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Publisher’s Letter – It’s the Journey, Not the Destination

Publisher’s Letter – It’s the Journey, Not the Destination

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, The Green Gazette – Dear Readers, The winds of change have shaken the golden leaves from the branches of the trees, and we are steadily moving into the darkness of winter. With the changing season comes the sense of creating order and gathering resources to sustain us as we get ready […]

How to Save Our Planet: Where to Start

How to Save Our Planet: Where to Start

By LeRae Haynes – Turning concern into discussion and fear into action is at the heart of a Williams Lake Facebook page called How to Save Our Planet—Where to Start. Administered by registered clinical therapist and concerned citizen Kathy Lauriente-Bonner, the page opens discussions about daily-life steps people can take to make a difference. “There […]

Recipe: Wheatberry Salad

Recipe: Wheatberry Salad

Recipe by Jessica Kirby — Wheatberries are a delicious, chewy, wholesome grain that make a hearty alternative to couscous or quinoa. They are fibrous and filling, but with a light dressing and some summer herbs can make a great side salad that doubles as a main dish. This recipe has dairy and vegan options and […]

Recipe: Vegan Street Tacos

Recipe: Vegan Street Tacos

Recipe by Jessica Kirby — If I could eat any one thing for the rest of my life it would be street tacos. I make them about a zillion different ways, but this is my favourite for impressing the veggies and meat lovers in my life.   For the Tacos 1 can black beans 1 […]

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New Michael Moore Film Planet of the Humans – Friend or Diabolical Foe?

New Michael Moore Film Planet of the Humans – Friend or Diabolical Foe?

By Sage Birchwater — Has filmmaker Michael Moore, the darling of the progressive left, gone rogue? His Earth Day, April 22, 2020, release of Planet of the Humans received immediate backlash from the global environmental community. Many were furious at his trashing of the decades-long efforts by the climate change activists to move away from […]

Growing into the Future: Reconnecting with Food in Esk’etemc

Growing into the Future: Reconnecting with Food in Esk’etemc

By Jonathan Hand — Springtime this year arrived unlike most, flooding our lives with uncertainty as we rallied to mitigate the risks of a global pandemic. While overcoming the many hardships created by COVID-19, we have also begun to see the seeds sowed for the better. Just as winter fades to the promise of spring, […]

Farmers’ Markets in the Cariboo in 2020

Farmers’ Markets in the Cariboo in 2020

“What is happening with Farmers’ Markets in the Cariboo this COVID-19 year?” The short answer is: “Markets are continuing on!” but the reality is a little more complex than that.   Four Cariboo farmers’ markets—Williams Lake, McLeese Lake, South Cariboo (100 Mile House), and Harvest (Quesnel)—are members of the B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) […]

Publisher’s Letter – Finding Unity

Publisher’s Letter – Finding Unity

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, The Green Gazette – Dear Readers, What a crazy past few months we’ve been through! The collective landscape is dramatically different than it was when the spring Green Gazette went to press in early March. Like many people and businesses, at first, we weren’t sure how to proceed. Once the initial […]

Reclaiming Death as an Honoured Part of Life – Memento Mori: “Remember, Thou art Mortal”

Reclaiming Death as an Honoured Part of Life – Memento Mori: “Remember, Thou art Mortal”

Nicola Finch, Cariboo Community Natural Burial Association — In many respects, our new reality feels like a return to an old way of being with a slower, gentler focus on family and community and on the world under our feet—the natural, physical world. We have seen a swift shift back to basics, working with our […]

Monitor and the Wildlife Trade

Monitor and the Wildlife Trade

By Chris R. Shepherd — Illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade poses an urgent threat to an increasingly long list of animal species around the world. In many cases, it is the primary threat, though this is often not recognized or addressed. Trafficking, in combination with habitat loss and other threats, has led to population declines […]

Healthy Living: A Rainbow of Food Choices

Healthy Living: A Rainbow of Food Choices

By Danielle Goward, R.H.N & C.P.T & P.P.N.S — During this global pandemic, our health has become a huge concern and a hot topic. This has led to some people panic-buying natural health products and supplements and home gym equipment, creating a record-breaking boom in the health and fitness industry. As a registered holistic nutritionist […]

Keeping Wildlife Wild and our Communities Safe in the Summer

Keeping Wildlife Wild and our Communities Safe in the Summer

WildSafeBC is the provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaboration, education, and community solutions, and it is delivered by the BC Conservation Foundation in communities across BC. Mareike Moore is the new WildSafeBC Cariboo Coordinator and is excited to be delivering WildSafeBC’s program initiatives in new and innovative ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Summer 2020

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Summer 2020

There are four general ways we can observe the stars. Ideally, starting with your naked eye. In the Cariboo, when it’s good, it’s good, and we can easily get to a dark place where stars of 6th magnitude, unheard of in the city or suburbs, are visible. Next up is binoculars, where an order of […]

No Time Left To Waste: #TrashtalkTuesdays

No Time Left To Waste: #TrashtalkTuesdays

By Oliver Berger — Wow, what a crazy past few months! At first, I was sad to see our Share Sheds close, along with the best Salvation Army (Williams Lake) in British Columbia—a serious gold mine for reusables. Then, all my class presentations got cancelled as schools closed their doors to students. No more garbage […]

Guardian of the Vegetables: Gardening Through the Pandemic

Guardian of the Vegetables: Gardening Through the Pandemic

By Terri Smith – A few months ago, our world still felt ‘normal.’ My poignant ‘before’ moment happened the weekend before spring break at a show our performance art group was putting on in Prince George. We were in the dressing room of the PG Playhouse putting on our costumes. I remember looking around at […]

Pause to Feather Creations: Inspiration and Awareness from the Wild

Pause to Feather Creations: Inspiration and Awareness from the Wild

By LeRae Haynes |  Photos by Grant Hill — Grant Hill from Pause to Feather Creations promotes wildlife awareness and conservation with passion, creativity, and a heartfelt belief that you should never, ever take the presence of wildlife for granted. One of the ways he does this is by making bird houses, nature and wildlife prints […]

New Strategies are Needed to Recover from the Pandemic

New Strategies are Needed to Recover from the Pandemic

By Jim Cooperman — The pandemic has been a massive shock to humanity, and as a result, there may never be a return to the same lifestyle we have always deemed normal. In fact, the disease has exposed all the flaws in our society, and thus, it could become a catalyst for the changes needed […]

Green Business Quesnel: Something Magical

Green Business Quesnel: Something Magical

By Terri Smith – I believe creativity is important. When we are creating, we are living in the moment. The worries and cares of life can be set aside, and we can allow ourselves to be captivated by a sense of wonder and excitement. I believed this was important even before the world as we […]

Good Green News

Good Green News

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope — The coronavirus pandemic came at everyone like a freak storm arising out of nothing. Even for those self-reliant with backyard or terrace gardens, the DIYers of the world, or the homesteading types, physical distancing rules and myriad restrictions and shortages threw everybody for a loop. Although we have fared better […]

More Bread Less Yeast

More Bread Less Yeast

By Pat Teti — Who would have thought that toilet paper and baking yeast would be two of the most talked about items in short supply during a pandemic? The surge in home baking has been a positive outcome during an otherwise grim situation, but the difficulty of finding yeast seems to have thwarted some […]

Berkey Water Filters: Water, Water Everywhere… but Nary a Drop to Drink

Berkey Water Filters: Water, Water Everywhere… but Nary a Drop to Drink

By Ron Young — British Berkefeld or “Berkey” water systems have been around since the 1890s and are commonly used as the water purification system of choice by first responders to disaster areas where clean water and power are unavailable. One of the many advantages of the Berkey systems is they work without power because […]

Becoming Waste Wise: Composting

Becoming Waste Wise: Composting

By Tera Grady — Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: Becoming Waste Wise Note: *Reminder to take advantage of our SALE on composters ($40), countertop containers ($5). This deal is available to all Cariboo residents while supplies last. Only one of each product available per customer. To sign up please complete […]

Science Matters: Giving Nature a Chance Improves Our Chances of Well-Being

Science Matters: Giving Nature a Chance Improves Our Chances of Well-Being

By David Suzuki – In early 1995, eight grey wolves were transferred from Jasper National Park in Alberta to Yellowstone National Park in the Unites States. Within two years, 23 more were brought in. The last wolves in Yellowstone had been killed in the 1920s. What happened next was remarkable. Over time, the wolves not […]

Who Are We, Where Are We Going?

Who Are We, Where Are We Going?

By Guy Dauncey — Who are we? And where are we going on this tiny planet of ours, this bright sparkle of life in a Universe so ridiculously vast? It’s a question worth exploring, if you have ten minutes in your busy COVID day. Almost all scientists assume that the Universe is a solidly material […]

Rebuilding BC: A Portfolio of Possibilities

Rebuilding BC: A Portfolio of Possibilities

Vancouver’s Green Technology Education Centre (GTEC) is releasing its Rebuilding BC report to the BC government. Rebuilding BC is the work of a group of prominent environmentalists and economists in consultation with community leaders such as Ted Sheldon and Coro Strandberg. The report makes 24 recommendations to guide recovery in areas of the economy ranging […]

New Fall Releases: Rocky Mountain Books

New Fall Releases: Rocky Mountain Books

Rocky Mountain Books is pleased to announce its new titles for Fall 2020, featuring Canadian stories covering a broad spectrum of nature, storytelling, and outdoor adventure. RMB is proud to offer a diverse list of titles by authors creating memorable books that captivate readers and inspire us all to “Think Outside.” Takaya: Lone Wolf By […]

Local Eco Stories: In Search of Sustainability

Local Eco Stories: In Search of Sustainability

By Sasha Makhnevea — I worked hard for four years and received my bachelor’s degree in environmental science in the spring of 2019. But the week after graduation, I began a new stage of life that I call my ‘post graduate depression.’ After graduation, I wasn’t sure what kind of jobs I could find with […]

Downtown Williams Lake Businesses Adapting to Change

Downtown Williams Lake Businesses Adapting to Change

By Jordan Davis, Executive Director, Downtown Williams Lake BIA — There are many things I have been thinking of over the past months of dealing with COVID-19. First of all, I am very proud of our downtown business community. In BC, and particularly in our area, we didn’t have the same strict shut down of […]

Long Table Grocery: Supporting Local Business

Long Table Grocery: Supporting Local Business

By Amy Quarry, Owner, Long Table Grocery — “If we want a garden We’re gonna have to sow the seed Plant a little happiness Let the roots run deep. If it’s love that we give Then it’s love that we reap If we want a garden We’re gonna have to sow the seed.” Lyrics from […]

Conservation Conversation: What We Can Do for Our World

Conservation Conversation: What We Can Do for Our World

By Amber Gregg — I am writing this in spring 2020, amid the COVID-19 craziness. I don’t know where we will be by the summer when this article is published. Maybe by then we will have put terms like quarantine and social distancing behind us and resumed our normal lives, or perhaps we are adjusting […]

Williams Lake Garden Club

Williams Lake Garden Club

Bi-annual Garden Tour Going Ahead July 11 — After much discussion, the Williams Lake Garden Club has decided to go ahead with its bi-annual, self-guided garden tour. If you like flowers, mark July 11 (10 a.m.to 4 p.m.) on your calendar. The tour showcases the region’s loveliest flower gardens in Russett Bluff and Williams Lake […]

Entwined Liberation: A COVID Awakening

Entwined Liberation: A COVID Awakening

By Margaret-Anne Enders — I’m sure you have heard it said at least once during the past couple of months of pandemic time—this is a time of great possibility. People say it with hope, with excitement, with the keenness of a new idea. Let’s be honest, though. This is nothing new. It has always been […]

A Time to Review

A Time to Review

By Jessica Kirby — The talk of the town is isolation and restrictions. When will it end? What will new normal look like? Since no one really knows for sure, it might make better sense to stay present and see what we can learn. The most important thing that comes from this will be whether […]

Food Security Raised to New Level of Concern as COVID-19 Continues

Food Security Raised to New Level of Concern as COVID-19 Continues

By Erin Hitchcock — The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened our lives and transformed how we live. It also places our economic security at risk, especially for those most vulnerable. As a result, food security is increasingly becoming that much more important. Outbreaks at meat processing facilities in Alberta and the United States, at an Okanagan […]

Earth Memories Earth Day April 22

Earth Memories Earth Day April 22

 By Tim Vant – I have fond memories of growing up in the Cariboo region—as a child, running through birch leaves and admiring the papery bark and the myriad of colours brought on by leaves, wildflowers, and grasses. Every bumblebee was a delight, and every fuzzy black and orange caterpillar a new joyful discovery. Today, […]

Effective Youth Engagement in British Columbia: Co-Creating a Sustainable BC

Effective Youth Engagement in British Columbia: Co-Creating a Sustainable BC

 – Last year, Fraser Basin Council (FBC), a province-wide charitable non-profit organization, launched a new pilot initiative to create opportunities for young people to get more deeply involved in core environmental, social, and economic sustainability issues affecting their communities. In the first year of the initiative, called Co-Creating a Sustainable BC, the organization welcomed a […]

New Toxic Ten Guide: Top Chemicals for Canadians to Avoid in Skincare

New Toxic Ten Guide: Top Chemicals for Canadians to Avoid in Skincare

Environmental Defence – Environmental Defence has launched its new Toxic Ten Skincare Guide to help Canadians make safer and more informed choices when shopping for cosmetics and personal care products. “Canadians are increasingly concerned about the impacts of toxic chemicals in their bodies and the environment,” says Muhannad Malas, toxics program manager at Environmental Defence. […]

Geshe Sherab Returns for his Fifth Visit to the Cariboo

Geshe Sherab Returns for his Fifth Visit to the Cariboo

 – Gendun Drubpa Buddhist Centre in Williams Lake was established in 2012 to provide a place in the community for people to access Buddhist teachings, meditation, or just quiet space for spiritual contemplation. Part of a world-wide network, the centre is affiliated with the parent organization known as the Foundation for the Preservation of the […]

Celebrate Seed Sovereignty – Seedy Saturday and the Williams Lake Farmers’ Market in Williams Lake, May 2

Celebrate Seed Sovereignty – Seedy Saturday and the Williams Lake Farmers’ Market in Williams Lake, May 2

By Erin Hitchcock – Seedy Saturday and the Early Bird Farmers Market in Williams Lake, May 2 Little can compare to the first bite of a freshly picked veggie, grown yourself or by a friend or neighbour. You can imagine how it formed from a tiny seed and was nurtured by careful hands, fed by […]

Protecting Species by Making Room for Nature

Protecting Species by Making Room for Nature

By Gauri Sreenivasan, Nature Canada’s Director of Policy and Campaigns – Let’s face it: we wish there was no need to mark Endangered Species Day. Unfortunately, for now the trends seem to indicate otherwise. In Canada, half of all monitored species have declined (see WWF-Canada’s Living Planet Report ) in Canada since the 1970s, many […]

Williams Lake on Track to Become the Rail Tie Burning Capital

Williams Lake on Track to Become the Rail Tie Burning Capital

Submitted by Rail Ties Be Wise – A ten-year Electricity Purchase Agreement (EPA) approved Oct 1, 2019 between Atlantic Power Corporation and BC Hydro will allow the burning of more than 2.4 million toxic rail ties per year at an energy plant in Williams Lake, beginning as early as September 2021. This comes despite a […]

The Vision for a Natural Burial Sanctuary in the Cariboo

The Vision for a Natural Burial Sanctuary in the Cariboo

By Nicola Finch, Cariboo Community Natural Burial Association – “There is no reason why the plans we make around our own burial or cremation cannot be in keeping with practices that are supportive of nature and mindful of the environment.” —Green Burial Society of Canada The Cariboo Community Natural Burial Association is a new non-profit […]

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Spring 2020

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Spring 2020

Normally, I avoid deep sky observing around the full moon. It takes centre stage, washing out all the faint fuzzies. Only the brightest stars are visible; like seeing would be from downtown Vancouver. The full moon is very bright in an astronomical telescope, which is designed to gather as much light as is practical. In […]

Becoming Waste Wise: Battery Recycling

Becoming Waste Wise: Battery Recycling

By Tera Grady – Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: Becoming Waste Wise February 18th was National Battery Day and Call2Recycle, the stewardship agency responsible for consumer battery recycling, is challenging Canadians to recycle all their old batteries. According to the 2018 Call2Recycle consumer survey, 88 percent of British Columbians knew […]

Good Green News for a Change: Five Examples of Hope in Action

Good Green News for a Change: Five Examples of Hope in Action

By Erin Hitchcock – The devastation happening to our world is scary to say the least, but we mustn’t allow ourselves to become overwhelmed by the darkness when so many others are working to illuminate it. People all over the world are pooling together to heal our planet, be it Greta Thunberg and the Fridays4Future […]

Sprout Kitchen: Regional Food Hub

Sprout Kitchen: Regional Food Hub

By Diandra Oliver – Growers and food producers from Vanderhoof to One Hundred Mile House are experiencing the exciting growth of the local foods industry with the development of Sprout Kitchen Regional Food Hub and Business Incubator. In July 2019, the City of Quesnel was awarded $500,000 from the Ministry of Agriculture to develop a […]

‘Art in Precarious Times’–A Reprise  (And that time I helped C.R Avery Make a Film)

‘Art in Precarious Times’–A Reprise (And that time I helped C.R Avery Make a Film)

By Venta Rutkauskas – Definition of reprise 1[French, from Middle French] a: a musical repetition: (1): the repetition of the exposition preceding the development In the fall of 2017, I wrote “The Role of Art in Precarious Times” for The Green Gazette, motivated by a turbulent and fiery year. I sought guidance from artists in […]

Book Review: Changing Tides – An Ecologist’s Journey to Make Peace with the Anthropocene

Book Review: Changing Tides – An Ecologist’s Journey to Make Peace with the Anthropocene

By Alejandro Frid New Society Publishing Book Review by Sage Birchwater – The latest book by Bowen Island marine ecologist Alejandro Frid carries a message of hope in a world fraught with worrying environmental uncertainty. Five years ago, Frid published his first book on a similar theme, A World For My Daughter: An Ecologist’s Search […]

Four Books to Inspire & Ignite Change Written by Canadian Authors

Four Books to Inspire & Ignite Change Written by Canadian Authors

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – What makes for a great non-fiction read? Is it the way in which authors weave together story with fact, painting a picture that is equal parts thought-provoking and eye-opening? Or is it that the content so often strikes close to home, is so familiar? The below titles share these kinds […]

Science Matters: Beyond Climate Ventures

Science Matters: Beyond Climate Ventures

By David Suzuki – Island Scallops on Vancouver Island has relied on stable ocean conditions since 1989. But CEO Rob Saunders says those started changing a little over a decade ago. Measurements showed dropping pH levels, indicating increased acidity. “We started to notice our larvae weren’t swimming very well,” he said. They weren’t feeding. They […]

Changing the World Without Burning Out: What Are Your Natural Skills?

Changing the World Without Burning Out: What Are Your Natural Skills?

By Guy Dauncey – Many years ago, I lived in London, United Kingdom, in a house four us had bought together. Being self-employed, I was always on the look-out for work. My book The Unemployment Handbook had been published five years earlier, and I had acquired some skills, so I decided to set myself up […]

The New Roaring Twenties

The New Roaring Twenties

By Jim Cooperman – The arrival of the new decade that finally has a familiar ring provides an opportunity to reflect on the previous one, make predictions about the upcoming one, and compare it to its namesake: The Roaring Twenties. No doubt it will be as roaring as the last one, but more likely the […]

Illegal and Unsustainable Trade Threatens Otters

Illegal and Unsustainable Trade Threatens Otters

By Dr. Chris R. Shepherd and Lalita Gomez – There are 13 species of otters, all belonging to the subfamily Lutrinae. These largely aquatic carnivores are found on all continents, with the exception of the Antarctic and Australia (there are no otter species found east of the Wallace Line that runs through Indonesia). Like many […]

Guardian of the Vegetables: Seed Talk

Guardian of the Vegetables: Seed Talk

By Terri Smith – During my workshops I am often asked what the difference is between GM seed, hybrid seed, organic seed, heirloom or heritage seed, and open-pollinated seed. Here is my short answer. Genetically modified (or GM) seed has been altered in a lab so that the plant will have certain characteristics that misguided […]

Green Business Williams Lake: SW² Ranch

Green Business Williams Lake: SW² Ranch

By LeRae Haynes – Ranching with Heart and Vision from the Soil Up. Beautiful, nutrient-dense, healthy, and organically-fed meat is available from SW² Ranch, where owners Sherry and Shawn Wiebe practise regenerative agriculture, ensuring that the soil sustains the animals and the animals sustain the soil, contributing to a strong, diverse ecosystem. Located on Bells […]

Long Table Grocery: Roots of Community

Long Table Grocery: Roots of Community

By Amy Quarry, Owner, Long Table Grocery — “The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is look underfoot You are always nearer to the divine and true sources of your power than you think The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive The great opportunity is where you are Do not despise […]

Following the Rainbow Serpent

Following the Rainbow Serpent

By Al-Lisa McKay — I don’t know what you did for New Year’s eve, but I found myself cuddled up to a box of tissues and crying my eyes out watching displaced kangaroos, koalas, and bats get bandaged up from severe burns as wildfires raged across the beautiful gem of Australia. I felt so helpless […]

Green Business Quesnel: From Beds to Bowls Farm

Green Business Quesnel: From Beds to Bowls Farm

By Terri Smith – So much of Kate Patterson and Elliott Morton’s story of becoming farmers so closely mirrors my own that I’m afraid I kept interrupting my interview with them to exclaim and tell them bits of my own story. As with many of us millennials, Patterson’s awareness of the dire state of our […]

No Time Left To Waste: Soil Health

No Time Left To Waste: Soil Health

By Oliver Berger — We are slowly beginning to understand the value of treating the life under the surface of the ground we walk on with a bit more respect. In late January, the Young Agrarians along with the Cattlemen’s Association held a seminar at Thompson’s River University, Williams Lake Campus with this exact topic […]

Choosing Store Bought Fruit and Veggies: Dirty Dozen or Clean 15?

Choosing Store Bought Fruit and Veggies: Dirty Dozen or Clean 15?

By Jessica Kirby — Since 2004, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released an annual list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15—produce items that contain the highest and lowest concentrations of pesticides. The purpose is to promote the value of shopping organically with a specific focus on balance.             […]

Seedbanks: Caring for the Future

Seedbanks: Caring for the Future

By Jessica Kirby — “I don’t think we have the option of despair. Hope is a duty. It is something we cultivate with daily consciousness through our actions.” —Vandana Shiva, environmental activist There are more than 1,000 seed vaults around the world—places where natural and heirloom seeds are stored, saved, and studied in a global […]

Water and Climate Change: World Water Day

Water and Climate Change: World Water Day

By Brianna van de Wijngaard — Every year, UN-Water promotes the international World Water Day campaign. World Water Day is like National Lima Bean Respect Day or National Ballpoint Pen Day, but a lot more important (no disrespect to lima beans). The theme this year is water and climate change: like so many initiatives in […]

Electric Vehicles: “Don’t Doubt Your Vibe”

Electric Vehicles: “Don’t Doubt Your Vibe”

By Ron Young — “Don’t doubt it’s you.” These words from a recent soundtrack Elon Musk released seem like some really good advice for the beginning of this decade filled with uncertainty, doubt, transformation of our social norms, and mind-numbing onslaught of disinformation. It’s even more striking that these words of wisdom are coming from […]

Indigenous Cultures Lead the Way

Indigenous Cultures Lead the Way

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, The Green Gazette – Dear Readers, As the daylight grows with each passing day, it’s time to emerge from winter dreams into the promise of spring. We made it to 2020, and in this dawning of a new decade, it’s ever more apparent that we live in a global community. What […]

Business For Sale – Green Tree Health & Wellness, Quesnel

Business For Sale – Green Tree Health & Wellness, Quesnel

Green Tree Health & Wellness •  Business for Sale, Quesnel – 3000 sq. ft. Retail frontage, warehouse, kitchen, lounge, 2 sublet rooms, receiving desk, 2 working modules. This 11 year old well established and reputable store is located on the newly renovated most prosperous block of downtown Quesnel. Includes all assets inventory, furniture and equipment. […]

Climate Change: Think Globally, Act Locally

Climate Change: Think Globally, Act Locally

By Jim Cooperman — There is no doubt we are immersed in a climate crisis, as already we are experiencing the impacts—floods, fires, storms, and rising temperatures. Due to the still rising CO2 levels and the activated feedback loops, including the release of methane, recent predictions are suggesting that there could be 5 to 6 […]

Roots of Belonging: Coming Home

Roots of Belonging: Coming Home

By Venta Rutkauskas — Falling Home Land from a fall from grace Cradled in moss’ embrace Repose in that belonging Rise up, unclench your fist Drink in the balsam fir mist Digest the medicine, repair Kiss the bark of this Hemlock tree Where the afterbirth is buried deep Mother and child planted The hole is […]

2019 New Titles from Caitlin Press

2019 New Titles from Caitlin Press

Escape to the Wild: A Family’s Return to Simplicity By Andrea Hejlskov Published by Caitlin Press Andrea Hejlskov was certain of one thing: life could not continue as it was. She and her husband had become disillusioned with their jobs and the pressures of urban living, their four children were spending too much time alone […]

Nourishing our Children | Winter 2019 | Hair Care Quandaries

Nourishing our Children | Winter 2019 | Hair Care Quandaries

By Barbara Schellenberg – Here is what hair care was like for my family of five: We spent $1,200 a year on shampoo and conditioner. That’s 48 single use plastic bottles to recycle and 24 litres of questionable substances washed down the drain, not to mention time spent each month shopping for products. I wanted […]

Green Business, Quesnel – Slow Fashion: My Own Collection

Green Business, Quesnel – Slow Fashion: My Own Collection

By Terri Smith – By now you must have heard of “slow fashion,” but do you really know what it is? In case you’re not sure, here is a great explanation from www.thesustainableedit.com. “Slow Fashion” means: quality over quantity caring for the environment protecting human rights conscious buying and thoughtful purchases Slow fashion isn’t about […]

Turbidity: An Intimate Portrait of Environmental Disaster

Turbidity: An Intimate Portrait of Environmental Disaster

A Film by Robert E. Moberg – It was August 4, 2014 when the provincial news media called requesting footage of an “incident” at the Mt. Polley mine. I grabbed my camera gear and set out on the short flight via helicopter, my nephew, Kelly, at the controls. From about ten kilometres out we began […]

Creating New Trails and Stories at the End of the Road in Atlin

Creating New Trails and Stories at the End of the Road in Atlin

By Patrick Lucas – “We’ve struck gold!” I hear a voice shout out, and then it is quickly followed by another: “This is it. This is the money spot, boys.” I come out of the trees on a ridge over-looking Atlin Lake in northwestern British Columbia, the lands of the Taku River Tlingit, to find […]

Letting Go with Pluto

Letting Go with Pluto

By Angela Gutzer – I wrote this story for the Swan Song festival, which was held October 26 at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre in Williams Lake, and I read it aloud at the event. It was inspired by “The Moth” podcast (themoth.org), a site that promotes the art and craft of storytelling to honour […]

Book Review: Resolve: The Story of the Chelsea Family and a First Nation Community’s Will to Heal

Book Review: Resolve: The Story of the Chelsea Family and a First Nation Community’s Will to Heal

Author: Carolyn Parks Mintz with Andy Phyllis Chelsea – Article by Sage Birchwater – Andy Chelsea was chief of Esk’etemc First Nation at Alkali Lake when I first came to the Cariboo-Chilcotin in the early 1970s. In 1972 he and his wife Phyllis launched a sobriety movement that would eventually transform their community and send […]

Local Food Quesnel | Guardian of the Vegetables: Examining Our Food Choices

Local Food Quesnel | Guardian of the Vegetables: Examining Our Food Choices

By Terri Smith – A few days ago, on CBC radio, I listened to an interview with a very intelligent man who eats vegan for breakfast and lunch and vegetarian for dinner. He misses meat all the time, he says, but knows that animal agriculture is one of the biggest polluters of our planet. I […]

Message from the Universe: Do it Now, with Urgency

Message from the Universe: Do it Now, with Urgency

By Guy Dauncey – There comes a time in the evolution of every civilization when the Universe sends us a new message. Slowly, it works its way through the multiple layers of a long-established culture. It is buffeted by resistance and repulsed by rulers, but in spite of this, it finds its voice in the […]

The Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Trade Crisis: One More Species Receives Increased International Protection

The Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Trade Crisis: One More Species Receives Increased International Protection

By Dr. Chris R. Shepherd and Jordi Janssen Globally, there are 353 species of tortoises and freshwater turtles, and of these the conservation status of 251 species has been assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species (a comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of species). The […]

Art Exhibit “Everything is Shining” Features Anthropocene by James Savage

Art Exhibit “Everything is Shining” Features Anthropocene by James Savage

Human disconnection from and reconnection to nature is the main theme of “Everything is Shining,” artist Jim Savage’s recent exhibition in Wells and Williams Lake. The painting Anthropocene (after Alex Colville’s Horse and Train) is one of the most compelling pieces. The term Anthropocene is increasingly used to describe the current geologic era given the […]

A Flight Where Wild Things Are

A Flight Where Wild Things Are

By Sage Birchwater – On August 10, 2019, I hired Mike King of White Saddle Air to take my family on a helicopter ride down the West Branch Valley of the Homathko River. I wanted to show my grandkids where their dads were born and grew up on our trapline in the shadow of Mount […]

Have a Merry, Global Christmas

Have a Merry, Global Christmas

By Jessica Kirby – Ten Thousand Villages has been a Christmas market presence in Williams Lake for the past 10 years. After a short hiatus, Bethel Cariboo Church is bringing the market back to Williams Lake November 21-23. A sustainable, eco-friendly Christmas is coming to Williams Lake, thanks in part to the revival of the […]

Reconsider Consumerism: Choose Sustainability Over Stuff

By Erin Hitchcock – As the Christmas season approaches, many increasingly catch the consumerism bug. We hustle from store to store or browse online looking for something to give to our friends and family members, so we make them feel special and appreciated, or even because we feel obligated to do so. Every year on […]

Lighting the World: One Re-purposed Candle at a Time

Lighting the World: One Re-purposed Candle at a Time

By LeRae Haynes – Bringing light and warmth to the world by re-purposing items headed for landfill is only one of the many projects taken on by Williams Lake volunteers for Canadian Food for Children. Local volunteer D.J. is one of those volunteers. At her home in Williams Lake she re-purposes tuna cans and discarded […]

The Election’s Over: Now Let’s Get to Work!

The Election’s Over: Now Let’s Get to Work!

By David Suzuki – The election may be over, but there’s no time to be complacent. Canadians voters—and many people too young to vote—demanded that politicians take climate disruption seriously. The parties and candidates listened, and, for the first time, climate became a top election issue. Now we must make sure they all come together […]

How to Throw a Zero Waste Winter Gathering

How to Throw a Zero Waste Winter Gathering

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – This winter, instead of reaching for the easy option or quickest option, take a pause and give this idea a try: don’t make excuses; make plans. Plans are what allow us to commit to ideas and follow them through. In the world of low-waste living, plans are essential, however annoying […]

Going Green with Your Cuppa Joe

Going Green with Your Cuppa Joe

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Many of us know the rich, aromatic beckoning of a hot pot of coffee—how it tickles the senses and carefully lures you to its dark, deliciousness in the wee hours. Like all things decadent, not all coffee is created equal, at least not from economic or ethical […]

Conservation Conversation: Dinner Out or a Safer Future?

Conservation Conversation: Dinner Out or a Safer Future?

By Jenny Howell – By the time you read this, an election will have come and gone. One thing that stands out this time around is that citizens are ranking climate change as one of the top three election issues. In 2008, Stephan Dion tried to make this an election issue with his ‘green shift’, […]

Using Permaculture Principles to Reduce Food Waste

Using Permaculture Principles to Reduce Food Waste

By Amy Quarry Owner, Long Table Grocery – Here at Long Table we base much of our business model on the 12 Permaculture Principles. Originally and most commonly applied to gardening and agriculture, they have immense value in the creation and design of all kinds of systems whether they be agricultural, social, economic, or business […]

No Time Left To Waste: All the Good Things…

No Time Left To Waste: All the Good Things…

By Oliver Berger — Well, usually during my “No Time Left to Waste” articles you all read my venting about the serious garbage issues that plague our society. I want to say, thank you for listening. In this article, leading up to the holidays where we should be most aware of our consumption and reduction, […]

Cariboo Made: Crafters’ Market and Indoor Farmers’ Market in 100 Mile House

Cariboo Made: Crafters’ Market and Indoor Farmers’ Market in 100 Mile House

By Maureen Pinkney – Now well into its second year, the Crafters’ Market is a destination shopping store. Not only can you get an amazing variety of hand-crafted gifts and everyday items sold by the very individuals that made them, but there is also the ability to buy home grown products. Step into the quaint store […]

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Winter 2019

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Winter 2019

One of the simplest astronomical observations you can make is that the stars, planets,moon, and sun all rise in the east and sink into the west. At the observatory, then, the four directions are different. Due to earth’s rotation, the stars move 15 degrees an hour. That is about the length of the handle on […]

Waste Wise | What’s in Our Waste?

Waste Wise | What’s in Our Waste?

By Tera Grady Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: Becoming Waste Wise The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) commissioned a “waste audit” in June of 2019 that focused on typical household waste, not demolition or construction waste, at the Quesnel, Williams Lake, and 100 Mile House landfills. A waste audit includes collecting […]

Welcome to the 2019 Medieval Market in Williams Lake

Welcome to the 2019 Medieval Market in Williams Lake

By Melinda McKinnon – As the commoners assemble outside the gates, eagerly anticipating the start of the annual market, the voice of the Town Crier can be heard soaring above the assembled crowd. As the doors to the 2019 market swing open, the Crier unfurls his scroll to announce, “Hear ye, hear ye… come one, […]

Fraser River Salmon in Trouble – Big Bar Landslide

Fraser River Salmon in Trouble – Big Bar Landslide

With the lowest return of Fraser River Sockeye salmon expected since records began in 1893, Fraser River salmon are in peril. Not only do they face a massive rock slide, but a slew of other challenges like climate change, habitat loss, pollution, and fish farms. For months, crews have heroically captured salmon, flying them over […]

World Rivers Day – Helping to Protect and Increase Global Awareness About Rivers

World Rivers Day – Helping to Protect and Increase Global Awareness About Rivers

By Jessica Kirby – Mark Angelo has had a love of rivers and fascination with moving water since he was a boy. As a teenager, he became an avid paddler and fly fisher, and throughout the 70s he spent a lot of time exploring BC rivers in every region of the province, including a summer-long […]

The Swan Song Festival – Breathing Life into Death

The Swan Song Festival – Breathing Life into Death

Angela Gutzer and Nicola Finch are local end-of-life guides (also known as death doulas) who connected in the fall of 2017 thanks to a Green Gazette article written by Angela that alerted Nicola to their shared passion for ‘doing death differently’. The two women soon formed the Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network (CCDC) and have been […]

Towards an Unruly Imagination – Introducing Puddle Poetry in Schools

Towards an Unruly Imagination – Introducing Puddle Poetry in Schools

By Venta Rutkauskas – An arts education pathway ready to roll out in local classrooms this fall affirms the art and craft of poetry. Puddle Poetry in the Schools was developed by poets Sonya Littlejohn, Dana I.D. Matthews, and myself, and is a Community Arts Council of Williams Lake project supported by the City of […]

Protecting Wild Salmon: What If The Stories We’ve Been Telling Have Been Wrong?

By Melissa Chaun – In the newly released Patagonia documentary Artifishal an Indigenous fisher is quoted saying, “Many of today’s problems are a result of the stories we were told or told ourselves that were wrong.” We’ve been told that hydroelectric power is clean, even ‘green,’ and that damming wild rivers – wild salmon rivers […]

Mason Jars and the Art of Plastic-free Food Preservation

Mason Jars and the Art of Plastic-free Food Preservation

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – Summer tomatoes, fresh off the vine. Green beans, purple beans, and yellow beans, dangling among their tangled vines on the stalk. Cucumbers, hidden on the ground between their fuzzy, windy stems. These are just a few of late-summer’s magical garden offerings, the abundance that is our reward for patiently waiting […]

Green Business, Williams Lake – Doors Open at Mint and Lime Catering Company

Green Business, Williams Lake – Doors Open at Mint and Lime Catering Company

By LeRae Haynes – There is more than green in the name at Mint and Lime Catering Company, owned and operated in Williams Lake by Jenn Brown and Mindy Johnson. Dedicated to providing healthy, natural, delicious, high-quality food in partnership with local producers, Mint and Lime is also committed to a high standard of environmental […]

Green Business, Williams Lake – The Heeler: Touching Lives from Sole to Soul

Green Business, Williams Lake – The Heeler: Touching Lives from Sole to Soul

By LeRae Haynes – Tiffany Simard from The Heeler: Cobbler, Crystals, and Curiosities in Williams Lake brings skill, vision, passion, and a true love for people to work with her every day. The range of work she does is matched only by the range of the people’s lives she touches and the heart connections she […]

Paddling for Empowerment New Program on the Nechako River Seeks to Activate Youth Watershed Stewardship

Paddling for Empowerment New Program on the Nechako River Seeks to Activate Youth Watershed Stewardship

By Ella Parker & Riley Brennan – This past August, seven youth took part in an inaugural five-day canoeing program on the Nechako River. The River Clinic for Empowered Youth (RCEY) program consisted of one day of canoe certification training, one day of learning about the history of the Nechako watershed, and three days of […]

No Time Left To Waste: Hey pal, Littering ain’t Cool!

No Time Left To Waste: Hey pal, Littering ain’t Cool!

By Oliver Berger – There is ample talk out there about recycling and reducing our waste as a society to curb our big garbage problem. We discuss consumerism coupled with resource consumption adding a burden to our planet. We are all bombarded with plastics in our lives poisoning the food we eat and killing our […]

Long Table Grocery – Exploring Our Roots

Long Table Grocery – Exploring Our Roots

By Amy Quarry, Owner – I have always been fascinated by history and stories from the past. When we started Long Table Grocery, I spent a bit of time looking into our own family history of entrepreneurship. The scale we have on the table in our shop is from our great-grandmother Anne Stella’s grocery store […]

Local Nordic Club in 100 Mile House Invests in Green Infrastructure

Local Nordic Club in 100 Mile House Invests in Green Infrastructure

The 100 Mile Nordic Ski Society completed a major LED lighting upgrade last summer. Over 70 new LED lights were installed to replace 83 high pressure sodium bulbs. The club operates at the 99 Mile ski trails and has been in operation for over 35 years. The “Nordics” have over 200 members and operate a […]

Single-use Plastics Bans to Take Time Despite Multi-Government Support

Single-use Plastics Bans to Take Time Despite Multi-Government Support

By Erin Hitchcock – It’s not clear when or by what authority, but a single-use plastics ban is on the horizon. In July, I presented a petition to Williams Lake city council with more than 1,300 signatures, asking them to ban single-use plastics. They all agreed at the Committee of the Whole meeting with plans […]

Forest Tenure Changes Occurring Across the World

Forest Tenure Changes Occurring Across the World

By Jim Hilton – As promised, the BC Government has published a forestry discussion paper, which includes a number of questions for public input. The link engage.gov.bc.ca provides access to the 19-page “Interior Forest Sector Renewal Policy and Program Engagement Discussion Paper”, which can be viewed at engage.gov.bc.ca/govtogetherbc/consultation/interior-forest-renewal-forest-policy-initiative/ The online public engagement period runs from […]

Local Food Quesnel | Guardian of the Vegetables: The Good Earth

Local Food Quesnel | Guardian of the Vegetables: The Good Earth

By Terri Smith – “And roots, if they are to bear fruits, must be kept well in the soil of the land.” —Pearl S. Buck, “The Good Earth” As a bio-dynamic farmer, I have always felt that plants need soil. Feeding the soil has always been my highest priority in the garden. If you feed […]

The Green New Deal: Voting for Hope

The Green New Deal: Voting for Hope

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Every time we see a headline about climate change, it should inspire hope. Although the situation is dire, headlines validate climate change, put it in front of the people who can create change, and inspire people who can demand action. In Canada, these headlines will be especially […]

Hazardous Materials: 5 Tips to Recycling the Right Way

Hazardous Materials: 5 Tips to Recycling the Right Way

Are you tossing your cellphone and laptop batteries into your blue bin? How about lighters, propane, or butane canisters? If yes, then you are potentially causing explosions and fires at material recovery facilities and in material collection vehicles, endangering the lives of BC’s recycling collectors and processors. There is an alarming increase of hazardous waste […]

Connecting with Spirit – Stacey Hanrahan

Connecting with Spirit – Stacey Hanrahan

By Terri Smith – Stacey Hanrahan is a psychic medium. You don’t have to believe me. You don’t have to believe her, either. One of the biggest reasons that I do believe her is that she doesn’t care either way whether I do or not. It even took a long time for her to believe […]

The Climate Emergency – How Can We Respond?

By Guy Dauncey – There are massive forest fires in Siberia. Greenland’s melting is accelerating. Record heat waves are roasting Europe. The world’s insects are dying off. The scary news keeps accumulating. We are living on the edge of an emergency that is just getting started, and climate is only the half of it. There’s […]

Conservation Conversation:  Going Green as a Family

Conservation Conversation: Going Green as a Family

By Amber Gregg – As many of you may know, our previous co-ordinator Vanessa Moberg recently boarded a 34-foot sail boat and set off for sea in an effort to create awareness around conservation. Vanessa’s adventurous decision meant that the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society would need to find a replacement for her—a tall order. After […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki |  Let the Children Vote?

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Let the Children Vote?

By David Suzuki – Young people have been speaking out for their rights. Many are wise beyond their years. Without the blinkers of ideology, workaday priorities, and ingrained values, they can see clearly what’s happening. They’ve had to step up for their own futures because too few of their elders are willing to accept that […]

Unbearable: The Illegal Trade in Asian Bear Species

Unbearable: The Illegal Trade in Asian Bear Species

Dr. Chris R. Shepherd and Lalita Gomez – The illegal trade of wildlife is ravaging our planet of life and diversity. Myriad species are drawing ever closer to extinction as we exploit them for food, medicine, pets, ornaments, leather, fashion, and even good luck charms. Poaching wildlife for trade now rivals habitat destruction as a […]

Help Cariboo Communities: Become a Healthy Habitat Leader with the Invasive Species Council of BC

Help Cariboo Communities: Become a Healthy Habitat Leader with the Invasive Species Council of BC

Young adults aged 15-30 are invited to volunteer with the Invasive Species Council of BC’s (ISCBC) Healthy Habitats project to help prevent the spread of invasive species in British Columbia. Volunteers will benefit from training and leadership opportunities while developing and enhancing their skills. ISCBC co-ordinates efforts to tackle invasive species across the province and […]

Low-carbon Electrification in BC: Next Steps for BC Hydro

Low-carbon Electrification in BC: Next Steps for BC Hydro

By Tom Hackney, Policy Advisor for the BC Sustainable Energy Association – The BC government recently began Phase 2 of its Comprehensive Review of BC Hydro. A key component is determining how BC Hydro will support the low-carbon electrification – getting off fossil fuels and onto clean, renewable electricity – that is required by the […]

UN Urged to Protect Nature and Humankind from Electromagnetic Fields

UN Urged to Protect Nature and Humankind from Electromagnetic Fields

4G/5G Antenna Densification is Escalating Health Risks – A Global Crisis – The Advisors to the International EMF Scientist Appeal, representing 248 scientists from 42 nations, have resubmitted The Appeal to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Inger Andersen, requesting the UNEP reassess the potential biological impacts of next generation 4G and 5G […]

The Final Liquidation – A BC Forest Emergency

The Final Liquidation – A BC Forest Emergency

By Jim Cooperman – Despite the election of what we thought would be a more environmentally friendly government, British Columbia’s public forests continue to disappear at an alarming rate, with inadequate protection for all values including fish and wildlife habitat, community water supply protection, and recreation. Although these forests belong to the people of BC […]

Publisher’s Letter – Falling for the Earth

Publisher’s Letter – Falling for the Earth

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, The Green Gazette – Dear Readers, Now that fall is here, the desire to hold onto summer has slowly transformed into an appreciation for what the season brings. The wet Cariboo summer and fleeting hot, sunny days, although unusual, brought lush growth to the Earth and were a blessing in contrast […]

Finding Active Hope Through Climate Grief

Finding Active Hope Through Climate Grief

By Erin Hitchcock – In late summer I can still smell the wildflowers from my open window, while bees franticly scoop up as much nectar and pollen as they can before the days get colder and winter sings them all to sleep. The life around me is beautiful. I feel so much love for this […]

Fall Book Releases by  Harbour Publishing and Rocky Mountain Books

Fall Book Releases by Harbour Publishing and Rocky Mountain Books

Highballer: True Tales from a Treeplanting Life By Greg Nolan Published by Harbour Publishing In 1983 when he was 19, Greg Nolan was hired by a tree-planting contractor in Northern British Columbia. His crewmates didn’t know what to think of the wide-eyed kid whose mom drove him the 750 kilometres to hook upwith his first […]

Nourishing our Children | Fall 2019 | Rethinking Condiments

Nourishing our Children | Fall 2019 | Rethinking Condiments

By Barbara Schellenberg – Condiments should be used to elevate a meal and can be a great way to incorporate more nutrients into your diet, but I find they are more often served up to mask the flavour or lack of flavour in food. As with everything, it is important to have a strong foundation; […]

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Fall 2019

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Fall 2019

The Bells Lake Observatory is about 600 ft from our home. Behind the observatory and to the sides are forested or hay meadows. Bells Lake is 200 ft to the east. It is usually very quiet here, except for birds rustling along the shore. When you add the night sky and the vastness of space […]

Gridless in Paradise

Gridless in Paradise

By Ron Young – “Off the grid” seems like such harsh terminology almost implying an accidental condition. It’s a First World reference that means living without connection to the electricity grid of the industrialized world but in many ways also independent of a lot of other constraints that most of us have become conditioned to […]

Hiking with Kids: Planning Your Backpacking Adventure This Summer

Hiking with Kids: Planning Your Backpacking Adventure This Summer

By Jessica Kirby – There certainly are things harder to do with children–grocery shopping, eating in a fancy restaurant, sleeping through the night–but backpacking doesn’t have to be one of them. With adequate planning and a few creative tricks it can be a marvelous way to get out into the wilderness with the family, burn […]

Tŝilhqot’in Community Radio A Tool to Enrich Culture and Communication

Tŝilhqot’in Community Radio A Tool to Enrich Culture and Communication

By Sage Birchwater – Tŝilhqot’in Community Radio 104.5 FM will celebrate its official launch on Aboriginal Day, June 21. The event will occur simultaneously in the six Tŝilhqot’in communities of Tl’eŝqox, Yuneŝit’in, Tl’etinqox, ʔEŝdilagh, Tŝi Deldel, and Xeni Gwet’in, as well as in Williams Lake at 79 Third Avenue North. For nearly two years now […]

Tŝilhqot’in Nation Deliver Historic Statement to the United Nations

Tŝilhqot’in Nation Deliver Historic Statement to the United Nations

Chief Joe Alphonse of Tl’etinqox, Chief Francis Laceese of Tl’esqox, Chief Jimmy Lulua of XeniGwet’in, and Chief Otis Guichon of TsiDeldel attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York City to represent the Tŝilhqot’in Nation while Chief Russell Myers Ross of Yunesit’in and Chief Roy Stump of ?Esdilagh remained back […]

Vancouver School Strike for Climate Action

Vancouver School Strike for Climate Action

By Leonardo DeGorter – Vancouver students walked out of their schools on May 3 for the fourth time since December. The school strike for climate action has a clear goal: address world leaders to take action against climate change in order to avoid its worst consequences. By fighting for a better future at an early […]

Local Food Quesnel | Guardian of the Vegetables: Trying to Chill

Local Food Quesnel | Guardian of the Vegetables: Trying to Chill

By Terri Smith – Let’s talk refrigeration and climate change. At the start of April, the federal government awarded multi-billion-dollar company Loblaws $12 million to upgrade the company’s coolers in an effort to meet Canada’s emission targets. Just let that sink in for a minute. This amount is a drop in the bucket for Loblaws, […]

Silencing the Songbirds: Southeast Asia’s illegal and unsustainable trade is pushing a multitude of songbird species towards extinction.

Silencing the Songbirds: Southeast Asia’s illegal and unsustainable trade is pushing a multitude of songbird species towards extinction.

By Chris R. Shepherd – Having birds around is something most Canadians take for granted. Spring, especially, is full of bird songs as the migrants return and mating season’s singing rituals commence. However, in some parts of the world, these songs are being silenced by the illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade. Globally, the illegal wildlife […]

Science Matters | We Must Reverse Biodiversity Loss to Save Ourselves

Science Matters | We Must Reverse Biodiversity Loss to Save Ourselves

By David Suzuki – We should appreciate nature for its own sake. After all, we’re part of it. We must also recognize that nature gives us what we need to stay healthy and survive. What we do to nature, we do to ourselves. Healthy oceans and the plankton they support give us most of the […]

Banning Plastic Bags: No Easy Solutions

Banning Plastic Bags: No Easy Solutions

Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: Becoming Waste Wise By Tera Grady – Bans on plastic bags are a hot topic in BC, lately. Several municipalities across the province are working on bylaws to ban single-use plastic bags and the City of Victoria has been leading the way. Its ban came […]

No Time Left To Waste: Managing Your Organic Waste

No Time Left To Waste: Managing Your Organic Waste

By Oliver Berger – Over half of the waste in our society is organic leftovers we can re-purpose to make valuable additions back into our everyday lives. I get asked a lot why we cannot have organics diversion bins in our city or the Cariboo region. The answer for this is the cost. When handling […]

Repair Cafe: If It’s Broken, Fix It!

Repair Cafe: If It’s Broken, Fix It!

By Brianna van de Wijngaard – The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society (CCCS) hosted its first ever Repair Café on Saturday, May 11 at the Potato House in Williams Lake. The weather was perfect, and it was heartwarming to see how many people love to use and share skills that are almost becoming a lost art. […]

The Islands and The Undertaker

The Islands and The Undertaker

By Angela Gutzer – The islands of Haida Gwaii had been calling me back after seven years. A local told me that it’s a sign you will live here if, when you are leaving the island you see a whale on your way out. It happened to her and she never looked back. On the […]

Opinion: Why Should We Protect the Horsefly River Watershed?

Opinion: Why Should We Protect the Horsefly River Watershed?

By Helen Englund – The Horsefly River watershed is located 75 km southeast of Williams Lake in the Cariboo Region of BC and encompasses approximately 286,000 hectares. The river is approximately 98 km in length and drains into Quesnel Lake. The lake feeds the Quesnel River, which meets the Fraser River in the community of […]

Nourishing our Children | Summer 2019 | Six Healthy Food Tips for Your Kids This Summer

Nourishing our Children | Summer 2019 | Six Healthy Food Tips for Your Kids This Summer

By Barbara Schellenberg – With the school year winding down and the summer holidays sparkling on the horizon it’s a good time to start laying the foundation for the summer months. Kids do a big part of their growing in the summer months, they are also often more active and that means it is crucial […]

Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Skywatch with Bill Irwin

By the time this issue comes out, the summer season will be rolling in. The smoke of recent years has taken its toll of some of the prime observing time for most casual observers. That is August and September, when nights are dark enough and warm enough. The sun is the dominant astronomical object of […]

Conservation Conversation: The Potato Project

Conservation Conversation: The Potato Project

By Nola Daintith and Rodger Hamilton – For the last three years, two very generous market gardeners near Soda Creek, north of Williams Lake, have opened their potato patches and other vegetable fields in the fall to the Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society (CCCS). Members of the CCCS along with friends, students, and assorted dogs have spent […]

The Land and My Body Are Not So Separate

The Land and My Body Are Not So Separate

By Venta Rutkauskas – Summer beckons us to explore a landscape at the peak of its fertility while around the province, arts and culture events sprout and blossom into fruitful exchanges of energy. Music festivals, art walks, markets, and more, set themselves against the backdrop of British Columbia’s inspired terrain. It’s a time to revel […]

Electric Car – So Good So Far

Electric Car – So Good So Far

By Lisa Hilton – As our eight-year-old zips around the yard on his little electric dirt bike, courtesy of Canadian Tire, I can’t help but ponder the future of electric travel. It seems that the electric travel industry took a hundred-year hiatus, but since the turn of the millennia, it’s come sizzling back with a […]

Williams Lake City Council to Consider Single-use Plastics Ban

Williams Lake City Council to Consider Single-use Plastics Ban

By Erin Hitchcock – I can’t remember when I first learned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but I remember the sheer shock and disbelief at how so much plastic could end up in the ocean. Why had no one done anything about it? While attempts are being made to do that, successful results remain […]

Scenes from the Puddle: Mountain Biking Around Williams Lake

Scenes from the Puddle: Mountain Biking Around Williams Lake

By Shawn Lewis – Williams Lake, aka the Puddle, is not unique in being home to great mountain biking. Sure, we have been dubbed the Shangri-La of mountain biking by Bike Magazine, and most recently called “BC’s Best Adventure Town,” by Explore magazine, but we live in a beautiful province filled with amazing sites and […]

Opinion: Williams Lake Final Destination for CN’s Garbage?

Opinion: Williams Lake Final Destination for CN’s Garbage?

By Stephanie Bird, on behalf of Rail Ties Be Wise, Williams Lake – Who stands to gain if rail ties are burned at the biomass power generator in Williams Lake? Certainly, Canadian National Railway (CN) will benefit. The company would have a simple solution to its problem—the trackside accumulation of waste rail ties between here […]

The Nature Trust of BC: Critical Habitat in the Cariboo

The Nature Trust of BC: Critical Habitat in the Cariboo

By Jessica Kirby – with files from the Nature Trust of BC and Samantha Penner The Nature Trust of British Columbia (NTBC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving ecologically significant land across the province for vulnerable wildlife, fish, and plants. Since 1971, it has acquired more than 71,000 hectares (175,000 acres) of critical habitat, […]

Canadian Food for Children: Creative Recycling Helps Children Around the World

Canadian Food for Children: Creative Recycling Helps Children Around the World

By LeRae Haynes – Williams Lake volunteers with Canadian Food for Children have taken recycling to a humanitarian level, turning pillow cases and T-shirts into dresses; discarded yarn into pneumonia vests for infants and into leprosy bandages; and tuna cans into candles for light and warmth. Canadian Food for Children works to relieve the suffering […]

Save the Oceans, Save Yourself

Save the Oceans, Save Yourself

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – June 8 is World Oceans Day. Much like Earth Day, it is a day to truly be celebrated every day one chooses to visit the ocean. But, similarly to Christmas, it’s wonderful to dedicate one entire day to one specific cause. The oceans are certainly worthy of our celebrations. Why? […]

Green Business: Green Tree Health and Wellness:  Endings and New Beginnings

Green Business: Green Tree Health and Wellness: Endings and New Beginnings

By Terri Smith – “It was just one of those things where you know that it was meant to be,” says Marilyn Allin of Green Tree Health and Wellness with a smile. She describes the whole experience of buying the business 11 years ago and moving out to BC as one of those times where, […]

Green Business: Frank’s Plants and Produce: Seeking sustainability one seedling at a time

Green Business: Frank’s Plants and Produce: Seeking sustainability one seedling at a time

By LeRae Haynes – It’s been a busy, verdant season at Frank’s Plants and Produce in Horsefly, kicked off by Seedy Saturday, the Mother’s Day build-your-own basket event, and the Williams Lake Farmer’s Market. The home-based greenhouse, growing a wide range of veggies, flowers, shrubs, fruit vines, and herbs, is owned and run by Frank […]

World Environment Day Highlights Air Pollution

World Environment Day Highlights Air Pollution

By Erin Hitchcock – One of the best ways to challenge climate change is by tackling air pollution, and we all have our own unique roles to play. Whether pledging to stop idling, reducing consumption, or actively pressuring for change there is something each one of us can do and we need to start immediately. […]

Arts on the Fly’s Annual Summer Festival in Beautiful Horsefly, BC

Arts on the Fly’s Annual Summer Festival in Beautiful Horsefly, BC

Article By Brandon Hoffman, Artistic Director, Arts on the Fly Festival – Arts on the Fly’s annual summer festival is set to fly again, July 12 and 13 in beautiful downtown Horsefly, BC. This year brings a bouquet of exciting new acts to the Cariboo, plus just as many tried-and-true favourites. The Sadies are a […]

Sailing for Good – Tiny Home on the Big Blue

Sailing for Good – Tiny Home on the Big Blue

By Vanessa Moberg – How much can go wrong during your first two weeks living aboard a sailboat? A lot. My husband, filmmaker Robert Moberg, and I made a huge leap in April, moving aboard our 34-foot boat we’ve named “For Good”. We’re on a mission to find stories of hope for the Earth in […]

The Tears of Cassandra

The Tears of Cassandra

By Guy Dauncey – The summer days bring exquisite shades of green. The bees are out, the ants rush around, and the wind rustles quietly in the tops of the trees.Tiny mauve butterflies flit in and out of the flowers.A fresh-baked rhubarb sponge cake sits on the kitchen counter. Life is sensuous, beautiful, and quite […]

Letter from the Publisher | It’s Not Easy Being Green, but What Else is There?

Letter from the Publisher | It’s Not Easy Being Green, but What Else is There?

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – Dear Readers, The Cariboo is in full blossom and everywhere we look nature is filling in spaces with a riot of green. The return of warmer temperatures brings into focus the desire to make the most of what the season offers and get out into the great outdoors. Along with […]

Earth Day April 22

Earth Day April 22

By Diana French – On April 22, Earth Day will be celebrated by groups and individuals all around the world. Williams Lake will mark the event with a rally sponsored by Cariboo Chilcotin for Planet Earth at Herb Gardner Park starting at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. There are plenty of issues to […]

Rivershed Profile: Ella Parker—A focus on watersheds

Rivershed Profile: Ella Parker—A focus on watersheds

By Lisa Bland – Ella Parker has always loved rivers, even before participating in the Rivershed Society of BC’s Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP) last summer. She grew up in the Yukon and has extensive river experience, including day- and week-long trips in the summer to the Takhini River with her family and multi-day river […]

Rivershed Profile: Sasha Makhneva—Experiencing nature is the best way to be inspired to protect it

Rivershed Profile: Sasha Makhneva—Experiencing nature is the best way to be inspired to protect it

By Lisa Bland – Sasha Makhneva is an environmental science student at Simon Fraser University with many creative talents and interests such as singing, art, drawing, and music. She also loves to explore and go on epic adventures. Originally from Russia and now living in Burnaby, BC, Sasha was inspired by Fin Donnelly, founder and […]

Rivershed Profile: Sammy Penner—A passion for conservation and sustainability

Rivershed Profile: Sammy Penner—A passion for conservation and sustainability

By Lisa Bland – Sammy Penner’s love for the natural world began at an early age. She grew up in an outdoorsy family and has been surrounded by nature all her life. She’s always felt connected to the water. Sammy’s father was a fisherman, their family lived on the Fraser River delta, and later along […]

Rivershed Profile: Myka Kollmann—Reflections on a river journey to the sea

Rivershed Profile: Myka Kollmann—Reflections on a river journey to the sea

By Lisa Bland – Myka Kollmann grew up in the Bronx, New York and has lived in Vancouver for the past 13 years. She is currently a fourth-year undergrad at UBC studying social justice and environmental studies. Myka enjoys working in her community and being out in nature. She has been volunteering with a local […]

Rivershed Profile: Erica Stahl—A bigger picture in shifting the focus to riversheds

Rivershed Profile: Erica Stahl—A bigger picture in shifting the focus to riversheds

By Lisa Bland – Erica Stahl is a public interest environmental lawyer. She grew up in Vancouver and worked at the Canadian Environmental Law Association for two years after completing Law School in Toronto where she obtained a joint Master’s degree in environmental studies and law. She now works for West Coast Environmental Law in […]

Rivershed Profile: Brandi Wattam—Building the foundation for a dream

Rivershed Profile: Brandi Wattam—Building the foundation for a dream

By Lisa Bland – Brandi Wattam is a passionate naturalist. Growing up in Ontario, she spent a lot of time outdoors and canoeing. In BC, she has worked in a number of nature-related jobs including seasonal fruit picking, mushroom picking, treeplanting, and working in greenhouses. Brandi also has a passion for facilitation and leadership, working […]

Rivershed Profile: Riley Brennan—A watershed perspective for change

Rivershed Profile: Riley Brennan—A watershed perspective for change

By Lisa Bland – Riley Brennan has always felt connected to nature, and she has spent a lot of time recreational canoeing and fishing. She lives at the confluence of the Nechako and Fraser rivers in Prince George and is studying political science, environmental studies, and business at the University of Northern BC. Riley sits […]

Rivershed Profile: Brock Endean—Building community along the river

Rivershed Profile: Brock Endean—Building community along the river

By Lisa Bland – Brock Endean grew up in the rural community of Chase, BC, in unceded Secwépemc territory. He loves to learn and explore the natural world and is currently a youth director on the Fraser Basin Council (FBC). Brock is Métis on his mother’s side and has volunteered and worked with many rural […]

Rivershed Profile: Vanessa Scott—A voice for change in the headwaters

Rivershed Profile: Vanessa Scott—A voice for change in the headwaters

By Lisa Bland – Vanessa Scott’s passion for the ocean and water began in childhood. She grew up sailing in the Mediterranean and Pacific Northwest, and her family has lived on the BC coast for four generations. She currently resides in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and has studied journalism, communications and, more recently, […]

Rivershed Profile: Lisa Bland—Flowing with the river for change

Rivershed Profile: Lisa Bland—Flowing with the river for change

By Lisa Bland – Lisa loves being on and near the water and has lived in wild beautiful places for as long as she can remember. The tidal pools and temperate rainforests of rural communities in coastal British Columbia where she grew up shaped her sense of place, passion, and commitment towards caring for the […]

Sustainable Living Leadership Program

Sustainable Living Leadership Program

Most Delicious Dressing

Most Delicious Dressing

By Terri Smith – This dressing is often made at Long Table Grocery to dress up any vegetable dish and is a variation of one made by Martin Comtois in the ArtsWells kitchen. Through trial and error and guessing the ingredients we came up with our own version that we now use on everything. We […]

Nourishing our Children | Spring 2019

Nourishing our Children | Spring 2019

Nutrient Dense Meals by Barbara Schellenberg – Navigating the school lunch: How to train picky eaters to eat the nourishing meals their bodies and minds need to grow and learn. Having a good supply of nutrients to sustain your child’s mind and body through the demanding school day will give them more tools for success. […]

Pachamama Works to ‘Awaken the Dreamer’ in the Community

Pachamama Works to ‘Awaken the Dreamer’ in the Community

By Erin Hitchcock – A local group has started within the community to bring forth the Pachamama Alliance’s message. The vision that informs the Pachamama Alliance’s work is of a world that works for everyone: an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet—a new dream for humanity. This non-profit organization based […]

Lost and Found  on Quadra Island

Lost and Found on Quadra Island

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor – It was an easy mistake, something any one of us could have done. But whether any one of us would have survived unscathed is a different question entirely. It was mid-November 2018 when Roberta Robson (75) and Karen Talbot (69) left a home on the north end of Quadra […]

Science Matters: You May Not Like Insects, But You Need Them

Science Matters: You May Not Like Insects, But You Need Them

By David Suzuki – An alarming scientific review has found human activity is driving insects to extinction. When the bottom of the food chain is endangered, so, too, is everything up the chain—including people. Insect declines threaten birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians that eat insects, as well as the many plants that require them for […]

Dan the Trash Man: Reliable Recycling Assistance in Williams Lake

Dan the Trash Man: Reliable Recycling Assistance in Williams Lake

By LeRae Haynes – Dan the Trash Man in Williams Lake has taken customer service to new heights by adding another green feature to his business. Besides garbage, recycling, glass, and yard debris, he also picks up composting. Dan Wilkinson worked for the original Trash Man owner starting in 2001 and purchased the business four […]

Swan Song Festival: A Nation-wide Festival Celebrating Life through Death

Swan Song Festival: A Nation-wide Festival Celebrating Life through Death

By Angela Gutzer and Nicola Finch, Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network – The swan symbolizes grace, beauty, love, and transformation. She signifies beauty in the aging process—the shedding of our undesirable characteristics on the path to re-connecting to our eternal inner light. She teaches us to use courage as we hit the pitfalls of life and […]

Three Paths to Solar Power

Three Paths to Solar Power

By Ron Young – In much of the world solar energy is rapidly becoming mainstream power. In Germany, one of the world’s most industrialized nations, renewables overtook coal as the leading source of power and now account for 41 per cent of the country’s electricity. Germany recently announced that it will begin to shut down […]

Scout Island Supports Migratory Species and Bird Enthusiasts

Scout Island Supports Migratory Species and Bird Enthusiasts

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of The Green Gazette – Birdwatching is turning heads among North American hobbyists. In fact, nature-based activities like wildlife viewing have grown exponentially in Western Canada over the past decade and the reasons are not a surprise: being in nature is exciting, educational, and healthy, and we all feel better for […]

No Time Left To Waste: The Cost of Fashion

No Time Left To Waste: The Cost of Fashion

By Oliver Berger – What goes through your mind when you open your closet? I will tell you what has been echoing in my brain lately… “The clothing industry is the second-largest polluter in the world, second only to the oil industry.” For the past decade companies have been mass producing more clothes than ever […]

The heART of the Matter: Celebrating 50 years for Community Arts Council

The heART of the Matter: Celebrating 50 years for Community Arts Council

By Venta Rutkauskas – Art saved my life. How about you? Each artist’s journey is akin to their fingerprint. It’s why I adore interviewing them, searching the sands of their process for clues or pearls of insight that might decode the art they make. I do this, I chase the spark of inspiration in others […]

Skywatch with Bill Irwin | Spring 2019

Skywatch with Bill Irwin | Spring 2019

At the time of writing this we are having a real cold snap. Often it is clear at night during these Arctic outflows and if the moon isn’t interfering, those bright winter stars can be spectacular, with Orion the hunter leading the charge in his constant battle with Taurus the bull. Gemini the twins are […]

Streamkeepers in Horsefly

Streamkeepers in Horsefly

By Judy Hillaby – The Cariboo is an exciting place to live and work and getting out in the lakes and streams is an important part of enjoying life here. Streamkeepers helps with this—it is a volunteer organization that has existed in BC for 40 years and has over 100 member groups. Horsefly Streamkeepers is […]

Local Food: Guardian of the Vegetables

Local Food: Guardian of the Vegetables

By Terri Smith – Hello, Everyone! I’m excited to begin this new column on local food. Local food has been my passion for over a decade, and my own journey of eating it, growing it, selling it, and teaching about it has been both fascinating and difficult, but always rewarding. While there are many parts […]

Shark Fin Import/Export Ban comes to Parliament for the Third Time

Shark Fin Import/Export Ban comes to Parliament for the Third Time

Fin Donnelly, Member of Parliament for Port-Moody-Coquitlam, is sponsoring Bill S-238, the Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act, which passed in the Senate late last year and will now be reviewed by the House of Commons. This bill, introduced by Senator Michael MacDonald, would prohibit the import and export of shark fins into and out […]

Book Review: Tsilhqot’in Voices

Book Review: Tsilhqot’in Voices

By Sage Birchwater – If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the recently released book Tsilhqot’in Voices: Our Place, Our People, Our Story is a veritable encyclopedia. Published in late 2018 by the Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG), the book’s 62 spectacular photographs and quotations from 18 Tsilhqot’in elders, leaders, and youth offer a […]

Conservation Conversation: World Water Day March 22

Conservation Conversation: World Water Day March 22

By Jenny Howell – I have been teaching Water Wise classes to elementary kids for many years now. It is in many ways the ideal job with lots of variety and flexibility, including outdoor classes at Gavin Lake near Likely, BC in the fall and in February; in-class sessions through the winter months; special events […]

BC Set to Attract Investment, Build on Climate Commitments with Budget 2019

BC Set to Attract Investment, Build on Climate Commitments with Budget 2019

Lawyers with West Coast Environmental Law applauded BC’s Budget 2019 for delivering on funding promises to implement the government’s climate plan, CleanBC. The organization argued that funding aggressive climate action makes sense both economically and environmentally but cautioned that there needs to be greater urgency across government to achieve BC’s climate goals. “BC is a […]

Smartphone Habits: Take Back Your Time

Smartphone Habits: Take Back Your Time

Submitted by The Rhythm Club – Look to your left, or your right. If your smartphone isn’t within a foot of you (assuming you’re not reading this on your mobile) you’re one in a million. It’s not news that smartphones have pervaded every area of our lives, but the stats on exactly how our compulsive […]

Green Business: The Guitar Seller – Selling Happiness Since 1978

Green Business: The Guitar Seller – Selling Happiness Since 1978

By LeRae Haynes – Regardless of your skill level or area of musical interest, The Guitar Seller in Williams Lake is a music lover’s music store where you are genuinely welcome to come hang out, be inspired, or fall in love with the perfect musical instrument. The personable, professional, and helpful staff is made up […]

Seedy Saturday in Quesnel: Food In Changing Times

Seedy Saturday in Quesnel: Food In Changing Times

By Terri Smith – The theme for Quesnel’s Seedy Saturday event this year is “Growing Food in Changing Times.” Even a few years ago this may have seemed an almost hypothetical topic to many of us. Most people recognized climate change has been happening, but it hadn’t noticeably affected most of us in the Cariboo […]

Wild Spring Eating

Wild Spring Eating

By Terri Smith – Spring is almost here. But it may be a while yet before you are ready to plant your garden. While you are still dreaming and planning for summer abundance don’t forget that there is already excellent spring eating right outside your door. Part of the excitement of preparing the garden for […]

Green Up Your Spring-Cleaning Routine:  Your Body ­(and the Planet!) Will Thank You

Green Up Your Spring-Cleaning Routine: Your Body ­(and the Planet!) Will Thank You

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – Here in British Columbia, winter extends from mid-November to late-April, depending on the region. In some places, the snow never stays very long while in other far-flung regions the icy chill refuses to let go until well past May Day. Over the winter, we’ve retreated to our warm, indoor spaces […]

How Much Have We Wasted?

How Much Have We Wasted?

Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: Becoming Waste Wise By Tera Grady – Ever wonder how much we have wasted? Since 2013, Cariboo Regional District residents have sent 267,000 tonnes of waste to the three regional landfill sites and, unfortunately, the amount of waste generated in the Cariboo region is going […]

Reading, Riting,  Rithmetic–and Regeneration

Reading, Riting, Rithmetic–and Regeneration

By Guy Dauncey – For 200 years, students have been urged to learn the 3 Rs of reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic. In recent years, thinkers of various political persuasions have proposed adding a fourth R including running, relationships, religion, race, ‘rithms (for algorithms), respect, road safety, Ritalin, rifle-shooting, revolvers, and (appropriately) resuscitation. There is another […]

New Spring Releases from Rocky Mountain Books

New Spring Releases from Rocky Mountain Books

Stories from the magic canoe of Wa’xaid Rocky Mountain Books is also pleased to announce the release of Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid—a remarkable and profound collection of reflections by one of North America’s most important Indigenous leaders. Who better to tell the narrative of our times about the restoration of land and […]

Publisher’s Letter: New Beginnings

Publisher’s Letter: New Beginnings

By Lisa Bland,  Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – Dear Readers, It’s almost spring, and it feels like time to re-energize and transform a winter’s worth of dreams into action! All winter long our team at The Green Gazette has been busy behind the scenes remodelling our format and expanding our reach throughout the Cariboo. We are excited to […]

Herbicide Use in the BC Interior

Herbicide Use in the BC Interior

By Jim Hilton – In a recent BC government press release, the spraying of forests to control deciduous plants that interfere with conifers was reduced from 16,000 hectares to 10,000. Most of the herbicide treatment was taking place between Prince George and Quesnel, and the main reason for the reduced use of herbicides was concern […]

New Year Perspective: Declutter for Life

New Year Perspective: Declutter for Life

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Sometimes success is a matter of perception. This January, when the fuss and bustle of the holidays has passed and you are left in the quiet (sometimes, too quiet) that follows, consider this a time to succeed at something that requires quiet and focus: decluttering. We strive […]

And a Mindful New Year to All

And a Mindful New Year to All

By Jessica Kirby – With the New Year comes myriad promises to turn over a new leaf, make important changes in our lives, and better ourselves in some way. You may vow to hit the gym, clean up your food choices, quit something unhealthy, or run 5 km a day—and I hope you do. But […]

Fraser Watershed Initiative Watershed Restoration Conference 2019

Fraser Watershed Initiative Watershed Restoration Conference 2019

The Fraser River is the most productive salmon producing watershed on the planet and one of the most biologically diverse in North America. It covers one quarter of British Columbia and has been the unceded, untreatied home to almost 100 Indigenous nations for over 12,000 years. Despite the watershed’s significance to communities, industry, and cultures, […]

Publisher’s Letter: Transformation—Turning Fifty

Publisher’s Letter: Transformation—Turning Fifty

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – Well folks, we’ve finally made it to issue #50 of TheGreenGazette. If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that each step was made possible through the support of the amazing people and businesses of the Cariboo Region, and many others from BC and beyond contributing to a monumental collective effort. Fifty […]

Nightwish – A Vehicle of Spirit

Nightwish – A Vehicle of Spirit

By Rebecca Patenaude – “Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself” ~ L. Wolfe Gilbert Since I was a young child, I had a deep sense of connection and an inherent fascination with the manifestations of the natural world. The experience of external […]

Raising Amadeus: Saying goodbye

Raising Amadeus: Saying goodbye

By Terri Smith – As I write this, Amadeus is dying. That’s not how I wanted to begin, but there it is. I just wanted you to know. If you are reading this, chances are he has touched your life in some way and it’s good to be able to say goodbye. He’s gone now. […]

2019 UN International Year of Indigenous Languages: Protecting and Preserving

2019 UN International Year of Indigenous Languages: Protecting and Preserving

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Because languages matter in peace building, cultural preservation, development, and reconciliation the United Nations declared 2019 an International Year of Indigenous Languages. Languages are crucial to the daily lives of people as tools of communication, education, social integration, and development, and they function as ways to record […]

Bill 49-2018: Professional Governance Act Introduced in BC

Bill 49-2018: Professional Governance Act Introduced in BC

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, George Heyman, has tabled new legislation intended to improve regulation of the qualified professionals who make decisions about British Columbia’s natural resources. Bill 49 follows a public engagement process to review the Professional Reliance model of decision-making and an independent report and recommendations by noted environmental lawyer Mark […]

Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club

Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club

Submitted by the WLCCSC – The Williams Lake Cross-Country Ski Club is partnered with Recreation Sites and Trails BC (Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations) and maintains and operates the Bull Mountain Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe area, which is located 16 km north of Williams Lake. The Bull Mountain trail network includes 28 […]

Conservation Conversation: Giving the Arctic a voice in the face of climate change

Conservation Conversation: Giving the Arctic a voice in the face of climate change

By Vanessa Moberg, CCCS Coordinator – In August, my husband Robert and I were thrilled to receive an invitation from Adventure Canada to act as media team for the “Into the Northwest Passage” voyage. What an exquisite place the Arctic is! The vistas are infinitely stark, yet stunning at the same time. Upon first glance, […]

Green Business:  Laketown Furnishings – Building community and keeping a low carbon footprint

Green Business: Laketown Furnishings – Building community and keeping a low carbon footprint

By LeRae Haynes – Laketown Furnishings in Williams Lake represents the best of small-town businesses, providing stellar customer service, supporting a vibrant, diverse community, and working to protect the planet. The store opened its doors in Williams Lake in June 1971. Current owner Bob Sunner grew up in the store and said when he and […]

Pumpkin Rosemary Flatbread

Pumpkin Rosemary Flatbread

By Pat Teti – It’s the peak of autumn squash season as I write this, but you might be reading it when most pumpkins are in landfills and scarce on store shelves. Fortunately, they preserve well by freezing and canning so if you’re lucky, you’ve got some that you’ve put away. Otherwise, you can try […]

Wireless Wisdom: Unplugging for more than mindfulness

Wireless Wisdom: Unplugging for more than mindfulness

By Alison Main – The digital world has taken over our lives. There are millions of apps to explore, snaps to share, friends to “Like,” emojis to text, and emails to follow us wherever we roam. Undoubtedly, this communication stream increases our productivity. But what are the consequences of this wirelessly interconnected world—not just for […]

Nourishing our Children | Nov/Dec/Jan 2018-19

Nourishing our Children | Nov/Dec/Jan 2018-19

By Barbara Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY School Snack Bars (Makes 12 bars) Ingredients 2 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup rolled oats, blended to a coarse powder in food processor 1/2 cup raisins, finely chopped 3/4 cup coconut, shredded 1/2 cup dates, finely chopped 2 tablespoons wheat germ 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg 2 […]

Think Global, Shop Local

Think Global, Shop Local

By Vanessa Moberg – I guess by now you’ve heard that Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is the richest man in modern history. It seems that online shopping is here to stay, and retail operations everywhere are struggling to survive. Whoever thought Sears would shut down? It’s ironic, really, considering it was the original mail-order company. Heck, […]

A Message to the Climate Choir

A Message to the Climate Choir

By Guy Dauncey – I continue to be obsessed with the urgency of the climate crisis, at the expense of my other main project, the book I’m writing on The Economics of Kindness: The Birth of a New Cooperative Economy. This summer’s forest fires and smoke-filled skies must surely have left many people asking, “What […]

The Salvation Army: When giving is a gift to the giver

The Salvation Army: When giving is a gift to the giver

By LeRae Haynes – The Salvation Army in Williams Lake, with its ever-expanding array of services and programs in the community, is gearing up for a busy winter season that includes warm clothing, great winter activities, and holiday meals for clients, as well as its annual fundraiser: the Christmas kettles. Coming in January will be […]

Legalizing the Green

Legalizing the Green

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – “Brace yourselves: Even friendlier Canadians are coming.” The excitement was bristly as this and other tongue-in-cheek memes made the social media rounds in October leading up to Canada’s legalization of marijuana—a landmark accomplishment for weed activists, medical consumers, and recreational users country-wide. The federal government’s decision to […]

Incredible Student Effort at the Heart of Annual Medieval Market in Williams Lake November 24 & 25

Incredible Student Effort at the Heart of Annual Medieval Market in Williams Lake November 24 & 25

Submitted by the Medieval Market Committee – “Kids nowadays.” How many of us have heard, or perhaps even uttered this phrase with a tone of frustration or even derision? Although many people argue that “kids have changed,” others truly believe that kids have not changed, but rather the world around them has changed. This is […]

Cariboo Growers Co-op Closure Invites New Interest in Local Food Business

Cariboo Growers Co-op Closure Invites New Interest in Local Food Business

Cariboo Growers has been the place to go for locally grown meat and produce for many smaller producers in the Cariboo-Chilcotin year-round for ten years. The store closed its doors on October 31 with a final celebration Harvest Sale enabling the community to enjoy a last feast of excellent local food sold at the Co-op […]

No Time Left To Waste: To tree or not to tree?

No Time Left To Waste: To tree or not to tree?

By Oliver Berger – It’ll be a random day at home, a bit chilly outside, and I’ll be semi caught-up on typical property-owner duties. The sun will break through the cloudy or snowy day and I’ll think, “Now is a good time to get my Christmas tree.” I do this in a go-as-you-are fashion, bathrobe, […]

Rocky Mountain Books Releases Two New Titles

Rocky Mountain Books Releases Two New Titles

Looking for something for your holiday reading list? Rocky Mountain Books is pleased to announce the release of two compelling books, Total Transition: The Human Side of the Renewable Energy Revolution, by Sandeep Pai and Savannah Carr-Wilson, and Quenching the Dragon: The Canada-China Water Crisis, by Robert William Sandford. In Total Transition: The Human Side […]

Waste Wise | Managing Garbage Requires Planning

Waste Wise | Managing Garbage Requires Planning

By Tera Grady – The provincial government has given all Regional Districts in British Columbia the responsibility of solid waste management planning. This means the Cariboo Regional District produces a Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) every 10 years to identify targets for waste reduction and strategies to manage the waste produced in the region. The […]

Guru puja at Gendun Drubpa Buddhist Centre in celebration of Lama Tsong Khapa Day

Guru puja at Gendun Drubpa Buddhist Centre in celebration of Lama Tsong Khapa Day

By Dianne Noort – On December 2 from 1:30–3:00 p.m. Gendun Drubpa Buddhist Centre in Williams Lake will offer a puja. We offer various pujas several times a year. Sometimes it is to Medicine Buddha or to Tara. The upcoming puja is a Guru puja. Puja means “offering” in Sanskrit, and this practice of making […]

Kindergarteners at Scout Island Nature Centre  learn outside

Kindergarteners at Scout Island Nature Centre learn outside

By Venta Rutkauskas – Research in education and child development has prompted a wave of publicity for nature-based and forest schools. Experts agree that children thrive in the outdoors, while the benefits attached are academic, social, and personal. Children who learn in the outdoors generally have decreased anxiety and hyper-activity, increased self-confidence, and stronger, healthier […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki |  Will the world act on climate change before it’s too late?

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Will the world act on climate change before it’s too late?

By David Suzuki – When our children and grandchildren and those of us still here in 20 years look back to this time, will we say it was when the world finally got serious about the climate crisis? Or will we mark a tragic time when political and business leaders prioritized short-term economic gain over […]

Bringing Back the Wildhood

Bringing Back the Wildhood

By Kristine Webber – Let me start by saying I don’t generally align myself with the RV crowd. (Not that there’s anything wrong with RVing; when I go on vacation I prefer to either sleep under the stars or have a soft bed and room service.) So imagine my surprise when I saw the new […]

New Paradigm Teas: Lifestyle meets wild-crafted teas in BC wilderness

New Paradigm Teas: Lifestyle meets wild-crafted teas in BC wilderness

By LeRae Haynes – Some of the locally-produced treasures available at the Williams Lake Medieval Market on November 24 and 25 are four beautiful teas grown, harvested, and made by Callie Borkowski at New Paradigm Teas. Borkowski wild-crafts four blends of fragrant teas: Anise Petal, Orange Balm, Mighty Mint, and Lemon Bliss. She became interested […]

Pro-rep governments look after the environment and the economy better

Pro-rep governments look after the environment and the economy better

By Tim Pearson – Most British Columbians care deeply about the environment. Perhaps it is because of our jaw-dropping scenery and iconic species, from ancient forests to grizzly bears to salmon and orcas. BC has extraordinary diversity and abundance: it is home to three-quarters of Canada’s mammal and bird species, and 70 per cent of […]

WWF Report Reveals Staggering Extent of Human Impact on Planet

WWF Report Reveals Staggering Extent of Human Impact on Planet

The Facts Populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have, on average, declined in size by 60 percent in just over 40 years. The biggest drivers of current biodiversity loss are overexploitation and agriculture, both linked to continually increasing human consumption. Given the interconnectivity between the health of nature, the well-being of people, and […]

Southern Dãkelh Nation Alliance

Southern Dãkelh Nation Alliance

By Sage Birchwater – The Southern Dãkelh Nation Alliance (SDNA) is poised to expand its capacity to manage its traditional lands and resources in co-operation with the federal and provincial governments. The Alliance, based in the Carrier Chilcotin Tribal Council CCTC offices in Williams Lake, was formalized in April 2017 when Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation, Lhtako […]

Gluten-Free Goodies

Gluten-Free Goodies

By Dr Katie DeGroot, ND – There is a lot of talk out there about gluten. Some people feel better when they don’t eat it or feel ill when they do. Other times people have been told by their doctor to go gluten-free to improve their health. But what is gluten, anyway, and how can […]

Foster Home for Puppies – A new lease on life

Foster Home for Puppies – A new lease on life

By LeRae Haynes – Sometimes the best way for a puppy to get a great start in life is to be taken in by a loving foster family. It takes a unique volunteer to open their home and their heart to a batch of puppies who many not make it without them. Nancy Jalbert is […]

Tis the Season: Keeping your pets safe and happy

Tis the Season: Keeping your pets safe and happy

By LeRae Haynes – Sharing a fun holiday season with your four-legged loved ones can be a true delight. It’s the season of giving, celebration with family and friends, great food, outdoor adventures, and social festivities. It can also be a time of potential mishaps for pets. According to Dr. Anna Ree, veterinarian at Animal […]

What’s a Death Doula?

What’s a Death Doula?

By Nicola Finch – Most of us are familiar with the role and function of a birth doula, but you may be hearing another term that is not so familiar. Death doulas are people who serve the dying and their families. It is a relatively new title, and some practitioners prefer to soften the description […]

Confessions of a Farmer: Trust your neighbour, not a label

Confessions of a Farmer: Trust your neighbour, not a label

By Terri Smith – As you may not know, new regulations regarding organic food came into effect at the beginning of September. It would seem a small thing to many because to most people it’s really not that interesting. The new regulations are a part of one large new document called “New Safe Food for […]

This Year, Take a Christmas Chill Pill

This Year, Take a Christmas Chill Pill

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – “I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” ~ Robert Frost The results are in: our planet is in rough shape. No, we […]

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

By Bill Irwin – This edition covers November, December, and January. That is a fair stretch. After a summer of well-placed, bright planets in the southern skies, this fall will be less spectacular. Mars will still be visible in the southwestern sky well into winter, fading and shrinking as it recedes from its close opposition […]

Laughing Loon Pub, Williams Lake

Laughing Loon Pub, Williams Lake

Laughing Loon Pub • Contact 1730A Broadway Ave S, Williams Lake, BC V2G 2W4 Hours: Monday to Saturday 11a.m.–11p.m. Sunday 11a.m.–9p.m. Website: www.laughingloonpub.com Phone: (778) 412-6655

A Spiritual Connection to Salmon

A Spiritual Connection to Salmon

This summer, the Downtown Williams Lake Business Improvement Association (WLBIA) put a call out to First Nations youth to apprentice in learning about creating murals with Dwayne Davis Arts. Being of Secmepemc descent, I was chosen and given the honour to contribute my art to the community. I began praying for a vision that would […]

Raising Amadeus: Alive and well

Raising Amadeus: Alive and well

By Terri Smith – Amadeus is doing quite well, thanks for asking! (I assume you’re curious or you wouldn’t be reading this.) I dread his passing for so many reasons, but one of them is that I’m going to have to answer so many, “How’s Amadeus?” questions in a way that will make people sad. […]

Confessions of a Farmer: Let’s Not Forget the Day the Sun Went Dark

Confessions of a Farmer: Let’s Not Forget the Day the Sun Went Dark

By Terri Smith – I hope that wherever you are as you are reading this in the not-too-distant future, there are clear or rainy skies and that you can breathe easily. We are moving out of yet another difficult fire summer. It’s hard not to be affected. I think it is probably good to recognize […]

Eco-friendly Homes with Mudgirls Natural Building Collective

Eco-friendly Homes with Mudgirls Natural Building Collective

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor – “Strong, connected, easy on the planet—these are the qualities of cob houses and of the astonishing group of women who construct them: the Mudgirls Natural Building Collective.” These words are straight out of a review of The Mudgirls Manifesto, a compelling and informative book released this year by the […]

Tŝilhqot’in Nation announces Peaceful Gathering at Teẑtan Biny and Yanah Biny; Seeks Injunction against Taseko Drilling Program

Tŝilhqot’in Nation announces Peaceful Gathering at Teẑtan Biny and Yanah Biny; Seeks Injunction against Taseko Drilling Program

The Tŝilhqot’in community of Xeni Gwet’in is assembling for a peaceful gathering and harvesting camp at Teẑtan Biny (Fish Lake) and Yanah Biny (Little Fish Lake), a place of profound cultural and spiritual significance for the Tŝilhqot’in people. This peaceful gathering and camp has the full support of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation. For over a decade […]

Conservation Conversation: The Rs Have It

Conservation Conversation: The Rs Have It

By Vanessa Moberg (& Oliver Berger) – Ah, plagiarism. I love it. I’m kidding, of course. (I also love irony.) My colleague Oliver has been working on a fun new Waste Wise brochure for our organization, and as a result, he and his roommates have been playing around with “The Three Rs”. You might have […]

Waste Wise | Recycling in the Cariboo: The War on Contamination

Waste Wise | Recycling in the Cariboo: The War on Contamination

By Tera Grady – Throughout the Cariboo, there are various recycling services in place including curbside recycling and recycling depots. With China’s strict policy on recyclables, the war on contamination in recyclable material is very important for recycling in BC. So, how do contamination rates compare through the recycling services in the Cariboo Regional District […]

Williams Lake Pride: Colourful Diversity

Williams Lake Pride: Colourful Diversity

By LeRae Haynes – Education, awareness, respect, and acceptance are at the heart of the newly-formed Williams Lake Pride, a group formed in November 2017 to support the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) community. Group founder Willa Julius says part of the reason she created it is because when she was young there wasn’t […]

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

By Dr Katie DeGroot, ND – At some point, you may have heard that fats are bad for you. But have you ever heard of omega 3 fatty acids, a kind of fat that is actually good for you? Omega 3 fatty acids are a type of fat that is critical to optimal health and […]

Blue Mind Citizen Science at La Duna Ecology Centre

Blue Mind Citizen Science at La Duna Ecology Centre

By Stephanie J. Rousso – Sixteen years of education can get you a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field. Upon graduation, the two primary choice paths are joining the scientific workforce or continuing onto a master’s degree or PhD. Yet, all the $200 textbooks and the dreamiest of dream jobs offer little in […]

National Forest Week: Contribute to innovation in the living laboratory of Canada

National Forest Week: Contribute to innovation in the living laboratory of Canada

Natalie A. Swift – Amidst the thick smoke we experienced this summer, I heard a common sentiment being expressed by residents of this region: we need to do things differently. This desire for change is an expression of a hunger for innovation, for new ideas and approaches to address the social, economic, and environmental issues […]

Ancient Forest Provincial Park: The Universal Boardwalk

Ancient Forest Provincial Park: The Universal Boardwalk

By Nowell Senior – The Ancient Forest is in the heart of the Interior Cedar Hemlock (ICH) zone, or Inland Temperate Rainforest, and is a unique and critical ecosystem that provides habitat for a core group of six mammals that signify a high level of wilderness. These mammals are lynx, grey wolf, wolverine, mountain caribou, […]

Will world peace ever be attainable?

Will world peace ever be attainable?

By Jim Cooperman – Fifty-one years ago in Oakland California, I joined with other anti-war activists to block buses full of inductees heading to the Induction Centre. With a loud speaker atop my old panel truck, I cruised the streets of Berkeley, announcing the action and driving protestors to the site. When a phalanx of […]

A Passion for Home Brewing

A Passion for Home Brewing

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor – I’ll tell you a little something about beer: it’s not what you think. It’s actually better. If you aren’t a fan of the golden, bubbly nectar of awesome, well, I forgive you. But, I’ll bet you didn’t know beer boosts brain health—studies show a 20 percent decline in the […]

No Time Left To Waste: I Recycle Everything

No Time Left To Waste: I Recycle Everything

By Oliver Berger – “I recycle everything.” Honestly, when I hear this statement I cringe. I am sure my fellow waste educators would also agree. Most people tell me these words with optimistic pride, boasting how little garbage they create, reassuring me that their recycling bag is always full to the brim, sometimes even overflowing. […]

For the Love of the Fraser River Basin and Its Salmon

For the Love of the Fraser River Basin and Its Salmon

– Submitted by The Rivershed Society of BC Awareness is an upstream battle… You probably read one story each day about the decline in wild salmon, the possibility of salmon and sturgeon becoming extinct, the pollution that is toxifying our Fraser River Basin, or the wildfires burning across British Columbia. “The decisions we make today […]

World Rivers Day: RSBC’s Fraser River Journey (2018 Sustainable Living Leadership Program)

World Rivers Day: RSBC’s Fraser River Journey (2018 Sustainable Living Leadership Program)

“Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.” ~ Mark Angelo On September 23, communities all over the planet will celebrate World Rivers Day. The day focuses on highlighting the value of rivers, aiming to increase awareness and encourage river stewardship around the world. In BC, we are blessed […]

Publisher’s Letter: Biocultural Diversity

Publisher’s Letter: Biocultural Diversity

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – In our rapidly changing world, the concept of biocultural diversity may be the crucial framework through which we need to see the diversity of life and our place in it—helping us see the context in our lives, making sense of the co-evolution of humans and the natural world, and strengthening […]

Come Alive! The Ladder of Democracy

Come Alive! The Ladder of Democracy

By Guy Dauncey – Democracy is a recent social invention. Most people don’t like it when the societies they live in are blatantly unfair, with privileges and glory for the rich and hard labour and exploitation for the poor. In consequence, starting a thousand years ago, people have gradually pried power out of the hands […]

Road Trip Diaries: Observations on waste

Road Trip Diaries: Observations on waste

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – At the end of August, my partner Jan Vozenilek (a Kelowna-based cinematographer) and I were hop-scotching down the mighty Fraser River with two river rafts containing participants of the SLLP, or Sustainable Living Leadership Program, with the Rivershed Society of BC. They started the journey in early August, voyaging from […]

Making Space for Things to Happen

Making Space for Things to Happen

By Layna Chelsea and Heather Johnson – On July 12, 2018, Esk’et hosted Clayton Gauthier, Cree/Dakelh artist from Prince George, who facilitated the Canvas Art Project to share his teachings with selected community members. The four-day workshop took place in the community of Alkali Lake. Gauthier’s art portfolio consists of drawings, paintings, carvings, drum making, […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki |  Climate change combines with other factors to fuel wildfires

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Climate change combines with other factors to fuel wildfires

By David Suzuki – Scientists, journalists, environmentalists, and others who draw the connection between increasing wildfires and global warming often face a backlash. It’s not climate change; it’s lightning, careless smokers or campers, poor forestry management, industrial activity or sparks from vehicles, bad government…   One doesn’t negate the other. Wildfires have many causes, and […]

Letters:  Clean air vital to Williams Lake

Letters: Clean air vital to Williams Lake

By Sage Birchwater – Editor, Thick smoke clogging the airshed of Williams Lake for the second summer in a row drives home the realization how precious clean fresh air is to our health and happiness. It is difficult enough tolerating smoke from distant wildfires, but what if Atlantic Power was burning railway ties at the […]

Sharing Life and Land

Sharing Life and Land

By Van Andruss – In the April/May issue of TheGreenGazette, I wrote an idealistic article titled, “Calling for a Re-birth of the Social Imagination.” The story below is a follow up of that article in an effort to provide at least one simple example of what I had in mind. They were young people, eight […]

Trails to Recovery & Resilience

Trails to Recovery & Resilience

By Patrick Lucas – The trail cuts down through a thin grove of burnt and blackened birch and poplar trees that remain standing from the wildfires that burned through the Cariboo Chilcotin Region in 2017. Spindly, leaning, ready to fall, their bark black and shriveled like skin peeling off in sheets, exposing the rotten dead […]

Celebrating World Animal Day Close to Home

Celebrating World Animal Day Close to Home

By LeRae Haynes – Giving animals the best life possible is at the heart of a caring young family in Williams Lake. Kathleen, Sophia, and their four-month-old baby have rescued and opened their home to five cats named Sampson, Rebekah, Ellie, Absence, and Mylo, a dog named Sadie, Aki the orange corn snake, Esther the […]

Looking Ahead with Advance Care Planning

Looking Ahead with Advance Care Planning

By Nicola Finch – You plan your meals and your garden, you plan your vacations, and now is the time to plan for your care when you can’t speak for yourself. It happens to us all. Death is the end we all share. It can come anticipated, even gently, as the natural end of a […]

Toosey Old School Wood Products – Building blocks for the future

Toosey Old School Wood Products – Building blocks for the future

By Sage Birchwater – Something exciting is going on at the former Riske Creek Elementary School. Toosey Old School Wood Products is laying the foundation for a brighter future for local First Nations. Riske Creek Elementary School on Stack Valley Road was constructed in 1976 and ran for 30 years before the school district shut […]

Humane treatment from beginning to end

Humane treatment from beginning to end

By LeRae Haynes – Ensuring a humane, respectful end to an animal’s life is just as important as giving them a healthy life, according to the growing number of people who believe a healthy animal means healthy meat. Springhouse farmer Debbie Irvine is one of many producers who raise animals for meat and have chosen […]

Reclamation: A Labour of Love

Reclamation: A Labour of Love

By Venta Rutkauskas – Today, I write to remember August 4, 2014 and the mining disaster that took place in my backyard. I write in honour of the beautiful and sacred Quesnel Lake watershed, its Indigenous peoples, and the community of humans, plants, and animals that call it home. I reflect on the four years […]

Nourishing our Children | Sept/Oct 2018

Nourishing our Children | Sept/Oct 2018

By Barbara Schellenberg – “Out of sight, out of mind” … Perhaps because we do not see the air around us we do not consider the important role air quality plays in our daily health and energy levels. Since we do spend a great deal of time indoors, in our own homes, that is the […]

BCCFR Challenges Forestry Industry to Enter 21st Century

BCCFR Challenges Forestry Industry to Enter 21st Century

Members of the BC Coalition for Forestry Reform (BCCFR) were heartened by the positive and realistic recommendations proposed in Mark Haddock’s final report on professional reliance. The report was commissioned by the BC government, and released to the public June 28. The report’s complex title, “The Final Report of the Review of Professional Reliance in […]

Opinion: Oilsands – A Trade Too Far

Opinion: Oilsands – A Trade Too Far

By Tony Boschmann – There’s always a trade-off, something we’re giving up for the benefit of something else. To build houses we need to cut down trees. To produce electricity, we need to dam rivers. To drive cars and move stuff around the planet and for 6,000 other essential products like surfboards, diapers, deodorant, lipstick, […]

Green Business Feature: Barking Spider Mountain Bikes: Hitting the trails on the right set of wheels

Green Business Feature: Barking Spider Mountain Bikes: Hitting the trails on the right set of wheels

By LeRae Haynes – Barking Spider Mountain Bike offers a range of mountain bikes, paddleboards, and skis, along with gear and clothing designed for any adventure. Owner Scott Gordon goes above and beyond with advice, suggestions, encouragement, and inspiration. Every category of mountain biking requires a bike built for specific conditions, and Gordon has been […]

Conservation Conversation: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Conservation Conversation: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

By Mary Forbes, Waste Educator, CCCS – I have been teaching Waste Wise for 10 years now and have seen many positive changes in recycling policy and increasing public participation but there is still one place I just experienced that seems to be operating in a vacuum, (or pressurized cabin!). I recently flew to Regina […]

Arts on the Fly 2018 Festival

Arts on the Fly 2018 Festival

Tickets are on sale now for Arts on the Fly’s 2018 summer festival, set to erupt July 13-14 in beautiful Horsefly, BC. Get them while they’re hot from www.artsonthefly.com. The lineup this year features BC’s finest in bluegrass, folk, soul, cumbia (that’s right, BC has a cumbia scene), blues, experimental, and more. In the realm […]

Federal government’s purchase of Kinder Morgan pipeline a major misstep for Canada

Federal government’s purchase of Kinder Morgan pipeline a major misstep for Canada

Project puts Canada’s climate and biodiversity goals, long-term economic prosperity, and Indigenous reconciliation efforts at risk The federal government’s decision today to purchase Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project for $4.5 billion ignores major risks to the long-term well-being of everyone in Canada. The government announced plans to purchase the existing pipeline infrastructure and build […]

The Canadian Mosaic Project: Uniting Canada one person at a time

The Canadian Mosaic Project: Uniting Canada one person at a time

By Tim Van Horn – At age five, I had already taken my first photograph and decided I wanted to be a ‘cameraman.’ Growing up and travelling around Canada with my family in the Canadian Air Force, I developed a sense of duty to the people and fell in love with cultural experience in my […]

1001 Recipes for Ashes

1001 Recipes for Ashes

By Venta Rutkauskas – Community Arts Council collaborates with poet Sonya Littlejohn on creative workshops focusing on wildfire experiences. Let me tell you a story. Since the wildfires, I have been searching. Pulled by a will to feel centred, to record and understand, I have turned to my notebook, composing to match the visions of […]

Every Day is Aboriginal Day

Every Day is Aboriginal Day

By Sage Birchwater – Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but the 26th day of the month is significant in the historical narrative of the Tŝilhqot’in nation. It began on October 26, 1864 when five Tsilhqot’in war chiefs were hanged at Quesnelle mouth on the banks of the Fraser River. The warriors led by Chief Lha […]

“Making Your Writing Fly” with acclaimed writer Betsy Warland: Scholarship for Writers Available

“Making Your Writing Fly” with acclaimed writer Betsy Warland: Scholarship for Writers Available

By Julie Fowler, executive and artistic director of Island Mountain Arts and the ArtsWells Festival – Island Mountain Arts (IMA) is pleased to welcome award-winning writer Betsy Warland to Wells this summer to teach and is offering a full scholarship for a central/northern writer to attend. “Making Your Writing Fly,” which runs July 7–10, is […]

Big Bear Ranch: From healthy animals to healthy meat

Big Bear Ranch: From healthy animals to healthy meat

By LeRae Haynes – Animals are raised with great care at Big Bear Ranch, where a high standard of animal welfare has been in place for decades. What the animals eat, how they live, and how they’re treated recently resulted in another successful inspection by Animal Welfare Approved (AWA), and a growing list of customers […]

Green Business Feature: Northern Naturals Healing Salves – Gifts from the Earth

Green Business Feature: Northern Naturals Healing Salves – Gifts from the Earth

By LeRae Haynes – Wayne Padgett is an author and passionate believer in the herbal healing found in nature and in the vital importance of protecting the environment. In 1986, Padgett and his wife Sie started Northern Naturals Health Products Ltd. They create salves and ointments to treat a huge range of ailments and conditions: […]

Green Business Feature: Green Clean with Tidy Nest

Green Business Feature: Green Clean with Tidy Nest

By LeRae Haynes – Having more time to spend time with your family, time to relax after a long day at work, or time to pursue a hobby than can enrich your life, can be as easy as a call to Tidy Nest Cleaning and Errands. Owner Shalene Ostrom and her team do residential house […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Reports emphasize urgent need to reverse biodiversity decline

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Reports emphasize urgent need to reverse biodiversity decline

By David Suzuki – Our health, well-being, food security, energy, and economic progress depend on healthy, diverse nature. Clean water and air are essential to human life and health. Nutrient-rich soils are necessary to grow food. Diversity makes the ecosystems on which human life depends resilient. But, as more than 550 experts from over 100 […]

Eco-friendly Camping: How Green Can you Go?

Eco-friendly Camping: How Green Can you Go?

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – You have choices when you plan your vacations. The world is a big place and there are a million roads, but what about getting off the roads, at least those well travelled? Connecting with nature has myriad benefits for your physical, emotional, and mental health and using […]

Celebrate Multiculturalism June 27 and Every Day

Celebrate Multiculturalism June 27 and Every Day

By Jessica Kirby – We know Canada has a rich cultural fabric; in fact, most of us pride ourselves on it. As a country we welcome around 300,000 new Canadians each year, and as individuals most of us help keep our communities united with welcoming attitudes and open hearts. We stitch Canadian flags to our […]

Tiny Home Villages

Tiny Home Villages

By Guy Dauncey – “All I want is a village somewhere, far away from the housing scare, With friends and family, Oh, wouldn’t it be loverly? Little homes where we all can live, A lovely garden so we all can eat, Shared hearts, shared love, shared hopes, Oh, wouldn’t it be loverly.” In May 2018 […]

What is Your Connection to the Food You Eat?

What is Your Connection to the Food You Eat?

By Debbie Irvine, B.Sc.(Agr.) RHN – I am a local producer of organically grown produce and grass-fed beef. Sometimes folks comment about the price of locally produced produce and meat, labelling it ‘so expensive’. To me this begs the other side of that comment: ‘why is conventional produce and meat so cheap?’ I think we […]

Performances in the Park 2018

Performances in the Park 2018

Performances in the Park is the place to be on a Thursday night. From July 5 to August 23, 2018, the Gwen Ringwood Theatre in Boitanio Park will light up each Thursday evening with awesome musical performances from 6–8 p.m., along with food vendors, face painting, and children’s activities. Arty the Artwalker and ArtWalk 2018 […]

Groups applaud feds’ fisheries announcement, renew call for killer whale emergency order

Groups applaud feds’ fisheries announcement, renew call for killer whale emergency order

Conservation groups are applauding an announcement on May 24 from Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna declaring endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) face “imminent threats” to their survival and recovery. Southern Resident killer whales are a genetically and culturally-distinct population of salmon-eating orca whales […]

Mining Companies Must Do Better: First Nations-led Stand for Water kicks off in Williams Lake

Mining Companies Must Do Better: First Nations-led Stand for Water kicks off in Williams Lake

Local, provincial, and national groups joined Williams Lake on May 17 for the launch of the Stand for Water tour spearheaded by First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining (FNWARM) in British Columbia. Stand for Water is a movement to raise awareness of the threats mining operations pose to waterways throughout BC and across borders, and […]

Esk’etemc Celebration and Ceremony: One For the Books

Esk’etemc Celebration and Ceremony: One For the Books

By Layna Chelsea – On May 8, 2017, the community of Esk’etemc held a Declaration of Title and Rights ceremony for its Band members. The event was a large-scale gathering with attendees from several other First Nations Bands and their communities. May 8 had introduced the Yucwimentem re Tmicws re Esk’etemc, “Looking After the Land […]

The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet

By Dr Katie DeGroot, ND – Have you heard of the Mediterranean Diet or how it was discovered? Or have you noticed how popular it is lately, and wondered why is so often recommended by doctors and nutritionists for any number of health conditions? In the mid-1950s, a group of American scientists noticed that people […]

No Time Left to Waste: WLACL WORKS

No Time Left to Waste: WLACL WORKS

By Oliver Berger – Literally it seems that way lately: we have no time left to waste. With all the plastic pollution confronting our society, our unnecessary packaging, and our one-time-use items, we are beginning to be surrounded by our leftovers. Frankly, it is overwhelming. However, to be honest I have been waiting for this. […]

Waste Wise | Other Flexible Plastic Packaging

Waste Wise | Other Flexible Plastic Packaging

By Tera Grady – While China is cracking down on the amount of contamination it receives with recyclables, many parts of North America are finding it harder and harder to market their recyclables. However, Recycle BC is launching a pilot for a new category of packaging to collect. Starting June 1, all Cariboo Regional District […]

Domestic Bees Suffer from Wildfires, while Native Bees Thrive

Domestic Bees Suffer from Wildfires, while Native Bees Thrive

By Diane Dunaway – Reports of honey bee losses are high this spring in the BC Interior. Many suffered after a tough summer and fall, followed by an old-fashioned winter and a long, cool spring. Anecdotally, the bees had limited flying conditions for several weeks starting in early July of last year when the wildfire […]

Looking Back at Scout Island, Williams Lake – A Child’s Paradise

Looking Back at Scout Island, Williams Lake – A Child’s Paradise

By Sandra K. Klassen – As children in the 60s and 70s, my sister and I were members of the Blue Fin Swim Club. These were pre-swanky swimming pool days: our team trained at Scout Island. Our training took place within the confines of a set of square docks and we swam rain or shine. […]

Book Review – Voice in the Wild: A Memoir

Book Review – Voice in the Wild: A Memoir

By Laurie Sarkadi – After plans to live in Africa shatter, young journalist Laurie Sarkadi moves to the Subarctic city of Yellowknife seeking wilderness and adventure. She covers the changing socio-political worlds of Dene and Inuit in the late 80s – catching glimpses of their traditional, animal-dependent ways – before settling into her own off-grid […]

Downtown Businesses Say Thank You for Shopping Locally

Downtown Businesses Say Thank You for Shopping Locally

By Stefanie Hendrickson – Here at Downtown Williams Lake, planning is underway for this year’s Four Directions Festival (formerly Stampede Street Party) that will take place on Saturday, June 30 from noon to 5 p.m. (following the parade). Downtown Williams Lake is a not-for-profit business improvement association that is established through the Community Charter and […]

Williams Lake Cycling Club: Autonomous Volunteerism

Williams Lake Cycling Club: Autonomous Volunteerism

By Shawn Lewis – Autonomous: Acting or free to act independently. Volunteerism: The use or involvement of volunteer labour, especially in community services. Two big words used to describe one very simple thing: volunteering on your own for the better of all. Williams Lake is blessed with more than 150 mountain bike trails and nearly […]

After Death Communication

After Death Communication

By Angela Gutzer – “There is no death. Only a change of worlds.” ~ Chief Seattle Have you grieved the loss of someone and felt you wished you could go back in time and change things with them? Perhaps if you were more available? Made more trips to visit them? Wished you hadn’t done or […]

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

By Bill Irwin – This article covers June, July, and August. It’s about time, astronomy is totally married to it, the positions and motions of the heavenly bodies are the hands of a great cosmic clock. Hence the great seasonal variations. You get a sense of it being out under the stars. The dark times […]

Slower is Greener

Slower is Greener

By Bernie Littlejohn – We seem to have current desires to travel faster and faster, and further and further, both for business and pleasure. For most people this is due to wishing to save time. The time of our limited lives, that is. But for those of us who care about our planet, travelling faster […]

Nourishing our Children | Jun/Jul/Aug 2018

Nourishing our Children | Jun/Jul/Aug 2018

By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Power Smoothie Enjoy as an afternoon drink or for breakfast Ingredients 2 Tbsp whipping cream 2 Tbsp kefir 1 whole egg 1 Tbsp raw honey 1 c. frozen berries Method Start by putting the cream, kefir, egg, and honey in the blender.Drop in the frozen berries a […]

Raising Amadeus

Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – Amadeus’ sixth birthday was the 23rd of April. This also happens to be Shakespeare’s birthday, and I can’t believe it took me six years to realize that my favourite goat and my favourite author have the same birthday! Interestingly, we named all our baby goats except Amadeus after characters from Shakespeare. […]

Confessions of a Farmer: Of Fiction, Fairies, and Farming

Confessions of a Farmer: Of Fiction, Fairies, and Farming

By Terri Smith – In my workshops I keep telling people that one of the most important things you can do for your garden is have it be a place that you love to spend time. If you enjoy hanging out in your garden, you are more likely to be in your garden more, which […]

Maiden Voyage of the Little People’s Caravan

Maiden Voyage of the Little People’s Caravan

By Michelle Carriere – Picture this: Yankee Flats, a wide ridge above the Salmon River Rd. On either side of the long gravel road are fields, farms, and woods. Mid-way, you come upon a large, old farmhouse that stands out in its field. There are a few rickety out buildings and a noble, old barn. […]

How to Have a Waste-Less Summer and Still Enjoy It

How to Have a Waste-Less Summer and Still Enjoy It

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – Sometimes in life, you just have to jump in the car and go where the wind blows you. Never is that truer than in the summertime… and this is where we get into trouble. Wait, trouble? Whaddyamean? Having adventures, being spontaneous, isn’t that the penultimate goal of summer?! Well, it […]

Green Business: Touch Wood Memorial Rings Incorporating the ashes of a loved one into a wearable work of art

Green Business: Touch Wood Memorial Rings Incorporating the ashes of a loved one into a wearable work of art

By Nicola Finch – How many of us have the ashes of a loved one in an urn, on a mantle, or packed away in a cupboard? Cremation has overtaken burial as the disposition of choice in British Columbia, so there is a lot of interest in doing something special with the ashes. Some families […]

Wildfire Information Expo and Family Barbeque

Wildfire Information Expo and Family Barbeque

The City of Williams Lake in partnership with the Cariboo Regional District and Ministry of Forests Lands Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development are hosting a Wildfire (Community) Information Expo and Barbeque May 30th at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. The free event has a number of themes/goals that will be of interest to many members […]

BC Hydro Greenlights Energy Purchase Agreement for Tŝilhqot’in Solar Farm

BC Hydro Greenlights Energy Purchase Agreement for Tŝilhqot’in Solar Farm

The Tŝilhqot’in National Government (TNG) applauds BC Hydro for its recent plan to pursue power purchase agreement negotiations with the Tŝilhqot’in Solar Farm (TSF). Located within the Tŝilhqot’in territory, once completed, the TSF will be the first large-scale solar power plant owned and operated by a First Nation in Western Canada. While producing power for […]

Generations of Esk’etemc: A youth film project

Generations of Esk’etemc: A youth film project

By Bettina Johnson – We recently wrapped up a two-week youth film documentary project, a mentoring program led by film-maker Jeremy Williams of River Voices Productions. This project was to engage our youth in the arts through film-making and help equip the next generation to grow in telling important Indigenous stories, of which there are […]

Publisher’s Letter: Endangered Species Need Our Voices

Publisher’s Letter: Endangered Species Need Our Voices

By Lisa Bland – Now that the long winter is over (we hope), the natural world comes alive and is interacting with us, full speed ahead. It’s beautiful to witness nature carrying on with the cycle of rebirth—birds and animals having their young and the busy interactions of all species moving forward with their lives […]

Mushroom Lecturer and Researcher Paul Stamets Visits Lillooet, BC

Mushroom Lecturer and Researcher Paul Stamets Visits Lillooet, BC

By Toby Mueller – On February 27, renowned mycologist Paul Stamets gave a presentation to a full hall at the P’egp’íg’lha Center, in the T’ít’q’et Community, Lillooet. Over 160 people came from all over St’át’imc Territory and beyond. Amlec, T’ít’q’et ‘s food security project, and Lillooet Food Matters, a local grass roots group, co-organized the […]

Mountain Biking and First Nations Youth: Helping to build communities

Mountain Biking and First Nations Youth: Helping to build communities

By LeRae Haynes – Making a very successful wilderness program even better in the Cariboo-Chilcotin is on the table, thanks to the creative insight of Patrick Lucas and Thomas Schoen. The focus is kids, mountain bikes, loving the wilderness, and supporting communities impacted by last summer’s wildfires. The Trails to Recovery and Resilience Training and […]

Resident killer whales are in immediate danger of extinction, says Fin Donnelly

By Cameron Thompson – BC’s resident killer whales are in real danger of extinction unless the government takes immediate steps to protect them, says Port-Moody Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly, who is currently serving as NDP critic for fisheries and oceans. In parliament last week, Donnelly called upon the federal government to issue an emergency order […]

Confessions of an (Occasional) Farmer: Not just a farmer

Confessions of an (Occasional) Farmer: Not just a farmer

By Terri Smith – I have spent nearly two years trying to figure out the direction my new life here in Quesnel is to take. In the meantime, while waiting to figure it out, I have been building a lovely life for myself without even noticing. I have continued to write this column, rather guiltily […]

Zirnhelt Timber Frames: Healing My Spirit Lodge – Buildings of the future, today

Zirnhelt Timber Frames: Healing My Spirit Lodge – Buildings of the future, today

Submitted by Zirnhelt Timber Frames – We recently had the privilege of working with Esk’etemc First Nation to design and build the Letwilc ten Semec, or “Healing My Spirit” Lodge. The lodge is part of the larger provincial effort to address addictions and an extension of the leadership Esk’etemc First Nation has demonstrated in this […]

Muse Flash: Growing herbs for health

Muse Flash: Growing herbs for health

By Al-Lisa McKay – “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates Herbal medicine is an ancient medical system that has provided the world’s population with safe, effective, and affordable medicines for at least 60,000 years. Even today, the population of developing countries worldwide continues to rely heavily on plant medicines […]

Green Business Feature: Bliss, the Ultimate Grill—Great Food, Great Service, Great Value

Green Business Feature: Bliss, the Ultimate Grill—Great Food, Great Service, Great Value

By Terri Smith – Being a sustainable or ‘green’ business is about more than just recycling. To borrow from the biodynamic agriculture ideal, true sustainability should be threefold. That is, you cannot consider yourself to be truly successful as a sustainable business unless you are economically, ecologically, and socially sustainable. Jas Sabbarwal of Bliss in […]

Green Business Feature: Creative Therapy for Kids: A Creative Approach to Pediatric Therapy

Green Business Feature: Creative Therapy for Kids: A Creative Approach to Pediatric Therapy

Submitted by Creative Therapy for Kids – The last year has been about transition, change, and opportunity, according to paediatric therapist and women’s health practitioner, Melissa LaPointe. For four years, she operated a part-time therapy practice called Strong Beginnings, where she provided occupational therapy services to children and families in Williams Lake. In the last […]

Hotbed of Creativity: Groups seek out creative expressions of wildfire experiences

Hotbed of Creativity: Groups seek out creative expressions of wildfire experiences

By Venta Rutkauskas – Birdsong and snowmelt—true signs of spring have sprung. The season carries the energy of renewal and the completion of the dark interval, guiding us to sprout new perspectives based upon our wintry reflections. Under the weight of snow and ash, did you discover something about your wildfire experience that hadn’t had […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Drowning in Seas of Plastic

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Drowning in Seas of Plastic

By David Suzuki – The fossil fuel era must end, or it will spell humanity’s end. The threat isn’t just from pollution and accelerating climate change. Rapid, wasteful exploitation of these valuable resources has also led to a world choked in plastic. Almost all plastics are made from fossil fuels, often by the same companies […]

Canada’s National Wildlife Week – Conserve the wonder

Canada’s National Wildlife Week – Conserve the wonder

By Jessica Kirby – Canada’s National Wildlife Week has a terrific theme this year: Get Re-acquainted with the Awe #conservethewonder. Awe, of course, means “a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder,” and “reverential” means “deep respect or worship”. In a recent article about humans’ relationship with nature, David Suzuki says he can’t […]

Home Renos: Don’t Go Big, Go Green

Home Renos: Don’t Go Big, Go Green

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – We have an old house, on an old street. Our quiet cul de sac was constructed in 1972 and our house completed in 1975. By our neighbours’ standards, we are spring chickens, having resided here only since 2009, and our half-acre lots backing onto the forest are […]

Celebrating spring with the Williams Lake Garden Club

Celebrating spring with the Williams Lake Garden Club

By LeRae Haynes – You don’t have to be an astonishingly accomplished gardener to join the Williams Lake Garden Club, but with all the sharing of ideas, resources, inspiration, and expertise, you may turn into one. The group encourages and supports the horticultural interests of local residents through educational sessions that appeal to both experienced […]

A Chance at a Better Season

A Chance at a Better Season

By Kaitlyn Berry, WLFPC Food Action Coordinator – “And the Spring arose on the garden fair, like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.” “The Sensitive Plant” ~ by Percy Bysshe Shelley Spring is such a welcome season after […]

Xeriscapes: More Than Just Water Conservation

Xeriscapes: More Than Just Water Conservation

By Brianna van de Wijngaard, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society – Lawns are funny: they are high-maintenance, water-intensive, and not all that great to look at, really. But the pursuit persists, and we spend a lot of time and resources on this landscape because it is not actually suitable for our climate at all. Let’s look […]

Lawn Perfection or Lawn Perception?

Lawn Perfection or Lawn Perception?

By Sara Fulton, Certified Organic Master Gardener – A luscious, green, weed-free lawn. Perfection in the eyes of the modern-day home owner. However, how much environmental impact has occurred to get your grass so green, full, and weed-free, and why do you have to repeatedly fertilize it over the course of a growing season? What […]

Cool Clear Water – Water for a community, water for life

Cool Clear Water – Water for a community, water for life

By LeRae Haynes – Cool Clear Water provides a high quality, healthy product and stellar customer service, helps protect the environment, and builds community connections. Cool Clear Water is 25 years old, and those principles are the business’s cornerstones. “The very first time someone comes in the door, we find out what they need and […]

Tsilhqot’in War Chiefs Exonerated

Tsilhqot’in War Chiefs Exonerated

By Sage Birchwater – History was made on March 26, 2018 in the House of Commons in Ottawa when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau exonerated six Tŝilhqot’in war chiefs who were hanged in 1864 and 1865. It was a long time coming. Nearly 154 years ago British Columbia colonial forces freewheeled into the Chilcotin and tricked […]

Waste Wise | China’s National Sword

Waste Wise | China’s National Sword

By Tera Grady – In 2017, China implemented its National Sword initiative, which has drastically reduced the amount of contamination permitted in recyclables sent to China. This change has brought about some impacts on Cariboo Regional District residents that you should know about. These changes have been minor, since all the curbside and the majority […]

Death Cafe: A heart open space where we can talk about death

Death Cafe: A heart open space where we can talk about death

By Angela Gutzer – It has been close to one year since my mother died (March 18, 2017). Our family has had our first summer at the cabin without her. We had our first Christmas without her. Of course, these milestones were difficult. There are also the day-by-day markers of time where you are suddenly […]

Children’s Festival: Celebrating children in the park

Children’s Festival: Celebrating children in the park

By LeRae Haynes – When it comes to celebrating children in a beautiful green space, no one does it better than Women’s Contact Society at the Children’s Festival in Boitanio Park. For more than 20 years the event, known first as the Teddy Bear Picnic, continues to attract and delight youngsters and families, with more […]

Agents of Discovery at Scout Island and River Valley

Agents of Discovery at Scout Island and River Valley

By LeRae Haynes – An innovative blend of nature and technology has arrived in the form of an app on your phone, and it is here because of the hard work and vision of Scout Island nature educator Sue Hemphill and Suzanne Cochrane, recreation programmer for the City of Williams Lake. “The idea behind bringing […]

Raising Amadeus

Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – Amadeus is very excited about the coming spring and the disappearance of all this snow. Amadeus doesn’t get around very well in the snow. When it snows he just stays in his house until I shovel a path out to him. Even with shoveled paths, he would probably end up with […]

Alternative Energy Storage: Gravity batteries

By Bernie Littlejohn – Life continues to become more complex in our search to stop destroying our planet. Despite the few focused totally on profit regardless of environmental damage, most us focus on ways of saving the planet and our descendants. Some have already moved to alternative energy, regardless of the cost and complications. But […]

Natural Health | Cancer: The emotional disease

Natural Health | Cancer: The emotional disease

By Dr. Adam McLeod, ND – Everyone experiences and processes stressful situations differently. Some people tend to internalize these emotions and make a consistent effort to conceal them from the outside world. Others are very expressive and make it clear to everyone around them how they are feeling. Not only do people express their feelings […]

Ukulele: Oh, the places it will take you

Ukulele: Oh, the places it will take you

By Sandra K. Klassen – We often associate the ukulele with Hawaiian culture and we are right to do so. An early version of the ukulele was introduced to the gentle Hawaiian Islands by Portuguese immigrants who came to work the sugar cane fields in the late 1800s. The Hawaiian’s soon developed a fondness for […]

Are You a Gorilla or a Hunter-Gatherer?

Are You a Gorilla or a Hunter-Gatherer?

By Guy Dauncey – Our deep history is so astonishing that we rarely pause to think of it. We may be curious about our immediate ancestors – did they come from Italy? Russia? –but beyond that we mostly draw a veil. We have to make dinner. We have relatives coming at the weekend. How often […]

How to Practice the 3Rs… with Chickens

How to Practice the 3Rs… with Chickens

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – When you begin to declutter and move towards a waste-free lifestyle, you automatically begin walking a different path, and it is life-altering. It is in the choices you make every day. It’s something we can all be involved in, especially with Earth Day just around the bend on April 22 […]

Regional Outdoor Leadership  Program Brings Students Together

Regional Outdoor Leadership Program Brings Students Together

Submitted by Rivershed Society of BC – Two women who travelled the length of the Fraser River together in 2016 as part of the Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP) have joined forces to design, develop, and deliver a new experiential learning program this year on the Lower Fraser River. Petra Markova and Megan Rempel are […]

Nourishing our Children | April/May 2018

Nourishing our Children | April/May 2018

By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Polenta bars with bacon and cheese Ingredients 4 Tablespoons lard 4 gloves garlic, finely chopped 1 medium onion, finely chopped 4 cups broth 2 cups organic corn grits (from Bob’s Red Mill, no GMO) 2 teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon black pepper ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ½ cup […]

5G and Internet of Things: A Trojan horse

5G and Internet of Things: A Trojan horse

By Paul Héroux, Ph.D.,Professor of Electromagnetic Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University – The wireless industry dreams of deploying its new 5G (fifth generation) infrastructure in your neighbourhood soon, as it has begun doing in California. Boxes the size of a PC could be placed every 150 meters or so on utility poles, sometimes with […]

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

By Bill Irwin – I suppose, like your parents waiting up when you’ve been out late, it’s time for us to have that little talk about Mars. As a reader of this column, you’ve probably wondered what it might be like to stand on the surface, however briefly, and with some life support, of course. […]

Calling for a Re-birth of the Social Imagination

Calling for a Re-birth of the Social Imagination

By Van Andruss – Like so many others of my generation, half-asleep in a commercially-induced fog, the awakening of my social imagination took place in the 60s. There was a mixture of influences, political and economic, that might explain how the awakening happened, but that’s not my interest here. My purpose is to call for […]

No Time Left to Waste: China – Another Great Wall?

No Time Left to Waste: China – Another Great Wall?

By Oliver Berger – China has experienced a huge increase in coal-burning for power and industry in the last 50 years. The result from burning coal has made China into an unhealthy, hazy space for humans and animals to reside. China is responsible for 30 per cent of all globally emitted greenhouse gases. However, in […]

Publisher’s Letter: World Water Day – Our fresh water heritage

Publisher’s Letter: World Water Day – Our fresh water heritage

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – The nature of water is flow, and it knows no boundaries. The cycle of water, or hydrological cycle, describes the continuous movement of water above, on, and under the surface of the Earth. Water is a universal solvent and described by scientists as a weird and wonderfully magical molecule with […]

The EcoTrilogy: Ecologos, Ecopathy, and Ecocide by Ray Grigg

The EcoTrilogy: Ecologos, Ecopathy, and Ecocide by Ray Grigg

Reviewed by J. Baker – Solving our environmental problems is proving complicated, not only because we don’t know what to do, but because our journey to solutions requires that we confront huge technological challenges as well as our individual and collective human character. This complexity becomes obvious when reading The EcoTrilogy. As a weekly environmental […]

A Glimpse Into the World of Permaculture

A Glimpse Into the World of Permaculture

By Amy Quarry, Co-Owner of Long Table Grocery – Throughout this past year I have become fascinated by the concept of permaculture. The permaculture principles are most commonly applied to gardening and my family finds my interest in this subject very entertaining since my thumbs tend to be more black than green. Many a carrot […]

Williams Lake Hospice Society: Let’s Talk About End-of-Life

Williams Lake Hospice Society: Let’s Talk About End-of-Life

By Kathie Vilkas, Executive Director, Williams Lake Hospice Society – How do you envision your end-of-life? In a hospital? In your home? Have you thought about what you would like your end-of-life journey to look like? Have you discussed your wishes with the important people in your life? Have you done your Advanced Care Plan? […]

Book Review: Chilcotin Chronicles – Author brings history of Chilcotin to print

Book Review: Chilcotin Chronicles – Author brings history of Chilcotin to print

With files from Parker Crook, Vernon Morning Star, Originally published Dec 3, 2017. It’s a history that has been passed from generation to generation through spoken word. But, after years of research and transcribing, Sage Birchwater transferred that oral history of the Central Interior into the written word in his 2017 book, Chilcotin Chronicles: Stories […]

Springing into spring at the Cariboo Memorial Complex

Springing into spring at the Cariboo Memorial Complex

By LeRae Haynes – There is huge range of exciting programs and events for families and individuals through the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, with even more coming up this spring. Everything from bees and trees to knees and cheese, from the Lazy River to climbing the walls, there’s something for everyone and something to delight […]

Waste Wise | Taxation vs. “User Pay”

Waste Wise | Taxation vs. “User Pay”

By Tera Grady – Cariboo Regional District (CRD) residents pay for garbage and recycling costs primarily through taxation, not “user pay” as in most other jurisdictions in British Columbia. The CRD is one of only a few regional districts that does not charge residential tipping fees on household waste. In the CRD, solid waste residential […]

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

By Bill Irwin – Well, did Santa leave a long slender package hiding a telescope under the tree? Or maybe a short stubby one with some new binoculars or a moon globe or something? I’m afraid some of you might have gotten yard lights for Christmas. Maybe one of those intense blue LED ones that […]

Bumps, jumps, and sugar: A family affair

Bumps, jumps, and sugar: A family affair

By LeRae Haynes – Aiden and Garrett Cochrane and their parents Suzanne and Carl love to pile in the family vehicle and hit the slopes for some skiing. Regulars at Mt. Timothy Ski Hill, they grab every opportunity to enjoy winter in the beautiful Cariboo outdoors.- Aiden, six years old, and Garrett, 13, have both […]

Remembering Gloria Atamanenko (April 28, 1932 – October 12, 2017)

Remembering Gloria Atamanenko (April 28, 1932 – October 12, 2017)

By Van Andruss – Gloria Atamanenko, a dear friend and a greatly valued contributor to Lived Experience, died this year at Deni House in Williams Lake, BC. By her side was George Atamanenko, her husband of 60 years, and her devoted son, Peter. Gloria Katherine Chomiak was the first born of six children on a […]

Elders Circle of Care – A Lifeline of Support

Elders Circle of Care – A Lifeline of Support

By Sage Birchwater – Most people in Williams Lake are probably unaware of the wide range of services provided by the Cariboo Friendship Society. Executive director Rosanna McGregor and social programs supervisor Tamara Garreau describe some of the work they do. “Our primary function is to provide support services for urban Aboriginal people,” says McGregor. […]

Confessions of a Farmer: Getting Serious about Real Food

Confessions of a Farmer: Getting Serious about Real Food

By Terri Smith – It seems a lot of people have been really sick this winter. I was, and for way too long, and for me, this was a wake-up call. In my own life, I have noticed illness is often brought on by a combination of physical, mental, and emotional reasons. I found this […]

Raising Amadeus

Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – In my last article, I mentioned that I was ruining my own immune system worrying about that of Amadeus. I was mostly joking, but it turns out it was much truer than I imagined. I was ridiculously sick for all of December. I had three different illnesses during Christmas month (and […]

StrongStart and Nature: A perfect fit

StrongStart and Nature: A perfect fit

By LeRae Haynes – There are wonderful changes afoot with StrongStart in the Williams Lake area, with more nature emphasis and wilderness immersion. More children have more opportunities to love and enjoy the outdoors, expanding their horizons and enriching their lives. StrongStart, a free, play-based drop-in program for parents and little ones, is held in […]

Looking Back: Reflections on a journey down the Fraser River

Looking Back: Reflections on a journey down the Fraser River

By Petra Markova – It feels like yesterday our canoe landed at its final destination: the Jericho Sailing Centre in the Lower Mainland, for which we had set off 25 days earlier from Tête-Jaune Cache in BC’s north. It feels like yesterday I was first meeting the eight other participants and four facilitators who would […]

Muse Flash: Random Acts of Kindness

Muse Flash: Random Acts of Kindness

By Al-Lisa McKay – “Goodness is about character, integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” ~ Dennis Prager Do you ever ponder that randomness is a mathematical concept? In statistics and probability, a random event means that it cannot be predicted. […]

Canadian Mental Health Association – Cariboo Chilcotin Branch

Canadian Mental Health Association – Cariboo Chilcotin Branch

By Janice Breck, Executive Director – Those who are parents know all too well the importance of taking a break, although it is much easier said than done. CMHA-CCB offers a peer support group called Take a Break through the Family Solutions Program. Take a Break is open to parents and caregivers of children or […]

Green Burial: The natural choice

Green Burial: The natural choice

By Nicola Finch – Do you want to be buried or cremated? In our death phobic society, that’s one of the more acceptable questions when broaching death as a topic of conversation. Frankly, I think we need more and simpler choices—burial options that cause no harm to people or the environment. We understand the necessity […]

Home Funerals: The Empowering Journey of  having a Loved one Home after Death

Home Funerals: The Empowering Journey of having a Loved one Home after Death

By Angela Gutzer – I am sure many of you reading this article have experienced a loved one’s death and/or funeral service. Depending on your background, the funeral may have consisted of a graveside memorial, a viewing, or a church service, with many variations on the theme of saying goodbye and memorialization of the individual. […]

Conservation Conversation: Family Footprint Challenge Launching March 2018

Conservation Conversation: Family Footprint Challenge Launching March 2018

By Brianna van de Wijngaard, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society – The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society is excited to announce its newest project for 2018, and we think it’s quite fitting for the first GreenGazette issue of the year: if you’re an aspiring greenie with New Year’s resolutions yet to fill, this may be for you. […]

Spring Equinox: Celebrating rebirth and balance

Spring Equinox: Celebrating rebirth and balance

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Spring Equinox is almost here. The birth of spring, the rebirth of warmth and brightness—this is the time of year to celebrate love and light and new beginnings. In the astronomy world, the Equinoxes (spring and autumn) are the only times in the year when the “solar […]

On Love and Bodhicitta: The genuine heart cannot be lost

On Love and Bodhicitta: The genuine heart cannot be lost

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – “There comes a time when the bubble of ego is popped and you can’t get the ground back for an extended period of time. Those times, when you absolutely cannot get it back together, are the most rich and powerful times in our lives.” ~ Pema Chodron, […]

Survival Bars, my Long-time Travelling Companions

Survival Bars, my Long-time Travelling Companions

By Pat Teti – Part of the excitement of travel is the opportunity to sample new food, whether it’s a real Neapolitan pizza or a badly needed freeze-dried dinner at the end of the day in the backcountry. However, travel also puts us into our vehicles and on airplanes for many hours at a time […]

No Time Left to Waste: Waste Shoots, Recycling Scores!

No Time Left to Waste: Waste Shoots, Recycling Scores!

By Oliver Berger – Early this year, Rogers Hometown Hockey took over the downtown core with stages, lights, massive tents, semi-trucks, broadcast booths, cameras; there was action everywhere. Sounds like a great time, right? Makes a guy like me wonder what sort of waste is going to be left behind when it is all over, […]

Green Business Feature: QTax Supports Local Small Business

Green Business Feature: QTax Supports Local Small Business

By LeRae Haynes – Debbie Seland and her staff at QTax bring years of knowledge, experience, and wisdom to every client, supporting small businesses as they start, and as they continue to grow. The most important timely tip for small businesses right now, according to Seland, is the Red Cross money available for revenue lost […]

A Change of Heart to Change a Life

A Change of Heart to Change a Life

By LeRae Haynes – The word heart is used in so many songs, expressions, and sentiments, and leading up to Valentine’s Day, it’s even more common to hear the word. With my whole heart, heartfelt, healing heart, two hearts as one, heartening, and I give you my heart, are just a few ways it is […]

Making Cariboo Memories Behind a Team of Horses

Making Cariboo Memories Behind a Team of Horses

By LeRae Haynes – When it comes to enjoying a unique, fun, unforgettable family experience in the Cariboo, what could be better than a wagon or sleigh ride behind a beautiful team of horses in the spectacular countryside? Countless locals, as well as visitors from places like France, Australia, Texas, and Japan, have made memories […]

Letters: The Importance of Watersheds

Letters: The Importance of Watersheds

Every creek, wetland, lake, and swamp is part of the larger whole known as a watershed. Whether you know it or not, we all rely on our watersheds for forestry, fish and wildlife, recreation, and the water itself. Watersheds are like the arteries and veins of the land base and they support the diversity of […]

Our Endangered Salmon: No easy answers

Our Endangered Salmon: No easy answers

By Dr. Mike Pearson – The Fraser River Sockeye returns of 2017 were the lowest since recording began 124 years ago. Indeed, over half of Fraser Sockeye stocks – 15 of 24 – were recently listed as species at risk by the scientific body responsible for assessments. Eight of them were classified Endangered, defined as […]

Get Happy: Make art your medicine

Get Happy: Make art your medicine

By Venta Rutkauskas – Science proves what artists have always known—art is just plain good for you. In the chaos of crayons, paints, and piles of paper, my five-year-old daughter’s creative exploration merges expression and colour exquisitely. Each time she returns to the ‘canvas,’ it is a moment of freedom. Her eyes shine with joy, […]

A Plan for Health: Take one small step today

A Plan for Health: Take one small step today

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – It’s that time of year when people vow to make healthier life choices, get outside, quit a bad habit, eat healthier food, and tackle the world of better physical fitness. Though we charge forward into a new year ripe with ambition and focus, the best intentions can […]

Let Us Create An EcoRenaissance

Let Us Create An EcoRenaissance

By Guy Dauncey – I can feel this future. I have written a novel about it. I love its colour and vibrancy, its harmony with Nature. But what is its name? One of the realities of the spoken language is that unless a thing has a name, it doesn’t really exist. When we want to […]

Riding the Wave of Plastic Pollution Advocacy in Canada

Riding the Wave of Plastic Pollution Advocacy in Canada

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – There is a shift happening in Canada… can you feel it? If you’re of the environmental mindset (and you likely are if you’re perusing this publication), then you might already know where this is headed…across the country, Canadians are waking up to the revolution against single-use plastics, joining the fray, […]

Hygge: A Scandinavian social phenomenon, with a Canadian twist!

Hygge: A Scandinavian social phenomenon, with a Canadian twist!

By Sandra K. Klassen – Hygge, pronounced “hoo-gah,” is a Scandinavian social phenomenon that seems to be finding its ground in Canada. Or, at least it is a term Canadians can now attach to a winter coziness many of us have experienced for a lifetime. But for so long we just couldn’t quite put our […]

Announcing the BC Coalition for Forestry Reform

Announcing the BC Coalition for Forestry Reform

15 Community Organizations form a Province-wide Coalition to Change Forest Industry Practices. A new citizen’s forestry coalition has emerged in BC urging government to make significant changes in the forest industry’s regulations and practices. This new organization is called the BC Coalition for Forestry Reform and it is growing in membership daily. For years, we’ve […]

Tourism Meet Ranching, Ranching Meet the Future

Tourism Meet Ranching, Ranching Meet the Future

By Angela Abrahão – Last spring the Applied Sustainable Ranching Program ventured into the world of tourism. Program director Gillian Watt explains, “I was happy to bring together the Faculty of Tourism, with the Faculty of Science, and the Williams Lake Campus to help develop and deliver this course as part of the Applied Sustainable […]

A Critique of Forestry for the New NDP Government

A Critique of Forestry for the New NDP Government

Herb Hammond is the premier eco-system based forester in BC and probably the world. He has for years been director of the Silva Forest Foundation (www.Silvafor.org). In October of 2017, after the new NDP government came into office, Hammond wrote a letter to Premier Horgan; Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources Operations; […]

Nourishing our Children | February/March 2018

Nourishing our Children | February/March 2018

By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Kefir-oat cookies Ingredients ¼ cup coconut oil, melted ¼ cup honey, melted 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1 ¾ cups rolled oats ¼ cup each of kefir ¼ cup peanut or almond butter pinch of sea salt Method Combine all ingredients. Scoop with a small spoon onto parchment […]

Rail Ties Be Wise continues to fight  rail tie burning proposal in Williams Lake

Rail Ties Be Wise continues to fight rail tie burning proposal in Williams Lake

By Sage Birchwater – A group of Williams Lake residents is continuing the fight to prevent Atlantic Power Corporation from burning railway ties in its 600,000-tonne capacity biomass-fuelled energy plant in Williams Lake. Since the Boston-based Atlantic Power Corporation announced its intention in June 2015 to seek permission from the British Columbia government for a […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki | On Climate, OECD Head Embraces Environmentalism

Science Matters | David Suzuki | On Climate, OECD Head Embraces Environmentalism

By David Suzuki – Angel Gurria sounds like the leader of an environmental or social justice group. In a recent University of Toronto lecture, “Climate Action: Time for Implementation,” he stressed that climate change is a public health issue “disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable as well as those least responsible for anthropogenic warming.” Gurria is […]

Confessions of a Farmer: Arcadian Rhythms

Confessions of a Farmer: Arcadian Rhythms

By Terri Smith – arcadian – adjective: rural, rustic, or pastoral, especially suggesting simple, innocent contentment. Off-grid living isn’t always easy. That may be an understatement; let me rephrase it: Off-grid living often isn’t easy. Too cumbersome? How about: Off-grid living is hard. Yes. I think that about sums it up. Don’t get me wrong; […]

Publisher’s Letter: Silence is Golden

Publisher’s Letter: Silence is Golden

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – Dear Readers, Winter forces us inside on many levels—cushioned inside layers of wool and down clothing to brave the elements; inside our warm homes with creative projects, soups, and teas brewing; or into a natural connection with the silence of our inner being. This season can be a time of […]

Arts & Culture | Spirit Calling: New show at the Gecko Tree Cafe by Horsefly artist Christina Mary

Arts & Culture | Spirit Calling: New show at the Gecko Tree Cafe by Horsefly artist Christina Mary

The wildness of the Northwest coast of British Columbia and a lineage full of prolific artists provided the soil in which the seeds of Christina Mary’s own creativity could sprout. Her childhood was spent roaming beaches and exploring the coast’s inlets, crisscrossing rivers and bay hopping, discovering the texture of the natural world. Her father’s […]

Health Issues | Heads in the Sand, Pies in the Sky: Governments deny the facts of life

Health Issues | Heads in the Sand, Pies in the Sky: Governments deny the facts of life

By Olga Sheean – When wisely applied and when based on empirical research, science helps keep us safe. Science makes sense of things and helps us understand how things work. It stops us from sticking our fingers in electrical sockets or from thinking we can fly if we jump off a high building, in defiance […]

Green Business Feature: Integrated Elements: Working together for better Health

Green Business Feature: Integrated Elements: Working together for better Health

By LeRae Haynes – A team of dedicated medical professionals has formed in both Williams Lake and 100 Mile House, offering a range of integrated treatments that focus on patients and work together for their well-being. In Williams Lake, the Integrative Elements Wellness Clinic team offers chiropractic services, massage therapy, and naturopathic medicine. At the […]

Let It Snow – Bring on the cross-country ski season

Let It Snow – Bring on the cross-country ski season

By Sandra K. Klassen – This year’s snowfall will bring welcome relief to those in the Cariboo who want to know the wildfires are out for sure. And a snowfall will have many locals dusting off their cross-country skis and readying them for this winter’s cross-country ski season, usually from November to April. Cross-country skiing […]

Plastic Pollution as a Positive Influence on Social Change

Plastic Pollution as a Positive Influence on Social Change

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – Considering the oceans in our day-to-day lives is easiest done when you live right next to the ocean, the source, that big blue body of water spanning as far as the eye can see. When a problem is right in front of you, it’s hard to ignore and you usually […]

Death Kit: A Starter Pack on Dying

Death Kit: A Starter Pack on Dying

By Angela Gutzer – It is inevitable. We all will die. It part of the beautiful cycle of life. Although we can not change the fact that we will die, we can make decisions that may alter how we die. “WHY CLING” Why cling to one life till it is soiled and ragged? The sun […]

Come One, Come All to the Williams Lake Medieval Market November 25 and 26

Come One, Come All to the Williams Lake Medieval Market November 25 and 26

By Melinda Mckinnon – The voice of the Town Crier carries over the assembled crowd, who shuffle their feet trying to dispel the seasonal chill from their bones. As the Crier unfurls his scroll, his voice can be heard announcing, “Hear ye, hear ye… come one, come all… to the now open Medieval Market.” The […]

How Can We Tackle the Ominous, Smoke-Filled Climate Crisis?

How Can We Tackle the Ominous, Smoke-Filled Climate Crisis?

By Guy Dauncey – Let me be blunt: the terrible forest fires we experienced this summer have the footprint of climate change all over them. It’s just as the climate models predicted: less winter snowfall, more summer drought, more summer heat, more forest fires. The dead pine trees that provided so much fuel for the […]

TRU Sustainable Ranching – Third Cohort to Start Jan 22

TRU Sustainable Ranching – Third Cohort to Start Jan 22

By Angela Abrahão – In January, the Ranching program welcomes the third cohort of students and the ranching community has stepped up with some generous donations for student awards. Applications for the entrance awards are open now and close on December 20. These major awards are The Bill Freding Memorial Award for $6,000 ($1,000 of […]

Community | Faith in a Shoebox with Operation Christmas Child

Community | Faith in a Shoebox with Operation Christmas Child

By LeRae Haynes – For more than 10 years the community has rallied to support a truly faith-driven program through Cariboo Bethel Church in Williams Lake. Every year, between 3,000–5,000 shoeboxes containing gifts for children are sent to places around the world through Operation Christmas Child. “I’ve stepped into some really big shoes,” explained Cariboo […]

Christmas Gift Exchange: Gifts of time and from the heart

Christmas Gift Exchange: Gifts of time and from the heart

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Christmas time is on the way and despite individual feelings about it, green thinkers, earth lovers, planet healers, and community champions all feel the pressure this time of year. We love bringing people together, enjoying beautiful food, getting outside in the wintry landscape, and enjoying the quiet […]

Muse Flash: Storytelling – The dreamer and the dreamed

Muse Flash: Storytelling – The dreamer and the dreamed

By Al-Lisa Tresierra McKay – A creaking, much like a tired bow dragging across a worn violin shifts back and forth, singing a familiar equable lullaby. As noisy as it is, the old rocking chair is a welcome sound on any given night. The children scurry to find their places on the grey and tattered […]

Nourishing our Children | Nov-Dec-Jan 2017/18

Nourishing our Children | Nov-Dec-Jan 2017/18

By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Beautiful Crystal Jellies Ingredients 1 litre Kiju brand grape apple juice 5 T grass-fed gelatin from www.greatlakesgelatin.com or Kinikinik 3 T trumarine collagen from www.withinus.ca or Kinikinik Method Heat 3.5 cups of juice. In a shallow bowl sprinkle gelatin and collagen on a half cup of juice, […]

Green Business Feature | Fair Trade and Sustainable Gift Choices at ECO-tique

Green Business Feature | Fair Trade and Sustainable Gift Choices at ECO-tique

By LeRae Haynes – Gift giving takes on a whole new meaning when one-of-a-kind beauty is layered with a piece of culture that means something deep and beautiful. Open for a limited time, November 14 to December 23, at the ECO-tique Pop Up Store in Williams Lake you can find home furnishings and décor, clothing, […]

Recycling | No Time Left to Waste:  Stop Sucking

Recycling | No Time Left to Waste: Stop Sucking

By Oliver Berger – Well, it is confession time again. I sucked. I sucked for many years of my life. I would go out for meals, start drinking and could suck late, late into the night. I mean, we all did it, my friends, my family, work colleagues, my boss—they all sucked, too. It wasn’t […]

Recycling | Young Innovators in Waste Reduction

Recycling | Young Innovators in Waste Reduction

By Mary Forbes – Oliver Berger and I just returned from the Recycling Council of Alberta conference at the Chateau Lake Louise. I love my job but some days the perks just blow my mind. We were invited to attend and present on the amazing and inspiring Waste Wise projects and activities of the Cariboo […]

Waste Wise | Curbside Recycling – Pass or Fail?

Waste Wise | Curbside Recycling – Pass or Fail?

By Tera Grady – If you live in a community that receives curbside recycling collection, you likely participate in the program. The question is, though: if someone inspected your recycling tote this week, would it receive a passing grade? Considering the District of 100 Mile House, the Cariboo Regional District, and the City of Williams […]

Green Business Feature | Wildrose Lathers – Creating a soap that nourishes

Green Business Feature | Wildrose Lathers – Creating a soap that nourishes

By LeRae Haynes – In a tiny woodland cabin in a pristine and beautiful wilderness, JoAnne Kimmel creates her beautiful, unique, skin-nourishing natural soaps. Owner and creator of Wildrose Lathers, named after the many wild roses in the Nemiah Valley where she lives, Kimmel makes soaps that are lovely to use, and good for your […]

Era of Megafires: Public Events November 29 and 30

Era of Megafires: Public Events November 29 and 30

By Kristi Iverson – The South Cariboo Sustainability Society and Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society are hosting two Era of Megafires events (November 29 in 100 Mile House and November 30 in Williams Lake) to help us understand the causes of the fires of 2017 and what we can do to prevent future fires from causing […]

The Many Wonders of Bone Broth

The Many Wonders of Bone Broth

By Kristin Lehar – Bone broth is one of those foods that has been around since before civilization and has been a staple food for many cultures around the planet. Like many traditional foods, it got lost somewhere in history when it was booted out by refined and imitation versions. Thus, it has long been […]

Raising Amadeus

Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – One of the most difficult things about being Amadeus’ surrogate mother is discerning which of his troubles are actually problems and which are just the problem of Amadeus: the goat who was never supposed to be here at all. The next step – figuring out how I can help him – […]

Back in the Day: The Cure for Cabin Fever

Back in the Day: The Cure for Cabin Fever

By Kate McDonough – This winter has been exceptional, four feet of snow on the frozen ground. Our one-room log cabin down in the Kleena Kleene River Valley is truly isolated, the track was never plowed, and never will be. We have two horses, but they can’t plough their way through the formidable snow. Mike […]