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September 2017 Newsletter


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:

*** SENS provides tax-deductible receipts for donations ***
Information contained in this newsletter may not imply approval by SENS directors.


1. Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Sept 28th, 7 pm, Schubert Centre. A how-to evening of short demos for such items as crackers, pickles, drying foods, solar cookery, sourdough bread, sauerkraut (bring your own small jars and lids), and more! Food Action Society of the North Okanagan joins us to provide this share night!

2. Handmade Holiday: Saturday, Nov 18th, 11 am – 3 pm, Schubert Centre. If you would like to assist us in organizing this year’s event, please contact Heather ASAP. Most of the original ‘legwork’ has already been done…


1. Farmers’ Markets:

Vernon: Monday and Thursdays, 8 am – 1 pm, Kal Tire Place.

Armstrong: Saturdays, 9 – noon, Armstrong Fairgrounds until Oct 29.

Lumby: Saturdays, 9 – 1, Pat Duke Memorial Park.

AND…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. North Okanagan Naturalists: Sept 6, 7 pm, Village Green Hotel, Simone Runyan speaks on Kalavista Lagoon, its history, and how it should be restored as a special habitat area.

3. Allan Brooks Nature Centre:

a) Fall Garage Sale of Donations: Sept 9th, 8 – 4 pm and Sept 10th, 9 – 3 pm, 250 Allan Brooks Way. Throughout the year, ABNC collects item donations (dropped off at their address from 9 – 4 pm) Tues – Sunday each week. They ask that NO clothing, magazines, old electronics, computers, printers, large appliances, or Xmas trees be donated. These September dates mark the annual sale.

b) Host for Respect Fest: Sept 18th – 24th,10 am, Coldstream Park. This Canada 150 celebration aims to respect the land and the environment, honour indigenous history/roots, understand multicultural history, and value the cultural diversity of Canada. For tickets and a schedule, visit

4. Waste Reduction Week: Kal Tire is organizing their annual charity garage sale for Oct 22nd.. Please contact or 250 558 3200 ext 528 for info or to reserve a (free) stall. Food vendors, live music, and other fun family activities included.

5. Tri-Lake Viewpoint Park Proposal: An initiative is underway by a group of Vernon residents to promote the development of a large sub-regional park above the Foothills subdivision. The area has been identified as ecologically sensitive, already has (mostly flat) rough trails to viewpoints, and could be linked to the grey canal trail. It is covered almost entirely by wildlife corridors or high sensitivity zones. Please contact Wynn at and the Greater Vernon Advisory Cttee ( to express your support for this area to become a public park for ALL of us to use forever rather than become private property. The SENS website should have the details and area map in a few days.


1. You Tube: Sustainable Mobile Greenhouse: Check out this interesting video!

Organic Fast Food! Check out the trend shattering Organic Court!

Electric Vehicles: Here are 5 cool Electric Vehicles!

Electric Cargo Bikes: Check out the (non drone) future of urban delivery!

2. Cancer Chemicals in Our Water: The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just-released their Tap Water Database findings. It shows that a startling number (93) of cancer-causing chemicals contaminate our nation's drinking water. An earlier study of tap water data for 48,000 water utilities nationwide found that more than 80 percent exceeded health-protective guidelines. For more, check out this recent study.

3. Chemicals and Human Sperm Count: According to a new report, in less than 40 years the sperm counts among men in Western countries have declined more than 50%. The study also shows that the continued decline does not appear to be levelling off. The authors suspect that environmental factors (such as chemical exposures, adult pesticide exposures, smoking, stress, and obesity) may be having an impact to male fertility. Poor little guys....

4. Trump's Man-Made Climate Change Denial: In a truly shocking news release on its Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has erased any reference to “human activity” or fossil fuels. And NOAA has company! In May, the Department of the Interior deleted a line from a release in order to deny man-made climate change. For even more unsettling news, check out this New York Times report.


1. Green Stormwater Infrastructure: The Alliance is working to encourage all communities to adopt policies so that the majority of rainwater falling in the community is absorbed. This decreases runoff and the pollution it would carry. The Soak It Up! Toolkit (already partially used by Coldstream) provides many ways communities can take to manage rainfalls. Please ask Vernon and Coldstream to fully use the toolkit next!

2. Mount Polley: It cost $40 million to do a clean-up, but no charges were ever laid and Imperial Metals is still in operation and discharging into Quesnel Lake!!! Ask your MP what he/she is doing to prevent such water pollution...


1. The Poison Papers: Recently released, these papers expose decades of collusion between industry and regulators over hazardous pesticides and other chemicals. They show that both parties understood the extraordinary toxicity of many chemical products and worked together to conceal this information from the public and the press. Important instructions on how to search these old documents available here and on the website. For the entire article, go here.

2. The Origins of the Poison Papers: Here's a piece describing the origins of these incriminating records. on the pesticide industry's behind-the-scenes malfeasance.

3. Action On Kinder Morgan Construction Push: Kinder Morgan is pushing forward with its plan to start the pipeline through Burnaby. This rush to start construction is their last desperate bid. They’re betting you don’t care enough to stop it. Get involved in this fight to defend our coast. To start: Send a message to Justin Trudeau and let him know that he can’t be a climate leader and approve pipelines.

4. Volkswagen Emissions: They emit 35 times the legal level of nitrogen oxides, so CAPE is going to court to force the federal government to investigate and punish Volkswagen. For more, go here.


1. Sea Choice: For 10 years, these logos provided consumers with labels that indicated the sustainability of the bought fisheries product. Sadly the logos will no longer be used in stores, as the Sea Choice group moves towards reforming unsustainable production. Find out more about their new direction and see how you can be involved!

2. Earth Overshoot Day: August 2nd was the earliest day yet in any year where we used more from nature than can be renewed in the year. Demanding constant economic growth from our finite planet with limited renewable resources needs a re-think! According to Oregon State University researchers, if Americans ate beans instead of beef, they could still meet 2020 greenhouse gas emissions goals. And if this practice was adopted globally... For more, go here.

3. Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Online Consultation: Scientists recognize that only with action will low populations of right, killer, and beluga whale numbers improve. So please go here and share your thoughts by September 19th. The foundation has recommendations for each of the three whale populations

4. Blue Dot: Vernon and RDNO are supporters of Blue Dot, a Foundation project which supports that all Canadians have a right to a healthy environment. Our Canadian Environmental Protection Act was just-recently reviewed and one of the many recommendations that came from this review was this right. Click here for more information and a link to ask your MP to support these recommendations.


1.Flood Recovery: Due to the flooding event this spring, many landowners are facing a large clean up. As such, it is very important to consider regulations and Best Practices for works along any property. This bulletin outlines what lakeshore landowners are entitled to do related to recovery works and under what circumstances they are required to contact and obtain authorization by the Province.


Sunscreen: We use it to cut sun rays that, in excess, can cause cancer. Chemicals that absorb UV light act like hormones and disrupt lives of all organisms. These endocrine disrupting chemicals may affect human reproduction, and childhood development among other health problems. A titanium alternative is not essential to our environment. Zinc oxide seems to be the only mineral that is essential to bodies and can be used safely so look only for products containing zinc oxide with an inert vegetable based cream. OR…

Make your own!... Melt zinc oxide paste (Ihle’s Paste) with beeswax, coconut oil or aloe vera – recipes are online.


1. A B.C. Blessing: Petronas has dropped its LGN proposal – perhaps after having looked at Australia’s LNG catastrophe! Australia experienced a surge in household/business gas prices, public revenue loss, increased GHG emissions, and minimal job gains after the facilities were built. For more, read the full post.


1. Wetland Benefits: Wetlands can play a crucial role in reducing the impacts from flooding (absorbing excess water) and droughts (providing excess water). In addition, wetlands provide essential habitats for many flora and fauna; many of the plants found in wetlands remove harmful nutrients and other pollutants from the water; and the great volume of water that collects there also encourages plant growth, making it ideal as sources of renewable energy. They save us money and so much more. To lean more about what ISSD is doing regarding the wetlands of Manitoba, go here.

2. The True Cost of Sustainable Infrastructure: Governments and investors often don’t have the expertise or time to plan and tender for sustainable infrastructure. As such, IISD has developed a Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) tool to help them assess the true costs–and risks–associated with these projects. The tool gives them a clear and detailed picture of how and why a sustainable project is more attractive. It also considers the broader co-benefits that the infrastructure brings to the domestic economy: enhanced GDP, reduced clean-up costs, better public health, more jobs, and much more. For more information please contact: David Uzsoki, Project Officer or Fida Rana, Infrastructure Finance Specialist.

Co- Edited with Egan Mandreck

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