Breaking News! Farm groups call on the Minister to stop GM alfalfa seed release in Canada – You can support them today

Breaking News! 15 farm groups from across Canada have asked the Minister of Agriculture to stop the release of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seeds.
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The press release is below, followed by the letter that groups sent to the Minister.
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Groups and food/farm businesses can sign the letter at
Summary: On April 1st, after years of delay due to farmer and consumer protests, the company Forage Genetics International confirmed it had sold a limited quantity of GM alfalfa seed for planting the spring in Eastern Canada. This is the first time that any GM alfalfa has been released in Canada. The contamination risk from GM alfalfa is very high because alfalfa is a perennial plant that is pollinated by bees. Alfalfa is a valuable crop used to produce many different types of foods. Alfalfa is used by farmers across the country including in hay and pasture for farm animals such as dairy cows; as a crop to build up the soil for growing grains; and as an export product. For more information, updates and action on GM alfalfa see
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Press Release

Farm Groups Call on Ag Minister to Stop Genetically Modified Alfalfa Seed Release

Longueuil, Ottawa, Saskatoon. April 20, 2016 – Canadian farm organizations representing a diversity of farmers and production systems are asking the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, to take immediate action to stop any further release of genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) alfalfa seed, following an announcement by the company Forage Genetics International (FGI) that it has sold a limited quantity for spring 2016 planting in Eastern Canada. This is the first time that any GM alfalfa has been sold in Canada.

A letter signed by 15 farm organizations calls upon the Minister to remove variety registration for all GM alfalfa until a full economic impact assessment is conducted, and to establish a protocol for testing all imports of alfalfa seed grown in the US. These measures would stop the sale of GM alfalfa seed in Canada and prevent the inadvertent importation of GM alfalfa via contaminated seed from the US where it has already been introduced.

“It’s imperative that the government take urgent action to stop the commercial introduction of GM alfalfa, to prevent irreversible contamination,” said Marcel Groleau, President of the Union des Producteurs Agricoles, which is the Union of Agricultural Producers in Quebec.

“So many farmer livelihoods will be threatened by proliferation of this one GM crop,” said Peter Eggers, an alfalfa producer in Alberta and National Farmers Union Board member. “Alfalfa is an amazing crop for so many farmers. Losing alfalfa to GM contamination would be devastating for many farmers and consumers. Contamination from GM alfalfa would have serious negative impacts on many different types of farmers and farming systems, both conventional and organic.”

Alfalfa is grown on almost 30% of Canada’s cropland. Alfalfa is used as high-protein feed for dairy and meat animals (hay and pasture). It’s also used in crop rotations to build up the nutrients in soil, making it important for growing grains and vegetables. Canada is the one of the world’s top five exporters of alfalfa pellets and cubes, and exports over $50 million of alfalfa seed every year. However many of Canada’s export markets have not yet approved GM alfalfa.

“The introduction of GM alfalfa could mean we lose some valuable export markets,” said Heather Kerschbaumer of Forage Seed Canada which represents all forage seed producers in Canada, “The risks and costs are just too high for our industry.”

The risk of GM alfalfa spreading to where it is not wanted is acknowledged as particularly high because alfalfa is a perennial crop that is pollinated by bees, it often grows wild in uncultivated areas, and it has tiny seeds.

“Canada’s growing and high-value organic sector could be seriously harmed by GM alfalfa,” said Lisa Mumm, board member of the Canada Organic Trade Association and a farmer-owner of Mumm’s Sprouting Seeds which grows and sells organic sprouting seeds for the consumer market, “Many farmers rely on alfalfa to produce a range of organic foods for Canadians.” GM alfalfa is a major concern for organic farmers because the Canadian Organic Standard prohibits the use of GM seeds.

FGI has approval to sell alfalfa with two genetically modified traits licensed from Monsanto, for glyphosate-tolerance and low-lignin.

Farm groups, farm businesses, community groups and non-profit organizations are invited to sign the letter at

For more information: Patrice Juneau, Union des Producteurs Agricoles, 450 679 0540 ext. 8591; Peter Eggers, National Farmers Union, 780 568 3805; Heather Kerschbaumer, Forage Seed Canada, 780 835 4508; Lisa Mumm, Canada Organic Trade Association, 306 747-3214.

The letter is available at

The letter was signed by the following organizations:
Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network
Canada Organic Trade Association
Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia
Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
Forage Seed Canada
Growers of Organic Food Yukon
Manitoba Organic Alliance
National Farmers Union
Organic Alberta
Organic Council of Ontario
Organic Federation of Canada
Peace Region Forage Seed Association
Les Producteurs de lait du Québec
L’Union des producteurs agricoles


To: The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food,

CC: Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food;vRuth Ellen Brosseau, NDP Agriculture Critic; Chris Warkentin, Conservative Party Agriculture Critic; Simon Marcil, Bloc Québécois Agriculture Critic; Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader.

RE: Request for urgent action to stop further release of GM alfalfa seeds

Dear Minister MacAulay,

We are writing to ask you to take immediate action to stop any further introduction of genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) alfalfa in Canada and to establish testing of imports of alfalfa seed grown in the US, in order to protect the livelihoods of Canadian farmers and the future of many important sectors in our farm economy.

Any commercial release of GM alfalfa seeds will result in unavoidable contamination, with a range of devastating impacts on a wide range of farmers, commodity sectors and food production businesses in Canada, both conventional and organic. Farmers across Canada are already at risk from contaminated US alfalfa seed imports.

The economic importance of alfalfa to agricultural and food sectors across Canada demands your particular attention and immediate action. Alfalfa is the first perennial plant to be genetically modified and this fact, along with other biological realities (such as insect pollination, seed size and the existence of feral/uncultivated alfalfa populations), means that contamination of non-GM alfalfa is certain. Alfalfa is also unique because of its economic value to so many different farmers and commodity sectors across the country – both domestic and export, harvested as both hay and as seed – as well as its role in the production of a wide variety of foods for Canadians, and its role in sustainable agricultural practices.

Firstly, we ask you to take immediate action to stop the further commercial release of GM alfalfa seeds by removing variety registration for all GM alfalfa varieties, until a full economic impact assessment is conducted.

The company Forage Genetics International (FGI) announced in late March 2016 that it intended to sell GM alfalfa seeds for spring planting, for the first time in Canada, and an April 1st media story confirmed that the seeds had already been sold. FGI is marketing alfalfa with (Monsanto’s) stacked GM traits for low-lignin and glyphosate resistance. The company said it would release seeds in Eastern Canada (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland) and that “expected seed quantities will be limited in 2016 but are estimated to be sufficient to plant a small, targeted launch of less than 5,000 acres of hay.” Even this limited release will lead to a measure of contamination and begin a spiral of uncertainty for Eastern and Western farmers and their customers.

The risk of contamination from GM alfalfa is widely acknowledged and is detailed in the attached report The Inevitability of Contamination from GM Alfalfa Release in Ontario by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network. In an attempt to address contamination concerns, the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) developed a coexistence plan in Eastern Canada (2013). However, we have no confidence in this plan. The plan is not workable and has been critiqued in the attached report The Canadian Seed Trade Association’s so-called “Coexistence Plan” is a gateway to GM alfalfa contamination by the National Farmers Union and the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network. The plan is now also out of date and rendered invalid by the addition of GM low-lignin as a stacked trait: this trait is designed to allow – and promote – the harvesting of alfalfa hay at a flower bloom stage far later than the maximum 10% recommended in the plan’s current (and inadequate) “Best Management Practices.”

A release of GM alfalfa in the East also places Western alfalfa seed production for export at significant risk of contamination, a risk recognized by FGI: “The [coexistence] plan for Western Canada is in response to requests for additional stewardship actions that address the possibility of product moving from Ontario/Quebec to Western Canada.” However, this plan is not yet finalized.

Importantly, no authority is actually responsible for the implementation of the coexistence plans and no one stands behind them. The CSTA itself explicitly denies any liability for loss or harm that may result from relying on the coexistence plans. The plans rely on farmers, including those who want to avoid contamination, to voluntarily implement unrealistic and/or ineffective “Best Management Practices” at their own cost.

Secondly, we ask you to urgently establish a protocol for testing all imports of alfalfa seed grown in the US.

A December 2015 US Department of Agriculture study found that 27% of areas with feral alfalfa surveyed in three states were contaminated with GM alfalfa. The study did not identify causes – both seed spillage and cross-pollination are possible – but confirms that genetically modified alfalfa has dispersed into the environment. GM alfalfa was planted in the US 2005- 2007 and 2011-present (the survey was conducted in 2011).

A February 29, 2016 article in Alberta Farm Express reported that a batch of foundation seed contaminated with the GM Roundup Ready trait was sent to a forage seed grower in southern Alberta four years ago.

The consequences from the release of GM alfalfa seeds are extremely serious. We ask you to take immediate action to support and protect the future of family farming, organic food production, sustainable agriculture and alfalfa-related exports in Canada.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter. We look forward to your prompt response.

Signed on April 20, 2016 by the following organizations:

Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN)
Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA)
Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia (COABC)
Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario
Forage Seed Canada
Growers of Organic Food Yukon
Manitoba Organic Alliance
National Farmers Union
Organic Alberta
Organic Council of Ontario
Organic Federation of Canada
Peace Region Forage Seed Association
Les Producteurs de lait du Québec (PLQ)
L’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA)



Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
Suite 206, 180 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 1P5
Phone: 613 241 2267 ext. 25
Fax: 613 241 2506

Health Ranger’s analytical laboratory just awarded Certificate of Excellence in water study involving 323 laboratories


Health Ranger’s analytical laboratory just awarded Certificate of Excellence in water study involving 323 laboratories

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Tags: CWC Labs, Health Ranger, certificate of excellence

(NaturalNews) The Health Ranger’s laboratory, now known as the Consumer Wellness Center Labs ( has just been awarded a “Certificate of Excellence” by ERA, a Waters Company proficiency testing firm that tests laboratory analytical accuracy.

The test name is “WS-236” with a close date of 4/15/2016. It tests the ability of laboratories to detect trace levels of heavy metals in water, using EPA methodology 200.8 (the method used by the EPA to test for lead in municipal water supplies, after which the EPA lies about the results and tells the public there’s no problem, no matter what the data reveal).

The Health Ranger’s CWC Labs scored a 100% acceptable data result for testing water for trace heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium and lead. CWC Labs results were so precise that the certificate reads, “This achievement is a demonstration of the superior quality of the laboratory” in evaluating heavy metals. It is signed by ERA quality manager Patrick Larson.

For two of the elements tested, our laboratory analysis was off by just 0.3 parts per billion. (In other words, 0.0003 ppm). In other words, even when we are handed a substance with no information about its composition, our laboratory methodologies and instrumentation are able to determine its actual elemental composition to within extremely tight windows of accuracy and reproducibility.

I ran these tests myself on the ICP-MS, by the way, using the exact same external standards and quality control procedures we use in all our heavy metals tests. All the products we sell in the Natural News Store are also tested in this way to ensure they are clean and safe for our customers. We reject raw materials and products that are high in metals like lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic and even copper.

Here’s the Certificate of Excellence we were awarded:

CWC Labs is very close to final ISO 17025 accreditation, after which we will open up the lab to commercial clients for testing of heavy metals, pesticides, label compliance and more. We’re also scheduled to test a huge array of off-the-shelf products to look for poisons in the public food supply.

Once we have achieved ISO 17025 — a process we started almost two years ago — our laboratory results will be irrefutable because we will have achieved an international accreditation standard that’s beyond the scope of most U.S. university labs. Our laboratory results can be cited as evidence by any court of law, anywhere in the developed world.

Download the first section of my new book for FREE: Food Forensics

My upcoming book Food Forensics was created using this same laboratory instrumentation to test over 800 foods, spices, herbs and fast food items for heavy metals.

All the results are published in Food Forensics, launching July 26th. Click here for links to pre-order on Amazon or BN.

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Administrative changes announced for Okanagan Skaha School District

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Administrative changes announced for Okanagan Skaha School District

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GMO Mushroom Sidesteps UDSA Regulations


GMO Mushroom Sidesteps UDSA Regulations

| April 19, 2016 11:03 am |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said it will not regulate the potential cultivation and sale of a genetically modified (GMO) mushroom the same way it regulates conventional GMOs because the mushroom was made with the genome-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9.

This is the first time the U.S. government has cleared a food product edited with the new andcontroversial technique.

The USDA announced in a letter last week that it had approved Pennsylvania State University plant pathologist Yinong Yang’s common white button mushroom (Agaricus bosporus) that’s engineered to be more resistant to browning. As the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) wrote on April 13:

The anti-browning trait reduces the formation of brown pigment (melanin), improving the appearance and shelf life of mushroom, and facilitating automated mechanical harvesting.

Based on the information cited in your letter, APHIS has concluded that your CRISPR/Cas9-edited white button mushrooms as described in your letter do not contain any introduced genetic material. APHIS has no reason to believe that CRISPR/Cas9-edited white button mushrooms are plant pests.

According to Nature, the mushroom was created by targeting the family of genes that encodes the enzyme polyphenol oxidase that causes browning. “By deleting just a handful of base pairs in the mushroom’s genome, Yang knocked out one of six PPO genes—reducing the enzyme’s activity by 30 percent,” Nature reported.

So why has this deliberately genetically modified “frankenfungi” escaped USDA scrutiny? Well, instead of the conventional method in which foreign DNA is spliced into a seed (i.e. Bt corn), genetic modification of Yang’s mushroom was achieved by altering its own genetic material.

As Quartz explained, a CRISPR-created product falls under a certain loophole:

Despite being directly and purposely genetically modified, USDA has allowed Yang’s mushroom to sidestep the regulatory system. The reason? Yang’s method does not contain “any introduced genetic material” from a plant pest such as bacteria or viruses. Conventional GMOs, the ones that the USDA’s rules are designed to deal with, are created by introducing foreign genes—for example, those of a bacteria might be introduced to give the crop some pest resistance.

Ultimately, the GMO mushroom could be the first of many new CRISPR-edited food products.

“The research community will be very happy with the news,” Caixia Gao, a plant biologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’s Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology in Beijing, who was not involved in developing the mushroom, told Nature. “I am confident we’ll see more gene-edited crops falling outside of regulatory authority.”

Quartz reported that there are already several CRISPR projects in development, including DuPont’s drought-resistant wheat and corn, a banana that can resist a fungus threatening that’s threatening its extinction and a herbicide-resistant oilseed from the biotech company Cibus.

GMO-opponents have already criticized the USDA’s move.

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Jerry Doucette Rocks the Dream Cafe! Penticton


Jerry Doucette
May 7, Saturday

Tickets $38

Jerry Doucette’s 1977 first album, “MAMA LET HIM PLAY”, quickly went PLATINUM in Canada; he hit the road in the US, opening for the likes of Bob Welch, Bob Weir (of the Grateful Dead), Eddie Money, and Meat Loaf. In 1979 “THE DOUCE IS LOOSE”, spawned the Canadian hit “NOBODY” and helped the album to ship gold and saw him cross the continent twice touring with the Doobie Brothers, Beach Boys and the Atlanta Rhythm Section.

Jerry is still teaching us about the PASSION of music and you can catch him with his all-star crew… Trevor Newman (bass), Marco Ibarra (drums), and Al Walker (guitar)…proving it again each time he hits the stage that he hasn’t lost his edge, delivering clean melodies and slick pop each time out.

Come hear your favorite Doucette tunes including, “All I Wanna Do”, “Down the Road”, “Coming Up Roses”, “Run Buddy Run”, and of course “Mama Let Him Play”.

B.C. continues to purchase carbon offsets, total now more than $50 million


B.C. continues to purchase carbon offsets, total now more than $50 million

If you thought the controversial B.C. Crown corporation Pacific Carbon Trust was gone, you would only be partly right.

The agency was eliminated in 2013, along with it its staff of 18.

But the work the trust carried out – acting as a broker of carbon credits – continues inside government, in the B.C. Ministry of Environment’s Climate Action Secretariat.

In 2010, the B.C. government starting making schools, hospitals and universities reduce their net carbon emissions to zero, and as a result the public institutions were forced to pay to have outside projects reduce carbon emissions in their stead. These reductions are often called carbon credits or offsets.

By the end of 2014, British Columbia had paid out $53.4 million to buy these carbon offsets from major forest companies such as Canfor and Interfor, energy companies such as ARC Resources, and increasingly from a First Nation consortium whose traditional territory encompass the Great Bear Rainforest on B.C.’s central coast, according to data assembled by The Vancouver Sun.

In 2014 alone, the province purchased $10.2 million in carbon offsets from the Great Bear initiative.

In response to questions from The Sun, the B.C. government declined to say how much it had paid for carbon offsets it had purchased in 2015 and to whom, saying it was not obligated to do so until the middle of this year under law.

The purchase of the carbon offsets has allowed the province to declare itself “carbon neutral” since 2010.

Under the program, the province put a $25 a tonne price on the carbon emissions of the schools, hospitals and universities to provide an incentive for them to reduce emissions. (The carbon offsets from industry have been purchased at an average price of less than $12 a tonne).

From 2010 to 2014, schools, hospital and universities have reduced emissions by 7.4 per cent or just under 63,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents, according to government data.

However, that reduction, equivalent to removing about 13,200 passenger cars from the road, is a drop in the bucket of the province’s total carbon emissions, less than one tenth of one per cent.

And there are some public sector emissions under B.C.’s rules that have been deemed exempt from having to be offset — such as carbon emissions from school buses and the B.C. Transit fleet. Emissions from those exempt categories have increased about 20,000 tonnes between 2010 and 2014.

And there remains questions about the legitimacy of the carbon offsets that government buys from industry, highlighted by a 2012 Vancouver Sun investigation and a highly critical 2013 report from B.C.’s auditor general, which was dismissed by the B.C. Liberal government.

The B.C. Liberal government has shown no intent to dismantle its carbon offset system, and B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak said there are no plans to make any changes.

“I would hold this up as a really good example of how to take incentives and turn them into benefits that are pretty direct,” Polak said in an interview.

She is referring to the $14.5 million a year the province provides to schools, hospitals and universities to help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In essence, the B.C. government is giving back money they collected from the $25 a tonne of emissions, but it has to be directed to emission-reduction projects.

NDP environment critic George Heyman says the province’s carbon trading scheme is a shell game.

“The real question here is why are they taking additional money from schools and hospitals instead of letting them upgrade and retrofit their buildings for energy conservation directly,” he said.

Asked why the province does not simply let the public institutions keep the money, which they could plow into projects to reduce carbon emissions, particularly given hospitals and colleges are already paying a $30 a tonne carbon tax as well, Polak said the $25 a tonne additional charge provides a needed incentive to change behaviour.

Asked why this additional $25 charge was then not applied to the private sector as well, where there are much larger gains to be had in emission reductions, Polak said that question may be answered in the province’s updated climate change plan expected to be released this year.

After shutting down the Pacific Carbon Trust in 2013, and moving its operations into the secretariat, the B.C. Liberal government said it would save $5.6 million a year and use only five government workers.

In response to questions from The Sun, the Environment Ministry said that no more than five positions are used to carry out the carbon offset work and that “administrative efficiencies” had been achieved. However, in a written response the ministry did not answer whether savings of $5.6 million had been realized.

Most of the emissions from the public sector comes from buildings (just under 80 per cent) and from vehicle fleets (just under 20 per cent).

Money provided to schools, hospitals and universities have mostly been used to retrofit buildings, largely for items such as new boilers for their heating system. In 2014, schools received funding to replace more than a dozen boilers.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has been highly critical of the Pacific Carbon Trust, and continues to have concerns of the program now being run within government.

B.C. spokesman Jordan Bateman called the carbon system a farce, saying the program is not about reducing emissions but a public relations exercise so the government can call itself carbon neutral.

He noted that replacing boilers sounded like routine maintenance.

More fundamentally, he said most people would not consider schools and hospitals priorities for reducing carbon emissions, said Bateman. “The whole program seems really ridiculous.”


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22,400 pot possession arrests under Trudeau so far

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22,400 pot possession arrests under Trudeau so far




Olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet and its long list of health benefits is constantly growing. It contains Vitamin E, Vitamin K and plenty of beneficial fatty acids including Omega-6 and Omega-4. The antioxidants in extra virgin olive oil have been shown to help fight disease, as well as act as an anti-inflammatory in the body, protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidation. Many studies also show that olive oil prevents blood clotting and lowers blood pressure, protecting against cardiovascular disease. Adding true olive oil to your diet can have a tremendous impact on your overall health.

There’s only one large problem with olive oil… not all types are created equal. Lower quality versions can be extracted using chemicals, or even diluted using other, cheaper oils. Buying the right type of olive oil is essential to making sure that you and your family are truly reaping the health benefits that it has to offer.

The Adulteration Process

Nicholas Blechman recently covered the adulteration process of olive oil for The New York Times. Contrary to popular belief, a lot of the oil sold as Italian olive oil does not actually come from Italy. It comes from countries such as Spain, Morocco and Tunisia.

The olives are driven to a mill after being picked, where they are cleaned, crushed and pressed. The oil is then pumped into a tank and shipped to Italy. And shipments of soybean or other cheap oils are labeled as olive oil and smuggled into the same port. Some refineries cut the olive oil with cheaper oil, while others may even mix vegetable oils with beta-carotene to disguise the flavor, and add chlorophyll for coloring to produce fake olive oil. These bottles are then legally labeled “Extra Virgin” and branded with “Packaged in Italy” or “Imported from Italy,” and shipped around the world.

So how do you know if you’re getting the right stuff?

According to tests done by the UC Davis Olive Center, 69% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the United States are most likely fake. The study analyzed a total of 186 extra virgin olive oil samples against the standards established by the International Olive Council. The brands that failed to meet the extra virgin olive oil standards in this study were:

  • Filippo Berio
  • Bertolli
  • Pompeian
  • Colavita
  • Star
  • Lucini

The best way to ensure that you’re buying real olive oil is to buy oil that’s locally-produced. Buying from a local farmer that you know and trust will help to ensure that you’re getting the good stuff. If that route isn’t an option, look for a third-party certification on the label. Any bottle can claim to be “all natural,” but that doesn’t mean it’s true.

The California Olive Oil Council and the Australian Olive Association both have programs that make their seals trustworthy. If the olive oil you’re considering was packaged in Italy, look for PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) or PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) seals. True olive oils almost always state the specific region they were produced in, so look for that when checking out a bottle “from Italy.”

Tom Muller, author of “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil,” put together a list of olive oils that have his approval. It’s not comprehensive, but it’s a good starting point. He recommends:

  • California Olive Ranch
  • Cobram Estate
  • Corto Olive
  • O-Live
  • Oleoestepa
  • Ottavio
  • Omaggio

Check out the video below to learn how to test your olive oil:


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Apr 4, 2016LindseyShaffer

The Bail-In Regime In Austria – It’s Just The Beginning

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Author and economic analyst John Sneisen talks to Josh Sigurdson about the bail-in regime seen previously in Austria at Hypo Alpe Adria and what’s happened recently relating to that event.
Bail-ins are just an excuse for blind robbery. The money in the bank is not yours until you take it out. That’s contractual. The big banks are being insured by bail-in regimes by robbing the customer. In order to pay off their debts they can just empty bank accounts, RRSPs and pensions. Canada has recently renewed their bail-in regime policies as one of the first countries in the world to have legislation written into the budget regarding bail-ins.
We don’t want to see what happened in Cyprus happen here or anywhere for that matter. That’s why we give you all our opinions on these topics so that you can make the decision whether or not to keep your money in the bank and how to keep yourself and your family safe in an economic downturn. It’s crucial in this day and age to have an understanding of the monetary system and what the coercive state is capable of.

How can trustees afford junket when they’re closing schools? – Penticton Herald

How can trustees afford junket when they’re closing schools? – Penticton Herald

Former school board trustee ‪#‎DavidPerry‬ comments on school board trustees attending junket to Vancouver right after they close schools. See Letters to the Editor (plus others, including Brian Horejsi on the lumber industry).

How can trustees afford junket when they’re closing schools?
To the editor:
I read with interest that the majority of our school trustees are off again on their annual junket to attend the annual general meeting of the B.C. School Trustees Association at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver no less.
Such irrelevant workshops as “Public Education and the Social License” and “Damned Nations: Greed, Guns and Armies” are
on the agenda.
Nothing on “School Closures,” “Government Underfunding,” “Supporting parents of closed schools,” etc., which are the real issues trustees have left at home.
Now, one would have thought that perhaps politically sensitive trustees would avoid this year’s all-expense-paid holiday in one of Vancouver’s finest hotels, given the disruption caused by their decisions to close schools back home. Or at least send one representative to report back to the board, but not pay for the whole group along with district staff to attend.
Trout Creek and West Bench parents must be appalled at this level of expenditure when the majority of these trustees voted to close their schools, citing a huge budget shortfall. Once again, the perception of attending a gala affair at the Hyatt while the concerns back home are left blowing in the wind just does not speak to a concerned group of elected officials.
However, there is one workshop this weekend that could be of value; “What’s working well, What’s not and What’s next,” Maybe with any luck our trustees will attend this session and learn what they are doing is not working well.
David Perry, Penticton

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