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The images of the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan have got us all thinking about disasters,

It might be one of the few positives to come out of the catastrophe. Many of us have a few things — flashlight, candles, a couple of bottles of water — stashed where they are easy to grab, but few people are prepared to go several days without communication services, electricity or running water. The time to prepare is now. Paulette Mossop, education coordinator for the North Shore Emergency Management Office, said the office has been fielding plenty of calls in the past two weeks from concerned residents wondering about the likelihood of a disaster here and how to prepare for it. Her first suggestion is for residents to visit the website of the North Shore Emergency Management Office, www.nsemo.org. There they will find an abundance of information on how to prepare for an emergency, what to do when disaster strikes, on emergency preparation courses offered by the office and even what the likelihood of certain types of disasters is for our community.

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“We’ve had a lot of calls from residents who are concerned about the possibility of a tsunami,” said Mossop. “We actually have a very low risk here.” A tsunami report titled “Tsunami Hazard to North and West Vancouver, B.C.” was prepared by Dr. John Clague and Dr. John Orwin of Simon Fraser’s Centre for Natural Hazard Research in December 2005. As well as the barrier that Vancouver Island provides, we don’t have the same kind of topography as the low-lying areas of Japan that were hardest hit by the tsunami. The report itself, as well as a summary of it, are available for reading on the website. Another regular — and important — question is the one of where to store emergency supplies.

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of your home, an interior closet or storage area.” In most earthquakes, structures will remain standing. “A total collapse is rare,” said Mossop. An outside shed is not a wise location because of the risk of freezing, food spoilage, animals getting into it or even theft, said Mossop. “If you are storing things to keep you warm and dry, it’s important that they be warm and dry.”

What do you need? Check out the clippable list of basics below, but ultimately, it will depend on your family. “The bottom line is that people have to be prepared to take care of themselves for a week. That’s everyone’s personal responsibility,” said Mossop. “We have to allow the first responders to do what they need to do: clear roads and look for survivors.”

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HOME EMERGENCY KIT Have emergency supplies for a minimum of three days but preferably seven days. Consider special-needs items for infants, children, seniors or people with disabilities and don’t forget your pets. ■ Gas shut-off wrench ■ Flashlight ■ Radio – battery operated or windup ■ Lightsticks/power failure lights/ 36-hour candles ■ Batteries ■ Out of area contact/quarters for phone calls ■ Drinking water (at least two litres per person per day) ■ Washing and cooking water (two litres per person per day) ■ Food (ready to eat, requiring minimal water, heat and refrigeration) ■ Hydrated lime/scoop/dust mask/ rubber kitchen gloves

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“The problems are numerous and none of them are worth the savings you may gain. The first problem is that anyone working for cash will not be paying their taxes, will not have Workmen’s Compensation and probably wouldn’t have insurance or even a business licence and for sure will not have an HST number. Just not having WCB can be a huge problem for a homeowner if someone is injured – or worse yet, killed – on their renovation. WCB and the courts will be looking to the homeowner to cover the

Checking a company’s track record and trade association membership can be an excellent way to find the builder you need for a trouble free project.

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In 2010, CCI was named Best Residential Renovator by the Greater Vancouver Homebuilders’ Association and won the Provincial Consumers’ Choice Georgie Award. “These awards are based on all of the projects that we submitted for nominations in those particular programs. The first award reflects how we faired with the judges on these projects combined with our commitment to advancing our industry and education of our own staff. The second award is a third party poll of our customers for that year and covers all aspects of our interaction with those clients.” If you’ve got a renovation project looming, make sure you get the right contractor at the very start. They know the changing regulatory landscape and can save you from enormous headaches and hidden costs.

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2011 Gardening Trends AILSA FRANCIS CHECKS OUT THE LATEST IN GARDENING DELIGHTS, FROM BLACK PETUNIAS TO URBAN FARMING. Fads and gadgets come and go in the gardening world, but I would suggest worthwhile changes usually take place over time and are better characterized as movements rather than trends. Here are some picks for the coming year that will continue to gain momentum.

NEW PLANT INTRODUCTIONS Black petunias, early blooming day lilies and a march of shrubs sporting new colours and more compact dimensions are all coming to the marketplace. Some will prove themselves over time and others will fall by the wayside, but whatever their ultimate benefit, yearly introductions are here to stay.

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Green roof technology has actually been around in Canada for many years, but it has only recently been catching on for residential applications. There are certain important considerations (i.e. roof pitch, load-bearing capacity, and maintenance provisions) but there are many energy, ecological and beautifying benefits.

Not the high maintenance cottagey gardens of the past, but nevertheless, homeowners continue to look for alternate ways to cover the ground in their front gardens. The lawn continues to shrink.

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Taking the challenge When it comes to saving the planet, every step counts. That’s what North Vancouver’s Forde family learned when they took part in a nationwide challenge to reduce their environmental footprint. “You think, my goodness, turning off one light bulb is just a small little thing and the problems we’re facing are much, much bigger than that, but I think they make a little bit of difference,” said Nancy Forde, following the family’s one-month challenge. “If everyone were to do that, it could make quite a large difference.”

This year, Nancy and Cameron Forde, both Simon Fraser University science professors, and their two children were selected to represent Greater Vancouver in a Canada-wide energy-saving challenge. In its second year, the Great Green Challenge — sponsored by Whirlpool Canada — provided three families from across the country with all-new energy saving appliances and followed each family’s quest to reduce their energy consumption by ten per cent during the month of February. “We thought it would be really interesting to challenge ourselves,” said Nancy. After adding another storey to their Emerald Drive bungalow and the birth of their son last year, the family was looking for ways to run their larger home in a more sustainable way. “We weren’t sure if we would be able to reduce at all because the footprint of our house was twice the size,” she said.

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When the challenge began Feb. 1, the Fordes started making small changes to their daily routines. They replaced their light bulbs with fluorescent lights, they cut back on laundry and especially the dryer, and they lowered the temperature of their new heated floors that were installed during renovations last year.

Discovering easy ways to cut back on unnecessary waste, the family is motivated to continue reducing their footprint. “We didn’t set out to do things that we weren’t going to be able to stick with. We wanted to make changes that we will be able to continue,” she said.

The average Metro Vancouver resident produces 156 garbage “We didn’t set out bags worth of trash to do things that we each year, more than “That was pretty exciting to weren’t going to be able half of which ends us,” Nancy said. “We were to stick with. We wanted up in the landfill. able to reduce . . . in spite to make changes that As part of its Zero of a much larger house.” we will be able to Waste Challenge, continue.” Metro Vancouver aims But for Nancy, the challenge to divert 70 per cent of provided not just money-saving the region’s landfill-bound tricks but also an “environmental garbage by 2015. awareness” that the family hopes to continue. Aside from reducing electricity But for Nancy, the Great Green Challenge use, the Fordes started taking public transit has demonstrated the power that each more often and packing reusable plates individual person can make when a when they went on day trips. conscious effort is made to reduce waste and cut back on energy use. “Going to the food court, I was appalled to look around and see that every single “The Earth is heading in not a very good person was eating on something that was direction unless we all do our utmost to just going to get thrown into a landfill. reduce our energy usage and our reliance on There’s just so much waste and it’s very non-renewable natural resources,” she said. easy to carry around my own plate, fork NIAMH SCALLAN and knife,” Nancy said.

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House styles 101 As the old adages go, “a man’s home is his castle” and “there’s no place like home.” What type of house a person chooses to call home can say a lot about his or her personality and priorities. There are many different types of housing styles, each with unique features, benefits and detriments. When shopping for a new home or thinking about updating a current place, it can be wise to keep housing style in mind before signing on any dotted lines or making any renovations.

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Colonial homes were developed during the colonial period of the United States and remain one of the most popular housing styles to date. Colonials generally have a distinct square or rectangular shape and are often large and stately. Main rooms are on the first floor of the house, while bedrooms are on the second level. A centre-hall colonial can have a staircase or hallway splitting the home into two distinct sides.

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Split-level A split-level home is a multi-leveled dwelling with a small staircase that leads up from the main level and another that leads down from the main level. A side split may be visible when looking at the front of the home, where a back split may only show when looking at the side elevation of the home. A bi-level home only has two levels.

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Craftsman Craftsman homes came out of the Arts and Crafts movement that spurred architectural styles as well as furniture design. Craftsman homes are built from stone or stucco and are meant to blend in with the surrounding landscape. Oftentimes one storey, the Craftsman may have one dormer over the roof and feature thick pillars on a front porchway.

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A contemporary or “modern” house has little ornamentation and may be asymmetrical in design. It uses glass extensively and other modern building materials. Contemporary homes are often designated by sleek, unadorned lines.

Cape Cod Cape Cod homes were built from the 1930s through CONTEMPOR ARY the 1950s. The style originated in colonial New England, but then spread to other areas of the country. The homes are usually compact and feature a centre hall layout with rooms branching on either side of the hallway. Capes may be one- or two-storey dwellings with small rooms and dormers that protrude out of a sharply pitched roof.

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