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Performances in the Park 2017

Performances in the Park 2017

Performances in the Park is the place to be on a Thursday night. From July 6 to August 24, the Gwen Ringwood Theatre in Boitanio Park will light up each Thursday evening with awesome musical performances from 6 – 8p.m., along with food vendors, face painting, and children’s activities. Arty the Artwalker and ArtWalk 2017 […]

Electro-sensitivity: Exposing the deeper truth of who we are

Electro-sensitivity: Exposing the deeper truth of who we are

By Olga Sheean – If we’re living in the fast lane, constantly checking our emails, Tweets, and Facebook messages, we may not realize our growing dependence on electronic gadgets is actually taking us further and further away from what we really want and who we really are. As electromagnetic beings, we resonate and interact with […]

Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

By Kristin Lehar – The kind of food we eat has an enormous impact on the health of our bodies and minds. This is not news. The classic statement “you are what you eat” has truth to it in the sense that your cells build and renew themselves from the fuel you give them and […]

Confessions of a Farmer: Solstice on the Farm

Confessions of a Farmer: Solstice on the Farm

By Terri Smith – June has always been my favourite month. When you’re a rural kid in elementary school, June is the best month of the year. Not only is it now light enough to play outside after school, it is no longer dark when it’s time to get up in the morning. In June, […]

Soundscapes: The radical act of listening

Soundscapes: The radical act of listening

By Venta Rutkauskas – In a worldwide web of connectivity, how can listening bring us closer to our environment and ourselves? The human being is both an instrument of sound making and sound receptivity. It’s an integral part of our human design. Now here we are, seven billion strong on our planet, and if one […]

Raising Amadeus

Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – The ‘real’ world isn’t easy. The things we are supposed to care about above all else don’t always make sense to me. As a farmer, I have not been very financially successful, which by many people’s standards means that I have not been successful at all. Farming, and market gardening in […]

Williams Lake Art Walk: Art bringing joy and pride to a community

Williams Lake Art Walk: Art bringing joy and pride to a community

By LeRae Haynes – One of Williams Lake’s best and brightest events will hit the city’s streets on August 11. Art Walk, a unique partnership between artists and merchants, grows and expands every year. It’s a highlight for visitors, residents, and the community as a whole. Art Walk organizer Willie Dye, beloved local character in […]

Cariboo Growers Co-op: Fresh and delicious food choices all year long

Cariboo Growers Co-op: Fresh and delicious food choices all year long

The Cariboo Growers Farmer Co-Op Store opened its doors in April, 2010 with one goal in mind: to provide the community of Williams Lake with delicious locally sourced and organically grown produce. Our store is a not-for-profit co-operative owned by the very same local ranchers and farmers who sell their produce there. We are driven […]

2016 demonstrated clean energy is here to stay, with or without Trump: report

2016 demonstrated clean energy is here to stay, with or without Trump: report

By Trevor Melanson – As Canadian clean energy companies look to sell their solutions abroad, it’s clear who’s buying. New analysis from Clean Energy Canada shows the world’s three largest electricity markets – China, the US, and India – were collectively responsible for half of global clean energy investment in 2016, which totalled C$348 billion. […]

Publisher’s Letter | Five-Year Anniversary: Green is the new black

Publisher’s Letter | Five-Year Anniversary: Green is the new black

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – This summer marks the fifth year since I started running TheGreenGazette, and looking back to the summer of 2012, and 32 issues later, I can’t believe how much has happened and how quickly time has passed. It’s been a fast-paced and rewarding journey of being immersed in community, collaboration, stories, […]

Canada – The Next 150 Years

Canada – The Next 150 Years

By Guy Dauncey – We are amid celebrating our 150th anniversary since the Articles of Confederation were signed on Prince Edward Island in 1867. We look back and consider our recent history—but by looking backwards, we turn away from the future. Maybe that’s a useful, unconscious act because by almost any reckoning, the future looks […]

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

By Bill Irwin – This issue finds us looking at the summer months, although recent weather has not precipitated summer thinking, yet. June is the month of solstice where the sun reaches its highest northern declination for the year in the foot of Gemini the twins, fairly close to the showcase open cluster M35. Solstice […]

Nourishing our Children – June-July-Aug 2017

Nourishing our Children – June-July-Aug 2017

By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Kombucha Fruit Pudding This tasty treat packs a nutritious punch, first from the kombucha and then from the chia seeds, a virtual superfood. The more chia used the more pudding-like it is. 2 cups fresh or frozen fruits 1/2 cup kombucha 3 tablespoons chia seeds 2 tablespoons […]

Island Mountain Arts Celebrates 40 Years of Art in the Cariboo

Island Mountain Arts Celebrates 40 Years of Art in the Cariboo

By Julie Fowler, Executive & Artistic Director of Island Mountain Arts – Island Mountain Arts is excited to kick off its 40th anniversary season in Wells. The organization, which began with a Summer School of the Arts in 1977, always had a big vision, looking to places like the Banff School (now Banff Centre) and […]

Green Business Feature | Miss White Spider Arts: Bringing peace and inspiration

Green Business Feature | Miss White Spider Arts: Bringing peace and inspiration

By LeRae Haynes – Miss White Spider Arts is a new, fluid, creative, and versatile business that offers an incredible range of products and experiences for customers. Artist owner Al-Lisa provides an educational focus that is global, positive, unique, and inspirational. One of the things offered through Miss Spider Arts is dance facilitation. In spring […]

Culture Week in Nemiah Valley a 30-year Tradition

Culture Week in Nemiah Valley a 30-year Tradition

By Sage Birchwater – For the past 30 years, Naghtaneqed School in remote Nemiah Valley has held a culture week in mid-May that involves all the children in the school and many elders and volunteers in the community. This unique program initiated by Marty Solomon and June Williams in 1987 was created to preserve the […]

Going in Circles – The Walk of the Labyrinth

Going in Circles – The Walk of the Labyrinth

By Margaret-Anne Enders – I have had some challenging experiences in the last little while and my mind, which thankfully has been quite calm for a number of months, was spinning, ruminating, and endlessly strategizing—basically, going in circles. And so it was that on May 6, I found myself literally walking in circles. However, instead […]

Arts on the Fly 2017 Music Festival July 14 and 15 in Horsefly, BC

Arts on the Fly 2017 Music Festival July 14 and 15 in Horsefly, BC

Thousands (if not millions) of emails and phone calls later, we are finally ready to announce the lineup of Arts on the Fly’s 2017 summer festival. Not one to shy away from diversity (or exaggeration), this may be the widest assortment of musical styles for an Arts on the Fly to date. Without further ado: […]

BC 2030 – Doing all the good we can

BC 2030 – Doing all the good we can

By Sharon Taylor – “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” I am always sceptical about quote attributions: John Wesley, […]

Conservation Conversation: Got the Blue Box Blues – Introducing WASTE BUSTERS

Conservation Conversation: Got the Blue Box Blues – Introducing WASTE BUSTERS

By Mary Forbes, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society – While attempting to recycle have you ever thought… “Why should I recycle when my neighbour doesn’t even bother?” “What’s the point? My impact is tiny compared to a giant corporation.” “It’s too late to recycle – the problems facing our species are greater than where I put […]

In Love With Stuff – Sharing with Your Community

In Love With Stuff – Sharing with Your Community

By Jennifer Clark – I’ve been living in Calgary since the beginning of December because my tiny house trailer project still needs a bathroom. Now that I’m here, I’ve found some great reasons to stay for a few years. I have family here, and there is inspiring work for me to do helping people grow […]

Agriculture Part 3: Realigning the culture of modern farming

Agriculture Part 3: Realigning the culture of modern farming

By David Zirnhelt – The context for this, the third of three articles for TheGreenGazette, is, how do we try to feed the world that, through industrialization and urbanization, is challenged to distribute our abundance? I would say the solutions to a world that produces enough food, but doesn’t get the distribution correct, lie in […]

Sawmill Training Provided to Yunesit’in Community Members

Sawmill Training Provided to Yunesit’in Community Members

By Veronica Meldrum – The Yunesit’in Government recently began training community members in the operation of a portable saw mill as part of the Forest to Frame project. This project strives to provide employment opportunities within the community by actively involving Yunesit’in people from the “Forest” stage of harvesting to the “Frame” stage of constructing […]

Green Business Feature | Green Sisters – Award winning natural health and beauty products

Green Business Feature | Green Sisters – Award winning natural health and beauty products

By LeRae Haynes – In the heart of the beautiful Cariboo region of BC is Green Sisters Natural Health and Beauty. The pure, clean, organic skin care products, created by founder Billy Feistmantl, are shipped to locations across Canada from her home in 108 Mile Ranch. Green Sisters, a true family business, has been growing […]

Summer soothers: Au naturale

Summer soothers: Au naturale

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Summer is a great time to be in the chemical business. Statistics aren’t kept on the amount by which total dollars spent on common ailments increases this time of year, but I can tell you this: the sun care industry alone earns around $135 million in Canada […]

No time Left to Waste: The rise of compostable trash

No time Left to Waste: The rise of compostable trash

By Oliver Berger – We see them everywhere. Utensils, stir sticks, disposable cups, plates, plastic bags, and even six-pack rings labelled compostable, biodegradable, earth-friendly, photo-degradable… what does all of this mean? From a scientific stand point, I have discovered it is important to be aware that the terms “biodegradable,” “compostable,” and “disintegration” are not the […]

Waste Wise | Curbside Recycling Contamination

Waste Wise | Curbside Recycling Contamination

By Tera Grady – Residents who receive curbside recycling collection have the convenience of mixing their fibre and container packaging and printed paper items together. However, did you know that foam packaging (Styrofoam), plastic bags, and glass are not allowed in curbside collection? These items need to be collected separately and taken to a Recycle […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Long Work Hours don’t Work for People or the Planet

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Long Work Hours don’t Work for People or the Planet

By David Suzuki – In 1926, US automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees’ workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. It’s something workers and labour unions had been calling for, and it followed previous reductions in work schedules that had been as high as 84 to 100 hours over seven days […]

Bee Audacious Gathering – Part Two: Where to go from here?

Bee Audacious Gathering – Part Two: Where to go from here?

By Diane Dunaway – In Part One of my report about the Bee Audacious gathering held last December in San Marin County, California, I related the experience as part travelogue. Once home, processing the conference was surprisingly challenging. At the best of times expectations can be unrealistic; compound that with words like “audacious” and the […]

The Complexity of Ego: Cultivating a healthy relationship with ourselves

The Complexity of Ego: Cultivating a healthy relationship with ourselves

By Ciel Patenaude – Egos have a pretty bad image. Thanks to Freud and his buddies in the therapy realm combined with some intense uber-oneness-focused spirituality amplified in the 1960s (and today), most of us are perplexed by the existence, importance, and meaning of our egos, and are quick to judge them as creations of […]

Canada Parks Day – Discover and revel in the nation’s Bounty

Canada Parks Day – Discover and revel in the nation’s Bounty

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – It’s no longer a secret, a little-known fact, or exclusively the business of those living isolated on a mountain top. The facts are firmly in place: being outside is good for you. Time in the wild, among trees, and near water changes your brain chemistry. It elevates […]

Nature Club – Learning Among the Trees at Mountview School

Nature Club – Learning Among the Trees at Mountview School

By LeRae Haynes – Mountview Elementary School is a family-based school nestled in a rural area about five kilometers from Williams Lake. The staff at Mountview takes great pride in building a school that meets the academic, social-emotional, and physical needs of students. As of last year, Mountview Elementary School also offers a Nature Club […]

National Aboriginal Day: Embracing unity and diversity

National Aboriginal Day: Embracing unity and diversity

By LeRae Haynes – A truly diverse and captivating annual highlight will hit the streets of Williams Lake on Wednesday, June 21 when the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council’s National Aboriginal Day celebration takes place.   Embracing diversity and unity, the event includes an outstanding parade and a range of presentations, activities, and vendors in the […]

Grounded Balance

Grounded Balance

By Leah Selk – “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates Many of you may know me as a fixture in the local arts community. I grew up as “that artsy girl” among peers, went away to art schools, and returned to play a role in arts administration and in […]

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society

Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society · Working within the community to promote a healthy environment as the basis of a strong economy and vibrant society. The Conservation Society is probably best known for our Water Wise and Waste Wise programs and our regional Conservation Field Guide, but we also run Watershed Health and Sustainable Living programs. Our […]

BC government urged to ban trophy hunting of grizzly bears

BC government urged to ban trophy hunting of grizzly bears

HSI/Canada, Pacific Wild, and middle school students unite to protect wildlife in the lead-up to the provincial election. Humane Society International/Canada, Pacific Wild, and middle school students from Glenlyon Norfolk school are calling on the BC government to implement a complete ban on the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia, and to implement […]

Forests Forum – Community Speaks Out on Sawmills, Logging

Forests Forum – Community Speaks Out on Sawmills, Logging

By Peter Atamanenko – On Thursday, March 16, a meeting held at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre in Williams Lake brought in a progressive-minded think tank to share a few different ideas about the future of our public forests. A full house packed the old firehall, with about 70 people. Ben Parfitt, resource analyst with […]

Cariboo MamaCare:  A guardian angel for your baby

Cariboo MamaCare: A guardian angel for your baby

By LeRae Haynes – Trish Nairn from Cariboo Mamacare provides a unique, personal, and supportive service to moms with newborn babies. Reflecting a practice that dates back centuries, she processes the placenta into capsules to provide postpartum support that includes numerous health benefits for both mom and baby. “In traditional Chinese medicine they use anybody’s […]

Celebrate Earth Day at Handmade in the Cariboo Event

Celebrate Earth Day at Handmade in the Cariboo Event

By LeRae Haynes – A community event celebrating local artisans is coming to Williams Lake on April 22, thanks to the efforts and vision of two young business owners Leslie Mahar and Lacey Tomlinson. Leslie from Paper Airplanes and Lacey from Something Borrowed Weddings and Events are bringing together vendors, shoppers, and families for Handmade […]

In Love with Stuff – Philosophies of Simplicity

In Love with Stuff – Philosophies of Simplicity

By Jennifer Clark – Downsizing and living a simple life is part of many different philosophies, and can be traced back decades, if not centuries. In what is probably one of the first (or at least the best-known) rejections of modern working life, Henry David Thoreau built himself a small home next to Walden Pond […]

Seedlings for Starters

Seedlings for Starters

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Whether to plants seeds or nurse seedlings—that is the question. As a non-commercial home gardener with boxes my husband made and a crapshoot of light and soil quality locations around my property, the gardening season is always an adventure. I try new things each year, along with […]

Becoming Waste Wise: Single Use Coffee Cups

Becoming Waste Wise: Single Use Coffee Cups

By Tera Grady – I was recently at one of the CRD’s smaller landfills touring a group around the site. We stopped by the trench to discuss the garbage accumulation. It was astounding to many in the group how most of the waste was recyclable even with a recycling depot less than five metres away. […]

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere

By Jessica Kirby – Love it or hate it, plastic is everywhere. Since its earliest development nearly 200 years ago, the compound has revolutionized the world but with dire environmental consequences. How Much Plastic? Each year, plastic consumption increases by nine per cent over the previous year. • The world has produced more plastic in […]

Recycling Support at  Central Cariboo Disposal

Recycling Support at Central Cariboo Disposal

By LeRae Haynes – Landfill diversion and public education are two highlights on the job for Central Cariboo Disposal’s new area manager Dan Harrison. “I wasn’t a really big trash guy when I came here; I see it now—keeping stuff out of the landfill is my biggest priority,” he said. “If we can push recycling […]

Step into Ecstasy this Spring

Step into Ecstasy this Spring

By Ciel Patenaude – It has been a lengthy, bizarre, and intense winter, rife with viruses that wouldn’t quit, overwhelming political and sociological events both south of the border and within our own boundaries, extreme and levelling blocks of frigid arctic air, and the snow that just kept coming. Hopefully by the time you’re reading […]

First in the Nation: Maryland State Advisory Council on Children’s Health  Recommends Reducing Wireless Exposures in The Classroom

First in the Nation: Maryland State Advisory Council on Children’s Health Recommends Reducing Wireless Exposures in The Classroom

By Theodora Scarato, MSW – In December 2016, the Maryland State Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC) voted to issue recommendations advising the Maryland Department of Education to recommend that local school districts reduce classroom wireless radiation exposures to as low as possible by providing wired – rather than wireless – internet connections. […]

Industry | Rail Ties Be Wise Update

Industry | Rail Ties Be Wise Update

Submitted by citizens’ group, Rail Ties Be Wise – Appealing an action by a provincial ministry is not for the faint of heart or the short of patience. Rail Ties Be Wise –the local citizen group challenging rail tie burning in Williams Lake – is finding that out through experience. Atlantic Power Corporation has received […]

Save-On Foods: Charging for plastic  shopping bags—a step forward

Save-On Foods: Charging for plastic shopping bags—a step forward

By LeRae Haynes – Save On Foods in Williams Lake recently decided to charge for plastic shopping bag—a move that has been very well-received by the community. “Feedback from shoppers about having to pay for plastic shopping bags has been overwhelmingly positive,” said store manager Paul Eckersley. “We were a little anxious at first but […]

Publisher’s Letter | Earth Day: Looking Beyond to See What’s Here

Publisher’s Letter | Earth Day: Looking Beyond to See What’s Here

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – The first Earth Day, held on April 22 in 1970, marked an historical era that catalyzed changes at many levels of society. The day of action on behalf of the planet grew out of the counterculture of the 70s on a stage set in 1962 by Rachel Carson’s famous book […]

Soul to Speak – Beka Solo and Rich Mac

Soul to Speak – Beka Solo and Rich Mac

By Venta Rutkauskas – ʔuẑilhtŝ’an… Listen. A land and its people tell a story. Fractured by outsiders, a cultural battle pulses like the beat of thunder on a sacred mountain. Voices swell, then blend, speaking truth in time with the drum. Listen. The legacy of colonization bubbles to the forefront of mainstream consciousness. A new […]

Confessions of a Farmer: Ready, Set… Grow

Confessions of a Farmer: Ready, Set… Grow

By Terri Smith – Spring has officially arrived and it’s time to think about how to wake up the garden and get it growing again. As winter comes to an end I am always so excited to get back out there and start growing (and eating!) again, but my excitement is also always tempered with […]

Chilcotin Chronicles: Stories of Adventure and Intrigue from  British Columbia’s Central Interior

Chilcotin Chronicles: Stories of Adventure and Intrigue from British Columbia’s Central Interior

Press Release – Sage Birchwater’s latest book, Chilcotin Chronicles: Stories of Adventure and Intrigue from British Columbia’s Central Interior, is hot off the press. He will be holding a number of book launches and book signings across the region starting on April 19 in 100 Mile House at Nuthatch Books from 11 a.m. to 2 […]

Canadian Mosaic versus American melting pot

Canadian Mosaic versus American melting pot

By Sharon Taylor – If you grew up, like I did, in the 1960s and 70s, you will remember how we proudly compared the mosaic that was Canada to the melting pot that was the United States. While it was important for people who immigrated to the US to become American in every sense of […]

Raising Amadeus

Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – In another month Amadeus will be five years old. When I realized this a few days ago I no longer wondered why it was that I have been having such a difficult time coming up with things to say about him this month. Five years is a long time to have […]

Making Space: Observing Canada’s 150 years

Making Space: Observing Canada’s 150 years

By Margaret-Anne Enders – This year, Canada will mark its 150th anniversary. Celebrations are being planned in towns and cities across the country. It’s easy to get drawn into the hype and excitement, especially with so much global political stress. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate? Let’s slow down and think about this for a moment. […]

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

By Bill Irwin – The question of whether I have ever seen a UFO arises frequently at the observatory. The answer is no, at this time. Without extrapolating to a spacecraft with aliens in it, I would be looking for something that shows unusual motion or erratic brightness patterns. A massive object cannot instantly change […]

The George and Dragon Lives: Co-operatively

The George and Dragon Lives: Co-operatively

By Guy Dauncey – It’s a very small village called Hudswell, perched on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales in the north of England, with a population of just 353 people. It was listed in The Domesday Book, so it’s at least a thousand years old—and for many years it had a village pub, The […]

Car Seat Recycling Program Pilot 2017

Car Seat Recycling Program Pilot 2017

– Submitted by Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society – Waste Wise is proposing a one-year pilot program to recycle car seats, with direct reporting to ICBC that could result in partial funding from the corporation.   After one of her recent school presentations, local Waste Wise educator Mary Forbes found herself contemplating the issue of old car […]

Journey of a Lifetime on the Fraser River:  July 20–August 14

Journey of a Lifetime on the Fraser River: July 20–August 14

Submitted by the Rivershed Society of BC – The Rivershed Society of BC is hosting its 14th annual Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP). This educational program begins at the headwaters of the Fraser River near Mount Robson and arrives at the city shores of Vancouver, 26 days later, and 1,400 kilometers downstream. This journey of […]

Environmental Protection: An inconvenient truth

Environmental Protection: An inconvenient truth

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – There are countless examples throughout our social history where information has been altered or destroyed, usually to fit the political or religious theme of the day. In contemporary terms, heightened environmental awareness sheds light on various ways sustainability and economic development as we traditionally know them don’t […]

Moving on from Urban Farming in Williams Lake

Moving on from Urban Farming in Williams Lake

By Brianna Van De Wijngaard – Puddle Produce Urban Farm remembers its first season well in Williams Lake: I planted many seedlings and microgreens that either barely grew, or not at all. I operated a more than sketchy 30-year-old rototiller in people’s backyards, (which I am certain was not a pleasant sound), washed late into […]

Nourishing our Children

Nourishing our Children

By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Roll-ups The great thing about roll-ups is that the roll can be so many different things. The most obvious is tortilla (preferably whole wheat and sprouted), but other choices include toasted nori seaweed sheets, crepes, pancakes, or a large leaf of lettuce. Here are a few ways […]

Agriculture: The long View Part 2 – Agrarianism as a Sustainable Vision

Agriculture: The long View Part 2 – Agrarianism as a Sustainable Vision

By David Zirnhelt – I credit my mother with encouraging us to continue learning. I would be (and still am) inspired by heady ideals like “world peace” and using diplomacy rather than bombs to achieve noble ends like a “better society”. That lead me to studying international politics and seeking a career as a diplomat. […]

Cigarette Recycling Campaign Project

Cigarette Recycling Campaign Project

By Megan Rempel – Despite seeming insignificant, cigarette butts are the largest contributor to litter out of all plastic products found along Canada’s shorelines. Four and a half trillion butts are littered every year. The cigarette filters are non-biodegradable, causing them to clog urban spaces and eventually pollute our earth’s aquatic systems. The Cigarette Recycling […]

Featured Green Business | Two with Nature Foods: Flavour from the inside out

Featured Green Business | Two with Nature Foods: Flavour from the inside out

By LeRae Haynes – Bringing unique, beautiful healthy flavour to the table is at the heart of Two with Nature Foods, a 100 Mile House business owned by Diana Richter and Christiane Nauen. They use their certified organic WildCraft herbs to create a taste experience that brings customers back time after time. They mix organic […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Facts and evidence matter in confronting climate crisis

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Facts and evidence matter in confronting climate crisis

By David Suzuki – We recently highlighted the faulty logic of a pseudoscientific argument against addressing climate change: the proposition that because CO2 is necessary for plants, increasing emissions is good for the planet and the life it supports. Those who read, write, or talk regularly about climate change and ecology are familiar with other […]

It’s Just Like Riding a Bike: Women and Mountain Biking

It’s Just Like Riding a Bike: Women and Mountain Biking

By Beth Holden – As the days get longer, I can hear my mountain bike calling. I can’t think of anything more empowering than hopping on my bike and peddling for hours. It feels so good to conquer a challenging climb, shred a technical steep descent, or hit a jump for the first time. As […]

Sacred Heart School: Caring for our common home

Sacred Heart School: Caring for our common home

By LeRae Haynes – Students from Sacred Heart School are embarking on an exciting project that includes habitat revitalization, outdoor classroom spaces, and gardens so each class can have its own bed. Principal Shirley Giroux said the project kicks off soon. “We’re bringing in the community to be part of this project,” she said, adding […]

Local Outdoor Education Options Helping Children Thrive

Local Outdoor Education Options Helping Children Thrive

By Frances McCoubrey – What happens when you foster an early diet of wilderness, community connections, and rural living? After 15 years of living in other urban and rural areas, moving back to the community that raised me has helped me realize the richness of our seemingly small, resource-supported community. I’ve begun to realize how […]

Bee Audacious Gathering – Part One

Bee Audacious Gathering – Part One

By Diane Dunaway – More than a whim, on the third of June, 2016, a reminder came through the mail. Applications open for the Bee Audacious conference. Earlier in the day I’d busied myself capturing a small swarm in our home apiary. Here was an opportunity to join a larger one consisting of academics, researchers, […]

Power of the Heart: Awakening Our Hearts’ Intelligence

Power of the Heart: Awakening Our Hearts’ Intelligence

Submitted by Dina Stephenson –  Everybody has a heart and your body can not live without it. But your heart is also more than just an organ pumping blood throughout your body. With the help of HeartMath® techniques you are able to tap into your heart’s intelligence and start healing yourself. HeartMath is a unique […]

RECIPES | Nourishing our Children

RECIPES | Nourishing our Children

By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Red Lentil Dosas 3/4 cup long-grain rice, such as jasmine or basmati 1/4 cup red lentils 1 cup warm water 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro lard for frying and butter for drizzling Place rice, […]

Country Living | A Wood-fired Pizza Oven for the Masses

Country Living | A Wood-fired Pizza Oven for the Masses

By Pat Teti – I’ve had the pleasure of using an outdoor pizza oven a couple of times and they are a joy, producing a thin char on dough and cheese that’s not possible in a domestic oven at 500 degrees F. A little bit of open flame can also impart a wonderful smoky flavour. […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Resolve to be Waste Wise

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Resolve to be Waste Wise

With the beginning of a new year, many of us make resolutions to exercise more, live healthier, spend less money, reduce our environmental footprint, spend more time with loved ones, or simply make life less hectic. Resolving to become waste wise can help you accomplish all of these things. Increase your exercise by wising up […]

Community | Williams Lake SPCA: Finding animals the best homes

Community | Williams Lake SPCA: Finding animals the best homes

By LeRae Haynes – Finding the best home for every animal is the goal of the Williams Lake SPCA. Not all adoptable animals find local homes, but thanks to a BCSPCA program called Drive for Lives, thousands of homeless animals are transferred every year to other shelters where they can find their forever homes. According […]

Agriculture: The Long View, and a New Green Revolution

Agriculture: The Long View, and a New Green Revolution

By David Zirnhelt – Many pastoralists and conservation farmers in the US voted for Donald Trump—by a strong majority, according to my reading. So maybe farming is a tribal activity and the resettler tribes of the land operate with a worldview that in part says we humans are a chosen race, destined by a higher […]

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: Looking Towards Spring

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: Looking Towards Spring

By Terri Smith – Even though it’s still the dead of winter as I write this and we are once again in the middle of a super-cold snap, the days are getting longer, and all that wonderfully fluffy white stuff some of us love and others of us despise is helping prepare the ground for […]

Country Living | Raising Amadeus

Country Living | Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – Dear Reader, I hope you have even just one small corner of your own to retreat to when the world becomes overwhelming or life is wearing you down, or just because you would like a quiet moment to relax. I suppose, technically, the space I think of as my quiet corner […]

Conservation | Public Participation and Forestry Planning: A Personal Account

Conservation | Public Participation and Forestry Planning: A Personal Account

By Van Andruss – I seem to be one of those people who lag behind the times. For instance, I assume that BC’s Crown land is owned by its citizens, both native and non-native. Certainly logging companies do not own our land; neither does government. Besides this, I believe in the responsibility of the Ministry […]

Natural Health | What I do When I get Sick

Natural Health | What I do When I get Sick

By Dr. Adam McLeod, ND, BSc (Hons) – There are hundreds of natural therapies that can be used to support or stimulate the immune system. It is often challenging to sift through this information to find out what actually works. Everyone you talk to will have a different solution they swear by. In this article, I […]

Science Matters | First Nations | David Suzuki | Indigenous People are Fighting for Us All

Science Matters | First Nations | David Suzuki | Indigenous People are Fighting for Us All

By David Suzuki – In the 1990s, the David Suzuki Foundation embarked on a program to develop community economic projects with coastal First Nations. Between 1998 and 2003, my wife and foundation co-founder, Tara Cullis, established relationships with 11 coastal communities from the tip of Vancouver Island to Haida Gwaii and Alaska, visiting each several […]

Arts & Culture | Safety Meeting 2017

Arts & Culture | Safety Meeting 2017

By Brandon Hoffman – We kicked off the 2017 Safety Meeting concert series with sold out double-night performances by Kym Gouchie and Marin Patenaude with her band The Follow Through. I am thoroughly stoked with how the whirlwind weekend came together. All the music was outstanding, and on Saturday we managed to sneak an afternoon […]

Sustainability | In Love with Stuff – Dealing with Heirlooms

Sustainability | In Love with Stuff – Dealing with Heirlooms

By Jennifer Clark – Picture a dimly-lit urban parking garage. Two people are standing by a car. One opens the back hatch and removes a slim wooden box, then hands it to the other person, who opens it, checks the contents, and puts it into their own car… No, this was not a drug transaction. […]

Arts & Culture | The 1st annual Cariboo-Chilcotin Film Festival

Arts & Culture | The 1st annual Cariboo-Chilcotin Film Festival

By Casey Bennett – Krista Liebe is a true film buff through and through. There’s an excitement that comes over her as she lights up when discussing obscure, difficult to find films from countries like Estonia and Iran. As a film buff myself, it’s quite contagious, really. Over a three-hour conversation, we spoke about her […]

Activism | Women’s Day: Let’s create a future that belongs to all of us

Activism | Women’s Day: Let’s create a future that belongs to all of us

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – The Unites States under President Donald Trump is currently the most convenient place to look for evidence of a systemic movement to erode women’s rights. In just a few short weeks, President Trump has reinstated the global gag rule or Mexico City Policy, which blocks US federal […]

Activism | US Department of Justice admits CO2 levels place nation on “costly, insecure, and environmentally dangerous path”

Activism | US Department of Justice admits CO2 levels place nation on “costly, insecure, and environmentally dangerous path”

On January 13, the United States filed its answer to youth plaintiffs’ complaint in Juliana v. United States. In their answer, the federal defendants make several admissions to their long-standing knowledge of climate change danger and to today’s knowledge on the severity of those impacts. “The Department of Justice and the Federal Defendants have now […]

Community | A True Taste of Home at Lac La Hache Bakery

Community | A True Taste of Home at Lac La Hache Bakery

By LeRae Haynes – European rye bread, a delicacy from Lac La Hache Bakery, delights customers with its fresh taste and simple wholesome ingredients. Lac La Hache Bakery has been around for over 20 years, with Yvette and Frank Betz at the helm for the past six years. The busy bakery, with 11 on staff, […]

Community | Taylor Made Cakes: A sweet destination

Community | Taylor Made Cakes: A sweet destination

By LeRae Haynes – Taylor Made Cakes and Sweets has been baking up a storm in the community and beyond for nearly five years. Brenda and Dale Taylor and their children Abbi and Benn have worked hard to make the delightful bake shop a true gem in downtown Williams Lake for residents and travellers alike. […]

Community | Bread Peddler: Baking from the heart

Community | Bread Peddler: Baking from the heart

By LeRae Haynes – Kate Sulis and Tim Hathaway at the Bread Peddler in Wells bake bread that is good from the inside out and delicious from crust to crumb. It’s substantial, meaningful, beautiful food baked from the heart.  They create organic sourdough breads from freshly-milled whole grains, baked in a hand-built wood-fired oven with […]

Featured Green Business | 52° North: Wild and locally sourced birch water

Featured Green Business | 52° North: Wild and locally sourced birch water

By LeRae Haynes – From the beautiful pristine wilderness of Horsefly, BC come natural, refreshing beverages with enormous health benefits, thanks to 52° North, a small, insightful company with vision and commitment providing a health drink with detoxifying and revitalizing properties. 52° North co-owner Sarah Wall said birch sap, or birch water, is the first […]

Health Issues | What You Need to Know About Wireless Radiation and Your Baby

Health Issues | What You Need to Know About Wireless Radiation and Your Baby

By Patti Wood – The beautiful and awe-inspiring process by which a few cells develop into a new life is truly miraculous. Through intricate and complex steps, the creation of a new life unfolds, forming delicate organs and vital systems, making billions of important connections in the brain alone. Scientists and medical professionals around the […]

Publisher’s Letter | Love or Fear— The Case for Revolution

Publisher’s Letter | Love or Fear— The Case for Revolution

Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – We live in a vastly different political reality since TheGreenGazette last went to press on November 8. For many Canadians, the Liberal victory during the last federal election brought relief from fears of our own national identity being dismantled, and hope that a new day was dawning. While that new day […]

Community | Creating a Better World Together

Community | Creating a Better World Together

By Sharon Taylor – The refrain from a childhood song says, “In this world of darkness, we must shine. You in your small corner, and I in mine.” It reminds me that our personal actions, no matter how small, have consequences. But does having a shorter shower or commuting by bike really make a difference […]

Industry | Citizens unite against rail tie burning pollution in Williams Lake

Industry | Citizens unite against rail tie burning pollution in Williams Lake

Submitted by citizens’ group, Rail Ties Be Wise – Anyone who lived in Williams Lake before 1993 can remember finding their car covered in fly ash from the beehive burners that used to dispose of wood waste from the local sawmills. Air quality has improved considerably since the power plant currently owned by Atlantic Power […]

Farm & Garden | The Back to Eden Garden Method

Farm & Garden | The Back to Eden Garden Method

By Kim Judd – No weeding, no watering, no pests, no till, no dig. No way! It’s all about ground cover and building healthy soil. Skeptical? Well, no doubt. But ask yourself this: is my soil truly alive? How can healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables grow to their ultimate potential otherwise? What are some […]

Stewardship | Education & Action are Key to Successful Beekeeping

Stewardship | Education & Action are Key to Successful Beekeeping

By Diane Dunaway – Honey bees are the poster children for environmental responsibility and vulnerability. They truly are the canaries in the coal mine. They create awareness for other natural pollinators that are under pressure from habitat loss, pesticide overuse, monoculture, and so on. Ideally, our relationship with them is one of awe, respect, and […]

Arts & Culture | Pharis Romero Sings True: About the year that was and a singing workshop, too

Arts & Culture | Pharis Romero Sings True: About the year that was and a singing workshop, too

By Venta Ruthkauskas – The Community Arts Council of Williams Lake is excited to present a day-long singing workshop with Pharis Romero on March 11. There’s a little slice of heaven round the corner from here. A river dances through it, and all the birds gather there. A songbird makes her home, builds her nest, […]

Sustainability Change-makers Wanted for Fraser River Adventure

Sustainability Change-makers Wanted for Fraser River Adventure

Would you like to spend 25 days exploring the Mighty Fraser this summer? The Rivershed Society of BC is hosting its 14th annual Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP) from July 19–August 13, 2017, and is seeking sustainability leaders who dream of starting, or who may already be working on, sustainability initiatives to apply for this […]

Three Decades of Conservation in the West Chilcotin and Tatlayoko

Three Decades of Conservation in the West Chilcotin and Tatlayoko

By Peter Shaughnessy – Conservation work in the West Chilcotin and Tatlayoko has protected significant areas of habitat for a wide array of species. It took years of work, lots of compromise, and countless volunteer hours to accomplish this. The initial goal was to slow the headlong rush to extract natural resources, particularly timber, thus […]

Featured Green Business: Educo Adventure School Transforming Lives

Featured Green Business: Educo Adventure School Transforming Lives

Submitted by Educo Adventure School – Cariboo wilderness off-grid glory takes on a whole new meaning, transforming the lives of young people, thanks to Educo Adventure School. In the midst of beautiful lakes, mountains, and forests, kids gain resilience and confidence, and discover inherent inner strength and peace to thrive in an increasingly complex and […]