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mid-January 2020 Newsletter supplement


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1. Eating Local Foods in Winter: Jan. 23rd, 2020, 7 pm, Schubert Centre. Ways to easily enrich your winter cookery and diet, and to reduce your carbon footprint. Share, collect recipes and more!


1. Farmers’ Markets:  

             Vernon: Indoors at Kal Tire Place on Fridays, 11 – 3 pm

             Lumby: Year-round, Monashee Food Co-Op (GMO / pesticide-free!), Shuswap Ave. 

             Armstrong: Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm, Odd Fellows Hall, Bridge St. 

2. WonderCafé.live: This local speaker program starts in January at Lumby United Church.  Come, listen, and take part! Free, but donations appreciated.  Also, if you have an idea you’d like to suggest or even present, please contact Dave @ 250-547-6368  or

             January Speakers:  

             Jan 17th,7 pm – Geoff Atkins uses bubbles to teach children the values of persistence.

             Jan 31th, 7 pm – Donna Easto on Adaptogenic Herbs

3. BC SEA, Okanagan Chapter: Jan 26th, 2 – 5 pm, OK Regional Library, 1380 Ellis St., Kelowna, This meeting is to generate strategies that help everyone transition to 100 % renewables in the Okanagan by 2030. Everyone is welcome!  ALSO, please join them Feb 4th, 7 – 8:30 pm at Vernon’s library to plan the EV float for the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade!


1. How To Save Our Fish: Rashid Sumaila, a professor and director at the UBC fisheries economics research unit  has some groundbreaking and controversial ideas on how we can prevent overfishing of important fish stocks, shield vulnerable species, and protect our oceans. The tough part may be persuading key countries to change tack on their fishing practises for the common good...  check out his Vancouver Sun interview!

2. Avocado Ban and Zero Waste in Cheran, Mexico: “When illegal logging turned their green, pine-covered hills into an ecological wasteland, the people of the Mexican indigenous town of Cheran decided to arm themselves with rifles and reclaim their land. Today, eight years after rising up against illegal loggers and the drug cartel behind them, Cheran is practically an independent enclave tucked into the lawless mountains of western Mexico ... And they run ambitious environmental programs that have begun covering their bare, charred land into verdant pine trees again!” For the entire article, go here!

3. Guy Dauncey’s “Take” on the Climate Emergency: Check it out!

4. Logging Causes Spring Floods in B.C.: Extremely heavy snowpacks, sudden downpours, unseasonably warm temperatures, deforested landscape, where melting snow is exposed to direct sunlight … all factors in the historic B. C. Flood of 2018. B.C. Is urged to legally require logging companies to consider flooding when they harvest trees to both protect communities and preserve the landscape! Original CBC News article here.


1. With Ecojustice’s Help: Seven young people are taking Ontario’s Ford government to court over rolling back the province’s climate targets!

2. Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) Victory: A Federal Court of Appeal decision means this B.C. lake and the area around it will remain safe from toxic tailings from a proposed copper-gold mine! The New Prosperity mine has repeatedly been found to pose threats to the environment and the lake. For the full story, go here. 


1. Fracking Near the Site C Dam: Already one earthquake has shaken the Site C construction site and caused a worker evacuation, however the BC Oil and Gas Commission continues to allow fracking nears dams. For the article, go here.

Co-Edited with Egan Mandreck

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