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Letter to the Editor: A Green Economy in the Cariboo

By John Dressler– Canadian journalist Chris Turner wrote a book about his global search for sustainable practices, calling it The Geography of Hope, a Tour of the World We Need. He does not recount a visit to Williams Lake, but he does describe in detail the way of life he found on the island of […]

RECIPES | Nourishing our Children

RECIPES | Nourishing our Children

By Jasmin Schellenberg– HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Bob’s Red Mill Herbed Gluten-Free Corn Polenta Triangles   Ingredients 2 cups freshly ground organic cornmeal (Bob’s Red Mill) 1 cup lime water 4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 3 cups chicken broth or water 2 teaspoons sea salt 1 medium onion, finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, finely minced […]

NATURAL HEALTH | A Healthy Gut for a Healthy Life

NATURAL HEALTH | A Healthy Gut for a Healthy Life

By Kristin Lehar – With Halloween barely behind us and Christmas just around the corner, the sweets and sugary temptations are not easy to escape. It’s hard not to give in to the shiny, embellished displays of seasonal sweets popping out from every corner at the grocery store and at the same time how many times […]

HEALTH ISSUES | Electrosmog: The acid rain of today

HEALTH ISSUES | Electrosmog: The acid rain of today

By Dr. Magda Havas– I’m an associate professor of environmental and resource studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. For the past 25 years I have been teaching university students about the biological effects of electromagnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation, collectively referred to as electrosmog. Since 2000, I have been invited to give more than […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Creative Voice: Who are we?

ARTS & CULTURE | Creative Voice: Who are we?

    By Jonathan Weisblatt – Dear reading one, Hello. Let’s get right to it. If I love you – and I’m working hard at it – then I want to make this collaborative project work. Can you feel me embodying the deep grief I feel while I look at the current state of our human […]

ECOLOGY & WILDLIFE | Food and Energy Demand Drives 58 Per cent Decline in Global Wildlife Populations:  New World Wildlife Fund report

ECOLOGY & WILDLIFE | Food and Energy Demand Drives 58 Per cent Decline in Global Wildlife Populations: New World Wildlife Fund report

Global populations of vertebrates – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish – have declined by 58 per cent between 1970 and 2012, states a new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Animals living in the world’s lakes, rivers, and freshwater systems have experienced the most dramatic population declines, at 81 percent. Because of human activity, […]

ECOLOGY & WILDLIFE | The Cariboo-Chilcotin Ecosystems Restoration Steering Committee:  Serving the Region since 2008

ECOLOGY & WILDLIFE | The Cariboo-Chilcotin Ecosystems Restoration Steering Committee: Serving the Region since 2008

Covering less than one per cent of BC, native grasslands are home to the highest diversity of at-risk plant and animal species. The grassland ecosystems of our province have been negatively impacted by wildfire suppression combined with a continued absence of prescribed fire. The lack of fire leads to the encroachment of trees onto grasslands […]

Opinion: Buying Fair Trade is a Commitment to Think

Opinion: Buying Fair Trade is a Commitment to Think

By Lisa Hilton– Step one: somebody plants the cotton plants. Step two: the plants are tended by field workers until the cotton grows. Step three: the cotton is harvested. Meanwhile, one million cotton workers are hospitalized that year, due to contact with the strong pesticides and insecticides. Step four: the cotton is milled into yarn. […]

COMMUNITY | Small Town Love: Loving small business in Williams Lake

COMMUNITY | Small Town Love: Loving small business in Williams Lake

By LeRae Haynes – Small Town Love Williams Lake is a unique program that brings local, independently-owned businesses to the forefront, supports and promotes them, and reminds us all how important they are to our local economy. Heidi Jakubec, Love Williams Lake champion, said she’s thoroughly enjoyed getting to know local business owners and hearing […]

COUNTRY LIVING | Raising Amadeus

COUNTRY LIVING | Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – Next week, Amadeus’ brother and mother will be going to a new home. It’s going to be strange to now only have one dog, one cat, and one goat. But once again, this is better for Amadeus and for us. Just a few days ago I watched as Amadeus’ brother head-butted […]

ARTS & EDUCATION | In Love with Stuff

ARTS & EDUCATION | In Love with Stuff

By Jennifer Clark – The idea of living simply isn’t new. Whether it was Thoreau writing about living a simple life in the cabin he built on Walden Pond; Edward Abbey documenting the years he spent living in a travel trailer in Arches National Monument in his book Desert Solitaire; Bill Rees and Mathis Wackernagel […]

ARTS & EDUCATION | 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 […]

COMMUNITY | Becoming a Citizen of Canada

COMMUNITY | Becoming a Citizen of Canada

By Sharon Taylor – Canada celebrated Citizenship Week from October 10 to 16 this year, and it was a good time for all Canadians, whether by birth or choice, to reflect on what it means to be a Canadian in today’s complex world. To become a citizen, a person must pay a fee (presently $630), […]

HEALTH ISSUES | Natural Health Products (NHPs)  Are Not Drugs

HEALTH ISSUES | Natural Health Products (NHPs) Are Not Drugs

By Reuben Dinsmore, ND –   I know I’m preaching to the choir here—if you have been to see a naturopathic doctor, there’s a very high chance you’ve benefitted from the recommendation of certain nutraceutical supplements along your treatment journey. And so I invite you to take a moment to send a message to your […]

SPIRITUALITY | Recalibrating

SPIRITUALITY | Recalibrating

By Margaret-Anne Enders – I generally tend toward the Luddite end of the technologically savvy scale; however, lately I have developed a new respect for a certain piece of technology: my parents’ GPS. Well, not the GPS exactly, but the woman who lives inside it. Surprisingly, she has surfaced as a new mentor for me. […]

SCIENCE | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

SCIENCE | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

By Bill Irwin – The ongoing cloudy and rainy weather eroded some of the observing opportunities this past fall. As we head later into the year, the earlier darkness makes viewing times more convenient. Observing is greatly reinforced by habit but many things conspire to interrupt the processlike having to go to work, unfavourable weather, […]

ARTS & EDUCATION | My First Political Experience

ARTS & EDUCATION | My First Political Experience

By Gloria Atamanenko – I was born near Fort Vermilion, Alberta, one hundred miles below the North West Territories boundary, in the farthest north farming district on the continent. Living on an isolated homestead during early childhood, I knew more about Ukraine, my parents’ country of origin, than I did about Canada. Winter lasted over seven […]

ACTIVISM | Local Activists Demand that PM  Protect Rivers

ACTIVISM | Local Activists Demand that PM Protect Rivers

Local activist and chair of the Kamloops Council of Canadians Anita Strong is calling on the Trudeau government to keep its election campaign promise to “restore lost protections” to water by immediately restoring the protections eliminated from the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA). “The Prime Minister made a promise during last year’s federal election campaign […]

ARTS & EDUCATION | Sustainable Ranching—Learning Applied Skills and Diversification

ARTS & EDUCATION | Sustainable Ranching—Learning Applied Skills and Diversification

By Angela Abrahão – The first cohort of students from the Sustainable Ranching Program at Thompson Rivers University is finishing up the program’s very first year, ending with Applied Skills and Diversification. It’s been about experiential learning this summer and fall and we’ve had many amazing experiences. In true Cariboo form we headed west, hands […]

‘Snow Time Left to Waste: Ride Local

‘Snow Time Left to Waste: Ride Local

By Oliver Berger – Five years ago, Morgan Day and I worked at Mt. Timothy Ski Area. Like in most seasons, we assisted patrons with their daily riding needs, tended to the lifts, repaired groomers and whatever else needed to be repaired, and built whatever needed to be built. Maintenance life at a small ski […]

COUNTRY LIVING | An Ode to Winter …

COUNTRY LIVING | An Ode to Winter …

By Carmen Mutschele – Everything you’ll ever need to know lies hidden in a song… well, almost everything. When I first heard the beautiful song “Si” by French singer Zaz, I could only make out certain words. I looked up the English translation and found that the song speaks of a spiritual revolution and the last […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Arts on the Fly and Safety Meeting Update

ARTS & CULTURE | Arts on the Fly and Safety Meeting Update

In October, the Arts on the Fly Festival Society had its AGM, and we are incredibly excited to announce that Arts on the Fly Festival 2017 will be going down July 14 and 15 in beautiful Horsefly, BC. After taking a year off, our returning volunteers are feeling refreshed, and we have plenty of new […]

RECYCLING | No Time Left to Waste: Recycling in the Cariboo

RECYCLING | No Time Left to Waste: Recycling in the Cariboo

By Oliver Berger– So what’s the latest happenings in our recycling world? I feel a change around us, recently. It could be a number of things; however, I feel like there is an awareness starting to arise. I was at the transfer station in Williams Lake on October 5, and while I was chatting with […]

COUNTRY LIVING | Confessions of a Farmer: Once a Farmer, Always a Farmer?

COUNTRY LIVING | Confessions of a Farmer: Once a Farmer, Always a Farmer?

By Terri Smith– Here is my biggest farmer’s confession yet: I’m not really a farmer anymore. Sure I live on a farm, but we don’t really produce anything for sale at the moment. We produced a lot of what we ate this summer, and we do have some storage crops that will get us through […]

COLUMN | Science Matters: We can’t dig our way out of the fossil fuels pit

COLUMN | Science Matters: We can’t dig our way out of the fossil fuels pit

  By David Suzuki– I’ve often thought politicians inhabit a parallel universe. Maybe it’s just widespread cognitive dissonance, coupled with a lack of imagination, that compels them to engage in so much contradictory behaviour. Trying to appease so many varying interests isn’t easy. Rather than focusing on short-term economic and corporate priorities, though, politicians should […]

Spacing the Chorus: A small investigation of extemporaneous particulation

Spacing the Chorus: A small investigation of extemporaneous particulation

By Ron Young – There are times when a dog barks repeatedly and at a sufficient volume and frequency that it raises the attention of his neighbours, who take up the chorus and transmit his message across the night-yards and country paddocks of the region. What may initiate this disturbance is a matter of great curiosity […]

Xatśūll Trail Development

Xatśūll Trail Development

By Miriam Schilling– Our community completed a Trails and Recreation Strategy Plan in March 2015 and constructed the first multi-use trail at Deep Creek during the summer of 2015. Due to the success of our first trail initiative and very strong community support, we started the development of multi-use hiking and biking trails at Soda […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Student of Nature: The Work of Carver and Artist Jacob Moondog

ARTS & CULTURE | Student of Nature: The Work of Carver and Artist Jacob Moondog

By Venta Rutkauskas– Imagine… On the windswept plains near Mankota, Saskatchewan, a young boy rides a pinto pony, following his mother as she checks the cattle on the vast ranch she and her family have worked for generations. The little boy senses this land is alive. Something about it, its great silence, leaves its mark […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Plastic Pollution

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Plastic Pollution

Did you know there are patches of plastic garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean that are larger in area than the province of British Columbia? The marine pollution in the Pacific, which is constantly changing in size and location, has been dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Efforts are being made to determine feasible ways […]

ARTS & EDUCATION | Give Green: Santa would approve

ARTS & EDUCATION | Give Green: Santa would approve

By Jessica Kirby – There is a story I tell the kids about the existence of Santa—No, I say … the guy in red doesn’t arrive in the night and leave things behind. But the story of his selfless generosity is quite real. When we think about giving to others – really giving, out of […]

ENVIRONMENT | Judgment

By Ray Grigg – We are living in a time like no other in human history. The environmental decisions we make today and in the next few years will determine our planet’s climate stability and the direction of human destiny for centuries to come. Perhaps everyone alive at any given moment in the past has […]

ENVIRONMENT | Beyond Capitalism: Moving forward in reverse

By Lisa Bland, Publisher, Editor in Chief of TheGreenGazette – The past year has been a whirlwind. As I look back at the topics in my news feed, I consider how mind boggling it might have been even five years ago to walk into the complexity of topics, choices, and stimulus we process daily in […]

COMMUNITY | A New Co-operative Economy

COMMUNITY | A New Co-operative Economy

By Guy Dauncey – When the future teenager walks down the future Main Street in future Small Town, BC, be it Williams Lake, Smithers, Houston, Creston, or Kimberley, which of these thoughts might she or he be thinking? “I can’t wait to get out of this place—it’s so, like, basic.” “This place is so cool. […]

Green Business Feature | Keeping Warm with Cariboo Wool Bedding

Green Business Feature | Keeping Warm with Cariboo Wool Bedding

By Terri Smith – Konny Kadenbach and her partner, Joel, live on a beautiful piece of property just south of Quesnel. I knock on the door of their handcrafted home and hear Konny call from the basement. I enter the house and feel instantly comfortable in my surroundings. Their entire home is a work of […]

COMMUNITY | Ten Thousand Villages: Celebrating local and global communities

COMMUNITY | Ten Thousand Villages: Celebrating local and global communities

By LeRae Haynes – Shoppers who look for sustainability, quality, and incredible fair trade diversity are in for a treat this season, with Ten Thousand Villages returning to Williams Lake. They bring fair trade crafts from over 35 countries, including housewares, food, toys, Christmas decor, musical instruments, pottery, linens, jewelry, coffees, and teas. Ten Thousand […]

Green Business Feature | ECOtique: fairly traded and ethical shopping downtown

Green Business Feature | ECOtique: fairly traded and ethical shopping downtown

By LeRae Haynes – ECOtique is a fresh new business model opening soon in the Delainey Centre Mall on Oliver Street in Williams Lake. It’s a collective created by Angie Delainey, Penny Hutchinson, and Maureen LeBourdais, social entrepreneurs who make their home in the community. The store, which will be open November 12 to December […]

CHILDREN | Baby Festival in Williams Lake

CHILDREN | Baby Festival in Williams Lake

By LeRae Haynes – Who wouldn’t welcome the chance to meet and celebrate our most precious Cariboo resource—every baby born here in 2016? I certainly do. As the community co-ordinator for Success by 6, I’m extremely delighted to welcome babies and parents to our second annual Baby Fest on November 17, in connection with National […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Green up your Gifts with the Medieval Market

ARTS & CULTURE | Green up your Gifts with the Medieval Market

Christmas is around the corner and many of us are thinking about gifts for friends and family. Of course, gifts that you make yourself are the best. But if you just don’t have time, or aren’t that handy, you can purchase beautiful handmade gifts at the Medieval Market and still feel good about your ecological […]

RECIPES | Cultured Delights: Fermenting foods for optimal health

RECIPES | Cultured Delights: Fermenting foods for optimal health

By Kristin Lehar – Fermenting foods and making various jars of pickled delights out of the abundance of produce bursting out of the garden at this time of year is probably one of my favourite things to do. The satisfaction of harvesting the fruits (and veggies) of your labour, creating delightful vegetable combinations, stuffing them […]

FARM & GARDEN | Confessions of a Farmer: Fighting despair with hope and potatoes

FARM & GARDEN | Confessions of a Farmer: Fighting despair with hope and potatoes

By Terri Smith – I try not to despair for the world. I had almost entirely recovered from the previous case of despair that led me to become a farmer. And yet, here I am all over again, back at the edge, crying in frustrated anger as I wonder what is to become of our […]

STEWARDSHIP | In Pursuit of the Perfect Lawn

By Terri Smith – Have you ever paused to consider why so much of our modern world is covered in small swatches of relatively useless greenery? Why we spend so much time, money, and resources growing something that does not provide us with food? In England and France, the original lawns began as large areas […]

COMMUNITY | Restorative Justice: An alternative that works

COMMUNITY | Restorative Justice: An alternative that works

By LeRae Haynes – Giving people a chance to turn their lives around and connecting them to their communities is at the heart of a growing, successful program in Williams Lake. For nearly 20 years Restorative Justice has taken cases off the court dockets, bringing offenders and victims face to face to discuss impact and […]

LETTERS | Submission to Minister of Environment: Re Railway Ties Burning in Williams Lake

  Good Day, My name is Angie Delainey and I was born and raised in Williams Lake and where my family has owned and operated a business in the downtown core for over 45 years. I have two small children ages 2.5 and 6, one of which attends the Nesika Elementary School located in the […]

COLUMN | Dark Earth could Herald a Bright Future for Agriculture and Climate

COLUMN | Dark Earth could Herald a Bright Future for Agriculture and Climate

By David Suzuki – Feeding more than seven billion people with minimal environmental and climate impacts is no small feat. That parts of the world are plagued by obesity while starvation is rampant elsewhere shows part of the problem revolves around distribution and social equity. But agricultural methods pose some of the biggest challenges. Over […]

COLUMN | Raising Amadeus

COLUMN | Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – Why did I think Amadeus needed a goat family? He doesn’t. And we certainly do not. I read (and stupidly took to heart) that a goat can get used to anything so long as there is another goat around. But whoever wrote that helpful bit of advice was making the assumption […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Plugging Drum and Bell Tower’s Existential Qualifier

ARTS & CULTURE | Plugging Drum and Bell Tower’s Existential Qualifier

  By Brandon Hoffman– Williams Lake has a pretty small music scene. Given that I play music with one Brent Morton (aka Drum and Bell Tower) all the time, and even played a small part in the making of his new album, reviewing said album might be a slight conflict of interest. So make no […]

RECIPES | Strength with Superfoods: Food choices for a good morning

RECIPES | Strength with Superfoods: Food choices for a good morning

By Devon Chappell – Each and every day of our lives, we rise with the sun, open our lids, and embrace the morning. There are certain times when the mind reflects awkwardly on one’s life. Those mornings when we are suffering from poor thoughts about not accomplishing enough, or find ourselves buried under blankets with […]

CONSERVATION | Water and Conflict

CONSERVATION | Water and Conflict

By Jenny Howell, CCCS – It is interesting to see the different strategies we all take to cope with the news stories of more and more struggling people worldwide in increasingly desperate situations. Some of us switch off, don’t listen to the news, and pretend it isn’t happening, or at least has nothing to do […]

STEWARDSHIP | TRU’s Applied Sustainable Ranching:  Proclamation Awarded

STEWARDSHIP | TRU’s Applied Sustainable Ranching: Proclamation Awarded

By Angela Abrahão – Things happen often when we’re not paying attention, mostly because, well, they are just part of life. Here, ranching in our small part of the world is life, filled with hayfields and cows, where there are things like calving season and haying season, and in all the other times in between, […]

COMMUNITY | Celebrating World Animal Day

COMMUNITY | Celebrating World Animal Day

By LeRae Haynes – I think the world is a much, much better place with animals in it. (I hope they think the same of us.) Not that animal lovers really need an excuse to celebrate animals, but World Animal Day on October 4 is a truly wonderful reminder of how lucky we are to […]

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Sept – Oct 2016

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Sept – Oct 2016

  By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Deviled Eggs Ingredients 12 eggs 6 Tbsp olive oil or mayonnaise 4.5 Tbsp vinegar 2 Tbsp mustard (or more to taste) salt pepper parsley Method Hard boil a dozen eggs. Take off the shell, cut in half, and take out egg yolk. Put yolk into a […]

SPIRITUALITY | Compassion: The heart of the golden rule

By Sharon Taylor – You’ve heard the Golden Rule in many forms throughout your life: treat others the way you’d like to be treated. Don’t treat people in a way you wouldn’t like to be treated. The Buddha said: Treat not others in ways you would yourself find hurtful (Udana Vargas 5.18). The Prophet Mohammed […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Revolutions in the Beat:  Circle up, stomp your feet

ARTS & CULTURE | Revolutions in the Beat: Circle up, stomp your feet

By Venta Rutkauskas – On October 20, RupLoops is coming to town. Here’s why you want to be there. When musician and artist Rup Sidhu, aka RupLoops, first started playing music, he knew the expanse of feeling was something he needed to pursue. He’d been writing and performing spoken word, teaching, and performing theatre, but […]

TRAVEL | Walking and Eating in Tuscany

TRAVEL | Walking and Eating in Tuscany

  By Pat Teti – My wife and I love Italy—the people, food, history, architecture, and long walks. Our idea of a perfect holiday is to wake up in a small town, have coffee, pack a lunch, spend most of the day walking trails and country roads, eat a big dinner, sleep well, and repeat. […]

FIRST NATIONS | Positive Impact of BC Elders Gathering: The ripples continue

FIRST NATIONS | Positive Impact of BC Elders Gathering: The ripples continue

By LeRae Haynes – There is still an air of excitement in the air from the 40th annual BC Elders Gathering that took place in Williams Lake this July. Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Ann Louie said she was incredibly inspired by the event, and that it was an honour to have it in Williams […]

Green Business Feature | Five Rivers Crematorium: Helping you say goodbye in the most meaningful way

Green Business Feature | Five Rivers Crematorium: Helping you say goodbye in the most meaningful way

By LeRae Haynes – Being a voice for a loved one lost, as well as for the family left behind, is at the heart of Cariboo Chilcotin Funeral Services. Serving the Cariboo-Chilcotin and B.C. central coast including Bella Coola and Quesnel, they look after families on every aspect of a death, from burials, cremations, and […]

HEALTH ISSUES | National Toxicology Program Report on Cancer Risk from Cellphone Radiation

HEALTH ISSUES | National Toxicology Program Report on Cancer Risk from Cellphone Radiation

By Dr. Joel Moskowitz –  On May 26, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institutes of Health issued the first in a series of reports that contains partial findings from their long-awaited $25 million study of the cancer risk from cellphone radiation. This report summarizes the study of long-term exposure to cell phone […]

SPIRITUALITY | The Wolf and the Lamb on the Path of Peace

SPIRITUALITY | The Wolf and the Lamb on the Path of Peace

By Margaret-Anne Enders –  While visiting my parents in Alberta a short while ago, I picked up the Edmonton Journal. The world news page was filled with tragedy: a French priest is murdered while conducting mass, a shooting rampage by a teenager in Germany leaves nine dead, and the list goes on. As I continued […]

SUSTAINABILITY | The Future of Death: Human compost and flesh eating mushrooms

SUSTAINABILITY | The Future of Death: Human compost and flesh eating mushrooms

    By Patrick Taylor – As of 2015 the world population sits at approximately 7.3 billion people, and is estimated to be 8 billion by the year 2024. This figure is staggering when considering it will have quintupled from the 2 billion documented in 1927. This increase in the global population has led to […]

OFFGRID SOLAR | Key Considerations for an Off-grid Solar Energy System: Part II

OFFGRID SOLAR | Key Considerations for an Off-grid Solar Energy System: Part II

By Ron Young – In part one of this article I discussed various topics including Solar Availability, Types of Mounting, Length of Wire Run, and Charge Controllers. The remaining two major components of your off-grid system are Inverters and Batteries.   INVERTERS An inverter is a device that takes the stored battery power and changes […]

ECO TOURISM | First Nations Trail Development: Sustainable economic development & healthy living

ECO TOURISM | First Nations Trail Development: Sustainable economic development & healthy living

By Thomas Schoen, Chair, CMBC –  Trail recreation, including hiking, trail running, horseback riding, and particularly mountain biking, is growing in popularity throughout British Columbia. Numerous communities throughout the province, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, are investing significantly in trails as a means for enhancing the liveability of their communities and to attract and retain residents. In […]

CONSERVATION | Protecting the Great White Sturgeon: Giants Among Us released next year

CONSERVATION | Protecting the Great White Sturgeon: Giants Among Us released next year

By LeRae Haynes – Documentary film maker Robert Moberg has focused on the Fraser River, Rick Hansen, and a unique species of fish for a feature-length film to be released in 2017. Giants Among Us: Rick Hansen and the Great White Sturgeon will highlight these incredible fish, some of whom may be 150 years old, […]

COMMUNITY | Barkerville Brewing’s ‘Out of the Ashes’: Helping Romero Banjos rise again

COMMUNITY | Barkerville Brewing’s ‘Out of the Ashes’: Helping Romero Banjos rise again

By Brandon Hoffman – On June 5, Horsefly musicians and banjo builders Pharis and Jason Romero awoke to find their banjo shop in flames. Before long it had burned completely to the ground, consuming not only the J Romero Banjo Company, but an assortment of rare and vintage instruments, boutique microphones, and boxes upon boxes […]

HEALTH ISSUES | National Toxicology Program Report on Cancer Risk from Cellphone Radiation

HEALTH ISSUES | National Toxicology Program Report on Cancer Risk from Cellphone Radiation

By Dr. Joseph Moskowitz –  On May 26, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institutes of Health issued the first in a series of reports that contains partial findings from their long-awaited $25 million study of the cancer risk from cellphone radiation. This report summarizes the study of long-term exposure to cell phone […]

CONSERVATION | On the Fraser River with the Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP)

CONSERVATION | On the Fraser River with the Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP)

By Oliver Berger – This summer I was fortunate enough to join The Rivershed Society of BC (RSBC) and 11 other fantastic individuals on a journey down the Mighty Fraser from headwaters to mouth. Each participant came with camping gear, a sustainable project for their home community to work and build upon, and an open mind. […]

Green Business Feature | Big Canyon Rafting and Fraser River Raft Expeditions: Exploring the river perspective

Green Business Feature | Big Canyon Rafting and Fraser River Raft Expeditions: Exploring the river perspective

By LeRae Haynes – Protecting and preserving the environment is a top priority for wilderness-based businesses, and Big Canyon Rafting in Quesnel and Fraser River Raft Expeditions in Yale are no exceptions. But for both of the owners, that priority is also intensely personal. “Our business was affected when the Mt. Polley Mine breach happened,” […]

ENVIRONMENT | Celebrate a “True North Strong and Green” for National Forest Week

ENVIRONMENT | Celebrate a “True North Strong and Green” for National Forest Week

By Natalie A. Swift – Each year forest practitioners and communities across Canada celebrate National Forest Week, an initiative that invites the public to learn more about forests and how they contribute to our livelihood. This year’s festivities are taking place September 18 to 24 under the theme, “True North, Strong and Green: Celebrating Canada’s […]

FARM & GARDEN | Meet Your Local Producers: Cariboo Growers Farmers Co-op

FARM & GARDEN | Meet Your Local Producers: Cariboo Growers Farmers Co-op

  Submitted by Cariboo Growers Co-op –   Celebrating its seventh summer season of operations, Cariboo Growers Farmers Co-op would like to showcase some of the local producers who grow organic produce for the community in and around the Williams Lake area in the beautiful Cariboo country. The Cariboo Growers Farmer Co-Op Store opened its […]

LOCAL FOODS | Craft Beer: Art meets flavour in a tasty local adventure

LOCAL FOODS | Craft Beer: Art meets flavour in a tasty local adventure

By Jessica Kirby – If you are like me, you don’t need more reasons to drink craft beer. You already appreciate its smooth, frothy goodness; its robust and diverse flavour variety; and, its extensive list of health benefits. If you are like me, you spend a good deal of browsing time in the craft singles […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Pokémon Go: Chasing reality

ARTS & CULTURE | Pokémon Go: Chasing reality

  By Jessica Kirby,  Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette –   There is a well-known statistic that says today most kids can name 1,000 corporate logos but can’t identify 10 plants and animals found in their own backyards. This speaks to a vast chasm between people and the natural world that has become progressively wider over […]

COMMUNITY | Intentional Communities: Living together in a new era of change

COMMUNITY | Intentional Communities: Living together in a new era of change

By Terri Smith – To some, the idea of a group of people all sharing land and living together harmoniously in a community sounds absurd or downright awful. To others, it sounds fabulous and like it might be the only way our world can continue to survive. Intentional communities are by no means a new […]

NATURAL HEALTH | Strength with Superfoods: Kombucha

NATURAL HEALTH | Strength with Superfoods: Kombucha

By Devon Chappell – Strange, what is it!? Kombucha! A rejuvenating health elixir many of you may have heard of before. If you’ve tasted it you probably either loved it or found it wasn’t for you. If you loved it you may now be brewing your own at home or maybe you’ve even gone to […]

Green Business Feature | Esk’et Tiny House: A stunning example of sustainable housing

Green Business Feature | Esk’et Tiny House: A stunning example of sustainable housing

By Casey Bennett– It’s amazing how far a tiny idea can go. It was only a little over a year ago when Robert and Bettina Johnson decided to sell their home in Victoria and move their young family to the community of Alkali Lake (called Esk’et in the Shuswap language), 45 km southwest of Williams […]

STEWARDSHIP | What the Heck is Worm Composting?

STEWARDSHIP | What the Heck is Worm Composting?

By Jennifer Clark– We’ve probably all put a worm on a hook to catch a fish at some point in our lives—maybe, like me, it was when you were out fishing with your grandfather as a kid. What I never knew until I started to learn about urban gardening and sustainability was that those wiggly […]

NATURAL HEALTH | The Top 5 Drugs You Shouldn’t Take Without Trying the Natural Alternative First

NATURAL HEALTH | The Top 5 Drugs You Shouldn’t Take Without Trying the Natural Alternative First

By Dr. Reuben Dinsmore BScH, ND– Natural supplements, or nutraceuticals, have been given a bad rap lately, which, in some cases, has been absolutely warranted. But natural formulas that actually contain what they claim to contain, and that are formulated to have maximal efficacy can be equal to their pharmaceutical counterparts—but without the laundry list […]

COMMUNITY | Taking Refuge

COMMUNITY | Taking Refuge

By Sharon Taylor– You wake up in the morning, acrid smoke already making your throat hurt. You glance out the window as you get ready for work. Every time a plane flies over, you look up and calculate how near it is and what direction it is going in. At work, everyone is talking nervously. […]

ACTIVISM | Local March for Food Justice Lends Voice to Millions

ACTIVISM | Local March for Food Justice Lends Voice to Millions

By Erin Hitchcock – A couple dozen people marched through Williams Lake last month to raise awareness about pesticides and genetically modified food and how these products may harm our health, environment, and society. While this local March for Food Justice was small, participants joined millions of people across the globe, marching in solidarity during […]

FARM & GARDEN | Raising Amadeus

FARM & GARDEN | Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – I love goats, and I love hats, so really, what could be better than a goat in a hat? For Amadeus’ fourth birthday at the end of April we decided to throw him a Mad Hatter-esque Tea Party Picnic. We wanted to do something fun before our wonderful farm helper, Svenja, […]

COUNTRY LIVING | Confessions of a Farmer: Rebuilding a Farm

COUNTRY LIVING | Confessions of a Farmer: Rebuilding a Farm

By Terri Smith – With any luck I will never move again! I knew that moving a farm was a ridiculously large undertaking, but the reality of it took so much longer and was so much more difficult than I had even imagined. I didn’t even really go very far. In retrospect, it may have […]

ARTS & EDUCATION | A New Story: Applied Sustainable Ranching

ARTS & EDUCATION | A New Story: Applied Sustainable Ranching

By Angela Abrahão – He is quite the sight in the marsh, right at home with his hat and binoculars, 12 students dutifully following along looking for birds. My classmate whispers, “I hope he does that bird call thing again!” Tom Dickinson has just irritated a male bird in the rushes by imitating another male […]

FIRST NATIONS | 40th Annual Elders Gathering Celebrating BC First Nations in Williams Lake July 12-14

FIRST NATIONS | 40th Annual Elders Gathering Celebrating BC First Nations in Williams Lake July 12-14

By LeRae Haynes – More than 2,000 First Nations Elders from across the province are expected to arrive in the Cariboo mid-July to share and celebrate the heritage of BC First Nations. Over the past 40 years the Annual BC Elders Gathering has become the top event for Elders to celebrate continued education in the […]

CONSERVATION | Divest from Damage and Invest in a Healthier Future

CONSERVATION | Divest from Damage and Invest in a Healthier Future

  By David Suzuki – If people keep rapidly extracting and burning fossil fuels, there’s no hope of meeting the 2015 Paris Agreement climate change commitments. To ensure a healthy, hopeful future for humanity, governments must stick to their pledge to limit global warming to 1.5 or 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels by 2050. […]

CHILDREN | Home learning: challenges and benefits for families

By LeRae Haynes–   Four moms who are homeschooling their children with the support of the Distance Education program through School District #27, said when it comes to their children’s education, this is the best of both worlds. They have home learning kids ranging from kindergarten to grade 7. Kat Sheppard, Carrie Becotte, Treava Marklinger, […]

Green Business Feature | Blocks R Us: Garden art from the scrap heap

Green Business Feature | Blocks R Us: Garden art from the scrap heap

By LeRae Haynes – Transforming a heap of rusty scrap metal and discarded engine parts into art for your garden is a great example of art meeting recycling face to face. Wayne Ball and Bridget Lusignan have launched Bridget’s Rustic Garden, a unique garden shop in connection with Blocks R Us. Ball said it all […]

SPIRITUALITY | Coming Home to Connection

By Ciel Patenaude – Martin Prechtel, a New Mexican teacher, author, and healer, has frequently spoken on what he calls the ‘recovery of the indigenous soul,’ a process he believes paramount to healing ourselves and our planet. Speaking not only of those persons who would be specifically classified as ‘indigenous’ – the approximate five per […]

ARTS & CULTURE | The Station House Gallery: Summer events and historical roots

By Brandon Hoffman– Just heading south from Williams Lake there’s a charming old farm house tucked into the landscape. There aren’t a lot of buildings like this one around the Cariboo these days, so it might stand out a bit. Almost as distinct as the folk-Victorian style of the house is the big red barn […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Faith in the Follow Through

ARTS & CULTURE | Faith in the Follow Through

  By Brandon Hoffman – Even though it just came out last month, writing about Marin Patenaude’s self-titled debut record, Marin Patenaude and the Follow Through, already feels like old news. She has established a loyal local following as a musician, festival organizer, and contributor to the Potato House Community Sustainability Society. There are a […]

ECO TOURISM | The Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium – An Introduction

ECO TOURISM | The Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium – An Introduction

By Thomas Schoen, Chair of CMBC  – As the chair of the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium (CMBC) I often get asked: “What do you guys do and why do we need another bike club?” Well, the answer is very simple. The CMBC is not a local club and has no membership beyond the Board of […]

WILD HARVESTING | Blooming in Poverty: Defeating food insecurity with vegetables

WILD HARVESTING | Blooming in Poverty: Defeating food insecurity with vegetables

  By Christina Mustard – We’ve all been affected by the increase in produce prices in British Columbia. From January 2015 to January 2016, the cost of fresh vegetables in BC rose 26 per cent, compared with only a 4.6 per cent increase for food in general, because most vegetables are imported from the US […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Canadian Mosaic Project

ARTS & CULTURE | Canadian Mosaic Project

On July 1, 2017, Canada will turn 150 years young! Canada’s 150th birthday needs to be planned for soon rather than later and that’s why since 2008 photographer and creator of the Canadian Mosaic Project, Tim Van Horn, has been busy capturing the essence of what makes Canada such a special place we call home. […]

SPIRITUALITY | A Revolution of Rest

SPIRITUALITY | A Revolution of Rest

  By Margaret-Anne Enders – Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. For a long time, the 60s loudly called my name. Crazy clothes. Wild hair. Peaceful revolution. Freedom and love, man. Last night I went to the Youth Fiddlers’ evening of old-time music, dancing, and socializing. I was transported back into […]

NATURAL HEALTH | Dandelion: Nature’s Nutritional Powerhouse

NATURAL HEALTH | Dandelion: Nature’s Nutritional Powerhouse

By Kristin Lehar – It seems like only yesterday the tree buds burst open with the first greens of the year, temperatures finally allowed for open windows during the nights, and weeds started popping up everywhere. The last jar of fermented vegetables from the previous year’s harvest marked the end of a cycle and I […]

RECYCLING | Local Recycling Reps Visit Recycling Conference

RECYCLING | Local Recycling Reps Visit Recycling Conference

  Presenting a collaborative by your local recycling representatives:           “Five local recycling representatives from our region recently attended the 42nd annual Recycling Council of British Columbia’s Annual Zero Waste Conference in Whistler. There were many presentations from other municipalities, suppliers, government officials, and non-governmental organizations to discuss all aspects of solid waste and […]

STEWARDSHIP | Conservation Society’s Green Events Project

STEWARDSHIP | Conservation Society’s Green Events Project

By Brianna van De Wijngaard– Earlier this year, the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society (aka CCCS) decided to revamp its Green Event hosting efforts. We wanted to create more incentive for folks to make their events, meetings, and parties more sustainable, and that’s because they’re the perfect venue for “lead by example” change-makers: people not only […]

COUNTRY LIVING | A Balancing Act: Working and loving life on the range

COUNTRY LIVING | A Balancing Act: Working and loving life on the range

By LeRae Haynes – Fencing, calving, harrowing, haying, and fixing fences are only the part of the juggling act that is ranching—add in full-time off-ranch jobs, a commute, and looking after family and you have a true balancing act. According to Charlotte Attrill and her husband Charlie on the SL Ranch at Rose Lake, it’s […]

COMMUNITY | Celebrating freedom on Canada Day

COMMUNITY | Celebrating freedom on Canada Day

      By LeRae Haynes – Living in Canada has been a true gift and a wonderful adventure for two local residents who look forward to celebrating Canada Day as grateful citizens. Lubna Khan and Carmen Mutschele each chose Canada as a destination and a home—a place to make their dreams come true. Family […]

INDUSTRY | Opinion: A Follow Up to Rail Tie Burning Concerns in Williams Lake

INDUSTRY | Opinion: A Follow Up to Rail Tie Burning Concerns in Williams Lake

  By Sage Birchwater –   It’s been a year now since Atlantic Power Corporation (APC) unveiled its plan to ask the Ministry of Environment for permission to burn millions of railway ties as feedstock for its Williams Lake biomass-fuelled energy plant.   Provincial environmental regulators haven’t given their answer yet, but many people in […]

RECYCLING | Unsung Heroes: The ins and outs of the garbage bin

RECYCLING | Unsung Heroes: The ins and outs of the garbage bin

By Oliver Berger –   Well, it has been a crazy few years. Lots of fun activities packed with endless adventures. I am mostly happy with my latest endeavours in the waste management field and all the wonderful opportunities that have come along with it. I have met so many dedicated people and learned a […]

ECOTOURISM | Land Use and Mountain Biking: Where do we ride?

ECOTOURISM | Land Use and Mountain Biking: Where do we ride?

By Shawn D. Lewis – Never has mountain biking (MTB) been under more duress than now. Industry, range, and other recreational users all vie for the same green space in and around our community. Throw in the realities of private property and urban sprawl, and mountain biking faces considerable hurdles when looking at the longevity […]

CONSERVATION | Canadian Environment Week: Environmental sustainability is not optional

CONSERVATION | Canadian Environment Week: Environmental sustainability is not optional

  By Jessica Kirby – Canadian Environment Week runs June 5 – 11 this year, and is a prime example of just how great days of awareness can be, because it does so many amazing things correctly: the festivities last an entire week, the majority of initiatives are municipally implemented, and the observance activities are […]

COMMUNITY | Potato House Project: This place matters is back

COMMUNITY | Potato House Project: This place matters is back

The nostalgic Potato House is nestled the heart of downtown Williams Lake, past empty storefronts and bust-more-than-boom businesses these days. Tourists, travellers, historians, and eco-geeks alike travel past this beautiful British Columbian town by the RV load every day. In every direction travelling into Williams Lake, there are billboards advertising services and shops, but no […]

STEWARDSHIP | Through the Looking Glass: A miniature world is abuzz at Scout Island Nature Centre

STEWARDSHIP | Through the Looking Glass: A miniature world is abuzz at Scout Island Nature Centre

By Diane Dunaway – Kids of all ages love Scout Island Nature Centre’s observation honey bee hive. It’s a popular display that draws those who wish to see the lives of bees from behind the glass walls of this unique fixture. Volunteer carpenter and retired beekeeper Jürgen Hornburg crafted the five-frame hive from plans shared […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE  | Composting

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Composting

Spring is the perfect time to start composting or ramp up production of nutrient rich soil in your existing compost pile. A healthy compost pile will be moist, and have a good balance of carbon to nitrogen and a regular supply of oxygen. If your compost isn’t breaking down, it’s because one or all of […]

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | June – Aug 2016

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | June – Aug 2016

By Jasmin Schellenberg –   HEALTHY SNACKS Breakfast Bars   Ingredients 1 1/4 cup almond flour (soaked, dehydrated nuts, ground to a flour) 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup maple syrup (organic, grade B) 1/8 cup filtered water * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup shredded coconut […]

Challenges in First Nations Healthcare

I am the community health nurse working for the XeniGwet’in Band in the Nemiah Valley. I moved to the Nemiah Valley in April, 2013 to be the sole nurse for a population of approximately 230 band members in a community three hours from the closest medical center. The XeniGwet’in Band has been in the news […]

STEWARDSHIP | Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

STEWARDSHIP | Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

By Jessica Kirby – The trouble with celebratory days of observance is they beg the question of how to react to world issues the other 364 days of the year. There are cynics in every crowd who assume days of observance are largely symbolic and promote armchair social activism, but is that the case? Are […]

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | April – May 2016

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | April – May 2016

By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY – Sriracha Hummus Flavourful, loaded with micronutrients and with just the right hint of spice. Fantastic served with fresh vegetables. Great snack.   Ingredients 2 cups dry chickpeas ¼ teaspoon baking soda 4 cloves garlic, smashed 2½ teaspoons finely ground sea salt 1 teaspoon smoked paprika ¼ […]

HEALTH ISSUES | Spectacularly Dumb: The ‘Smart’ Grid and Its Meters 

HEALTH ISSUES | Spectacularly Dumb: The ‘Smart’ Grid and Its Meters 

  By  B. Blake Levitt – Few people realize that the concept of the ‘smart’ grid and its accompanying ‘smart’ meters – which create two-way communications between utilities and customers for billing, new time-of-use rate pricing tiers, and other utility-friendly goals under the guise of green – rely on the unfettered use of nonionizing radiofrequency […]

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Holistic Nutrition and the Holistic Perspective

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Holistic Nutrition and the Holistic Perspective

 By Kristin Lehar – I have recently come to Williams Lake not knowing what to expect from the community and not really intending to get involved in anyway. Coming here to live was initially a temporary plan that would allow me to save some money and finish my studies in holistic nutrition. Upon getting a […]

FARM & GARDEN | Farming and the Femme

FARM & GARDEN | Farming and the Femme

By Molly Payne – Women across North America are getting their hands dirty in the unpredictable and often unprofitable industry of sustainable agriculture. What is driving these shifts, and what does it mean for the future of organic farming? Six years ago, I would have never guessed I would find myself falling in love with […]

ENVIRONMENT | Invasive Plants in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast Region

ENVIRONMENT | Invasive Plants in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast Region

Invasive plants are non-native plants that have been introduced to BC and have detrimental economic, environmental, and health effects on local humans, livestock, and wildlife. Also known as noxious weeds or alien species, they are far more aggressive than other common garden or lawn weeds. Economic impacts of invasive plants include reduced forage quality and […]

HEALTH ISSUES | The Real Truth About Cancer

HEALTH ISSUES | The Real Truth About Cancer

By Adam McLeod, ND, BSc – Recently there have been a surge in patients seeking alternative cures for cancer after watching the popular series, “The Truth About Cancer.” This series does an excellent job of raising awareness about various natural therapies but it does patients a great disservice by discouraging patients from using conventional therapies. […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Key Considerations for an Off-grid Solar Energy System

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Key Considerations for an Off-grid Solar Energy System

By Ron Young – Yogi Berra said it best, “If you don’t know where you are going you will wind up somewhere else.” If you are considering a solar energy system for your off grid home, ranch, or seasonal residence here are a few pointers to help you through the decision making process.   Solar […]

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Support Organics at March for Food Justice May 21

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Support Organics at March for Food Justice May 21

By Erin Hitchcock – People around the world will voice their support for organic, toxin-free food during the annual March Against Monsanto, Saturday, May 21. Williams Lake will be no exception, as plans are underway for a March for Food Justice to coincide with events happening across the globe. It takes place at noon that […]

COLUMNS | SCIENCE MATTERS | Love Bees — especially the wild ones!

COLUMNS | SCIENCE MATTERS | Love Bees — especially the wild ones!

By David Suzuki – Many environmental campaigns over the past 50 years have aimed at getting people to care for imperilled species in wild, far-off places. The focus in Canada has often been on large, photogenic, culturally important animals, with bonus points for campaigns that include alliteration, bumper sticker-friendly slogans, and plush toys. This has […]

Green Business Feature | Welcome to the family at Sta-Well Health Foods

Green Business Feature | Welcome to the family at Sta-Well Health Foods

By LeRae Haynes – When Bruce Mattson opened the doors of Sta-Well Health Foods in Williams Lake 38 years ago, people laughed at the health food industry and thought he was out of his mind. “This was a meat-and-potatoes town, and when I borrowed money and set up this store people thought I was crazy,” […]

FARM & GARDEN  | Victory Gardens for Bees:  A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees

FARM & GARDEN | Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees

  Bees are essential to human life. As pollinators of vital crops, they bring forth approximately 90 per cent of the world’s nutrition. Yet pesticides and other environmental stressors have destroyed more than 10 million hives to date, and populations continue to plummet.           Victory Gardens for Bees is both a clarion call for […]

FARM & GARDEN | Free Drip and Micro-Irrigation Workshop with Highlands Irrigation and the Conservation Society

FARM & GARDEN | Free Drip and Micro-Irrigation Workshop with Highlands Irrigation and the Conservation Society

The summer of 2016 is an especially important year for summer water conservation, as we recover from low precipitation levels in the fall, winter, and spring. Outdoor water use can increase up to 50 per cent in the summer months, so the Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society, in partnership with Highlands Irrigation, wants to encourage the Cariboo […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Aikido Studio and Aizenkan Martial Arts

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Aikido Studio and Aizenkan Martial Arts

By Terri Smith – Many people who call Williams Lake home have been concerned lately with what seems to be an alarming increase of violence in our town. People who were once comfortable walking alone here now find themselves nervous at times, even in the daylight. As I walk along Mackenzie Avenue at dusk on […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Balancing Roots, Electronics, and Individualism

ARTS & CULTURE | Balancing Roots, Electronics, and Individualism

By Tyler Shippit–   Cariboo artist Blocktreat is releasing a new album at the end of April, Exciting New Ventures in F***ing Up. Imagine walking along a rocky trail to your private spot while listening to Exciting New Ventures as the album mirrors a self-reflection one often gets in those quiet moments of realization—realization that […]

COUNTRY LIVING | Raising Amadeus

COUNTRY LIVING | Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – Amadeus and I are moving to Quesnel (see my “Confessions of a Farmer” article in this issue for details). We’ll still be farming, but our days as market gardener and mascot appear to be behind us. Looking out the window at him dozing in the sun on the hill with the […]

RECYCLING | Positive change at Williams Lake Return-It Depot

RECYCLING | Positive change at Williams Lake Return-It Depot

  There’s a new face, a new name, and some exciting changes at Williams Lake Return-It Depot, formally Amanda Enterprises at 232 S. Mackenzie Avenue. New owner, Phil Jang, said they do more than take returnable cans and bottles. “We’re moving into more recycling, including electronics, and are working toward taking pesticide items and paint […]

RECYCLING| Central Cariboo Disposal Services: Recycling on the rise

RECYCLING| Central Cariboo Disposal Services: Recycling on the rise

By LeRae Haynes – In the four years he has worked at Central Cariboo Disposal Services (CCDS), Barkley Baird said he has seen an enormous and encouraging increase in recycling options, awareness, and participation. “Recycling is ten times better than it was four years ago when I started here—everybody’s doing such a great job recycling,” […]

COMMUNITY | Share Sheds: Someone’s garbage is another’s treasure

COMMUNITY | Share Sheds: Someone’s garbage is another’s treasure

By Christa Mustard – You already know some of the benefits of using Share Sheds: donating reduces the amount of waste in our landfills, and taking items home can save you money. Here are a few other benefits you might not have considered. When you donate, you’re directly helping people in your own community, promoting […]

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Your Pet’s Health and Real Food Choices

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Your Pet’s Health and Real Food Choices

By Jacinta D’Andrea – We are all connected. People. Pets. The planet. Cows. Cats. Chickens. Songbirds and honey bees. Monarch butterflies. Old growth trees… I was eating an apple in first year biochemistry class, when I was taught one of the most relevant truths of my veterinary education: “We are what we eat.” The foods […]

ENVIRONMENT | Tracking Spring Migration in the Cariboo-Chilcotin

ENVIRONMENT | Tracking Spring Migration in the Cariboo-Chilcotin

By Phil Ranson – May 14 is International Migratory Bird Day, which I confess holds about as much significance for me as Red Tape Reduction Day, which, incidentally, was on March 2 and I missed it. Not that I don’t have a keen interest in migratory birds. In fact, much of my spring is devoted […]

Recipes | Eating Fresh: Recipes for Healthy Living on the Go

Recipes | Eating Fresh: Recipes for Healthy Living on the Go

By Lisa Bland – Happy spring! One of the best things about this time of year, other than the increased sunshine, greenery, and birds, are vibrant spring foods. After a winter of eating warming soups, root vegetables, fats, and protein—salad greens, berries, and garden veggies are a sight for sore eyes. Springing into action in […]

FARM & GARDEN | Williams Lake Garden Club is Sowing Seeds

FARM & GARDEN | Williams Lake Garden Club is Sowing Seeds

  The Williams Lake Garden Club is sowing seeds for a new season. The first meeting of the year was held at on Thursday, March 3. The club got off to a great start, with over 40 people purchasing annual memberships. The purpose of the Williams Lake Garden Club is to promote, encourage, and support […]

COMMUNITY | Dealing with our Dirty Laundry

COMMUNITY | Dealing with our Dirty Laundry

By Margaret-Anne Enders  – These days I count myself lucky. My family and I just returned from a backpacking trip in Nicaragua. Part of our adventures there included a home stay with a rural Nicaraguan family. Miriam, Samir, and Alina were warm and welcoming and graciously shared their culture, their food, and their small home […]

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Spring Revolution and Renewal

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Spring Revolution and Renewal

By Ciel Patenaude  – Spring has always been celebrated as a time of rebirth and renewal. From the Roman festival of Floralia, Imbolc day of the Celts, and Baisakh in Nepal–the traditional New Year celebrated in the month of April–spring is seen in cultures around the world as a time to begin again, to intentionally […]

RECYCLING | No Time Left to Waste: Exploring waste management on the Isla de Chiloé, Chile

RECYCLING | No Time Left to Waste: Exploring waste management on the Isla de Chiloé, Chile

By Oliver Berger – I am writing this column to you today from a beautiful island off the coast of Chile called Isle de Chiloé. It is one of Chile’s largest islands, and it is currently at the beginnings of becoming a popular tourist destination for travellers from all around the world, especially Chileans themselves. Boasting […]

INDUSTRY | Opinion: Atlantic Power – Burning questions about railway ties

INDUSTRY | Opinion: Atlantic Power – Burning questions about railway ties

  By Sage Birchwater  – Controversy is brewing over Atlantic Power Corporation’s bid to increase the volume of creosote-laden railway ties it is allowed to burn in its biomass-fired energy plant in Williams Lake. When the facility began operating in 1993 it signed a 25-year energy purchase agreement (EPA) with BC Hydro to provide 66 […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Canada’s Clean Energy Future

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Canada’s Clean Energy Future

By Jessica Kirby – As a global community we are on the cusp of significant change in terms of the way we use and produce energy. International conflict, economic volatility, and environmental destruction are drawing attention to the myriad reasons dependence on fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas must change. Topping the list of […]

COMMUNITY | Williams Lake Refugee Sponsorship Group

COMMUNITY | Williams Lake Refugee Sponsorship Group

By Sharon Taylor-   “The public support has been remarkable,” says Paola Konge, president of the Williams Lake Refugee Sponsorship Group (WLRSG) Organizing Committee. “So many people are asking how they can get involved.” More than 50 people have joined the newly-formed WLRSG, and are actively preparing for the next steps. Local organizations such as […]

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Choose Organic for Kids and Lower their Exposure to Pesticides

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Choose Organic for Kids and Lower their Exposure to Pesticides

By Erin Hitchcock- As a mother of a two-and-a-half-year-old, with another child on the way this spring, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the number of pesticides to which our kids are exposed. Parenting can be hard work and doing things the right way all of the time can feel impossible, especially when a […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Recycling Council of British Columbia  Hotline and Recyclepedia

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Recycling Council of British Columbia Hotline and Recyclepedia

Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: Becoming Waste Wise   Recylepedia? Not a word you will find in the dictionary but, it is used to describe a service that will answer all your recycling questions. The Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) provides this service in combination with its call-in hotline. […]

STEWARDSHIP | Cariboo-Chilcotin Shoreline Awareness Initiative: Living Shorelines – The Ribbon of Life

STEWARDSHIP | Cariboo-Chilcotin Shoreline Awareness Initiative: Living Shorelines – The Ribbon of Life

What does the term ‘living shorelines’ mean to you? Living shorelines refers to a unique part of the ecosystem that is a Ribbon of Life. And what is not alive is providing for life in some other way. Whether it provides shelter, shade, or protection, a diverse array of features (plants, logs, trees, stumps, and […]

SUSTAINABILITY | Potato House 2016:  Check Out Our New Digs

SUSTAINABILITY | Potato House 2016: Check Out Our New Digs

Over 2016 you will see a lot of action at the Potato House as we renovate to create a mini Community Hall. With funding from Northern Development Initiative Trust and crowdsource funding from the National Trust for Canada, we will be able to build a washroom on the first floor with a pull cord toilet, […]

FARM & GARDEN | Talking Seeds

FARM & GARDEN | Talking Seeds

  By Terri Smith – It’s that time of year again. What time of year is that? I’m glad you asked, because it never feels believable when it arrives, but it is time to order seeds! As I write this I look out my window at the snow-covered trees and the foot or more of […]

ARTS & CULTURE | From the Unseen to the Canvas: The Art of Simone Benjamin

ARTS & CULTURE | From the Unseen to the Canvas: The Art of Simone Benjamin

  By Venta Rutkauskas- Driving through the autumn fog, I am on my way to meet painter Simone Benjamin. In the fog, the lines of reality are blurred, and it has been said the veils between worlds are lifted. It would seem that artists of all media understand the notion that ideas and inspiration are […]

CONSERVATION | World Water Day 2016 and the Future of the Blue Work Force

CONSERVATION | World Water Day 2016 and the Future of the Blue Work Force

  By Brianna van de Wijngaard – Community Liaison Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society 2016 brings yet another World Water Day (WWD) on March 22. Part of its purpose is to keep water conservation and preservation top of mind at both local and global levels, but also because each WWD theme is part of a strategic […]

ARTS & CULTURE | New Season at the Station House Gallery

By Brandon Hoffman- We’re all ready to embark upon another season at the Station House Gallery. I am quite thrilled with the lineup we were able to put together for our 35th year. We received a huge pile of fantastic applications and it was a daunting task narrowing it down. Our season kicks off in […]

ACTIVISM | Courts asked to Rule on BC’s Controversial Wolf Cull: Local and international groups rally in support

ACTIVISM | Courts asked to Rule on BC’s Controversial Wolf Cull: Local and international groups rally in support

Pacific Wild and Valhalla Wilderness Society are challenging the legality of the government of British Columbia’s controversial wolf cull program. In January 2015, despite considerable opposition, the BC government launched a multi-year wolf kill program in the South Peace and South Selkirk regions. Government contractors are paid to radio-collar wolves in the spring so snipers […]

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | Feb – March 2016

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | Feb – March 2016

By Jasmin Schellenberg – Anytime Cookies (makes 12) Sweetened by dried fruit, these cookies make a great start to your kids’ day. Ingredients ¼ cup coconut flour ½ cup almond butter 6 pitted dates (soaked in warm water for 15 min) ¾ cup shredded unsweetened coconut ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce 2 eggs 1 ½ […]

SPIRITUALITY | Tibetan Buddhist Centre Enters Fifth Year in Williams Lake

SPIRITUALITY | Tibetan Buddhist Centre Enters Fifth Year in Williams Lake

Gendun Drubpa Buddhist Centre, the Cariboo’s only Buddhist Centre, located at 212 S 3rd Avenue, is entering its fifth year of service to the community of Williams Lake. It is a recognized and well-utilized organization, adding to the rich spiritual diversity in our area with a broad range of offerings including but not limited to […]

OPINION | Star Wars and Fair Trade vs. Free Trade

OPINION | Star Wars and Fair Trade vs. Free Trade

By Lisa Hilton- Each of us has a light side and a dark side. This is part of why Star Wars holds an appeal for us… we can relate. I am reminded of this on a daily basis, by each of my three children. No matter how hard I try to teach them to be […]

Publisher’s Letter | International Women’s Day: Long road to parity

Publisher’s Letter | International Women’s Day: Long road to parity

By Lisa Bland – International Women’s Day, acknowledged globally on March 8, arose out of a political response to suffrage (the right to vote) and other conditions for women at the turn of the century. In modern times and in more gender balanced nations, recognition of this day includes respect, appreciation, and love towards women and […]

ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | Travelling Out of the Box

ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | Travelling Out of the Box

By Pat Teti – If you buy locally produced meat or vegetables, you are probably connected to a worldwide network of travellers who help grow those meats and veggies. Their idea of a holiday is to live and work on a small farm or ranch far from their home for weeks at a time in […]

OPINION | Think Globally, Act Locally – Principles of Addressing Climate Change

OPINION | Think Globally, Act Locally – Principles of Addressing Climate Change

By Sage Birchwater – Climate change touches all of us in different ways. When I came to the Cariboo-Chilcotin in 1973, we had “real” winters. Temperatures would drop to forty or fifty below for days or weeks at a time, and this was considered normal. Two decades later these extended periods of extreme cold happened […]

CHILDREN | Nature Kindergarten Coming to the Cariboo

CHILDREN | Nature Kindergarten Coming to the Cariboo

By LeRae Haynes –   Kindergarten kids in School District 27 have the opportunity for a fresh new classroom environment in September, 2016 when the unique Scout Island Nature Kindergarten opens its doors. Joan Lozier, early years co-ordinator for School District 27, said with the environment as co-teacher, youngsters will partake in an emergent and […]

ENVIRONMENT | Sustainable Development Goals Offer a Path to Prosperity

ENVIRONMENT | Sustainable Development Goals Offer a Path to Prosperity

By David Suzuki – My grandparents came here from Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. Although it would be a one-way trip, the perilous journey across the Pacific was worth the risk. They left behind extreme poverty for a wealth of opportunity. But Canada was different then, a racist country built on policies […]

Country Living | Morning Meditation

Country Living | Morning Meditation

By Kate McDonough –  I’m awake, no doubt about it, and it’s cold, snapping cold in here. At least minus forty, I guess. This is the Chilcotin, after all, far away from the nearest town, Williams Lake, British Columbia. I can see my breath above the wool-stuffed comforter, a fog halo lingering above our heads. […]

RECYCLING | STEWARDSHIP | No Time Left to Waste: No More Butts

RECYCLING | STEWARDSHIP | No Time Left to Waste: No More Butts

By Oliver Berger – This is going to be a tough article to write. There is a small battle I have been struggling with for some time. For those of you who don’t know, I am one of those casual smokers, and have been for over a decade. It is a tough thing to admit, […]

HEALTH ISSUES | Detoxification and Cancer

HEALTH ISSUES | Detoxification and Cancer

By Adam McLeod, ND, BSc – On a regular basis, I have cancer patients come to my clinic who, when diagnosed, immediately started a self-prescribed detox protocol to rid their body of the toxins from cancer. Intuitively, it makes sense to remove toxins from a body fighting cancer. The cancer is stressful on the body […]

COLUMN | RAISING AMADEUS

COLUMN | RAISING AMADEUS

By Terri Smith – Like most celebrities, Amadeus has other things he would rather be doing than signing autographs. He does love his public, but only as long as the sunflower seeds hold out. As I trimmed his hooves and brushed him in preparation for his Christmas appearance during the Winter Lights Festival, I realized […]

HEALTH ISSUES | Diabetes and a Five-point Buck

HEALTH ISSUES | Diabetes and a Five-point Buck

  By LeRae Haynes – I have been chased by a pugnacious five-point buck during rutting season. I have encountered snarling dogs who looked at me like I was a dish of pate, and been pelted by ice, rain, sleet, and hammering wind. I know I look like an eccentric walking-stick-flailing nut job galloping down […]

NATURAL HEALTH | Strength In Superfoods: A New Year of Healthy Food Choices

NATURAL HEALTH | Strength In Superfoods: A New Year of Healthy Food Choices

  By Devon Chappell – Hello, good morning, and welcome to another sparkling era of new opportunity to establish good health for the coming year, assuming you are the type who sees the new year as a grand opportunity to start again. As you prepare to begin your new health regime, take time to reflect […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Dire Straits for Electricity in BC

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Dire Straits for Electricity in BC

By Ron Young – You play the programs on the solar T.V… That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it! With apologies to Dire Straits for paraphrasing their 1985 hit, “Money for Nothing,” I write this article to answer the question most frequently asked of me in my business: “How the #@^¿ do I […]

FIRST NATIONS | Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and NStQ Treaty Group announce  February 11 Agreement-in-Principle Treaty Referendum Polling Stations

FIRST NATIONS | Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and NStQ Treaty Group announce February 11 Agreement-in-Principle Treaty Referendum Polling Stations

  The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and its affiliated NStQ Treaty Society is holding the Agreement-in-Principle (AiP) referendum on Thursday February 11, with community polling stations open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. NStQ band members 18 years of age and older are eligible to vote at their own bands’ polling station only. The ballot […]

COMMUNITY  |  Let them Eat Dirt: Kids in the garden

COMMUNITY | Let them Eat Dirt: Kids in the garden

    By LeRae Haynes – Eating dirt is good for kids. Especially when they’re playing in a garden, according to Michelle Iverson, food action co-ordinator for the Williams Lake Food Policy Council. Having her own daughter, reminds Iverson of the benefits for children of gardening. “Ella loves the dirt and loves being in the […]

FARM & GARDEN | Confessions of a Farmer: Resolve to Keep Doing What Feels Good

FARM & GARDEN | Confessions of a Farmer: Resolve to Keep Doing What Feels Good

By Terri Smith – January is the time of New Year’s resolutions. These often take the form of some sort of decision to eat better, exercise more, and generally get in better shape. The resolve usually begins to waver around the end of February or March and by April most people try to forget they […]

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Love Is…

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Love Is…

  By Ciel Patenaude –  “Life is the flower for which love is the honey,” wrote the besotted French poet Victor Hugo in the late 1800s. “Where there is love there is life,” said the social activist Ghandi, apparently no less moved by the power of love in the 20th century. And even our recently […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS| Mt. Timothy — Winter Fun on the Mountain in our Backyard

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS| Mt. Timothy — Winter Fun on the Mountain in our Backyard

By LeRae Haynes –  New focus and direction is on the menu at Mt. Timothy Ski Hill, with new general manager Caroline Sherrer and staff working hard to make it a stellar family destination. They are increasing the business’s recycling program, planning for structure and equipment upgrades, and working on a tube park on the […]

COMMUNITY | New Racism Awareness Campaign Launching in February

COMMUNITY | New Racism Awareness Campaign Launching in February

By Margaret-Anne Enders – I heard the news and my heart sank. A group of Syrian refugees was pepper sprayed as they attended a welcome event in Vancouver. The shooting recently in our own community provoked similar feelings of sadness and loss. Looking for some wisdom, I turned to one of my go-to books for […]

HOME EFFICIENCY | An Affordable High-performance Home: The inner workings

HOME EFFICIENCY | An Affordable High-performance Home: The inner workings

By Paul Hearsey – A year ago I wrote in TheGreen Gazette about our house-building project here in Horsefly, a project we have spent about six years on. This was meant to take one year, but I’m sure many readers can relate to the fact that day-to-day life can often get in the way of […]

ARTS & CULTURE | The Dark Side of Chocolate

ARTS & CULTURE | The Dark Side of Chocolate

By Jessica Kirby Senior Editor of The Green Gazette –  Sweet, health decadent, and fulfilling—the stuff dreams, fantasies, love songs, and fairy tales are made of. The love of one’s life or the bane of another’s existence it has many names-—passion, guilty pleasure, aphrodisiac, stimulant, worst enemy, relaxant, and gift from the universe. Chocolate. We […]

CONSERVATION | Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society | Water Footprints

CONSERVATION | Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society | Water Footprints

By Jenny Howell, CCCS — Williams Lake has done well with ‘direct’ water conservation over the last few years. Water consumption is now 20 per cent lower than pre-2006 levels; people understand the need to have short showers, turn off taps, and start planting drought hardy garden species to preserve our finite aquifer. So for […]

LOCAL FOODS | AGRICULTURE | Modern Day Dust Bowl:  One of the many reasons to grow and eat locally

LOCAL FOODS | AGRICULTURE | Modern Day Dust Bowl: One of the many reasons to grow and eat locally

  By Brianna van de Wijngaard —   Williams Lake Food Policy Council As many of you now know, California and the surrounding region are having some hydration issues. They have been experiencing extreme drought conditions for the past three years, but it all came to a head in 2014, with projections for the worst […]