Today I am handing out 20 of these chocolate bars to Haligonian trick or treaters, one for each family that shows up at our doorstep.
The chocolate is Fair trade organic from trusted Just Us!, a Nova Scotian worker-owned coop that maintains close relationships with the cocoa and sugar cane farmers who grow and harvest the ingredients for these yummy products.
A fairer world is possible, where children in other countries can go to school and/or play, not slave away on plantations, where farmers earn a decent living wage to feed their families and regular people from all countries bypass the purely profit-driven “major brand” corporations (like Nestle, Mondelez, Mars, Hersheys, Ferrero, etc).
As our boys are getting sucked into the world of Minecraft, I found the “National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children” (nspcc.org.uk) site to be a helpful resource.
Sudoko is usually a 3×3 grid of 3×3 squares, with numbers 1 – 9.
Yesterday, the Duc Games Club played variations on the Sudoku theme:
– 2×2 grid of 2×2 squares using 4 colours of buttons
– 2×3 grid of 3×2 rectangles using 6 colours of lego
Pure awesomeness, and all built from scratch, on paper!
I noticed that newer sidewalks in Halifax all seem to feature “Duralast” Detectable Warning Plates made by EJ Company in the USA. These plates are meant to help warn the blind or visually impaired of the edge of the sidewalk.
The plates are made of uncoated cast iron and usually look rusty, with rust leaking down the concrete. It made me wonder how durable and long-lasting these “Duralast” products actually are.
Dartmouth Councillor Sam Austin was wondering the same thing.
According to the manufacturer and some info I found online, these plates rust until a natural “patina” develops. But I find it hard to believe that uncoated iron embedded in a sidewalk will ever stop rusting, as it exposed to salt in the winter, rain, ice and foot traffic.
What do you think? Is this a scam that will cost HRM as these plates rust away and have to be replaced?