Container gardening answer to fresher food
Submitted by Lynda Krupp, Overlander Women’s Institute
Preservatives are commonly used to keep our food looking fresh because most of us are prepared to spend more money on something in the supermarket if it is labelled as ‘fresh’ or looks ‘fresh.’
However, did you know the word ‘fresh’ can be used to describe food that has been heat-treated, part frozen, industrially or chemically altered, and then stored for weeks on end?
A recent study suggests that while the soft, shiny exterior of tomatoes or the lush, green texture of peas and leafy veggies might tempt our taste buds and their apparent ‘freshness’ might appeal visually, the truth is that something sinister may lie beneath; and might be a toxic concoction of hazardous chemicals. The consumption of raw fruits and vegetables thus becomes a paradox. Chemicals such as copper sulfate, rhodamine-oxide, malachite green, and deadly carbide are the ones most commonly used to accentuate coloration and freshness. These are deemed neuro-toxic (meaning affecting the brain) and are carcinogenic.
Legion 52 celebrates 90th anniversary
By Moneca Jantzen
This month, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52 Kamloops is marking a significant milestone, namely its 90th anniversary alongside the nationally recognized Legion Week set to take place from June 23 to July 1.
In an effort to honour this occasion, the local chapter has a multitude of events planned which include a pancake breakfast, a veteran’s luncheon, an open house and a gala dinner and dance. They will also mark the occasion permanently with a memorial at the Battle Street cenotaph by planting an oak tree.
ALS Walk June 17
This fun-filled community event kicks off on Saturday, June 17 at 9 a.m. at Riverside Park, in Kamloops. The 2 kilometre walk will start at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome and invited to this family friendly event.
You will be able to enjoy a host of activities. Bring your snacks and lunch and enjoy entertainment from “Caught in the Act” throughout the morning. Join together with other families, volunteers, sponsors and teams to make a significant impact on the lives of many local families struggling daily with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Our major sponsor for the ALS Walk this year is HME Mobility & Accessibility & PRIDE Mobility Products Company. Proceeds for the Walk go to the ALS Society of BC to fund research and to provide support for those living with ALS. ALS is a fatal neuromuscular disease that affects the person’s motor neurons which carry messages to the muscles. When these muscles fail to receive messages, they lose strength, atrophy and die, leaving the person immobilized. ALS robs you of your ability to walk, talk, and eventually breathe. It is a terminal disease.
Approximately 2,500 to 3,000 people are living with ALS in Canada. Their average life expectancy after diagnosis is two to five years. Five to 10 per cent of all diagnoses are familial cases. This means that it is inherited through mutated genes. Ninety per cent of all cases are sporadic with an unknown cause. The cost to the average family over the course of the disease is between $150,000 and $200,000.
Go to alsbc.ca for more information. Your help will de more hope.