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mid-May 2020 Newsletter supplement

MID-MAY 2020 NEWS – SUSAINABLE ENVIRONMENT NETWORK SOCIETY

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

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 SENS STUFF

1. SENS AGM, May 21,  7 pm. Members will receive details in the next few days on taking part for this virtual zoom meeting! PLEASE send me a YES by email if  you will be taking part. Thank-you in advance!  Also, if you wish to take part using a cell phone, please provide your name and  the  cell number so that you are recognized and can be accepted to the meeting.

2. The next SENS newsletter may be part way through the summer... Hopefully, we’ll be planning a September event in some fashion, that still keeps us all safe! 

LOCAL STUFF

1.  Farmers’ Markets:  

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

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

            Armstrong: Saturdays, 8 am – noon, IPE grounds until the end of September. 

2. Vernon Heronry Threatened: Scotland Constructors Ltd.  had requested, as part of the Vernon Council’s May 11 meeting, that the environmental conditions/covenant be waived during construction on their development beside the heronry.  Luckily a slim majority on council voted to keep the environmental protections in place to avoid having to go to a public hearing. Thanks to all those concerned citizens who, on short notice, found out and emailed or phoned to express their concerns prior to the council meeting. 

3. Energy Webinar, May 26th, 12 noon – 1 pm:   BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) wishes to have BC Hydro achieve low-carbon electrification as part of its Integrated Resource Plan! To register go here.  

 4. Allan Brooks Nature Centre: Their plan is to open July 1 with health and safety guidelines in place. The garage sale is delayed until September 11 – 13. Summer camps are still scheduled, but using BCCDC recommendations. Go to ABNC.ca to check out all their nature education videos (click youtube at top right). 

SENT BY MEMBERS OR READERS

1. Winter Hoop House Garden: Even at – 30C, this is one cool garden

2. A New Way of Life Based on the Economics of Happiness:  Here’s Guy Dauncey’s video presentation!

3. Honey Bee Fertility and Climate Change (a UBC Science Report): By analysing sperm stored in queens, scientists have pinpointed the proteins that activate when bees are exposed to extreme temperatures. 

FROM POLIS WATER SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT

“Creating a Blue Dialogue” Webinar: May 25. 9:30 – 11am pacific time. Use this to register:  Events-na5.adobeconnect.com   The topic will be “Investing in our Watersheds: Stimulus & Sustainable Funding for Water Security,” 3 experts will be involved in the discussion.

FROM PREVENT CANCER NOW 

5G: Citizens are appealing to the Federal Government for a national moratorium on 5G roll out, until questions about human and environmental health effects are resolved.  The only assurance that it’s safe comes from the wireless companies profiting from it, but many scientists and physicians disagree. There is sufficient data to classify RF radiation as a Group 1, known human carcinogen. Group 1 includes asbestos and tobacco smoke.

FROM WEST COAST ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

1. Webinar of Interest: Looking for new learning opportunities to keep you busy this mid-May? WCEL’s got one webinar / virtual discussion to boost your knowledge on environmental law:

 “What’s next for climate law after COVID?'  is set for Tues. May 26th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Register here! 

FROM EVERGREEN    Curious about what they do?  -  go here!

FROM DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION

1. Wilding Ecosystems: Read this heart-warming story of wolf population stability and ecological effect on their surroundings!

FROM IISD 

1.Build Back Better: It makes sense for the planet. It makes sense for the economy. IISD's president explains why Canada's next move will be so important.

2. Hunger Crisis?: Experts argue that we already have some answers about how to prevent this if we look back to the food price crisis of 2007–2008. 

3. Resilience Helps Recovery Efforts: National Adaptation Plans may be climate-focused but they can act as a blueprint for delivering relief during a pandemic. 

FROM WESTERN CANADA WILDERNESS COMMITTEE

Webinar on Native Bee Conservation and Ecology: May 20th (World Bee Day) at 6:30 pm (PST) is hosted by the Native Bee Society of B.C.  Click here for further details! 

FROM SIERRA CLUB FOUNDATION

1. Things to Watch/Read/Hear: 

a) Watch “the Gangsta Gardener”!

b) Read about Bees!

c) Listen to this CBC interview on bailout funding for the oil industry!

d) Check out these Gardening Tips

e) Watch A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity Documentary on youtube. The video suggests solutions and necessary changes to help us live in a simpler way.

 Co-Edited with Egan Mandreck

 * Mailing address: SENS (Sustainable Environment Network Society), c/o the Boys and Girls Club, 3300-37th Ave., Vernon, V1T 2Y5. Website: www.sensociety.org

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