Mom Changed Kid’s Dentist. She Was Reported To Child Services.

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A mother was reported to a social services agency for neglect because she switched dentists.

When Melissa Lopez sought a second opinion about her daughter’s teeth, she found herself reported for “oral neglect.”

“For someone to turn around and try to accuse me of neglecting her, it’s absurd,” the Canadian mom told the CBC. “I couldn’t believe it.”

The trouble began when a dentist told Lopez that her daughter Elianna had nine cavities and required thousands of dollars’ worth of dental work. Not confident in the diagnosis, Lopez decided to seek a second opinion from another dentist. The other dentist found that Elianna required a lot less dental work, so Lopez went there.

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Lopez forgot to notify the first dentist of the change, so that dentist notified the Children’s Aid Society (CAS). The Children’s Aid Society is the name for child protective services in Ontario, where Lopez lives.

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The CAS called Lopez in June and told her that she was being investigated for oral neglect. The matter was quickly resolved when Lopez provided the agency with proof of dental work, but there’s now a permanent file on the matter.

“It will always be there, 10, 15, 20 years from now,” Lopez said of the file. “I’m red-flagged, I’ve been marked, and there’s no reason for this to have happened.”

The dentist who reported Lopez was obeying the law. Ontario’s Child and Family Services Act requires all healthcare professionals to report suspicions of abuse and neglect to the CAS, said Kevin Marsh, the director of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

“Health-care professionals and other people who work closely with children have a special responsibility under the act,” Marsh told CBC.

That means little to Lopez, though. She believes she did nothing wrong.

“I would absolutely love it if they would just remove that file for me, because I don’t feel there was any just reason to report me in the first place,” Lopez said.

She never received a letter from the first dentist with a warning.

“As a mother, you pride yourself on how you raise your kids. I have three kids — they’re healthy, they’re happy, they do great in school, they have lots of friends,” Lopez said.

“For someone to turn around and try to accuse me of neglecting her, it’s absurd.”

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Couple’s Floating Homestead Boasts Greenhouses, Gardens, Garage, Bedrooms … And A Lighthouse

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A Canadian couple is celebrating 25 years living off-grid – and they don’t even live on land … or on a boat, either.

Wayne Adams and Catherine King built an entire floating homestead they lovingly refer to as “Freedom Cove,” just off Vancouver Island.

“Thank-you,” is how Wayne responds when told by a land-loving grid person that he and his wife do not live a “normal” life.

Couple’s Floating Homestead Boasts Greenhouses, Gardens, Garage, Bedrooms … And A Lighthouse

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Freedom Cove is tied to shore with lines but not anchored. It boasts an artist studio, four greenhouses, boat garage, ample living space for two, a lighthouse, and even a dance floor.

The floating homestead weighs about 500 tons and was built entirely by hand; no power tools were used. The couple never gets seasick – but they do feel “landsick” during their excursions to shore.

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As it is with most homesteading families, the journey to creating, maintaining and sustaining the eclectic Freedom Cove was a “learn by doing” experience.

“Both Wayne and I, once we decided this is what we wanted to do, we just did it. We really didn’t think about the hardships; we just did it,” Catherine says.

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They engage in many of the same traditional activities of other homesteaders. They have an extensive garden that provides three healthy meals a day; they grow their harvest in pots on their floating labyrinth. Catherine is a vegetarian but Wayne loves to fish and calls the Vancouver Island waterway the “richest biomass on Earth.”

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The waters flowing around Vancouver Island are their “highway.” Wayne and Catherine travel to town only once every two weeks for essentials – each time more eager than the last to get back to their secluded Freedom Cove.

Their home utilizes solar energy, a fresh water system designed personally by Wayne, and generators.

Being “in” nature without interfering with it was one of the primary goals of the couple when they launched their subsistence living plan.

“It has everything I need to survive; it has water, it has ocean protection from big storms, and we are immersed in the temperate rainforest. It suits me,” Wayne told the Daily Mail. “It’s cool, it’s fresh, we have no industry here – and as you can hear right now, you can’t hear any mechanical things; there’s no boats, there’s no planes, no Harley Davidsons or sirens. We’re surrounded by nature – because I’m a wildlife artist and have been recognized as that for a while now.”

Storms are the biggest threat to the floating homestead, but being nestled inside a cove offers a lot of protection.

If you ever find yourself in the area, stop by. They welcome travelers to come check out and learn from Freedom Cove – and they often even give them a homemade candle as a souvenir!

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Extreme Off-Grid Life, 60 Miles From The Nearest Road

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Off-Grid Life In a $4,500 Converted School Bus

Homesteading is becoming more and more popular, but few off-gridders choose a location deep into the wilderness, far removed from roads and accessible only by seaplane.

But that is what Ron and Johanna Melchiore did 16 years ago when they built a home in northern Saskatchewan, 60 miles from the nearest road and 100 miles from the closest town. Twice each year they get supplies from a seaplane — and they rarely see another person.

Their style of life is not for everyone, but Ron – this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio – says he can’t imagine living any other way. In fact, he’s been living off the grid for 36 years.

Ron tells us:

  • How they communicate with the outside world, and what they do if their primary form of communication fails.
  • What they did when a black bear tried breaking into their home.
  • Why they chose to live in such a remote location – and the many benefits it provides.
  • How they built the home, despite not having a construction background.
  • What it’s like to live in a location that often reaches -40 degrees Fahrenheit — and that gets few hours of sunshine during the winter.
  • How they survived several scares with wildfires, including one that got within 50 yards of their house.
  • What they grow and eat – an answer that surprised even us.

Finally, Ron – the author of the new book Off Grid And Free – tells us about the majestic beauty he witnesses each day, including wildlife that most Americans see only at zoos. (He witnesses the Northern Lights regularly.)

Don’t miss this interview with one of the most fascinating off-gridders we’ve ever met!

Canada: Spring Of 2016 May Rank In Top 10 Warmest On Record

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Spring of 2016 may rank in the top 10 warmest on record for Canada as a whole.

The season will get off to an early start across a large portion of the country, as El Nino continues to exert its influence.

El Nino is defined by above-normal ocean water temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific, near the equator. In Canada, this can result in warmer-than-usual springtime weather.

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Canadians Are Panicking Over Food Costs After Currency Collapse

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canadian flag wikimediaIt’s no secret that America has a serious inflation problem. Though the Federal Reserve insists that our inflation rate is only at around .5%, we’ve all seen the price of food, rent, healthcare, and energy skyrocket over the past 10-20 years. However, this has been a gradual shift. Canada on the other hand, has just seen the price of every day goods rise precipitously over a very short period of time.

The crash in oil prices has crippled their economic growth, and led to the decline of the Canadian dollar, as well as a predictable increase in the cost of imports like food. For those of us living in the US, this provides a really good example of what life may be like should the dollar take a plunge in the near future. Here’s what our northern neighbors have been dealing with:

It is often said that a free-floating currency acts as a shock absorber.

But when Canadians go shopping for groceries these days, they’re getting nothing but the shock—sticker shock, that is.

On Tuesday, the Canadian dollar, commonly known as the loonie, broke below 70 U.S. cents for the first time since May 1, 2003.

For America’s northern neighbor, which imports about 80 percent of the fresh fruits and vegetables its citizens consume, this entails a sharp rise in prices for these goods. With lower-income households tending to spend a larger portion of income on food, this side effect of a soft currency brings them the most acute stress.

James Price, director of Capital Markets Products at Richardson GMP, recently joked during an interview on BloombergTV Canada that “we’re going to be paying a buck a banana pretty soon.”

Canadians took to twitter this week to share their collective horror over the rising cost of food. Cucumbers are $3 each. A head of cauliflower is $8. A large container of pepper cost $19 and some Canadians are paying $16 for a single bell pepper. A container of laundry detergent is $32.

This gives us a pretty good idea what would happen in the US, even if there was a minor shock to the value of the dollar. Despite the rising cost of goods and services, our currency has been doing really well on the global stage for the past two years. I shudder to think of what will happen when our economy runs into another recession, which we are way overdue for. When it does hit, the cost of our imports will rise the most, much like they have in Canada.

So what are our main imports? Fortunately, most of our food is homegrown, but there are quite a few American food staples that are also raised abroad, such as bananas, coffee, nuts, and seafood. And even though we’re one of the world’s largest meat producers, we still import a lot of pork and beef from Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. However, that doesn’t mean homegrown food wouldn’t become more expensive as well.

Even though we’ve become one of the world’s leading oil and natural gas producers in recent years, we still import a significant amount of oil from abroad. Since our agricultural industry is heavily reliant on oil, we could expect the price of all our foods, both domestic and imported, to rise.

If you want to understand how our economy would hurt from inflation or a dollar dump, take a look a this list of America’s biggest imports. We ship in a ton of electronics, which are worth about $315 billion per year. For a high-tech society like ours, this would be crippling.

The other items that stand out in that list are healthcare related. When put together, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals amount to 6.3% of our imports. Our medical system is already the most expensive in the world, so a plunge in the dollar’s value would make that situation significantly worse.

All told, a dollar dump would be really bad. That may sound obvious, but when it happens you can expect our government and media to tell us the same thing the leaders in Canada are trying to tell their citizens. Here’s how Steven Poloz, the head of Canada’s central bank, is trying to spin this situation.

Nonetheless, Mr. Poloz insisted that the Canadian dollar, which has plunged to near 70 cents (U.S.), is helping to offset the billions in lost revenue from exports of oil and other commodities. The drop makes Canada’s non-resource exports more competitive in world markets. A lower dollar is generally beneficial to exporters because they pay for their inputs, such as labour, in Canadian dollars, while their sales are generated in the higher U.S. dollar.

This is how all central bankers talk. They could find a silver lining in any situation, even if there was blood in the streets. They’ll say the same thing in the US when the next recession hits and the dollar slips. But it won’t change the fact that everything we need for our survival will be more expensive, and the average person will be making less (or no) money.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Polar vortex to send arctic air into central, eastern US through midweek

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By Jordan Root – AccuWeather

A piece of the polar vortex will help spread arctic air across the central and eastern United States through the midweek, bringing the coldest air of the season to many.

“The polar vortex will shift southward across Canada and set up near Hudson Bay for a several-day stint during the second full week of January,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Temperatures will likely peak 10 to 20 F below-normal across the Plains, Midwest, and Great Lakes for a couple of days next week. Temperatures may not escape the single digits through the middle of the week in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest.

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Labrador Tea – Tonic or Toxic?

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Labrador tea is the name given to three closely related Rhododendron species. These plants were traditionally used for many medicines as well as Labrador tea, most commonly made from , becoming a popular beverage tea. But is it safe to consume?

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How To Make Garlic Pan Bread On A Campfire

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Pan breads are quick and easy to make, adding a great element to your camping menus. The are delicious, punching above their weight in terms of flavour. They are also both filling and calorific, providing not just…

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Free Fire Friday (Gun Talk) 12 June 2015

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How the Hell Can 69 Packages of Live Anthrax get Sent Around the World?

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How the Hell Can 68 Packages of Live Anthrax get Sent Around the World? So, once again we are in a’ them and us’ situation. For over ten years United states military labs have been shipping anthrax around the globe. Now, we all know this is a bad boy of a disease, and we all … Continue reading How the Hell Can 69 Packages of Live Anthrax get Sent Around the World?