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Fraser River Salmon in Trouble – Big Bar Landslide

Fraser River Salmon in Trouble – Big Bar Landslide

With the lowest return of Fraser River Sockeye salmon expected since records began in 1893, Fraser River salmon are in peril. Not only do they face a massive rock slide, but a slew of other challenges like climate change, habitat loss, pollution, and fish farms. For months, crews have heroically captured salmon, flying them over […]

World Rivers Day – Helping to Protect and Increase Global Awareness About Rivers

World Rivers Day – Helping to Protect and Increase Global Awareness About Rivers

By Jessica Kirby – Mark Angelo has had a love of rivers and fascination with moving water since he was a boy. As a teenager, he became an avid paddler and fly fisher, and throughout the 70s he spent a lot of time exploring BC rivers in every region of the province, including a summer-long […]

The Green New Deal: Voting for Hope

The Green New Deal: Voting for Hope

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Every time we see a headline about climate change, it should inspire hope. Although the situation is dire, headlines validate climate change, put it in front of the people who can create change, and inspire people who can demand action. In Canada, these headlines will be especially […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki |  Let the Children Vote?

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Let the Children Vote?

By David Suzuki – Young people have been speaking out for their rights. Many are wise beyond their years. Without the blinkers of ideology, workaday priorities, and ingrained values, they can see clearly what’s happening. They’ve had to step up for their own futures because too few of their elders are willing to accept that […]

Publisher’s Letter – Falling for the Earth

Publisher’s Letter – Falling for the Earth

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, The Green Gazette – Dear Readers, Now that fall is here, the desire to hold onto summer has slowly transformed into an appreciation for what the season brings. The wet Cariboo summer and fleeting hot, sunny days, although unusual, brought lush growth to the Earth and were a blessing in contrast […]

Finding Active Hope Through Climate Grief

Finding Active Hope Through Climate Grief

By Erin Hitchcock – In late summer I can still smell the wildflowers from my open window, while bees franticly scoop up as much nectar and pollen as they can before the days get colder and winter sings them all to sleep. The life around me is beautiful. I feel so much love for this […]

Gridless in Paradise

Gridless in Paradise

By Ron Young – “Off the grid” seems like such harsh terminology almost implying an accidental condition. It’s a First World reference that means living without connection to the electricity grid of the industrialized world but in many ways also independent of a lot of other constraints that most of us have become conditioned to […]

Hiking with Kids: Planning Your Backpacking Adventure This Summer

Hiking with Kids: Planning Your Backpacking Adventure This Summer

By Jessica Kirby – There certainly are things harder to do with children–grocery shopping, eating in a fancy restaurant, sleeping through the night–but backpacking doesn’t have to be one of them. With adequate planning and a few creative tricks it can be a marvelous way to get out into the wilderness with the family, burn […]

Silencing the Songbirds: Southeast Asia’s illegal and unsustainable trade is pushing a multitude of songbird species towards extinction.

Silencing the Songbirds: Southeast Asia’s illegal and unsustainable trade is pushing a multitude of songbird species towards extinction.

By Chris R. Shepherd – Having birds around is something most Canadians take for granted. Spring, especially, is full of bird songs as the migrants return and mating season’s singing rituals commence. However, in some parts of the world, these songs are being silenced by the illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade. Globally, the illegal wildlife […]

Science Matters | We Must Reverse Biodiversity Loss to Save Ourselves

Science Matters | We Must Reverse Biodiversity Loss to Save Ourselves

By David Suzuki – We should appreciate nature for its own sake. After all, we’re part of it. We must also recognize that nature gives us what we need to stay healthy and survive. What we do to nature, we do to ourselves. Healthy oceans and the plankton they support give us most of the […]

Electric Car – So Good So Far

Electric Car – So Good So Far

By Lisa Hilton – As our eight-year-old zips around the yard on his little electric dirt bike, courtesy of Canadian Tire, I can’t help but ponder the future of electric travel. It seems that the electric travel industry took a hundred-year hiatus, but since the turn of the millennia, it’s come sizzling back with a […]

Scenes from the Puddle: Mountain Biking Around Williams Lake

Scenes from the Puddle: Mountain Biking Around Williams Lake

By Shawn Lewis – Williams Lake, aka the Puddle, is not unique in being home to great mountain biking. Sure, we have been dubbed the Shangri-La of mountain biking by Bike Magazine, and most recently called “BC’s Best Adventure Town,” by Explore magazine, but we live in a beautiful province filled with amazing sites and […]

World Environment Day Highlights Air Pollution

World Environment Day Highlights Air Pollution

By Erin Hitchcock – One of the best ways to challenge climate change is by tackling air pollution, and we all have our own unique roles to play. Whether pledging to stop idling, reducing consumption, or actively pressuring for change there is something each one of us can do and we need to start immediately. […]

Arts on the Fly’s Annual Summer Festival in Beautiful Horsefly, BC

Arts on the Fly’s Annual Summer Festival in Beautiful Horsefly, BC

Article By Brandon Hoffman, Artistic Director, Arts on the Fly Festival – Arts on the Fly’s annual summer festival is set to fly again, July 12 and 13 in beautiful downtown Horsefly, BC. This year brings a bouquet of exciting new acts to the Cariboo, plus just as many tried-and-true favourites. The Sadies are a […]

Lost and Found  on Quadra Island

Lost and Found on Quadra Island

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor – It was an easy mistake, something any one of us could have done. But whether any one of us would have survived unscathed is a different question entirely. It was mid-November 2018 when Roberta Robson (75) and Karen Talbot (69) left a home on the north end of Quadra […]

Swan Song Festival: A Nation-wide Festival Celebrating Life through Death

Swan Song Festival: A Nation-wide Festival Celebrating Life through Death

By Angela Gutzer and Nicola Finch, Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network – The swan symbolizes grace, beauty, love, and transformation. She signifies beauty in the aging process—the shedding of our undesirable characteristics on the path to re-connecting to our eternal inner light. She teaches us to use courage as we hit the pitfalls of life and […]

Three Paths to Solar Power

Three Paths to Solar Power

By Ron Young – In much of the world solar energy is rapidly becoming mainstream power. In Germany, one of the world’s most industrialized nations, renewables overtook coal as the leading source of power and now account for 41 per cent of the country’s electricity. Germany recently announced that it will begin to shut down […]

Scout Island Supports Migratory Species and Bird Enthusiasts

Scout Island Supports Migratory Species and Bird Enthusiasts

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of The Green Gazette – Birdwatching is turning heads among North American hobbyists. In fact, nature-based activities like wildlife viewing have grown exponentially in Western Canada over the past decade and the reasons are not a surprise: being in nature is exciting, educational, and healthy, and we all feel better for […]

The heART of the Matter: Celebrating 50 years for Community Arts Council

The heART of the Matter: Celebrating 50 years for Community Arts Council

By Venta Rutkauskas – Art saved my life. How about you? Each artist’s journey is akin to their fingerprint. It’s why I adore interviewing them, searching the sands of their process for clues or pearls of insight that might decode the art they make. I do this, I chase the spark of inspiration in others […]

Green Up Your Spring-Cleaning Routine:  Your Body ­(and the Planet!) Will Thank You

Green Up Your Spring-Cleaning Routine: Your Body ­(and the Planet!) Will Thank You

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – Here in British Columbia, winter extends from mid-November to late-April, depending on the region. In some places, the snow never stays very long while in other far-flung regions the icy chill refuses to let go until well past May Day. Over the winter, we’ve retreated to our warm, indoor spaces […]

New Year Perspective: Declutter for Life

New Year Perspective: Declutter for Life

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

Fraser Watershed Initiative Watershed Restoration Conference 2019

Fraser Watershed Initiative Watershed Restoration Conference 2019

The Fraser River is the most productive salmon producing watershed on the planet and one of the most biologically diverse in North America. It covers one quarter of British Columbia and has been the unceded, untreatied home to almost 100 Indigenous nations for over 12,000 years. Despite the watershed’s significance to communities, industry, and cultures, […]

Publisher’s Letter: Transformation—Turning Fifty

Publisher’s Letter: Transformation—Turning Fifty

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – Well folks, we’ve finally made it to issue #50 of TheGreenGazette. If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that each step was made possible through the support of the amazing people and businesses of the Cariboo Region, and many others from BC and beyond contributing to a monumental collective effort. Fifty […]

Raising Amadeus: Saying goodbye

Raising Amadeus: Saying goodbye

By Terri Smith – As I write this, Amadeus is dying. That’s not how I wanted to begin, but there it is. I just wanted you to know. If you are reading this, chances are he has touched your life in some way and it’s good to be able to say goodbye. He’s gone now. […]

Wireless Wisdom: Unplugging for more than mindfulness

Wireless Wisdom: Unplugging for more than mindfulness

By Alison Main – The digital world has taken over our lives. There are millions of apps to explore, snaps to share, friends to “Like,” emojis to text, and emails to follow us wherever we roam. Undoubtedly, this communication stream increases our productivity. But what are the consequences of this wirelessly interconnected world—not just for […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki |  Will the world act on climate change before it’s too late?

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Will the world act on climate change before it’s too late?

By David Suzuki – When our children and grandchildren and those of us still here in 20 years look back to this time, will we say it was when the world finally got serious about the climate crisis? Or will we mark a tragic time when political and business leaders prioritized short-term economic gain over […]

Tis the Season: Keeping your pets safe and happy

Tis the Season: Keeping your pets safe and happy

By LeRae Haynes – Sharing a fun holiday season with your four-legged loved ones can be a true delight. It’s the season of giving, celebration with family and friends, great food, outdoor adventures, and social festivities. It can also be a time of potential mishaps for pets. According to Dr. Anna Ree, veterinarian at Animal […]

This Year, Take a Christmas Chill Pill

This Year, Take a Christmas Chill Pill

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – “I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” ~ Robert Frost The results are in: our planet is in rough shape. No, we […]

Eco-friendly Homes with Mudgirls Natural Building Collective

Eco-friendly Homes with Mudgirls Natural Building Collective

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor – “Strong, connected, easy on the planet—these are the qualities of cob houses and of the astonishing group of women who construct them: the Mudgirls Natural Building Collective.” These words are straight out of a review of The Mudgirls Manifesto, a compelling and informative book released this year by the […]

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

By Dr Katie DeGroot, ND – At some point, you may have heard that fats are bad for you. But have you ever heard of omega 3 fatty acids, a kind of fat that is actually good for you? Omega 3 fatty acids are a type of fat that is critical to optimal health and […]

Blue Mind Citizen Science at La Duna Ecology Centre

Blue Mind Citizen Science at La Duna Ecology Centre

By Stephanie J. Rousso – Sixteen years of education can get you a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field. Upon graduation, the two primary choice paths are joining the scientific workforce or continuing onto a master’s degree or PhD. Yet, all the $200 textbooks and the dreamiest of dream jobs offer little in […]

A Passion for Home Brewing

A Passion for Home Brewing

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor – I’ll tell you a little something about beer: it’s not what you think. It’s actually better. If you aren’t a fan of the golden, bubbly nectar of awesome, well, I forgive you. But, I’ll bet you didn’t know beer boosts brain health—studies show a 20 percent decline in the […]

Making Space for Things to Happen

Making Space for Things to Happen

By Layna Chelsea and Heather Johnson – On July 12, 2018, Esk’et hosted Clayton Gauthier, Cree/Dakelh artist from Prince George, who facilitated the Canvas Art Project to share his teachings with selected community members. The four-day workshop took place in the community of Alkali Lake. Gauthier’s art portfolio consists of drawings, paintings, carvings, drum making, […]

Humane treatment from beginning to end

Humane treatment from beginning to end

By LeRae Haynes – Ensuring a humane, respectful end to an animal’s life is just as important as giving them a healthy life, according to the growing number of people who believe a healthy animal means healthy meat. Springhouse farmer Debbie Irvine is one of many producers who raise animals for meat and have chosen […]

Big Bear Ranch: From healthy animals to healthy meat

Big Bear Ranch: From healthy animals to healthy meat

By LeRae Haynes – Animals are raised with great care at Big Bear Ranch, where a high standard of animal welfare has been in place for decades. What the animals eat, how they live, and how they’re treated recently resulted in another successful inspection by Animal Welfare Approved (AWA), and a growing list of customers […]

Eco-friendly Camping: How Green Can you Go?

Eco-friendly Camping: How Green Can you Go?

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – You have choices when you plan your vacations. The world is a big place and there are a million roads, but what about getting off the roads, at least those well travelled? Connecting with nature has myriad benefits for your physical, emotional, and mental health and using […]

Performances in the Park 2018

Performances in the Park 2018

Performances in the Park is the place to be on a Thursday night. From July 5 to August 23, 2018, the Gwen Ringwood Theatre in Boitanio Park will light up each Thursday evening with awesome musical performances from 6–8 p.m., along with food vendors, face painting, and children’s activities. Arty the Artwalker and ArtWalk 2018 […]

Looking Back at Scout Island, Williams Lake – A Child’s Paradise

Looking Back at Scout Island, Williams Lake – A Child’s Paradise

By Sandra K. Klassen – As children in the 60s and 70s, my sister and I were members of the Blue Fin Swim Club. These were pre-swanky swimming pool days: our team trained at Scout Island. Our training took place within the confines of a set of square docks and we swam rain or shine. […]

Williams Lake Cycling Club: Autonomous Volunteerism

Williams Lake Cycling Club: Autonomous Volunteerism

By Shawn Lewis – Autonomous: Acting or free to act independently. Volunteerism: The use or involvement of volunteer labour, especially in community services. Two big words used to describe one very simple thing: volunteering on your own for the better of all. Williams Lake is blessed with more than 150 mountain bike trails and nearly […]

Confessions of a Farmer: Of Fiction, Fairies, and Farming

Confessions of a Farmer: Of Fiction, Fairies, and Farming

By Terri Smith – In my workshops I keep telling people that one of the most important things you can do for your garden is have it be a place that you love to spend time. If you enjoy hanging out in your garden, you are more likely to be in your garden more, which […]

Wildfire Information Expo and Family Barbeque

Wildfire Information Expo and Family Barbeque

The City of Williams Lake in partnership with the Cariboo Regional District and Ministry of Forests Lands Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development are hosting a Wildfire (Community) Information Expo and Barbeque May 30th at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. The free event has a number of themes/goals that will be of interest to many members […]

Generations of Esk’etemc: A youth film project

Generations of Esk’etemc: A youth film project

By Bettina Johnson – We recently wrapped up a two-week youth film documentary project, a mentoring program led by film-maker Jeremy Williams of River Voices Productions. This project was to engage our youth in the arts through film-making and help equip the next generation to grow in telling important Indigenous stories, of which there are […]

Mushroom Lecturer and Researcher Paul Stamets Visits Lillooet, BC

Mushroom Lecturer and Researcher Paul Stamets Visits Lillooet, BC

By Toby Mueller – On February 27, renowned mycologist Paul Stamets gave a presentation to a full hall at the P’egp’íg’lha Center, in the T’ít’q’et Community, Lillooet. Over 160 people came from all over St’át’imc Territory and beyond. Amlec, T’ít’q’et ‘s food security project, and Lillooet Food Matters, a local grass roots group, co-organized the […]

Muse Flash: Growing herbs for health

Muse Flash: Growing herbs for health

By Al-Lisa McKay – “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates Herbal medicine is an ancient medical system that has provided the world’s population with safe, effective, and affordable medicines for at least 60,000 years. Even today, the population of developing countries worldwide continues to rely heavily on plant medicines […]

Home Renos: Don’t Go Big, Go Green

Home Renos: Don’t Go Big, Go Green

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – We have an old house, on an old street. Our quiet cul de sac was constructed in 1972 and our house completed in 1975. By our neighbours’ standards, we are spring chickens, having resided here only since 2009, and our half-acre lots backing onto the forest are […]

Celebrating spring with the Williams Lake Garden Club

Celebrating spring with the Williams Lake Garden Club

By LeRae Haynes – You don’t have to be an astonishingly accomplished gardener to join the Williams Lake Garden Club, but with all the sharing of ideas, resources, inspiration, and expertise, you may turn into one. The group encourages and supports the horticultural interests of local residents through educational sessions that appeal to both experienced […]

A Chance at a Better Season

A Chance at a Better Season

By Kaitlyn Berry, WLFPC Food Action Coordinator – “And the Spring arose on the garden fair, like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.” “The Sensitive Plant” ~ by Percy Bysshe Shelley Spring is such a welcome season after […]

A Glimpse Into the World of Permaculture

A Glimpse Into the World of Permaculture

By Amy Quarry, Co-Owner of Long Table Grocery – Throughout this past year I have become fascinated by the concept of permaculture. The permaculture principles are most commonly applied to gardening and my family finds my interest in this subject very entertaining since my thumbs tend to be more black than green. Many a carrot […]

Elders Circle of Care – A Lifeline of Support

Elders Circle of Care – A Lifeline of Support

By Sage Birchwater – Most people in Williams Lake are probably unaware of the wide range of services provided by the Cariboo Friendship Society. Executive director Rosanna McGregor and social programs supervisor Tamara Garreau describe some of the work they do. “Our primary function is to provide support services for urban Aboriginal people,” says McGregor. […]

StrongStart and Nature: A perfect fit

StrongStart and Nature: A perfect fit

By LeRae Haynes – There are wonderful changes afoot with StrongStart in the Williams Lake area, with more nature emphasis and wilderness immersion. More children have more opportunities to love and enjoy the outdoors, expanding their horizons and enriching their lives. StrongStart, a free, play-based drop-in program for parents and little ones, is held in […]

Looking Back: Reflections on a journey down the Fraser River

Looking Back: Reflections on a journey down the Fraser River

By Petra Markova – It feels like yesterday our canoe landed at its final destination: the Jericho Sailing Centre in the Lower Mainland, for which we had set off 25 days earlier from Tête-Jaune Cache in BC’s north. It feels like yesterday I was first meeting the eight other participants and four facilitators who would […]

Our Endangered Salmon: No easy answers

Our Endangered Salmon: No easy answers

By Dr. Mike Pearson – The Fraser River Sockeye returns of 2017 were the lowest since recording began 124 years ago. Indeed, over half of Fraser Sockeye stocks – 15 of 24 – were recently listed as species at risk by the scientific body responsible for assessments. Eight of them were classified Endangered, defined as […]

A Plan for Health: Take one small step today

A Plan for Health: Take one small step today

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – It’s that time of year when people vow to make healthier life choices, get outside, quit a bad habit, eat healthier food, and tackle the world of better physical fitness. Though we charge forward into a new year ripe with ambition and focus, the best intentions can […]

Let Us Create An EcoRenaissance

Let Us Create An EcoRenaissance

By Guy Dauncey – I can feel this future. I have written a novel about it. I love its colour and vibrancy, its harmony with Nature. But what is its name? One of the realities of the spoken language is that unless a thing has a name, it doesn’t really exist. When we want to […]

Riding the Wave of Plastic Pollution Advocacy in Canada

Riding the Wave of Plastic Pollution Advocacy in Canada

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – There is a shift happening in Canada… can you feel it? If you’re of the environmental mindset (and you likely are if you’re perusing this publication), then you might already know where this is headed…across the country, Canadians are waking up to the revolution against single-use plastics, joining the fray, […]

A Critique of Forestry for the New NDP Government

A Critique of Forestry for the New NDP Government

Herb Hammond is the premier eco-system based forester in BC and probably the world. He has for years been director of the Silva Forest Foundation (www.Silvafor.org). In October of 2017, after the new NDP government came into office, Hammond wrote a letter to Premier Horgan; Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources Operations; […]

Let It Snow – Bring on the cross-country ski season

Let It Snow – Bring on the cross-country ski season

By Sandra K. Klassen – This year’s snowfall will bring welcome relief to those in the Cariboo who want to know the wildfires are out for sure. And a snowfall will have many locals dusting off their cross-country skis and readying them for this winter’s cross-country ski season, usually from November to April. Cross-country skiing […]

Death Kit: A Starter Pack on Dying

Death Kit: A Starter Pack on Dying

By Angela Gutzer – It is inevitable. We all will die. It part of the beautiful cycle of life. Although we can not change the fact that we will die, we can make decisions that may alter how we die. “WHY CLING” Why cling to one life till it is soiled and ragged? The sun […]

How Can We Tackle the Ominous, Smoke-Filled Climate Crisis?

How Can We Tackle the Ominous, Smoke-Filled Climate Crisis?

By Guy Dauncey – Let me be blunt: the terrible forest fires we experienced this summer have the footprint of climate change all over them. It’s just as the climate models predicted: less winter snowfall, more summer drought, more summer heat, more forest fires. The dead pine trees that provided so much fuel for the […]

Back in the Day: The Cure for Cabin Fever

Back in the Day: The Cure for Cabin Fever

By Kate McDonough – This winter has been exceptional, four feet of snow on the frozen ground. Our one-room log cabin down in the Kleena Kleene River Valley is truly isolated, the track was never plowed, and never will be. We have two horses, but they can’t plough their way through the formidable snow. Mike […]

Shop Local Movement – More Important than Ever

Shop Local Movement – More Important than Ever

By Beth Veenkamp, Economic Development Officer, City of Williams Lake – An indicator of economic prosperity in cities is a healthy and vibrant downtown core. This is accomplished when there is good pedestrian traffic that frequents local businesses, which are often independently owned and operated. Usually unique, and often eclectic, downtowns that offer a variety […]

Death: My journey through grief and the learning that followed

Death: My journey through grief and the learning that followed

By Angela Gutzer – “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” —Pierre Teilhard de Chardin This quote brought much solace to me as I entered the world of grief. It helped me elevate myself above the restriction and pain the human condition contains, and free […]

Community | Building Community Wealth for a New Economy

Community | Building Community Wealth for a New Economy

By Guy Dauncey – Imagine you are struggling to get by on a low income. For some, it doesn’t need much imagining. Now imagine that as well as not having much money, you live in a community where there is very little affordable housing, no subsidized daycare, no safe bike lanes, and only sporadic public […]

Arts & Culture | The Role of Art in Precarious Times

Arts & Culture | The Role of Art in Precarious Times

By Venta Rutkauskas – It was Nina Simone who said, “How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?” This question has come to mind frequently in recent weeks,  for the times demand that we speak out about injustice and stand up for a vision of tolerance, if not compassion and inclusivity. In […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Environmental Protection Act review could strengthen human rights

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Environmental Protection Act review could strengthen human rights

By David Suzuki – Governments change—along with laws, regulations, and priorities. It’s the nature of democracies. In Canada, we’ve seen environmental laws implemented, then weakened or overturned, then strengthened and re-instated. But the basic necessities of health, well-being, and life shouldn’t be subject to the shifting agendas of political parties. That’s why Canada should recognize […]

Community | Local Brewers Give Back to Cariboo Communities

Community | Local Brewers Give Back to Cariboo Communities

By Jessica Kirby – This summer will probably go down in history as one that brought upset and disruption to many people in the region; but also, it will be remembered for its community connections and those who came together to help. No exception to the crew of those eager to ease the burden for […]

Green Business Feature | Cariboo Handwoven – Colour, texture, and art

Green Business Feature | Cariboo Handwoven – Colour, texture, and art

By LeRae Haynes – Turning a creative spark into warmth, beauty, and comfort is at the heart of Cariboo Handwoven, where spinner/weaver Jane Perry takes local wool and colourful, quality, soft cotton from Quebec and weaves luxurious wool blankets, soft cotton blankets of all sizes, hand and bath towels, and classy scarves. She’s also started […]

Williams Lake Art Walk: Art bringing joy and pride to a community

Williams Lake Art Walk: Art bringing joy and pride to a community

By LeRae Haynes – Editors Note: The grand opening of the 2017 Artwalk Show and Sale takes place September 8 and runs to September 30. After a summer of disruption due to wildfires, with more than 50 participating merchants, the Williams Lake Artwalk Show and Sale is a great opportunity for the community to explore […]

Canada – The Next 150 Years

Canada – The Next 150 Years

By Guy Dauncey – We are amid celebrating our 150th anniversary since the Articles of Confederation were signed on Prince Edward Island in 1867. We look back and consider our recent history—but by looking backwards, we turn away from the future. Maybe that’s a useful, unconscious act because by almost any reckoning, the future looks […]

BC 2030 – Doing all the good we can

BC 2030 – Doing all the good we can

By Sharon Taylor – “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” I am always sceptical about quote attributions: John Wesley, […]

In Love With Stuff – Sharing with Your Community

In Love With Stuff – Sharing with Your Community

By Jennifer Clark – I’ve been living in Calgary since the beginning of December because my tiny house trailer project still needs a bathroom. Now that I’m here, I’ve found some great reasons to stay for a few years. I have family here, and there is inspiring work for me to do helping people grow […]

Agriculture Part 3: Realigning the culture of modern farming

Agriculture Part 3: Realigning the culture of modern farming

By David Zirnhelt – The context for this, the third of three articles for TheGreenGazette, is, how do we try to feed the world that, through industrialization and urbanization, is challenged to distribute our abundance? I would say the solutions to a world that produces enough food, but doesn’t get the distribution correct, lie in […]

No time Left to Waste: The rise of compostable trash

No time Left to Waste: The rise of compostable trash

By Oliver Berger – We see them everywhere. Utensils, stir sticks, disposable cups, plates, plastic bags, and even six-pack rings labelled compostable, biodegradable, earth-friendly, photo-degradable… what does all of this mean? From a scientific stand point, I have discovered it is important to be aware that the terms “biodegradable,” “compostable,” and “disintegration” are not the […]

Canada Parks – Discover and revel in the nation’s bounty

Canada Parks – Discover and revel in the nation’s bounty

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – It’s no longer a secret, a little-known fact, or exclusively the business of those living isolated on a mountain top. The facts are firmly in place: being outside is good for you. Time in the wild, among trees, and near water changes your brain chemistry. It elevates […]

Canadian Mosaic versus American melting pot

Canadian Mosaic versus American melting pot

By Sharon Taylor – If you grew up, like I did, in the 1960s and 70s, you will remember how we proudly compared the mosaic that was Canada to the melting pot that was the United States. While it was important for people who immigrated to the US to become American in every sense of […]

Environmental Protection: An inconvenient truth

Environmental Protection: An inconvenient truth

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – There are countless examples throughout our social history where information has been altered or destroyed, usually to fit the political or religious theme of the day. In contemporary terms, heightened environmental awareness sheds light on various ways sustainability and economic development as we traditionally know them don’t […]

Agriculture: The long View Part 2 – Agrarianism as a Sustainable Vision

Agriculture: The long View Part 2 – Agrarianism as a Sustainable Vision

By David Zirnhelt – I credit my mother with encouraging us to continue learning. I would be (and still am) inspired by heady ideals like “world peace” and using diplomacy rather than bombs to achieve noble ends like a “better society”. That lead me to studying international politics and seeking a career as a diplomat. […]

Green Business Feature | Two with Nature Foods: Flavour from the inside out

Green Business Feature | Two with Nature Foods: Flavour from the inside out

By LeRae Haynes – Bringing unique, beautiful healthy flavour to the table is at the heart of Two with Nature Foods, a 100 Mile House business owned by Diana Richter and Christiane Nauen. They use their certified organic WildCraft herbs to create a taste experience that brings customers back time after time. They mix organic […]

It’s Just Like Riding a Bike: Women and Mountain Biking

It’s Just Like Riding a Bike: Women and Mountain Biking

By Beth Holden – As the days get longer, I can hear my mountain bike calling. I can’t think of anything more empowering than hopping on my bike and peddling for hours. It feels so good to conquer a challenging climb, shred a technical steep descent, or hit a jump for the first time. As […]

Sacred Heart School: Caring for our common home

Sacred Heart School: Caring for our common home

By LeRae Haynes – Students from Sacred Heart School are embarking on an exciting project that includes habitat revitalization, outdoor classroom spaces, and gardens so each class can have its own bed. Principal Shirley Giroux said the project kicks off soon. “We’re bringing in the community to be part of this project,” she said, adding […]

Bee Audacious Gathering – Part One

Bee Audacious Gathering – Part One

By Diane Dunaway – More than a whim, on the third of June, 2016, a reminder came through the mail. Applications open for the Bee Audacious conference. Earlier in the day I’d busied myself capturing a small swarm in our home apiary. Here was an opportunity to join a larger one consisting of academics, researchers, […]

Country Living | A Wood-fired Pizza Oven for the Masses

Country Living | A Wood-fired Pizza Oven for the Masses

By Pat Teti – I’ve had the pleasure of using an outdoor pizza oven a couple of times and they are a joy, producing a thin char on dough and cheese that’s not possible in a domestic oven at 500 degrees F. A little bit of open flame can also impart a wonderful smoky flavour. […]

Agriculture: The Long View, and a New Green Revolution

Agriculture: The Long View, and a New Green Revolution

By David Zirnhelt – Many pastoralists and conservation farmers in the US voted for Donald Trump—by a strong majority, according to my reading. So maybe farming is a tribal activity and the resettler tribes of the land operate with a worldview that in part says we humans are a chosen race, destined by a higher […]

Community | Bread Peddler: Baking from the heart

Community | Bread Peddler: Baking from the heart

By LeRae Haynes – Kate Sulis and Tim Hathaway at the Bread Peddler in Wells bake bread that is good from the inside out and delicious from crust to crumb. It’s substantial, meaningful, beautiful food baked from the heart.  They create organic sourdough breads from freshly-milled whole grains, baked in a hand-built wood-fired oven with […]

Sustainability Change-makers Wanted for Fraser River Adventure

Sustainability Change-makers Wanted for Fraser River Adventure

Would you like to spend 25 days exploring the Mighty Fraser this summer? The Rivershed Society of BC is hosting its 14th annual Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP) from July 19–August 13, 2017, and is seeking sustainability leaders who dream of starting, or who may already be working on, sustainability initiatives to apply for this […]

Three Decades of Conservation in the West Chilcotin and Tatlayoko

Three Decades of Conservation in the West Chilcotin and Tatlayoko

By Peter Shaughnessy – Conservation work in the West Chilcotin and Tatlayoko has protected significant areas of habitat for a wide array of species. It took years of work, lots of compromise, and countless volunteer hours to accomplish this. The initial goal was to slow the headlong rush to extract natural resources, particularly timber, thus […]

Green Business Feature | Educo Adventure School Transforming Lives

Green Business Feature | Educo Adventure School Transforming Lives

Submitted by Educo Adventure School – Cariboo wilderness off-grid glory takes on a whole new meaning, transforming the lives of young people, thanks to Educo Adventure School. In the midst of beautiful lakes, mountains, and forests, kids gain resilience and confidence, and discover inherent inner strength and peace to thrive in an increasingly complex and […]

The Coupé Against Technology: Taking back control of our devices

The Coupé Against Technology: Taking back control of our devices

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Technology’s draw is undeniably changing the way we live, love, work, interact, and hunker down in privacy. Social media, apps, and various devices have their own language, rules, and etiquette, and their ubiquitous use demands change in our homes, workplaces, and personal lives. We create space and […]

Blessing the World: Random Acts of Kindness Day 2017

Blessing the World: Random Acts of Kindness Day 2017

By Ciel Patenaude – How often do you deliberately – and randomly –engage in an act of goodwill or kindness? I’m not speaking about doing something nice for someone you know or a returned favour for goodness offered to you, but a true extension of kindness to someone or something that likely will not ever […]

COMMUNITY | Small Town Love: Loving small business in Williams Lake

COMMUNITY | Small Town Love: Loving small business in Williams Lake

By LeRae Haynes – Small Town Love Williams Lake is a unique program that brings local, independently-owned businesses to the forefront, supports and promotes them, and reminds us all how important they are to our local economy. Heidi Jakubec, Love Williams Lake champion, said she’s thoroughly enjoyed getting to know local business owners and hearing […]

COUNTRY LIVING | Raising Amadeus

COUNTRY LIVING | Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – Next week, Amadeus’ brother and mother will be going to a new home. It’s going to be strange to now only have one dog, one cat, and one goat. But once again, this is better for Amadeus and for us. Just a few days ago I watched as Amadeus’ brother head-butted […]

ARTS & EDUCATION | In Love with Stuff

ARTS & EDUCATION | In Love with Stuff

By Jennifer Clark – The idea of living simply isn’t new. Whether it was Thoreau writing about living a simple life in the cabin he built on Walden Pond; Edward Abbey documenting the years he spent living in a travel trailer in Arches National Monument in his book Desert Solitaire; Bill Rees and Mathis Wackernagel […]

ARTS & EDUCATION | My First Political Experience

ARTS & EDUCATION | My First Political Experience

By Gloria Atamanenko – I was born near Fort Vermilion, Alberta, one hundred miles below the North West Territories boundary, in the farthest north farming district on the continent. Living on an isolated homestead during early childhood, I knew more about Ukraine, my parents’ country of origin, than I did about Canada. Winter lasted over seven […]

COUNTRY LIVING | An Ode to Winter …

COUNTRY LIVING | An Ode to Winter …

By Carmen Mutschele – Everything you’ll ever need to know lies hidden in a song… well, almost everything. When I first heard the beautiful song “Si” by French singer Zaz, I could only make out certain words. I looked up the English translation and found that the song speaks of a spiritual revolution and the last […]

RECYCLING | No Time Left to Waste: Recycling in the Cariboo

RECYCLING | No Time Left to Waste: Recycling in the Cariboo

By Oliver Berger– So what’s the latest happenings in our recycling world? I feel a change around us, recently. It could be a number of things; however, I feel like there is an awareness starting to arise. I was at the transfer station in Williams Lake on October 5, and while I was chatting with […]

COMMUNITY | A New Co-operative Economy

COMMUNITY | A New Co-operative Economy

By Guy Dauncey – When the future teenager walks down the future Main Street in future Small Town, BC, be it Williams Lake, Smithers, Houston, Creston, or Kimberley, which of these thoughts might she or he be thinking? “I can’t wait to get out of this place—it’s so, like, basic.” “This place is so cool. […]

Green Business Feature | Big Canyon Rafting and Fraser River Raft Expeditions: Exploring the river perspective

Green Business Feature | Big Canyon Rafting and Fraser River Raft Expeditions: Exploring the river perspective

By LeRae Haynes – Protecting and preserving the environment is a top priority for wilderness-based businesses, and Big Canyon Rafting in Quesnel and Fraser River Raft Expeditions in Yale are no exceptions. But for both of the owners, that priority is also intensely personal. “Our business was affected when the Mt. Polley Mine breach happened,” […]

ENVIRONMENT | Celebrate a “True North Strong and Green” for National Forest Week

ENVIRONMENT | Celebrate a “True North Strong and Green” for National Forest Week

By Natalie A. Swift – Each year forest practitioners and communities across Canada celebrate National Forest Week, an initiative that invites the public to learn more about forests and how they contribute to our livelihood. This year’s festivities are taking place September 18 to 24 under the theme, “True North, Strong and Green: Celebrating Canada’s […]

FARM & GARDEN | Meet Your Local Producers: Cariboo Growers Farmers Co-op

FARM & GARDEN | Meet Your Local Producers: Cariboo Growers Farmers Co-op

  Submitted by Cariboo Growers Co-op –   Celebrating its seventh summer season of operations, Cariboo Growers Farmers Co-op would like to showcase some of the local producers who grow organic produce for the community in and around the Williams Lake area in the beautiful Cariboo country. The Cariboo Growers Farmer Co-Op Store opened its […]

RECYCLING | Unsung Heroes: The ins and outs of the garbage bin

RECYCLING | Unsung Heroes: The ins and outs of the garbage bin

By Oliver Berger –   Well, it has been a crazy few years. Lots of fun activities packed with endless adventures. I am mostly happy with my latest endeavours in the waste management field and all the wonderful opportunities that have come along with it. I have met so many dedicated people and learned a […]

ECOTOURISM | Land Use and Mountain Biking: Where do we ride?

ECOTOURISM | Land Use and Mountain Biking: Where do we ride?

By Shawn D. Lewis – Never has mountain biking (MTB) been under more duress than now. Industry, range, and other recreational users all vie for the same green space in and around our community. Throw in the realities of private property and urban sprawl, and mountain biking faces considerable hurdles when looking at the longevity […]

COMMUNITY | New Racism Awareness Campaign Launching in February

COMMUNITY | New Racism Awareness Campaign Launching in February

By Margaret-Anne Enders – I heard the news and my heart sank. A group of Syrian refugees was pepper sprayed as they attended a welcome event in Vancouver. The shooting recently in our own community provoked similar feelings of sadness and loss. Looking for some wisdom, I turned to one of my go-to books for […]

ARTS & CULTURE | The Dark Side of Chocolate

ARTS & CULTURE | The Dark Side of Chocolate

By Jessica Kirby Senior Editor of The Green Gazette –  Sweet, health decadent, and fulfilling—the stuff dreams, fantasies, love songs, and fairy tales are made of. The love of one’s life or the bane of another’s existence it has many names-—passion, guilty pleasure, aphrodisiac, stimulant, worst enemy, relaxant, and gift from the universe. Chocolate. We […]

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 […]

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 […]