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Friday, April 22, 2016

Misinformation on Canadian Hunting Laws

Here we go again folks...an incomplete accounting of a bill before parliament has once again been completely blown out of proportion.  This time, we see an article in the Merrit Herald proclaiming that hunting could be outlawed in Canada.

For it's first point, the article claims that bill c-426 is "so crudely worded that, if passed, could in effect turn any hunter and angler into a criminal."  Now, of course wanting to verify that, I looked up the bill.  To my surprise, the bill aims to amend the Species at Risk Act and has only one clause referring to funding.  It has absolutely nothing to do with hunting.  Given that this bill number is very close to the articles next point, I'll be willing to chalk this up to a typo.

In  it's second point, bill c-246 is put under scrutiny, albeit with incomplete references by the author...I'll explain by posting the contents of the part of the article we're talking about:

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Preparedness Interview

I often get requests to do interviews about the preparedness community.  I tend to happily grant these request, with very few exceptions.  For the most part, these are news agencies looking to exploit a situation or event that has happened, or in some circumstances, has been foretold to happen.  A good example of this would be the number of requests I got leading up to and on the subject of Dec 12, 2012.
However, from time to time the subject just seems to pop up for no reason.  One such interview was for a journalism student in BC.  Although the article was an academic endeavor and will never be shared on the open media, I thought it was well conducted and offered a very realistic view.  I have published it below with the author's permission, having changed my name for privacy concernes...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

5 Primitive survival skills that will help you survive in challenging situations - Guest Post from Epic Wilderness



Author Bio: Hey guys, I am John. I have been engaging in outdoor activities since I am 16. I share my experiences and stories over at Epic Wilderness.
Primitive survival skills are basically skills that have been practiced since the paleolithic age (the earliest days known to mankind, at least till now). In my honest opinion, every men should practice these skills as they are very useful in challenging times (probably when you are bugging out).
One of the many reasons I find primitive survival skills useful is because they don't require any form of modern gadgets/tools. All you actually need is knowledge and proper practice. This is great because in hard times (natural disaster, stranded in the wilderness, etc),  more often than not you wouldn't have all the fancy tools with you.
Okay, I have made my point, so let's get dive right into the 5 skills you should definitely master. By the way, you don't necessary need to take up survival courses to pick up these skills. There are plenty of articles and Youtube videos out there that will teach you all the skills below. What you really need to do is to put these skills into practice. (I am not saying that survival courses aren't helpful. In fact, you might learn much faster with an experienced survivalist guiding you).
Note: I am only covering primitive survival skills in this post. If you are interested in learning other basic survival skills, check out this post.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Movie Monday - Victorian Farm

This Week On Movie Monday

Victorian Farm Episode 6

Victorian Farm is a historical documentary TV series in six parts, first shown on BBC Two in January 2009, it recreates everyday life on a small farm in Shropshire in the mid-19th century, using authentic replica equipment and clothing, original recipes and reconstructed building techniques.








 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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Staying Warm and Happy Through the Colder Months - Guest Post by Lee Flynn







Winter is often the most difficult season for people who enjoy the warmth and extra sunlight offered by the other seasons. Being cold throughout the day with little sunlight can dampen any mood as the weeks drag by. Getting through cold weather is possible with a smile on your face. You simply need to employ some strategic moves throughout the winter to ward off cold and depressed feelings. Take a look at how to stay warm and happy as the snow or ice takes over outside.

Focus on Warm Drinks

You might be bundled up with several clothing layers, but you're still cold. Be sure to drink warm or hot drinks throughout the day. The drink's temperature will warm your digestive system, which heats up the body from the inside out. Don't rely on just one type of hot drink either. Mix up your drink choices in order to stay healthy during the winter. Start out the day with a cup of coffee, and graduate to hot tea during the afternoon. As a treat, try a hot chocolate or spicy tea as the evening settles in. Warm drinks improve your mood and physicality simultaneously.

Add Natural Light Bulbs Indoors

You may not realize that the lack of light is causing some sadness or frustration during the colder months. When you're subjected to sunlight, the body produces critical vitamin D. This nutrient is necessary for basic body functions and improves your mood. Consider new light bulbs for your indoor fixtures. Select bulbs marked as "natural light." When you illuminate these lamps, the indoors will feel like it's lit by the sun on a relaxing, spring day. Keep these lights on throughout the evening or even on a dark day. The entire family may have lifted spirits as a result.

Layer Your Clothing

You might be fond of your heavy sweater, but try to wear more layers during the colder months. A warm fleece fabric with two or three other layers allows you to strip some items off as the day warms up in the afternoon. Feeling like you're covered in bulky items is frustrating and doesn't warm you as effectively as layers. Each layer creates a trapped-air section which warms you as well. One, thick layer simply doesn't create the temperature that you need to fight off the chills.

Hot Meals are a Must

Whether you cook from scratch or eat a food storage meal, eating healthy throughout the day is crucial during cold weather. Eat at least one hot meal each day. When you eat, your body needs to metabolize the substances. As a result, your body naturally warms up while performing the digestive processes. The fact that the meal is hot also adds to your comfort level on a cold day. Heat traveling into your body also contributes to a warmer sensation. If you don't have the time to cook a meal when you arrive home from work or school, you can always use a slow-cooker appliance that virtually does the work for you.

Get Active

You may not be able to take a jog outside, but it's important to stay active in cold weather. Consider adding an exercise bike to your house or joining a gym. On a relatively clear day, take a walk when it's safe to do so. Enjoying the outdoors and exercising is the best combination for fighting off the winter blues. By moving your muscles, the body uses energy and heats up in response. You'll feel energized and happy with just a 20-minute exercise session.

After applying all of these tips to your life, you might want to think further to your home's cold-weather survival. Shovel the snow off of the driveway, and drive your car before heading out on the road. Winter will pose its challenges, but you need to face them with determination and a good spirit. In the end, spring will arrive with warmer temperatures across the neighborhood.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Movie Monday - Victorian Farm

This Week On Movie Monday

Victorian Farm Episode 5

Victorian Farm is a historical documentary TV series in six parts, first shown on BBC Two in January 2009, it recreates everyday life on a small farm in Shropshire in the mid-19th century, using authentic replica equipment and clothing, original recipes and reconstructed building techniques.







 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.