How to Find a Snow Removal Contractor

In the northern states of the USA and Canada, we have a service that’s needed almost 6 months out of the year!We have to somehow get rid of snow. Businesses a lot of the time require hiring a Calgary snow removal contractor to remove the snow throughout the year.

The question is, how do I find someone reputable enough?

First step is one of the for most important steps to take. Simple question: “Are you insured”? When it comes to snowplowing, there’s a “blanket” insurance that covers these types of contractors and if they are specifically in the business to do snowplowing, they had better have the insurance to cover themselves.

Ask how long they’ve been in the snow removal business. You surely don’t want a “fly by nighter” contracted with you if the won’t hold up to their end of the contract. When it snows, you want the job done right the first time.Experience is a necessity here.

If there aren’t many options as far as contractors go in your area, and you haven’t heard much about the person/business either, you’d might want to consider doing a sex offender check and/or a criminal records search.


Sounds extensive, but when it comes to your valuable property and family, this might be worth checking into.The saying “you can’t judge a book by it’s cover” doesn’t really apply here. I’m sorry contractors, but if you’re big in the business of snow removal services, you’d better have the right equipment to do the job quickly and efficiently. Their equipment should be kept up and in working order. They should also retain extra parts and tools with them in case of emergencies.

You should ask how much snow builds up before they come out and plow. usually it’s 2″ minimum but if you want more or less then that needs to be discussed.

Do you need sidewalks cleaned off? This is an extra cost service that may not be part of your contract.Salting your sidewalks should be included with this service.

Ask about the type of contracts that might be available to you. Sometimes it’s worth getting a seasonal contract especially if there’s a lot of snow forecasted for the season. You can get a seasonal contract or a pay per plow service.

That’s up to you. Before the plow season, you can sometimes find really good seasonal contract deals, keep your eye out!–  You have the right to ask all of the questions and follow the steps above.–  Getting a reputable contractor may be tricky, but the research will pay off in the long run.–  Salt will damage certain plants, pit concrete and damage retaining walls. Be sure to ask for alternative safer melting products when you have these types of materials.

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5 ways to save water in your home

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encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimise landfill and save money on bin rental kitchener, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment.

Did you know that thousands of litres of water are needlessly wasted every second? Of all the world’s water, only 1% is available for human consumption. Hence, the importance of conserving water is clear ‘ and the best way to start is by doing it in your home. You can begin by installing an eco-friendly bathroom system. And you can follow the tips below to save even more ‘ and cut back on your water bill at the same time.

1. Install a water meter.

Many people are surprised when they see how much water they use every day. A water meter measures how much water is used in your home, and is a valuable tool in saving water as it shows where wastage is occurring. Thus, it promotes water-wise behaviour in the home. After installation, many people report up to a 10% cut back in their use of water.

2. Install water saving fittings.

Leading manufacturers of bathroom and kitchen fittings offer products that help to conserve water. Aerated taps are highly effective, as they combine air with water, thereby reducing the amount of water used. Two-way flushing systems on toilets offer two flush strengths ‘ another good water saving method. A toilet cistern holds up to 12 litres of water. A regular flush uses all 12 litres, but a two-way flush uses only three or four litres if the lighter flush is selected.

3. Recycle grey water

Grey water is used water that is recycled for use in activities that do not need fresh water. A system that uses ultra violet rays is most effective in recycling, as the water is disinfected without harming the environment.

4. Promote water-wise behaviour at home.

Moderating behaviour is an important step in limiting water wastage. Bad habits, such as leaving the tap running while brushing your teeth, waste countless litres each day. Other small changes that make a difference are showering instead of bathing (saves up to 100 litres per time), inserting a two-litre bottle of water into the cistern of your toilet (saves 7,300 litres per year), fixing any leaks in a toilet (can save up to 30 litres per hour) and fixing a dripping tap (saves up to 10,000 litres per year).

5. Make changes in your garden

A garden can demand a large amount of water. Alien vegetation robs soil and other plants of water as it is not suited to the hot South African climate. Watering a garden is necessary, but watering during the hot hours of the day wastes water as it evaporates quickly. Using grey water to water plants is a successful method of saving fresh water supplies. Save water by installing eco-friendly bathroom fittings in your home.

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To save water, you can make a noticeable difference simply by making small changes to your routine. Install designer water conservation products in your bathroom and transform the space from ordinary to eco-friendly

Graphic Arts 10 | Point Grey Secondary

Home Graphic Arts 10

Prerequisites: None
This course is designed for Grade 10 students who wish to work
on the school yearbook in Grade 11 or 12. Students will learn to
use the elements and principles of layout design to create
effective layouts, work on desktop publishing using the Adobe In
Design program and image manipulation strategies using the
Adobe Photoshop program. This course is mandatory for
students wishing to take the Yearbook 11/12, Annual Production/
Visual Arts Media Arts 11 course.

Counselling | Point Grey Secondary

Home Counselling

The counsellors provide academic, career and personal counselling.

Academic counselling includes assisting students in:

  • Discovering their strengths and needs. 
  • Selecting appropriate and relevant courses for achieving personal goals (please see “Course Selection” below).
  • Understanding the behaviours and attitudes that help lead to educational and personal success.
  • Accessing post-secondary information about programs, admission requirements and scholarships, in conjunction with the Career Information Advisor in the Career Centre.
  • Working with other students, parents, teachers, and people from the community as a resource.

Career counselling includes assisting students in:

  • Examining their abilites and interests and relating those to potential roles in the world of work.
  • Recognizing the relationships between school subjects, leisure activities and occupations.
  • Planning and accessing short and long term goals.
  • Becoming aware of the variety of careers and occupations available.

Personal Counselling includes assisting students in:

  • Self-awareness; sterngths, needs and values.
  • Goal setting, decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Developing and mentoring positivie relationships.
  • Accessing support for mental health concerns.
  • Conflict management and resolution.
  • Dealing with a wide range of social, personal and developmental issues.
  • Accessing services in the community. 

Who  We Are – Point Grey Secondary School’s Counsellors

Grade 12- Ms. Sim
Grade 11 – Mr. C. Cordoni
Grade 10- Ms. l. Agius
Grade 9- Mr. Schroeder                                           
Grade 8 – Mr. Baxter


Counsellors will follow their students from Grade 8 through to Grade 12.

Course Selection

Considerable effort has been made to offer courses that provide alternatives for students so that they may meet graduation requirements and also concentrate on areas of special interest. Students are required to take a minimum of 80 credits in Grades 10, 11 and 12. Academically inclined students should take a program which is balanced but also geared toward their post secondary focus. Students in Grades 11 and 12 who are interested in vocational programs such as technical studies, fine arts, business education, and home economics must meet specific program requirements that go beyond Ministry minimums. All students should take note of post-secondary prerequisite courses when making long-range plans.
Every student will have an individual timetable which must operate within the framework of facilities, staff availability, time allotments, graduation requirements( Ministry of Education and post-secondary institution regulations), and student choice. Timetabling of student choice is done by computer. Because there is a wide choice of courses, offered, a number of “conflicts” may occur in the timetabling of students’ first choice subjects. These conflicts will not prevent development of a graduation program, but may affect the choice of course within a subject area – (two courses offered only once falling in the same time period). Every effort will be made to provide students with the courses desired. Parents who are concerned about course selection are invited to contact the appropriate counsellor. There will be a Course Planning Night for parents in early February of each year.  Please consult the current calendar to confirm the exact date.

All students in Grades 8 through 11 must take eight courses at Point Grey.

All students in Grade 12 must take seven courses at Point Grey. The task for now is to plan your courses carefully and ensure a great start to your next school year.

Provincial Examinations

Grade 10
The Graduation Program requires all students to write the following exams:

  • Grade 10 Language Arts
  • Grade 10 Science
  • Grade 10 Mathematics

Grade 11

  • Social Studies 11

(These previous four  exams are worth 20% of the student’s final mark.)

Grade 12

Art 9 | Point Grey Secondary

Home Art 9

Art 9 is an extension of the Art 8 program that will include a more indepth study of drawing and painting, sculpture, clay work and printmaking. The main emphasis will be upon developing personal images from a variety of sources and using a wide range of media. Field trips to galleries, artist guest speakers, and some art history may be included. Students in some classes will design and make their own sketchbooks for a first project. The sketch book is an important part of the course.

Upside-Down Karsh Portraits.   In this project students were given a black and white reproduction of a photographic portrait by Karsh, asked to turn the portrait upside down, and reproduce it in pencil. This exercise is designed to force students to turn off the part of the brain that tells them what they “should” see and allows them to concentrate on what they do see: simply a series of interconnected lines and shapes that anyone with elementary motor skills can reproduce. When the drawing is turned right side up again – the students find that they have drawn very accurate and “well seen” portraits. Anyone can draw, it’s just a matter of really looking.


Encouragement Banners

Mr. Long’s grade 9 art class created beautiful banners to decorate the school.  The art work had to incorporate a phrase which would offer encouragement or support to the artists’ fellow students.  The project was designed to enrich and expand the students understanding of what art can be as well as to develop the students’ problem solving skills. 

Peer Tutor Program | Point Grey Secondary

Home Peer Tutor Program

An elective course for grade 11 _ 12 students. Students provide support, encouragement and model cooperation and respect to students with whom they work. Peer tutors work in the Skills Centre, LALS  or LS classrooms.

Lifeskills (LS) | Point Grey Secondary

Home Lifeskills (LS)

A District program where students learn functional academics, community integration, practical lifeskills (ie. cooking and shopping)and vocational training  with a view toward more independent living.Again, peer tutors are an important part of this program.

Apprenticeship _ Workplace Mathematics 11 | Point Grey Secondary

Home Apprenticeship _ Workplace Mathematics 11

Prerequisite: Apprenticeship _ Workplace 10

This course involves the study of proportional reasoning, puzzles, budgets, compound interest, credit, scale, 3D objects, surface area and volume, slope, graphs, sine and cosine law.

  • This is a course for students who will be going directly into the work force or into some trades.

Art 8 | Point Grey Secondary

Home Art 8

This course explores a wide variety ofmedia in two and three dimensions. The main emphasis will be placed upondeveloping personal images (i.e.drawing, painting, printmaking, and clay sculpture) and to introduce students to the range of courses available in the Art department. Art 8 students will follow a foundation course in the visual artsbased upon the elements and principles of design. Art students also study contemporary art, art history, and art appreciation, and may visit some art galleries. Students may design and make their own sketchbooks.

Our grade 8 class spent some time experimenting with wet media, figuring out how to mix fancy colors, what types of materials work well together and how to create beautiful abstract compositions


Self Portraits

Mr. Long’s grade 8 class spent a few weeks creating beautiful self-portraits.  They studied the anatomy of the face and learned new drawing techniques,  they were encouraged to really look at the shapes, lines and relationships they were recording rather than draw what they thought the individual features looked like.

Pre-Calculus 11 | Point Grey Secondary

Home Pre-Calculus 11

Prerequisite: Foundations and Pre-Calculus Mathematics 10

This course includes the following topics: absolute value, radical and rational equations, polynomial factoring, quadratic equations and inequalities, reciprocal functions, trigonometric ratios, sine and cosine law, sequences.

  • This is a course for students who will need to study Calculus in a post secondary institution.