Monday, July 14, 2008


fly traps

I'm not sure what the capture rate of a picture plant is and with a cursory search online was unable to find the info?
I wonder would it be possible to grow these and sell them from green houses to people as an effective means of controlling mosquito's?
Be sure to tell your kids not to disturb these plants for several reasons. One they are our national plant two they eat mosquito's.

Homemade Fly Traps

Cut a plastic 2-litres soda bottle 1/4 down from the top. Invert top portion into bottom portion. Punch 4 holes at top, tie string (twine) to hold both portions together and hang. Add hamburger or fly bait (I filled the trap with 1" of sugar water and added a piece of ham.). Most flies are too stupid to find their way out!

I use these every summer to control the wasp problems at the cabin. They work so efficiently I am forced to empty them once a day because they get over full until the problem gets under control.

I found that some sort of natural fruit juice or fruit worked the best as opposed to plain sugar water.

I heard a man on VOCM tell of another version of this same trap for black flies.

Bucket black fly trap

Just get a 5 gallon pail or container of appropriate size take the lid off fill the container 1/4 full with water and add enough sugar so as that the water becomes saturated and the sugar will no longer dissolve.

The black flies will gorge themselves on the sugar water and become too heavy to fly and end up drowning in the sugar water.

Alot of sites recommend submerging bait in the water like meat or carrion as a bait.

I would take this one step further and add a funnel to the top of the 5 gallon pail to increase it's effectiveness.

In fact I think I will go out now and convert one of those water dispensing jugs to the pop bottle version. It would be alot easier to bait one large trap as opposed to 10 small pop bottle ones.

Oh the fish are going to be well fed this summer.

H/T Monty from VOCM.

These should be mandatory or highly recommended for agricultural use as well a mink farms etc. Especially in and around residential areas. Quality of life you know and health issues.

Mouse trap
Different topic but along the same design.

I also make a mouse trap with a 5 gallon bucket that works really well especially for cabins and agricultural uses.

Take a 5 gal pail take the lid of string of wire some sort of rolling device across the top of the buckets mouth. place the bucket in a corner and put ramps leading up to the mouth of the bucket where the rolling device is.

Corners are best because you can put the ramps against the wall because mice are essentially blind and follow the walls.

For increased effectiveness fill the bucket1/4 full with water in summer or oil or antifreeze in winter.

Bait the rolling device with peanut butter as bait and voila be prepared to get rid of alot of mice come summer.

UPDATE: July 16 08

Bat Houses

There are lots of designs and styles of Bat houses but they all have the same basic concept and mode of operation and placement.

Bat houses are an ecological friendly alternative to pesticides and destructive practices to control insects.

There has to be something that will simulate the echo of a a cave.
There has to be some way for the bats to attach themselves to the interior wall.
They should be placed in a remote location away from your house.
They should be placed facing North I think?
They should be placed a certain distance away from the ground more to protect the bats from predators like cats I'm assuming.

While the perception that bats are venomous and attack people nothing could be further from the truth A-la Hollywood. The only reason they will buzz humans is because there are mosquito's around them.

Bats will eat their body weight in mosquito's each and every night.

Here is a pdf file that explains about bat houses and the intricacies involved for download.

Bird houses Swallows

If you or more likely your wife won't go for a bat house another alternative would be to build bird houses specifically a swallow bird house.

Now I will attest that these work and very very well. In fact when I live in Sackville NB we had a real problem with mosquito's. it was so bad you couldn't have any lights on outside at night because it would attract swarms of mosquito's. Even the light on your door bell had to be turned of or it would be covered.

I tried sever things to control this problem. I had a Mosquito magnet from from last house in Fredericton but it didn't work so well in Sackville because there was too much wind and in fact too many mosquito's for it to handle. Ti is also limited by the requirement for electricity and the cost of using propane. I would also recommend getting the larger one that uses the bags for containment because when it comes time to empty it or change out the container you can nuke the bag but the pod has a metal spring and you can't. I left a pod out so the remaining mosquito's would die before I emptied it but the birds had other idea :)

Insect Fogger

So I tried a propane insect fogger while it worked well I wasn't comfortable using pesticides what with my land being on the lake and having pets and kids running around and Ihad over an acre.
Birds eat dead insecticide mosquito's as do fish everything else so it progresses up the food chain. These things should be sold with a mask and no a dust mask won't do so be careful if this is your preference.

When I was in Yugo the British moved in with us and boy they don't mess around when it comes to mosquito's. The first thing they did was bring out this 50 cal sized fogger and fogger the entire building and grounds. It was like purple haze for the first few days until they killed everything within the fog and eventually they cut down to once a week or not at all. The stuff smelled like diesel or heating oil to mee but I guess it was an insecticide. I remember my dad spraying heating oil with a mister when I was younger so I guess it could have been.
Then they strung netting over every opening and entryway so that you felt like you were Maxwell smart walking down the tunnel of doorways. But it worked we didn't have anyone get sick from mosquito bites than god.

Bat Houses
So I next tried Bat houses which didn't work either because I located them wrong or there were no bats to attract?

So I built some bird houses not because I wanted to attract Swallows but because I had some scrap wood that I wanted to use. I just lucked in by drilling the right sized hole and placing them right.

That very year of the 4 bird houses I built and put up two had families of swallows in them with young ones. A bonus to watch the young ones plus have the parents scavenge far and wide for insects to feed them.

I like to watch birds fly anyway but to watch swallows swoop and dive after mosquito's was a truly exhilarating experience right in your back yard. Knowing that you weren't poisoning the environment and providing a place for the swallows to have their young.

The thing about swallow bird houses is they supposedly have to be cleaned each and every year after they nest in them. Well I didn't know this and as such didn't clean my houses but the swallows returned the very next year. But this is the reason Swallow houses need to be accessible for cleaning.

I think the idea for bird houses actually occurred to me when walking in the marshes of Sackville. It was a swamp but there were no mosquito's. I wondered why and started to take notice of all of the bird houses in and around the marsh.

Now I didn't build the typical swallow house mainly because I didn't actually know what I was trying to attract. I just built a closed square box cut a hole in the front for a door and a small hole in the back to hang the house. Then I hung them on a perpendicular axis so that the corner served as a roof. Dumb luck I made the holes big enough to attract swallows. I mounted them on telephone poles.

While song bird houses are nice swallow bird houses are functional.

Bug killer lights

I also had one of these when I was in Sackville. While it worked it was a bit annoying what with the constant zapping. It really freaked the dog out. It was also a nuisance cleaning. I found the bast way was with an air hose.
The light also burned out in one year. Which might have been because I first tried cleaning it with the garden hose bad idea. But the light bulb cost as much as teh whole unit originally.
I would also recommend getting the largest one you can because it will be easier to clean and work better.
To remove the annoying zapping in the middle of the night you also might want to use an extension cord and place it as further away from your outside as possible.
But the good news is they do work.

I always wanted to mount mine on the end of the dock over the water and leave the bottom open so as to feed the fish but never got around to it.

This might be a good way for aquaculture enterprises to cut down on their food bills. This would also serve as a security measure in and around the aquaculture ventures.

These will kill millers with a little extra long zap and all of the little peskie nippers but I never noticed any black flies in it.

Something else I wanted to do with these was mount them where you would normally mount your outside light. Kill two mosquito's with one stone.

Might even be a good idea to develop street lights for towns that incorporate insect zappers into them.

There is even a solar power insect zapper out now. Not sure how well it works.


Drain standing water
Hang simulated hornets nests
Put yellow bug lights in your outside receptacles.
Netting. Spread the Net
Usual bug sprays
Keep your lawn mowed because mosquito's breed in long grass.
Plant plants in your garden that repel mosquitoes.
and of course take yourself off the menu at dawn and dusk when mosquito's go on the daily feeding frenzies.


I've always marveled at the little green ping pong frog fences I saw in Germany which channeled frogs to culverts under roads so they didn't get killed crossing the road or sunning themselves on the hot pavement in the evening.

So if you have or want a water feature frogs would make a great addition to counter the breeding ground of mosquito's.


There are also larger commercial versions of most of these products that work on a larger scale for applications like golf courses and agricultural uses.
This might be an option for a town or municipality to investigate rather than the annual insecticide programs.


Friday, July 11, 2008


For Sale one newspaper inquire within

Onward and upward
The Independent is on the block, if you haven’t heard and care to know.
Brian Dobbin, the publisher and financial
backer, says his interest is not in Newfoundland anymore. Which is a shame to hear from the Newfoundlander
who put so much of the hum in the Humber Valley. He’s disillusioned with this place, to put it mildly, but I’ll leave it to Dobbin to tell his own story. I don’t know the details.
What I do know is that Dobbin saw potential in this newspaper, backing it for four years and four months. He was the best of publishers, in that he rarely stuck his nose in editorial’s business, granting the newsroom the most precious of gifts — freedom.
But I’ll come back to that further on.
Some history to begin: the rocky road of an upstart newspaper. The first issue of the then-Sunday Independent rolled off the press on Oct. 12, 2003, smack dab in the middle of the Williams/Grimes election.
The powers that be at the newspaper
back then — full of piss and vinegar, if not newspaper know-how — were eager
to tap into the political coin, although they didn’t get much in that first paper, a full-page ad from Danny and a quarter page from the Liberals.
The first owners lasted at the helm for almost five months when, on the verge of shutting down because of low ad sales and poor circulation, they passed the reins to Dobbin, and new life/cash was injected into the paper.
Then, two years and five months later, on April 1, 2006, the Pink, White and Green was lowered to half-mast on the front page and the newspaper said an official farewell and we printed our last issue. Dobbin’s resort company went public in the EU and the new foreign investors, in Dobbin’s words, didn’t see the business value in a “small upstart paper
in Newfoundland.”
Dobbin called me a day or two later and offered me a chance to resurrect the paper with a public appeal for advertising
and subscriptions. If the public wanted
an independent press, they had to get off their butts and support it.
It worked. The paper missed one issue
before roaring back to life, led by a core of editorial employees who were granted a piece of the ownership pie. The boost substantially improved our bottom line. The paper has made fantastic headway
since the restart, and Dobbin agreed to remain on as publisher and financial backer.
The Buy and Sell magazine took over our rural circulation, making us a true provincewide newspaper, available from one end to the other. We changed our distribution day to Friday from Sunday, making The Independent a weekend paper
to compete against the Saturday Telegram,
the most successful paper in the land.
We made a case to the province to treat this newspaper the same as The Telegram or Western Star in terms of government advertising. Government agreed, coming on-board about a year ago as an anchor advertiser.
Our circulation has grown 9.2 per cent since last fall, which is unheard of in a day and age when newspapers are said to be dying off. Our advertising has also made inroads. Our largest paper to date has been 48 pages. The one you’re holding
today is a solid 36.
But we’ve had challenges.
Our frontline sales people report that our rates — which are already lower than the province’s two dailies — are being undercut by as much as 40 or 50 per cent by the competition. It’s hard to compete against the bottomless pockets of Quebec-
based Transcontinental, the company
that owns The Telegram and Star and 15 other weekly papers in Newfoundland and Labrador.
But we’re doing it, and it’s important for us to succeed. In the absence of The Independent, Transcontinental would have a virtual monopoly in this province, a stranglehold on advertising rates and circulation. And content.
That’s bad news for the advertiser, and bad news for the reader. We have had expressions of interest in The Independent,
and it’s hoped a deal will be done soon. Two-week notices were issued to all 16 full-time employees on July 7, as required by law. Technically, employees
don’t have to work the two weeks, but every last one has remained on the job, a testament to their passion and professionalism.
The Independent’s mandate is unabashedly
NL first. We make no apologies
for that. We’ve been free to explore and investigate all things Newfoundland and Labrador, free from the responsibilities
that come with being the daily newspaper
of record. Our ambition is to remain
a weekly.
So much of this paper is tied to our history, but more of it is aimed toward the future. There must be balance.
While the province’s economic engine has never revved higher, there’s also concern. In the absence of a booming oil industry — both on the Grand Banks and in Western Canada — this province would be in the same old half-sunk boat.
The mining sector is going full tilt, and tourism is strong, but the fishery remains in tatters, and pulp and paper is shaky, to say the least. One particular newspaper editor would have you think all is rosy, and advise you not to worry about the past — build, don’t blame. But that editor
went fishin’ a long time ago and mistook
the nonsense of a babbling brook for a deeper message of complete acceptance
of our fate.
He does this place no good.
The Independent isn’t looking for a newspaper war, so much as a truce, acceptance
of competition on the same block. Which is how it should be.
Now is the time, with money and confidence
to spare, for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to question who we are, where we’re going, and how to get there. The Independent is in the business
of challenging everything around us — from the CBC to Danny Williams to the Canadian Confederation. And so we should.
For sale: one newspaper. Inquire within.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Stephan Hopkins Memorial Foundation is one step closer to meeting its fundraising goal, thanks to a $25,000 donation announced by the provincial government on Wednesday.

The foundation is attempting to raise $265,000 for new side-scan sonar equipment for the province in memory of Stephan Hopkins — a 19-year-old man from Deer Lake.

Hopkins drowned as a result of a boating accident in July 2007. Following the incident, RCMP divers and search and rescue teams attempted to find the young man’s body. After a week of intensive searching, the body was still missing.

Hopkins’ uncle eventually contacted Gene and Sandy Ralston, who specialize in underwater recovery operations.

The Ralstons pioneered side-scan sonar technology. The technology operates as a search tool, allowing large underwater areas to be covered in far less time than with traditional search methods.

The Ralstons came from Boise, Idaho to assist the Hopkins family. They were able to find Hopkins‚ body in approximately 80 feet of water. The search took less than an hour.

The Hopkins family now wants side-scan sonar to be readily available in the province.

“What happened to us was a family’s worst nightmare,” said Stephan’s father Terry Hopkins. “Our 19-year-old son was involved in a boating accident which claimed his life.
Coupled with that, we were unsuccessful in trying to locate Stephan’s body for 73 days. We vowed that no family would ever have to endure such pain again.” Rest of the story at The Western Star.

You can read more about this tragic accident at the memorial web site As well as more info on side scan sonar and how to donate.

While I haven't had the pleasure of using side scan sonar I have quite often heard and read about it's extraordinary uses and advanced technology.

Something like this would make mapping and charting all of our unmapped inland lakes so much easier. Hence being able to produce high quality hydro maps for users who are unfamiliar with the hidden dangers in our lakes.


Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Newfoundland Labrador Green Fund request for proposals

Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund

As part of the EcoAction Trust Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change, the Government of Canada provided the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador with funding over a three year period to support projects that provide real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The Province has allocated additional funding and expanded the criteria to include aspects of environmental sustainability. The Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund incorporates both funding sources.

The Fund is open to businesses, institutions, environmental groups, or individuals seeking to developing applicable innovative projects in Newfoundland and Labrador. Proposals should be prepared in accordance with the following forms and guidelines:


Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund Application Form (pdf)

Guidelines for Writing Project Proposals (pdf)

Submissions Guidelines for Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund (pdf)

Please forward the completed application and project proposal to the address below.

Policy and Planning Division
Department of Environment and Conservation
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL
A1B 4J6
Phone 709.729.0076
Fax. 709.729.1930



“where France meets North America.”

ST-PIERRE, France — A Renault swerves into a narrow alley, coming within inches of sideswiping an unsuspecting tourist.

It’s lunchtime, but shops and bars are closed.

Stressed out yet? Relax.

The archipelago of St-Pierre-Miquelon operates on its own rhythm and offers a refreshing change of pace for travellers.

Nearly 500 years after its rich fishing grounds lured enterprising Europeans, St-Pierre-Miquelon remains France’s oldest overseas territory and retains much of that country’s character.

The tiny islands off the south coast of Newfoundland are a largely undiscovered piece of the old country, promoted as a place “where France meets North America.”


Monday, July 07, 2008


Front line ambassador training or information packages.

Our front line ambassadors are the tourist reps, and service people like taxi drivers, bus drivers, airport workers etc. Oh and lets not forget the Economic Embargo called Marine Atlantic employees.

These are the first real people a person visiting our province are likely to encounter and more importantly interact with so it would only seem logical to inform and educate our front line ambassadors with the message we want to get out to any visitors.

This would be a targeted campaign of either courses or pamphlets and eductional material.

Stuff like the most obvious statistics about NL like it is the
furthest point East of North America,
Our Continental shelf is the size of the three prairie provinces combined
We were the last province to join canada in 1949 after two previous referendums.

Then there is always the captive audience in Hospital waiting rooms or Libraries. We could send our free copies of our provincial publications to all of the markets we want to advertise in. Things like the Independant, Downhome etc.



Newfoundland Labrador Fresh air tourism ad

A three-dimensional superboard, featuring traditional quilts on an actual clothesline, is located on the Airport Parkway in Ottawa. It marks the launch of Newfoundland and Labrador’s summer Fresh Air tourism campaign.

You know I always wondered what the use of those shewally thing's that used to be advertised on TV. You know the dry mop that was advertised for cleaning of your car. I could never understand what the use of them would be. There was no way a schewally would clean road dirt off of a car. But since moving here to the Okanogan in BC which isn't even a big city there are only something like 125,000 people living here but it seems every day I would have a use for one of those schewally's. You could wash your car each and every day but each and every night the pollution in the air would settle on your car with the morning dew. I'm guessing that for this particular location it is mainly due to the micro climate where everything gets trapped in the valley and settles out here.


Friday, July 04, 2008


Green with envy

Mrs Forsey just about got it. While she sees the symptoms she hasn't quite yet realized the root cause of our problems within the canadian federation and that is we have no equality and as such the political system is nothing more than per capita colonialism perpetrated by the national political parties. Democratic Discrimination against the minority populace provinces by all of the national parties in there never ending bid to gain power by stealing from the minority prov and giving to the majority prov to win votes.

You might win a battle but the war will always be won by the majority provinces unless and until the canadian political system changes to give all of the members of the federation equality in a none partisan senate and the Supreme Kangaroo court of canukistan.

While the catch phrase of referring to Quebec as Green with envy is nice the reality is they will always take the dog in the manger role as long as they can get away with it through the national parties weakness of our per capita colonialist system.

The Independent NL
Where is support for green energy?
How green are the greens? The question arises because of the national attention focused lately
on those who say they want to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and so protect the environment.
All federal political parties profess to be green. Not green as in “inexperienced”
or “immature,” of course, but green as in “let’s fight global warming” (or climate change, as it is now called) with a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade scheme. Moreover, each party claims to be greener than all the rest.
Why, then, do they not support one of the largest, greenest energy projects in the country?
The proposed hydroelectric development
on the lower Churchill River would, by replacing coal-fired generating
plants, displace an estimated 16 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions
every year.
Not only would that electricity be clean and forever renewable, it would be relatively cheap, which is especially desirable at a time of spiralling energy prices. Jean-Thomas Bernard, an economics
professor at Laval University, was quoted last year as saying he believes
the lower Churchill project is the lowest-cost power left to be developed in eastern Canada.
Ontario has frequently pointed out the project’s benefits, green and otherwise.
And early this year, Nova Scotia’s Premier Rodney MacDonald said the lower Churchill project “is a major opportunity
to help the Atlantic provinces contribute to both regional and national climate-change goals.”
Oddly enough, however, the biggest stumbling block to development of this very large green project is Quebec, which prides itself on being the greenest
province (or greenest “nation”) in the country.
Yet, by opposing federal involvement in a national energy grid — whereby electricity from the lower Churchill could cross Quebec to other provinces — Quebec has held up the development
of this green project since it was first proposed 36 years ago.
Another way to get electricity from Labrador to export markets — much more costly — is via an underwater cable from Labrador to Newfoundland and then back to the Maritimes.
Have you heard Prime Minister Stephen
Harper and Liberal Leader Stéphane
Dion support either route? Both have been ominously silent — despite the fact that both, like Quebec, pride themselves on being green.
green shift?
For example, Stephen Harper’s government
declared in the Throne Speech last year that “the world is moving on to address climate change and the environment,
and Canada intends to lead the effort at home and abroad.”
And Stéphane Dion in June introduced
his “green shift” policy (which included not a word about shifting to the green power potential of the lower Churchill). His concern is with reducing
greenhouse gas emissions by imposing
a carbon tax.
Why the silence on providing federal
support for a national energy grid, the benefits of which have been known since it was proposed by Prime Minister
John Diefenbaker in 1962?
The bottom line is that both federal leaders and the province of Quebec have more important priorities than fighting climate change.
Federal politicians want to appease Quebec. Perhaps they’re afraid that supporting a national energy grid will spark “civil unrest,” as Prime Minister Lester Pearson feared in the 1960s; or prompt threats to separate; or merely jeopardize their chances of picking up some of the 75 seats Quebec has in the House of Commons. Who knows?
Quebec, for its part, wants to continue
to profit from the hydroelectric potential of Labrador. The greenness of money — the estimated $19 billion it’s reaped from the upper Churchill hydro development — is more important than helping to protect the environment.
The greenness of envy is another factor.
Quebec covets Labrador. In 1982, the Quebec government went so far as to prepare legislation to assert sovereignty
over Labrador. After considering it in cabinet, however, Premier René Lévesque said that “for the foreseeable future, that question is not actively under
study.” The cabinet presumably figured
it would be more lucrative (all of the plea$ure, none of the responsibility)
simply to prevent Newfoundland and Labrador from selling to anyone but Quebec, which would then be able to dictate prices.
That is what it did in the Churchill Falls contract of 1969, and what no doubt it has been hoping to do since 1972 when the question of developing the lower Churchill first came up.
So, how green are the greens? Well, given that Quebec, Prime Minister Harper and Liberal Leader Dion are so willing to deny Canadians in Ontario
and the Atlantic provinces the benefits of the clean, renewable, relatively
cheap electricity from the lower Churchill, the answer is clear: in the environmental sense, at least, they’re as green as they think voters want them to be — as long as they don’t have to take a principled stand.
But perhaps the question is best answered
with another question: if environmentalism,
inexperience, immaturity
and envy are green, what color is hypocrisy?
‘It belongs
in the
chamber pot’
Dear editor,
Your horse manure headline stinks (‘What Danny Williams is to horse manure,’ Bill Rowe column, June 20 edition). Some unnamed Liberal senator was quoted by Bill Rowe, saying what Einstein was to physics and Gretzky was to hockey
is what Premier Williams is to horse manure.
It was a nasty thing for the senator
to say, but it was hardly much better for The Independent to print the quote in the headline. Is this how we bring a higher level of maturity
to public discourse? Is this how we teach our young people to treat one another with respect? It sounds more like a schoolyard bully’s taunt than the statement of a Member of Canada’s Upper Chamber. It belongs in the chamber
pot, not in public discourse or a reputable newspaper.
Terry Murphy
St. John’s
JOANGuest columnFORSEY


Thursday, July 03, 2008


Small Country, Big Results: The Case of Iceland

Hard Rock and Water. Comparing Newfoundland Labrador's past and present with Iceland.

You can buy the video here.

Prime Minister of Iceland's address to MUN.
Small Country, Big Results: The Case of Iceland


Tuesday, July 01, 2008


Forget me Not!


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