World Fair Trade Day 2009
Saturday, May 9, is World Fair Trade Day. To find out more about this event and fair trade, visit the following websites: World Fair Trade Day, World Fair Trade Organization, Trans Fair Canada and Max Havelaar. Throughout National Fair Trade Weeks, starting May 1 and ending May 15, save 20% on the purchase of any Cocoa Camino product and 10% on the purchase of any Équita product. And that's not all! Enter a draw to win a $50 gift basket with the purchase of any Cocoa Camino product during the same period.
New online: you can now order Santropol and Café Rico fair trade and organic coffee from our virtual boutique.
Our rain barrels have arrived! Collect rain water for watering your lawn and garden and conserve drinking water. For more information, or to buy a rain barrel, visit our store. ***Please note that rain barrels cannot be ordered from our virtual boutique.
Organic heirloom seedling sale: we are still taking orders for seedlings. You can order your seedlings from our virtual boutique or at our store. And as of early May, we'll have hundreds of seedlings for sale at our store.
Message from the liaison committee: did you know that, according to Québec’s Co-operatives Act (Loi sur les coopératives du Québec), the Co-op must hold an Annual General Assembly (AGM)? Well, it's time! The purpose of the AGM is to review the fiscal year in its Annual Report (currently for 2008) as well as to hold elections for the Board of Directors. Be on the lookout for a special invitation to members with the details of the time and date for the upcoming AGM. Also included in the announcement will be a call for nominations to the Board of Directors according to upcoming vacancies. Members’ attendance is important!
Look Up gallery artist of the month: Ondine Guralnick (www.ondine.ca)
***Please note that the Co-op will be closed on Monday, May 18 (National Patriots' Day/Victoria Day).
Thanks to: Joanne Deshaies (translation), Anne Fournier (translation) and Tatsiana Leclair (translation)
Please phone or visit the Co-op to sign up for these events. For more information visit our website.
By Laurel Maloney, B.Sc. Entomology
Pest problems can be resolved permanently, without using pesticides, by repairing leaky plumbing and other structural deficiencies. Using pesticides of any kind to kill off insects, such as sow-bugs, millipedes, silverfish or carpenter ants that have invaded your living space is much like using perfume to remedy a garbage spill. It may show immediate results but it is, by no means, a permanent fix. The reason being that unwanted pests in your home are usually a sign of structural deficiencies and until these deficiencies are addressed, the pest problem will keep coming back!
Back when city by-laws were first being enacted to protect people from pesticides, Paul Maloney, my father, and the original Eco Bug Doctor, got a memorable call at our office. A woman, a medical doctor, in fact, was upset by the fact that she was not allowed to use pesticides to get rid of the carpenter ants around the doorway of her home. Paul assured her that he could help the ant situation and although she was skeptical that a "soft" ecological approach would have an effect, she agreed to a home visit.
An inspection of the ant-infested area revealed that water was seeping into the bottom of the wooden door frame, creating the perfect living environment for these wood-recycling ants. By finding the source of the problem, Paul was able to solve the it, without the use of potentially harmful chemicals. The doctor was so impressed by the results that she started promoting an ecological approach to pest control herself, referring many friends and colleagues to us.
Here are some things to look out for if you suspect you have a carpenter ant problem:
- Big, black ants indoors (especially during cold weather)
- Piles of fine sawdust (can indicate carpenter ant excavation)
- Trails of ants, or ‘ant highways’ on power lines leading to your house
- Trails of ants on the outside walls of your house (often more evident at night, with a flashlight of course!)
Water is the substance from which all life arises, but if you add water to a solid wood structure, over time, the wood will begin to break down, releasing nutrients that allow mould (fungi) to grow. This in turn attracts detritivores (sow-bugs, millipedes, and silverfish), the insects and other small creatures that feed on decomposing matter. Then, to complete the ecosystem, the predators move in, the centipedes and spiders, that feed on the detritivores, just like wolves hunting rabbits. If you protect the wood from water infiltration and dry out the area, you will put an end to this miniature "ecosystem" and permanently solve the moisture-bug problems in your house.
There’s another positive side-effect to this "ecological" approach to ridding the home of pests; it may also rid the home of mould, which, like man-made toxic chemicals, can trigger a host of symptoms, discomfort and health problems, including allergic reactions, asthma symptoms, irritant effects, headaches, respiratory problems, problems concentrating, etc. There is also good evidence that mycotoxins can be carcinogens, immune suppressants and neurotoxic agents. According to Dr. Schaller, author of many books on mould and illness, the most common cause of learning disorders and behavioral problems in children and adolescents that he has treated has been indoor mould contaminants.
Mould is usually not visible to the naked eye, and doesn’t always smell, though we are all familiar with the musty smell mould gives off. Washington’s Institute of Medicine, a non-profit advisory group, affirms what we have been telling clients for years: in order to prevent mould and associated creatures (such as sow-bugs) in a building, you must keep materials dry or use building materials that offer a poor substrate for growth in places where moisture is unavoidable. Though the task may seem daunting, with a bit of creativity, lower-cost solutions can be found for addressing a whole host of structural deficiencies.
For more information, please visit our website at www.ecoBUGdoctor.com.
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