Sweetnam’s Nik Naks

★★★★★

2067 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8R6

This shop is run by one of the kindest men I know, along with his two sons, all three of them gentle souls. Within this shop, you’ll find the best prices in town, as they aren’t out to make money, they do this to bring light to those around them! We are so blessed as a town to have them here, don’t believe me? Just walk in! They’ll be sure to provide smiles, stories, and a genuine love to everyone who walks through their door! They also bring with them a wealth of knowledge for every nerd and geek out there, so be sure to ask any questions you have in regards to the many board games, card games and other nerd/geek memorabilia they have there! Also, be sure to check out their gumball machine and other mesmerizing things they have around the shop!
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Will & Can Masks cause cancer? And if so – Why & HOW?

Now by in no way shape or form am I an anti-masker, or anti-vaxxer, but there have been many false claims in regards to masks and their side affects, from breathing issues to cancer. As someone who regularly has had to wear one for work, before it became mandatory most places, I was somewhat concerned in hearing of the many health issues that may develop from use, so I delved into researching the best I could with the resources I have at hand.

Firstly, to actually block germs, one will need to use one without a filter as shown below – Non-Medical VS Medical. With that out of the way, we proceed to the ‘breathing issue’ created once the mask is fully sealed.

Non-Medical VS Medical

Personal experience with the breathing issue, I’ve a slight trouble breathing already due to a smacking my nose from an accident years ago which makes my breathing sound laborious however, I seem to have done just fine with the cloth masks and the N95’s, but…I do find the circle style makes me dizzy…thankfully, there are a few different designs, I chose the duckbill one instead which allows a bigger air bubble past my beak of a nose, and it lets me breathe just fine. (See below for the ‘duckbill’ design.)

You also should be made aware there is a difference between KN95’s and N95’s, however the CDC has authorized the use of KN95 as a suitable alternative to N95 for its response to Covid-19. See a few article references below:

Rolling Stone
Smart Air
Popular Mechanics

Breathing issue aside, I started writing this blog post to clarify the information put forward in this Instagram video in particular.

As I’ve worked in the medical field for 6 years, 2 of which I wore a mask to ensure the patients that had open surgery didn’t get infection from us. So naturally when this whole ‘masks give you cancer’ thing came up, I was like…um…so I used them for years and I have many friends who still do, was I in danger and are they?! What I discovered was the chemical that your speaking of, Ethylene oxide, a “known carcinogen” which is used to sterilize surgical masks. And ONLY in use for hospital settings, as they it sterilize the entire package, not the individual masks, and only in rare cases do they sterilize each mask, as it is ill-advised by the FDA.

When surgical masks are sold for use by health care professionals, they may sometimes be packaged in bulk for terminal sterilization — when products are sterilized in their final packaging — and will be labeled as sterile, the spokesperson explained. If sterilized, face masks or surgical masks would likely be sterilized using ethylene oxide.

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According to the World Health Organization, ethylene oxide is a “potent neurotoxin, a known human carcinogen, a potential reproductive hazard, and an allergic sensitizer” that can cause health problems with acute overexposure and chronic exposure. Lymphoma and leukemia are the cancers most commonly linked to occupational exposure to ethylene oxide, although stomach and breast cancers may also be associated, according to the National Cancer Institute.

At the same time, “ethylene oxide sterilization is an important sterilization method that manufacturers widely use to keep medical devices safe,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ethylene oxide may sometimes be the only method of effectively sterilizing equipment that would otherwise be damaged in other sterilization processes, the FDA notes.

About 50% of all sterile medical devices in the U.S. are sterilized with ethylene oxide, according to the FDA. The FDA encourages medical device makers to follow consensus standards to ensure residual levels of ethylene oxide are within safe limits.

There are a limited number of online listings where manufacturers claim their masks are sterilized with ethylene oxide, also known as oxirane. However, according to the FDA, face masks sold to consumers (including cloth masks) are generally not sold as sterile, and surgical masks are not typically provided as sterile.

When surgical masks are sold for use by health care professionals, they may sometimes be packaged in bulk for terminal sterilization — when products are sterilized in their final packaging — and will be labeled as sterile, the spokesperson explained. If sterilized, face masks or surgical masks would likely be sterilized using ethylene oxide.

As with other medical devices sterilized using ethylene oxide, FDA guidance helps ensure any remaining levels are within safe limits.

Early on in the pandemic, Illinois-based medical supplies manufacturer and distributor Medline Industries sought FDA approval to resterilize used masks using ethylene oxide. Crucially, however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends against using ethylene oxide for resterilizing single-use filtering face piece respirators — masks like N95s — due to risks associated with the chemical. 3M, which manufactures masks and personal protective equipment, also warns against using ethylene oxide to decontaminate masks because wearers could breathe in residual amounts.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/11/11/fact-check-masks-dont-lead-lung-cancer-but-some-include-chemicals/6176080002/

Ok, you say, I found a website where it says they sanitize each mask!? Now note that these are the Chinese masks that aren’t approved for use by medical nor the movies….3M, the north American maker disapproves of this method as well as the FDA.

(Also, if you do take the time to read the article above, it does address this)

There are a limited number of online listings where manufacturers claim their masks are sterilized with ethylene oxide, also known as oxirane.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/11/11/fact-check-masks-dont-lead-lung-cancer-but-some-include-chemicals/6176080002/

I feel we as humans are too quick to jump on things when we are afraid, and we end up with fearmongers stirring up the pot, when it is an issue that is already taken care of by the powers that be. Not saying they are perfect, just saying someone up the food chain thought of this problem before a keyboard warrior noticed a huge issue, which in fact isn’t allowable by the FDA. I’m not saying I’m an expert either, I’ve only done a month of online research before creating this post, I don’t work in the creation, packaging, shipping and any other part of the process of mask creation, but I’m just hoping those that say they are experts aren’t completely lying to millions with a lie so large it would kill us all off.

So with all that said, if you feel worried about your provided masks, do your own research, and buy your own N95’s if you wish to ensure that you’re not supplied incorrectly.

Now, all that being said – whether you believe in COVID or not, I’d like to just point out…I’ve only been sick ONCE this year, where I was getting sick anywhere from 3-6 times a year before COVID….it’s been nice people haven’t been spewing their germs, being a lot cleaner in general, and more germ conscious then they were before. I hope we continue to put care and effort into keeping things clean, as it’s nice not to be sick, COVID or otherwise!

Steve’s Poké Bar

1163 Pinetree Way #1029, Coquitlam, BC V3B 8A6

The poké from this place…is INCREDIBLE!! Not only is it a decent sized portion, the ingredients used are so fine, it really is a above par treat at an affordable price!! Try it – You’ll LOVE IT!

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C-Lovers Fish & Chips Langley

★★★★★

20251 Fraser Hwy, Langley City, BC V3A 4E4

Speedy, excellent service, coupled with their hot fresh off the grill fish and chips makes this place top on the list for fast food Fish & Chips! Their tasty, crispy, melt in your mouth deep fried goodness keeps you wanting to come back for more!

https://goo.gl/maps/49LbtLj6kfTtAaNB8

McDonald’s

17635 64 Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 1Z2

So, here I am, once again reviewing a McDonald’s… but… I’m actually recommending this one this time! I feel like this should go against my code…however hear me out!

Their egg McMuffin’s…are actually made with a freshly cracked egg…and at this particular McDonald’s…they cook them to PERFECTION!! It’s got the slightest bit of runny yolk left, sausage cooked without being burned or rubbery and the cheese is actually tasty! All this however pales in comparison to the cheery, smiley, joyful ladies who greet you on the microphone, take your order, send you ahead, and then with a smile so big that can be seen through their mask, hand you a breakfast that tastes so good, it can only be because it was crafted with love….

I’m LOVING IT XD

Artist – Spotlight – AYZRITO!

Hey all!

I’m putting on the spotlight this week one of my amazing fans – AYZRITO!!!

Always supportive and creating, this awesome gamer, lover of airplanes,

Bio of Ayzrito

Hello, I’m Ayzrito! I am a huge fan of aviation, space and trucking, which is basically all I do. If you need to ask anything, feel free to message me on instagram @ayzrito or discord Westjet#5881!

To support, watch gaming streams or join his Discord, PM him on his socials below below!

Youtube

Twitch

Reddit

Instagram

Discord – Westjet#5881

Phoenix Auto Body

17921 55 Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 6C4

Back in March of 2020, I hit a slick patch in a freak snow storm in Winfield, causing my car to continue going straight around a turn, which brought a sideswipe collision into my life, leaving a nasty dent in the side of my beautiful baby!!!

While I knew it would be covered under a claim, I searched around for a body shop which could complete my ICBC Claim for a reasonable price, the shop I brought it to in Kelowna and those I called around to in the valley wanted to use only new parts, however, when I spoke to Roy, he immediately suggested he’d be on the lookout for used – like new – parts to repair the banged up side!! He brought the costs down by at least $2000’s! There were also a few paint chips in the front he fixed as he went!!

Not only that, Roy is a lovely person to deal with, having an amazing sense of humor and great stories! And ON TOP of it all, he completely cleaned & detailed every inch of my car and removed every speck of sawdust, dirt & other grime from my car, leaving me with a brand new looking & feeling car! I couldn’t be more happier with this lovely man and his incredible service!!!

Much love, and as much as I hope I don’t ever have to go back there, I know where to go and where to send all my friends 🙂 HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

https://goo.gl/maps/7RJorPsbP52aBqni7

SCAM ALERT – Its you?

I feel horrible for not doing this sooner, but I keep getting messages from trusted friends in Facebook saying ‘Its you?’ which if clicked on takes you to a site which hacks your data and sends out the same message to all your friends.

(Sorry for the racy photograph but this is what the current scam is)
(If you right click and copy the URL, it shows you this – http://awegsaegea.ucoz.es/?fbclid=IwAR1fxafhAeNA08PVfiQHYejyzUttmnL0TeWGsZv7XDAb9xMjYcUok6NnfZg#0.10286047330593595)

First off – if I ever ‘send’ you something that has misspelling in it or improperly capitalized, and I don’t correct myself right away… it’s probably not me….

Second off – if I send you something that has a security certificate warning when you click into the browser and I don’t immediately explain myself (this is a rare occurrence, and more then likely we would be already working together in regards to me fixing your computer) it’s more then likely a scam, and I welcome you to question me on it!!!

Thirdly – (Please don’t take offense but) NEVER click past your browser security unless you know what you’re doing, this will prevent much unneeded headache for you and your friends.

Fourthly – Don’t enter confirm your username and password unless you ABSOLUTELY trust the link you’ve clicked on.

Stay safe out there – Much love – SarahTonin

Fleetwood Automotive

8468 162 St #107, Surrey, BC V4N 1B4

Brought my car in for new tires, they gave me a great deal on 4 Firestones and a wheel alignment! Just be prepared to spend more time then their estimated wait time, as they are a very popular shop and they are quick to help when emergencies arrive. Reahd & Joe are AWESOME!

https://goo.gl/maps/6zMAqmwzLhcA5Xrw5

Artist – Spotlight – Ethan Ribeiro!

Hey all!

I’m putting on the spotlight this week my incredibly multi-talented (best friend and partner) Ethan Ribeiro!!!!

I first ran into this gifted Entrepreneur when I was helping assist with an event, and he shocked me in his responsibility, goals, plans, and situation management. As someone who always seems to find the bright side, his optimism and support makes him a valuable asset to any team, and his resolve and determination to accomplish what he’s set out to do continues to shine through in all he does.

His newest venture is restarting REMEDY, a stream that dedicates its revenue to charities!

Bio of Ethan Ribeiro

About me, I am what I like to call a purebred Entrepreneur, I am currently starting/running multiple companies and brands. Born and raised in beautiful BC. I am very thankful to be where I am. Vancouver being such a diverse city, it sparks so many amazing opportunities. Growing up I always preached “Pursue your passion” or “Chase your dream” I do believe with the right amount of hard work and passion you can get yourself to where you want to be doing the things you love. That’s why I run many companies/brands and do many things, and know I can because I am doing what I am truly passionate about and love doing. One Company I run is ER Studios, a company I am currently in the process of launching, to help the Independent community in the film industry. Another Company I run is True Sound Events, an events company that hosts EDM type events across BC, mainly Vancouver. This is focused on bringing high quality sound and making every experience a memorable one. We also focus on helping artists grow and helping showcase their talent. In addition to True Sound Events, I also run True Sound Records, our record label and recently announced True Sound Radio. Me being the marketing and film geek, I also working on creating a company called Red-Line Media, a media company focusing on small businesses growth by helping curate high quality content and creating their strong online presence. Now aside from that I have many other business ventures I have been working on and many other talents and experiences I’d love to share, however since I can’t fit it into this bio of myself feel free to follow me on my personal brand Ethanrjourney where I document my day to day journey on creating and growing my businesses and brands.

To support, book him for an event, rent DJ and other equipment, watch gaming streams, listen to his music, release a track or to keep up on and/or be a part of his newly founded radio show, PM him on his socials below below!

EthanRJourney

Link Tree

True Sound Radio

True Sound Records

True Sound Events

REMEDY

Instagram

ER Studios

Twitch

Red Line Media