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Soundscapes: The radical act of listening

Soundscapes: The radical act of listening

By Venta Rutkauskas – In a worldwide web of connectivity, how can listening bring us closer to our environment and ourselves? The human being is both an instrument of sound making and sound receptivity. It’s an integral part of our human design. Now here we are, seven billion strong on our planet, and if one […]

Nourishing our Children – June-July-Aug 2017

Nourishing our Children – June-July-Aug 2017

By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Kombucha Fruit Pudding This tasty treat packs a nutritious punch, first from the kombucha and then from the chia seeds, a virtual superfood. The more chia used the more pudding-like it is. 2 cups fresh or frozen fruits 1/2 cup kombucha 3 tablespoons chia seeds 2 tablespoons […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Long Work Hours don’t Work for People or the Planet

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Long Work Hours don’t Work for People or the Planet

By David Suzuki – In 1926, US automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees’ workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. It’s something workers and labour unions had been calling for, and it followed previous reductions in work schedules that had been as high as 84 to 100 hours over seven days […]

Confessions of a Farmer: Ready, Set… Grow

Confessions of a Farmer: Ready, Set… Grow

By Terri Smith – Spring has officially arrived and it’s time to think about how to wake up the garden and get it growing again. As winter comes to an end I am always so excited to get back out there and start growing (and eating!) again, but my excitement is also always tempered with […]

Making Space: Observing Canada’s 150 years

Making Space: Observing Canada’s 150 years

By Margaret-Anne Enders – This year, Canada will mark its 150th anniversary. Celebrations are being planned in towns and cities across the country. It’s easy to get drawn into the hype and excitement, especially with so much global political stress. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate? Let’s slow down and think about this for a moment. […]

Nourishing our Children

Nourishing our Children

By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Roll-ups The great thing about roll-ups is that the roll can be so many different things. The most obvious is tortilla (preferably whole wheat and sprouted), but other choices include toasted nori seaweed sheets, crepes, pancakes, or a large leaf of lettuce. Here are a few ways […]

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

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

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

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Resolve to be Waste Wise

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Resolve to be Waste Wise

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

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: Looking Towards Spring

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: Looking Towards Spring

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

Country Living | Raising Amadeus

Country Living | Raising Amadeus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community | Creating a Better World Together

Community | Creating a Better World Together

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Plastic Pollution

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Plastic Pollution

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

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

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

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

COLUMN | Raising Amadeus

COLUMN | Raising Amadeus

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

ARTS & CULTURE | Pokémon Go: Chasing reality

ARTS & CULTURE | Pokémon Go: Chasing reality

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

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Esk’et Tiny House: A stunning example of sustainable housing

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Esk’et Tiny House: A stunning example of sustainable housing

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

FARM & GARDEN | Raising Amadeus

FARM & GARDEN | Raising Amadeus

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

ECO TOURISM | The Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium – An Introduction

ECO TOURISM | The Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium – An Introduction

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

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

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

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

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 […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE  | Composting

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Composting

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

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | June – Aug 2016

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | June – Aug 2016

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

LETTERS | Challenges in First Nations Healthcare

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

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | April – May 2016

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | April – May 2016

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

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

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

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

COUNTRY LIVING | Raising Amadeus

COUNTRY LIVING | Raising Amadeus

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

RECYCLING| 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,” […]

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

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

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

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. […]

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

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

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

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 […]

COLUMN | RAISING AMADEUS

COLUMN | RAISING AMADEUS

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

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

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

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

RECIPES | STRENGTH IN SUPERFOODS | Warming Winter Recipes

RECIPES | STRENGTH IN SUPERFOODS | Warming Winter Recipes

By Devon Chappell — How about a cup of joy, my friend? Through our senses, the changing of the seasons, love, and desire we have constant reminders that we are alive. But if we are not soulfully connected to each aspect of life, we can end up in conflict within ourselves and with our bodies. With […]

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | Nov – Jan 15/16

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | Nov – Jan 15/16

By Jasmin Schellenberg —   HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY High Protein Energy Snacks (makes 30) 1/2 cup almonds 1 can chickpeas, rinsed & drained 3/4 cup natural peanut butter 1/4 cup honey 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup chocolate chips tablespoon (optional) Line a tray with parchment paper. In a food processor, mix almonds until they are a fine […]

RAISING AMADEUS

RAISING AMADEUS

By Terri Smith — As we come back around towards winter, Amadeus is becoming fluffier by the day. I love sinking my fingers into his warm, soft coat of cashmere. He loves it, too. Of all the goats, he is obviously the most interested in human attention and companionship. He comes over to be scratched whenever […]

FARM & GARDEN | Confessions of a Farmer: Everyone Wins when we Support Local

FARM & GARDEN | Confessions of a Farmer: Everyone Wins when we Support Local

By Terri Smith — I have had the most difficult time getting started on this article. I know what I want to say, but delicate phrasing isn’t exactly one of my strengths and I don’t actually want to offend anyone. It doesn’t seem like I should have such a hard time being nice when the […]

ARTS & CULTURE | The Lifelong Learner

ARTS & CULTURE | The Lifelong Learner

By Ciel Patenaude — Along with the turning leaves and cooler days, September is synonymous with schooling for millions of children in the northern hemisphere. With that feeling we can all likely remember – a confusing combination of anticipation, excitement and dread – kids will be back in the classrooms this month, getting ready for learning […]

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES | Optimism for the Future

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES | Optimism for the Future

By Donavan Shaw — As a very involved 17-year-old within the community, I am often asked, “What are your plans for the future?” Most young people (including myself) instinctively jump to what they plan to do after they graduate high school: college or university, their dream jobs, and the kind of person they want to meet […]

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Sept – Oct 2015

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Sept – Oct 2015

By Jasmin Schellenberg —   HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Almond Crackers with Garlic & Rosemary 2 cups almond flour/meal ¾ teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon chopped, dried rosemary 1 large egg 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter Preheat oven to 350 degrees C. Grease baking sheet liberally. Mix all dry ingredients […]

FARM & GARDEN | RAISING AMADEUS

FARM & GARDEN | RAISING AMADEUS

  By Terri Smith — Every time I go to market at least five people ask, “Where’s Amadeus?” It makes me laugh. This silly little goat has no idea what an icon he’s become. He loves his public appearances because he gets lots of petting and even more sunflower seeds. He also really does enjoy […]

COUNTRY LIVING | CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | WWOOFing the World a Smaller Place

COUNTRY LIVING | CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | WWOOFing the World a Smaller Place

  By Terri Smith — It was raining and 8:30 before I remembered that I hadn’t yet tucked in the garden for the night. I tried to get Curtis to come with me, but he had already showered. I looked at Amelie, happily dressed in pajamas and checking her email and then at Johanne reading […]

SCIENCE MATTERS | David Suzuki | One year later, BC must heed Mount Polley disaster’s lessons

SCIENCE MATTERS | David Suzuki | One year later, BC must heed Mount Polley disaster’s lessons

By David Suzuki — It was a dramatic image: millions of cubic metres of waste cascading from the Mount Polley mine breach into the Quesnel watershed in BC’ s Interior. Besides destroying a nine-kilometre creek and endangering salmon and the neighbouring community of Likely, the catastrophe damaged the mining industry’s reputation. In the months following, […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | June – August 2015

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | June – August 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARTS & CULTURE | Summer is Here  — Release yourself

ARTS & CULTURE | Summer is Here — Release yourself

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

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

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

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

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES | COUNTRY LIVING | The Disappearing Family Farm

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES | COUNTRY LIVING | The Disappearing Family Farm

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

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Apr /May 2015

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Apr /May 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN |

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN |

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

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES | HEALTH ISSUES | 5.6 Billion Haters

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES | HEALTH ISSUES | 5.6 Billion Haters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONSERVATION | Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society | Water Footprints

CONSERVATION | Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society | Water Footprints

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

SCIENCE MATTERS | IPCC Report is Clear: We must clean up our act

SCIENCE MATTERS | IPCC Report is Clear: We must clean up our act

    By David Suzuki — It’s become a cliché to say that out of crisis comes opportunity. But there’s no denying that when faced with crises, we have choices. The opportunity depends on what we decide to do. What choices will we make when confronted with the fact that 2014 will likely be the […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | “Rippy” the Redneck Hippy

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | “Rippy” the Redneck Hippy

  By Terri Smith — It’s not easy coming up with public confessions on a regular basis. I usually sit in front of my laptop until the screen turns black trying to think of just what I’m willing to share. Today is no exception. I always try to think of things that maybe you yourself […]

LETTERS | Why Jian Ghomeshi Reminds Me of Mount Polley

LETTERS | Why Jian Ghomeshi Reminds Me of Mount Polley

  “For us to maintain our way of living, we must tell lies to each other and especially to ourselves. The lies are necessary because, without them, many deplorable acts would become impossibilities.” ― Derrick Jensen, A Language Older Than Words This culture we live in is based on aggression and destruction. Unfortunately, now that […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | Pele: Volcano Goddess of Hawai`i

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | Pele: Volcano Goddess of Hawai`i

  Some years back, I left the Cariboo winter far behind and journeyed to a place of passion and unpredictability in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, perched on the edge of a living volcano. Today this tiny island is making international headlines for the lava that threatens to disrupt a community and change a […]

The Culture of Tea: Elixirs of life

The Culture of Tea: Elixirs of life

 — By Lisa Bland – Numerous studies in humans and animals suggest health benefits from consuming of all forms of tea include the prevention of cancer and heart disease. These benefits are attributed to their polyphenolic constituents. Some of these include Catechins, antioxidants associated with tea’s anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, thermogenic, and antimicrobial properties.  As the fallen […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Reuse, Redesign and Repair

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Reuse, Redesign and Repair

  Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: Ever feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day? Life is so busy for so many people that finding the time to deal with waste can be a challenge. Day-to-day waste that is generated in the kitchen must be dealt with weekly, […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Reluctant Riser

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Reluctant Riser

By Terri Smith — Today we are enjoying yet another beautiful, sunny, September day. I was worried for awhile that the weather was going to skip September altogether and move right on into October. It’s nice to see the sun again, but I’ve got to admit, I’m not sad to be entering fall. It’s a […]

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Oct /Nov 2015

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Oct /Nov 2015

By Terri Smith — As Amadeus has gotten older, he has filled out somewhat. He’s looking much more like just another member of the herd now. But I hadn’t really realized that his looking like one of the herd would also lead to him to actually becoming one of the herd. You see, now that […]

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | Oct – Nov 2014

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | Oct – Nov 2014

By Jasmin Schellenberg —   HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Popcorn (makes 8 cups) ¼ cup organic popcorn 2 Tbsp coconut oil ¼ – ½ cup melted butter or coconut oil sea salt, to taste In a skillet, heat the oil and popcorn over medium heat shaking constantly until popping starts. On lower heat, cook, shaking, […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Quesnel River Watershed Tragedy

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Quesnel River Watershed Tragedy

Dear Readers, It’s hard to find words to express the scale of the impact of Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breach and spill into Quesnel Lake on August 4. The magnitude of this disaster is staggering. For those who live and work in the area and treasure the pristine gem of the Quesnel […]

LETTERS | Life was a Bowl of Cherries before Polley Mine Disaster

LETTERS | Life was a Bowl of Cherries before Polley Mine Disaster

BC Holiday weekend: “Life is a bowl full of cherries,” I announced at a family gathering. We were all having a beautiful time. We were at the family cabin at Quesnel Lake. Early Monday morning, I got up to pee at 3:00 am and I was sleeping on my boat, which was docked in front of the cabin. I […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | SCIENCE MATTERS | It’s Time to Save the Bees and Ban Neonic Pesticides

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | SCIENCE MATTERS | It’s Time to Save the Bees and Ban Neonic Pesticides

By David Suzuki — Bees may be small, but they play a big role in human health and survival. Some experts say one of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from apples and zucchini to blueberries and almonds. If bees and other pollinators are at risk, entire […]

CLIMATE CHANGE | Changing Course

By Jenny Howell, CCCS — Going through some old magazines last week, I picked up a 2002 copy of Harper’s magazine, with an article by Tom Bissall about the demise of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan. The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth largest lake, half the size of England, and supported a thriving […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Wood Waste

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Wood Waste

Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: Ever wonder what happens to your wood waste? It all depends on where you drop it off. If it’s not segregated out of your household waste, it will be transported to your regional landfill and landfilled. If you dispose of it in your local transfer […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Story of Baby Goat

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Story of Baby Goat

By Terri Smith — It would seem that readers miss Amadeus. I know, I know: I have said goodbye to that article half a dozen times and then started it up again, but what can I say about popular demand? Starting next issue, I will be submitting a short Amadeus article for each edition as […]

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 […]

FARM & GARDEN | CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | At Road’s End: Farming by Numbers

FARM & GARDEN | CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | At Road’s End: Farming by Numbers

By Terri Smith — As spring starts to feel like it actually is just around the corner, I realize that I know a lot more now than I did at the end of last season; and thank goodness for that since the following is an only somewhat embellished account of where I was at in […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Carbon Conscious Travel

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Carbon Conscious Travel

By Lisa Bland — Dear Readers, The darkest days of winter are gone and although there’s no sign of green life stirring under the heavy blanket of snow, the light is returning. I notice my plants reaching higher towards the window, seeking the sun, waiting out the days until they’ll be transported outside. In the […]

SCIENCE MATTERS | Philippines Tragedy Shows Urgency of Warsaw Climate Summit

SCIENCE MATTERS | Philippines Tragedy Shows Urgency of Warsaw Climate Summit

By David Suzuki — As people in the Philippines struggle with devastation and death from the worst storm to hit land in recorded history, world leaders met in Warsaw, Poland, to discuss the climate crisis. “What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. The climate crisis is […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Dreamhealer: Quantum Realities

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Dreamhealer: Quantum Realities

By Lisa Bland — Dear Readers, I can’t believe we’ve already entered the heart of winter and the shortest, darkest days of the year. Although it’s been fairly moderate so far, it still seems like the change in the weather dropped in out of the blue. The scramble for winter tires, snow shovels, snow scrapers, […]

SCIENCE MATTERS | IPCC Report Shows Action on Climate Change is Critical

SCIENCE MATTERS | IPCC Report Shows Action on Climate Change is Critical

 By David Suzuki — The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change just released the first of four chapters of its Fifth Assessment Report. It shows scientists are more certain now than in 2007 when the Fourth Assessment was released that humans are largely responsible for global warming – mainly by burning fossil fuels and cutting down […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | HEALTH ISSUES | SPIRITUALITY | Healing Mysteries

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | HEALTH ISSUES | SPIRITUALITY | Healing Mysteries

By Lisa Bland — Dear Readers, Fall is but a memory now, and with it the spectacular display of colour and beauty around us. As the cool breath of winter creeps across the countryside, mist rises from lakes and forests and morning frost covers the ground for longer each day. It’s time to get used […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Fall Mushroom Foraging

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Fall Mushroom Foraging

By Lisa Bland — Dear Readers, Fall is a wonderful time of year. Although the glorious summer days are hard to say goodbye to, as the mornings get cooler and frost lingers on the ground, there is the cozy feeling of retreat from heightened activity that comes with the shortening of the days. Thoughts turn […]

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 […]