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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 […]

Local Food Quesnel | Guardian of the Vegetables: Trying to Chill

Local Food Quesnel | Guardian of the Vegetables: Trying to Chill

By Terri Smith – Let’s talk refrigeration and climate change. At the start of April, the federal government awarded multi-billion-dollar company Loblaws $12 million to upgrade the company’s coolers in an effort to meet Canada’s emission targets. Just let that sink in for a minute. This amount is a drop in the bucket for Loblaws, […]

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 […]

No Time Left To Waste: Managing Your Organic Waste

No Time Left To Waste: Managing Your Organic Waste

By Oliver Berger – Over half of the waste in our society is organic leftovers we can re-purpose to make valuable additions back into our everyday lives. I get asked a lot why we cannot have organics diversion bins in our city or the Cariboo region. The answer for this is the cost. When handling […]

Save the Oceans, Save Yourself

Save the Oceans, Save Yourself

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – June 8 is World Oceans Day. Much like Earth Day, it is a day to truly be celebrated every day one chooses to visit the ocean. But, similarly to Christmas, it’s wonderful to dedicate one entire day to one specific cause. The oceans are certainly worthy of our celebrations. Why? […]

It’s Not Easy Being Green, but What Else is There?

It’s Not Easy Being Green, but What Else is There?

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – Dear Readers, The Cariboo is in full blossom and everywhere we look nature is filling in spaces with a riot of green. The return of warmer temperatures brings into focus the desire to make the most of what the season offers and get out into the great outdoors. Along with […]

Most Delicious Dressing

Most Delicious Dressing

By Terri Smith – This dressing is often made at Long Table Grocery to dress up any vegetable dish and is a variation of one made by Martin Comtois in the ArtsWells kitchen. Through trial and error and guessing the ingredients we came up with our own version that we now use on everything. We […]

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 […]

Science Matters: You May Not Like Insects, But You Need Them

Science Matters: You May Not Like Insects, But You Need Them

By David Suzuki – An alarming scientific review has found human activity is driving insects to extinction. When the bottom of the food chain is endangered, so, too, is everything up the chain—including people. Insect declines threaten birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians that eat insects, as well as the many plants that require them for […]

Dan the Trash Man: Reliable Recycling Assistance in Williams Lake

Dan the Trash Man: Reliable Recycling Assistance in Williams Lake

By LeRae Haynes – Dan the Trash Man in Williams Lake has taken customer service to new heights by adding another green feature to his business. Besides garbage, recycling, glass, and yard debris, he also picks up composting. Dan Wilkinson worked for the original Trash Man owner starting in 2001 and purchased the business four […]

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 […]

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 […]

No Time Left To Waste: The Cost of Fashion

No Time Left To Waste: The Cost of Fashion

By Oliver Berger – What goes through your mind when you open your closet? I will tell you what has been echoing in my brain lately… “The clothing industry is the second-largest polluter in the world, second only to the oil industry.” For the past decade companies have been mass producing more clothes than ever […]

Local Food: Guardian of the Vegetables

Local Food: Guardian of the Vegetables

By Terri Smith – Hello, Everyone! I’m excited to begin this new column on local food. Local food has been my passion for over a decade, and my own journey of eating it, growing it, selling it, and teaching about it has been both fascinating and difficult, but always rewarding. While there are many parts […]

Book Review: Tsilhqot’in Voices

Book Review: Tsilhqot’in Voices

By Sage Birchwater – If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the recently released book Tsilhqot’in Voices: Our Place, Our People, Our Story is a veritable encyclopedia. Published in late 2018 by the Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG), the book’s 62 spectacular photographs and quotations from 18 Tsilhqot’in elders, leaders, and youth offer a […]

Green Business: The Guitar Seller – Selling Happiness Since 1978

Green Business: The Guitar Seller – Selling Happiness Since 1978

By LeRae Haynes – Regardless of your skill level or area of musical interest, The Guitar Seller in Williams Lake is a music lover’s music store where you are genuinely welcome to come hang out, be inspired, or fall in love with the perfect musical instrument. The personable, professional, and helpful staff is made up […]

Seedy Saturday in Quesnel: Food In Changing Times

Seedy Saturday in Quesnel: Food In Changing Times

By Terri Smith – The theme for Quesnel’s Seedy Saturday event this year is “Growing Food in Changing Times.” Even a few years ago this may have seemed an almost hypothetical topic to many of us. Most people recognized climate change has been happening, but it hadn’t noticeably affected most of us in the Cariboo […]

Wild Spring Eating

Wild Spring Eating

By Terri Smith – Spring is almost here. But it may be a while yet before you are ready to plant your garden. While you are still dreaming and planning for summer abundance don’t forget that there is already excellent spring eating right outside your door. Part of the excitement of preparing the garden for […]

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 […]

Reading, Riting,  Rithmetic–and Regeneration

Reading, Riting, Rithmetic–and Regeneration

By Guy Dauncey – For 200 years, students have been urged to learn the 3 Rs of reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic. In recent years, thinkers of various political persuasions have proposed adding a fourth R including running, relationships, religion, race, ‘rithms (for algorithms), respect, road safety, Ritalin, rifle-shooting, revolvers, and (appropriately) resuscitation. There is another […]

Publisher’s Letter: New Beginnings

Publisher’s Letter: New Beginnings

By Lisa Bland,  Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – Dear Readers, It’s almost spring, and it feels like time to re-energize and transform a winter’s worth of dreams into action! All winter long our team at The Green Gazette has been busy behind the scenes remodelling our format and expanding our reach throughout the Cariboo. We are excited to […]

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 […]

And a Mindful New Year to All

And a Mindful New Year to All

By Jessica Kirby – With the New Year comes myriad promises to turn over a new leaf, make important changes in our lives, and better ourselves in some way. You may vow to hit the gym, clean up your food choices, quit something unhealthy, or run 5 km a day—and I hope you do. But […]

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 […]

Nightwish – A Vehicle of Spirit

Nightwish – A Vehicle of Spirit

By Rebecca Patenaude – “Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself” ~ L. Wolfe Gilbert Since I was a young child, I had a deep sense of connection and an inherent fascination with the manifestations of the natural world. The experience of external […]

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. […]

2019 UN International Year of Indigenous Languages: Protecting and Preserving

2019 UN International Year of Indigenous Languages: Protecting and Preserving

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Because languages matter in peace building, cultural preservation, development, and reconciliation the United Nations declared 2019 an International Year of Indigenous Languages. Languages are crucial to the daily lives of people as tools of communication, education, social integration, and development, and they function as ways to record […]

Green Business:  Laketown Furnishings – Building community and keeping a low carbon footprint

Green Business: Laketown Furnishings – Building community and keeping a low carbon footprint

By LeRae Haynes – Laketown Furnishings in Williams Lake represents the best of small-town businesses, providing stellar customer service, supporting a vibrant, diverse community, and working to protect the planet. The store opened its doors in Williams Lake in June 1971. Current owner Bob Sunner grew up in the store and said when he and […]

A Message to the Climate Choir

A Message to the Climate Choir

By Guy Dauncey – I continue to be obsessed with the urgency of the climate crisis, at the expense of my other main project, the book I’m writing on The Economics of Kindness: The Birth of a New Cooperative Economy. This summer’s forest fires and smoke-filled skies must surely have left many people asking, “What […]

The Salvation Army: When giving is a gift to the giver

The Salvation Army: When giving is a gift to the giver

By LeRae Haynes – The Salvation Army in Williams Lake, with its ever-expanding array of services and programs in the community, is gearing up for a busy winter season that includes warm clothing, great winter activities, and holiday meals for clients, as well as its annual fundraiser: the Christmas kettles. Coming in January will be […]

Legalizing the Green

Legalizing the Green

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – “Brace yourselves: Even friendlier Canadians are coming.” The excitement was bristly as this and other tongue-in-cheek memes made the social media rounds in October leading up to Canada’s legalization of marijuana—a landmark accomplishment for weed activists, medical consumers, and recreational users country-wide. The federal government’s decision to […]

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 […]

New Paradigm Teas: Lifestyle meets wild-crafted teas in BC wilderness

New Paradigm Teas: Lifestyle meets wild-crafted teas in BC wilderness

By LeRae Haynes – Some of the locally-produced treasures available at the Williams Lake Medieval Market on November 24 and 25 are four beautiful teas grown, harvested, and made by Callie Borkowski at New Paradigm Teas. Borkowski wild-crafts four blends of fragrant teas: Anise Petal, Orange Balm, Mighty Mint, and Lemon Bliss. She became interested […]

Foster Home for Puppies – A new lease on life

Foster Home for Puppies – A new lease on life

By LeRae Haynes – Sometimes the best way for a puppy to get a great start in life is to be taken in by a loving foster family. It takes a unique volunteer to open their home and their heart to a batch of puppies who many not make it without them. Nancy Jalbert is […]

Confessions of a Farmer: Trust your neighbour, not a label

Confessions of a Farmer: Trust your neighbour, not a label

By Terri Smith – As you may not know, new regulations regarding organic food came into effect at the beginning of September. It would seem a small thing to many because to most people it’s really not that interesting. The new regulations are a part of one large new document called “New Safe Food for […]

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 […]

Raising Amadeus: Alive and well

Raising Amadeus: Alive and well

By Terri Smith – Amadeus is doing quite well, thanks for asking! (I assume you’re curious or you wouldn’t be reading this.) I dread his passing for so many reasons, but one of them is that I’m going to have to answer so many, “How’s Amadeus?” questions in a way that will make people sad. […]

Confessions of a Farmer: Let’s Not Forget the Day the Sun Went Dark

Confessions of a Farmer: Let’s Not Forget the Day the Sun Went Dark

By Terri Smith – I hope that wherever you are as you are reading this in the not-too-distant future, there are clear or rainy skies and that you can breathe easily. We are moving out of yet another difficult fire summer. It’s hard not to be affected. I think it is probably good to recognize […]

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 […]

Williams Lake Pride: Colourful Diversity

Williams Lake Pride: Colourful Diversity

By LeRae Haynes – Education, awareness, respect, and acceptance are at the heart of the newly-formed Williams Lake Pride, a group formed in November 2017 to support the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) community. Group founder Willa Julius says part of the reason she created it is because when she was young there wasn’t […]

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 […]

Publisher’s Letter: Biocultural Diversity

Publisher’s Letter: Biocultural Diversity

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – In our rapidly changing world, the concept of biocultural diversity may be the crucial framework through which we need to see the diversity of life and our place in it—helping us see the context in our lives, making sense of the co-evolution of humans and the natural world, and strengthening […]

Come Alive! The Ladder of Democracy

Come Alive! The Ladder of Democracy

By Guy Dauncey – Democracy is a recent social invention. Most people don’t like it when the societies they live in are blatantly unfair, with privileges and glory for the rich and hard labour and exploitation for the poor. In consequence, starting a thousand years ago, people have gradually pried power out of the hands […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki |  Climate change combines with other factors to fuel wildfires

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Climate change combines with other factors to fuel wildfires

By David Suzuki – Scientists, journalists, environmentalists, and others who draw the connection between increasing wildfires and global warming often face a backlash. It’s not climate change; it’s lightning, careless smokers or campers, poor forestry management, industrial activity or sparks from vehicles, bad government…   One doesn’t negate the other. Wildfires have many causes, and […]

Toosey Old School Wood Products – Building blocks for the future

Toosey Old School Wood Products – Building blocks for the future

By Sage Birchwater – Something exciting is going on at the former Riske Creek Elementary School. Toosey Old School Wood Products is laying the foundation for a brighter future for local First Nations. Riske Creek Elementary School on Stack Valley Road was constructed in 1976 and ran for 30 years before the school district shut […]

Every Day is Aboriginal Day

Every Day is Aboriginal Day

By Sage Birchwater – Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but the 26th day of the month is significant in the historical narrative of the Tŝilhqot’in nation. It began on October 26, 1864 when five Tsilhqot’in war chiefs were hanged at Quesnelle mouth on the banks of the Fraser River. The warriors led by Chief Lha […]

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 […]

Green Business Feature: Northern Naturals Healing Salves – Gifts from the Earth

Green Business Feature: Northern Naturals Healing Salves – Gifts from the Earth

By LeRae Haynes – Wayne Padgett is an author and passionate believer in the herbal healing found in nature and in the vital importance of protecting the environment. In 1986, Padgett and his wife Sie started Northern Naturals Health Products Ltd. They create salves and ointments to treat a huge range of ailments and conditions: […]

Green Business Feature: Green Clean with Tidy Nest

Green Business Feature: Green Clean with Tidy Nest

By LeRae Haynes – Having more time to spend time with your family, time to relax after a long day at work, or time to pursue a hobby than can enrich your life, can be as easy as a call to Tidy Nest Cleaning and Errands. Owner Shalene Ostrom and her team do residential house […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Reports emphasize urgent need to reverse biodiversity decline

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Reports emphasize urgent need to reverse biodiversity decline

By David Suzuki – Our health, well-being, food security, energy, and economic progress depend on healthy, diverse nature. Clean water and air are essential to human life and health. Nutrient-rich soils are necessary to grow food. Diversity makes the ecosystems on which human life depends resilient. But, as more than 550 experts from over 100 […]

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 […]

Celebrate Multiculturalism June 27 and Every Day

Celebrate Multiculturalism June 27 and Every Day

By Jessica Kirby – We know Canada has a rich cultural fabric; in fact, most of us pride ourselves on it. As a country we welcome around 300,000 new Canadians each year, and as individuals most of us help keep our communities united with welcoming attitudes and open hearts. We stitch Canadian flags to our […]

Tiny Home Villages

Tiny Home Villages

By Guy Dauncey – “All I want is a village somewhere, far away from the housing scare, With friends and family, Oh, wouldn’t it be loverly? Little homes where we all can live, A lovely garden so we all can eat, Shared hearts, shared love, shared hopes, Oh, wouldn’t it be loverly.” In May 2018 […]

Raising Amadeus

Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – Amadeus’ sixth birthday was the 23rd of April. This also happens to be Shakespeare’s birthday, and I can’t believe it took me six years to realize that my favourite goat and my favourite author have the same birthday! Interestingly, we named all our baby goats except Amadeus after characters from Shakespeare. […]

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 […]

Publisher’s Letter: Endangered Species Need Our Voices

Publisher’s Letter: Endangered Species Need Our Voices

By Lisa Bland – Now that the long winter is over (we hope), the natural world comes alive and is interacting with us, full speed ahead. It’s beautiful to witness nature carrying on with the cycle of rebirth—birds and animals having their young and the busy interactions of all species moving forward with their lives […]

Mountain Biking and First Nations Youth: Helping to build communities

Mountain Biking and First Nations Youth: Helping to build communities

By LeRae Haynes – Making a very successful wilderness program even better in the Cariboo-Chilcotin is on the table, thanks to the creative insight of Patrick Lucas and Thomas Schoen. The focus is kids, mountain bikes, loving the wilderness, and supporting communities impacted by last summer’s wildfires. The Trails to Recovery and Resilience Training and […]

Confessions of an (Occasional) Farmer: Not just a farmer

Confessions of an (Occasional) Farmer: Not just a farmer

By Terri Smith – I have spent nearly two years trying to figure out the direction my new life here in Quesnel is to take. In the meantime, while waiting to figure it out, I have been building a lovely life for myself without even noticing. I have continued to write this column, rather guiltily […]

Green Business Feature: Bliss, the Ultimate Grill—Great Food, Great Service, Great Value

Green Business Feature: Bliss, the Ultimate Grill—Great Food, Great Service, Great Value

By Terri Smith – Being a sustainable or ‘green’ business is about more than just recycling. To borrow from the biodynamic agriculture ideal, true sustainability should be threefold. That is, you cannot consider yourself to be truly successful as a sustainable business unless you are economically, ecologically, and socially sustainable. Jas Sabbarwal of Bliss in […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Drowning in Seas of Plastic

Science Matters | David Suzuki | Drowning in Seas of Plastic

By David Suzuki – The fossil fuel era must end, or it will spell humanity’s end. The threat isn’t just from pollution and accelerating climate change. Rapid, wasteful exploitation of these valuable resources has also led to a world choked in plastic. Almost all plastics are made from fossil fuels, often by the same companies […]

Canada’s National Wildlife Week – Conserve the wonder

Canada’s National Wildlife Week – Conserve the wonder

By Jessica Kirby – Canada’s National Wildlife Week has a terrific theme this year: Get Re-acquainted with the Awe #conservethewonder. Awe, of course, means “a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder,” and “reverential” means “deep respect or worship”. In a recent article about humans’ relationship with nature, David Suzuki says he can’t […]

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 […]

Cool Clear Water – Water for a community, water for life

Cool Clear Water – Water for a community, water for life

By LeRae Haynes – Cool Clear Water provides a high quality, healthy product and stellar customer service, helps protect the environment, and builds community connections. Cool Clear Water is 25 years old, and those principles are the business’s cornerstones. “The very first time someone comes in the door, we find out what they need and […]

Tsilhqot’in War Chiefs Exonerated

Tsilhqot’in War Chiefs Exonerated

By Sage Birchwater – History was made on March 26, 2018 in the House of Commons in Ottawa when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau exonerated six Tŝilhqot’in war chiefs who were hanged in 1864 and 1865. It was a long time coming. Nearly 154 years ago British Columbia colonial forces freewheeled into the Chilcotin and tricked […]

Children’s Festival: Celebrating children in the park

Children’s Festival: Celebrating children in the park

By LeRae Haynes – When it comes to celebrating children in a beautiful green space, no one does it better than Women’s Contact Society at the Children’s Festival in Boitanio Park. For more than 20 years the event, known first as the Teddy Bear Picnic, continues to attract and delight youngsters and families, with more […]

Agents of Discovery at Scout Island and River Valley

Agents of Discovery at Scout Island and River Valley

By LeRae Haynes – An innovative blend of nature and technology has arrived in the form of an app on your phone, and it is here because of the hard work and vision of Scout Island nature educator Sue Hemphill and Suzanne Cochrane, recreation programmer for the City of Williams Lake. “The idea behind bringing […]

Raising Amadeus

Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – Amadeus is very excited about the coming spring and the disappearance of all this snow. Amadeus doesn’t get around very well in the snow. When it snows he just stays in his house until I shovel a path out to him. Even with shoveled paths, he would probably end up with […]

Ukulele: Oh, the places it will take you

Ukulele: Oh, the places it will take you

By Sandra K. Klassen – We often associate the ukulele with Hawaiian culture and we are right to do so. An early version of the ukulele was introduced to the gentle Hawaiian Islands by Portuguese immigrants who came to work the sugar cane fields in the late 1800s. The Hawaiian’s soon developed a fondness for […]

Are You a Gorilla or a Hunter-Gatherer?

Are You a Gorilla or a Hunter-Gatherer?

By Guy Dauncey – Our deep history is so astonishing that we rarely pause to think of it. We may be curious about our immediate ancestors – did they come from Italy? Russia? –but beyond that we mostly draw a veil. We have to make dinner. We have relatives coming at the weekend. How often […]

Calling for a Re-birth of the Social Imagination

Calling for a Re-birth of the Social Imagination

By Van Andruss – Like so many others of my generation, half-asleep in a commercially-induced fog, the awakening of my social imagination took place in the 60s. There was a mixture of influences, political and economic, that might explain how the awakening happened, but that’s not my interest here. My purpose is to call for […]

Publisher’s Letter: World Water Day – Our fresh water heritage

Publisher’s Letter: World Water Day – Our fresh water heritage

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – The nature of water is flow, and it knows no boundaries. The cycle of water, or hydrological cycle, describes the continuous movement of water above, on, and under the surface of the Earth. Water is a universal solvent and described by scientists as a weird and wonderfully magical molecule with […]

Book Review: Chilcotin Chronicles – Author brings history of Chilcotin to print

Book Review: Chilcotin Chronicles – Author brings history of Chilcotin to print

With files from Parker Crook, Vernon Morning Star, Originally published Dec 3, 2017. It’s a history that has been passed from generation to generation through spoken word. But, after years of research and transcribing, Sage Birchwater transferred that oral history of the Central Interior into the written word in his 2017 book, Chilcotin Chronicles: Stories […]

Springing into spring at the Cariboo Memorial Complex

Springing into spring at the Cariboo Memorial Complex

By LeRae Haynes – There is huge range of exciting programs and events for families and individuals through the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, with even more coming up this spring. Everything from bees and trees to knees and cheese, from the Lazy River to climbing the walls, there’s something for everyone and something to delight […]

Bumps, jumps, and sugar: A family affair

Bumps, jumps, and sugar: A family affair

By LeRae Haynes – Aiden and Garrett Cochrane and their parents Suzanne and Carl love to pile in the family vehicle and hit the slopes for some skiing. Regulars at Mt. Timothy Ski Hill, they grab every opportunity to enjoy winter in the beautiful Cariboo outdoors.- Aiden, six years old, and Garrett, 13, have both […]

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. […]

Confessions of a Farmer: Getting Serious about Real Food

Confessions of a Farmer: Getting Serious about Real Food

By Terri Smith – It seems a lot of people have been really sick this winter. I was, and for way too long, and for me, this was a wake-up call. In my own life, I have noticed illness is often brought on by a combination of physical, mental, and emotional reasons. I found this […]

Raising Amadeus

Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – In my last article, I mentioned that I was ruining my own immune system worrying about that of Amadeus. I was mostly joking, but it turns out it was much truer than I imagined. I was ridiculously sick for all of December. I had three different illnesses during Christmas month (and […]

On Love and Bodhicitta: The genuine heart cannot be lost

On Love and Bodhicitta: The genuine heart cannot be lost

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – “There comes a time when the bubble of ego is popped and you can’t get the ground back for an extended period of time. Those times, when you absolutely cannot get it back together, are the most rich and powerful times in our lives.” ~ Pema Chodron, […]

Survival Bars, my Long-time Travelling Companions

Survival Bars, my Long-time Travelling Companions

By Pat Teti – Part of the excitement of travel is the opportunity to sample new food, whether it’s a real Neapolitan pizza or a badly needed freeze-dried dinner at the end of the day in the backcountry. However, travel also puts us into our vehicles and on airplanes for many hours at a time […]

Green Business Feature: QTax Supports Local Small Business

Green Business Feature: QTax Supports Local Small Business

By LeRae Haynes – Debbie Seland and her staff at QTax bring years of knowledge, experience, and wisdom to every client, supporting small businesses as they start, and as they continue to grow. The most important timely tip for small businesses right now, according to Seland, is the Red Cross money available for revenue lost […]

Making Cariboo Memories Behind a Team of Horses

Making Cariboo Memories Behind a Team of Horses

By LeRae Haynes – When it comes to enjoying a unique, fun, unforgettable family experience in the Cariboo, what could be better than a wagon or sleigh ride behind a beautiful team of horses in the spectacular countryside? Countless locals, as well as visitors from places like France, Australia, Texas, and Japan, have made memories […]

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 […]

Rail Ties Be Wise continues to fight  rail tie burning proposal in Williams Lake

Rail Ties Be Wise continues to fight rail tie burning proposal in Williams Lake

By Sage Birchwater – A group of Williams Lake residents is continuing the fight to prevent Atlantic Power Corporation from burning railway ties in its 600,000-tonne capacity biomass-fuelled energy plant in Williams Lake. Since the Boston-based Atlantic Power Corporation announced its intention in June 2015 to seek permission from the British Columbia government for a […]

Science Matters | David Suzuki | On Climate, OECD Head Embraces Environmentalism

Science Matters | David Suzuki | On Climate, OECD Head Embraces Environmentalism

By David Suzuki – Angel Gurria sounds like the leader of an environmental or social justice group. In a recent University of Toronto lecture, “Climate Action: Time for Implementation,” he stressed that climate change is a public health issue “disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable as well as those least responsible for anthropogenic warming.” Gurria is […]

Publisher’s Letter: Silence is Golden

Publisher’s Letter: Silence is Golden

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – Dear Readers, Winter forces us inside on many levels—cushioned inside layers of wool and down clothing to brave the elements; inside our warm homes with creative projects, soups, and teas brewing; or into a natural connection with the silence of our inner being. This season can be a time of […]

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 […]

Community | Faith in a Shoebox with Operation Christmas Child

Community | Faith in a Shoebox with Operation Christmas Child

By LeRae Haynes – For more than 10 years the community has rallied to support a truly faith-driven program through Cariboo Bethel Church in Williams Lake. Every year, between 3,000–5,000 shoeboxes containing gifts for children are sent to places around the world through Operation Christmas Child. “I’ve stepped into some really big shoes,” explained Cariboo […]

Christmas Gift Exchange: Gifts of time and from the heart

Christmas Gift Exchange: Gifts of time and from the heart

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Christmas time is on the way and despite individual feelings about it, green thinkers, earth lovers, planet healers, and community champions all feel the pressure this time of year. We love bringing people together, enjoying beautiful food, getting outside in the wintry landscape, and enjoying the quiet […]

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, […]

Raising Amadeus

Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – One of the most difficult things about being Amadeus’ surrogate mother is discerning which of his troubles are actually problems and which are just the problem of Amadeus: the goat who was never supposed to be here at all. The next step – figuring out how I can help him – […]

Science Matters | Environmentalism is a way of being, not a discipline

Science Matters | Environmentalism is a way of being, not a discipline

By David Suzuki – I’m often introduced as an environmentalist. I prefer to be called a father, grandfather, scientist, or author, as these terms provide insight into my motivation. Environmentalism isn’t a discipline or specialty like law, medicine, plumbing, music, or art. It’s a way of seeing our place in the world and recognizing that […]

Halloween Doesn’t Have to be Scary for the Planet

Halloween Doesn’t Have to be Scary for the Planet

By Jessica Kirby – Halloween has changed course over the years from an Earth worshipping event focused around the harvest, to a darker, banished-by-the-church abomination, to a well-known child-focused commercial event celebrated around the world. Part of moving away from a natural, harvest-focused holiday to a commercial holiday is that the Earth tends to take […]

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 […]

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 | Each Moment, an Opportunity for Gratitude

Community | Each Moment, an Opportunity for Gratitude

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Thanksgiving season is here. Though the sun still warms the earth, the shift is coming slowly towards cooler mornings, reddening leaves, and comfort inklings like slow cooker meals and hot tea in the evenings. Some people mark this season of gratitude and plenty with Thanksgiving dinner—loved ones […]

Publisher’s Letter: Wildfires, Blue Mind

Publisher’s Letter: Wildfires, Blue Mind

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – Dear readers, It has been quite a summer. We’ve literally all been through a trial by fire—locally, provincially, and globally. Whether by fire, flood, or hurricane, there is no doubt our world is changing. As we go to press, the class 5 hurricane Irma has just churned through the Caribbean […]

Opinion: Don’t Let the Smoke Cloud your Thinking for a Clean Future

Opinion: Don’t Let the Smoke Cloud your Thinking for a Clean Future

By Sage Birchwater – Clean air is a gift we have to stand up for and protect. It’s not something we can take for granted. For those of us involved in the Rail Ties Be Wise campaign, the horrendous wildfire season of 2017 has steeled our resolve to protect our air quality. For long stretches […]

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: After the Fires

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: After the Fires

By Terri Smith – As I write this article, the smoke still hangs in the air, giving an eerie orange tinge to the day. We have lived for over a month now in this half-light. In the distance, the smoke haze has the look of an approaching snowstorm; we would even welcome snow, but everything […]

Publisher’s Letter | Five-Year Anniversary: Green is the new black

Publisher’s Letter | Five-Year Anniversary: Green is the new black

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – This summer marks the fifth year since I started running TheGreenGazette, and looking back to the summer of 2012, and 32 issues later, I can’t believe how much has happened and how quickly time has passed. It’s been a fast-paced and rewarding journey of being immersed in community, collaboration, stories, […]

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 […]

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

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

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

Recycling Support at  Central Cariboo Disposal

Recycling Support at Central Cariboo Disposal

By LeRae Haynes – Landfill diversion and public education are two highlights on the job for Central Cariboo Disposal’s new area manager Dan Harrison. “I wasn’t a really big trash guy when I came here; I see it now—keeping stuff out of the landfill is my biggest priority,” he said. “If we can push recycling […]

Publisher’s Letter | Earth Day: Looking Beyond to See What’s Here

Publisher’s Letter | Earth Day: Looking Beyond to See What’s Here

By Lisa Bland, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief – The first Earth Day, held on April 22 in 1970, marked an historical era that catalyzed changes at many levels of society. The day of action on behalf of the planet grew out of the counterculture of the 70s on a stage set in 1962 by Rachel Carson’s famous book […]

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 […]

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

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

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

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. […]

Community | Williams Lake SPCA: Finding animals the best homes

Community | Williams Lake SPCA: Finding animals the best homes

By LeRae Haynes – Finding the best home for every animal is the goal of the Williams Lake SPCA. Not all adoptable animals find local homes, but thanks to a BCSPCA program called Drive for Lives, thousands of homeless animals are transferred every year to other shelters where they can find their forever homes. According […]

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: Looking Towards Spring

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: Looking Towards Spring

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

Country Living | Raising Amadeus

Country Living | Raising Amadeus

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

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 […]

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

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

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

Community | A True Taste of Home at Lac La Hache Bakery

Community | A True Taste of Home at Lac La Hache Bakery

By LeRae Haynes – European rye bread, a delicacy from Lac La Hache Bakery, delights customers with its fresh taste and simple wholesome ingredients. Lac La Hache Bakery has been around for over 20 years, with Yvette and Frank Betz at the helm for the past six years. The busy bakery, with 11 on staff, […]

Community | Taylor Made Cakes: A sweet destination

Community | Taylor Made Cakes: A sweet destination

By LeRae Haynes – Taylor Made Cakes and Sweets has been baking up a storm in the community and beyond for nearly five years. Brenda and Dale Taylor and their children Abbi and Benn have worked hard to make the delightful bake shop a true gem in downtown Williams Lake for residents and travellers alike. […]

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 […]

Green Business Feature | 52° North: Wild and locally sourced birch water

Green Business Feature | 52° North: Wild and locally sourced birch water

By LeRae Haynes – From the beautiful pristine wilderness of Horsefly, BC come natural, refreshing beverages with enormous health benefits, thanks to 52° North, a small, insightful company with vision and commitment providing a health drink with detoxifying and revitalizing properties. 52° North co-owner Sarah Wall said birch sap, or birch water, is the first […]

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

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

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

ARTS & EDUCATION | Give Green: Santa would approve

ARTS & EDUCATION | Give Green: Santa would approve

By Jessica Kirby – There is a story I tell the kids about the existence of Santa—No, I say … the guy in red doesn’t arrive in the night and leave things behind. But the story of his selfless generosity is quite real. When we think about giving to others – really giving, out of […]

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 […]

In Pursuit of the Perfect Lawn

In Pursuit of the Perfect Lawn

By Terri Smith – Have you ever paused to consider why so much of our modern world is covered in small swatches of relatively useless greenery? Why we spend so much time, money, and resources growing something that does not provide us with food? In England and France, the original lawns began as large areas […]

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

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

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

COMMUNITY | Celebrating World Animal Day

COMMUNITY | Celebrating World Animal Day

By LeRae Haynes – I think the world is a much, much better place with animals in it. (I hope they think the same of us.) Not that animal lovers really need an excuse to celebrate animals, but World Animal Day on October 4 is a truly wonderful reminder of how lucky we are to […]

STEWARDSHIP | Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

STEWARDSHIP | Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

By Jessica Kirby – The trouble with celebratory days of observance is they beg the question of how to react to world issues the other 364 days of the year. There are cynics in every crowd who assume days of observance are largely symbolic and promote armchair social activism, but is that the case? Are […]

RECYCLING| Central Cariboo Disposal Services: Recycling on the rise

RECYCLING| Central Cariboo Disposal Services: Recycling on the rise

By LeRae Haynes – In the four years he has worked at Central Cariboo Disposal Services (CCDS), Barkley Baird said he has seen an enormous and encouraging increase in recycling options, awareness, and participation. “Recycling is ten times better than it was four years ago when I started here—everybody’s doing such a great job recycling,” […]

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

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

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

FARM & GARDEN | Talking Seeds

FARM & GARDEN | Talking Seeds

  By Terri Smith – It’s that time of year again. What time of year is that? I’m glad you asked, because it never feels believable when it arrives, but it is time to order seeds! As I write this I look out my window at the snow-covered trees and the foot or more of […]

Publisher’s Letter | International Women’s Day: Long road to parity

Publisher’s Letter | International Women’s Day: Long road to parity

By Lisa Bland – International Women’s Day, acknowledged globally on March 8, arose out of a political response to suffrage (the right to vote) and other conditions for women at the turn of the century. In modern times and in more gender balanced nations, recognition of this day includes respect, appreciation, and love towards women and […]

COMMUNITY | RECIPES | Immigration and Multicultural Services Society: Holiday Recipes Homemade with Love

COMMUNITY | RECIPES | Immigration and Multicultural Services Society: Holiday Recipes Homemade with Love

By LeRae Haynes — Food is one thing that brings people together no matter what the celebration. Celebrating the holiday season, as well as the incredible cultural diversity that defines Canada, a group of six clients at Immigration and Multicultural Services Society in Williams Lake gathered to talk about food and share recipes from their childhood. […]

LOCAL FOODS | Winter Delights at the Cariboo Growers Market

LOCAL FOODS | Winter Delights at the Cariboo Growers Market

By LeRae Haynes — The Cariboo Growers Market in Williams Lake is a source of community pride as well as high-quality, naturally-produced local food. Farmers, ranchers, and producers fill the market year round with local, healthy, responsibly-grown seasonal food: a one-stop shop for great taste and peace of mind. “It feels great to show that we […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Winter Carnival Returning to Williams Lake January 30 & 31

ARTS & CULTURE | Winter Carnival Returning to Williams Lake January 30 & 31

By LeRae Haynes — A small group of community members responded to complaints last fall that there was nothing to do in the winter in Williams Lake. In a few short weeks they succeeded in leaving that complaint behind in a dirty snow bank, and brought a community together in the process. They created a unique, […]

RAISING AMADEUS

RAISING AMADEUS

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

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Making a Difference: Paying it back and paying it forward

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Making a Difference: Paying it back and paying it forward

By LeRae Haynes — Kane Fraser is partner and team member at FBB Chartered Professional Accountants LLP. He also competes in extreme off-road racing events in Canada, the US, and Mexico, recently attended an Association of Research and Enlightenment conference to be certified in hypnosis and past-life regression, and regularly commits random acts of profound kindness.   […]

OPINION | On Voting for Change

OPINION | On Voting for Change

By Sage Birchwater — For many of us, the October 19 Canadian federal election was all about voting for change—to get rid of Stephen Harper. We took a lot of flak for this because our critics felt our stance was too negative. They argued we should be voting FOR something, not against someone. That may […]

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

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

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

FITNESS | Bull Mountain Cross Country Skiing in the Cariboo

FITNESS | Bull Mountain Cross Country Skiing in the Cariboo

By LeRae Haynes — People looking for outdoor, winter family fun in the Cariboo can find the perfect answer close to home at the Bull Mountain Ski area just 16 km north of Williams Lake. Cross country skiing, one of the fastest-growing sports in Canada, is not only a top-notch cardio workout, it’s accessible to […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Social Enterprise: Worth Every Penny

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Social Enterprise: Worth Every Penny

By LeRae Haynes — Improving and enriching the lives of women, their families, and their communities is at the heart of Worth Every Penny, a social enterprise created by Penny Hutchinson, the driving force and the caring heart behind this innovative, non-profit start-up organization.  She describes herself as a lifetime social entrepreneur who has been […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Corporations for the Planet: MEC and Patagonia

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Corporations for the Planet: MEC and Patagonia

By Jessica Kirby — In the midst of “shop local” messages it can be easy to forget or overlook corporate efforts toward sustainability and responsible environmental practices. Corporations, big box stores, and global economic powers are curse words in crowds trying to pay homage to hometown communities and contribute positively to a greener future. It isn’t […]

COMMUNITY | Giving without Measure: The Sharing Economy

COMMUNITY | Giving without Measure: The Sharing Economy

By Lisa Bland — The season of giving is upon us, and as we transition into winter mode, it can be a busy time of preparation on many fronts. The winter may bring a welcome respite from our relentless pace—a time to spend enjoying the treasures of community and connection to friends and family. Here […]

FIRST NATIONS | Crazy Horse Energy Drink: Developed and owned by Alexis Creek First Nation

FIRST NATIONS | Crazy Horse Energy Drink: Developed and owned by Alexis Creek First Nation

By Sage Birchwater — Tall red cans in gasbars and retail outlets across the Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast and throughout the BC Interior promise you a refreshing, energetic pick-me-up on a hot day. Crazy Horse energy drink, emblazoned with the words “Go Wild! Go West!” and the image of a horse with a backdrop of mountains, resonates […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Halloween Traditions

ARTS & CULTURE | Halloween Traditions

By Jessica Kirby — It is the time of year when the neighbourhood ghosts and goblins venture out into the early evening hours and wander the streets in search of tricks, treats, and all around good times of the family, friend, and sometimes frightening varieties. Halloween is a much-loved tradition for many and like everything important […]

RECIPES | Zucchini Recipes from Road’s End Farm

RECIPES | Zucchini Recipes from Road’s End Farm

  Zucchini Crust Pizza Ingredients 3 cups shredded zucchini (or pattypan) 3 eggs, beaten 1/3 cup flour ½ tsp salt 2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated ½ cup onion, chopped ½ cup green pepper, julienned 1 tsp dried oregano ½ tsp dried basil 3 Tbsp grated parmesan Method In a bowl, combine zucchini and egg. Add […]

FARM & GARDEN | RAISING AMADEUS

FARM & GARDEN | RAISING AMADEUS

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

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

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

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

NEWS | HEALTH ISSUES | Better at Home ~ Truly caring for seniors

NEWS | HEALTH ISSUES | Better at Home ~ Truly caring for seniors

  By LeRae Haynes — Being able to live comfortably and safely in their own home as long as possible is an enormous benefit for seniors, according to Better at Home co-ordinator Carrie Sundahl. She says the emotional, mental, and physical well-being of seniors can be greatly enhanced with a mix of practical in-home services […]

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 […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Alternative Kids Clothing and Accessories | Buying ‘Green’ for Kids

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Alternative Kids Clothing and Accessories | Buying ‘Green’ for Kids

  By LeRae Haynes — Lisa Buhler and Jennifer Earnshaw at Alternative Kids Clothing and Accessories have six children between them, and know what it’s like to try to find kids’ clothes that are unique and practical, responsible and affordable. Buhler says they started Alternative Kids Clothing and Accessories last fall because they heard so […]

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 […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Global Peace: Can seven billion people stand together?

ARTS & CULTURE | Global Peace: Can seven billion people stand together?

By Jessica Kirby — Over the next 100 days, let us stand with the millions of people across the world who are suffering the devastating impact of violence and conflict. Let us share ideas and plans for helping and supporting them in their time of dire need. – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon The world began […]

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

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

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

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, […]

CHILDREN | CHAAPS: Hope and Freedom on the Back of a Horse

CHILDREN | CHAAPS: Hope and Freedom on the Back of a Horse

By LeRae Haynes — Seeing the world from the back of a horse can be a life-changing experience, especially when it means leaving a wheelchair behind in the dust—even for a moment.   Cariboo Hoofbeats Assisted Activity Program Society (CHAAPS) provides therapeutic riding and animal assisted therapy for children, youth, adults, and seniors from a diverse […]

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

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | June – August 2015

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | June – August 2015

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

ARTS & CULTURE | Feature Profile Bio: Pearl Gottschalk – Sacred Activism

ARTS & CULTURE | Feature Profile Bio: Pearl Gottschalk – Sacred Activism

By Lisa Bland —   Working with the World’s Indigenous People On August 9 each year, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is recognized to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. The United Nations first recognized the day in 1994, to be celebrated every year for a decade. In […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Summer is Here  — Release yourself

ARTS & CULTURE | Summer is Here — Release yourself

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

ARTS & CULTURE | National Aboriginal Day: Bringing communities together

ARTS & CULTURE | National Aboriginal Day: Bringing communities together

By LeRae Haynes —   Communities come together this summer to celebrate First Nations history and traditions at events that span National Aboriginal Day (NAD) weekend and continue with the 33rd annual Secwepemc Gathering in July. From babies to elders and teens to toddlers, there is inspiration and fun for everyone with the opportunity to celebrate […]

CHILDREN | Mission Possible: Happy hiking with kids

CHILDREN | Mission Possible: Happy hiking with kids

 By Jessica Kirby —   Imagine it: a long, lazy wander through a forested park, patches of blue sky winking through the forest canopy, and a well-worn path at your feet. Smells of pine and moss whirl in the air, and the world is alive with rustling—birds, squirrels, and bunnies scamper about close enough to […]

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Apr /May 2015

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Apr /May 2015

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

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

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

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

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 […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Cariboo Auto Recyclers | Changing with the Times at Cariboo Auto Recyclers

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Cariboo Auto Recyclers | Changing with the Times at Cariboo Auto Recyclers

By LeRae Haynes — Cariboo Auto Recyclers has changed with the times to keep up with and exceed environmental standards. For more than 60 years the company has provided a wide range of automotive services throughout the Cariboo-Chilcotin, helping people replace, reclaim, and recycle. Today,, the company consistently receives gold- and platinum-level certification from the […]

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, […]

SCIENCE MATTERS | Activism | David Suzuki | Bill C-51:  Let’s not sacrifice freedom out of fear

SCIENCE MATTERS | Activism | David Suzuki | Bill C-51: Let’s not sacrifice freedom out of fear

By David Suzuki — A scientist, or any knowledgeable person, will tell you climate change is a serious threat for Canada and the world. But the RCMP has a different take. A secret report by the national police force, obtained by Greenpeace, both minimizes the threat of global warming and conjures a spectre of threats […]

ARTS & CULTURE | For Whom the Drum Tolls: Brent Morton inspires a generation

ARTS & CULTURE | For Whom the Drum Tolls: Brent Morton inspires a generation

By Sage Birchwater — Nobody fills a room quite like Brent Morton. Few musicians touch the heart of culture and the urgency of our times as deeply and vividly as he does. Since arriving in Williams Lake from his hometown of Saskatoon in 2007, Morton has fashioned a vast musical legacy. His powerful voice and […]

INDUSTRY | MOUNT POLLEY UPDATE: Eight Months Later

INDUSTRY | MOUNT POLLEY UPDATE: Eight Months Later

By Sage Birchwater — It’s been eight months since the August 4 breach of Mount Polley Mine’s tailings storage facility (TSF) spilled 25 million cubic metres of mining effluent and scour material into the pristine waters of Quesnel Lake. The volume of the spill was so significant that it caused the level of the 266-square-kilometre […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Green and Natural Balance at Zirnhelt Timber Frames

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Green and Natural Balance at Zirnhelt Timber Frames

  By LeRae Haynes — Zirnhelt Timber Frames designs, engineers, and builds sustainable hand-crafted timber frame homes, cottages, and commercial buildings, achieving balance between natural products and energy efficiency. The company’s staff builds complete homes from foundations through to finished cabinetry, or supply custom timber work and lock-up packages. Zirnhelt Timber Frames is newly located […]

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN |

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN |

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

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Thoughts on Self Care

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Thoughts on Self Care

By Lisa Bland — Dear Readers, As we journey around the sun and emerge from the depths of winter, it’s comforting to know that green life will soon be stirring. In a land where half our year is spent in winter, and the months of January and February statistically can be the most challenging to […]

RECIPES | Pat’s No-knead, No-oven, Skillet Bread

RECIPES | Pat’s No-knead, No-oven, Skillet Bread

By Pat Teti —  Do you like the idea of homemade yeasted bread but think kneading is too much trouble? Maybe you are physically unable or simply don’t want to knead dough. Maybe you have a stand mixer or bread machine that’s not working. Whatever your reason, no-knead bread recipes give you an option by […]

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 […]

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

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

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

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The seed catalogue quandary

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The seed catalogue quandary

By Terri Smith — January 2009 was my first January back in Williams Lake and I was so excited and eager to be a farmer. I had behind me a whole five months experience living in a camper van on various farms around the province, as well as the time that went into the 1/3 […]

ARTS & CULTURE | “Lived Experience” Literary Journal – A Legacy to Culture

ARTS & CULTURE | “Lived Experience” Literary Journal – A Legacy to Culture

By Sage Birchwater — Shortly before Christmas, 2014, Van Andruss released the latest volume of his annual literary magazine, Lived Experience Number Fourteen, Stories and Poety from BC and Beyond. When the journal had its beginnings in 2001, it was only 28 pages and contained the prose and poetry of 11 writers. Fourteen years later, […]

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, […]

CHILDREN | BC Family Day: Face time trumps screen time

CHILDREN | BC Family Day: Face time trumps screen time

  By LeRae Haynes — Mary Forbes, teacher naturalist at Scout Island and mother of two, says it’s great that B.C. has declared Family Day a holiday, but that every day’s a good day to ‘unplug’ your kids from electronics and technology and get them outside to play. “February is a great time of the […]

NEWS IN REVIEW| Mount Polley Mine Update

NEWS IN REVIEW| Mount Polley Mine Update

By Sage Birchwater — The water flowing out of Quesnel Lake under the bridge at Likely is murky six months after the Mount Polley Mine disaster sent millions of tons of mining effluent down Hazeltine Creek and into Quesnel Lake on August 4, 2014. Historically, the water in Quesnel River is clear at this time […]

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 […]

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Dec 2014 /Jan 2015

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Dec 2014 /Jan 2015

  By Terri Smith — It was cold last night. We wake up to a world blanketed in snow at last. It is beautiful, but my first thought is of Amadeus. I quickly pull on long johns, wool socks, sweater, boots, toque, gloves, and scarf and even still when I walk outside the air feels […]

RECIPES | Squashed Bread

RECIPES | Squashed Bread

  By Pat Teti — Autumn brings an abundance of apples, potatoes, corn, squash, and other produce begging to be canned, frozen, or dried if not eaten fresh. This can put more demands on our time just when it’s back to work, school, and other community activities. Among the late season products is the pumpkin […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

ARTS & CULTURE | FITNESS | Skijoring and Ice Sailing: Outdoor winter fun in the Cariboo

ARTS & CULTURE | FITNESS | Skijoring and Ice Sailing: Outdoor winter fun in the Cariboo

  By LeRae Haynes — One gloriously unique winter activity in the Cariboo is skijoring. Dog lovers, nature enthusiasts, and outdoor adventurers can find fun and satisfaction in a fast-paced activity that combines cross-country skiing with taking your dog for a run. Animal Care Hospital veterinarian Bianca Scheidt loves the sport. She has volunteered as […]

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 […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Kinikinik: Beauty, ethics, and delectable food in the west Chilcotin

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Kinikinik: Beauty, ethics, and delectable food in the west Chilcotin

  By LeRae Haynes — One unique and unforgettable destination in the beautiful west Chilcotin is the Kinikinik Restaurant and store, part of a sustainable, natural enterprise that includes rental cabins and a conference centre, Pasture to Plate ranching, the Chilcotin Harvest abattoir, a feed store, and a butcher shop. Owners Felix and Jasmin Schellenberg […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Green-ify Your New Year

ARTS & CULTURE | Green-ify Your New Year

  By Jessica Kirby — The first New Years celebrations date back 4,000 years to the Babylonian religious festival called Akitu, which coincided with the Spring Equinox, honoured barley cutting and the victory of the sky god Merduk over the evil sea goddess Tiamat, and saw a new king crowned or the old king’s rule […]

The Culture of Tea: Elixirs of life

The Culture of Tea: Elixirs of life

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

CHILDREN | Celebrating Children at Sacred Heart

CHILDREN | Celebrating Children at Sacred Heart

By LeRae Haynes — Canada celebrates National Child Day on November 20 in recognition of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child. One place in Williams Lake where children are celebrated year round is Sacred Heart Preschool where 47 kids are currently enrolled in various sessions throughout the week. Sacred Heart Preschool […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Red Shreds Bike and Board Shed: Plugging you in to the great outdoors

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Red Shreds Bike and Board Shed: Plugging you in to the great outdoors

By LeRae Haynes — For 27 years Red Shreds Bike and Board Shed has been a source of outdoor gear for all ages in a wide range of activities. But besides bikes and boards, owner Mark Savard and his staff also provide information and inspiration to the community when it comes to getting out and […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Reluctant Riser

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Reluctant Riser

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

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Oct /Nov 2015

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Oct /Nov 2015

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

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 […]

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 […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Quesnel River Watershed Tragedy

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Quesnel River Watershed Tragedy

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

CHILDREN | Peace Talks Resume … at Bedtime  

By Jessica Kirby — So, what is peace? I ask him, brushing the hair away from his forehead as we lay on his bed, spooning, his back to me. What does peace look like? Quiet, he says. Quiet and no fighting. What about fear? I ask. Some people say peace is the absence of fear […]

RECIPES | Grainy Griddle Flatbread

RECIPES | Grainy Griddle Flatbread

By Pat Teti — Like eggs, beer, wine, and cheese, “bread” refers to a single food category while encompassing endless variety. Part of the variety comes from using different ingredients but altering the proofing, loaf size and shape, and baking conditions can also add great diversity to the finished product. When you are following a […]

CHILDREN | Nature’s Classroom

CHILDREN | Nature’s Classroom

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette — When September rolls around, many families head to the mall to stock up on school supplies, backpacks, and lunchboxes, not to mention the yearly closet full of clothing meant to help kick off a new school year with a sense of newness and a fresh start. Us? 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 […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | What’s Brewing in BC?

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | What’s Brewing in BC?

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette — It may come as a surprise—and a source of great pride—that modern day Canadian craft brewing has roots in British Columbia. According to Ken Beattie, executive director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild, it all began in 1982 when John Mitchell, who owned the Troller Pub in […]

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 […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Adorn and Beauty Naturally: Loving the planet and being your most beautiful ‘you’

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Adorn and Beauty Naturally: Loving the planet and being your most beautiful ‘you’

By LeRae Haynes — Health and beauty treatments go hand in hand with protecting the environment at Adorn and Beauty Naturally. The salon offers pedicures, manicures, facials, waxing, reflexology, a range of massage treatments, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, gel nails and polish, and more. What sets the salon apart, according to owner Jo-Anne Lang, is […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Story of Baby Goat

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Story of Baby Goat

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

LOCAL FOODS | A Thousand Jars of Salmon

LOCAL FOODS | A Thousand Jars of Salmon

By LeRae Haynes — When my children were born I learned to cook with meat. I came from several generations of vegetarians, and wanted my kids to have a choice, moral and otherwise, about what they ate. I’m not squeamish and I love to cook, so I started pestering my friends for their favourite carnivore […]

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 […]

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

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

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

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 […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Featured Artist: Living in the Flow with Al-Lisa Tresierra McKay

ARTS & CULTURE | Featured Artist: Living in the Flow with Al-Lisa Tresierra McKay

By Lisa Bland — Artists and visionaries throughout the ages have stood at the edges of worlds unseen—gatekeepers to parallel universes, reminding us of the myths, dreamscapes, and mysteries that exist within and around us in every moment, yet lie just beyond our reach. The trust and courage required to stand fully and authentically in […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Carbon Conscious Travel

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Carbon Conscious Travel

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

SCIENCE MATTERS | Philippines Tragedy Shows Urgency of Warsaw Climate Summit

SCIENCE MATTERS | Philippines Tragedy Shows Urgency of Warsaw Climate Summit

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

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Dreamhealer: Quantum Realities

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Dreamhealer: Quantum Realities

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

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, […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | LOCAL FOODS | Working Partners at Bella Coola Seafoods add Value to Local Fish

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | LOCAL FOODS | Working Partners at Bella Coola Seafoods add Value to Local Fish

By Sage Birchwater — Tucked away in the specialty fish section of Margetts Meats in Williams Lake are the delectable salmon products of Bella Coola Seafoods. One taste of half-smoked spring salmon fillets will have you hooked. However, the other products like regular spring or chum fillets and steaks or ready-to-eat hot-smoked salmon will have […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHILDREN | Celebrating Children on Universal Children’s Day

CHILDREN | Celebrating Children on Universal Children’s Day

By Jessica Kirby — If we want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.” – Abigail Van Buren November 20 marks Universal Children’s Day, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954 to encourage global recognition and understanding of issues that compromise the emotional, physical, and spiritual […]

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. […]

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Fall Mushroom Foraging

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER | Fall Mushroom Foraging

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

STEWARDSHIP | The Mighty Fraser: A River to Experience

STEWARDSHIP | 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 […]

SPIRITUALITY | Giving Thanks in Abundance

SPIRITUALITY | Giving Thanks in Abundance

By Jessica Kirby — Long before Martin Forbisher and the Forbisher Expedition celebrated Canada’s first Thanksgiving to commemorate successfully reaching what is now Newfoundland during attempts to find the Northwest Passage in 1578, native people held ceremonies in honour of the harvest and a sense of security heading into winter. In Europe, ancient festivities celebrated […]