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Recipe: Wheatberry Salad

Recipe: Wheatberry Salad

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

Recipe: Vegan Street Tacos

Recipe: Vegan Street Tacos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Farmers’ Markets in the Cariboo in 2020

Farmers’ Markets in the Cariboo in 2020

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

Publisher’s Letter – Finding Unity

Publisher’s Letter – Finding Unity

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

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

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

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

Monitor and the Wildlife Trade

Monitor and the Wildlife Trade

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

Healthy Living: A Rainbow of Food Choices

Healthy Living: A Rainbow of Food Choices

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

Keeping Wildlife Wild and our Communities Safe in the Summer

Keeping Wildlife Wild and our Communities Safe in the Summer

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

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Summer 2020

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Summer 2020

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

No Time Left To Waste: #TrashtalkTuesdays

No Time Left To Waste: #TrashtalkTuesdays

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

Guardian of the Vegetables: Gardening Through the Pandemic

Guardian of the Vegetables: Gardening Through the Pandemic

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

Pause to Feather Creations: Inspiration and Awareness from the Wild

Pause to Feather Creations: Inspiration and Awareness from the Wild

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

New Strategies are Needed to Recover from the Pandemic

New Strategies are Needed to Recover from the Pandemic

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

Green Business Quesnel: Something Magical

Green Business Quesnel: Something Magical

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

Good Green News

Good Green News

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

More Bread Less Yeast

More Bread Less Yeast

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

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

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

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

Becoming Waste Wise: Composting

Becoming Waste Wise: Composting

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

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

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

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

Who Are We, Where Are We Going?

Who Are We, Where Are We Going?

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

Rebuilding BC: A Portfolio of Possibilities

Rebuilding BC: A Portfolio of Possibilities

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

New Fall Releases: Rocky Mountain Books

New Fall Releases: Rocky Mountain Books

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

Local Eco Stories: In Search of Sustainability

Local Eco Stories: In Search of Sustainability

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

Downtown Williams Lake Businesses Adapting to Change

Downtown Williams Lake Businesses Adapting to Change

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

Long Table Grocery: Supporting Local Business

Long Table Grocery: Supporting Local Business

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

Conservation Conversation: What We Can Do for Our World

Conservation Conversation: What We Can Do for Our World

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

Williams Lake Garden Club

Williams Lake Garden Club

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

Entwined Liberation: A COVID Awakening

Entwined Liberation: A COVID Awakening

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

A Time to Review

A Time to Review

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

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

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

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

Earth Memories Earth Day April 22

Earth Memories Earth Day April 22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geshe Sherab Returns for his Fifth Visit to the Cariboo

Geshe Sherab Returns for his Fifth Visit to the Cariboo

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

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

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

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

Protecting Species by Making Room for Nature

Protecting Species by Making Room for Nature

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

Williams Lake on Track to Become the Rail Tie Burning Capital

Williams Lake on Track to Become the Rail Tie Burning Capital

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

The Vision for a Natural Burial Sanctuary in the Cariboo

The Vision for a Natural Burial Sanctuary in the Cariboo

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

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Spring 2020

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Spring 2020

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

Becoming Waste Wise: Battery Recycling

Becoming Waste Wise: Battery Recycling

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

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

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

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

Sprout Kitchen: Regional Food Hub

Sprout Kitchen: Regional Food Hub

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Four Books to Inspire & Ignite Change Written by Canadian Authors

Four Books to Inspire & Ignite Change Written by Canadian Authors

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

Science Matters: Beyond Climate Ventures

Science Matters: Beyond Climate Ventures

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

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

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

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

The New Roaring Twenties

The New Roaring Twenties

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

Illegal and Unsustainable Trade Threatens Otters

Illegal and Unsustainable Trade Threatens Otters

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

Guardian of the Vegetables: Seed Talk

Guardian of the Vegetables: Seed Talk

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

Green Business Williams Lake: SW² Ranch

Green Business Williams Lake: SW² Ranch

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

Long Table Grocery: Roots of Community

Long Table Grocery: Roots of Community

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

Following the Rainbow Serpent

Following the Rainbow Serpent

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

Green Business Quesnel: From Beds to Bowls Farm

Green Business Quesnel: From Beds to Bowls Farm

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

No Time Left To Waste: Soil Health

No Time Left To Waste: Soil Health

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

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

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

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

Seedbanks: Caring for the Future

Seedbanks: Caring for the Future

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

Water and Climate Change: World Water Day

Water and Climate Change: World Water Day

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

Electric Vehicles: “Don’t Doubt Your Vibe”

Electric Vehicles: “Don’t Doubt Your Vibe”

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

Indigenous Cultures Lead the Way

Indigenous Cultures Lead the Way

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

Climate Change: Think Globally, Act Locally

Climate Change: Think Globally, Act Locally

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

Roots of Belonging: Coming Home

Roots of Belonging: Coming Home

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

2019 New Titles from Caitlin Press

2019 New Titles from Caitlin Press

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

Nourishing our Children | Winter 2019 | Hair Care Quandaries

Nourishing our Children | Winter 2019 | Hair Care Quandaries

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

Green Business, Quesnel – Slow Fashion: My Own Collection

Green Business, Quesnel – Slow Fashion: My Own Collection

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

Turbidity: An Intimate Portrait of Environmental Disaster

Turbidity: An Intimate Portrait of Environmental Disaster

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

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

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

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

Letting Go with Pluto

Letting Go with Pluto

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Message from the Universe: Do it Now, with Urgency

Message from the Universe: Do it Now, with Urgency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Flight Where Wild Things Are

A Flight Where Wild Things Are

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

Have a Merry, Global Christmas

Have a Merry, Global Christmas

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

Reconsider Consumerism: Choose Sustainability Over Stuff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Save Our Planet: Where to Start

How to Save Our Planet: Where to Start

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

How to Throw a Zero Waste Winter Gathering

How to Throw a Zero Waste Winter Gathering

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

Going Green with Your Cuppa Joe

Going Green with Your Cuppa Joe

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

Conservation Conversation: Dinner Out or a Safer Future?

Conservation Conversation: Dinner Out or a Safer Future?

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

Using Permaculture Principles to Reduce Food Waste

Using Permaculture Principles to Reduce Food Waste

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

No Time Left To Waste: All the Good Things…

No Time Left To Waste: All the Good Things…

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

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

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

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

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Winter 2019

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Winter 2019

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

Waste Wise | What’s in Our Waste?

Waste Wise | What’s in Our Waste?

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

Welcome to the 2019 Medieval Market in Williams Lake

Welcome to the 2019 Medieval Market in Williams Lake

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