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March 2020 Newsletter


*Information contained in this newsletter may not imply approval by SENS directors.


1. Seedy Saturday: March 21st, 9 – 2 pm, Vernon Rec Centre. Join us, bring the kids, and plan your day around purchase of this year’s seeds, plants and gently used gardening books, local foods, and even lunch! There are free kids’ events, free seed/plant/used magazine swap tables (bring pen and envelopes!), garden expert presentations on seed starting, rainwater use and harvest, making compost, growing black currants and more. Bring your gardening questions and bring your library card and book bag so you can sign out seed/garden books from the Okanagan Regional Library. Admission by donation ($2 suggested). 


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. North Okanagan Naturalists Meeting: March 4th, 7e pm, Schubert Centre. Margaret Mackenzie speaks on “Volcanic Activity in the Chilcotin Plateau: a Geological Perspective”!

3. Citizen’s Climate Lobby: Every Saturday, 9;30 – 11 am, Winfield United Church, Lake Country. Come and enjoy Climate Change talks on a variety of topics! There will be collaborative discovery, opportunity for personal reflection, and sharing ideas for action.  Registration is free but required so they can email you the links to the resources they will discuss each week.

 4. Permaculture: The last Wednesday of each month, 7 pm, upstairs in the Vernon library. This local group meets to plan food forests and share regenerative knowledge with newbie organic gardeners. All are welcome! Contact: Erik at  or 250 859-6302.

 5. WonderCafé.live: Lumby United Church Hall. Free, but donations appreciated.  Please contact Dave @ 250-547-6368 or if you have an idea or wish to present!
Feb 28th, 7 pm - “Don’t’ Just Stand There – Do Something! A personal journey” with Mikkie Nettles.
March 13th, 7 pm – 5G & the ‘Internet of Things’ with SENS director Huguette Allen.

6. Climate Projections for the Okanagan: "The Okanagan will have considerably hotter summers, along with warmer winters and longer growing seasons", so says this new RDNO sponsored climate change report. And to read the entire story, go here!

 7. ACTION: Community Asset Again at Risk? The 67.5-hectare BX Ranch was purchased by the RDNO in early 2016 for $2.315 million, and the land was subdivided in order to create an almost 15-hectare linear park. A resolution was passed to the sell the remaining 55.5 hectares.

In the spring of 2017 BX Ranch Land Task Force was formed in order to encourage Greater Vernon politicians to keep the remaining lands in public hands to give the community time to look at alternative uses for this property.  Over 1500 people have already signed a petition asking to keep this land "public". BUT… the sale of the BX lands may again be considered despite the earlier public petition!

If you would like to see this land kept for future community use rather than being sold to a private buyer please email your local politicians or email GVAC - Greater Vernon Advisory Committee.  Have your say!


1. YouTube:     (a) Spectacular Tiny House on Wheels

                        (b) Remarkable Swedish Farm 

2. BC Sustainable Energy Association Webinar: March 12t.h. The webinar is  on “B.C. Climate Action – Getting to 2030 and Beyond” with the Pembina Institute and FortisBC. Contact BCSEA to register!

3. Environmental Problems: “I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and climate change ... I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy; and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation.” (Dr Gus).To read a related critique, go here!

4. Health Concerns and 5G in Switzerland: Check it out!

 5. Glyphosate: Need proof that long term exposure to this pesticide causes cancer? Then read this.

6. Freshwater Alliance Action: This group wishes to see a commitment from the B.C. Government on The Watershed Security Fund and more investment in security of our waters and watersheds in the 2020 budget. Email Premier Horgan now and tell him we need to invest in the security of B.C. water before it’s too late!

7. Survival Economy: Take a look at this video! IF we are serious about addressing climate change all we can do is prepare for the worst (it's too late to prevent!) and that means opposing all resource extractions including forestry and start restoring any habitat we can, and repair aged infrastructure (e.,g. leaky pipes)!


1. Toxic Synthetic Chemicals: The federal law (Canadian Environmental Protection Act) that regulates such materials was last amended in 1999. Ecojustice is working to get critical amendments introduced to protect us! To learn more, go here.


1.Sustainable Fashion: This CBC story is about grassroots efforts to stem the flow of textile waste into landfills.

2. Arctic Fox Droppings and Plants: If you haven't already LOL'd your thesis (as our freshwater researchers did, to great comedic effect), you may want to try. Or just read theirs!


1. “Beyond Climate” is a new documentary on how the world of many BC residents is changing around them. It contains stories of their struggles and ability to adapt to massive shifts. It contains examples of climate chaos from floods, fires, drought in the Haida Gwaii rainforest and much more.  The Foundation is offering the film for free starting February 20th! 

Co-Edited with Egan Mandreck

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