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Feb 5, 2014

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) partnered with DUCA Financial Services Credit Union Ltd. on January 14, 2014. As part of this agreement, CCFC will receive a donation of $100,000 over the next four (4) years on behalf of DUCA. The funding will support innovative projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

The public will get to vote on which project will get the funding. Voting begins today and ends February 14th 2014!

Choose between these 4 projects:

  • Project 1: providing renewable biogas energy to a community of more than 12,000 people in Ethiopia;
  • Project 2: an income-generating solar panel electricity project for youth and adults in India;
  • Project 3: investing in a solar powered Northern Ghana village to benefit 750 people; and
  • Project 4: solar powered street lighting systems for rural India

Go to the Christian Children's Fund of Canada website for more information.

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Posted: Feb 5, 2014 2:41pm
Dec 20, 2013

Looking for charitable things to do this Christmas? Why not sponsor a child in need? It's the gift that keeps giving. Light up a child's face and help to lift a family out of poverty. You'll be making an incredible difference in someone's life.

If you'd like to make a single contribution you might want to look at what the Christian Children's Fund of Canada's gift catalogue for ideas.

The Canadian government contributes quadruple your donation to give even more children a chance for a better life and hope for the future.

4x Impact

Look for items with a matching government contribution to multiply your donation ad make your gift go 4 TIMES further!

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Posted: Dec 20, 2013 9:51am
Dec 17, 2013

The Christian Children's Fund of Canada had a contest on their Facebook page that had Canadians choose one teddy bear out of 80 choices that would become CCFC's ambassador Canada’s Ambassador Bear for Nicaragua. Monty, because of his likeness to the Royal Canadian Mountain Police won and will Monty will soon travel to his new home in Nicaragua.

CCFC has stated on their website the following; "The bears will be divided among three early childhood development centres, where they will enable children to play and share, and learn about the importance of having a birth certificate. Each bear from Canada has its own official “birth certificate” that was created by the individual who outfitted and donated the toy, purchased from Build-A-Bear in Vaughan, Ontario."

Read more about the Teddy Bear Contest.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 8:38am
Dec 6, 2013

Help the Christian Children's Fund of Canada choose one bear to be the official CCFC Ambassador Bear for Nicaragua! Choose your favorite from the following 22 bears from the Build-A-Bear Workshop. CCFC will be donating all of the bears to two Early Childhood Development Centres in Nicaragua.

The bear with the most votes will be announced on CCFC facebook page and will become a CCFC Ambassador mascot for Nicaragua who will represent the child protection movement around the world that is seeking to keep children safe from harm.

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Posted: Dec 6, 2013 9:19am
Sep 20, 2013

Being a middle aged Canadian woman, it's nice to learn that Canada places in the top 3 nations when it comes to surviving cervical and breast cancer. CAA Health & Dental Insurance ( reports on their website; "In Canada the five year survival rate for cervical cancer is 72%, and 87% for breast cancer."

The Public Health Agency of Canada ( reported in their 2012 Canadian Cancer Statistics that death rates in women caused by cancer of the breast, cervical, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and stomach have significantly been decreasing since the mid 1990's.

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Posted: Sep 20, 2013 12:20pm
Jul 29, 2013

When it comes to Canadians, and our health as a country, we should be concerned with the following statistics:

Canada comes in 3rd place as being leaders in the pack when it comes to rising statistics for Adults with diabetes with 9.2% affected. There are two countries just ahead of us; The U.S. at 10.3% and Mexico at 10.8%.

Which country ranks lowest for diabetes? Iceland. 1.6% of adults suffer from this disease.

Many who suffer from this or other manageable conditions such as asthma may think they are NOT eligible for medical insurance. This is not the case. When applying for medical insurance, Diabetes should be listed as a pre-existing condition and a rated policy can be determined. Your premium may be a little higher, but coverage is definitely possible.

Whether it's a mild or serious medical condition it's your right to get coverage if you so desire to. Quotes are free so why not get informed?

Diabetes stats were taken from the following web site:

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Posted: Jul 29, 2013 8:59am
Feb 7, 2011

I'd like to share a good article that discusses insecticides and their impact on the environment.

Understanding the Different Types of Insecticides

When the mosquitoes are keeping you indoors, preventing you from meeting friends and family for outside gatherings, you can count on insecticides to help. However, understanding the various types of insecticides available on the market today, and their effect on the body and the environment is important.

Understanding the Different Types of InsecticidesA mosquito attack can not only spoil nature’s relaxing effect on your mood, but it can also limit your enjoyment of outdoor activities such as camping, sports and gardening. Besides the pain and annoyance of being bit by mosquitoes, these little bugs can carry viruses such as West Nile Virus, which is a serious illness. To learn more about the West Nile Virus see here. Mosquitoes can also cause allergic reactions in certain individuals.

You can take control of frustrating mosquito situations with quality insecticides. There are two types of insecticides: organic and inorganic. Within these two categories, you will find a wide selection of mosquito fighting compounds that produce varying results.

Comprehensive List of Insecticides
Organic insecticides include carbon and should not always be considered better for the environment. Some organic insecticides are applied to your body to repel the insects on contact, while others are released into the air to repel or kill the insects from the surrounding area.

The common organic types of insecticides are the following:

  • Organochlorine (OC) – These insecticides are produced by combining an organic molecule with chlorine. The most well-known insecticide of today, DDT, is classified as an organochlorine and works by attacking the nerve cells of insects. Organochlorines are considered less than ideal for the environment because they are persistent and tend to linger in the area, some are alleged to last for years. Lindane and Chlrodane are two other organochlorine insecticides.
  • Organophosphates (OP) – These types of insecticides are a combination of an organic molecule and phosphates. They assault the insect’s nerve cells and are somewhat similar to the chemical agents of nerve warfare. Many are not recommended for residential use because of their long-lasting effects on plants and the surrounding wildlife.
  • Carbamates – These insecticides work in the same way as organophosphates but do not remain in the area for nearly as long, making them a better choice for the earth. Bendiocarbamate is a common type.
  • Pyrethrum – Found in nature, a product of the tropical chrysanthemum, this insecticidal chemical is very effective, even in small doses. It is often diluted and released through a fog machine to rid an entire backyard of mosquitoes. Although relatively expensive in natural form, this insecticide is favorable and potent.
  • Pyrethroids – A synthetic version of the natural insecticide pyrethrum, it mimics pyrethrum; however, it is significantly less toxic than other compounds. Pyrethroids are most often used in residential applications.

Inorganic insecticides commonly contain ingredients such as arsenic, lead, copper, and mercury. They are much less in use today due to the dangers they pose to the environment.

The common inorganic types of insecticides are the following:

  • Paris Green – This product was utilized in the past as an insecticide for protecting fruit against insect contamination. This chemical compound, containing copper and arsenate, is extremely toxic and used in fireworks as well as some paints.
  • Silica Gel – This product is found in certain insecticide dusts and works to suffocate pests. It is more commonly used for ticks, termites and mites, and can be combined with borates and pyrethroids/pyrethrins for added power and effectiveness.

Formulations and Applications
All types of insecticides need to be formulated into a useable, transportable material. Most often we think of insecticides in the form of bug spray or insect repellent lotion that is rubbed or applied directly onto the skin. However, there are other formulations available that can be much more effective in particular situations.

Foggers and misters work by spraying a diluted insecticide mixture into the air at a set rate of distribution. The rate is typically selected based on the surrounding population of pests and the size of the area.

There are solid products available that can be placed in bird baths, ponds and puddles to destroy mosquito larvae, aiming directly at the root of the problem. They are generally non-toxic to humans and animals, and come in the form of floating pellets or heavier proportions that sink and dissolve.

With the wide variety of insecticides available, you are bound to find one that will help eliminate mosquitoes in your surroundings. Be mindful of the potential harmful effects to the environment, and of any possible hazardous issues with respect to humans and wildlife in the area.

Battle mosquitoes with knowledge and the appropriate products; enjoy Summer!

Article written by Anna DeGaborik
Anna DeGaborik is the author for the All Mosquito Netting Info website. She studies insect diseases and prevention, specializing in mosquitoes.

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Posted: Feb 7, 2011 8:49am
Nov 29, 2010

When it comes to weight loss and diets, many want to get on the bandwagon! And many are at a loss as to which weight loss concept suits them best. What about natural appetite suppressants? Many “natural diet pills” and supplements promise great results. Some profess to speed up your metabolism, others boast to burn fat, and still others declare that you will not feel hungry.

Vegetables-Natural Appetite SuppressantHere is a quick look at some of the most popular natural appetite suppressants.

  • Supplements: substances that are added to a regular diet in order to supply the body with additional benefits and to curb the appetite.
  • Hoodia Gordinii is a plant that closely resembles a cactus and grows in the Kalahari Desert of South Africa. For centuries, this plant has been used as a potent natural appetite suppressant by the African Bushmen, who discovered that if they ate a small piece of hoodia gordinii before a long hunting trip, it would stifle their hunger. You cannot find this plant in its raw form anywhere else in the world, but you can purchase capsules containing hoodia gordinii; however, the plant is often blended with other ingredients. While they may be convenient, they are also very expensive. See more on Hoodia Gordinii.
  • Whey protein has been used by dieters for years as a natural appetite suppressant. It promotes muscle growth, which is a crucial factor in losing weight because developing muscle burns fat. It is inexpensive, and sold in powder form in a variety of flavors. You can make a shake with it, or add it to smoothies and other nutritional foods.

Superfoods: a term given to foods that have now become popular due to their health benefits, and their potentiality to act as natural appetite suppressants.

  • Water - Natural Appetitie SuppressantThe Acai berry is a new food that has recently come to the attention of many health-conscious individuals. It is a small, round, dark purple berry, resembling a small grape, with a small amount of pulp around a large seed. In the Amazon rain forest where it grows, the habitants eat the skin and the pulp, but not the seed, which has no nutritional value; nevertheless, the Amazonians grind it to feed their animals, or use it to make necklaces. The berry contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It builds muscle and increases energy levels. Quite amazing that it is so healthy since only 10% of the berry is edible. Acai berries can be bought fresh, frozen, or dried. You can cook them and sprinkle them on foods such as salads, cereal, and desserts. They are also sold as a liquid extract and in pill or powder form, but be certain that you are buying the real thing!
  • Flax seeds contain 8 grams of fiber per ounce; the more fiber you eat the fuller you feel. These small, golden seeds act as an antioxidant and are a rich source of omega-3 fats. They lower cholesterol levels and increase metabolism, thereby promoting weight loss. Ground flax seeds can be added to your favorite recipes, or eaten whole to add crunch and flavor to your meals. The recommended dosage is 3 tbsp daily.
  • Green leafy vegetables are now on the list of super foods because all green vegetables are high in fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals. They are not considered a natural appetite suppressant but they do play an important role in weight maintenance. They offer few or no calories and the body must burn a certain amount of calories in order to digest them.
  • Water consumption is now trendy – also cheap, easy to get, and quick to fill you up; so it works as a natural appetite suppressant. Cannot get more natural than water.

We all know the ideal way to lose weight is to take in less calories and exercise regularly. However, we don’t want to feel hunger, we don’t want to exercise, we don’t want to prepare special foods, and we want to lose more than 1 or 2 pounds per week. We seek out a quick fix but the reality is that we must adhere to the basics if we want to get rid of the extra pounds and keep them off. Nonetheless, adding natural appetite suppressants to your food intake can help you fight the battle of the bulge.


Written by: Carol C. is an registered nurse with experience in many areas of nursing who specializes in mental health and addictions. Her articles allow her the opportunity to share her knowledge and expertise on many health subjects.

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