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Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

By Bill Irwin – With fall around the corner at last, the smoke has abated, at least out near Horsefly. I have taken my astro gear from the camper, where it was pending evacuation, and reinstalled it in the Bells Lake observatory. Last night the moon was a slender crescent, probably regaling in the fact […]

Technology | 2016 demonstrated clean energy is here to stay, with or without Trump: report

Technology | 2016 demonstrated clean energy is here to stay, with or without Trump: report

By Trevor Melanson – As Canadian clean energy companies look to sell their solutions abroad, it’s clear who’s buying. New analysis from Clean Energy Canada shows the world’s three largest electricity markets – China, the US, and India – were collectively responsible for half of global clean energy investment in 2016, which totalled C$348 billion. […]

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

By Bill Irwin – This issue finds us looking at the summer months, although recent weather has not precipitated summer thinking, yet. June is the month of solstice where the sun reaches its highest northern declination for the year in the foot of Gemini the twins, fairly close to the showcase open cluster M35. Solstice […]

Save-On Foods: Charging for plastic  shopping bags—a step forward

Save-On Foods: Charging for plastic shopping bags—a step forward

By LeRae Haynes – Save On Foods in Williams Lake recently decided to charge for plastic shopping bag—a move that has been very well-received by the community. “Feedback from shoppers about having to pay for plastic shopping bags has been overwhelmingly positive,” said store manager Paul Eckersley. “We were a little anxious at first but […]

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Science | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

By Bill Irwin – The question of whether I have ever seen a UFO arises frequently at the observatory. The answer is no, at this time. Without extrapolating to a spacecraft with aliens in it, I would be looking for something that shows unusual motion or erratic brightness patterns. A massive object cannot instantly change […]

SCIENCE | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

SCIENCE | Skywatch with Bill Irwin

By Bill Irwin – The ongoing cloudy and rainy weather eroded some of the observing opportunities this past fall. As we head later into the year, the earlier darkness makes viewing times more convenient. Observing is greatly reinforced by habit but many things conspire to interrupt the processlike having to go to work, unfavourable weather, […]

ARTS & EDUCATION | Sustainable Ranching—Learning Applied Skills and Diversification

ARTS & EDUCATION | Sustainable Ranching—Learning Applied Skills and Diversification

By Angela Abrahão – The first cohort of students from the Sustainable Ranching Program at Thompson Rivers University is finishing up the program’s very first year, ending with Applied Skills and Diversification. It’s been about experiential learning this summer and fall and we’ve had many amazing experiences. In true Cariboo form we headed west, hands […]

CONSERVATION | Water and Conflict

CONSERVATION | Water and Conflict

By Jenny Howell, CCCS – It is interesting to see the different strategies we all take to cope with the news stories of more and more struggling people worldwide in increasingly desperate situations. Some of us switch off, don’t listen to the news, and pretend it isn’t happening, or at least has nothing to do […]

OFFGRID SOLAR | Key Considerations for an Off-grid Solar Energy System: Part II

OFFGRID SOLAR | Key Considerations for an Off-grid Solar Energy System: Part II

By Ron Young – In part one of this article I discussed various topics including Solar Availability, Types of Mounting, Length of Wire Run, and Charge Controllers. The remaining two major components of your off-grid system are Inverters and Batteries.   INVERTERS An inverter is a device that takes the stored battery power and changes […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Key Considerations for an Off-grid Solar Energy System

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Key Considerations for an Off-grid Solar Energy System

By Ron Young – Yogi Berra said it best, “If you don’t know where you are going you will wind up somewhere else.” If you are considering a solar energy system for your off grid home, ranch, or seasonal residence here are a few pointers to help you through the decision making process.   Solar […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Canada’s Clean Energy Future

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Canada’s Clean Energy Future

By Jessica Kirby – As a global community we are on the cusp of significant change in terms of the way we use and produce energy. International conflict, economic volatility, and environmental destruction are drawing attention to the myriad reasons dependence on fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas must change. Topping the list of […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Dire Straits for Electricity in BC

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Dire Straits for Electricity in BC

By Ron Young – You play the programs on the solar T.V… That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it! With apologies to Dire Straits for paraphrasing their 1985 hit, “Money for Nothing,” I write this article to answer the question most frequently asked of me in my business: “How the #@^¿ do I […]

HOME EFFICIENCY | An Affordable High-performance Home: The inner workings

HOME EFFICIENCY | An Affordable High-performance Home: The inner workings

By Paul Hearsey – A year ago I wrote in TheGreen Gazette about our house-building project here in Horsefly, a project we have spent about six years on. This was meant to take one year, but I’m sure many readers can relate to the fact that day-to-day life can often get in the way of […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | New Jobs and a Thriving Economy Ahead for B.C. with Strong Climate Action

RENEWABLE ENERGY | New Jobs and a Thriving Economy Ahead for B.C. with Strong Climate Action

By Julia Kilpatrick, Clean Energy Canada — With revisions by TheGreenGazette   Economic analysis finds steady GDP growth and 900,000 new jobs by 2050 as British Columbia cuts carbon pollution Renewing British Columbia’s commitment to climate leadership would create jobs and bolster the province’s economy, new analysis from Clean Energy Canada shows. A Clean Economy and Jobs Plan […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Batteries Not Included

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Batteries Not Included

By Ron Young —   Studying the past can inform us about lives that have caused a sea of changes in the course of human history. Such men as Galileo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Henry Ford come to mind, but it is often much more difficult for us to identify modern day geniuses. Steve Jobs […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Aliens Promise Clean Energy…  Take over Earth!

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Aliens Promise Clean Energy… Take over Earth!

By Ron Young —   In a sinister plot to invade the planet, alien visitors demonstrated a remarkable form of blue energy they said was totally clean and so powerful that a single disc about the size of a dinner plate could power a large modern city. Once humans had converted all their energy sources […]

HEALTH ISSUES | Save the Girls.  Make the Bra a No-Phone Zone

HEALTH ISSUES | Save the Girls. Make the Bra a No-Phone Zone

By Dr. Devra Lee Davis — A large number of young women carry their cellphones in the bra unaware that they are exposing themselves directly to microwave radiation. That is not a good idea. In fact, the phones come with specific warnings from manufacturers not to do so. Dr. John West and his colleagues at […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Spending Some Time in the Rocketship of Your Mind

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Spending Some Time in the Rocketship of Your Mind

By Ron Young —  Step back for a moment from the madness, frenzy, and oft seeming futility of day-to-day life. Step way back. Enter the cartoon world of the not-too-distant past—the middle of the 20th century. Remember a Popular Mechanics magazine issue that showed a suburbanite stuffing a big yellow personal helicopter into his garage? […]

HOME EFFICIENCY | Paul Hearsey | Building an Affordable High-performance Home: It’s not rocket science

HOME EFFICIENCY | Paul Hearsey | Building an Affordable High-performance Home: It’s not rocket science

By Paul Hearsey —  Well, we’ve been here in Horsefly for seven years this month already. How time really does fly! In the June/July issue of TheGreenGazette we told readers all about our gardens, greenhouse, and root cellar. Today, we’ll talk about the house we have been building in our spare time. Never again. That’s […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Hayooga New Year

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Hayooga New Year

By Ron Young —   I woke up this morning with a dead man singing in my head. Worse than that I couldn’t make out the words, but I did remember the singer, Johnny Cash, and the song was “Folsom Prison Blues.”        “There is a train a-comin’, it’s rolling round the bend, and I […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | E.E.K. Not This Again

RENEWABLE ENERGY | E.E.K. Not This Again

By Ron Young —   While attempting to navigate the shoals of life’s challenges, when you find yourself out of your depth on a particular matter and need to call in an expert, you’re going to encounter three types of people. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s a problem related to a mechanical or […]

HOME EFFICIENCY | Simple Green Home Design

HOME EFFICIENCY | Simple Green Home Design

By Wilf Geier — We recently finished building a house. Before we started, it seemed like the ideas and options were endless. In order of importance, we felt that a solid, well-built house was the most important. Following that we wanted it to be comfortable, highly efficient, unique, and well finished. The original designs were […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Off-grid Checklist: ‘Tis the season

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Off-grid Checklist: ‘Tis the season

By Ron Young —   Blooming of the natural world in springtime and early summer brings us back to our outdoor pursuits, which in BC are often in remote locations. If we have the benefit of a seasonal home, a summer cabin, or an RV then chances are some kind of electrical power system is […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Keep Your Electrical Fluid Dry and Your Grid Tied

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Keep Your Electrical Fluid Dry and Your Grid Tied

By Ron Young —   In 1789 Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Ben, a true renaissance man, is considered by some the father of electricity. In Franklin’s experiments he tapped electricity at the end of a kite string during an electrical storm and was […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Infernal Pollution of the Spotless Mind

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Infernal Pollution of the Spotless Mind

By Ron Young —   While much of western society has become overweight and unhealthy from the food we consume we have also become obese with information; it’s just not as evident. Great selections of edible products masquerading as food have become easily available at low cost. That faux food can fill us up and […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | A Bolt From the Blue A.K.A. The ‘Unk-Unk’

RENEWABLE ENERGY | A Bolt From the Blue A.K.A. The ‘Unk-Unk’

By Ron Young —   No matter how well you think you are prepared for the unexpected there is always the “bolt from the blue,” that thing that occurs that you didn’t expect or plan for, also known as the unknown unknown. It’s such a commonplace reference in the aerospace industry, unknown unknowns are abbreviated […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | The Center of Somewhere

RENEWABLE ENERGY | The Center of Somewhere

By Ron Young —   Government leaders and bankers in China have helped fuel a huge glut of solar panels by supporting the industry with incentives and subsidies even when it was apparent that companies were losing money. Burgeoning growth of the Chinese solar industry has been characterized as a mad dash for easy money. […]

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Solar Wars and Lightning Storms

RENEWABLE ENERGY | Solar Wars and Lightning Storms

By Ron Young —   Government leaders and bankers in China have helped fuel a huge glut of solar panels by supporting the industry with incentives and subsidies even when it was apparent that companies were losing money. Burgeoning growth of the Chinese solar industry has been characterized as a mad dash for easy money. […]