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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]