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Confessions of a Farmer: Arcadian Rhythms

Confessions of a Farmer: Arcadian Rhythms

By Terri Smith – arcadian – adjective: rural, rustic, or pastoral, especially suggesting simple, innocent contentment. Off-grid living isn’t always easy. That may be an understatement; let me rephrase it: Off-grid living often isn’t easy. Too cumbersome? How about: Off-grid living is hard. Yes. I think that about sums it up. Don’t get me wrong; […]

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 […]

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 […]

Green Business Feature | Fair Trade and Sustainable Gift Choices at ECO-tique

Green Business Feature | Fair Trade and Sustainable Gift Choices at ECO-tique

By LeRae Haynes – Gift giving takes on a whole new meaning when one-of-a-kind beauty is layered with a piece of culture that means something deep and beautiful. Open for a limited time, November 14 to December 23, at the ECO-tique Pop Up Store in Williams Lake you can find home furnishings and décor, clothing, […]

Green Business Feature | Wildrose Lathers – Creating a soap that nourishes

Green Business Feature | Wildrose Lathers – Creating a soap that nourishes

By LeRae Haynes – In a tiny woodland cabin in a pristine and beautiful wilderness, JoAnne Kimmel creates her beautiful, unique, skin-nourishing natural soaps. Owner and creator of Wildrose Lathers, named after the many wild roses in the Nemiah Valley where she lives, Kimmel makes soaps that are lovely to use, and good for your […]

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 […]