Mid-January 2012 Newsletter

SENS Mid Month News

1. SENS evening, January 26, 7 pm, Vernon’s Schubert Centre. Local Food As An Economic Motor? A panel will discuss growing local food as a means of building resilience so that jobs in tourism the arts and other sectors continue to flourish long into our future. Free! Bring a carload!

2. Simple 'green' resolutions: Save money in 2012 and cut commuting costs by carpooling.  Free carpool matching available through http://www.carpool.ca Carpool twice a week and reduce personal emissions by up to 40%.  http://www.carpool.ca

Ca$henger: A paying passenger occupying an otherwise empty seat in your car. http://www.carpool.ca

3. The Art of Hosting Water Dialogues: Waterlution is offering world-class facilitation training to passionate Canadian water leaders!

British Columbia (Bowen Island): Friday April 13 - Sunday April 15, 2012

Alberta (Canmore): Monday April 16 - Wednesday April 18, 2012

Application deadline: January 23, 2012 at www.waterlution.org/aohwd

Cost of workshop: $300 (includes tax, training, workbook, accommodation and food)

Note: The cost is only $200 if you have previous Waterlution experience as a participant in: the Canadian Water Innovation Lab, or the Future of Water Workshop Series or the Waterlution Hub Network (please make a note of it in your application).

Goal: To develop strong water leaders with the capacity to host and facilitate deep and meaningful conversations between diverse stakeholders.

The two-and-a half-day intimate workshop will be hosted by Tatiana Glad (co-founder of Waterlution, principal of Engage! InterAct and founder of The Hub Amsterdam) and Chris Corrigan (co-founder of Harvest Moon Consultants and one of Canada’s most reputed facilitators). Drawing on The Art of Hosting - a global community of practitioners and a practice in understanding the patterns of community-building beneath methodologies - we will discover and learn the art of the 'host' and how to host the conversations that matter for the health of our water. 

4. Dr Fish (AKA Kim Fulton) sends this query: If you are aware of any riparian areas in the Armstrong area watershed that could benefit from planting of native willows, cottonwoods and conifers please let me know (kfultondr_fish@yahoo.ca) The planting would not cost the land owners.

As you are probably aware, riparian planting can prevent erosion; act as a living wall to prevent and utilize live stock wastes entering the river or lake; improve air quality; help slow down the release of melt water, improve habitat for aquatic, terrestrial, and avian organisms; improve ascetics; and provide detritus for the base of the food pyramid. 

The planting would be done by students and any liability issues would be covered by the School District policies.  We would do the planting in April and May of this year before the spring freshette.

5. Smart Meters presentation: Monday, January 23, 7 pm, 2913 29th Ave (behind Towne Theatre). Some details provided from the poster: 30 BC communities have a moratorium on installation; the radio frequency of these meters is indicated by WHO as a Class 2B possible carcinogen; time of use billing will allow the company to make more money as it diverts daytime power to the US…electricity costs increased significantly for homeowners using the meters; some have caught fire… www.citizensforsafetechnology.org is presenting. Local group for contact: CSTVERNON@hotmail.com.