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Dear members: Please take a moment to sign this petition and send it on to help stop an animal shelter from closing! Feel free to pass it on wherever it is appropriate!

Below is an email-forward I received today with details.


I found out about this today through a "CAGED" e-mail alert:

The City of Port Colborne is contemplating closing the Port Colborne Animal Shelter (Elm Street) and utilizing the Welland and District Humane Society as the shelter of choice. The Welland shelter is not a good solution due to the lack of space to accommodate even more animals.

If you wish to have the Port shelter remain open for the lost, abandoned and
stray animals please sign this petition and it will be given to Council for their meeting in January.

Petition : http://wellandhumanesociety.org/index.php
[ Just a "Heads Up" you need to register to leave your name for the petition but it only takes a second :) ]

~ There is a copy of what I wrote on the bottom of this msg, hopefully it can act as a template for your own personally message, *thanks* for your help in advance.
During this time of year the numbers of animals needing care goes up dramatically. By closing a shelter you are leaving one less place for them to seek refuge. I am asking if you could please reconsider this decision. When you look into the future the benefits of keeping this shelter open will have many positive effects such as ; decreasing the number of unwanted litters (less strays), and suffering from natural causes. In closing, since humans originally domesticated small wild cat species for our own purposes, it should now be our responsibility to care for their well-being.

Thank you for your time,


The City of Port Colborne is contemplating closing the Port Colborne Animal Shelter (Elm Street) and utilizing the Welland and District Humane Society as the shelter of choice. The Welland shelter is not a good solution due to the lack of space to accommodate even more animals.


thank you to willowing for finding this film. i have not been able to watch the entire thing yet as, well, even just a few of the clips i managed to sit through made me cry, scream and feel VERY sick. these include some of the most disgusting and disturbing clips i've ever seen in my life. the one most painful scene to my eyes that i did manage to watch was the circus elephant torture in clip 3. i strongly warn you that these videos WILL disturb you.

why have i chosen to share these? because i feel it's important that people become AWARE of these issues. i've never been an advocate of shoving my beliefs down anyone's throat and i accept all my friend's decisions in what they choose to eat or wear so long as they can understand and respect mine. i am not posting this to start any debates. i am not sharing these to make anyone feel guilty. i am simply sharing them because i advocate raising of conscious awareness. people need to be informed about these issues, because we as a human species in this day and age HAVE the option to choose what we wear, eat and how we behave in respect to other life, and we have the option to to make informed choices. if we aren't aware, then we aren't really making informed choices, right? i've experienced quite a battle in going vegetarian amongst some of my family and friends, and i'm frankly tired of trying to explain it. i plan to share these videos with anyone who ever questions me on my decision to be vegetarian (and yes, i still get questioned about it).

all that said, this movie is called 'earthlings'... watch at your own discretion.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Mahatma Gandhi

"A human being is part of a whole called by us "Universe", a part limited in space and time. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison to us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive." ~ Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

"If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth -- beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals -- would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?" - George Bernard Shaw, playwright, Nobel 1925

With tens of thousands of acres of roadless and wilderness quality lands, Montana's Bitterroot National Forest is a cherished place to go to find quiet trails, wildlife, and pristine landscapes. 

But unmanaged and unchecked off-road-vehicle use has proliferated in the Bitterroot, damaging soils, fragmenting wildlife habitat, spreading noxious weeds, and threatening future wilderness designation for a worthy landscape.

You can help.  The Bitterroot, along with other national forests, is part of the public land system owned by all Americans. You can have a voice in how these lands are managed.  Should they be playgrounds for ORVs, or precious resources for wilderness and wildlife?

Click here to tell the Forest Service that it should make its forest management priority the protection of wildlife, wilderness and quiet recreational opportunities.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead

Hearts and Hands blogathon for kids <3


I know this isn’t the normal conversation but I thought this was something really cool and should tell you guys!

Spread the word… Hearts and Hands International, a non-profit charity, is having a Blog-athon. Today only – until 9pm (MT).

Please help out by visiting www.heartsandhandsinternational.org/blogathon.html

 You don’t need to donate, they’re just looking for traffic.

If you can…. Hearts and Heads would really appreciate it if you could post a short blog with a link back so we can help spread the word.  That would really help make this spread like “wild fire”!!  I hope you guys will blog about it too! let me know if you do that'd be cool!!

Hearts and Hands helps out at-risk children around the world… it never hurts to raise awareness.

Emily S.

Oct. 7th, 2007

The Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation and
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<a href=http://www.friendsofpineridgereservation.org>The Friends of Pine Ridge Reservation</a> and <a href=http://www.cangleska.org are hosting "Diva for a Day" for the women on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in honor of <b>National Domestic Violence Awareness Month</b>. Many of these women are not privileged like you and I and after all they've been through, they deserve to be pampered. They will have some activities set up for the ladies, i.e. chair massages, hair cutting, etc. and they will make up goodie bags for the ladies filled with whatever donated beauty/spa products they receive.

Please feel free to purchase any beauty/makeup/fragrance/hair care/skin care/spa type products locally and ship them to the shelter or you can order them online and have them shipped directly.

They can use any of the items listed below (new items only please):

lip gloss
eye shadow
lip liner pencils
eye liner pencils
eyelash curlers
makeup remover
nail polish
emery boards
manicure tools
pedicure tools
toe separators
hair brushes
hair products
fancy hand soap
bath and shower soap
cologne or perfume
makeup brushes
make up sponges
compact mirrors
facial cleansers
facial toners
hand lotion
body lotion
foot scrubs
moisturizing gloves
body scrub
pumice stones
bath salts
bath oil
bubble bath
exfoliation products
scented candles
hair styling products
hair styling tools
cosmetic bags
gift bags
hotel-sized toiletries</b>

Please ship your beauty and spa products to:

Via UPS or FedEx:

Cangleska, Inc.
Diva for a Day
1 Cangleska Road
Kyle, SD 57752

Via US Mail:

Cangleska, Inc.
Diva for a Day
P.O. Box 638
Kyle, SD 57752

So we can keep track for the shelter, please contact us to let us know what you are donating. Thanks so much for your support!

Please Note: Due to the volume of donations shipped to the reservation FoPRR cannot verify delivery of your boxes. If you require confirmation of delivery, please purchase delivery confirmation from the post office or use your shipping service's tracking system.
Dear Friends,

Last week, Elizabeth May wrote to you from her hospital bed in Ottawa where she was recuperating after hip replacement surgery. (If you did not receive her letter please click here.) I am delighted to report that the operation was a complete success and that Elizabeth is feeling great and eager to fully rejoin the fray. (She actually wasn’t away from a phone or computer for long.)

In the last two weeks the political landscape in Canada has shifted. We’ve gone from no chance of an early election to the imminent fall of Stephen Harper’s government through a vote of non-confidence. The person who said that a week is a long time in politics was right on!

Last week, Mr. Harper told the opposition parties that they must support his entire agenda or force an election. Or, to use his words, “It's time to fish or cut bait.”

But what does his ultimatum mean?

It means that from now on it’s Harper’s way or the highway. It means government refusing to listen to other ideas. It means:

* Canada continuing to conspire with George W. Bush to sabotage the Kyoto Accord solution and fiddle around with half-hearted measures while the planet burns its way to climate catastrophe;
* Canada continuing to send our brave men and women in uniform to war in Afghanistan;
* Canada surrendering our sovereignty to the United States under the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership.

The last thing Canadians want is to spend millions of their tax dollars on the third general election in four years. But if it comes down to a choice between giving Harper free rein to force through his agenda unchanged or giving Canadians the opportunity to cast judgment on the dangerous direction he is taking our nation, the decision is easy.

We must prepare for an election, perhaps as early as mid-November.

Every Green Party of Canada staff member, every volunteer, even Elizabeth from her recuperation bed, is working diligently to be ready. The good news is that we are the only party that’s polling far higher than the last election. This month’s 14 per cent in the Decima poll was an all-time high for the Green Party. But we’ve got lots of work to do to turn that support into votes.

We need to hire people so that we can fully prepare our slate of candidates. We need to get our election signs, pamphlets and ads into production. We need to set up canvasses and phone banks to reach out to voters. We need to finalize thousands of details for Elizabeth’s campaign tour.

What we need most to accomplish all of this is money, and lots of it. Elizabeth came a close second in the London North by-election last fall. Her fully-funded $80,000 campaign needed every dollar. (Thank you to everyone who donated!)

I cannot imagine a Green who doesn’t think as I do: that this election is the chance for us to break through. The people and the planet are with us. To be a major player in this election and elect Canada’s first Green Party MPs, we must build a massive Hope Chest, and we need to do it right now. We must ready ourselves to mount a campaign the likes of which we’ve never run before.

So I am joining Elizabeth in asking you, for the sake of Canada and the planet, please donate now. Your donation gets eight times leverage! If you donate $100, for example, you get a tax credit for $75, so it only costs $25. And whatever we spend on an election qualifies for a 50% reimbursement from Elections Canada. Your $100 allows us to spend $200 so for $25 you allow us to spend EIGHT times that!!

Twenty-five dollars is about the cost of a big pizza. That’s all you have to sacrifice to make a significant contribution to our campaign and help to shift the direction of our country towards a sustainable and harmonious future. If you sometimes splurge on a gourmet meal, think about splurging now on the Green Party. A $400 donation costs you $100 and allows us to spend $800.

Please give whatever you can afford. The Green Party of Canada needs your help. Elizabeth and I need your help. Together, we can make history.

Adriane Carr

Adriane Carr
Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Canada
Sorry, this is a little late for notice, but tomorrow if you're looking for something to do, come out to Tommy Thompson Park for the cleanup, planned from 10am-whenever.

Here are the details:

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is an annual event aimed at increasing awareness of the ecological importance/ sensitivities of shorelines across the country as well as physically removing debris that can kill wildlife. More info:

Whether you can make it out to the event below or not, I encourage you to search out the events map on the website above and join a group in your area OR simply tidy up a bit of shoreline (ocean, lake, river, creek, whatever) in your area. This is the second larges clean up of almost 90 participating countries in the world. Last year, the cleanup removed 84,708 kg of shoreline litter from 966 sites across Canada. Items removed have included BBQ’s (14 in 06), Celine Dion CDs, an entire living room set, a gun barrel, an evidence bag with items in it, and a toilet seat nailed to a lawn chair.

Come out, spruce up your ecological gems and save some little lives!

Toronto Event: Tommy Thompson Park
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2007
Time: 10:00am – whenever, likely noon or one
Location: Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto
Street: Base of Leslie St south of Lakeshore.
Meet: from 9:45-10am at Tim Hortons, NW corner of Leslie and Lakeshore (attached to a Wendies).

We’ll journey south to Tommy Thompson Park and start cleaning. Another group is scheduled to come in on Monday and clean from the fork forward into the lake. Garbage bags are to be left along the road in Tommy Thompson, the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority has graciously offered to pick up bagged trash (thank you Karen!!!). Recyclables are to be put in clear plastic bags provided and removed by hand.

Grubby clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
Work gloves if you have them
One garbage bag
Bottle of water (you’ll be working in the sun, don’t make me go mom on you)
Bag lunch
Rubber boots if you have them

Sign the wavers provided on site.
Be careful.
DO NOT pick up medical waste with your bare hands, these could be infected with stuff you don’t want.
WEAR GLOVES at all times.
Go slow to avoid injury.
Work in teams and keep an eye on each other.
Help catalogue the findings to report back to the clean up.

The prizes:
1st person arrival at Hortons
Strangest object found
First bag filled

Whatever you can do is exactly what you should do.

saving the snow leopards.

you can help by donating, adopting or making a purchase at the online shop on the snow leopard trust:


I'll be doing some christmas shopping there. what better way to find unique gifts while helping the cause?
Would anyone like to take over as mod here? I know this community never really took off and is very inactive, but I'd like to give anyone the opportunity to do something with this place before I decide on deleting it.

I will continue with this community, knowing my efforts reach at least a few of you.
I don't know if this applies to all No Frills, but I just earned 50 PC Points on my PC card JUST for using my PC reusable grocery bag that I got at the Green Living Show (I'm sure you can buy them around if you don't have one). So, there's a little extra incentive for you guys to take your reusable bags on your shopping trips!