Monday, January 04, 2016

Alberta firm selling fresh Canadian air in canisters Vitality Air charging $15-$46, depending on the size

Two entrepreneurs are capitalizing on air pollution problems abroad by  selling people bottled fresh air from the Canadian Rockies.

"Essentially we're selling air," Troy Paquette, one of Vitality Air's Canadian co-founders, told CBC's The Current. "Clean, beautiful, fresh Banff mountain air."

Listen to the interview on CBC's The Current

The idea came to Paquette and co-founder Moses Lam as a bit of a joke. They chatted to some people who lived abroad in regions with lots of air pollution. Paquette and Lam joked about packaging some fresh Canadian air and shipping it around the world so people could experience it.

They put up their first product — Banff air in a taped up Ziploc bag — on eBay. It sold for 99 cents.

They tried it again, and, this time, a small bidding war started. The second bag sold for $168 US.

Paquette and Lam decided to try and turn it into a legitimate business.

Now, canisters of air from Banff and Lake Louise, sell from $15 to $46, depending on the size.

Some of the canisters are sold to Canadians, but interest has also come from China, Iran, Afghanistan and other places abroad, Paquette said.

Beijing issued its first-ever red alert for air pollution this week. The forecast for the government's air quality index was projected to reach what the government considers heavily polluted levels for three days.

Paquette believes the country's air pollution contributes to the spike the company sees in interest from China.

"The air is just so bad that people just want it now," Paquette says. "They don't want one can."

The men, who both have day jobs outside the Edmonton-based company, have big plans. The company is in talks with distributors in China, as well as in other countries, who want to stock the product in stores.

"It's something we never expected in our wildest dreams," Paquette said.

This is getting real bad. Does that mean that those who cannot afford to buy fresh air will choke to death?

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Saturday, January 02, 2016

Alan Kurdi's Family Begins New Life as Refugees in Canada


The Syrian family became symbols of the refugee crisis after photos of the family's boy, who washed up dead, on a Turkish beach, sparked international outrage. NBC

This is very encouraging.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Ted Cruz for president

There is something repulsive about this guy.

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On rival Republican candidate Carly Fiorina

"Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that? The face of our next president? I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"

Can you imagine this guy being the president of United States.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

11 Dead Overnight in Texas as Tornado Destruction Spans 40 Miles

Tornadoes continue to ravage havoc in Texas and neighbouring states. There seems to be no end to these tornadoes, rain storms and snow storms. I have never heard about weather like this before. This seems to be the top news coming from U.S for the last many weeks now.

Since Wednesday, 29 people have died from tornadoes across five states - that's almost triple the average number of tornado-related death per year.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Donald Trump is not racist

"I have a great relationship with the Blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the Blacks."

"Laziness is a trait in blacks."

Imagine this guy as the president of United States.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Death Toll Rises to 14 After Storms and Tornadoes Ravage U.S South

Families spent Christmas trying to salvage what they could in tornado-ravaged parts of Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas as donations pour in.

There seems to be no end to bad weather in U.S.

In Maritime we had a very short summer but on Christmas Day we had 8c. Very erratic weather.

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