Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Vancouver's Community Infrastructure | Reuters

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Mar 08 (MARKET WIRE) --Today, Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of theTreasury Board and for Western Economic Diversification, and Member ofParliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich,Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced supportfor the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver under the HarperGovernment's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF). "I am proud to see Vancouver residents benefit from our Government'ssupport for community infrastructure," said MP Saxton. "This investmentwill help create jobs and growth, and will support the prosperity of thecommunity for years to come." The Harper Government's investment of $96,332 will enhance the servicesprovided by the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver. The fundingwill be used to improve the Centre by replacing the roof, renovating thewashrooms, painting the interior, install a new LED lighting system, andrefinishing the auditorium floor. The Centre will also replace thecondensing units in the museum. "We are very pleased to receive this needed fund in helping us upgradeour buildings." said Mike Jang, Chairperson of Chinese Cultural Centre ofGreater Vancouver. "For sure, the renovated facilities will greatlybenefit the people of community and its surrounding area, and enhance thecross-culture activities in our multi-culture society." In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced furthersupport to help communities across the country modernize theirinfrastructure. Our Government committed $150 million over two years forthe Fund. The Fund supports projects that look to improve existingcommunity infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such ascommunity centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural andother community facilities. Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested injob-creating small- and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine anddefence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuingemerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WDis helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity. Subscribe to news releases and keep up-to-date on the latest from WD. Follow us on Twitter at @WD_Canada A stronger West. A stronger Canada. IF THERE IS A DISCREPANCY BETWEEN ANY PRINTED VERSION AND THE ELECTRONICVERSION OF THIS NEWS RELEASE, THE ELECTRONIC VERSION WILL PREVAIL.Contacts:Jaime BurkeRegional Communications ManagerWestern Economic Diversification CanadaVancouver, British http://www.hobokenfloorrefinishing.com/ Columbia604-666-1318George YipOffice Manager/ControllerChinese Cultural Centre of Greater VancouverVancouver, British Columbia604-658-8861WD Toll-Free Number: 1 888 338-WEST (9378)Teletypewriter (TTY): 1 877 303-3388Website: WD is online at www.wd-deo.gc.caCopyright 2013, Market Wire, All rights reserved.-0-



Floor Basics - Floor Strength – Find A Good Contractor by Joel Dean Davis

Without a doubt fixing floors can turn into some serious and back breaking work, but there are many tools available to get the job done right. If you need some heavy duty tools or equipment, its practical to go somewhere and rent what you need. Floor finishers, sanders, scrubbers its all there and you dont actually have to buy it knowing that you might only use it this one time.

On the lighter and brighter side of things though, it is incredible what can be done to older floors to cover them or restore them. As a general rule, if the floor is structurally sound and stable, then it can be restored and the products and options available are countless. Just walk into a local home renovation or hardware store and youll soon see what Im talking about. Wood floors can be sanded and refinished to look like new. Concrete floors can be sealed, repaired and painted to give either a smooth or rough style finish depending on its main purpose.

Well of course there are tons of contractors out there, but finding the right one can seem tedious maybe. Or, maybe not if you know how to go about it the right way.

An extremely important factor in your decision and quite possibly one of the most important when it comes to a pleasurable remodeling experience, is the personality of the contractor you choose. This person will be in and out of your home and maybe even have access to it at times while you are out and away from home. You are going to be seeing a great deal of your new contractor for at least a few weeks or more, (possibly), and you should be comfortable with that person. It stands to good reason that the stress and hassle of remodeling in itself will be easier if you are compatible with, and actually like the person who is doing the work for you.

As everyone should know, we cant trust someones advertisement alone. We have to investigate at least a little to find out more. I know you have heard it before, and it still stands true in our modern days. Word of mouth is the best indicator and you can talk to some of your associates and friends to help with finding a good contractor. You might even get to see some of their work first hand which would really be a plus.

Find out personal as well as professional information. Simply ask while having a conversation during the quote. Find out how long the contractor has been working in the field and how many jobs he has done. Will he be doing the work, or is this the last time you see him, and all of his crew comes over to do the work? Does he supervise first hand when other workers are there? Does he have a family? Take note of the vehicle he drives up in when he comes for the quote. Believe me, using common sense is always best. Even if he drives an older van or truck how organized does everything look? Making small talk and learning about a person can go a very long way. The more you know the better and that goes deeper than the work at hand that needs to be done. Thats just it, you want the work done and done right. _ As always Good Luck In Your Home Projects..!!

>From experience and research both, you will find out that a floor would have to get into a very considerable bad shape before you really need to rip the entire structure out by the roots of your older home and start over. If a floor becomes water damaged due to sinks, bathtubs or other leakage from somewhere, and the owner is unaware of it, then obviously the affected flooring can rot and swell and might need to be replaced. In some cases it might be that some type of stain could hinder sanding and refinishing a wood floor, but this would be an unusual situation.

Sometimes a floor can sag in a corner but appear to be in good shape otherwise. This could mean that the seal plate on the foundation or the foundation itself has become rotted or weakened. Dont be totally alarmed! Many times the seal plate can be fixed or part of the foundation can be repaired without too much hassle. You can add a floor jack (floor stand, floor support, what ever you want to http://www.restorationfloorworks.com/ call it ) under the floor for added strength too as well as lift the floor up some to level it back.

Call up some contractors after you get some potential ones chosen and get a quote from them and also use that time to talk to them extensively as much as possible. Dont be in a hurry, and write down some potential questions in advance of getting a quote. Im saying this because this leads to the next important thing to consider in the process.

Adding additional support cant hurt but here are some facts to consider. Older waterbeds can weigh as much as 2000 lbs and if a house has been inspected and passes all modern building codes, then it should be able to handle the weight of your waterbed with no problems. This is because the weight is distributed over a broad range. Approximately 50 lbs per square ft. as a general estimate, therefore it exerts less weight per square foot than some of the other items in your home. You could have a refridgerator, fish tank, or even a book shelf that weighs more per square foot than a water bed. A good fact to know.


Whats that you say you would rather have someone else do it is that it? I have said it before myself. I would rather save myself the frustration and prevent the act of bringing myself that much closer to hell by letting someone else do it..!! (Whatever IT is at the time.) Like a lot of people, I can carry on like a sailor without a boat, and I know that being in that state isnt good for my health. Get someone that knows what to do..!!

This brings me to another quick note that I should add. If the floors look sound, but you know you are going to put a water bed or some very heavy furniture or equipment on it, then adding floor jacks can save you some headaches down the road if the house is really old or your not sure.

To find the right contractor has the same guidelines if you are remodeling the kitchen or giving the floors a new facelift. However, there probably are contractors that may specialize in floor replacement and repair and maybe choosing one for a specific type of job is practical.


How often you should wash your -- everything!

1. Take the pots outdoors or into a well-ventilated space.

2. Let it sit for 20 minutes.

Grout: Once a year

Carpet: Once a year

2. Finish by running a full cycle, using the hot-water setting.

Purse: Every week

Inside and out, windows are a must-tackle item to keep your home looking squeaky clean! By washing them regularly and using a squeegee, you'll get the best results!

Windows: Twice a year

2. Select paste wax that has a high carnauba content; the natural botanical substance acts as a protectant and won't degrade the finish. Apply in a circular pattern. Leave on for a few minutes.

How to:

When warm weather arrives, it's time to de-grime and let the fresh air in.

Washing your hair every day strips your strands of natural oils, so it's best to shampoo on alternating days at most. If you're prone to oily roots, spray or sprinkle dry shampoo as a refresher to soak up grease.

1. To disinfect your desktop, disconnect your keyboard and mouse, then pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a clean rag and wipe down both.

3. Then switch to the carpet steamer. Instead of adding carpet-cleaning detergent to the water in the machine, fill a spray bottle with the solution and spritz directly onto the rug.

4. Repeat, slightly overlapping each stroke, until the window is clean.

Dogs: As needed

How to:

The bottoms of pots and pans take a lot of abuse, but it's easy to get them gleaming again.

2. Gently scrub the screens using a nylon-covered sponge and a cleaning solution of one part ammonia and three parts water.

Did you know that 60 percent of clothes washers are contaminated with bacteria? As if that weren't enough, underwear can harbor E. coli, and kitchen towels are prime breeding grounds for salmonella and other germs. So be sure to clean your washer and dryer when you wash certain whites! Zap germs by laundering those items separately in hot water (between 140F and 150F) and bleachit's the only way to sanitize both your clothing and the machine.

1. Wipe down the furniture surface with a damp cloth and then with a dry cotton one.

1. Spray a 50-50 solution of water and chlorine bleach onto the grout (never use bleach on colored grout).

Act fast when there's a rug spill: Absorb liquid with dry paper towels. Drench a clean rag in cold water and place it over the spill. Dry with more paper towels.

3. Let set overnight and then wipe clean the next day with warm water and rags.

How to:

Want to clean the surface of tiles, too? Dilute this solution by half and use it to get white tiles sparkling clean.

Tackle scrubbing the grout in your shower (or any tiled surface) annually. You can easily brighten the grout with a simple, homemade cleaner.

4. Run removable knobs through the dishwasher. Scrub stay-on knobs with warm water and dishwashing liquid.

How to:

How to:

Computers: As needed

Your Hair: Every other day

1. Clean first with a sponge and a solution of 5 drops liquid dish detergent in 2 gallons water, plus a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol for extra shine.

One study found that 16 species of fungi can live in an average pillow, and the stuffing actually attracts allergy-causing dust mites. So to ensure you're only laying your head down in a clean space, wash your pillows a few times throughout the year.

Cleansing every night is essential for both men and women in order to prevent clogged pores and breakouts. If you have oily skin, wash again in the morning

How to:

2. Run the rinse cycle twice.

Cars: Every one to three weeks

2. Drip dry.

How to:

Calling all DIY fanatics! For pots and pans with stains on the inside, try a nonabrasive scouring cleanser. If that doesn't do the job, soak the cookware in a 50-50 solution of vinegar and water. For ultra-stubborn stains and grease, soak in a 50-50 solution of water and household ammonia for several hours

1. Disinfect it by pouring vinegar into a dishwasher-safe cup, then place the cup upright on (empty) dishwasher's top rack.

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2. Run the strainer basket through the dishwasher weekly.

2. Whether you hire a pro, rent a machine or buy your own unit, this is the most effective way to clean and freshen your carpets. Vacuum to remove surface dirt.

2. For deep crevices, use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.

Psst! Before you put the screens back, clean the tracks in the window frame. Wrap strips of soft cloth around the tip of a screwdriver, dip it into soapy water and swab each corner and crevice

Because the kitchen sink has the second-highest concentration of microorganisms in the home, it should be cleaned daily.

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No yard? Lay a drop cloth or blanket in your bathtub and place the screens on top. Clean the screens and hold them under the showerhead to rinse. If your tub is too small for the screens to lie flat, rest the bottom edges on the floor, placing them on an old towel. Spot-clean each screen using a nylon sponge and a squirt of window cleaner, then do the reverse side. Let screens air-dry.

Believe it or not, the big, bulky bedroom essential is one of the easiest-to-clean items in your homeand it should be done twice a year!

Dishwasher: Every month

Fungi and black yeast can grow in your dishwasher. So while it may seem strange to clean the machine that cleans your dishes, we recommend you tackle this task often.

How to:

Computer keyboards harbor five times the bacteria found on the typical toilet seat, according to one study. And 10% of people never clean their keybordit's time for a change!

2. Machine-or hand-wash your cotten bags in hot water and air-dry.

Story highlightsThe guidelines tell you when to washwelleverything!Washing jeans every four to five wears is plenty, according to AllYou.comMake sure to wash whites with hot water and bleach to clean the washing machine tooWash a vehicle every one to three weeks to keep its finish in good condition

A while back, AllYou.com asked readers how often you wash your sheets. Turns out, the majority of you strip the bed every 10 to 14 days, while a good many of you go three and even four weeks in between washings! Eek! That got us thinking that perhaps some guidelines about when to wash what might be useful.

1. Turn jeans inside out and wash in cold water.

2. After that, using a lint-free cloth or a coffee filter, clean a 1-inch strip at the top of the window.

3. Then, remove with a dry cotton cloth, using long strokes in the direction of the wood grain. When the cotton cloth slides rather than drags, your job is done.

Protect your mattress from dust mites and stains by buying a quality mattress pad. And guess what: There's no need to flip your mattress! Instead, rotate it head to toe every six months for even wear.

3. Finally, rinse thoroughly (if you're working outside, use a hose), then wash with soap and water. To avoid damaging the cookware, check the cleaning instructions in the manufacturer's guide before you start.

If you live near a large body of water, somewhere with extreme weather conditions, drive a lot or park outside, a once a week washing is a good idea in order to protect the finish. Otherwise, every two to three weeks is sufficient

We've all had this experience: You move a piece of furniture, only to find a pristine patch of carpet that stands in stark contrast to the rest of the dingy floor covering. That's when it's time for a deep cleaning.

Jeans: Every four to five wears

4. Blot with a dry cloth.


Sheets: Once a week

1. Every evening, wipe down the entire sink, drain and strainer basket with a disinfecting wipe.

Did you know? Spray and liquid polishers, silicone-based waxes and oil soaps contain solvents that can damage furniture by lifting or discoloring the finish.

Your Face: Every night (and possibly in the morning, too)

3. Rinse with the hose and leave screens outside to dry in the sun.

A general rule is that you should never wear the same bra two days in a row, because elastic needs time to reshape. Have a rotation of a few bras, and give each one at least 24 hours to recover before wearing it again. With proper rotation, bras can last several wears between washes.

Field tests have shown that purses sometimes carry traces of E. coli, most often on the bottom, which rests on germy surfaces. By keeping your favorite catch-and-carry clean, you'll avoid unwanted germs gathering inside (and be able to find things easier!).

Burnish tables, bureaus and the like using just a few time-tested tips!

3. Then, using a grout brush dampened in clean water scrub to remove dirt and debris.

Window Screens: Once a year

Let your nose be your guide! If your pooch is getting smelly, or if he feels oily to the touch, then it's time to wash. Certain breeds, like cocker spaniels, are prone to oily skin, so definitely suds them up once a month. Dogs with thick hair like chows only need to be bathed three to four times a year.

How to:

Plan ahead when cleaning. If you plan to cook a big meal, schedule the oven cleaning a few days before or after. The process can create a chemical odor that clashes with cooking smells.

1. Remove oven racks and submerge them in hot water and liquid or granular dishwasher soap.

Sheets should be washed often to remove a buildup of debris, dust, sweat and other icky things. Use hot water (130 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit) and a hot dryer cycle to kill all germs.

Washer and dryer: After washing certain whites

Bras: Every 3 to 4 wears

Pots and Pans: Three times a year

How to:

3. Then, to dry them, place pillows in the dryer with two clean tennis balls, and set on low. Polyester-or cotton-filled pillows take one to two hours to dry; down requires two hours or more (check for moistness or clumps by pinching several spots on the pillow.)

Sink and Drain: Every day

Get rid of pesky streaks! Wipe vertically on one side of the window and horizontally on the other so you can determine which side a streak is on.

4. Lastly, run the cleaner over the carpet using clear water only in the extractor. This limits the dirt-attracting residue often left behind when detergent runs through the machine.

Mattress: Every six months

Oven: Every six months

How to:

1. Avoid spray-on rug shampoos, which can leave a residue on carpets that attracts dirt and soil, undoing the cleaning process. Instead, opt for a hot-water extraction method (often called steam cleaning), which suctions up dirt http://www.wikihow.com/Refinish-Wood-Floors with a hot water-based solution.

2. Spray the bottoms with oven cleaner, then place in a plastic baga grocery bag or trash bag worksfor a few hours to keep the solution from evaporating.

It's ok to wear your heavy denim jeans several times before washing, as long as they're not stained. Over-washing can cause them to wear out prematurely.

2. Then, remove stains by wiping down the surface with a cloth lightly dampened with cold water and a small amount of upholstery shampoo. Be careful not to soak the mattress (moisture can create mold and damage the padding).

1. Vacuum the top of the mattress using an upholstery attachment.

1. Clean vinyl bags with a disinfecting wipe. Use an alcohol-free baby wipe (ensure it won't stain by testing an inconspicuous spot) on your favorite leather handbag.

2. Soak overnight to cut down on scrubbing. Spray the interior and door with an oven cleaner. (Spread newspapers under the door to protect the floor from drips.)

How to:

3. Moisten the squeegee blade, position it in the strip and pull down in a smooth stroke.

Not all ovens are self-cleaning. If yours isn't, set it up to clean while you sleep.

Bed Pillows: Every three to six months

How to:

1. Use the gentle cycle on your machine, hot water and liquid detergent (powder can leave a residue). Wash two regular-size pillows together to balance the load (king-size ones should go one at a time).

1. Take screens out to the yard and spray them with a garden hose. (Remember to mark them so you will recall which windows they fit.)

Wood Furniture: Once a year

New textbooks on agenda for tonight’s USD 480 meeting

Extra courses through Seward County Community College will also be discussed. Staff will be asking the board to approve the chance for students to enroll in Computer Applications and Accounting for college credit and will also be asking the board to approve courses through SCCC for Liberal High School students starting this fall.

xPolicies will once again start the next meeting for the USD No. 480 Board of Education starting tonight at 6:30.

Installation and maintenance of several items will also be up for the board, with the first of these being the installation of the fiber network and splicing of said fibers.

Additional classified positions and additional certified positions in the district will also be looking to be approved at tonights meeting for the 2016-17 school year.

The board will also be looking to approve the annual maintenance renewal on the Lenovo Blade Centers in the district.

Another one of the items will concern access points in Prairie View Elementary School and Eisenhower Middle School. With construction of these two schools going on, the district will need to provide points of internet access, according to agenda. Both buildings will each need 186 of these points.

Capturing Kids Hearts will also be on the agenda for the board this evening. Staff will be recommending the board approve the professional learning for http://www.bobsidotifloors.com/ the program for this summer. Along with this professional learning event, the board will also be asked to approve the scheduled professional learning/consultant days for 2016-17.

For the meetings finale, the board will be discussing re-coating the floors of both of the gyms at Liberal High School along with the gyms at South Middle School, Cottonwood Intermediate School and Sunflower Intermediate School.

At the end of the fiscal year of 2014-15, $39,575 was encumbered for preschool furniture, the agenda noted. Since USD 480 bid out the FFE (Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment) for the new schools, we have used the same prices and furniture for the preschool as our elementary schools. This quote includes the following: 275 12-inch student chairs, 11 half moon tables, 44 clover tables, 11 teacher chair for small groups, 11 teacher desks, 11 computer tables for teacher and 11 teacher chairs for desk. This will be paid with the prior year encumbrance and $9,420.55 from the current year preschool funding.

Along with the music textbooks, the board will also be asked to approve the purchase of new math textbooks for students in grades six through 12. Along with all of these materials, the board will also be asked to approve the purchase of materials for the dual language and Success For All programs.alt

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Young musicians in grades kindergarten through fifth grade will be discussed tonight. The board will be asked to approve the adoption of a new textbook from McGraw Hill Education and the purchase of iPads, which are required with the new textbook.

With a preschool program slowly gaining its bearings, the classrooms will need new furniture.

Two coats of water based finish with no less than 27 percent solids content are specified and required, the agenda noted. Because of the renovation of West Middle School, the availability of West Middle School gym is not determined at this time; the bids for sanding and refinishing of that floor is not being recommended at this time.


Along with these college courses, the board will also be looking at approving elective courses through Plato for the students at Liberal Alternative School.

The Rise of Senior Care Franchises

Despite the meteoric growth of many home-care franchises, the segment is still highly fragmented and dominated by mom-and-pop businesses of varying quality. Bailey says his company and others set higher standards for care, and as consumer expectations rise, home care will go even more mainstream.

"What you have now is an industry that is like the Oklahoma land rush. There are thousands of companies at the border, ready to rush out and take their space. Because of that, the consumer is confused, and there's no expected standard of service," he says. "But people, as they begin to trust us, will start to spend more money. They're going to Google 'home healthcare' and find a national company like ours and know we do it right."

Jason Daley lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin. His work regularly appears in Popular Science, Outside and other magazines.


Newman of Always Best Care agrees. "Now that folks see who we are and how long we've been around, we're gaining traction. People are becoming aware of the opportunity in home healthcare."

"Legislators are aging and becoming more in tune with the situation. From a financial perspective, it costs a lot to put someone in a nursing home, it costs less to put them in assisted living, and it costs even less to let them stay at home," he says.

"Governments, insurance companies and PPOs are all looking at this as a less expensive option. We simply don't have enough nursing homes to deal with all these seniors. In-home care makes sense."

Most notable this time around is the rise of senior home care, which seems to be reaching critical mass, with eight senior care concepts making our top 100. After a few years of kicking the tires and cautiously watching to see whether senior care franchises would catch on, franchisees are beginning to invest in proven senior care systems.

Our list of the 100 fastest-growing franchises is a diverse lot--everything from a floor refinishing company to tax preparation firms to pizza places and even doggie day care franchises are represented. Despite the assortment of concepts, the list, culled from Entrepreneur's 2011 Franchise 500 rankings, still lets us read the tea leaves of the economy and franchise sector.

Baby boomers, who are reaching the age of 65 at the rate of 7,000 a day, have lots of pent-up wealth, he notes, and are used to paying for services. They also have seen and rejected the nursing home model used by their grandparents and parents and want to stay independent as long as possible. "Baby boomers are using whatever means they can to stay in their home and live a meaningful life," Bailey says.

Michael Newman, who launched Always Best Care Senior Services--which made its debut on our list at position 30 this year--predicts senior care will grow even more as institutions see the value and cost savings provided by the sector.

BrightStar Care debuted at number 41 after adding 51 new units in the last year. Chuck Bailey, BrightStar's president, says several factors converged to prime the growth of in-home care companies, and http://www.homewyse.com/services/cost_to_refinish_floors.html BrightStar plans to open 90 locations this year, including units in England, Ireland and Australia.

"According to the U.S. Census, there are roughly 40 million seniors in the United States right now, and that number is expected to double over the next 20 years or so," says Eric Stites, president and CEO of Franchise Business Review, which recently released a detailed assessment of the franchised senior care sector. "From both a short-term and long-term perspective, it's a market where there's a clear need that isn't going to go away. In-home care isn't something that can be replaced by technology. There's a strong need for the services today, and that need is continuing to grow."

Lifestyle Cycles

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