Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2018 Referendum on Electoral Reform



Drop by the Saanich South Constituency Office today to pick up a copy of the Voters Guide for the 2018 Referendum on Electoral Reform!


206-4243 Glanford Avenue

Friday, October 26, 2018

A busy week!

It’s definitely been busy down at the Legislature this past week, but I feel so lucky to have had a bit of time in and around Saanich as well!


Over the past 48 hours I was lucky to attend (or my amazing staff were, in a few cases where I had a scheduling conflict) the Friends of Braefoot Gala Dinner (with Minister Rob Fleming), the Prospect Lake Community Association AGM, a grant-writing workshop my community office co-organized with Ministers Fleming and Carole James, a celebration of Farm To School Month at Colquitz Middle School and the opening of therapeutic recovery community in View Royal (with Minister Judy Darcy and MLA Mitzi Dean)!


Hope everyone has a great start to their weekend, and thanks to everyone who helped to make all of these events such a success!







 


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Saanich South Seed Bank and Exchange




Join me as I launch the opening of of my new seedbank in our community office!

BC has an active community of organic vegetable seed growers, small-scale seed companies, and seed libraries - all of which contribute to maintaining genetic diversity for BC agriculture. Chris Thoreau of FarmFolk CityFolk will present an overview of seed production in BC and explores the potential of a thriving organic seed sector for BC.

You are welcome to bring a package of seeds to exchange for another.

Hope to see(d) you there!

Lana

Monday, October 1, 2018

Monthly Micro-Actions: Think At the Sink




*MLA’s note* I’m so happy to introduce Laska ParĂ©! Laska is one of our amazing constituents in Saanich South, and is also a monthly guest blogger on my website! She writes about tips on small changes we can make in our day-to-day lives to encourage us to live more sustainably. Read on below to find out more! -Lana  

As much as we’d like to believe our sinks are bottomless monster mouths; hungry to eat up anything and everything we feed them, they’re not and shouldn’t be used that way. The more food, fats, oils, grease and household hazardous waste we put down the drain or through the garbage disposal, the more impact they will have on our sewer lines, wastewater treatment systems, not to mention create environmental and public health hazards.


 

Maybe you’re reading this as you plunge your drain filled with last night’s spaghetti.. And there you stand, Drano in hand, ready to treat the buildup. STOP NOW and KEEP READING.

 

Did you know the active ingredient in Drano and other conventional drain cleaners is sodium hydroxide, otherwise known as caustic soda or lye? While the substance is not considered a pollutant, sodium hydroxide is an irritant that can burn skin and aggravate the nose, throat and respiratory airways[1].

 

A better option to putting chemicals down the drain would be to use a plunger, a drain snake (made from an old wire hanger) or a handful of baking soda mixed with a half cup of vinegar followed with boiling water, this typically does the trick!

 

Fighting the Impossible

 

Even top of the line strainers won’t stop every coffee ground or apple seed from going down the drain, but we need to do our best. Sinks are not trash cans and weren’t designed for this purpose. Clogged pipes and backed-up sewers are expensive repairs.  It doesn't matter how much hot water or Drano you pour down after it. Sooner or later it solidifies. Metro Vancouver residents spend $2 million every year to repair damage caused by grease. And that's not counting the costs to individual homeowners when their pipes get blocked.[2]

 

With the new Wastewater Treatment Project currently being built to serve the core municipalities of Saanich, Victoria, Esquimalt, Oak Bay, View Royal, Langford and Colwood, and the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, it’s important to start developing good habits NOW so we can keep the operations and maintenance costs low.

 

Micro-Actions For October

 

We all need to do our part to help keep the wastewater process running smoothly. The next time you’re at you’re sink THINK, and consider how you can apply these suggestions and support a smooth running system:

 

  • Scrape food residues from plates, pots & pans before washing
  • Never put coffee grounds, eggshells or kitty litter down the drain or toilet
  • Use your garbage disposal sparingly
  • Put fruit & vegetables peels in the ‘organics’ bin
  • Collect excess fats & oils in a jar. Once settled, scoop into organics bin.
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste at the Hartland Landfill, HHW Collection Centre. The materials are then packed into containers and transported to the lower mainland and sent to the appropriate facilities for treatment or disposal.

 

 

 



[1] https://www.thoughtco.com/eco-friendly-drain-cleaners-1203933
[2] http://www.metrovancouver.org/grease