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Culture Week in Nemiah Valley a 30-year Tradition

Culture Week in Nemiah Valley a 30-year Tradition

By Sage Birchwater – For the past 30 years, Naghtaneqed School in remote Nemiah Valley has held a culture week in mid-May that involves all the children in the school and many elders and volunteers in the community. This unique program initiated by Marty Solomon and June Williams in 1987 was created to preserve the […]

Conservation Conversation: Got the Blue Box Blues – Introducing WASTE BUSTERS

Conservation Conversation: Got the Blue Box Blues – Introducing WASTE BUSTERS

By Mary Forbes, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society – While attempting to recycle have you ever thought… “Why should I recycle when my neighbour doesn’t even bother?” “What’s the point? My impact is tiny compared to a giant corporation.” “It’s too late to recycle – the problems facing our species are greater than where I put […]

Sawmill Training Provided to Yunesit’in Community Members

Sawmill Training Provided to Yunesit’in Community Members

By Veronica Meldrum – The Yunesit’in Government recently began training community members in the operation of a portable saw mill as part of the Forest to Frame project. This project strives to provide employment opportunities within the community by actively involving Yunesit’in people from the “Forest” stage of harvesting to the “Frame” stage of constructing […]

Waste Wise | Curbside Recycling Contamination

Waste Wise | Curbside Recycling Contamination

By Tera Grady – Residents who receive curbside recycling collection have the convenience of mixing their fibre and container packaging and printed paper items together. However, did you know that foam packaging (Styrofoam), plastic bags, and glass are not allowed in curbside collection? These items need to be collected separately and taken to a Recycle […]

National Aboriginal Day: Embracing unity and diversity

National Aboriginal Day: Embracing unity and diversity

By LeRae Haynes – A truly diverse and captivating annual highlight will hit the streets of Williams Lake on Wednesday, June 21 when the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council’s National Aboriginal Day celebration takes place.   Embracing diversity and unity, the event includes an outstanding parade and a range of presentations, activities, and vendors in the […]

Industry | Rail Ties Be Wise Update

Industry | Rail Ties Be Wise Update

Submitted by citizens’ group, Rail Ties Be Wise – Appealing an action by a provincial ministry is not for the faint of heart or the short of patience. Rail Ties Be Wise –the local citizen group challenging rail tie burning in Williams Lake – is finding that out through experience. Atlantic Power Corporation has received […]

Cigarette Recycling Campaign Project

Cigarette Recycling Campaign Project

By Megan Rempel – Despite seeming insignificant, cigarette butts are the largest contributor to litter out of all plastic products found along Canada’s shorelines. Four and a half trillion butts are littered every year. The cigarette filters are non-biodegradable, causing them to clog urban spaces and eventually pollute our earth’s aquatic systems. The Cigarette Recycling […]

Conservation | Public Participation and Forestry Planning: A Personal Account

Conservation | Public Participation and Forestry Planning: A Personal Account

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

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

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

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

Stewardship | Education & Action are Key to Successful Beekeeping

Stewardship | Education & Action are Key to Successful Beekeeping

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

ENVIRONMENT | Judgment

By Ray Grigg – We are living in a time like no other in human history. The environmental decisions we make today and in the next few years will determine our planet’s climate stability and the direction of human destiny for centuries to come. Perhaps everyone alive at any given moment in the past has […]

ENVIRONMENT | Beyond Capitalism: Moving forward in reverse

By Lisa Bland, Publisher, Editor in Chief of TheGreenGazette – The past year has been a whirlwind. As I look back at the topics in my news feed, I consider how mind boggling it might have been even five years ago to walk into the complexity of topics, choices, and stimulus we process daily in […]

TRAVEL | Walking and Eating in Tuscany

TRAVEL | Walking and Eating in Tuscany

  By Pat Teti – My wife and I love Italy—the people, food, history, architecture, and long walks. Our idea of a perfect holiday is to wake up in a small town, have coffee, pack a lunch, spend most of the day walking trails and country roads, eat a big dinner, sleep well, and repeat. […]

FIRST NATIONS | Positive Impact of BC Elders Gathering: The ripples continue

FIRST NATIONS | Positive Impact of BC Elders Gathering: The ripples continue

By LeRae Haynes – There is still an air of excitement in the air from the 40th annual BC Elders Gathering that took place in Williams Lake this July. Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Ann Louie said she was incredibly inspired by the event, and that it was an honour to have it in Williams […]

HEALTH ISSUES | National Toxicology Program Report on Cancer Risk from Cellphone Radiation

HEALTH ISSUES | National Toxicology Program Report on Cancer Risk from Cellphone Radiation

By Dr. Joel Moskowitz –  On May 26, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institutes of Health issued the first in a series of reports that contains partial findings from their long-awaited $25 million study of the cancer risk from cellphone radiation. This report summarizes the study of long-term exposure to cell phone […]

FIRST NATIONS | 40th Annual Elders Gathering Celebrating BC First Nations in Williams Lake July 12-14

FIRST NATIONS | 40th Annual Elders Gathering Celebrating BC First Nations in Williams Lake July 12-14

By LeRae Haynes – More than 2,000 First Nations Elders from across the province are expected to arrive in the Cariboo mid-July to share and celebrate the heritage of BC First Nations. Over the past 40 years the Annual BC Elders Gathering has become the top event for Elders to celebrate continued education in the […]

CONSERVATION | Divest from Damage and Invest in a Healthier Future

CONSERVATION | Divest from Damage and Invest in a Healthier Future

  By David Suzuki – If people keep rapidly extracting and burning fossil fuels, there’s no hope of meeting the 2015 Paris Agreement climate change commitments. To ensure a healthy, hopeful future for humanity, governments must stick to their pledge to limit global warming to 1.5 or 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels by 2050. […]

INDUSTRY | Opinion: A Follow Up to Rail Tie Burning Concerns in Williams Lake

INDUSTRY | Opinion: A Follow Up to Rail Tie Burning Concerns in Williams Lake

  By Sage Birchwater –   It’s been a year now since Atlantic Power Corporation (APC) unveiled its plan to ask the Ministry of Environment for permission to burn millions of railway ties as feedstock for its Williams Lake biomass-fuelled energy plant.   Provincial environmental regulators haven’t given their answer yet, but many people in […]

CONSERVATION | Canadian Environment Week: Environmental sustainability is not optional

CONSERVATION | Canadian Environment Week: Environmental sustainability is not optional

  By Jessica Kirby – Canadian Environment Week runs June 5 – 11 this year, and is a prime example of just how great days of awareness can be, because it does so many amazing things correctly: the festivities last an entire week, the majority of initiatives are municipally implemented, and the observance activities are […]

ENVIRONMENT | Invasive Plants in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast Region

ENVIRONMENT | Invasive Plants in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast Region

Invasive plants are non-native plants that have been introduced to BC and have detrimental economic, environmental, and health effects on local humans, livestock, and wildlife. Also known as noxious weeds or alien species, they are far more aggressive than other common garden or lawn weeds. Economic impacts of invasive plants include reduced forage quality and […]

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 […]

ENVIRONMENT | Tracking Spring Migration in the Cariboo-Chilcotin

ENVIRONMENT | Tracking Spring Migration in the Cariboo-Chilcotin

By Phil Ranson – May 14 is International Migratory Bird Day, which I confess holds about as much significance for me as Red Tape Reduction Day, which, incidentally, was on March 2 and I missed it. Not that I don’t have a keen interest in migratory birds. In fact, much of my spring is devoted […]

INDUSTRY | Opinion: Atlantic Power – Burning questions about railway ties

INDUSTRY | Opinion: Atlantic Power – Burning questions about railway ties

  By Sage Birchwater  – Controversy is brewing over Atlantic Power Corporation’s bid to increase the volume of creosote-laden railway ties it is allowed to burn in its biomass-fired energy plant in Williams Lake. When the facility began operating in 1993 it signed a 25-year energy purchase agreement (EPA) with BC Hydro to provide 66 […]

SUSTAINABILITY | Potato House 2016:  Check Out Our New Digs

SUSTAINABILITY | Potato House 2016: Check Out Our New Digs

Over 2016 you will see a lot of action at the Potato House as we renovate to create a mini Community Hall. With funding from Northern Development Initiative Trust and crowdsource funding from the National Trust for Canada, we will be able to build a washroom on the first floor with a pull cord toilet, […]

ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | Travelling Out of the Box

ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | Travelling Out of the Box

By Pat Teti – If you buy locally produced meat or vegetables, you are probably connected to a worldwide network of travellers who help grow those meats and veggies. Their idea of a holiday is to live and work on a small farm or ranch far from their home for weeks at a time in […]

OPINION | Think Globally, Act Locally – Principles of Addressing Climate Change

OPINION | Think Globally, Act Locally – Principles of Addressing Climate Change

By Sage Birchwater – Climate change touches all of us in different ways. When I came to the Cariboo-Chilcotin in 1973, we had “real” winters. Temperatures would drop to forty or fifty below for days or weeks at a time, and this was considered normal. Two decades later these extended periods of extreme cold happened […]

ENVIRONMENT | Sustainable Development Goals Offer a Path to Prosperity

ENVIRONMENT | Sustainable Development Goals Offer a Path to Prosperity

By David Suzuki – My grandparents came here from Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. Although it would be a one-way trip, the perilous journey across the Pacific was worth the risk. They left behind extreme poverty for a wealth of opportunity. But Canada was different then, a racist country built on policies […]

FIRST NATIONS | Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and NStQ Treaty Group announce  February 11 Agreement-in-Principle Treaty Referendum Polling Stations

FIRST NATIONS | Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and NStQ Treaty Group announce February 11 Agreement-in-Principle Treaty Referendum Polling Stations

  The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and its affiliated NStQ Treaty Society is holding the Agreement-in-Principle (AiP) referendum on Thursday February 11, with community polling stations open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. NStQ band members 18 years of age and older are eligible to vote at their own bands’ polling station only. The ballot […]

SCIENCE MATTERS | ENVIRONMENT | Sustainable Development Goals Offer a Path to Prosperity

SCIENCE MATTERS | ENVIRONMENT | Sustainable Development Goals Offer a Path to Prosperity

By David Suzuki — Sustainable development means different things to different people. The concept was popularized in 1987 by the groundbreaking Brundtland Commission report to the United Nations, “Our Common Future.” Over the past three decades it has entered conversations around global poverty, health, environmental quality, and social justice. It’s even been used to rationalize the […]

INDUSTRY | Beautiful Destruction

INDUSTRY | Beautiful Destruction

By Brandon Hoffman — Working at the Arts Centre a couple weeks ago, I was visited by Louis Helbig, Kristin Reimer, and their son Oscar. They were looking for a venue on extremely short notice to host a discussion about Louis’ new book Beautiful Destruction. I thought the title seemed familiar and, after hearing their description […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Maintaining Diversity Below the Species Level: Key to long-term survival of BC’s freshwater fish

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Maintaining Diversity Below the Species Level: Key to long-term survival of BC’s freshwater fish

By Mike Stamford — In his book, Freshwater Fishes of British Columbia, Don McPhail elegantly describes how glaciation events have influenced the diversity and distribution of our freshwater fishes. Upwards of 20 glaciations are thought to have occurred during the two and half million years of the Pleistocene, each separated by a warm interglacial period, similar […]

NEWS | SCIENCE | Celebrating BC Rivers Day in light of Mt. Polley Mine Breach

NEWS | SCIENCE | Celebrating BC Rivers Day in light of Mt. Polley Mine Breach

  By LeRae Haynes — Strategically located to provide immediate and ongoing data on the Mt. Polley Mine breach, the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Quesnel River Research Centre has been a source of important information on the breach for the past year. Research scientists at the facility include centre manager Sam Albers, who […]

NEWS | BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium in Williams Lake

NEWS | BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium in Williams Lake

  By LeRae Haynes — The City of Williams Lake has been chosen to host an upcoming BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium October 2 – 4, thanks to the vision and hard work of people like Thomas Schoen and Mark Savard from the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium. The symposium, a gathering of creative minds from […]

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 […]

INDUSTRY | Atlantic Power Seeks 10-Year Contract Extension with BC Hydro

INDUSTRY | Atlantic Power Seeks 10-Year Contract Extension with BC Hydro

By Sage Birchwater — Atlantic Power Corporation, owner of the biomass-fuelled electricity generation plant in Williams Lake, wants to burn old railway ties to fuel its 66-megawatt facility. The plant, which can burn up to 600,000 tons of wood fibre per year, has been in operation since 1993 on the strength of a 25-year energy […]

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

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

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

ECOLOGY | The Care and Feeding of Soil

ECOLOGY | The Care and Feeding of Soil

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

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Bees in Trouble

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Bees in Trouble

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

CONSERVATION | Thoughts from a Passionate Recycler

CONSERVATION | Thoughts from a Passionate Recycler

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

ARTS & CULTURE | Cuba 2015

ARTS & CULTURE | Cuba 2015

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

ENVIRONMENT | Oceans Day

ENVIRONMENT | Oceans Day

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

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 […]

CONSERVATION | International Migratory Bird Day

CONSERVATION | International Migratory Bird Day

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

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Plant Speak

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Plant Speak

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

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

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

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

ENVIRONMENT | Plastic Panties and Eyes Glued Shut

ENVIRONMENT | Plastic Panties and Eyes Glued Shut

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

INDUSTRY | Roundup: To spray or not to spray?

INDUSTRY | Roundup: To spray or not to spray?

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

CONSERVATION | Earth Hour

CONSERVATION | Earth Hour

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

CONSERVATION | BOOK REVIEW: Talk About Books

CONSERVATION | BOOK REVIEW: Talk About Books

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

ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | Encounters with the Unknown

ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | Encounters with the Unknown

  By Ciel Patenaude — A happy new year to you all! I hope that the holidays were a peaceful yet transformative time. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend this past December in the southern hemisphere, exploring the city and jungle wilds of Peru and Bolivia with a good friend. The trip […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CLIMATE CHANGE | The Five Most Important Climate Solutions for Small Towns in BC

CLIMATE CHANGE | The Five Most Important Climate Solutions for Small Towns in BC

  By Guy Dauncey —   1. Make a Sustainable Transportation Commitment Aim for zero-carbon future local transportation by creating a walkable downtown community with a great local cycling environment, and by adopting the best policies for ridesharing, car-sharing, transit, transportation demand management, and electric vehicles. Island Rideshare, Pender Island Car Stops, Kootenay Rideshare, and […]

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 […]

NEWS IN REVIEW | FIRST NATIONS | 2014 – A Year of Change for First Nations and All Canadians

NEWS IN REVIEW | FIRST NATIONS | 2014 – A Year of Change for First Nations and All Canadians

  By Sage Birchwater — It’s hard to see the forest for the trees sometimes, but in a decade or two, or maybe some time in the next century, we’ll look back on 2014 as the year Canada finally came of age. The year Canada finally did the right thing by First Nations. The June […]

AGRICULTURE | Bill-24: Disabling the Agricultural Land Reserve

AGRICULTURE | Bill-24: Disabling the Agricultural Land Reserve

By Van Andruss — The original ALR, or Agricultural Land Reserve, came into effect in 1973 under the influence of Dave Barrett and the NDP government. It was obvious to the Barrett government that prime farmland in BC was vanishing at an alarming rate under the pressure of “development,” for instance, 6,000 hectares per year […]

INDUSTRY | Political Economics

INDUSTRY | Political Economics

By Ray Grigg — Most economists like to think that economics is a science. So they advance economic theories, governments confidently design economic policies, politicians vigorously justify their economic action plans, and the lives of countless people are guided by strategies that are presented as necessities. Success is guaranteed by assiduously following the rules. This, […]

AGRICULTURE | Agriculture Bill (C-18) will Undermine Canada’s Food Sovereignty

AGRICULTURE | Agriculture Bill (C-18) will Undermine Canada’s Food Sovereignty

Food Secure Canada (FSC) is expressing strong concern about the orientation of Bill C-18, the Agriculture Growth Act. Introduced by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Bill C-18 is a wide-ranging piece of legislation that would modify many other laws. Overall, the proposed changes would further undermine the resilience of our farming sector and entrench corporate control […]

CONSERVATION | The Poet Place in the Klinaklini Valley Expands Nature Conservancy Footprint

CONSERVATION | The Poet Place in the Klinaklini Valley Expands Nature Conservancy Footprint

By Sage Birchwater — Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) made a key acquisition in the Chilcotin this spring, with the purchase of the picturesque 470-acre Poet Place in the Klinaklini Valley. The property, located 250 km west of Williams Lake and a dozen kilometres down the Klinaklini Valley from Highway 20, is book-ended by two […]

NEWS IN REVIEW | INDUSTRY | Mount Polley: Two months later

NEWS IN REVIEW | INDUSTRY | Mount Polley: Two months later

By Sage Birchwater — It’s been a long two months since August 4 when a breach of Mount Polley Mine’s tailings storage facility near Likely dumped 17 million cubic meters of effluent and eight million cubic meters of mine tailings solids into the pristine, salmon-bearing waters of Quesnel Lake. In a matter of hours one […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Endangered Animals: Our choices make a difference

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Endangered Animals: Our choices make a difference

By Jessica Kirby — According to a report authored by Rodolfo Dirzo, Hillary S. Young, et al, called “Defaunation in the Anthropocene,” the world is right in the middle of its sixth extinction. We owe the last and most famous extinction to the asteroid that took out the dinosaurs, but we have no naturally disastrous […]

ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | Adventures in Spanish Kitchens

ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | Adventures in Spanish Kitchens

By Pat Teti — Two weeks living and working with a middle-aged couple in a small town in northeastern Spain sounded like a great way to sample a distinctive culture outside the normal tourism envelope.” “Pat, could you sing Happy Birthday to my mother”? Pep asked from the other end of the large dinner table. […]

NEWS IN REVIEW | INDUSTRY | Mt. Polley Mine Disaster: More Questions than Answers

NEWS IN REVIEW | INDUSTRY | Mt. Polley Mine Disaster: More Questions than Answers

By Sage Birchwater — There are more questions than answers concerning the August 4 breach of Mount Polley Mine’s tailings facility near Likely, BC. It’s being called the single worst environmental disaster in British Columbia’s history. And that’s before all the details are in. The full impact of millions of tons of toxic mining waste […]

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 […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Don’t Give Away Our Forest Lands!

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Don’t Give Away Our Forest Lands!

By Van Andruss — This year the BC government carried out an online public inquiry called an “Area Based Forest Tenure Consultation,” which ended May 30, 2014. Advertised as a response to a dwindling timber supply and particularly to the devastating beetle kill of the past decade, the Consultation invited comment on a proposal regarding […]

HEALTH ISSUES | SCIENCE | Little Bodies Out of Sync?

HEALTH ISSUES | SCIENCE | Little Bodies Out of Sync?

Why Electromagnetic Fields and Wireless Radiofrequency Radiation Exposures Matter for People with Autism Spectrum Conditions — By Cindy Sage, MA, Sage Associates, Santa Barbara, CA USA: Co-Editor, BioInitiative Reports (2007 and 2012) — Ask any parent-to-be about their top concerns for a new baby or for their young children and they will often say autism. Parents […]

FIRST NATIONS | Upper Fraser Salmon Sustainability

FIRST NATIONS | Upper Fraser Salmon Sustainability

By LeRae Haynes — Protecting and conserving sustainable salmon stocks and supporting First Nations in becoming re-engaged with their traditional economy is the mission and the primary goal of the Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance (UFFCA). In partnership with the Tsilhqot’in National Government, Xeni Gwet’in, and the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council (NSTC), the alliance is […]

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 […]

SCIENCE | What’s in your well? Part 4

SCIENCE | What’s in your well? Part 4

— How do I fix the problem with my well? By A. K. (Sandy) Amy — You’ve had your well water tested, and have received a report from your water testing service provider or laboratory. The report shows that one or more of the parameters tested for does not meet the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines. […]

CLIMATE CHANGE | Choices:  Selecting the Climate We Want

CLIMATE CHANGE | Choices: Selecting the Climate We Want

By Ray Grigg — Choices are one of the many benefits provided by our modern, affluent, consumer culture. A television universe of 500 channels should provide something for everyone’s viewing preferences. Toothpaste? More different kinds than can be imagined. Breakfast cereal? The varieties are overwhelming. Cars? A model with specifications for every possible need. Don’t […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | The Future of Tourism is Green

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | The Future of Tourism is Green

By Jessica Kirby — Thirty years ago, there was no ecotourism. There was tourism, which meant going to unfamiliar places in a recreational state of mind, but the prefix “eco” was reserved for more traditional concepts like “ecology” and “economy,” and not at all for a gentler, and greener way of interacting with nature. Ecotourism […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | ECO TOURISM AND TRAVEL | Hidden Gold: History, art, and adventure in Wells and Barkerville, BC

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | ECO TOURISM AND TRAVEL | Hidden Gold: History, art, and adventure in Wells and Barkerville, BC

By Lisa Bland — This summer, if you fancy heading out on a road trip with stunning scenery and extra ordinary adventure, why not follow a section of the old Cariboo Waggon Road, a route of days gone by that leads to hidden historical tourism gems tucked in the Cariboo Mountains. Taking a right-hand turn […]

SCIENCE | A Report on Precarious Civilizations

SCIENCE | A Report on Precarious Civilizations

By Ray Grigg — Anthropologists such as Ronald Wright in his book, A Short History of Progress, and physiologist Jared Diamond in his, Collapse, are not the only ones noting the precarious condition of civilizations. Now, a report by a multi-disciplinary team of natural and social scientists from the University of Maryland, led by an […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | WILD HARVESTING | Inviting Wild Mushrooms into your Kitchen

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | WILD HARVESTING | Inviting Wild Mushrooms into your Kitchen

By Bill Chapman — As the snow of another stubborn winter finally recedes, one cry that won’t be heard across the Cariboo is, “Time to watch for the snowbank mushrooms,” or “Hark, morel mushroom season fast approaches; find the baskets!” Sadly these are not common thoughts in spring in the Cariboo and more is the pity […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | National Wildlife Week: Seeking the Soul in Nature

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | National Wildlife Week: Seeking the Soul in Nature

By Ciel Patenaude —  What is often seen as the “childlike” tendency to attribute human qualities to animals and the rest of the nonhuman world has long been criticized as undeveloped thinking by many so-called sophisticated realists and philosophers. Viewed as a process of immature “psychological projection”—the process through which a person unconsciously rejects his […]

AGRICULTURE | All is Fair in Love and… Fairtrade

AGRICULTURE | All is Fair in Love and… Fairtrade

By Jessica Kirby — There are many ways to ring in spring, but none that will have the same global impact as Fair Trade Fortnight – Fairtrade Canada’s two-week, all out celebration of reigning fairness and decency down on the global marketplace. We’ve all seen the stickers and fingered through the pamphlets, but what do […]

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 […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | The Marsh Book

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | The Marsh Book

By Ray Grigg — A unique kind of book is being written at Edgewood Blue in British Columbia’s Upper Clearwater Valley. Instead of using words, paragraphs, and pages, Trevor Goward has been using water, soil, and plants. His ideas are not expressed with phrases, sentences, or punctuation but in channels, islands, and stones. Goward’s “book” […]

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 […]

LOCAL FOODS | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Life with Honey Bees: We’re in this Together

LOCAL FOODS | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Life with Honey Bees: We’re in this Together

By Diane Dunaway — The relationship between humans and honey bees goes back a long way. Cave art from an estimated 8,000 years ago shows a honey-gatherer risking life and limb in pursuit of a sweet reward. Bees and flowers go back even further in their connection. They’ve co-evolved for over 10 million years. The […]

POLICY | CETA is a Bad Deal for Canada

POLICY | CETA is a Bad Deal for Canada

By Van Andruss — On October 18, after four years of negotiations, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, signed a “tentative” CETA agreement in Brussels. CETA stands for Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, and is said by Harper to be the biggest trade deal Canada has ever made, […]

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 […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | An Interview with Herb Hammond on Changes in Forest Policy

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | An Interview with Herb Hammond on Changes in Forest Policy

By Van Andruss — Over the years it has been my privilege to know Herb Hammond. Herb has devoted his career to promoting ecosystem-based forestry. In 1992, he and Susan Hammond created the Silva Forest Foundation. Since then the Foundation has worked to create ecosystem-based conservation plans and ecosystem maps with many communities throughout Canada. […]

ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | SHARK ATTACK !?!

ECO TOURISM & TRAVEL | ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | SHARK ATTACK !?!

By Chuck Handy — I don’t know about you, but I grew up with a fear of sharks. In my mind they were all voracious eaters of human beings. There is just something about the way I was brought up that made it all true in my mind. So the first time I went on […]

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Wild Forests

ECOLOGY | WILDLIFE | Wild Forests

By Ray Grigg — Real forests are wild. The forests of human contrivance are tree farms, plantations, monocultures, timber supply areas. Such clusters of trees may superficially appear to be real forests, but they are less complex, less organic, less living, and therefore, less enduring. And they were handicapped by their beginnings. Instead of originating […]

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 […]

SCIENCE | HEALTH ISSUES | Cellphones and Health

SCIENCE | HEALTH ISSUES | Cellphones and Health

By Dr. Joel Moskowitz — In the last issue we explored the potential hazards of electromagnetic radiation from iPad use. We learned about warnings from the European parliaments and doctors’ associations in various countries, and discussed the differences between pulsed digital wireless signals and continuous analogue radio waves. This time we are pleased to invite […]