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This Week On Movie Monday

Power2thePeople 

Produced by Afristar Foundation and Directed by FixerFilm, Power to the People is a documentary showcasing alternative energy and appropriate technology applications in South Africa.

The film focuses both on low-tech, small-scale solutions implemented on household and community levels, as well as large-scale national projects utilsing cutting edge innovations. The documentary outlines the major alternative energy sources: solar, wind, water, biomass and human energy, and shows examples of on-ground applications: from solar water heaters made of recycled poly-tubing to wind farms that will supply entire regions with grid-tied power. In addition, the documentary explores a range of appropriate technologies relevant to the South African context, for household heating and cooling, alternative transport, greywater recycling, and more.

The aim of the film is to expose viewers to the range of sustainable energy options available to us, to promote behavior change in regards to resource use, as well as to encourage innovation in ways that we can work with nature to provide for our needs without causing harm to the planet and to one another.


 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 27, 2014, 10:00 pm
On Monday, October 20th, 2 members of the Canadian Military were run down in a parking lot by Martin Rouleau.  Rouleau had converted to Islam about 2 years ago, and according to reports, was upset at the former Quebec government's plan to ban the wearing of religious symbols or clothing by public employees.  Rouleau was later shot dead by police after crashing his car and brandishing a knife at officers.  Unfortunately, one of the soldiers, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53 years old, died in a hospital later that day.


On Wednesday, October 22nd, a lone gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau approached Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was standing guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier and shot him dead at point blank range.  After this incredibly brazen attack, he then went to Parliamen, where he shot an injured a member of the security force there, only feet from where our political parties were in caucus meeting.  After an exchange of gunfire, Zehaf-Bibeau is shot dead by Sergeant in Arms, Kevin Vickers.

So what is going on you ask?  Well, the answer is simple.  On September 22nd, ISIS issued a video along with a translated statement which read, in part, as follows:

“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be,"

At the time, many scoffed at the idea that this could, or should, be taken seriously.  Surely, the militants were isolated to the middle east, and had no real way to bring this war to Canadian soil!  Well, my friends, they couldn't have been more wrong, and we now see just how real this war cry is.

True, the first casualties of what is being labelled as "terrorism" were members our armed forces and political leaders, but let's not forget that everyday citizens are on the "hit list" as well.  This is indeed a war that has been waged on all Canadians, not just on military or political targets.

In this day and age, the face of war has changed.  No longer do we have specific countries to target by destroying military bases, ammunition factories and warehouses, or government operation centers.  The idea of going to war with a country is a thing of the past.  This enemy has no country, no place it calls home to become a target.  In fact, as we plainly see, their soldiers are living among us already.

Home grown radicalized gunmen have become the new artillery, hijacked planes have become the new bombs, and I suspect that we are seeing only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the new weapons of war.

My heart goes out to the two members of our armed forces that have lost their lives, and my best wishes go to those that were injured in these attacks.  Prime Minister Harper's words echoed throughout the country yesterday...

"Canadians will not be intimidated. We will be vigilant, but we will not run scared. We will be prudent but we will not panic."

Don't fool yourselves, Canada is at war...and it's not the kind of war we're used to.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 23, 2014, 5:53 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

The Power Of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil


The breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 90's created a major economic crisis in Cuba known as the Special Period.  Oil imports dropped by half, it's import and export markets dropped by 80% and as a result, buses stopped running, factories closed and electrical blackouts were common.  Fortunately for Cubans, a return to the old ways of farming and some innovative food production measures saved countless lives.

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is a project of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, a non-profit organization that designs and teaches low-energy solutions to the current unsustainable, fossil fuel based, industrialized, and centralized way of living. Visit www.communitysolution.org for more information.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 21, 2014, 12:00 am
I was concerned last week when I heard of a nurse who had cared for Thomas Duncan has tested positive for the Ebola virus.  Unfortunately, my concerns were well placed, as we now have learned of a second nurse with Ebola.  I have not yet found any information regarding how she contracted it though...was she also in direct contact with the original patient or did she contract it some other way, such as in a nurses' lounge or a washroom?
Either way, there were some very disturbing errors in her conduct.  It seems that she was smart enough to self examine for symptoms, yet upon developing a slight fever, was NOT smart enough to avoid air travel, exposing 130 pasengers on a flight from Ohio to Texas to the possibility of contracting the virus, not to mention the flight crew, who could soon be developing symptoms while away at work almost anywhere in the world.
Only time will tell where this is going to pop up next.  In fact, after having passed away on Oct. 8th, we may not have heard the end of people contracting the virus from him until about Oct.29th, the 21 day possible incubation period.  But now, that time clock keeps resetting itself.  The latest case means that we won't know the extent of possible infections from her until Nov.3rd.  Every new case discovered resets the time clock to 3 weeks before we know the extent of the consequences.
Now that we know for sure that a patient was infectious while on board a commercial flight, I think it is only a matter of time before we see a case here in Canada.  Now, I'm not trying to sound any alarms just yet, and hopefully I will never have to use this space to report how many thousands of cases been reported on home soil, but I do think that now is the time to review your pandemic preparedness and plans.

With all the crazy goings on in the world, It's easy to lose track of the dangers that do come along on a regular basis.  Right now, many of us have our attention focused on other events, that October 30th, 2014 isn't even a blip in our brains.  What's that date all about you ask?  That is the day that Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the New York, New Jersey area.  Yes, that's right, we are still in Hurricane season, and as I write this, the Canadian Hurricane Center (Ya, we have that) is tracking a category 4 storm named Gonzales, which is set to affect the maritimes sometime Saturday or Sunday.
While this particular storm is NOT expected to hit landfall in a significant way like Sandy, it is a reminder that we can't rule out Hurricanes as many of us are hurriedly getting ready for the snow to fly.

Also, here we are in the height of the fall harvest.  As a matter of fact, instead of writting this post, I myself should be busy processing and preserving the 25lbs of cabbage, 50 lbs of apples, 10 lbs of beets, and untold amounts of pumpkin and squash I have sitting in my cold room.
In the next few days and weeks, many of us will be using up copious amounts of salt, sugar, vinegar, and water in our canners and crocks, placing roots and such in their winter storage cellars, and putting up every last ounce of food that we can.

While we do all of this and keep an eye out for all the bad things that the world has to offer right now, don't forget that winter is coming, so get that car kit winterized, plan for your snow tires to be changed, and get your alternative heating ready to go!
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 16, 2014, 10:22 am
This Week On Movie Monday

Che, from the Ontario Preppers Survival Network is a major contributor to the preparedness community not only in Ontario, but across the country. Every summer, Che hosts the Ontario Preppers Annual Meetup, where a multitude of leaders in the preparedness community gather to share their knowledge. Che himself is an experienced leader, and at the last event gave a presentation called
Prepper Bartering - What to Barter After SHTF. He has graciously given the CPN permission to air this presentation as a part of Movie Mondays.




Don't forget to visit Che's site, the Ontario Prepper Survival Network
And also check out his YouTube Channel
If you want more information about the annual meet, visit Ontario Prepper & Self Reliance Meet




This film is presented with the express permission of OntarioPreppers.ca.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 14, 2014, 12:00 am
Twitter is tweeting and the news is buzzing with anything to do with Ebola. It’s a genuine fear about a deadly disease that mutates quickly and has no known cure.

A Harvard poll conducted in August, before the United States’ first case of Ebola entered the country, found that 4 in 10 Americans are worried about a major Ebola outbreak. If a poll were taken here in Canada, similar results would be likely.

Does the threat of Ebola have you worried?

Do you think Canada is ready should Ebola make its way here?

It appears with the unknown comes a variety of opinions about how it will affect us. What do you think?  Does it concern you enough to take extra precautionary measures?

On October 6th, Global News reported 5 reasons why Canada is highly unlikely to be struck with Ebola. 

1)     In Canada, there is trust in medical officials – There is some mistrust of modern medicine and hospitals in Africa. Those seeking alternate means for a cure increase the risk of more people being infected.

2)     There are cultural differences - Burial rituals that involve washing and kissing the body increase the risk of exposure.  We do not have the same rituals here.

3)     There is action taken with suspected cases – Canada’s hospitals, government, agencies and the media communicate together to get the word out.  Africa doesn’t have the same infrastructure.

4)     Our health care system is prepared for potential cases – Protocol changed dramatically in North America after the SARS epidemic. Systems are now in place to monitor and educate the public when emergencies arise. Getting the word out is more difficult in Africa; a disease spreads quickly before health organizations can education the population about safe practices.

5)     Canada is sending resources to West Africa - On Saturday, Canada announced it is sending a second team with a mobile laboratory to West Africa.

Here are some other reasons it is thought Canada is a low-risk country:

-        CTV news reports that next week Canada is sending an experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization for future trials and use. Canada’s involvement means accessibility to preventative measures.
-        6 airports are now screening passengers in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Ottawa and Calgary. The US announced that airports in New York, Washington, Newark, Chicago, and Atlanta will be providing screening as well. 
-        Canada gets few visitors from the most infected countries

Do you agree?

CTV News reports  that despite the many beliefs that the risk is low of Ebola coming to Canada, others say it is just a matter of time.

-        Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with Ebola, felt fine when he entered the United States. Even had the airport screening been in effect at that time, his illness would not have been detected.
-        Others say that unless all air travel is banned from Africa, then an automatic quarantine period of 21 days should be enacted for all those who travel between the two countries regardless of how they feel.

The reality is, we really do not know what is going to happen, and it is when we feel out of control that we feel fear towards a situation. The best solution is to be prepared, at all times, for any kind of natural disaster, epidemic or unforeseen circumstance. We can live in fear, or we can prepare ourselves and have confidence knowing we can at least take care of ourselves and our loved ones. In addition to having sufficient food, water, tools and emergency kits on hand, make sure you add extra masks, gowns, eye protection and gloves to your supply. When there is no cure for an illness, preparedness and being informed are your best tools for staying alive.

Our hearts go out to all those around the world who are struggling with this disease. We hope a cure is found soon and that the suffering and fear will be over. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Twitter and the news were flooded with stories of people beating this cruel disease.  We can only hope.

Total Prepare Inc, is a Canadian Emergency Preparedness company that gives peace of mind solutions for troubling times. 

http://totalprepare.ca
Author: Total Prepare
Posted: October 10, 2014, 6:57 pm

I have been asked to post a casting call by Proper Television, a production company based in Toronto.

They are looking to film a show in the spring where 2 survival enthusiasts are placed in environmentally challenging locations, with supplies and survival gear in tow. They will be expected to work together to find their own food, shelter and ultimately prove their survival skills.


Here is their casting call blurb as it was sent to me...


CASTING NOTICE:

Do you think you have what it takes to survive through anything anywhere?! Can you find food, water and create shelter in the wild? We’re casting for a new survival show for a major network and we want to see if you have what it takes. We’re looking for people between the ages of 25-50 who have big, bold and outgoing personalities who aren’t afraid to speak their minds. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to put your survival skills to the ultimate test.


Please see the application below:

http://www.propertelevision.com/casting/form/apply/184


If this is something that interests you, please use the application form in the above link.

Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 8, 2014, 10:00 am

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

In this final episode, the team faces a harvest under the conditions of Summer 1945. Five years of constant farming have degraded the quality of Britain's fields, threatening crop yields. The team attempt to reinvigorate their land with a tractor-driven muck spreader, and with cows themselves.
The team soon hear about the Allies' invasion of Berlin, and on 7 May 1945, the end of World War II in Europe. With the danger of aerial bombardment resolved, they instantly remove Manor Farm's blackout precautions, and set about planning a Victory in Europe Day party. Rationing is still in force, so Ruth tries a potato-based cake recipe from the Women's Institute and sweetens it with 'mock' orange juice made from swede. Ruth, Alex and Peter talk to VE Day veterans who give their accounts of the end of the war in the countryside.




 


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced byDavid Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 7, 2014, 1:00 am
So there I was, doing my ultra rare once a year shopping trip to the big city box stores and a summer storm rolled in. And what a storm. From inside the store I could hear the wind roll in like a hurricane. Then as we looked out the windows we could see that it was beginning to hail. The hail got bigger and harder, and lasted for about 30 minutes. All the while, the rain came down in buckets.

As our party of stuck in the store onlookers watched the storm, with no exit, and no sign of the storm letting up, I began to mentally kick into prepper mode and started taking inventory.

I asked myself: "What if the roof comes off, where is the safest place to be? - What are my exit points/strategy? - Is there any food or water available? - How many people are there in this location?" And many more. I knew that I had my emergency bag in my car. But I looked again out the store window and saw a scene very similar to below:


Flash flooding is seen at Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener, Ont., 
on Friday, June 28, 2013. (Courtesy Driveseat Kitchener)
This was a mid summer storm, so it was still warm out, and the hail that had piled up several inches deep like mid winter snow was now melting and combining with the rain to cause flash flooding around the area. Now note in the picture the difference in depth of water at each end of the parking lot. The cars near the left have bumpers under the water, while the cars near the right you can still see the full tire.

Well, to compare my scenario to the picture above, I was parked on the left side. I realized that the large parking lot was paved into a bowl type shape with a drain in the middle. Of course this drain was plugged/inundated and couldn't handle the flow, so the parking lot was a good foot to foot and a half deep in the middle - where my car was.

It had only been raining for 30 min or so and my car nearly escaped having water inside it. My bigger concern was that was where my nearest emergency supplies were, and should I have needed them, I would have to wade into deep water to reach them.

I had never before considered prepping in relation to where to best park in a parking lot. Thankfully, a little patience in this scenario took care of everything. But what if...

Next time you are pulling into a massive box store parking lot, or anywhere for that matter, take a look at the lay of the land, and if your a true prepper, the extra few seconds of walk time because you parked in the safest area will be all worth it.

This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.  
Author: Briden Solutions
Posted: October 3, 2014, 3:00 pm
This is a followup to my post yesterday evening regarding a confirmed case of ebola in the US.  In the interest of sharing this information, I posted simultaniously to The Canadian Preppers Network Blog, The Canadian Preppers Network Forum, and sent an email to Che of the Ontario Preppers Survival Network.  This information was not meant to be panic inducing, but simply to inform fellow preppers that they need to be aware of the situation.

Yesterday, the CDC issued this statement on their website


In addition, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for disease control and prevention gave the following press conference:


Now, I'm not saying that the freaks have come out of hiding on this one, but if you want a laugh, go to the video on YouTube and read the comments!  As expected, the tin foil hat society has chimed in with words like "chemtrails" and "apocalypse".  I think it's time we put this into perspective!

Now, in no way am I going to downplay the importance of this development.  This is a serious disease which, when left UNTREATED, can have a mortality rate as high as 90%.  However, it will not be left UNTREATED here in North America.  In fact, with simple isolation, hydration and antiviral treatments offered by western medicine, this number has been brought down to somewhere around 40% and 50%.  Not that this is a great number, but it sure shows that ebola is not an automatic death sentence.

One thing that we do know for sure, is that the case that has been identified, has some significant points about it.  The patient was free in the public, showing symptoms, for at least 4 days prior to being isolated.  Showing symptoms means that the patient is able to spread the virus to others through contact with bodily fluids such as blood,  urine, vomit, semen, saliva, etc.  The common entry points are through broken skin or unprotected mucous membranes such as the eyes, nose, or mouth.  These are not new facts...we all probably recognize these facts as the same ones we talk about when discussing the spread of the flu or common cold.

Another disturbing fact is that the patient presented at the hospital with symptoms 2 full days before being admitted and isolated.  This means that regardless of how many time we've been told that identification protocols are in place, they are not always effective.  Why the patient was initially turned away has not been so far publicly disclosed, it is clear that there are holes in the protocol.  This could be understandable, as the initial symptoms resemble those of the common flu.

With an incubation period of up to 3 weeks, only time will tell how far this might have already spread.  It is not out of the realm of reasonable thought that this patient may have sneezed, coughed, vomited on, or urinated on (guys...we've ALL peed on a public toilet seat at least once right?) on his daily routine, thus possibly transmitting the virus.  The person who contracted it can then develop symptoms and become contagious up to 3 weeks later, possibly somewhere across the continent...and the epidemic begins.

Now, I'm not making a call to action here yet, as that would be premature, but we should all be aware that this could become something serious in the coming days or weeks.  Keep your ear to the ground, but do so in an intelligent way.  There are already unconfirmed rumors that at least 2 other cases have been discovered, but so far, nothing "official" has been released.  Please don't let panic govern your actions.

My personal approach to  this is to observe the same protocols that I do when the yearly flu outbreak occurs.  I avoid contact with those who display symptoms, wash or sanitize my hands often, avoid touching my face, and of course, avoid touching surfaces in public places...especially in public bathrooms. 
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 1, 2014, 6:30 pm
Yes, you've read that title correctly, a case of ebola has been confirmed in Dallas, Texas today.




Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: September 30, 2014, 10:06 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

It's 1944, and a turning point for the Allies in WWII. Manor Farm's flax field—a crop heavily used by the military—has suffered in the unusually wet summer of 2012. Alex and Peter try to reinvigorate it using Ammonium Nitrate, a chemical fertiliser, but the rain doesn't let up. It remains so wet, in fact, that Alex has to re-waterproof his coat, using linseed oil, paraffin and beeswax from the colony he started in Episode 6. Ruth, meanwhile, has been constructing a willow basket to hold carrier pigeons—used to send messages throughout the war, and often trained by farmers. Alex and Peter train some pigeons by releasing them from a 1930s fishing boat which saw service in WWII in the English Channel—and within half an hour, the birds have completed the 30 mile journey back to their loft. Without a hint of irony, Ruth serves wood pigeon 'salad' for lunch, set in gelatine and accompanied by grated carrot, grated beetroot and small boiled fingerling potatoes.


 


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced byDavid Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: September 30, 2014, 1:00 am
The Canadian Preppers Network is proud to announce the return of the Sponsored Post Program.  This time, we've expanded our reach to include four of the top Canadian providers of preparedness gear and supplies. 

Each of them will take turns posting articles on Fridays, bringing you industry news, unique perspectives, and lots of original content.  In turn, they will also be providing monthly give aways to our members of the blog and the forum.

Chylan Emergency Gear has been a supporter of the CPN for a long time and was, in fact, our very first advertiser.  Their goal is to teach the skills and provide the tools necessary to be prepared for any emergency for a minimum of 72 hours up to long term recovery.  They cover all areas such as school preparedness, business continuity, survival skills, 72 Hour preparedness and much more.  

Briden Solutions is also a long time supporter of our blog and forum.  Founded in the summer of 2009  they developed much of Their Emergency Preparedness knowledge and experience in the 10 years leading up to that. After quietly guiding and coaching many through the maze of both Short Term and Long Term Emergency Preparedness products and strategies, an opportunity came for them to team up with some of the leading experts in the Emergency Preparedness Industry to carrying that knowledge and guidance to more people.

Total Prepare is new to this program however, I have personally been dealing with them for over a year now.  "Our goal is to constantly strive to ensure our products meet the strictest standards of  quality, innovation and the best value available for the consumer."  

Outdoor Pursuits Canada is a Canadian owned and operated company located in Turner Valley, Alberta.  Started in the fall of 2009 - out of a passion for the outdoors, and the gear that goes with it.  OPC boasts an impressive line of knives as well as over 80 colors of paracord.  They are also new to this program and offer a variety of experience in dealing with the great outdoors.

We look forward to reading the posts from these experienced sponsors, and I hope that you will in turn visit their websites in support of them as they support our efforts to get people prepared for the worst, while hoping for the best.  Subscribe to the blog to receive email notifications of posts from all our authors, and don't forget to check both here, and in the forum for monthly contest and draws for the prizes these four will be providing!



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is a Canadian owned and operated company located in Turner Valley, Alberta. Started in the fall of 2009 - out of a passion for the outdoors, and the gear that goes with it - See more at: http://www.outdoorpursuitscanada.com/pages/Our-Company.html#sthash.Uf5APKHX.dpuf
is a Canadian owned and operated company located in Turner Valley, Alberta. Started in the fall of 2009 - out of a passion for the outdoors, and the gear that goes with it - See more at: http://www.outdoorpursuitscanada.com/pages/Our-Company.html#sthash.Uf5APKHX.dpuf
is a Canadian owned and operated company located in Turner Valley, Alberta. Started in the fall of 2009 - out of a passion for the outdoors, and the gear that goes with it - See more at: http://www.outdoorpursuitscanada.com/pages/Our-Company.html#sthash.Uf5APKHX.dpuf

Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: September 26, 2014, 1:36 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

By 1943, food imports had slumped to their lowest levels during the war, and farmland was becoming tired after years of consecutive use. To combat this, Ruth creates fertiliser with dung and spare straw from the farm's cereal production, while Alex employs a specialist rat catcher to stop rodents eating into the upcoming harvest. Later in the episode, Alex and Peter build a straw-bale outhouse for visitors and evacuees, complete with a thatched nettle roof; harvest grass from the local churchyard to make hay for their dairy herd; and start their own bee-keeping concern.
Ruth, desperate for helping hands, takes up a new initiative from the Ministry of Labour to employ children on the farm. They camp in the woods nearby, and pick herbs and medicinal plants like goose grass and foxglove which can be sold on to Britain's pharmaceutical industry. She prepares sandwiches for them using steamed tinned salmon from Canada, and organises entertainment from a local folk musician (including the wartime favourite Run Rabbit Run).

 


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced byDavid Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: September 23, 2014, 1:00 am

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

It's 1942 and the team face running the farm under increasing food and fuel shortages. The Ministry of Food has demanded an extra 840,000 tonnes of wheat be produced and, to do their part, Alex and Peter lease specialist equipment from the wartime government to turn every last scrap of ground into arable land. They also construct a 'Horse Gin' to slice swede, and convert a 1930s petrol-powered ambulance to run on gas from an onboard coal furnace. This leads Alex on to discover where Britain's wartime coal supplies came from, as he experiences life down the mines as a Bevin boy.
Ruth, meanwhile, joins the Women's Timber Corps with her daughter. Together they fell, sned and measure up a tree for the war effort. They also meet a veteran 'Lumber Jill' from the 1940s, who expressed her enjoyment of the camaraderie and work ethic of the Corps, despite the hard work.




Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced byDavid Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: September 16, 2014, 1:00 am

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

As Europe falls to the Nazis and British trade vessels are diverted to send supplies to the Russians, the British government tightens its grip on farms like Manor Farm, expecting more and more home-grown food, drink and clothing. This week, Ruth, Alex and Peter do their best to impress an inspector from the local "War Ag", who is tasked with surveying their abilities and grading them as an "A", "B" or "C" farm. Farmers with low grades were in serious danger of penalties, or even total loss of their farms. With the help of a new Field Marshall tractor and a team of Percheron draught horses, the team sow flax on their spare field, at the recommendation of the War Ag inspector. It's also time to start milking the dairy herd, using an early vacuum milking machine. Since the herd's feed makes a noticeable difference to the quality of their milk, Alex and Peter finally begin to use the silage they produced in Episode 2.
 


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced byDavid Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: September 9, 2014, 1:00 am

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

With German air raids causing unprecedented damage to Britain's major cities in the Winter of 1940, the residents of Manor Farm are instructed to make preparations for an influx of evacuees from London, Portsmouth and Southampton. Alex and Peter spend the first half of the episode casting and firing their own roof tiles, to make some of the farm's outbuildings suitable for human habitation. Despite the freezing November temperatures, their makeshift kiln must burn at over 900°C for two days and two nights, requiring constant supervision. Fortunately, the residual heat provides an ideal input for some 'medicinal' home distillation of apples into hooch. Ruth, meanwhile, sets about furnishing the barns—first with wooden beds, and then with padded patchwork quilts made from feathers and ticking.
The team must also do their bit to defend Hampshire against German aerial bombardment. Ruth spends an evening with a veteran of the Royal Observer Corps, learning how to track enemy aircraft and relay their locations back to the control centre in Winchester. In the woodland further away from the farm, Alex and Peter construct decoy fire beacons to lure enemy bombers away from Southampton, as part of Operation Starfish.


 


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced byDavid Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: September 2, 2014, 1:00 am




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it yet I wanted to make sure you know the price on the Summer of Survival
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Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: August 26, 2014, 4:58 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

The second episode focuses around food rationing and preparations for the Winter of 1940.  Under growing pressure from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Food, the team has to make tough decisions over which livestock (if any) the farm should continue to rear. While the pigs, sheep and beef herd are removed, and the oldest chickens slaughtered and turned into feather dusters, Ruth manages to keep two pigs on as part of a "Pig Club" with their neighbours.
Alex and Peter spend much of the episode generating silage to feed their remaining animals over Winter. They first obtain sugar beet tops and nettles as raw materials, and then construct a small silo out of corrugated steel, with the help of two volunteers from the Women's Land Army. Ruth, meanwhile, explores the beginnings of rationing, and uses the family's meagre meat ration, and a bounty of vegetables and foraged mushrooms, to make stew in an improvised haybox. Rationing leads her to investigate the black market, as she and a shady visitor filter red diesel using a loaf of bread, and get familiar with a butcher who sells spare chops under the counter.



Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced byDavid Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: August 26, 2014, 1:00 am


Emergency Safety Procedures Are Important - How To Use Fire Safety Drills And Procedures

A disaster can happen at any time. Most families have issues handling disasters, such as tornados and hurricanes. This is why an emergency plan is needed. An efficient plan is important because it helps families survive. During a hurricane, food storage
procedures are required. However, during a fire, everyone must exit the home using the safest procedures.

Designing A Fire Escape Plan

Every escape route must be located in the home. After everyone knows where the escape routes are, everyone should walk together throughout the home to test each exit. The most common exits are usually not the best exits during emergencies, such as the front and back door. Other exits may have to be used, such as garage doors or windows. There should be two ways to exit each room in the home.

A floor plan of the home must be designed. It should include every exit in the home, and each exit must have a label. Each label should have information about fire safety procedures. The floor plan should also have information about second floor escape procedures.

Have An Emergency 72-Hour Kit

Its crucial to have an emergency 72-hour kit at all times. When a fire, or other disaster strikes, your time to get out is limited. To make the most of your time you should consider having multiple 72-hour kits tucked away in different rooms around the house, as well as your cars.

A few elements for an emergency 72-hour kit are; bandages, painkillers, disinfectant, blankets, antibiotics, flashlights, granola bars, water bottles, candles, playing cards and a radio to name a few items. Most of these items can be picked up at your local Canadian pharmacy.

Practicing The Escape Plan

Everyone should practice using the escape plan twice a year. While practicing, pretend that the fire is located in different areas of the home. During different drills, everyone should use alternate routes. Families should also practice fire drills in the middle of the night. Nighttime fire safety drills should be done with the lights off. Practicing in the dark is recommended because it gets everyone comfortable with the surroundings.

Families must use safety precautions while practicing each drill. For example, everyone should crawl because the smoke will cause harmful affects to the eyes. Another important fire safety procedure is called stop, drop, and roll. This procedure should be used if someones clothes catches fire. There are other useful fire drill procedures too; some techniques can provide a lot of protection. For example, if there is a fire on the other side of a door, the doorknob will be hot. Because of this, families must practice touching doorknobs using the proper safety procedure.

Using A Ladder

If the home has an escape ladder, everyone should practice using it. Understanding how to use the ladder is very important. If the home does not have an escape ladder, purchase a ladder from a hardware store. The ladder should be placed next to the window.

Possible Meeting Locations

After everyone has learned the drills, the next step involves choosing a meeting place. The meeting place should be a location that is far away from the home. Common meeting places include the mailbox, the front lawn, or near a light post. After everyone escapes the home, everyone should go to the meeting place for a headcount.

Teaching Kids Fire Safety

Although escape plans and drills are useful, some kids may have issues understanding the procedures. Kids should not be scare during a fire, so use the drills to teach them about fire safety. Kids should practice the drills with a grownup so that they will not use unsafe escape procedures, such as exiting an upstairs window. There are also many different resources for teaching children rife safety.

Preparing The Home For Possible Fire Emergencies

Besides an escape plan, the home should be prepared for a possible fire as well. For this task, the proper fire safety equipment will be needed, such as smoke alarms. There should be an alarm in every room. Also, each door in the home should be easy to open. After the fire department is contacted, firefighters must arrive at the home with any problems. To prevent any problems, ensure that the street number from the road is visible. Firefighters usually access the home from different doors and windows. Because of this, if the home has security bars, ensure that the emergency release levers are working properly.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: August 20, 2014, 3:25 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

In episode 1, with a second European war looming on the horizon, the team set about making a number of improvements to the farm. The installation of electric lighting (from a portable petrol-powered generator) allows them to work later into the evenings, while household labour-savers like a paraffin range cooker, electric clothes iron and linoleum flooring mean Ruth can spend more time aiding the war effort and less time on household chores. Alex and Peter, meanwhile, set about constructing a Mole Subsoiler from scrap farming equipment, to drain their waterlogged clay fields. However, with time running out and their improvised subsoiler literally buckling under pressure, they are forced to plough and sow through the night without draining the field, despite warnings from the local "War Ag" over potential water damage.


 


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced byDavid Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: August 19, 2014, 1:00 am
Starting August 18, the Canadian Preppers Network will be 
presenting
MOVIE MONDAYS!

Movie Mondays is a project we have undertaken to show films, documentaries, commentaries, etc that relate in some way to the lifestyle of preparedness in the hopes that we can learn about old time skills, modern day disasters, and other events of concern.  Also, we hope that you will take advantage of taking some time off at the end of your busy days to be entertained, while hopefully picking up new ideas.

We already have an 8 part documentary series set up and ready to go so grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy.


Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: August 14, 2014, 1:54 pm

Does living off the grid interest you? 

 Would you like to grow your own food?  

Maybe you're just looking to reduce your carbon footprint?

If so, then this is definitely for you!


The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-On, Off-Grid, Prepping Workshop

 Hosted by Cam and Michelle Mather

  • tour the gardens
  • see the power system - solar and wind - completely off grid
  • check out the root celler
  • much much more!

When - October 25th, 2014

Where - Sunflower Farm, Tamworth, Ontario

Cost - $90.00 (Reduced to $75.00 if there are 10 or more people)

Limited Space - 14 people Max - reserve now!

A minimum of 8 people need to register for this event to take place.  This is SPECIAL PRICING for CPN members - the normal cost of this workshop is $120.00.  A deposit will be required to register. The price includes lunch at the farm.

Email me to sign up and get more details!

Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: August 13, 2014, 10:00 am

Does Archery have a place in a Preparedness/Survival scenario?

  • How to choose the proper Archery equipment
  • The use of Archery equipment for Hunting/Food procurement
  • The use of Archery equipment from a Tactical perspective
  • Why Archery equipment can be better than Firearms
  • Making field expedient Archery gear out of every day items
Tonight, SOS expert, Scott Moore discusses all of this. 
As a boy growing up, Scott Moore could find flint arrow heads, pottery, and tools of stone in the fields around his home. As he matured, so did his interest in how the indigenous people lived their day to day lives many hundreds of years ago. Scott began to make many of the tools and weapons and used them to hunt, prepare food, and live comfortably in the woods.
In 1992 the assistant principal of a local middle school asked Scott to share his “experiential archeology” with the students. That was the start of the “Native American Living History Program”. By incorporating his Christian beliefs into the program, Scott was able to develop Wild about Christ Ministries. As part of the W.A.C. presentation Scott dresses in the traditional clothing of a Woodland Indian and demonstrates the use of the bow and arrow, Atlatl, Blow Gun, and many other primitive skills.
For over twenty years Scott has worked with organizations such as the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the National Wild Turkey Federation, The Boy Scouts of America, and many church groups and school systems throughout the country. Through these organizations Scott has been able to share primitive culture, wilderness survival skills, and answer God’s call to share His word.

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Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: August 12, 2014, 5:04 pm
I spent a glorious summer many years ago working in the Waterton National Park. A local family graciously offered me an opportunity to live in a cute little homestead house on their ranch at the base of the mountains. It was a dream come true…. until the second night. I was sitting on the couch enjoying a quiet evening and a good book when I saw some movement out of the corner of my eye. I quickly set down my book and quietly observed to see if it would happen again. I was a little shocked when a mouse scurried along the wall, rounded the corner and headed into the next room. As my first official mouse encounter living on my own – I didn’t quite know what to do.

I came to the conclusion that I was brave enough to be in a house with a mouse and if he would keep his distance, we could co-exist in peace. Wow – was I ever naive! Our co-existing peace lasted all of 1 day before ‘Mickey’ started to cross comfort lines and invited friends to the party. It then became clear that the mouse and his friends had to leave. I set up traps, laid out poison, googled and found lots of ideas on ice cream bucket traps (among others) and enlisted every way I could come up with to wage war on my unwelcome roomates.

Looking back on that summer I sincerely wish that a product like HighTail had existed! We caught and killed 21 mice inside our little home within 2 months. I started having intense, consistant nightmares about them at about the 3 week mark when I discovered that they were in my bed and clothes. It is one thing for a mouse to be scurrying along the wall in a room, it’s another for them to be in your food, clothes and bed! Out of complete desperation I went and got 2 kittens to come live and sleep with me just so I could have the peace of mind in knowing that the mice wouldn’t come into my bed in the middle of the night. What I would have given for something as simple as HighTail!

The traps were a nightmare. It was always bitter-sweet to catch one. Wonderful that there was one less rodent creeping around the house – bitter in that someone had to see it, touch it, and dispose of it. There was even one night at 3 am that a trap snapped in my bedroom and was followed by a horrible squelling and rattling noise as the mouse pulled the trap around my room with it (not to mention my light switch was on the opposite side of the room from my bed).

When we stumbled upon a product that was a natural, eco friendly, repelled mice/rats and was not a poison - I was very interested due to my previous encounters. When you invest money into food storage and gear, the last thing you would want is for rodents to invade and destroy it. The odour given off by Hightail is intolerable to rodents, creating an invisible barrier that repels them from the area. No disgusting traps, poison that poses danger to pets and children or decomposing rodent bodies in your wall. Simply set out a jar of Hightail, open the lid and your local mice will relocate to a new home. Love it!!!

My summer on the ranch would have been completely different if I could have had a jar or two of HighTail. I have personal experience of how stressful a little mouse in the wrong location can be and am excited to offer you the BEST option out there for protecting your family and belongings.

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Author: Briden Solutions
Posted: July 27, 2014, 4:27 am




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