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April 2017 Newsletter

APRIL 2017

Support Us! You can become a member (Family - $20.00, Individual - $15.00, Basic - $5.00), attend our monthly meetings (the 4th Thursday usually), donate, and/or volunteer. Mailing address: SENS (Sustainable Environment Network Society), c/o the Boys and Girls Club, 3300-37th Ave., Vernon, V1T 2Y5. Website:

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1. Journey To The Future: April 27, 7 pm, Schubert Centre. Guy Dauncey, author with a positive vision of a sustainable future, discusses his latest book and provides numerous ideas of how we can act on his visions to make life much happier and healthier for everyone - grandchildren too! Discussion welcome. Bring a carload!

2. Repair Café: May 28, 11am – 3 pm, Okanagan Science Centre. SENS is again supporting Vernon in Transition for this valuable community event. Do you have a skill that we might be able to use to repurpose or repair household items so they don’t go to the landfill? Please contact Also, check out and


1. Farmers’ Markets:

Vernon: Monday and Thursdays, 8 am – 1pm, Kal Tire Place. Starts April 20, 2017

Lumby: Open year-round, Monashee Food Co-op, #3-1965, Shuswap Ave.

- GMO and pesticide free produce! For more information, call 778-473-2230 or visit their website.

2. Get your Tickets TODAY! Eco-friendly Home Tour: May 6th, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Vernon, Lake Country, and SE Kelowna. Check out some certified net zero energy homes! Only 100 tickets are available ($25 each) at Bean Scene on March 31st and April 1st,10 am – 3 pm until all tickets are sold. For more information, email

3.North Okanagan Naturalist Club: April 5th, 7 pm, Vernon’s Village Green Hotel. Brett Ford will speak on badgers.

4. Armstrong Environmental Trust (ASET) Green Fair: April 15th, 9 am – 1 pm, at Askew’s in Armstrong. It’s by donation for those wishing to set up a table to sell, showcase a business, or provide non-profit-type information. Contact David at

5. Protecting/Preserving the Shuswap River: RDNO is looking at managing motorized vessels on this river with a jet-boat near Cherryville: Check out this video! Also, let RDNO know how you use the Shuswap and your reaction to noise pollution, chemicals, and erosion on the river.

6. Myth That Pesticides Are Necessary to Feed the World: This idea is a myth, according to a new U.N. Report. It is highly critical of the global corporations that manufacture pesticides, accusing them of greed and unethical practices, resulting in “catastrophic impacts on the environment, human health and society as a whole”! We can already feed 9 billion people today, but the problem is poverty, inequality, and distribution. For the entire article, go here.

7. Toxic Chemicals on the Brain: Thursday, April 6th, 7:30 pm, Vernon's Okanagan College campus. Science in Society speaker, Dr. Lanphear, will explain how harmful chemicals impact brain development and discuss prevention. He will also discuss the pandemic of consumption. To register or obtain more information, go here. Tickets in advance are $7 from Okanagan Science Centre or Eventbrite; $10 at the door.

8. Organics: Craig of Hoisington Organic Farms was unable to be at Seedy Saturday, but if you’re interested in chicken, turkey, sausages, lamb, garlic and more, check out his website and make contact.


1. Bees and Volunteer Stewardship Day: Saturday, April 8th,, from 9:30 am to noon, at the Pollinator Pasture in Brent's Grist Mill Park in Kelowna. This year, Dr. Nancy Holmes and her team of volunteers will be expanding bee-beneficial native flowers into last year's planting area, and removing some invasive weeds.

2. Kelowna's Nectar Trail: They are also directing a community native-seed growing activity supporting bees (bee streets, pollinator pathways, etc.). Nectar Trail “wannabees” are invited to attend the free workshops for this. They are on Saturday April 1st, from 1 to 4 pm, at the Okanagan Regional Library Mission Branch, 4105 Gordon Drive.


1. YouTube Quickies: Check out this Hobbit House and this Teardrop Camper! Inconvenient Sequel:

2. Safe Roads Toolkit: Here's a great document for protecting those who bicycle and walk!

3. Paris Climate Goals Eye-opener: Do we’d need mass mortalities + large uninhabitable areas for it to happen

4. BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA): created a “big question survey “ on BC’s energy future for BCSEA hosted debates. Check out the public’s answers at


1. Asthma and Yeast: University of British Columbia microbiologists have found a yeast in the gut of new babies in Ecuador that appears to be a strong predictor that they will develop asthma in childhood. The new research furthers our understanding of the role microscopic organisms play in our overall health...

2. Honey and Food Safety: Vancouver’s non-profit Hives for Humanity has caused researchers to seek a means of testing to show that their honey was free of pollutants. This is valuable since urban beekeeping is expanding all over the lower mainland. And here's how the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geo-chemical Research (PCIGR), a testing lab, helped Vancouver’s Hives for Humanity.

FROM SUMOFUS.ORG (Non-Profit Social Media Group)

Pepsi’s Broken Palm Oil Promise: It means loss of elephant, tiger, orang-utan and rhino habitat… Watch and share the shocking footage revealing how the world's biggest snack food companies are linked to rainforest destruction.

FROM AVAAZ.ORG (Non-Profit Social Media Group)

Action to Stop the Ivory Trade: Sign this petition to help end this practice in Europe!


The UN is battling Ocean Plastic: Sign Tyler’s petition to urge Canada to help lead the way. The UN campaign calls on countries to: *Pass plastic reduction policies – Plastic bags, microbeads, disposable plastics,  *Target Industry to minimize plastic packaging and redesign products, *Encourage and call on consumers to alter throw-away habits, by 2022. Here’s more on the UN’s War on Ocean Plastic.


The Secret Inside Your Phone : the cell phone industry at Berkley California is fighting to keep instructions on how to use your phone out of sight. Tests show that today's phones exceed emission standards, when held against the body ... or ear. Wendy Mesley’s CBC Marketplace report with the latest on cell phones and cancer was shown March 24, 8pm and March 26 at 10:30 am but you may still be able to view via your computer…


1.Supporting Active Transport: The World Economic Forum has amassed a list of 12 major cities that are either going to eliminate vehicular traffic entirely, or sharply limit it in various ways, in the not too distant future. Would you like Vernon’s 30th Ave to be for pedestrians/bicycles only? Ask Council for this! Also, CAPE has produced a new toolkit to help health professionals become advocates of active transportation for their patients and communities. Check it out :

2. Renewable Energy in Holland: In terms of renewable standard-setting numbers, look no further than the Netherlands! Advances there are outstripping anything done in Canada and in most countries around the world, by a country mile. Want proof? Check out these three stories (1, 2, 3)!

3. Shell’s 1991 Prediction of Global Warming: You'll be surprised to learn that 26 years ago, Royal Dutch Shell made 28 educational documentary films laying out the probability of global warming, the hazards and risks associated with its evolution, and the need for action to address this now-dominant threat to the human project. And what has Shell done since? Read all about it in this Guardian piece.

4.Mercury Amalgam: Acceptance was based on everything but its potential to harm human and ecosystem health…

5. The Detox Project: This group is pushing certification of US food products as being glyphosate-free so consumers can avoid this ‘probably carcinogenic’ chemical.


1. Will Atrazine Be Banned? Banned in Europe yet still allowed here, Atrazine, a pesticide linked to birth defects, reproductive problems, and cancer, is currently under review by Health Canada. Canada’s pesticide regulator has a ripe opportunity to follow the lead of Europe by instituting a ban. If all goes well, Atrazine will be shelved for good. The original piece is here. And for even more, check out this PDF!


2. Polluters Must Pay: The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has confirmed that polluters must clean up a decade-long contaminated site in Harrietsfield. With this ruling, Nova Scotia sends a strong message to those who pollute the land! While we wait for implementation of the clean-up, Nova Scotia Environment has since pledged to provide community members with water filtration systems. Stay tuned for an update in the coming weeks on this.. .Also, please help spread the word about this important case.


1. Webinar Series on Adaptation to Climate Change: Check out these lessons and experiences as countries work on their National Adaptation Plan! Watch the first in the series here.

Co- Edited with Egan Mandreck

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