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New milkbags coming!

This is a follow-up to my previous post about the Dec 17 drop-off date at Mr McLaren’s trailer. Angela Kesthely posted a comment to it, saying there were boxes of new milkbags to be had at the CFFC warehouse, available for the return trip to Ottawa. Based on our experience with the 300,000 milkbags that ProSoya offered us in July, the boxes should weigh just under 40 lbs each and be roughly  20″ x 15″ x 10″ in size.

We have now coordinated efforts with CFFC — Mr McLaren will be bringing back 70-80 boxes to Ottawa, probably becoming available on Dec 20 — and we must clear them out of the trailer within a few days! So here’s the plan:

  • Sat 17 Dec: deadline for dropping off mats and bags at Mr McLaren’s
  • Sun 18 Dec: trailer goes down to Mississauga, with a stopover in Lindsay
  • Mon 19 Dec: trailer unloaded at CFFC warehouse; boxed milkbags loaded up for return trip
  • Tues-Thurs, 20-22 Dec: boxed milkbags MUST be picked up at Mr McLaren’s

ALL of this is totally dependent on the weather! So be prepared for adjustments.


Milkbag weaving workshops

Milkbag weaving workshops being held in the Orleans (east) side of Ottawa:

  • second Thursday of the month (once a month)
  • 6255 Cumorah Dr – Church of Latter Day Saints
  • 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • contact:



A Taste of Barrhaven: 30 May, 2016

This annual event is coming up soon — Monday, 30 May, from 6 till 9pm! It is held each year in the main atrium/foyer of Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School. Here’s what the Rotary Club website has to say:

The Taste of Barrhaven is a community service project of the Rotary Club of South Nepean.

Held on the last Monday of May each year, the Taste of Barrhaven brings together the best  restaurants and food stores in and around South Nepean to raise money for worthy local causes through an evening of food and fun.

For details and ticket information:

From personal experience — it’s a blast! Vendors line both side of the atrium, you pick and choose a bit of this or that to eat — and don’t forget to pick up a drink that’ll go with it. Then you go back and do it all over again … so many tables of samples to choose from! Money raised goes to a charity or organisation chosen each year by the Rotary Club.


2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 730 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

17 April conference handouts now available

I’ve now added links and info from the recent (17 April 2015) OCDSB Leadership Conference held in Ottawa to the page `Weaving with milkbags’ (click on tab in the bar above).

Updates on weaving with milkbags

Two items of interest …

I’ve been referencing the Milkbags Unlimited page called `Coaching’, for information on weaving with milkbags. They have a sketch of plans for making the frame, and then two videos to show how it’s done. I’ve just noticed a revamping of their site, so the weaving component can now be found at this link:

Here in the Ottawa area, some modifications to those plans were shown at the mid-October Eco-Fair (see my 7 Nov. report, below), designed by Danielle Duval-Conway. We’ve been working with a local high school shop teacher to further improve her design, and hope to have frames made by the shop students available for a nominal fee. We’re also planning to organise a workshop in the new year, so stay tuned for details.

Sept 10, 2014 — joining in to protect Net Neutrality

This is an unusual post — it’s about the very act of accessing this website … any website, in fact.

If you’re reading this, then you’ve already gone through the `Loading’ window, clicked on the yellow `Make it stop’ button and then the `Learn more and take action’ link … and perhaps you’ve even read some of the material in the new tab that opened up. Here’s a great link that only turns up towards the bottom of that page but you should take a look — caustic humour that won’t be unique to the American situation right now:

This aired in June; google the words `John Oliver net neutrality’ and you’ll find a lot of follow-up links. Today, 10 Sept. 2014, was chosen as a public day of protest. This website uses WordPress software, which will be a `slow lane’ candidate, if the US rules regarding internet providers allows them to split service into fast and slow `lanes’. WordPress has made that aggravating `Loading’ widget for us to show our support against such a two-tier system. Canada, it seems, is not following suit but as so many of the sites we visit are hosted/based in the US, we have no choice but to be aware of what’s happening there. Below is a link explaining the difference in Canada’s approach to the issue, dated today:

I’m not going to apologise for the inconvenience because it’s a stark example of what may lie ahead. We’ve seen the web become increasingly monetised, as they say (ever try to access a New York Times article?). There’s even a name for it: a paywall. Next step coming up: an enforced slow-down … unless the non-cable companies pay a premium to provide their content at the same speed as the cable companies. And we all know how patience has been thrown out the window when we encounter a site that’s `Still loading’ …

OK. Enough with the rant. Others have been doing it so much better. But I felt it was right to join in, even with such a little website as mine.


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