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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 | September/October Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Science | September/October 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 […]

Health & Wellness | Each Moment, an Opportunity for Gratitude

Health & Wellness | 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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sacred Heart School: Caring for our common home

Sacred Heart School: Caring for our common home

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

Local Outdoor Education Options Helping Children Thrive

Local Outdoor Education Options Helping Children Thrive

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

Bee Audacious Gathering – Part One

Bee Audacious Gathering – Part One

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

Power of the Heart: Awakening Our Hearts’ Intelligence

Power of the Heart: Awakening Our Hearts’ Intelligence

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

RECIPES | Nourishing our Children

RECIPES | Nourishing our Children

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

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

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

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

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Resolve to be Waste Wise

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Resolve to be Waste Wise

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

Community | Williams Lake SPCA: Finding animals the best homes

Community | Williams Lake SPCA: Finding animals the best homes

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

Agriculture: The Long View, and a New Green Revolution

Agriculture: The Long View, and a New Green Revolution

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

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: Looking Towards Spring

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: Looking Towards Spring

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

Country Living | Raising Amadeus

Country Living | Raising Amadeus

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

Conservation | Public Participation and Forestry Planning: A Personal Account

Conservation | Public Participation and Forestry Planning: A Personal Account

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

Natural Health | What I do When I get Sick

Natural Health | What I do When I get Sick

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

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

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

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

Arts & Culture | Safety Meeting 2017

Arts & Culture | Safety Meeting 2017

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

Sustainability | In Love with Stuff – Dealing with Heirlooms

Sustainability | In Love with Stuff – Dealing with Heirlooms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community | Taylor Made Cakes: A sweet destination

Community | Taylor Made Cakes: A sweet destination

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

Community | Bread Peddler: Baking from the heart

Community | Bread Peddler: Baking from the heart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community | Creating a Better World Together

Community | Creating a Better World Together

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

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

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

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

Farm & Garden | The Back to Eden Garden Method

Farm & Garden | The Back to Eden Garden Method

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

Stewardship | Education & Action are Key to Successful Beekeeping

Stewardship | Education & Action are Key to Successful Beekeeping

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

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

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

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

Sustainability Change-makers Wanted for Fraser River Adventure

Sustainability Change-makers Wanted for Fraser River Adventure

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

Three Decades of Conservation in the West Chilcotin and Tatlayoko

Three Decades of Conservation in the West Chilcotin and Tatlayoko

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

Featured Green Business: Educo Adventure School Transforming Lives

Featured Green Business: Educo Adventure School Transforming Lives

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

Where Does Money Come From?

Where Does Money Come From?

By Guy Dauncey – Where does money come from? It’s a simple question that creates a lot of confusion. It’s important since, depending on the answer, Canada can either create its own money without needing to borrow it, or it can’t; and, a future Public Bank of British Columbia could offer zero-interest loans to students […]

The Coupé Against Technology: Taking back control of our devices

The Coupé Against Technology: Taking back control of our devices

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Technology’s draw is undeniably changing the way we live, love, work, interact, and hunker down in privacy. Social media, apps, and various devices have their own language, rules, and etiquette, and their ubiquitous use demands change in our homes, workplaces, and personal lives. We create space and […]

Blessing the World: Random Acts of Kindness Day 2017

Blessing the World: Random Acts of Kindness Day 2017

By Ciel Patenaude – How often do you deliberately – and randomly –engage in an act of goodwill or kindness? I’m not speaking about doing something nice for someone you know or a returned favour for goodness offered to you, but a true extension of kindness to someone or something that likely will not ever […]

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | Windy Creek Farm

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | Windy Creek Farm

Windy Creek Farm · At Windy Creek Farm we produce the kind of grass fed beef that we like to eat.  Our animals are raised in a peaceful free range, low density environment where they can thrive without the use of antibiotics, added hormones, vaccines, chemical pesticides, grains or animal bi-products. We have chosen the breeding […]

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | Big Bear Ranch

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | Big Bear Ranch

  Big Bear Ranch · • Grass Finished Beef & Lamb • Pasture Raised Pork & Turkey We believe in the importance of a holistic balance between land, plants, animals and people. This starts with creating healthy fertile soil to grow a great variety of nutrient dense plants, which our happy animals graze to provide you […]

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | New Paradigm Teas

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | New Paradigm Teas

New Paradigm Teas · Four Nourishing blends of locally, organically grown and wildcrafted herbal teas by Callie Borkowski.   Contact Phone: 250 267-3468 Email: newparadigmteas@gmail.com  

STEWARDSHIP | Horsefly River Salmon Festival 2015

STEWARDSHIP | Horsefly River Salmon Festival 2015

Submitted by the Horsefly River Roundtable — Plans are well underway for the Horsefly River Salmon Festival featuring family-friendly events, information, and entertainment to welcome the majestic Sockeye back home to their spawning grounds at Horsefly River. The festival, hosted by the Horsefly River Roundtable, takes place Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 across […]

INDUSTRY | Water – The Heart of the Problem at Mount Polley Mine

INDUSTRY | Water – The Heart of the Problem at Mount Polley Mine

By Sage Birchwater —   The Mount Polley Mine breach that sent 25 million tons of mine waste down nine kilometres of Hazeltine Creek and into Quesnel Lake last August 4, has garnered international attention. On May 6,a 10-person delegation from Alaska, including Aboriginal leaders, non-governmental organization reps, and the State’s Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, […]

ECOLOGY | The Care and Feeding of Soil

ECOLOGY | The Care and Feeding of Soil

By Bill Chapman, PhD Research Soil Scientist  —   In this life there are two kinds of creatures—those which digest their food inside their gut (most of the big animals) and those which digest their food on the outside (most of the rest of life on earth). Outside of the oceans, most of the external […]

CHILDREN | CHAAPS: Hope and Freedom on the Back of a Horse

CHILDREN | CHAAPS: Hope and Freedom on the Back of a Horse

By LeRae Haynes — Seeing the world from the back of a horse can be a life-changing experience, especially when it means leaving a wheelchair behind in the dust—even for a moment.   Cariboo Hoofbeats Assisted Activity Program Society (CHAAPS) provides therapeutic riding and animal assisted therapy for children, youth, adults, and seniors from a diverse […]

HEALTH ISSUES | Sugar and Cancer

HEALTH ISSUES | Sugar and Cancer

By Adam McLeod, ND, BSc —    I tell virtually every cancer patient that they should avoid sugar as much as possible. Some doctors insist sugar has no effect on cancer. This is simply not what the scientific literature states. If you are trying to fight cancer or prevent the recurrence of cancer, then you […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The Good Life: Unplug and adopt a vole

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The Good Life: Unplug and adopt a vole

By Terri Smith — Like many in the Cariboo, I live out of town. About an hour out of town. I love living here. I love the silence, the wilderness, the animals, the ability to ‘get away from it all,’ just by driving home. But there are times when it’s tough to live off-grid and […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Bees in Trouble

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Bees in Trouble

By Heather Clay — Bees are dying. Why are they in trouble and what can you do to help? One third of every bite we eat depends on the pollinating activity of many species of insects. We would have a very bland diet if it was not for the most prolific pollinator, the honey bee, […]

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Cancer Expert Warns: Extremely Important to Adopt Precaution against RF Exposure

HEALTH & WELLNESS | Cancer Expert Warns: Extremely Important to Adopt Precaution against RF Exposure

Dr. Anthony B. Miller — “There is a potential risk of rapidly progressive and more  malignant tumours.”             In March and April, 2015, the Canadian Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health invited international experts to testify about Safety Code 6—Health Canada’s exposure guideline on non-ionizing radiation from cellphones, WiFi, cordless phones, […]

CONSERVATION | Thoughts from a Passionate Recycler

CONSERVATION | Thoughts from a Passionate Recycler

By Oliver Berger —    Converting waste into reusable material – recycling – some people do it, others don’t. It is a choice, like so many things in life. I’ve been to parts of the world, (South-East Asia, Spain, Eastern Europe) where recycling isn’t even in the vocabulary and littering is the normal thing to […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Cuba 2015

ARTS & CULTURE | Cuba 2015

By Van Andruss —    My partner Eleanor and I visited the Emerald Isle for the fourth time this past winter. I would like to offer bits of what we learned there while enjoying a change of scene. Even before we flew into Havana, we heard the news about Obama’s intention to “normalize” relations between […]

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | June – August 2015

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | June – August 2015

By Jasmin Schellenberg — HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY   Rhubarb Slush This is a refreshing spring time beverage. Ingredients 6 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped 2 cups brown sugar 6 ounces fresh or frozen orange juice 6 ounces fresh or frozen lemon juice 3 cups water 2 liters of carbonated water, chilled Method Place rhubarb in […]

ENVIRONMENT | Oceans Day

ENVIRONMENT | Oceans Day

By Ciel Patenaude —   In the first week of May, I travelled to Mayne Island, one of the more southern Gulf Islands just off the coast of Vancouver, to visit my parents. Riding the ferry across (as I have done hundreds of times before) I was hit with the salty bite of the ocean […]

NATURAL HEALTH | Strength in Superfoods: Glory days goji berry

NATURAL HEALTH | Strength in Superfoods: Glory days goji berry

By Devon Chappell —   Well, ladies and gentlemen, enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, farmers, friends, and other fine folk! Spring has arrived, evolved, and seems to be turning into another glorious sunshine-filled summer. Some of us will have been preparing for this by trying to recover our “beach bods,” while others of us have kept eating clean […]

ACTIVISM | Pull Together: Supporting First  Nations legal challenges against Enbridge

ACTIVISM | Pull Together: Supporting First Nations legal challenges against Enbridge

By Caitlyn Vernon, Sierra Club BC Campaigns Director  —   Who knew stopping a pipeline could be so much fun?! Or that it would include chocolate bars, concerts, beer tastings, wilderness trips, and pancake breakfasts? The Pull Together campaign was launched last year on the heels of the federal government’s approval of the Enbridge Northern […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Celebrate Canada!

ARTS & CULTURE | Celebrate Canada!

By Sharon Taylor, Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George-Williams Lake Branch  — The last week of June gives us an opportunity to Celebrate Canada! with four days focusing on four different elements of Canadian culture. The first is National Aboriginal Day, June 21. Many Aboriginal cultures traditionally celebrate around the Summer Solstice, the […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Performances  in the Park 2015

ARTS & CULTURE | Performances in the Park 2015

Performances in the Park is the place to be on a Thursday night. From July 2 to August 20, 2015, the Gwen Ringwood Theatre in Boitanio Park will light up each Thursday evening with awesome musical performances from 6 – 8 p.m., along with food vendors, a children’s art corner, and a farmer and vendors’ […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Louis Blanc Studio | Where the Ghosts are Alive – A Barkerville Story

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Louis Blanc Studio | Where the Ghosts are Alive – A Barkerville Story

Submitted by Louis Blanc Studio —   In 1868, a photographer named Louis A. Blanc travelled to the Cariboo to seek his fortune. We know very little about Louis, but here’s what we do know: he was a trained goldsmith and his home country was the French area of Switzerland. He made his way to […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Batteries Not Included

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Batteries Not Included

By Ron Young —   Studying the past can inform us about lives that have caused a sea of changes in the course of human history. Such men as Galileo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Henry Ford come to mind, but it is often much more difficult for us to identify modern day geniuses. Steve Jobs […]

SCIENCE MATTERS | David Suzuki | Milkweed is a  Monarch’s Best Defence

SCIENCE MATTERS | David Suzuki | Milkweed is a Monarch’s Best Defence

By David Suzuki —  The monarch butterfly is a wonderful creature with an amazing story. In late summer, monarchs in southern Canada and the US northeast take flight, travelling over 5,000 kilometres to alpine forests in central Mexico. The overwintering butterflies cling to fir trees there in masses so dense that branches bow under their […]

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | June – August 2015

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | June – August 2015

By Terri Smith —   “When you lose your heart, there’s no turning back. Everything’s changed I promise you that…” In case you missed it, those lines are part of the chorus to the song LeRae Haynes wrote about Amadeus and which she sang along with the women’s ukulele group and the Angel Keys children’s […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Central Cariboo Landfill Ban on Recyclables: CRD Bylaw No. 4950

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Central Cariboo Landfill Ban on Recyclables: CRD Bylaw No. 4950

  Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: The BC government has been regulating recycling in BC for as far back as 1970 with the introduction of a mandatory deposit-refund system for soft drink and beer containers. In 1991 programs for lead-acid batteries and tires came into place. Since 1994 over 14 […]

COUNTRY LIVING | How and Why to Mulch Your Garden –The Ultimate in Garden Awesomeness

COUNTRY LIVING | How and Why to Mulch Your Garden –The Ultimate in Garden Awesomeness

By Brianna van de Wijngaard, Community Liaison, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society —     Here at the Water Wise headquarters, in the basement of the Phoenix building, we’re always trying to find ways to decrease summer water use, because it increases so much in July and August—up to 50 per cent, compared to other months. […]

Margaret Anne Enders | Radical Acts

Margaret Anne Enders | Radical Acts

By Margaret Anne Enders —   Just when the troubles of the world get me down and feelings of powerlessness loom large, along come people who, with radical acts, offer inspiration and hope. Two stories have been on my mind lately.   There is no substitute for feeling valued, feeling worthwhile…. Such empathy is foundational […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Feature Profile Bio: Pearl Gottschalk – Sacred Activism

ARTS & CULTURE | Feature Profile Bio: Pearl Gottschalk – Sacred Activism

By Lisa Bland —   Working with the World’s Indigenous People On August 9 each year, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is recognized to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. The United Nations first recognized the day in 1994, to be celebrated every year for a decade. In […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Summer is Here  — Release yourself

ARTS & CULTURE | Summer is Here — Release yourself

By Lisa Bland —   Dear Readers, Summer is finally here, and it’s busy times. There is something about this time of year that speaks loudly to our physical-ness in the world. Whether you are digging in the garden, preparing beautiful fruits and vegetables, swimming around in lakes, climbing in forests and up mountains, or running […]

ARTS & CULTURE | National Aboriginal Day: Bringing communities together

ARTS & CULTURE | National Aboriginal Day: Bringing communities together

By LeRae Haynes —   Communities come together this summer to celebrate First Nations history and traditions at events that span National Aboriginal Day (NAD) weekend and continue with the 33rd annual Secwepemc Gathering in July. From babies to elders and teens to toddlers, there is inspiration and fun for everyone with the opportunity to celebrate […]

CHILDREN | Mission Possible: Happy hiking with kids

CHILDREN | Mission Possible: Happy hiking with kids

 By Jessica Kirby —   Imagine it: a long, lazy wander through a forested park, patches of blue sky winking through the forest canopy, and a well-worn path at your feet. Smells of pine and moss whirl in the air, and the world is alive with rustling—birds, squirrels, and bunnies scamper about close enough to […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Aliens Promise Clean Energy…  Take over Earth!

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Aliens Promise Clean Energy… Take over Earth!

By Ron Young —   In a sinister plot to invade the planet, alien visitors demonstrated a remarkable form of blue energy they said was totally clean and so powerful that a single disc about the size of a dinner plate could power a large modern city. Once humans had converted all their energy sources […]

CARIBOO-CHILCOTIN CONSERVATION SOCIETY | Eight Steps to Creating  a Xeriscape Garden

CARIBOO-CHILCOTIN CONSERVATION SOCIETY | Eight Steps to Creating a Xeriscape Garden

By the Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society —   Xeriscaping is the process of choosing plants which are compatible with the water conditions of a given area. Applying xeriscape principles to the landscape not only cuts down on water usage, but allows you to still enjoy a beautiful, low-maintenance yard and garden. It doesn’t get much better […]

SPIRITUALITY | From Radicalization to Connection | Margaret-Anne Enders

SPIRITUALITY | From Radicalization to Connection | Margaret-Anne Enders

By Margaret-Anne Enders —   As this goes to print, the country is in distress over six young people from Quebec who have set out for the Middle East to fight with ISIS. There is much talk of the proposed legislation to prevent travel for such purposes and jail time for those returning home. People […]

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES | COUNTRY LIVING | The Disappearing Family Farm

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES | COUNTRY LIVING | The Disappearing Family Farm

By Skye Forcier —   In the 21st century it is only a fortunate few who get to step outside their door on a warm summer day and be met with a field of gently grazing cattle and an eager cow dog licking their hand. Fading are the times when, after finishing their chores, children […]

HEALTH ISSUES | Medical Oncologists and Naturopathic Doctors Need to Work Together

HEALTH ISSUES | Medical Oncologists and Naturopathic Doctors Need to Work Together

By Adam McLeod, ND, BSc —    This year I had the privilege of attending the 4th annual ONCANP (Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians) conference where Naturopathic Oncologists from around the world gather to discuss the latest research and advances in integrative oncology. It is exciting to see how rapidly the field is advancing and […]

HEALTH ISSUES | Save the Girls.  Make the Bra a No-Phone Zone

HEALTH ISSUES | Save the Girls. Make the Bra a No-Phone Zone

By Dr. Devra Lee Davis — A large number of young women carry their cellphones in the bra unaware that they are exposing themselves directly to microwave radiation. That is not a good idea. In fact, the phones come with specific warnings from manufacturers not to do so. Dr. John West and his colleagues at […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Cariboo Regional District: Food Waste

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Cariboo Regional District: Food Waste

  Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: How much of your garbage is food? The average Canadian family wastes approximately 275 kg of food every year; for the Cariboo Regional District this equates to over 6,800 tonnes of food waste per year. It is estimated that $27 billion in Canadian food […]

ACTIVISM | March Against Monsanto Williams Lake, May 23

ACTIVISM | March Against Monsanto Williams Lake, May 23

By Erin Hitchcock, Organizer —   An upcoming march in Williams Lake will be held to raise awareness about genetically modified foods and to call on the federal government to require them to be labelled.     March Against Monsanto aims to inform the public, calling into question long-term health risks of genetically modified foods […]

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Apr /May 2015

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Apr /May 2015

By Terri Smith —   At first light I roll out of bed and into my work clothes and head outside to take the dogs for a walk. The exercise is good for all of us, and in spite of having never been a morning person I have come to look forward to my new […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The hoarder and the minimalist

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The hoarder and the minimalist

By Terri Smith — Recycling is all well and good, but we’ve all learned by now that reducing and reusing are even better. I avoid buying products that come swaddled in layers of plastic. I never leave home without my travel mug and water bottle. When grocery shopping, I usually stick to unprocessed foods anyway—they’re […]

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | April – May 2015

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | April – May 2015

By Jasmin Schellenberg — HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Yogurt & Dill Crackers (makes 5 dozen 1-1/2 inch crackers) 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 1/2 tsp dried dill 6 Tbsp butter, 4 Tbsp soft and 2 Tbsp melted 1/2 cup yogurt Mix all dry ingredients then add the soft […]

Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society | Humanity’s Fate and Biological  Diversity: Essential for our  well-being and a sustainable future

Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society | Humanity’s Fate and Biological Diversity: Essential for our well-being and a sustainable future

By Marg Evans, CCCS — May 22 is International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993 to place a spotlight on biodiversity and its significance to our survival. The concerns are fragmentation, degradation, and changes in the composition of many ecosystems due to various pressures, including loss of habitat often […]

CONSERVATION | International Migratory Bird Day

CONSERVATION | International Migratory Bird Day

By Jessica Kirby — One of the first things Environment for the Americas (EFTA) will tell you about International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is, “Bird Day is not just a day. Celebrate our migratory birds 365 days a year!” A common sentiment among many awareness-day campaigners, the importance of celebrating a cause year round is […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Cariboo Auto Recyclers | Changing with the Times at Cariboo Auto Recyclers

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Cariboo Auto Recyclers | Changing with the Times at Cariboo Auto Recyclers

By LeRae Haynes — Cariboo Auto Recyclers has changed with the times to keep up with and exceed environmental standards. For more than 60 years the company has provided a wide range of automotive services throughout the Cariboo-Chilcotin, helping people replace, reclaim, and recycle. Today,, the company consistently receives gold- and platinum-level certification from the […]

Letter from the Publisher | Plant Speak

Letter from the Publisher | Plant Speak

By Lisa Bland — Dear Readers, Spring is finally here! As the light and warmth increase with longer days, it feels natural to jump into action with the buzz of new growth and bursts of reviving energy all around us. Our long winter sleep is finally over, and everywhere life is busy emerging, growing, reproducing, […]

STEWARDSHIP | Adventurous Change-Makers Wanted for Unique Fraser River Journey

STEWARDSHIP | Adventurous Change-Makers Wanted for Unique Fraser River Journey

The Rivershed Society of BC is looking for environmental leaders who are up for the trip—and the challenge—of a lifetime. The not-for-profit organization is inviting people who dream of starting, or who may already be working on sustainability initiatives to apply for the Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP).The SLLP is an eye-opening 25-day educational program […]

SCIENCE MATTERS | Activism | David Suzuki | Bill C-51:  Let’s not sacrifice freedom out of fear

SCIENCE MATTERS | Activism | David Suzuki | Bill C-51: Let’s not sacrifice freedom out of fear

By David Suzuki — A scientist, or any knowledgeable person, will tell you climate change is a serious threat for Canada and the world. But the RCMP has a different take. A secret report by the national police force, obtained by Greenpeace, both minimizes the threat of global warming and conjures a spectre of threats […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Canada – Indonesia:  Cross Cultural Youth Exchange and Community Development

ARTS & CULTURE | Canada – Indonesia: Cross Cultural Youth Exchange and Community Development

By Cael Geier — The spirit of Indonesia is welcoming. In locals I have met, I find no trace of reluctance to see a foreigner walking the streets, nor do I feel harassed by vendors as I have in other developing countries. A simple greeting and smile are easily accepted everywhere, and returned in kind. […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Ciel Patenaude unveils “The Knowing”

ARTS & CULTURE | Ciel Patenaude unveils “The Knowing”

By Brent Morton — Williams Lake’s multi-talented Ciel Patenaude, whose brand new exhibit opens on April 2 at the Station House Gallery, took a moment to sit down to discuss her epic new collection. Ciel, imagine you’re in an elevator, on the ground floor, and in walks the curator of a famous gallery. You have 30 […]

ENVIRONMENT | Industrial Hemp:  Green Economic and Environmental Solutions for BC and the World

ENVIRONMENT | Industrial Hemp: Green Economic and Environmental Solutions for BC and the World

By Darcy Benjamin — Yes, it is Green, and you would be surprised what a positive impact this super plant is making in the world wherever it is allowed to be grown and processed into any of its 25,000 different end uses. No, this isn’t medical marijuana or the kind some people recreationally smoke. You […]

ENVIRONMENT | Plastic Panties and Eyes Glued Shut

ENVIRONMENT | Plastic Panties and Eyes Glued Shut

By Teena Clipston — The world is abundant in beauty, and I have been captivated by its intensity in many moments. The Rockies of BC have taken my breath away with their majestic grandness that reaches into the heavens; the deserts of Arizona have captured my heart in tranquility; the Grand Canyon and Colorado River […]

ARTS & CULTURE | For Whom the Drum Tolls: Brent Morton inspires a generation

ARTS & CULTURE | For Whom the Drum Tolls: Brent Morton inspires a generation

By Sage Birchwater — Nobody fills a room quite like Brent Morton. Few musicians touch the heart of culture and the urgency of our times as deeply and vividly as he does. Since arriving in Williams Lake from his hometown of Saskatoon in 2007, Morton has fashioned a vast musical legacy. His powerful voice and […]

INDUSTRY | Roundup: To spray or not to spray?

INDUSTRY | Roundup: To spray or not to spray?

By Troy Forcier — Health Canada states on its website, “the herbicide glyphosate and products containing glyphosate (e.g., Roundup) are registered pesticides in Canada supported by extensive scientific data that meet strict health and environmental standards.” Glyphosate (C3H8NO5P), or N-phosphonomethyl glycine, is a systemic herbicide used in high volume in Canada (0.5-1 million kilograms in […]

INDUSTRY | MOUNT POLLEY UPDATE: Eight Months Later

INDUSTRY | MOUNT POLLEY UPDATE: Eight Months Later

By Sage Birchwater — It’s been eight months since the August 4 breach of Mount Polley Mine’s tailings storage facility (TSF) spilled 25 million cubic metres of mining effluent and scour material into the pristine waters of Quesnel Lake. The volume of the spill was so significant that it caused the level of the 266-square-kilometre […]

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN |

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN |

By Terri Smith — It’s taken me longer than usual to write this article. It just seems that life is a bit tougher than usual at the moment. I’m guessing many of you may be feeling the same sort of “winter blues.” Christmas month, while a wonderful time of family, friends, and food can also […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Thoughts on Self Care

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Thoughts on Self Care

By Lisa Bland — Dear Readers, As we journey around the sun and emerge from the depths of winter, it’s comforting to know that green life will soon be stirring. In a land where half our year is spent in winter, and the months of January and February statistically can be the most challenging to […]

RECIPES | Pat’s No-knead, No-oven, Skillet Bread

RECIPES | Pat’s No-knead, No-oven, Skillet Bread

By Pat Teti —  Do you like the idea of homemade yeasted bread but think kneading is too much trouble? Maybe you are physically unable or simply don’t want to knead dough. Maybe you have a stand mixer or bread machine that’s not working. Whatever your reason, no-knead bread recipes give you an option by […]

HEALTH ISSUES | The Dangers of DHEA

HEALTH ISSUES | The Dangers of DHEA

By Adam McLeod, ND, BSc — DHEA is often described as a wonder drug that is used by patients interested in its anti-aging effects. As we age the levels of DHEA in the blood start to decrease so the logic was that if patients were given this hormone then they would be able to partially […]

CONSERVATION | Earth Hour

CONSERVATION | Earth Hour

By Jessica Kirby —  For eight years now, Canadians have been part of an international movement to celebrate the Earth with A Moment of Darkness. With our help, the World Wildlife Federation’s (WWF) Earth Hour has become the largest grassroots act in history, engaging millions of people worldwide to flick off the lights for one […]

NEWS IN REVIEW | The Carbon Year: The Building Pressure

NEWS IN REVIEW | The Carbon Year: The Building Pressure

By Ray Grigg —  The pressure is building to reduce global carbon emissions. At each meeting of the United Nations’ Conference of the Parties (COP), the urgency becomes more palpable. The Lima meeting of COP 20 in December, 2014, failed to reach the preliminary commitments necessary for the binding international agreements expected at the COP […]

NATURAL HEALTH | Strength in Superfoods – Maca: Fit for life, aid for pleasure

NATURAL HEALTH | Strength in Superfoods – Maca: Fit for life, aid for pleasure

By Devon Chappell — “When maca is consumed the spirits are close. Maca draws in spirits to be birthed.” — Traditional Andean shamans(pacos)             Individuals seeking zest and craving an active attitude towards life often swear by the power of food to guide their well-being nutritionally, medicinally, and religiously. No matter the situation, obstacles, or […]

ARTS & CULTURE | The Itsy Bitsy Bikini and International Women’s Day

ARTS & CULTURE | The Itsy Bitsy Bikini and International Women’s Day

By Maggie Pyper —  I recently watched a presentation by fashion entrepreneur (and former White Power Ranger) Jessica Rey about the bikini, and how it affects men’s brains. Rey quoted a Princeton study to suggest men can’t help but objectify women wearing bikinis. I was shocked. Apparently, when a man looks at a scantily-clad woman, […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Spending Some Time in the Rocketship of Your Mind

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Spending Some Time in the Rocketship of Your Mind

By Ron Young —  Step back for a moment from the madness, frenzy, and oft seeming futility of day-to-day life. Step way back. Enter the cartoon world of the not-too-distant past—the middle of the 20th century. Remember a Popular Mechanics magazine issue that showed a suburbanite stuffing a big yellow personal helicopter into his garage? […]

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES | HEALTH ISSUES | 5.6 Billion Haters

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES | HEALTH ISSUES | 5.6 Billion Haters

  By Sam Delacherois — “When did loving yourself become so rare that it is revolutionary to do so?”- unknown It started when humanity decided to pluck the line between Confidence and Arrogance and relocate it; so instead, Confidence is struck by that line and omitted from our vocabulary, leaving behind Arrogance as the sole […]

SCIENCE MATTERS | RENEWABLE ENERGY | David Suzuki | Energy Shift Requires Shift in Conversation

SCIENCE MATTERS | RENEWABLE ENERGY | David Suzuki | Energy Shift Requires Shift in Conversation

By David Suzuki —  Abundant, cheap fossil fuels have driven explosive technological, industrial, and economic expansion for more than a century. The pervasive infrastructure developed to accommodate this growth makes it difficult to contemplate rapidly shifting away from coal, oil, and gas, which creates a psychological barrier to rational discourse on energy issues. The ecological […]

HEALTH ISSUES | Doctors Call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation

HEALTH ISSUES | Doctors Call for Protection from Radiofrequency Radiation

  Wireless safety standards that are more protective of the health of Canadians; and Guidelines and resources to assist Canadian physicians in assessing and managing health problems related to microwave radiation. There is considerable evidence and research from various scientific experts that exposure to microwave radiation from wireless devices, Wi-Fi, smart meters, and cell towers […]

SPIRITUALITY | Explore the Dark Side, You Must | Margaret-Anne Enders

SPIRITUALITY | Explore the Dark Side, You Must | Margaret-Anne Enders

By Margaret-Anne Enders —  As I write this, it is well past Winter Solstice, and the return of the light is noticeable. In the hectic preparations for Christmas, solstice is often forgotten, but it is an important part of many people’s spirituality. The Multiculturalism Program and the Women’s Spirituality Circle celebrated the Solstice with the […]

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | February – March 2015

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | February – March 2015

By Jasmin Schellenberg —   HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Power Smoothie Ingredients 4 cups kefir 1/2 cup raw cultured cream 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted 2 eggs 2 Tbsp honey 1 tsp cold-pressed flax oil 1 banana 1/2 cup raspberries or other frozen fruits 1 tsp vanilla extract Directions Mix well in a blender. Serves […]

HOME EFFICIENCY | Paul Hearsey | Building an Affordable High-performance Home: It’s not rocket science

HOME EFFICIENCY | Paul Hearsey | Building an Affordable High-performance Home: It’s not rocket science

By Paul Hearsey —  Well, we’ve been here in Horsefly for seven years this month already. How time really does fly! In the June/July issue of TheGreenGazette we told readers all about our gardens, greenhouse, and root cellar. Today, we’ll talk about the house we have been building in our spare time. Never again. That’s […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The seed catalogue quandary

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The seed catalogue quandary

By Terri Smith — January 2009 was my first January back in Williams Lake and I was so excited and eager to be a farmer. I had behind me a whole five months experience living in a camper van on various farms around the province, as well as the time that went into the 1/3 […]

ARTS & CULTURE | “Lived Experience” Literary Journal – A Legacy to Culture

ARTS & CULTURE | “Lived Experience” Literary Journal – A Legacy to Culture

By Sage Birchwater — Shortly before Christmas, 2014, Van Andruss released the latest volume of his annual literary magazine, Lived Experience Number Fourteen, Stories and Poety from BC and Beyond. When the journal had its beginnings in 2001, it was only 28 pages and contained the prose and poetry of 11 writers. Fourteen years later, […]

CONSERVATION | BOOK REVIEW: Talk About Books

CONSERVATION | BOOK REVIEW: Talk About Books

By Van Andruss —  Every now and then a book comes along that seems meant for me. Such a book is James B. MacKinnon’s “The Once and Future World: Nature as it was, as it is, as it could be” (Random House, 2013). James MacKinnon is a gifted writer already known for the previous best-seller, […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Cariboo Regional District: The Williams Lake and Area Landfill

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Cariboo Regional District: The Williams Lake and Area Landfill

  Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: The garbage from Williams Lake and area, including 150 Mile House, Horsefly, Wildwood, McLeese, Frost Creek, Chimney Lake, Alexis Creek, and Riske Creek, is disposed of at the Cariboo Regional District’s (CRD) Gibraltar Landfill. Two to four loads of waste are transported to the […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Hayooga New Year

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Hayooga New Year

By Ron Young —   I woke up this morning with a dead man singing in my head. Worse than that I couldn’t make out the words, but I did remember the singer, Johnny Cash, and the song was “Folsom Prison Blues.”        “There is a train a-comin’, it’s rolling round the bend, and I […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | E.E.K. Not This Again

RENEWABLE ENERGY | E.E.K. Not This Again

By Ron Young —   While attempting to navigate the shoals of life’s challenges, when you find yourself out of your depth on a particular matter and need to call in an expert, you’re going to encounter three types of people. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s a problem related to a mechanical or […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Off-grid Checklist: ‘Tis the season

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Off-grid Checklist: ‘Tis the season

By Ron Young —   Blooming of the natural world in springtime and early summer brings us back to our outdoor pursuits, which in BC are often in remote locations. If we have the benefit of a seasonal home, a summer cabin, or an RV then chances are some kind of electrical power system is […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Keep Your Electrical Fluid Dry and Your Grid Tied

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Keep Your Electrical Fluid Dry and Your Grid Tied

By Ron Young —   In 1789 Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Ben, a true renaissance man, is considered by some the father of electricity. In Franklin’s experiments he tapped electricity at the end of a kite string during an electrical storm and was […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Infernal Pollution of the Spotless Mind

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Infernal Pollution of the Spotless Mind

By Ron Young —   While much of western society has become overweight and unhealthy from the food we consume we have also become obese with information; it’s just not as evident. Great selections of edible products masquerading as food have become easily available at low cost. That faux food can fill us up and […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | A Bolt From the Blue A.K.A. The ‘Unk-Unk’

RENEWABLE ENERGY | A Bolt From the Blue A.K.A. The ‘Unk-Unk’

By Ron Young —   No matter how well you think you are prepared for the unexpected there is always the “bolt from the blue,” that thing that occurs that you didn’t expect or plan for, also known as the unknown unknown. It’s such a commonplace reference in the aerospace industry, unknown unknowns are abbreviated […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | The Center of Somewhere

RENEWABLE ENERGY | The Center of Somewhere

By Ron Young —   Government leaders and bankers in China have helped fuel a huge glut of solar panels by supporting the industry with incentives and subsidies even when it was apparent that companies were losing money. Burgeoning growth of the Chinese solar industry has been characterized as a mad dash for easy money. […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Solar Wars and Lightning Storms

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Solar Wars and Lightning Storms

By Ron Young —   Government leaders and bankers in China have helped fuel a huge glut of solar panels by supporting the industry with incentives and subsidies even when it was apparent that companies were losing money. Burgeoning growth of the Chinese solar industry has been characterized as a mad dash for easy money. […]