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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Creative Voice: Who are we?

ARTS & CULTURE | Creative Voice: Who are we?

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

ARTS & EDUCATION | New Year Perspective: Declutter for Life

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

ACTIVISM | Local Activists Demand that PM  Protect Rivers

ACTIVISM | Local Activists Demand that PM Protect Rivers

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY | Ten Thousand Villages: Celebrating local and global communities

COMMUNITY | Ten Thousand Villages: Celebrating local and global communities

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

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | ECOtique: fairly traded and ethical shopping downtown

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | ECOtique: fairly traded and ethical shopping downtown

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

CHILDREN | Baby Festival in Williams Lake

CHILDREN | Baby Festival in Williams Lake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STEWARDSHIP | TRU’s Applied Sustainable Ranching:  Proclamation Awarded

STEWARDSHIP | TRU’s Applied Sustainable Ranching: Proclamation Awarded

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

COMMUNITY | Celebrating World Animal Day

COMMUNITY | Celebrating World Animal Day

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

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Sept – Oct 2016

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Sept – Oct 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARTS & EDUCATION | A New Story: Applied Sustainable Ranching

ARTS & EDUCATION | A New Story: Applied Sustainable Ranching

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

ARTS & CULTURE | Faith in the Follow Through

ARTS & CULTURE | Faith in the Follow Through

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

ARTS & CULTURE | Canadian Mosaic Project

ARTS & CULTURE | Canadian Mosaic Project

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

RECYCLING | Local Recycling Reps Visit Recycling Conference

RECYCLING | Local Recycling Reps Visit Recycling Conference

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

STEWARDSHIP | Conservation Society’s Green Events Project

STEWARDSHIP | Conservation Society’s Green Events Project

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

COMMUNITY | Celebrating freedom on Canada Day

COMMUNITY | Celebrating freedom on Canada Day

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

COMMUNITY | Potato House Project: This place matters is back

COMMUNITY | Potato House Project: This place matters is back

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

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

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

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

STEWARDSHIP | Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

STEWARDSHIP | Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

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

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

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

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

ARTS & CULTURE | Balancing Roots, Electronics, and Individualism

ARTS & CULTURE | Balancing Roots, Electronics, and Individualism

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

RECYCLING | Positive change at Williams Lake Return-It Depot

RECYCLING | Positive change at Williams Lake Return-It Depot

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

RECYCLING| Central Cariboo Disposal Services: Recycling on the rise

RECYCLING| Central Cariboo Disposal Services: Recycling on the rise

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY | Dealing with our Dirty Laundry

COMMUNITY | Dealing with our Dirty Laundry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARTS & CULTURE | New Season at the Station House Gallery

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

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

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

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

OPINION | Star Wars and Fair Trade vs. Free Trade

OPINION | Star Wars and Fair Trade vs. Free Trade

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

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

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

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

CHILDREN | Nature Kindergarten Coming to the Cariboo

CHILDREN | Nature Kindergarten Coming to the Cariboo

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

COMMUNITY  |  Let them Eat Dirt: Kids in the garden

COMMUNITY | Let them Eat Dirt: Kids in the garden

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

COMMUNITY | RECIPES | Immigration and Multicultural Services Society: Holiday Recipes Homemade with Love

COMMUNITY | RECIPES | Immigration and Multicultural Services Society: Holiday Recipes Homemade with Love

By LeRae Haynes — Food is one thing that brings people together no matter what the celebration. Celebrating the holiday season, as well as the incredible cultural diversity that defines Canada, a group of six clients at Immigration and Multicultural Services Society in Williams Lake gathered to talk about food and share recipes from their childhood. […]

ARTS & CULTURE | The Writer’s Art and Craft: Author Steven Hunter

ARTS & CULTURE | The Writer’s Art and Craft: Author Steven Hunter

By Venta Rutkauskas — Stories, like song, lie deep in the consciousness of our humanity. The storyteller opens up to the world of imagination and crafts a tale to suit the time. Some stories teach while others entertain; each author’s style is a unique fingerprint. When the storyteller chooses the novel as a form, the breadth […]

COMMUNITY | Shopping Local: Why it’s (Still) Great

COMMUNITY | Shopping Local: Why it’s (Still) Great

By Brianna van de Wijngaard — Food Action Coordinator Williams Lake Food Policy  Just about every year for the last decade or two, we have been encouraged to shop local for the holidays. And most of those reading this editorial likely already do: you’re reading TheGreenGazette, and you’re awesome! But, as the holidays approach yet again, […]

OPINION | On Voting for Change

OPINION | On Voting for Change

By Sage Birchwater — For many of us, the October 19 Canadian federal election was all about voting for change—to get rid of Stephen Harper. We took a lot of flak for this because our critics felt our stance was too negative. They argued we should be voting FOR something, not against someone. That may […]

RECYCLING | No Time Left to Waste: New Year’s Resolutions – Littering and …

RECYCLING | No Time Left to Waste: New Year’s Resolutions – Littering and …

By Oliver Berger — Earlier this summer I was heading home when I noticed stuffed garbage bags on the side of the road. One after the other, on the left side, then on the right side, then on the left side again. All of a sudden, there was some movement bobbing around in the ditch. It […]

ARTS & EDUCATION | CHILDREN | Shopping Local with Kids

ARTS & EDUCATION | CHILDREN | Shopping Local with Kids

By Jessica Kirby   — If you happen to be on Vancouver Island this winter and bump into a friendly, economically fiscal ten year old at one of the local craft fairs, don’t worry: he isn’t lost or abandoned. That’s my son, Kaeden, possibly the most spend conscious and simultaneously generous kid on the planet, who […]

COMMUNITY | Keeping It Local: Are you Participating?

COMMUNITY | Keeping It Local: Are you Participating?

By Chanti Holtl   — This is an opportune time to create new norms, habits, and ways we show up in, and care for the natural world and our local community. It is time to re-evaluate how we engage in our spending. The fear of lack keeps us stuck in our patterns of scarcity and separation. […]

RECYCLING | Earth-Friendly and Waste-Less Holidays

RECYCLING | Earth-Friendly and Waste-Less Holidays

By Oliver Berger — It’s that time of year again, when we see the leaves turn to awesome golden-yellows and fiery reds, when we see the first frosts layering the Earth with crisp, sharp crystals, and when we see our first snowflakes of the season as Mother Nature blankets the land with a pure, white covering. […]

COMMUNITY | Bikes for All: Another way to be Waste Wise

COMMUNITY | Bikes for All: Another way to be Waste Wise

By Mary Forbes — Williams Lake has a bike recycling program called Bikes for All provided by Waste Wise, a program of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society. It started simply enough: in my role as Community Waste Educator, I spend a  lot of time at the Share Sheds and Transfer Stations and was noticing there were […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Medieval Market in Williams Lake Nov. 21 and 22

ARTS & CULTURE | Medieval Market in Williams Lake Nov. 21 and 22

It’s Christmas craft fair season and the Medieval Market will return to Williams Lake on November 21 and 22.The Market will continue to offer unique handcrafted gifts from artisans from around British Columbia, as well as fresh produce from local growers. There will be live entertainers all day and a full concession to make it a […]

Cast Your Vote for Strong Environmental Laws

Cast Your Vote for Strong Environmental Laws

By Devon Page — Executive Director Ecojustice    Do you believe in the rule of law? If you are reading this, you would likely say you do. You may not know exactly how to put your belief into words, but it might fall along the lines of—everyone, from people to corporations to governments, must act […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Halloween Traditions

ARTS & CULTURE | Halloween Traditions

By Jessica Kirby — It is the time of year when the neighbourhood ghosts and goblins venture out into the early evening hours and wander the streets in search of tricks, treats, and all around good times of the family, friend, and sometimes frightening varieties. Halloween is a much-loved tradition for many and like everything important […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Love and Discord in the Second Worst City in Canada

ARTS & CULTURE | Love and Discord in the Second Worst City in Canada

By Margaret-Anne Enders — Back in May, Williams Lake was designated by MoneySense magazine as the second worst city in Canada in which to live. This is not the first time Williams Lake has made the list, so it may seem like old news, but I still get riled up about it for a few different […]

STEWARDSHIP | Salmon Dream

STEWARDSHIP | Salmon Dream

    Salmon Dream   Last night I had the strangest dream I ever had before I dreamed the salmon all over the world Were coming home no more   And the river no longer ran with red When the aspens turned to gold The children no longer leaned over the bridge A miracle to behold   Like the miracle of the mystery Of […]

CHILDREN | Chickadee Early Childhood and Learning Centre: Education making a difference

CHILDREN | Chickadee Early Childhood and Learning Centre: Education making a difference

By Erin Hitchcock — It feels like one is stepping back in time to a simpler, gentler era when entering the Chickadee Early Childhood and Learning Centre. There are no computers, no modern-day technological devices. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to find anything plastic. Instead, wooden furniture and toys made from natural fibres such as wood, […]

NEWS | ACTIVISM | GMO Salmon

NEWS | ACTIVISM | GMO Salmon

By Erin Hitchcock — Though hundreds of thousands of Sockeye salmon are anticipated to reach the spawning grounds in the Quesnel rivershed this fall, the future of this mighty fish is on the minds of many. Fish farms, sea lice, over fishing, habitat destruction, climate change, and ocean acidification are some of the concerns expressed among […]

CHILDREN | Scout Island Connects All Ages to Nature

CHILDREN | Scout Island Connects All Ages to Nature

By Erin Hitchcock — “I found one!” calls out one enthusiastic boy to another after discovering a large beetle crawling past a rock. “I never knew they were so hairy,” remarks a girl peering at a caterpillar through the lens of a magnifying glass. These are common responses from children enrolled in Scout Island’s programs in […]

SCIENCE | STEWARDSHIP | I SEA Change: 5 Gyres Ocean Plastic Research

SCIENCE | STEWARDSHIP | I SEA Change: 5 Gyres Ocean Plastic Research

By Lisa Bland — Anyone who has spent time on or near the ocean knows its power and beauty, and has probably been touched by its mystery. Seeing first hand a whale breaching from the depths, schools of dolphins and swirling silver fish, or discovering tide pools filled with urchins, anemones, and hermit crabs, inspires […]

ARTS & EDUCATION | FraserFEST Xat’sull: Everyone lives in a watershed…. Come celebrate yours

ARTS & EDUCATION | FraserFEST Xat’sull: Everyone lives in a watershed…. Come celebrate yours

By Jenny Noble, Scout Island Nature Centre — Rivershed Society of BC (RSBC) is hosting a family-friendly celebration at the Xatśūll Heritage Village on September 7 to honour the Fraser River’s history and culture, to raise awareness of issues threatening its health, and to explore solutions for change At 3 p.m., there will be a […]

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 […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Global Peace: Can seven billion people stand together?

ARTS & CULTURE | Global Peace: Can seven billion people stand together?

By Jessica Kirby — Over the next 100 days, let us stand with the millions of people across the world who are suffering the devastating impact of violence and conflict. Let us share ideas and plans for helping and supporting them in their time of dire need. – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon The world began […]

STEWARDSHIP | ACTIVISM | On How to Change the World

STEWARDSHIP | ACTIVISM | On How to Change the World

By Rod Marining — When someone comes up to you and says, “I want to spend over $400,000 doing a documentary of you and your friends’ lives, and we are going to call the documentary How to Change the World, it is somewhat unbelievable. “Why would you spend such a horrendous amount of money on […]

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 […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Creativity and Play Makes my Day

ARTS & CULTURE | Creativity and Play Makes my Day

  By Danielea Castell — It turned out to be my last campaign as an activist. The world was preparing for Y2K and I was living on Salt Spring Island when Texada Corporation became the new owners of 40,000 hectares of pristine forest which they promptly announced they were going to clear cut. Every cell […]

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’ […]

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 […]

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 | 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Green and Natural Balance at Zirnhelt Timber Frames

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Green and Natural Balance at Zirnhelt Timber Frames

  By LeRae Haynes — Zirnhelt Timber Frames designs, engineers, and builds sustainable hand-crafted timber frame homes, cottages, and commercial buildings, achieving balance between natural products and energy efficiency. The company’s staff builds complete homes from foundations through to finished cabinetry, or supply custom timber work and lock-up packages. Zirnhelt Timber Frames is newly located […]

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, […]

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, […]

CHILDREN | BC Family Day: Face time trumps screen time

CHILDREN | BC Family Day: Face time trumps screen time

  By LeRae Haynes — Mary Forbes, teacher naturalist at Scout Island and mother of two, says it’s great that B.C. has declared Family Day a holiday, but that every day’s a good day to ‘unplug’ your kids from electronics and technology and get them outside to play. “February is a great time of the […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Love Note: A Valentine’s Invitation

ARTS & CULTURE | Love Note: A Valentine’s Invitation

By Jack Adam Weber — Some months ago a friend sought my support for her relationship heartbreak, and during that conversation a voice in my head said, “We should be putting all this love energy into our relationship with the natural world and the condition of the biosphere, not into our private love affairs.” If you […]

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | Dec 2014 – Jan 2015

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | Dec 2014 – Jan 2015

By Jasmin Schellenberg —   HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Holiday Pecans Ingredients: 4 cups pecan halves 2 tsp sea salt 3 eggs pinch of salt 1 Tbsp vanilla 1/2 cup maple syrup Directions: Cover pecans with water and soak overnight. Bake the next day at 150 degrees F until crisp. This could take 12 or […]

CONSERVATION | Secretly Hoping to be Wrong

CONSERVATION | Secretly Hoping to be Wrong

By Ray Grigg — Anyone who gives serious consideration to environmental issues these days secretly hopes to be wrong. This curious contradiction stems from the stark realization that almost all the credible information coming repeatedly from multiple objective sources has identified the inability of our planet’s essential ecologies to absorb the impact of the materialistic […]

CARIBOO-CHILCOTIN CONSERVATION SOCIETY | Water Wise Reflections

CARIBOO-CHILCOTIN CONSERVATION SOCIETY | Water Wise Reflections

  By Jenny Howell, CCCS —   Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society | Here we are again at the end of one year and the beginning of a new one. The time to reflect and assess then look ahead and plan. For Water Wise that includes looking at the Williams Lake water records to see how […]

CLIMATE CHANGE | In the Shadow of Global Warming

CLIMATE CHANGE | In the Shadow of Global Warming

  By Van Andruss — We go along nowadays as if things were relatively normal, but things are not normal. The current world is a radically different world from the one we used to know. Our present situation is not only “post-modern”; it is “post-holocene,” in that the accumulated biological treasury of the planet is […]

LETTERS | Communities and Schools Together: Building a positive culture for children, youth, and families

LETTERS | Communities and Schools Together: Building a positive culture for children, youth, and families

  The halls are alive with light, laughter, positive energy, and lots of interaction. This is how we used to describe Horsefly Elementary, Junior, Secondary School—not just during the day, but in the evenings as well. If you want something to happen in a small community, you need to do it yourself. We don’t have […]

NATURAL HEALTH | Heat: The Achilles Heel of Cancer

NATURAL HEALTH | Heat: The Achilles Heel of Cancer

  By Adam McLeod, ND, BSc —  It is a well established fact that cancer cells are vulnerable to heat. On a cellular level it makes intuitive sense that cancer cells would be sensitive to heat. Normal cells are spatially arranged so that heat can be distributed evenly and they will not divide if they […]

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Dec 2014 /Jan 2015

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Dec 2014 /Jan 2015

  By Terri Smith — It was cold last night. We wake up to a world blanketed in snow at last. It is beautiful, but my first thought is of Amadeus. I quickly pull on long johns, wool socks, sweater, boots, toque, gloves, and scarf and even still when I walk outside the air feels […]

RECIPES | Squashed Bread

RECIPES | Squashed Bread

  By Pat Teti — Autumn brings an abundance of apples, potatoes, corn, squash, and other produce begging to be canned, frozen, or dried if not eaten fresh. This can put more demands on our time just when it’s back to work, school, and other community activities. Among the late season products is the pumpkin […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Metal Waste

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Metal Waste

  Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: In 2013, Encorp Pacific (the stewardship agency responsible for beverage container recycling in BC) recovered almost 5,000 tonnes of aluminum across the province. This equates to an 84 per cent recovery of aluminum beverage containers when compared to the amount sold in BC for […]

HEALTH ISSUES | Microwave Electromagnetic Fields Produce Health Effects by VGCC Activation

HEALTH ISSUES | Microwave Electromagnetic Fields Produce Health Effects by VGCC Activation

By Martin Pall, Ph.D – Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University — Canadian and U.S. safety standards for microwave radiation are entirely based on the assumption that the only important thing microwave EMFs (electromagnetic fields) can do is to heat things, like heating food in a microwave oven. The belief […]

SPIRITUALITY | The Tough Road of Compassion

SPIRITUALITY | The Tough Road of Compassion

  By Margaret-Anne Enders — Compassion was our November theme for the Women’s Spirituality Circle. It is a core value in each of the world religions and has had sticking power as a virtue throughout the ages. Despite its longevity, compassion is one of those enigmatic words: hard to define, hard to understand, and even […]

FIRST NATIONS | Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians

FIRST NATIONS | Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians

  FILM CHRONICLES THE MOVEMENT TO SAVE A SACRED LAND AND A VISIONARY CULTURE — When Argentine filmmaker Hernán Vílchez made his way up into the remote Wixarika community of San Andrés Cohamiata Tateikie high in the Western Sierra Madre of Mexico, he knew he would be entering another world. What he didn’t know was […]

NATURAL HEALTH | Cooking for Dragons: Not for the faint of heart, but quite an adventure

NATURAL HEALTH | Cooking for Dragons: Not for the faint of heart, but quite an adventure

  By Corinne Stromsten — Our adventures began many years ago when my children were just wee babes. My daughter Emily suffered from colic, eczema, and digestive issues. With the help of a naturopath the causes were pinpointed. She was found to have many food intolerances. I, too, was tested, and much to my surprise […]

ARTS & CULTURE | SPIRITUALITY | Water Gratitude: Giving back with a grateful act

ARTS & CULTURE | SPIRITUALITY | Water Gratitude: Giving back with a grateful act

  By Danielea Castell — There are many ways people talk about Water these days—their concerns about it, how to manage it, how to share it. The 2014 RBC Water Attitudes Study found, “Canadians share a deep connection to Water.” In my life and my work as a Water Gratitude artist and founder of the […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Green-ify Your New Year

ARTS & CULTURE | Green-ify Your New Year

  By Jessica Kirby — The first New Years celebrations date back 4,000 years to the Babylonian religious festival called Akitu, which coincided with the Spring Equinox, honoured barley cutting and the victory of the sky god Merduk over the evil sea goddess Tiamat, and saw a new king crowned or the old king’s rule […]

CHILDREN | Celebrating Children at Sacred Heart

CHILDREN | Celebrating Children at Sacred Heart

By LeRae Haynes — Canada celebrates National Child Day on November 20 in recognition of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child. One place in Williams Lake where children are celebrated year round is Sacred Heart Preschool where 47 kids are currently enrolled in various sessions throughout the week. Sacred Heart Preschool […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Natural Dyes: Lasting beauty

ARTS & CULTURE | Natural Dyes: Lasting beauty

By Maureen LeBourdais — Since antiquity, fabrics have been dyed with extracts from minerals, plants, and animals. In fact, historically, dyeing was a secretive art form. The most beautiful and exotic pigments were reserved for those who had the status to wear them. Things began to change around 1856 when scientists discovered how to make […]

Spending Less and Making More out of Christmas with the 2014 Earth Friendly Holiday Event

Spending Less and Making More out of Christmas with the 2014 Earth Friendly Holiday Event

By Brianna van de Wijngaard — Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society We say this every year, but when you return from a busy summer, frolicking at the beach, avoiding work, and barbequing the 20 pounds of zucchini squash that your garden manages to dump on you every week, it’s amazing how quickly the Christmas holidays can […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Halloween Vs. The Day of the Dead

ARTS & CULTURE | Halloween Vs. The Day of the Dead

By Teena Clipston — I grew up celebrating Halloween, and, like many other children, never understanding the meaning of the day. All I knew was I was getting candy, and if I had the stamina to walk for blocks in the cold, it could very well mean lots of candy. Now in those days, we […]

CHILDREN | Peace Talks Resume … at Bedtime  

By Jessica Kirby — So, what is peace? I ask him, brushing the hair away from his forehead as we lay on his bed, spooning, his back to me. What does peace look like? Quiet, he says. Quiet and no fighting. What about fear? I ask. Some people say peace is the absence of fear […]

CHILDREN | Nature’s Classroom

CHILDREN | Nature’s Classroom

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette — When September rolls around, many families head to the mall to stock up on school supplies, backpacks, and lunchboxes, not to mention the yearly closet full of clothing meant to help kick off a new school year with a sense of newness and a fresh start. Us? We […]

STEWARDSHIP | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | The Pull of a River

STEWARDSHIP | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | The Pull of a River

By Jacquie Lanthier —  Rivers have a way of calling us back to ourselves. The river cradles us, and in the carrying shows us who we are. We have come from all across the Fraser Basin, travelling from the outskirts of the city, meeting for the very first time on the overnight Greyhound bus. We […]

ARTS & CULTURE | YOUTH PERSPECTIVES | It’s All About the Music

ARTS & CULTURE | YOUTH PERSPECTIVES | It’s All About the Music

Without music, life would be a mistake” — Friedrich Nietzsche By Jenna Sipponen — Sometimes your body responds to good music with goose bumps, sometimes you just can’t help but sing along, and sometimes it’s proper to just quietly listen. Depending on your music choice, you may have a combination of these experiences. Music keeps […]

STEWARDSHIP | CHILDREN | The Horsefly Green Team | Youth Healthy Inquiry Project: Reducing our carbon footprint

STEWARDSHIP | CHILDREN | The Horsefly Green Team | Youth Healthy Inquiry Project: Reducing our carbon footprint

By Calvin Dubray and the Horsefly Green Team — This endeavour started with adult mentors posing a challenge to the Student Leadership Team at Horsefly Elementary Junior Secondary. The challenge was to propose a question that would form the foundation of a Youth Healthy Inquiry Project. Students came up with the following: What is your question? […]

FIRST NATIONS | ARTS & CULTURE | Winter Storytelling

FIRST NATIONS | ARTS & CULTURE | Winter Storytelling

By Jessica Kirby — After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” — Philip Pullman These are the coldest months of the year. They spread out grey before us with the sparkle of Christmas left behind and the promise of spring just out of reach. As we hunker […]

HEALTH ISSUES | CHILDREN | Strangers in Our Homes: TV and Our Children’s Minds

HEALTH ISSUES | CHILDREN | Strangers in Our Homes: TV and Our Children’s Minds

    By Susan R. Johnson, M.D. — This is a condensed version of a paper that was presented at the Waldorf School of San Francisco on 5/1/99 as part of a senior project. The full version can be found at thelizlibrary.org. It may be freely copied and distributed. TV rots the senses in the head! It […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Featured Artist: Living in the Flow with Al-Lisa Tresierra McKay

ARTS & CULTURE | Featured Artist: Living in the Flow with Al-Lisa Tresierra McKay

By Lisa Bland — Artists and visionaries throughout the ages have stood at the edges of worlds unseen—gatekeepers to parallel universes, reminding us of the myths, dreamscapes, and mysteries that exist within and around us in every moment, yet lie just beyond our reach. The trust and courage required to stand fully and authentically in […]

CHILDREN | Celebrating Children on Universal Children’s Day

CHILDREN | Celebrating Children on Universal Children’s Day

By Jessica Kirby — If we want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.” – Abigail Van Buren November 20 marks Universal Children’s Day, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954 to encourage global recognition and understanding of issues that compromise the emotional, physical, and spiritual […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE | The Williams Lake and Area Regional Landfill

BECOMING WASTE WISE | The Williams Lake and Area Regional Landfill

By Tera Grady — 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 […]

FITNESS | CHILDREN | HEALTH ISSUES | Creating Change for the Future: Why Movement Matters

FITNESS | CHILDREN | HEALTH ISSUES | Creating Change for the Future: Why Movement Matters

By Melissa LaPointe — Movement is vital to life. Yes, there are the more obvious health benefits of exercise – combating obesity, heart disease and diabetes; building strength, balance, and flexibility; improved breathing, and increased circulation that aids digestion and keeps the organs healthy. But there’s so much more. When we move using large muscle […]

STEWARDSHIP | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | The Mighty Fraser: A River to Experience

STEWARDSHIP | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | The Mighty Fraser: A River to Experience

By Lisa Bland — The Fraser River, designated a Canadian Heritage River in 1998, is the largest river in BC and has the most productive salmon fishery in the world. Its headwaters begin at Mount Robson in the Rocky Mountains and it empties some 1400 km later into the Strait of Georgia in Vancouver. BC’s […]