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Client spotlight: The environment

27 May 2011 23:53:54 +0000

BSI Biodegradable Solutions logo.Plastic. Two of NinerNet‘s clients are plastic fantastic fanatics. Well, not really; that just sounded cool. They’re actually quite the opposite, trying to educate the world about the extent to which we rely on plastic, and the harm that the plastic we discard is doing to the environment.

The impetus for this post was a post made yesterday on the BSI Biodegradable Solutions blog about a short (eight minutes) video entitled One Plastic Beach. Watch it. Behind the quirky humour is the unrelenting effect that plastic is having on the environment, particularly the marine environment and the animals that live in and over our man-made “plastic soup”.

"Plastic Soep" cover.Which brings me to our other plastic client: Dutch author Jesse Goossens who has written the books Plastic Soup (English edition, ISBN-10: 9047702069, ISBN-13: 978-9047702061, Amazon.com affiliate link, non-affiliate link) and “Plastic Soep” (Dutch edition). In her own words: “Floating in the Pacific Ocean is a vast amount of plastic waste twice the size of the United States. Marine life and sea birds are dying, and we are also finding plastic in our own foods from the sea … all with dire consequences. Look, read and shudder; it’s time for action!” You can read her blog in English (Plastic Soup) or Nederlands (Plastic Soep).

Craig

Potential strike by Canada Post employees

19 May 2011 22:42:26 +0000

Depending on who you listen to, a strike at Canada Post is either imminent or a remote possibility. However, certain large customers of Canada Post — e.g., at least one ministry of the British Columbia provincial government, to name one — have decided that they’re not taking any chances and have sent critical mail out a week earlier than scheduled.

As is the case for any business, we need our clients to keep paying their bills during a postal strike. Fortunately we send out our invoices via email, so there are no issues with the delivery of those. However, unlike most hosting companies, we accept payment by cheque, and so if you regularly pay your invoice by cheque (and send it to us via postal mail, of course) you may need to make alternative arrangements if there is a strike, especially if it’s a protracted one. (This does not apply to our Zambian clients.)

We accept online payment via credit card, and would encourage you to pay your invoices using this method. If you’re in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley or Victoria areas of British Columbia, you may also make deposits directly to our Vancity account. The details for these methods of payment and others that don’t involve the post office are in the emails that you receive to which your invoices are attached.

If you have any questions or concerns about making sure that we receive your payments on time during a postal strike, please contact us. Thank-you.

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