Sustainable Montreal

What You Should Know About Residential Roofers


Calgary is a beautiful city located in Alberta province, Canada. If you travel to Calgary, you will see nice buildings with outstanding roofing. This is clear sign that the city has companies which provide excellent roofing services. Majority of clients are satisfied people because of the high quality roofing service they receive. We are going to provide you with important information about residential roofers.You will find it useful.

Residential roofers emphasize on quality. They use high quality roofing materials which are durable. Such materials are resistant to extreme temperatures that might cause damage. In addition, they are not affected by intense heat from the sun which may alter the color of the roofing materials.

Different materials are used for Calgary roofing. For example shingles, tiles, shakes and more. This gives you many options to choose from. Most residents prefer shingles because they work well with Alberta climate. Shingles work perfectly when the temperature is consistent. Abrupt change in temperature can make shingles to get damaged. In order to prevent shingles from thermal cracking, SBS additive is added to asphat mixture.

Roofing in Calgary is done by highly qualified people. These are specialists who are employed by roofing companies to carry out this important exercise. Most of the specialists are highly skilled persons with excellent knowledge in roofing. In addition,they have many years of experience in providing roofing service. This enables them to provide the best service. No wonder most of the houses in Calgary look superb.

Some roofing companies deliver roofing materials to you. This prevents you from the hassle of organising how materials will be transported to your place. They also make sure that materials are transported with care so that they can be delived safely. Issues of breaking, cracking or any form of damage are reduced considerably.

Furthermore, estimates are usually provided free of charge. All you need to do is to explain to the contractor the kind of roofing materials you want. He will come up with an estimate depending on the size of roofing area. This saves your money.

Before choosing roofing company, you are advised to ask them to show samples of work. If you are impressed, you can go ahead and hire. Remember to read reviews about different companies. This will help you to select the best.


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In conclusion, information above is very important especially if you are looking for roofing services. It will guide you in making the best choice.





What You Should Look for in a Home Builder

homebuilderscalgaryThere are lots of home builders everywhere with each promising to be better than the others. However, when it comes down to it, it is not always a matter of how good they are compared to the rest, but more of how they handle their clients, the overall satisfaction of their clients, and how good they are in meeting the specifics of the contract – an agreement which both parties would have agreed on. This is why if you are looking to have your home built by home builders make sure to look for these essential qualities that a home builder should have.

Professionalism – even though some home builders have a lot of experience in their trade, it does not always mean that they act professionally. Professional home builders will always seek to perform their utmost best and provide satisfactory results while meeting deadlines and budgets. They should always put their client’s best interest first and not theirs. Their main interest should only be providing the best and satisfactory results with which their client will most likely appreciate.

Reputation – reputation is something you build over the years on the services you provide for other people. Clients who are satisfied with your work for them will often grade you for it. If they are not satisfied with your work, it is likely that they will be telling their friends about you and this will then circulate through hear say. If a particular home builder has been in the services for many years with no absolute complaint about them, it is likely that they are doing a good job in their trade because their name and reputation has surely been kept clean.

Customer Satisfaction – home builders who are intent on keeping their good reputation as it is will always want to provide customer satisfaction, riverview have been in this home construction trade for many years and they have always stayed true with their stand of 100% customer satisfaction. Since they always put their priorities in the work that they do, they are able to give it their all and thus are able to give clients the customer satisfaction results they are looking for. This is one of the key traits of a hirable home builder and is the very reason why Calgary home builder is a very highly sought after home builder due to the many positive qualities that they possess.

Basement Development – The Perfect Home Improvement

planitgaragemakersIf you are looking for a home development project, have the necessary budget, and have an undeveloped basement area, then basement development may just be the perfect home improvement project for you.  Oftentimes, an undeveloped basement area is just a waste of space when in fact you can have it developed into something more useful.  Doing basement development not only add further living space for the home, but it also add more value to the home.

Basement development has actually become a thing for many.  Those who have had their basement renovated into something more useful are all glad they did it.  The thing that makes basement development great is that it can be developed into an area that you’ve always wanted to have.  For example, if you want to have a home office, a home theater, a gaming room, additional bedrooms, a family room, a bar area, or nearly anything you want, you can have you basement area developed into such.  If you are basement area is big enough, you can even have an assortment of rooms and stuff built.

Once your basement area has been developed, since this is likely something that you really want, there is a high chance that you may spend a lot of your home time in your newly developed basement area.  This is actually one of the highlights that many who have undergone basement development get as they literally spend most of their hours now on their basement.

Basement development and renovation is not an easy thing to do and you will require a professional crew to have it done for you.  This is because there is a lot of construction involved and that you also need a permit when undergoing such renovation.  When hiring a basement developer, make sure they are highly qualified for the said renovation and that they have vast experience in doing basement renovation projects. Basement development companies are the ones to go to when having your basement developed in Alberta, Canada.

They provide quality basement renovation work in all of Calgary.  Their services are highly sought after as the many renovations in calgary gets comes from their office you could check their reviews online or in homestars, it is an independent review company so expect the reviews would be genuine.   Calgary basement renovation team has many years of experience in renovating and designing basement areas.  They literally have the capacity and skill needed to design whatever it is you desire for your basement area.  As long as you have the budget, you can have the design and quality of the basement area you have always envisioned.

Grow Food With Shelfponics

screenhunter_01-feb.-17-17.29Shelfponics is a combination of vertical farming and hydroponics. The idea comes from the GardenPool project in Arizona, but Shelfponics does not need a warm climate. Trays and racks could be set-up anywhere inside where sunlight reaches.

Source: GardenPool Blog

So I was looking at an unused corner of the Garden Pool when I had an idea: vertical growing. It was a small area with about 78″ of vertical height, perfect for vertical growing. We generally used the corner to store unused buckets, aquariums, or small starter plants in soil.

The next task was to find a simple solution for vertical growing. What was found was a bookshelf that was used to store tools and miscellaneous GP stuff. I took down the bookshelf and installed a simple plywood shelf elsewhere to take its place. While examining the bookshelf I noticed that the shelves could be snapped-in upside down. This would make a perfect tray Ebb & Flow system. Over the next 9 months we would experiment with and perfect what we have coined shelfponics.

West Island To Get Dedicated Rail Line

Perhaps with this new rail service, the West Island will be more like Philadelphia and less like Los Angeles.

Source: The Suburban

Quebec Transport Minister Sam Hamad announced help is on the way for Montreal’s beleaguered West Island commuters…the Cherest government supports the plan to build a dedicated track line for the West Island’s commuter train service. Once preliminary plans for the new system are completed, transit authorities believe the system could be on track by 2014…With up to 86 two-way circuits available per day, authorities believe the AMT’s service will be increased from 3.6 million to more than 9 million rides per year.

Bee Workshop @ Coop Maison Vert

Bees are our collective “canary in the coalmine”. When they start to falter and die off, the global food system is under threat.

honey-beeNow and then, it’s in the news : chemicals, varroa, other diseases until recently unknown (as well as the sometimes violent methods of industrial beekeeping) are threatening the bees’ very survival. But bees play a key role in ensuring the (re)production of many plants essential to our own existence. The apiary offers delicious and healthy products and apiotherapy teaches us that they can also cure many illnesses.

Alain Péricard has been a beekeeper for 30 years. A pioneer of organic farming in Quebec, he now splits his time between his Rucher Apis (in the Eastern Townships’ Canton de Cleveland), and NDG. On Tuesday February 22nd, at 7pm, he will be at la Maison Verte for a workshop on bees and beekeeping.

Depending on participants’ interests, the workshop will touch upon the hive’s lifecycle, bee products and apiotherapy. Are the current organic certification norms sufficient to protect the bees and the environment? Why not introduce beekeeping in the city? There will be a presentation and sampling of apiary products.

Bread Making Workshop

ScreenHunter_01-Feb.-04-13.021Do you like bread?
Do you like eating bread?
Do you like making bread?
Would you like to learn how to make very easily your own delicious, healthy and inexpensive bread?

If you answered yes to at least two of the above questions then do we have the workshop for you! The Montreal Permaculture Guild is organizing a series of “re-skilling” workshops at the NDG Food Depot at 2121 Oxford Street.

Come join us there on Monday, February 7th, 2011 starting 5.30 pm and watch Montreal Permaculturalist Ed Yersh make bread with his very own bread machine.

He will show you how it’s done.
He will talk about bread.
We will watch the bread machine as it:

  • mixes the ingredients
  • kneads the ingredients
  • bakes the ingredients
  • warms the bread

You will be offered bread to eat.
You will enjoy the convivial company of fellow bread enthusiasts.

Egypt Was Unsustainable And Is Now Collapsing

ScreenHunter_01-Feb.-02-09.39The revolution in Egypt will probably repeat itself in a half dozen other countries in the near future. And while the usual suspects will be blamed (ruthless leaders, corrupt politicians, social media, people’s desire for freedom), the true cause of these revolts will be due to an unsustainable economy based on excessive debt that produced a lack of jobs, and massive food and energy inflation.

The case of Egypt should be studied well because it will repeat itself everywhere – not just in the 3rd world – until countries come back into balance and find a sustainable way to live.


No wonder then that the chief fear of Western intelligence agencies and corporate risk consultants is not that mass resistance might fail to generate vibrant and viable democracies, but simply the prospect of a regional “contagion” that could destabilize “Saudi oil fields.” Such conventional analyses, of course, entirely miss the point: The American Empire, and the global political economy it has spawned, is unravelling — not because of some far-flung external danger, but under the weight of its own internal contradictions. It is unsustainable  — already in overshoot of the earth’s natural systems, exhausting its own resource base, alienating the vast majority of the human and planetary population.

The solution in Tunisia, in Egypt, in the entire Middle East, and beyond, does not lay merely in aspirations for democracy. Hope can only spring from a fundamental re-evaluation of the entire structure of our civilization in its current form. If we do not use the opportunities presented by these crises to push for fundamental structural change, then the “contagion” will engulf us all.

Living Without Money For 13 Years

A profound and inspiring article…I’m sure the federal reserve banking system, which lends us our own money and charges us interest for the privilege, would NOT agree!

Source: Times Online

Heidemarie Schwermer, a middle-aged secondary school teacher just emerging from a difficult marriage, moved with her two children from the village of Lueneburg to the city of Dortmund, in the Ruhr area of Germany…

“I began to realise that I lived with so many things I didn’t need. So I decided that I wouldn’t buy anything without giving something away. That’s how it started. Then I began to really think about what I needed, clothes for example, and noticed that I could easily get by with what I could hang on ten coathangers. Everything else I gave away. I had so much stuff in the house that was superfluous. Getting rid of it was a relief.”

Ideally, Schwermer would like to lead by example and give other people courage to change their attitudes towards money and how they live in and contribute to society. The pressure to buy and to own, she feels, has intensified in recent years. Consumerism is essentially about “an attempt to fill an empty space inside. And that emptiness, and the fear of loss, is manipulated by the media or big companies.” There is a fear, she says, that in not buying or owning an individual will fall out of society. The irony, she claims, is that material goods can never plug a spiritual hole and shopping and hoarding are more likely to isolate people than bring contentment.Does she intend to start a revolution?

“No, I think of myself as planting the seed,” she says. “Perhaps people come away from my lectures or seeing me being interviewed and decide to spend a little less. Others might start meditating. The point is that my living without money is to allow for the possibility of another kind of society. I want people to ask themselves, ‘What do I need? How do I really want to live?’ Every person needs to ask themselves who they really are and where they belong. That means getting to grips with oneself.”

Does she really think that she can convert other people to her life philosophy? “Yes, that’s our future. One day we will all live without money, because we don’t need it and because it is only a burden. We’re the way we are because it’s how the system allows us to be. We can buy everything we want but we need so much less than we realise. If you think that the capitalist system we live in now is the only system, well that’s just ridiculous.”

“We are going to run out of oil in ten years. We don’t have infinite resources. That just isn’t sustainable.” Is her own itinerant lifestyle sustainable? She thinks so.