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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

First confirmed case of Ebola confirmed in the United States: CDC

Yes, you've read that title correctly, a case of ebola has been confirmed in Dallas, Texas today.




Monday, September 29, 2014

Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 7 of 8

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

It's 1944, and a turning point for the Allies in WWII. Manor Farm's flax field—a crop heavily used by the military—has suffered in the unusually wet summer of 2012. Alex and Peter try to reinvigorate it using Ammonium Nitrate, a chemical fertiliser, but the rain doesn't let up. It remains so wet, in fact, that Alex has to re-waterproof his coat, using linseed oil, paraffin and beeswax from the colony he started in Episode 6. Ruth, meanwhile, has been constructing a willow basket to hold carrier pigeons—used to send messages throughout the war, and often trained by farmers. Alex and Peter train some pigeons by releasing them from a 1930s fishing boat which saw service in WWII in the English Channel—and within half an hour, the birds have completed the 30 mile journey back to their loft. Without a hint of irony, Ruth serves wood pigeon 'salad' for lunch, set in gelatine and accompanied by grated carrot, grated beetroot and small boiled fingerling potatoes.


 


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced by David Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The New and Improved Sponsored Post Program

The Canadian Preppers Network is proud to announce the return of the Sponsored Post Program.  This time, we've expanded our reach to include four of the top Canadian providers of preparedness gear and supplies. 

Each of them will take turns posting articles on Fridays, bringing you industry news, unique perspectives, and lots of original content.  In turn, they will also be providing monthly give aways to our members of the blog and the forum.

Chylan Emergency Gear has been a supporter of the CPN for a long time and was, in fact, our very first advertiser.  Their goal is to teach the skills and provide the tools necessary to be prepared for any emergency for a minimum of 72 hours up to long term recovery.  They cover all areas such as school preparedness, business continuity, survival skills, 72 Hour preparedness and much more.  

Briden Solutions is also a long time supporter of our blog and forum.  Founded in the summer of 2009  they developed much of Their Emergency Preparedness knowledge and experience in the 10 years leading up to that. After quietly guiding and coaching many through the maze of both Short Term and Long Term Emergency Preparedness products and strategies, an opportunity came for them to team up with some of the leading experts in the Emergency Preparedness Industry to carrying that knowledge and guidance to more people.

Total Prepare is new to this program however, I have personally been dealing with them for over a year now.  "Our goal is to constantly strive to ensure our products meet the strictest standards of  quality, innovation and the best value available for the consumer."  

Outdoor Pursuits Canada is a Canadian owned and operated company located in Turner Valley, Alberta.  Started in the fall of 2009 - out of a passion for the outdoors, and the gear that goes with it.  OPC boasts an impressive line of knives as well as over 80 colors of paracord.  They are also new to this program and offer a variety of experience in dealing with the great outdoors.

We look forward to reading the posts from these experienced sponsors, and I hope that you will in turn visit their websites in support of them as they support our efforts to get people prepared for the worst, while hoping for the best.  Subscribe to the blog to receive email notifications of posts from all our authors, and don't forget to check both here, and in the forum for monthly contest and draws for the prizes these four will be providing!



is a Canadian owned and operated company located in Turner Valley, Alberta. Started in the fall of 2009 - out of a passion for the outdoors, and the gear that goes with it - See more at: http://www.outdoorpursuitscanada.com/pages/Our-Company.html#sthash.Uf5APKHX.dpuf
is a Canadian owned and operated company located in Turner Valley, Alberta. Started in the fall of 2009 - out of a passion for the outdoors, and the gear that goes with it - See more at: http://www.outdoorpursuitscanada.com/pages/Our-Company.html#sthash.Uf5APKHX.dpuf
is a Canadian owned and operated company located in Turner Valley, Alberta. Started in the fall of 2009 - out of a passion for the outdoors, and the gear that goes with it - See more at: http://www.outdoorpursuitscanada.com/pages/Our-Company.html#sthash.Uf5APKHX.dpuf
is a Canadian owned and operated company located in Turner Valley, Alberta. Started in the fall of 2009 - out of a passion for the outdoors, and the gear that goes with it - See more at: http://www.outdoorpursuitscanada.com/pages/Our-Company.html#sthash.Uf5APKHX.dpuf

Monday, September 22, 2014

Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 6 of 8

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

By 1943, food imports had slumped to their lowest levels during the war, and farmland was becoming tired after years of consecutive use. To combat this, Ruth creates fertiliser with dung and spare straw from the farm's cereal production, while Alex employs a specialist rat catcher to stop rodents eating into the upcoming harvest. Later in the episode, Alex and Peter build a straw-bale outhouse for visitors and evacuees, complete with a thatched nettle roof; harvest grass from the local churchyard to make hay for their dairy herd; and start their own bee-keeping concern.
Ruth, desperate for helping hands, takes up a new initiative from the Ministry of Labour to employ children on the farm. They camp in the woods nearby, and pick herbs and medicinal plants like goose grass and foxglove which can be sold on to Britain's pharmaceutical industry. She prepares sandwiches for them using steamed tinned salmon from Canada, and organises entertainment from a local folk musician (including the wartime favourite Run Rabbit Run).

 


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced by David Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 5 of 8

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

It's 1942 and the team face running the farm under increasing food and fuel shortages. The Ministry of Food has demanded an extra 840,000 tonnes of wheat be produced and, to do their part, Alex and Peter lease specialist equipment from the wartime government to turn every last scrap of ground into arable land. They also construct a 'Horse Gin' to slice swede, and convert a 1930s petrol-powered ambulance to run on gas from an onboard coal furnace. This leads Alex on to discover where Britain's wartime coal supplies came from, as he experiences life down the mines as a Bevin boy.
Ruth, meanwhile, joins the Women's Timber Corps with her daughter. Together they fell, sned and measure up a tree for the war effort. They also meet a veteran 'Lumber Jill' from the 1940s, who expressed her enjoyment of the camaraderie and work ethic of the Corps, despite the hard work.




Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced by David Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 4 of 8

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

As Europe falls to the Nazis and British trade vessels are diverted to send supplies to the Russians, the British government tightens its grip on farms like Manor Farm, expecting more and more home-grown food, drink and clothing. This week, Ruth, Alex and Peter do their best to impress an inspector from the local "War Ag", who is tasked with surveying their abilities and grading them as an "A", "B" or "C" farm. Farmers with low grades were in serious danger of penalties, or even total loss of their farms. With the help of a new Field Marshall tractor and a team of Percheron draught horses, the team sow flax on their spare field, at the recommendation of the War Ag inspector. It's also time to start milking the dairy herd, using an early vacuum milking machine. Since the herd's feed makes a noticeable difference to the quality of their milk, Alex and Peter finally begin to use the silage they produced in Episode 2.
 


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced by David Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 3 of 8

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

With German air raids causing unprecedented damage to Britain's major cities in the Winter of 1940, the residents of Manor Farm are instructed to make preparations for an influx of evacuees from London, Portsmouth and Southampton. Alex and Peter spend the first half of the episode casting and firing their own roof tiles, to make some of the farm's outbuildings suitable for human habitation. Despite the freezing November temperatures, their makeshift kiln must burn at over 900°C for two days and two nights, requiring constant supervision. Fortunately, the residual heat provides an ideal input for some 'medicinal' home distillation of apples into hooch. Ruth, meanwhile, sets about furnishing the barns—first with wooden beds, and then with padded patchwork quilts made from feathers and ticking.
The team must also do their bit to defend Hampshire against German aerial bombardment. Ruth spends an evening with a veteran of the Royal Observer Corps, learning how to track enemy aircraft and relay their locations back to the control centre in Winchester. In the woodland further away from the farm, Alex and Peter construct decoy fire beacons to lure enemy bombers away from Southampton, as part of Operation Starfish.


 


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced by David Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.