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Halloween Doesn’t Have to be Scary for the Planet

Halloween Doesn’t Have to be Scary for the Planet

By Jessica Kirby – Halloween has changed course over the years from an Earth worshipping event focused around the harvest, to a darker, banished-by-the-church abomination, to a well-known child-focused commercial event celebrated around the world. Part of moving away from a natural, harvest-focused holiday to a commercial holiday is that the Earth tends to take […]

Northern Exposure returns to Wells, BC from October 12–15

Northern Exposure returns to Wells, BC from October 12–15

Northern Exposure returns to Wells, BC from October 12–15. It’s your annual opportunity to learn and share ideas with your peers, as well as experts in the field of rural arts, culture, and festival organizing. Wells is at the core of the Cariboo. It comes alive once again for arts and culture administrators, creative not-for […]

Discover Wellness Health Fair & Market in Williams Lake October 14, 2017

Discover Wellness Health Fair & Market in Williams Lake October 14, 2017

Spiral Health is kicking off the first annual Discover Wellness Health Fair & Market in Williams Lake. It will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in The Gibraltar Room at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. The health fair is about “Inspiring a Healthy You!” It has been a successful […]

Death: My journey through grief and the learning that followed

Death: My journey through grief and the learning that followed

By Angela Gutzer – “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” —Pierre Teilhard de Chardin This quote brought much solace to me as I entered the world of grief. It helped me elevate myself above the restriction and pain the human condition contains, and free […]

Nourishing our Children – Sept/Oct 2017

Nourishing our Children – Sept/Oct 2017

By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Keep school lunches cool and your kids healthy with these mint-lime frozen bottles: Ingredients 1 L home-made Kombucha tea Juice of four fresh limes A handful of fresh mint leaves Method Morning: Combine the Kombucha with lime juice and mint leaves in a jar and leave out […]

Community | Bravery at its Best: Rethinking the urge to stay safe

Community | Bravery at its Best: Rethinking the urge to stay safe

By Margaret-Anne Enders – “Stay safe”. In the midst of this summer’s wild fires, evacuations, and escaping from heavy smoke, that simple phrase became a standard Cariboo farewell. It certainly was my go-to in ending every phone call, email, text, or visit. It was said with urging, with concern, with fear, and with hope that […]

Country Living | Raising Amadeus

Country Living | Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – Amadeus has fared well during this fire season. We were lucky that for the first few weeks, in spite of the Green Mountain fire being way too close for comfort, the topography of our area is such that we didn’t really have much smoke here at first.  We are rather sheltered in […]

Arts & Culture | The Power of Art in the Community

Arts & Culture | The Power of Art in the Community

By Lewis Evans – What does art mean to you—if anything? Is it merely decoration, an emotional response to a memory, an illustration of something familiar, something creative you simply like but you don’t know why, an investment, a space-filler, or something else entirely? Whatever you may think, you are probably not thinking that art […]

Community | Building Community Wealth for a New Economy

Community | Building Community Wealth for a New Economy

By Guy Dauncey – Imagine you are struggling to get by on a low income. For some, it doesn’t need much imagining. Now imagine that as well as not having much money, you live in a community where there is very little affordable housing, no subsidized daycare, no safe bike lanes, and only sporadic public […]

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

By Bill Irwin – With fall around the corner at last, the smoke has abated, at least out near Horsefly. I have taken my astro gear from the camper, where it was pending evacuation, and reinstalled it in the Bells Lake observatory. Last night the moon was a slender crescent, probably regaling in the fact […]

Opinion: Can centralized wildfire control be improved in BC?

By Jim Hilton – When I started working in the forest service in 1974 (in what was then known as the Caribou Forest Region) there were forest districts (Ranger Districts) in Tatla Lake, Alexis Creek, Riske Creek, Williams Lake, Horsefly, Likely, 100 Mile, Clinton, and Quesnel (east and west) and, if I recall correctly, a […]

Natural Health | The Quest for Healthy Skin Must Start from Within

Natural Health | The Quest for Healthy Skin Must Start from Within

By Kristin Lehar – The skin, like many other organs of the human body, performs several crucial roles in keeping the body functioning in balance including excreting wastes, synthesizing hormones (vitamin D), regulating heat, and protecting the body from the elements. It is our largest organ with a delicate pH and a unique micro-biome and, […]

Arts & Culture | Arts Truly on the Fly

Arts & Culture | Arts Truly on the Fly

By Brandon Hoffman, Artistic Director, Arts on the Fly – July 8, the day after the fires first broke out in Williams Lake, the biggest thing on my mind was the fate of Arts on the Fly Festival, slated for the following weekend. I went through the motions like everybody else: putting together my evacuation […]

Arts & Culture | The Role of Art in Precarious Times

Arts & Culture | The Role of Art in Precarious Times

By Venta Rutkauskas – It was Nina Simone who said, “How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?” This question has come to mind frequently in recent weeks,  for the times demand that we speak out about injustice and stand up for a vision of tolerance, if not compassion and inclusivity. In […]

Recycling | No Time Left to Waste:  Well sorted in Wells

Recycling | No Time Left to Waste: Well sorted in Wells

By Oliver Berger – Arts Wells 2017 was the only music festival that actually ran this year in the Cariboo Region due to ‘you know what’. Boasting over 100 acts in over 10 different venues situated all throughout the colourful community, this is one music festival that is hard to miss. This year I was […]

Waste Wise | Central Cariboo Transfer Station:  Share Sheds for the people, by the people

Waste Wise | Central Cariboo Transfer Station: Share Sheds for the people, by the people

By Tera Grady – If you frequent the Central Cariboo Transfer Station on Frizzi Road in Williams Lake, you will know that the site houses a couple of Share Sheds for residents to drop off and pick up items free of charge. Loved by many, these Share Sheds are a great way to encourage waste […]

World Animal Day: Caring for all Earth’s Creatures

World Animal Day: Caring for all Earth’s Creatures

By Al-Lisa McKay – For the 84th year running, World Animal Day is being celebrated on October 4. It started in 1931 in Florence Italy; its aim was to bring attention to endangered or threatened species. The date was chosen because it is the Feast Day of the patron saint of animals, St. Francis of […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Environmental Protection Act review could strengthen human rights

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Environmental Protection Act review could strengthen human rights

By David Suzuki – Governments change—along with laws, regulations, and priorities. It’s the nature of democracies. In Canada, we’ve seen environmental laws implemented, then weakened or overturned, then strengthened and re-instated. But the basic necessities of health, well-being, and life shouldn’t be subject to the shifting agendas of political parties. That’s why Canada should recognize […]

Community | Each Moment, an Opportunity for Gratitude

Community | Each Moment, an Opportunity for Gratitude

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Thanksgiving season is here. Though the sun still warms the earth, the shift is coming slowly towards cooler mornings, reddening leaves, and comfort inklings like slow cooker meals and hot tea in the evenings. Some people mark this season of gratitude and plenty with Thanksgiving dinner—loved ones […]

Publisher’s Letter: Wildfires, Blue Mind

Publisher’s Letter: Wildfires, Blue Mind

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – Dear readers, It has been quite a summer. We’ve literally all been through a trial by fire—locally, provincially, and globally. Whether by fire, flood, or hurricane, there is no doubt our world is changing. As we go to press, the class 5 hurricane Irma has just churned through the Caribbean […]

Opinion: Don’t Let the Smoke Cloud your Thinking for a Clean Future

Opinion: Don’t Let the Smoke Cloud your Thinking for a Clean Future

By Sage Birchwater – Clean air is a gift we have to stand up for and protect. It’s not something we can take for granted. For those of us involved in the Rail Ties Be Wise campaign, the horrendous wildfire season of 2017 has steeled our resolve to protect our air quality. For long stretches […]

Conservation | The Great Con-tinuation: Trudeau’s Wild Salmon Record

Conservation | The Great Con-tinuation: Trudeau’s Wild Salmon Record

By Fin Donnelly, MP Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard – In 2015, Justin Trudeau was elected on a promise of “Real Change.” His environmental platform was welcomed by many wild salmon advocates who thought we could move beyond ten long years of Harper’s disastrous environmental policies. Two years later, […]

Conservation | Where have all the salmon gone?

Conservation | Where have all the salmon gone?

By Melissa Chaun – It has been eerily quiet on the Lower Fraser River this year. Not a single fishing boat to be seen. At the time of writing this, the commercial salmon fishery had yet to open this season and likely never will. There are simply not enough salmon. Even the Musqueam Indian Band, […]

Community | Local Brewers Give Back to Cariboo Communities

Community | Local Brewers Give Back to Cariboo Communities

By Jessica Kirby – This summer will probably go down in history as one that brought upset and disruption to many people in the region; but also, it will be remembered for its community connections and those who came together to help. No exception to the crew of those eager to ease the burden for […]

Stewardship | Rivershed Society of BC: Pledge for  watershed conservation, protection, and restoration

Stewardship | Rivershed Society of BC: Pledge for watershed conservation, protection, and restoration

By Fin Donnelly – What a summer. The wildfires displaced tens of thousands of people and animals, and disrupted many planned activities, which included forcing the cancellation of the Rivershed Society of BC’s (RSBC) 26-day Sustainable Living Leadership Program, a trip down the entire Fraser River by canoe, raft, shuttle van, and foot. The fires […]

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: After the Fires

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: After the Fires

By Terri Smith – As I write this article, the smoke still hangs in the air, giving an eerie orange tinge to the day. We have lived for over a month now in this half-light. In the distance, the smoke haze has the look of an approaching snowstorm; we would even welcome snow, but everything […]

Community | Wildfire Warriors

Community | Wildfire Warriors

By Jeremy Williams – Travelling to the Chilcotin Plateau on July 16, I was devastated to see first hand so much of the forests destroyed by fire in the Tsilhqot’in territory. I have made 18 expeditions to the area over the last five years, documenting the struggle to protect this magical place and the title […]

Green Business Feature: Cariboo Handwoven – Colour, texture, and art

Green Business Feature: Cariboo Handwoven – Colour, texture, and art

By LeRae Haynes – Turning a creative spark into warmth, beauty, and comfort is at the heart of Cariboo Handwoven, where spinner/weaver Jane Perry takes local wool and colourful, quality, soft cotton from Quebec and weaves luxurious wool blankets, soft cotton blankets of all sizes, hand and bath towels, and classy scarves. She’s also started […]

Opinion: Burning creosote and PCP laden rail ties in Williams Lake is an all risk and no benefit scenario

By Becky Bravi – Last year I made an appeal to the Environmental Appeal Board opposing the permit to allow Atlantic Power (AP) to burn up to 50 per cent creosote and PCP soaked rail ties in its fuel mix. As we move to post-evacuation alert status in Williams Lake I realize I am even […]

Conservation | Goat River Watershed: Can a gold rush trail save the salmon?

Conservation | Goat River Watershed: Can a gold rush trail save the salmon?

By Simon Zukowski – The Fraser River is home to perhaps the world’s largest salmon run. Yet fewer salmon have been returning to the Fraser in recent years and the runs have been fluctuating more wildly. The trend is not in salmons’ favour. Fish are sensitive to temperature changes and as the Fraser heats up […]

Letters: When human need was recognized, essential service was given unconditionally

Dear Editor, “Love is the only rational answer to the problem of human existence.” – Erich Fromm Is love the only satisfactory answer? Love may not be the absolutely perfect answer, but Kamloops uses its ability to find an appropriate answer. The Sandman “evacuee” Center showed a development of love to a level that really […]

Column | Conservation Conversation: Iconic rivers need our help to remain mighty

Column | Conservation Conversation: Iconic rivers need our help to remain mighty

By Jenny Howell, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society – Sitting down to write this, I looked at a list of potential topics based on upcoming fall calendar events. Should I pick National Forest Week to focus on? Or maybe World Animal Day, International Habitat Day, or Endangered Species Day? Close to the bottom of the list […]

Environment | 2017 Fire Devastation Leaves its Mark: A Photographic Essay

Environment | 2017 Fire Devastation Leaves its Mark: A Photographic Essay

By Jesaja Class – 2017 is a year that will not be forgotten for many people who have lost everything—their houses, businesses, and livelihoods. It is a year that marks a deep scar into what we all know as Beautiful British Columbia. Yet a natural process of renewal has already begun. Deep green and lush […]

Farm & Garden | Fraserbench Farm: Standing firm during fires

Farm & Garden | Fraserbench Farm: Standing firm during fires

By LeRae Haynes – Wildfires definitely had an impact on local farmers and ranchers, including Lynda Archibald and Charlie Brous from Fraserbench Farm, located halfway between Soda Creek and McAllister. They grow and sell produce and products from their orchard and garden, and are members of the Cariboo Growers Market. Although they have harvested onions, […]

Environment | National Forest Week: A Time to Share Stories

Environment | National Forest Week: A Time to Share Stories

By Natalie A. Swift – It is often the unremarkable experiences, those encountered in the pursuit of day-to-day activities, that contribute to the charming nature of the central interior region. Like the sound of an American red squirrel sternly admonishing those who wander into one of the areas it has designated for storing its summer […]

The Fight for our Lives: Budding T’it’q’et filmmakers in Lillooet, BC focus on the importance of salmon to their community and culture

The Fight for our Lives: Budding T’it’q’et filmmakers in Lillooet, BC focus on the importance of salmon to their community and culture

By Jeremy Williams – Over ten days in August, I had the honour and pleasure of facilitating a crash course in documentary filmmaking workshop, which helped train four young women 16–28 years old from T’it’q’et, one of the ten St’at’imc communities in Lillooet. During the ten days, the team – Lakota James, Sarah Napoleon, Tabitha […]

Performances in the Park 2017

Performances in the Park 2017

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

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

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

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

Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

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

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: Solstice on the Farm

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: Solstice on the Farm

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

Soundscapes: The radical act of listening

Soundscapes: The radical act of listening

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

Country Living | Raising Amadeus

Country Living | Raising Amadeus

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

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

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

By LeRae Haynes – Editors Note: The grand opening of the 2017 Artwalk Show and Sale takes place September 8 and runs to September 30. After a summer of disruption due to wildfires, with more than 50 participating merchants, the Williams Lake Artwalk Show and Sale is a great opportunity for the community to explore […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada – The Next 150 Years

Canada – The Next 150 Years

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

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

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

Nourishing our Children – June-July-Aug 2017

Nourishing our Children – June-July-Aug 2017

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

Island Mountain Arts Celebrates 40 Years of Art in the Cariboo

Island Mountain Arts Celebrates 40 Years of Art in the Cariboo

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

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

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

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

Culture Week in Nemiah Valley a 30-year Tradition

Culture Week in Nemiah Valley a 30-year Tradition

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

Going in Circles – The Walk of the Labyrinth

Going in Circles – The Walk of the Labyrinth

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

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

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

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

BC 2030 – Doing all the good we can

BC 2030 – Doing all the good we can

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

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

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

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

In Love With Stuff – Sharing with Your Community

In Love With Stuff – Sharing with Your Community

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

Agriculture Part 3: Realigning the culture of modern farming

Agriculture Part 3: Realigning the culture of modern farming

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

Sawmill Training Provided to Yunesit’in Community Members

Sawmill Training Provided to Yunesit’in Community Members

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

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

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

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

Summer soothers: Au naturale

Summer soothers: Au naturale

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

No time Left to Waste: The rise of compostable trash

No time Left to Waste: The rise of compostable trash

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

Waste Wise | Curbside Recycling Contamination

Waste Wise | Curbside Recycling Contamination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Complexity of Ego: Cultivating a healthy relationship with ourselves

The Complexity of Ego: Cultivating a healthy relationship with ourselves

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

Canada Parks – Discover and revel in the nation’s bounty

Canada Parks – Discover and revel in the nation’s bounty

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

Nature Club – Learning Among the Trees at Mountview School

Nature Club – Learning Among the Trees at Mountview School

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

National Aboriginal Day: Embracing unity and diversity

National Aboriginal Day: Embracing unity and diversity

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

Grounded Balance

Grounded Balance

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

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society

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

BC government urged to ban trophy hunting of grizzly bears

BC government urged to ban trophy hunting of grizzly bears

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

Forests Forum – Community Speaks Out on Sawmills, Logging

Forests Forum – Community Speaks Out on Sawmills, Logging

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

Green Business | Cariboo MamaCare:  A guardian angel for your baby

Green Business | Cariboo MamaCare: A guardian angel for your baby

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

Celebrate Earth Day at Handmade in the Cariboo Event

Celebrate Earth Day at Handmade in the Cariboo Event

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

In Love with Stuff – Philosophies of Simplicity

In Love with Stuff – Philosophies of Simplicity

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

Seedlings for Starters

Seedlings for Starters

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

Becoming Waste Wise: Single Use Coffee Cups

Becoming Waste Wise: Single Use Coffee Cups

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

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere

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

Recycling Support at  Central Cariboo Disposal

Recycling Support at Central Cariboo Disposal

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

Step into Ecstasy this Spring

Step into Ecstasy this Spring

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

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

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

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

Industry | Rail Ties Be Wise Update

Industry | Rail Ties Be Wise Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soul to Speak – Beka Solo and Rich Mac

Soul to Speak – Beka Solo and Rich Mac

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

Confessions of a Farmer: Ready, Set… Grow

Confessions of a Farmer: Ready, Set… Grow

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

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

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

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

Canadian Mosaic versus American melting pot

Canadian Mosaic versus American melting pot

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

Raising Amadeus

Raising Amadeus

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

Making Space: Observing Canada’s 150 years

Making Space: Observing Canada’s 150 years

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

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

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

The George and Dragon Lives: Co-operatively

The George and Dragon Lives: Co-operatively

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

Car Seat Recycling Program Pilot 2017

Car Seat Recycling Program Pilot 2017

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

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

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

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

Environmental Protection: An inconvenient truth

Environmental Protection: An inconvenient truth

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

Moving on from Urban Farming in Williams Lake

Moving on from Urban Farming in Williams Lake

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

Nourishing our Children

Nourishing our Children

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

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

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

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

Cigarette Recycling Campaign Project

Cigarette Recycling Campaign Project

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