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Health Issues | Heads in the Sand, Pies in the Sky: Governments deny the facts of life

Health Issues | Heads in the Sand, Pies in the Sky: Governments deny the facts of life

By Olga Sheean – When wisely applied and when based on empirical research, science helps keep us safe. Science makes sense of things and helps us understand how things work. It stops us from sticking our fingers in electrical sockets or from thinking we can fly if we jump off a high building, in defiance […]

Death Kit: A Starter Pack on Dying

Death Kit: A Starter Pack on Dying

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

Health & Wellness | And a Mindful New Year to All

Health & Wellness | 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 […]

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 – […]

Sitting in the Fire

Sitting in the Fire

By Margaret-Anne Enders – Apparently there is a name for it. A phrase that encompasses the gut-churning, oxygen-sucking, confidence-shaking, grief-provoking physical and emotional onslaught that greets those who step onto the path of working for racial justice and equality, who dare choose to stand beside and actively walk with those who are marginalized in our […]

Conservation Conversation: Volunteers make the world go ‘round

Conservation Conversation: Volunteers make the world go ‘round

By Vanessa Moberg, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society – Volunteers are important. Really important. Renowned author and political scientist Robert Putnam has suggested that social capital – defined as civic engagement, cooperation, trust amongst citizens, and working towards the common good – is critical to our democracies, economies, and societal health and well-being. It is also […]

Northern Exposure returns to Wells, BC from October 12–15

Northern Exposure returns to Wells, BC from October 12–15

Northern Exposure returns to Wells, BC from October 12–15. It’s your annual opportunity to learn and share ideas with your peers, as well as experts in the field of rural arts, culture, and festival organizing. Wells is at the core of the Cariboo. It comes alive once again for arts and culture administrators, creative not-for […]

Discover Wellness Health Fair & Market in Williams Lake October 14, 2017

Discover Wellness Health Fair & Market in Williams Lake October 14, 2017

Spiral Health is kicking off the first annual Discover Wellness Health Fair & Market in Williams Lake. It will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in The Gibraltar Room at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. The health fair is about “Inspiring a Healthy You!” It has been a successful […]

Arts & Culture | Arts Truly on the Fly

Arts & Culture | Arts Truly on the Fly

By Brandon Hoffman, Artistic Director, Arts on the Fly – July 8, the day after the fires first broke out in Williams Lake, the biggest thing on my mind was the fate of Arts on the Fly Festival, slated for the following weekend. I went through the motions like everybody else: putting together my evacuation […]

Waste Wise | Central Cariboo Transfer Station:  Share Sheds for the people, by the people

Waste Wise | Central Cariboo Transfer Station: Share Sheds for the people, by the people

By Tera Grady – If you frequent the Central Cariboo Transfer Station on Frizzi Road in Williams Lake, you will know that the site houses a couple of Share Sheds for residents to drop off and pick up items free of charge. Loved by many, these Share Sheds are a great way to encourage waste […]

Conservation | Where have all the salmon gone?

Conservation | Where have all the salmon gone?

By Melissa Chaun – It has been eerily quiet on the Lower Fraser River this year. Not a single fishing boat to be seen. At the time of writing this, the commercial salmon fishery had yet to open this season and likely never will. There are simply not enough salmon. Even the Musqueam Indian Band, […]

Stewardship | Rivershed Society of BC: Pledge for  watershed conservation, protection, and restoration

Stewardship | Rivershed Society of BC: Pledge for watershed conservation, protection, and restoration

By Fin Donnelly – What a summer. The wildfires displaced tens of thousands of people and animals, and disrupted many planned activities, which included forcing the cancellation of the Rivershed Society of BC’s (RSBC) 26-day Sustainable Living Leadership Program, a trip down the entire Fraser River by canoe, raft, shuttle van, and foot. The fires […]

Opinion: Burning creosote and PCP laden rail ties in Williams Lake is an all risk and no benefit scenario

By Becky Bravi – Last year I made an appeal to the Environmental Appeal Board opposing the permit to allow Atlantic Power (AP) to burn up to 50 per cent creosote and PCP soaked rail ties in its fuel mix. As we move to post-evacuation alert status in Williams Lake I realize I am even […]

Conservation | Goat River Watershed: Can a gold rush trail save the salmon?

Conservation | Goat River Watershed: Can a gold rush trail save the salmon?

By Simon Zukowski – The Fraser River is home to perhaps the world’s largest salmon run. Yet fewer salmon have been returning to the Fraser in recent years and the runs have been fluctuating more wildly. The trend is not in salmons’ favour. Fish are sensitive to temperature changes and as the Fraser heats up […]

When human need was recognized, essential service was given unconditionally

Dear Editor, “Love is the only rational answer to the problem of human existence.” – Erich Fromm Is love the only satisfactory answer? Love may not be the absolutely perfect answer, but Kamloops uses its ability to find an appropriate answer. The Sandman “evacuee” Center showed a development of love to a level that really […]

Arts on the Fly 2017 Music Festival July 14 and 15 in Horsefly, BC

Arts on the Fly 2017 Music Festival July 14 and 15 in Horsefly, BC

Thousands (if not millions) of emails and phone calls later, we are finally ready to announce the lineup of Arts on the Fly’s 2017 summer festival. Not one to shy away from diversity (or exaggeration), this may be the widest assortment of musical styles for an Arts on the Fly to date. Without further ado: […]

Bee Audacious Gathering – Part Two: Where to go from here?

Bee Audacious Gathering – Part Two: Where to go from here?

By Diane Dunaway – In Part One of my report about the Bee Audacious gathering held last December in San Marin County, California, I related the experience as part travelogue. Once home, processing the conference was surprisingly challenging. At the best of times expectations can be unrealistic; compound that with words like “audacious” and the […]

The Complexity of Ego: Cultivating a healthy relationship with ourselves

The Complexity of Ego: Cultivating a healthy relationship with ourselves

By Ciel Patenaude – Egos have a pretty bad image. Thanks to Freud and his buddies in the therapy realm combined with some intense uber-oneness-focused spirituality amplified in the 1960s (and today), most of us are perplexed by the existence, importance, and meaning of our egos, and are quick to judge them as creations of […]

BC government urged to ban trophy hunting of grizzly bears

BC government urged to ban trophy hunting of grizzly bears

HSI/Canada, Pacific Wild, and middle school students unite to protect wildlife in the lead-up to the provincial election. Humane Society International/Canada, Pacific Wild, and middle school students from Glenlyon Norfolk school are calling on the BC government to implement a complete ban on the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in British Columbia, and to implement […]

Forests Forum – Community Speaks Out on Sawmills, Logging

Forests Forum – Community Speaks Out on Sawmills, Logging

By Peter Atamanenko – On Thursday, March 16, a meeting held at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre in Williams Lake brought in a progressive-minded think tank to share a few different ideas about the future of our public forests. A full house packed the old firehall, with about 70 people. Ben Parfitt, resource analyst with […]

Celebrate Earth Day at Handmade in the Cariboo Event

Celebrate Earth Day at Handmade in the Cariboo Event

By LeRae Haynes – A community event celebrating local artisans is coming to Williams Lake on April 22, thanks to the efforts and vision of two young business owners Leslie Mahar and Lacey Tomlinson. Leslie from Paper Airplanes and Lacey from Something Borrowed Weddings and Events are bringing together vendors, shoppers, and families for Handmade […]

In Love with Stuff – Philosophies of Simplicity

In Love with Stuff – Philosophies of Simplicity

By Jennifer Clark – Downsizing and living a simple life is part of many different philosophies, and can be traced back decades, if not centuries. In what is probably one of the first (or at least the best-known) rejections of modern working life, Henry David Thoreau built himself a small home next to Walden Pond […]

Seedlings for Starters

Seedlings for Starters

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – Whether to plants seeds or nurse seedlings—that is the question. As a non-commercial home gardener with boxes my husband made and a crapshoot of light and soil quality locations around my property, the gardening season is always an adventure. I try new things each year, along with […]

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere

By Jessica Kirby – Love it or hate it, plastic is everywhere. Since its earliest development nearly 200 years ago, the compound has revolutionized the world but with dire environmental consequences. How Much Plastic? Each year, plastic consumption increases by nine per cent over the previous year. • The world has produced more plastic in […]

Step into Ecstasy this Spring

Step into Ecstasy this Spring

By Ciel Patenaude – It has been a lengthy, bizarre, and intense winter, rife with viruses that wouldn’t quit, overwhelming political and sociological events both south of the border and within our own boundaries, extreme and levelling blocks of frigid arctic air, and the snow that just kept coming. Hopefully by the time you’re reading […]

First in the Nation: Maryland State Advisory Council on Children’s Health  Recommends Reducing Wireless Exposures in The Classroom

First in the Nation: Maryland State Advisory Council on Children’s Health Recommends Reducing Wireless Exposures in The Classroom

By Theodora Scarato, MSW – In December 2016, the Maryland State Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC) voted to issue recommendations advising the Maryland Department of Education to recommend that local school districts reduce classroom wireless radiation exposures to as low as possible by providing wired – rather than wireless – internet connections. […]

Power of the Heart: Awakening Our Hearts’ Intelligence

Power of the Heart: Awakening Our Hearts’ Intelligence

Submitted by Dina Stephenson –  Everybody has a heart and your body can not live without it. But your heart is also more than just an organ pumping blood throughout your body. With the help of HeartMath® techniques you are able to tap into your heart’s intelligence and start healing yourself. HeartMath is a unique […]

Natural Health | What I do When I get Sick

Natural Health | What I do When I get Sick

By Dr. Adam McLeod, ND, BSc (Hons) – There are hundreds of natural therapies that can be used to support or stimulate the immune system. It is often challenging to sift through this information to find out what actually works. Everyone you talk to will have a different solution they swear by. In this article, I […]

Arts & Culture | Safety Meeting 2017

Arts & Culture | Safety Meeting 2017

By Brandon Hoffman – We kicked off the 2017 Safety Meeting concert series with sold out double-night performances by Kym Gouchie and Marin Patenaude with her band The Follow Through. I am thoroughly stoked with how the whirlwind weekend came together. All the music was outstanding, and on Saturday we managed to sneak an afternoon […]

Arts & Culture | The 1st annual Cariboo-Chilcotin Film Festival

Arts & Culture | The 1st annual Cariboo-Chilcotin Film Festival

By Casey Bennett – Krista Liebe is a true film buff through and through. There’s an excitement that comes over her as she lights up when discussing obscure, difficult to find films from countries like Estonia and Iran. As a film buff myself, it’s quite contagious, really. Over a three-hour conversation, we spoke about her […]

Activism | Women’s Day: Let’s create a future that belongs to all of us

Activism | Women’s Day: Let’s create a future that belongs to all of us

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette – The Unites States under President Donald Trump is currently the most convenient place to look for evidence of a systemic movement to erode women’s rights. In just a few short weeks, President Trump has reinstated the global gag rule or Mexico City Policy, which blocks US federal […]

Arts & Culture | Pharis Romero Sings True: About the year that was and a singing workshop, too

Arts & Culture | Pharis Romero Sings True: About the year that was and a singing workshop, too

By Venta Ruthkauskas – The Community Arts Council of Williams Lake is excited to present a day-long singing workshop with Pharis Romero on March 11. There’s a little slice of heaven round the corner from here. A river dances through it, and all the birds gather there. A songbird makes her home, builds her nest, […]

Letter to the Editor: A Green Economy in the Cariboo

By John Dressler– Canadian journalist Chris Turner wrote a book about his global search for sustainable practices, calling it The Geography of Hope, a Tour of the World We Need. He does not recount a visit to Williams Lake, but he does describe in detail the way of life he found on the island of […]

NATURAL HEALTH | A Healthy Gut for a Healthy Life

NATURAL HEALTH | A Healthy Gut for a Healthy Life

By Kristin Lehar – With Halloween barely behind us and Christmas just around the corner, the sweets and sugary temptations are not easy to escape. It’s hard not to give in to the shiny, embellished displays of seasonal sweets popping out from every corner at the grocery store and at the same time how many times […]

ECOLOGY & WILDLIFE | The Cariboo-Chilcotin Ecosystems Restoration Steering Committee:  Serving the Region since 2008

ECOLOGY & WILDLIFE | The Cariboo-Chilcotin Ecosystems Restoration Steering Committee: Serving the Region since 2008

Covering less than one per cent of BC, native grasslands are home to the highest diversity of at-risk plant and animal species. The grassland ecosystems of our province have been negatively impacted by wildfire suppression combined with a continued absence of prescribed fire. The lack of fire leads to the encroachment of trees onto grasslands […]

Opinion: Buying Fair Trade is a Commitment to Think

Opinion: Buying Fair Trade is a Commitment to Think

By Lisa Hilton– Step one: somebody plants the cotton plants. Step two: the plants are tended by field workers until the cotton grows. Step three: the cotton is harvested. Meanwhile, one million cotton workers are hospitalized that year, due to contact with the strong pesticides and insecticides. Step four: the cotton is milled into yarn. […]

COMMUNITY | Becoming a Citizen of Canada

COMMUNITY | Becoming a Citizen of Canada

By Sharon Taylor – Canada celebrated Citizenship Week from October 10 to 16 this year, and it was a good time for all Canadians, whether by birth or choice, to reflect on what it means to be a Canadian in today’s complex world. To become a citizen, a person must pay a fee (presently $630), […]

HEALTH ISSUES | Natural Health Products (NHPs)  Are Not Drugs

HEALTH ISSUES | Natural Health Products (NHPs) Are Not Drugs

By Reuben Dinsmore, ND –   I know I’m preaching to the choir here—if you have been to see a naturopathic doctor, there’s a very high chance you’ve benefitted from the recommendation of certain nutraceutical supplements along your treatment journey. And so I invite you to take a moment to send a message to your […]

SPIRITUALITY | Recalibrating

SPIRITUALITY | Recalibrating

By Margaret-Anne Enders – I generally tend toward the Luddite end of the technologically savvy scale; however, lately I have developed a new respect for a certain piece of technology: my parents’ GPS. Well, not the GPS exactly, but the woman who lives inside it. Surprisingly, she has surfaced as a new mentor for me. […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Arts on the Fly and Safety Meeting Update

ARTS & CULTURE | Arts on the Fly and Safety Meeting Update

In October, the Arts on the Fly Festival Society had its AGM, and we are incredibly excited to announce that Arts on the Fly Festival 2017 will be going down July 14 and 15 in beautiful Horsefly, BC. After taking a year off, our returning volunteers are feeling refreshed, and we have plenty of new […]

Spacing the Chorus: A small investigation of extemporaneous particulation

Spacing the Chorus: A small investigation of extemporaneous particulation

By Ron Young – There are times when a dog barks repeatedly and at a sufficient volume and frequency that it raises the attention of his neighbours, who take up the chorus and transmit his message across the night-yards and country paddocks of the region. What may initiate this disturbance is a matter of great curiosity […]

Xatśūll Trail Development

Xatśūll Trail Development

By Miriam Schilling– Our community completed a Trails and Recreation Strategy Plan in March 2015 and constructed the first multi-use trail at Deep Creek during the summer of 2015. Due to the success of our first trail initiative and very strong community support, we started the development of multi-use hiking and biking trails at Soda […]

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 […]

RECIPES | Cultured Delights: Fermenting foods for optimal health

RECIPES | Cultured Delights: Fermenting foods for optimal health

By Kristin Lehar – Fermenting foods and making various jars of pickled delights out of the abundance of produce bursting out of the garden at this time of year is probably one of my favourite things to do. The satisfaction of harvesting the fruits (and veggies) of your labour, creating delightful vegetable combinations, stuffing them […]

STEWARDSHIP | 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 […]

COMMUNITY | Restorative Justice: An alternative that works

COMMUNITY | Restorative Justice: An alternative that works

By LeRae Haynes – Giving people a chance to turn their lives around and connecting them to their communities is at the heart of a growing, successful program in Williams Lake. For nearly 20 years Restorative Justice has taken cases off the court dockets, bringing offenders and victims face to face to discuss impact and […]

LETTERS | Submission to Minister of Environment: Re Railway Ties Burning in Williams Lake

  Good Day, My name is Angie Delainey and I was born and raised in Williams Lake and where my family has owned and operated a business in the downtown core for over 45 years. I have two small children ages 2.5 and 6, one of which attends the Nesika Elementary School located in the […]

SPIRITUALITY | Compassion: The heart of the golden rule

By Sharon Taylor – You’ve heard the Golden Rule in many forms throughout your life: treat others the way you’d like to be treated. Don’t treat people in a way you wouldn’t like to be treated. The Buddha said: Treat not others in ways you would yourself find hurtful (Udana Vargas 5.18). The Prophet Mohammed […]

STEWARDSHIP | What the Heck is Worm Composting?

STEWARDSHIP | What the Heck is Worm Composting?

By Jennifer Clark– We’ve probably all put a worm on a hook to catch a fish at some point in our lives—maybe, like me, it was when you were out fishing with your grandfather as a kid. What I never knew until I started to learn about urban gardening and sustainability was that those wiggly […]

COMMUNITY | Taking Refuge

COMMUNITY | Taking Refuge

By Sharon Taylor– You wake up in the morning, acrid smoke already making your throat hurt. You glance out the window as you get ready for work. Every time a plane flies over, you look up and calculate how near it is and what direction it is going in. At work, everyone is talking nervously. […]

ACTIVISM | Local March for Food Justice Lends Voice to Millions

ACTIVISM | Local March for Food Justice Lends Voice to Millions

By Erin Hitchcock – A couple dozen people marched through Williams Lake last month to raise awareness about pesticides and genetically modified food and how these products may harm our health, environment, and society. While this local March for Food Justice was small, participants joined millions of people across the globe, marching in solidarity during […]

CHILDREN | Home learning: challenges and benefits for families

By LeRae Haynes–   Four moms who are homeschooling their children with the support of the Distance Education program through School District #27, said when it comes to their children’s education, this is the best of both worlds. They have home learning kids ranging from kindergarten to grade 7. Kat Sheppard, Carrie Becotte, Treava Marklinger, […]

ARTS & CULTURE | The Station House Gallery: Summer events and historical roots

By Brandon Hoffman– Just heading south from Williams Lake there’s a charming old farm house tucked into the landscape. There aren’t a lot of buildings like this one around the Cariboo these days, so it might stand out a bit. Almost as distinct as the folk-Victorian style of the house is the big red barn […]

Green Business Feature | Welcome to the family at Sta-Well Health Foods

Green Business Feature | Welcome to the family at Sta-Well Health Foods

By LeRae Haynes – When Bruce Mattson opened the doors of Sta-Well Health Foods in Williams Lake 38 years ago, people laughed at the health food industry and thought he was out of his mind. “This was a meat-and-potatoes town, and when I borrowed money and set up this store people thought I was crazy,” […]

FARM & GARDEN  | Victory Gardens for Bees:  A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees

FARM & GARDEN | Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees

  Bees are essential to human life. As pollinators of vital crops, they bring forth approximately 90 per cent of the world’s nutrition. Yet pesticides and other environmental stressors have destroyed more than 10 million hives to date, and populations continue to plummet.           Victory Gardens for Bees is both a clarion call for […]

COMMUNITY | Dealing with our Dirty Laundry

COMMUNITY | Dealing with our Dirty Laundry

By Margaret-Anne Enders  – These days I count myself lucky. My family and I just returned from a backpacking trip in Nicaragua. Part of our adventures there included a home stay with a rural Nicaraguan family. Miriam, Samir, and Alina were warm and welcoming and graciously shared their culture, their food, and their small home […]

COMMUNITY | Williams Lake Refugee Sponsorship Group

COMMUNITY | Williams Lake Refugee Sponsorship Group

By Sharon Taylor-   “The public support has been remarkable,” says Paola Konge, president of the Williams Lake Refugee Sponsorship Group (WLRSG) Organizing Committee. “So many people are asking how they can get involved.” More than 50 people have joined the newly-formed WLRSG, and are actively preparing for the next steps. Local organizations such as […]

CONSERVATION | World Water Day 2016 and the Future of the Blue Work Force

CONSERVATION | World Water Day 2016 and the Future of the Blue Work Force

  By Brianna van de Wijngaard – Community Liaison Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society 2016 brings yet another World Water Day (WWD) on March 22. Part of its purpose is to keep water conservation and preservation top of mind at both local and global levels, but also because each WWD theme is part of a strategic […]

RECIPES | STRENGTH IN SUPERFOODS | Warming Winter Recipes

RECIPES | STRENGTH IN SUPERFOODS | Warming Winter Recipes

By Devon Chappell — How about a cup of joy, my friend? Through our senses, the changing of the seasons, love, and desire we have constant reminders that we are alive. But if we are not soulfully connected to each aspect of life, we can end up in conflict within ourselves and with our bodies. With […]

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | Zirnhelt Ranch

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | Zirnhelt Ranch

Zirnhelt Ranch • Producers of Grassfed & Finished Beef • Pasture Raised Pork • Welcome to the Zirnhelt Ranch, a family owned and operated ranch located in Beaver Valley BC.  Beaver Valley is a lush agricultural oasis located in the western foothills of the Cariboo Mountains near the city of Williams Lake.   The climate is ideally suited for grazing cattle […]

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | San Jose Cattle Company

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | San Jose Cattle Company

San Jose Cattle Company • Sustainable Agriculture, Raised Naturally/Local Beef, No antibiotics, hormones, chemical fertilizers or herbicides. Phone: 250 296-4592 Clint and Karen Thompson

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | Dandelion Living

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | Dandelion Living

Dandelion Living · Clothing & Home Local, Original, Fair Trade, Hand Made, Organic goodness for baby, home, gifts, and togs for humans and their offspring. Look Good. Feel Good. Be Good. All Dandelion Living products have been sourced from manufacturers that are committed to the environment and being fair with the people that produce their wares. […]

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | Cleanway Supply Inc. Williams Lake

THE GREEN COLLECTIVE | Cleanway Supply Inc. Williams Lake

Cleanway Supply Inc · Williams Lake · Since 1983 our goal at Cleanway Supply Inc. has been to supply solutions to our customer’s problems while at the same time maintaining a level of service, quality and value unmatched in the industry. To achieve this, we are always improving our service and product choices. At Cleanway, we are […]

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