cymry: (firefly-step)
The 1st of February 2007: Please mark your calendar.

People are participating in the biggest mobilization of Citizens Against Global Warming.

The Alliance for the Planet [a group of environmental associations] is calling on all citizens to create 5 minutes of electrical rest for the planet.

They are asking that people all over the world turn off their lights and electrical appliances on the first of February 2007,
between 10.55am and 11:00am in Vancouver and on the Pacific Coast of North America,
1.55pm in New York,
1.55pm in Ottawa,
18.55 for London, and
19.55 for Paris, Bruxelles, and Italy.

This is not just about saving 5 minutes worth of electricity; this is about getting the attention of the media, politicians, and ourselves.

Five minutes of electrical down time for the planet: this does not take long, and costs nothing, and will show all political leaders that global warming is an issue that needs to come first and foremost in political debate.

Why February 1? This is the day when the new UN report on global climate change will come out in Paris.

This event affects us all, involves us all, and provides an occasion to show how important an issue global warming is to us. If we all participate, this action can have real media and political weight.

** this seems to have quite the following in Europe, but this is the first i'd heard of it here - i received an email from a friend today. they'll even be turning off the lights on the Eiffel tower... it's nice to see political leaders really backing a cause like this, though it'd be even nicer to see Canadian leaders do the same.
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Blizzard has (finally!) announced the release date for the WoW expansion: January 16th.

see here for more info


Sep. 13th, 2006 01:16 pm
cymry: (bleach-turn your face away)

shooting at Dawson college. i've been glued to CBC and RDI for the past 2 hours. i finally hit my limit of seeing the same footage and hearing the same speculation over and over, and decided that i really, really needed to disconnect for a while. i'll check up again once the news comes on.

at last count, there were 6 taken to hospital, 3 in very serious condition. 2 shooters are supposedly down: one killed by police, the other committed suicide. the shots were fired in the atrium/Conrads, for those who know the school.

[ profile] neotrixan is fine. he wasn't at school today. thank the gods.

this is insane. that's about all i can say.


Sep. 13th, 2006 10:03 am
cymry: (bleach-renji boo)
today is a creativity day. after a most productive brainstorming session last night (thanks Ford!) and increasing worries about my paper topic (due tomorrow), i've decided that my oh-so-stressful work situation at the moment needs to be put aside in favor of more productive pursuits.

in short, i called in sick, so i could write and research.

i feel a little guilty - like i'm dodging a bullet through cowardice (all week, i've been waiting for the sit-down talk with the manager - the "we're so disappointed in you" one, even though the situation is only about 10% my fault), but i've been stressing out about work and school, and i need to get something actually DONE.

and i swear, i won't touch WoW until i've made significant headway. right...

:: edit ::

or i can spend the day watching in horror the developments at Dawson.
cymry: (escaflowne-van pout)
an article in the Gazette this morning announced that, as of July 1st, bus passes have become tax deductible. you need to send in the actual pass as well as a dated receipt to be eligible for the tax reduction, which totals 16%. this has been put forth in an attempt to get more drivers to use public transit, in the hopes of reducing emissions.

more here


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