, as Canadians we face different chalenges because of our climate & therefore growing season as well as some tough gun laws, which, by the way, are not the toughest I have seen. The short answer is that these two issues can be made quite minor and easy enough to get around. If you have a short growing season, you can find ways to stretch it. If you don't have a PAL, you can always take a course and get it, with a clear background check of course.
So go ahead and be proud to be Canadian. Support your local resources for your preps. But by no means limit your informational resources by checking strictly Canadian sites. Go join the APN, or other foreign prepper sites and learn what people around the world have to offer. Knowledge is power and is by no means limited by geographical borders.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Persistance Gets Results

I sat down recently to give some serious thought as to where my preps are in comparison to where my prep plans should have me be. It soon became obvious that I was way behind. At this point in time, the 1st extension to the house was to have been long finished, but I am still working on the finish work inside and the siding outside. I should have 10 cords of wood put up but instead only have 4. The garden was supposed to have been harvested for the winter, but instead, I am still working on turning the soil and have yet to plant a single seed.
From chicken coop building to having x number of buckets packed with long term food storage, I find myself way behind in almost all aspects of my prep plans. Does this discourage me? well a little, but what can I do?
First off, maybe I was a little ambitious in my plans. But then again, I have been working more than expected and building time has been limited. Did I really think I could have a chicken coop complete with brooder built before the winter set in and ready for my spring chicks next year?
As I ponder how many projects have fallen by the wayside, I decide that there is only one thing left to do. Replan. Simple...list, in order of priority, all the projects left to be completed. Then think about what can and can't be done right now. Honestly, I can't get the chicken coop built until mid summer, so chickens, and unfortunately, fresh daily eggs will have to wait another year. As for the garden, well, there is already a lot of land turned, so I can plant in the spring, even if it is not everything I wanted to. So then priority 1 is to complete construction and to get more firewood in.
The lesson learned? Well even the best laid plans can go wrong. The only thing that can be done is to re-establish priorities and set out a new timeline. In the end, everything WILL get done. I just have to keep at it. Persistance is and will continue to get results...just don't give up.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

The time has come once again to stop and think about everything we have to be thankful for. Some will be thankful for family, a home, a job and all the usual things. But as for myself, I am thankful that I didn't have to dip into preps this past year. Another year without a local disaster to contend with. After all, we prepare for the worst, but hope for the best. Well, maybe we haven't seen the very best the world has to offer, but for the most part, we have been nowhere near the worst.
Thanksgiving marks a celebration of the harvest, and boy what a celebration we have planned here in the Laurentians.
Eat, drink, and be merry Canada and celebrate another bountiful harvest.