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Mid-May 2013 Newsletter

SENS Mid-May News

1. SENS’ free movie night: May 23, 7 pm Schubert Centre. “Fuel” is a documentary showing how the oil industry controls, deceives and damages people and the environment - a must see movie! It has played at numerous film festivals and won 6 major awards.

2. March Against Monsanto: Saturday May 25th, 11 AM until NOON. Start at MP Colin Mayes' office 3105 29 Street, Vernon, walk through downtown to MLA Eric Foster's office, and back to our MP's office.

We NEED your help:

To organize World Wide Opposition March against Monsanto:

  • First, JOIN the march! Bring your mother, your grandkids and your Bee SAFE sign or/and make your own signs against Monsanto's GMO

  • Let everyone know about the march. Facebook, Tweet, email, phone.... get people out!

  • Email me huguette.allen@gmail.com if you can spend a couple of hours writing and sending media releases, posting info on websites, and organizing the march.

3. Bee Safe GM Information:

  • David Suzuki's video "A silent forest" shows the threat posed by already existing Genetically Engineered Forests in southern USA and clearly highlights why Genetically Modified Crops are based on bad science.

  • Peer-reviewed journal Entropy points to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and more specifically its active ingredient glyphosate, as devastating—possibly “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies.”

Russia warns Obama that continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto “will most certainly” lead to world war.

***A 6 minute excerpt of "GMO Myths and Truths" is available here

4. BIKE TO WORK WEEK (BTWW) -  May 27 – June 2, 2012

The BTWW website, should you wish details of 'goings on' elsewhere and even for our area: www.biketowork.ca/northokanagan

**Please send me an e-mail (jblissau@telus.net) if you'd like to cycle during Bike to Work Week - only 1 week to go! Even if you just cycle one day one way you can be part of the SENSational team!

All you have to do is keep track of the total number of Km you cycle or walk per day from May 27- June 2 and send distances per day to me by June 3.

Lots of prizes! Free bikes to win plus lots of other ‘goodies’ when you enter at one of the celebration stations Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Also, if the City contacts me during the week, I pick one of your names and YOU get a prize!

Example:

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun

Kim  10km,bike 5 km,bike 10km,bike 5 km,walk 0 km 5 km, walk 25km, bike

***Hesitant? Check out the Bike Buddy Hotline Program supported by the Greater Vernon Cycling Advisory Committee. Call 250 542-3050 for support in finding a safe route to and from work. You’ll cycle WITH someone who has experience! Click on these two video’s and learn more: 


Video #1 http://www.youtube.com/watch

Video #2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xkj9gcIxBWk&feature=youtu.be

Celebration Stations For the Week:

***media event, Monday, May 27, 7:45 Cenotaph Park…otherwise come for the pancake breakfast at Cenotaph park, 6:45am – 9:30am…and enter your name for prizes!

*** If you're cycling past Sun Country Cycle on Kal Road on Wednesday, May 29, 6:30am – 9:30am, drop by for coffee, snack and chat, enter your name for the bicycle draw, and have your bike checked over by an expert.

*** Cycle to meet the rest of the BTWW participants Friday, May 31, 4:30 – 6:30pm, Spirit Square by the Vernon Museum, for the Wrap-up BBQ and great music  and celebrate again…and enter your name for the bike draw….

5. Regional Quality of Life Survey: “The Regional District of North Okanagan is pleased to announce the launch of the 2013 Regional Quality of Life Survey on May 10 to track changes in public perception about the quality of life within the communities of the North Okanagan. The survey is confidential and will take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete.

Residents who complete the survey BY JUNE 7/13 will be entered into a draw to win an iPod Nano or a $200.00 gift card, as well as a chance to win 1 of 10 $25 gift cards for the store of their choice.”

The survey is on line at www.rdno.ca/qols Call 250 550-3750 for more information.