Food Security and Poverty Awareness

Recently the Community Food Centers Canada shared a post on social media and MSS felt it was important to reshare the information here.

This is a cause MSS frequently tries to raise awareness for. As our structures often help provide food security to those who need it most, and we do work with CSAs and food banks and other similar projects, we want to share this, to remind everyone today and everyday that this is an important issue we need to take action on.

MSS regularly donates portions of our sales to help Indigenous communities get clean water, the breakfast club of Canada, food grains foodbank and others. If you know of a similar cause we could put our support behind, please let us know.

It is only through taking action together that we can truly impact change for a better world.

This was their post:

For us, it’s not a coincidence that World Food Day (October 16) and the Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17) are so close together.

Our work has shown us that food insecurity and poverty are interconnected, two sides of the same coin. And as the cost of living increases and the pandemic continues, 1 in 7 Canadians are facing tough choices because they can’t afford basic necessities. Rent or dinner? Medication or a family meal?

We believe that everyone deserves to put good food on the table. The federal government can make a real difference for Canadians by investing in progressive income policies and ensuring progress is achieved equitably.

Read our Beyond Hunger report to learn more: https://act.beyondhunger.ca/

#WorldFoodDay #EndPoverty

Truth and Reconciliation day

Today is National Day for #truthandreconciliation  On this day of reflection, we recognize and educate ourselves on the history and legacy of residential schools, and wear orange to remember the Indigenous children, honour survivors and the community.(credit: PetValu)

We can’t wait for the govt to fix things. If the last two years have taught us anything…change begins with people. Not power. Today is a day of remembrance, acknowledgement, so that thousands of lives are not forgotten and the ones still suffering are supported how they need

https://truenorthaid.ca/how-to-help-first-nations/

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/how-to-support-indigenous-communities-canada/

https://waterfirst.ngo/what-you-can-do/

Mental health supports available

Former Residential School students can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.

Indigenous peoples across Canada can also go to The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention.

Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca.

Gratitude

We are very grateful and excited to serve across Canada. We have
202 customers in Nova Scotia!
109 in Quebec
88 in New Brunswick
58 in PEI
15 in Newfoundland
14 in British Columbia
13 in Alberta
12 in Saskatchewan
11 in Manitoba
2 in the Yukon
And many many more in Ontario!
Thank you everyone so much for trusting us to help you with your shelter solution. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with you on your projects!

Wind braces for structures

There is no dispute on the need for wind braces on any structure. There is often confusion on how and when those braces need to be installed.

The sooner that some sort of bracing is installed on a building, the easier it is to maintain plumb or vertical. For this reason, we stress the importance of tying off a building, both ways, as soon as the first section has been erected.

One detail that many over look is the total surface area of the hoops. It does not take very long to have the combined surface of a 4’x8’ sheet of plywood. For this reason, it is important to not rely for an extended period of time on your initial tie down ropes as your “bracing”. There have been instances where the combined surface area of the hoops is more than the entire gable end.

If you are doing a long building with long hoops, i.e. 30’ wide, it would be wise to install the bracing before the whole structure is assembled.

Wind bracing can be installed in two directions, one goes away from the end wall and one goes toward the end wall. Both ways are acceptable, provided that you do both. If you install them toward the end at one end, you must do the same at the other end. By doing the same concept at each end, you are essentially holding things in opposite directions.

When bracing goes away from the end, the load is referred to as “tensile load”. Cable is often used for this. The cable and the clamps used must be rated against stretching and breaking. This is a convenient system since you are not limited by a precise measurement. When using this system, it is important to end up at the ground, in the 4 corners.

When bracing goes toward the end, the load is referred to as “compression load”. Round tubing with flattened ends is most often used. It is important to make sure that the tubing is strong enough as to not bend as it is being compressed. This is the method which has been used the longest since the instinctive way to brace something it to “prop something against it”.

With either method of bracing, where you start and end is very important. For bracing to be effective, you must start at a point that is connected to the whole structure. This would be either the ridge or a row of purlins. Starting at a mid point of a hoop will give little reinforcement since the hoop can flex from side to side. The closer that bracing goes at 45 degree angle, the stronger it will be.

In the case of longer hoops with multiple rows of purlins, it is advisable to have a series of shorter braces than one long one. This means you would start at a certain hoop/purlin connection and go down and over for 3 or 4 hoops and anchor at that hoop/purlin connection. Go over to the same hoop you did the first brace on and repeat the process from the lower purlin. You would then be going down to the base or the next row of purlins. Remember that if at one end, if you are going left to right, on the other end you go right to left.

Where ever you end up, it is wise to have extra anchoring at that point.

For extra clarification, please watch our “installing wind braces” video on the website.

Featured Application: Marinas-Need help Shrink Wrapping or Storing Boats?

We have your solution! Our structures have been used by customers such as Hastings Marine and Terry Senecal in Gananoque for large scale protection while shrink wrapping boats and storing boats and RVs.

Keep the weather off you and extend the available time for working!

These buildings give you the environment to do a more effective job since you won’t be affected by wind and moisture. We would love to help you find the best solution for your business

Please call for Sample Storage Shelter Pricing
including 12mil woven tarp for roof & ends sizes 16′-30′ wide any length

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and we can even do custom projects if you require like this creative one for a customer living on his boat!

George Mainguy Structure

Featured Application: Garages & Small Storage

Tired of brushing snow off your car or having your snow blower and other equipment covered in snow? Do you have a permanent garage attached to your home that is too full to park your car in? We have your Shelter Solution!

cathedral building with truck inside

We have cathedral buildings if you are parking a larger vehicle such as a truck or RV, and roll up doors for easier access

leanto in winter

We also have lean-tos if space is more limited. See more information on our Lean-To page

high profile with tractors stored inside

The above picture is a 20’ x 48’ x 12’ high profile structure which is being used for maintenance equipment storage on a well know golf course. Since all of the equipment is used on a daily basis, the customer chose to go with open ends. This basically created a drive through shed. Not only is this shelter profile a very simple cover during inclement weather, it also provides cover for those involved with maintenance of the equipment. The structure was initially built on beams to simplify future relocation. The present location was convenient for the present but not the permanent location.  The high profile shape was chosen both for the interior side height and the ability this shape has to shed snow.

See more details at our Garage and Small Storage Page

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