It was announced this month that theNewell Recycling Association (NRA), regrettably, will no longer be accepting any household plastics for recycling.
The market for recycled plastics has come to a standstill and is not expected to improve in the foreseeable future. Post-consumer plastics have never been easy to market, due to the fact that the quality of mixed household plastics is generally poor and undesirable with plastic mills. With no market to sell the recycled plastic, recycling associations throughout Canada are being forced to stop the collection of these products. Unfortunately, they will now end up in the landfill. It takes years for these plastics to decompose, and when they finally do, the toxins they release can be very harmful to the environment.
During the summer and fall of 2012 Gasoline prices were the same or lower than surrounding areas of Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and Calgary. This was noted by Brooks’s media. I believe this was one of the few times that gasoline prices were this way for any period of time in recent history. Gasoline is produced by a very few major oil companies at their refineries. There are independents (without refineries) that buy gasoline bulk for their outlets. In Brooks there are gasoline stations for majors and independents. I understand that for many years, local retailers do not set prices but this is done from a level above the local gasoline stations, could be Calgary.
In 2011, Statistics Canada census recorded that the City of Brooks population grew to 13,676 from 12,508 in 2006 for a percentage growth of 9.3%. There is reason to believe that the population growth is even higher so City Council is looking into completing a Municipal Census of our own. Municipal census data reflects growth and assists City departments to plan for residents' needs. It also affects decisions regarding road design, location of schools, parks and utilities, and results in additional grant money from the Province as follows:
It is becoming more and more common for municipalities around the country to introduce no idling byways. Some provinces such as British Columbia are completely idle free while communities like the City of Edmonton have just passed a bylaw preventing vehicles from idling in designated areas outside of schools and hospitals.
Creating a idling bylaw does have obvious benefits. Idling is a bad habit that wastes fuel, adds to pollution and can contribute to health problems. Unnecessary idling costs Canadians millions of dollars every year and it's a major contributor to climate change. Idling your vehicle less will save you money on fuel, improve air quality in your community and reduce emissions contributing to climate change.
The Brooks Medieval Faire is the only one of it's kind in Alberta. In it's 9th year, the Brooks Medieval Faire, complete with full metal jousting by professionals from the Society of Tilt and Lance provide a breath taking display of medieval extreme sport that continues to get bigger and bigger. Chivalry, courtly love, castles and elaborate feasts were all part of the middle ages so expect a little of each this year.
Men battle for glory and honor in suits of armor. Journey back into the medieval ages August 10th and 11th in Brooks. The festival features fun for the whole family. Join us back in time at the Medieval Faire.