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Summer 2014 Newsletter

SUMMER 2014

Support Us! You can become a member (Family - $20.00, Individual - $15.00, Basic - $5.00), attend our monthly meetings (the 4th Thursday usually), donate, and/or volunteer. Mailing address: SENS, c/o the Boys and Girls Club, 3300-37th Ave., Vernon, V1T 2Y5. Website: www.sensociety.org 

*** SENS provides tax-deductible receipts for donations ***

SENS STUFF

1. The next newsletter will be at the end of August – Have a great and safe, green summer.

2. SENS Video Documentaries in storage; should you wish to borrow a copy, please contact Terry at 545-6191 and return within about a week for use by others.

Video Documentaries
In Transition 1 Bokashi On the Line Blue Gold - Water Wars
In Transition 2 Fuel The End of Suburbia What in the World are They spraying?
Power Down Dirt The Great Warming Next Energy Geothermal
Radiant City Gasland Tapped Chemtrails

 

3. Community Teamwork: Would you like to spend time with people who have similar interest and work on environmental issues you are passionate about? Whether it is Biodiversity, Climate Change, Water, Food Production, Health & Environment, Green Transportation, Aquaponics, or even building an Earthship Centre, SENS has a team for YOU!  Please contact Huguette Allen at huguette@Imagine-ere.ca to tell us of your interest.

4. New Look:  Thank-you to co-editor Egan Mandreck for changes to print colours and header!

LOCAL STUFF

1. Farmers’ Markets:
·       Vernon: Mondays & Thursdays, 8 am – 1 pm, Kal Tire Place.
·       Vernon: Friday nights, 4 pm – 8 pm, 30th Avenue.
·       Coldstream, Fridays, 2:30 pm – 6 pm.
·       Armstrong : Saturdays, 8 am – 12 noon,
·       Enderby: Friday mornings, Cliff Avenue.
·       Cherryville: Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm.
·       Caravan Farm: Sundays, 10 – 2 pm, June 29. August 3.
·       Lumby: Is opening a Co-op and has a list of prices from Pro-Organics.

Email Jaye Siegmuller to get involved!

2. Invasive Species: The Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS) has done a lot to prevent the arrival of new species, slowing their spread, and fixing the collateral damage these species bring. Become more familiar with these unwanted invaders and learn what you can do to make a difference at www.oasiss.ca. Donations are always welcome!

3. Gleaning – Utilizing Excess Food: The Salvation Army has restarted it's annual Gleaning Program.  They are currently seeking both donors of fruit and/or vegetables, and volunteers to help pick. The program benefits all involved as the produce is divied up equally to the donors, volunteers, and Vernon’s foodbank. Another successful season is only possible with your help! For more information (e.g. volunteer package), visit www.vernonbcfoodbank.com.

4. Drought Response: SENS represented the public on a Drought Response Team several years ago. Here’s the latest information on water conservation and the bylaw from RDNO:

Irrigation/Landscaping Handbook at www.rdno.ca/water  -click on “Water Conservation” left side grey box.   Monthly climate and water storage updates at www.rdno.ca website. The revised Greater Vernon Water Use and Regulation Bylaw No. 2545, 2014 should be on their website too.

5. Food and Local Agriculture: www.rdno.ca/agplansurvey Complete the on line survey to develop a regional agricultural plan by August 1 and be entered to win a local food basket! Help RDNO address local needs with your comments on profitability, giving a voice to the agricultural community on planning and future growth, development pressures and local decision-making.

6. Bat Conservation: www.bcbats.ca  is available for you to  make contact about bats in buildings, health and safety concerns, and helping to locate/monitor bat populations.

7. Green Croft Gardens: For seasonal farm workshops on cooking, seed saving, felting and more, check out their website at www.greencroftfarms.com You can also get on their e-mail list for a list of workshops etc. via greencroftgardens@mybcdc.ca

MATERIAL CONTRIBUTED BY MEMBERS AND READERS

1. Bill C-442: A long awaited national bill on Lymes Disease was unanimously voted for. Thank-you Elizabeth May!

2. Solar Roadways? Here’s the video. Neat, huh? But this counter-video pokes hundreds of holes into this expensive idea. Moving along…

3. Dr Olle Johansson: speaks with humour on wifi, smart meters and other health-related electromagnetics: http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/Dr-Olle-Johansson-a-Neuroscientists...

4. Climate Solutions Centre: Interesting film Carbon Pollution: Costs & Cures   via

http://climatesolutionscentre.com/

5. Community Is Everything: Check out the Soil Mate organization at www.soilmate.com to find out about how much they value use of local food and drink for self-sustainability and what they’re doing to support accessibility of local farmers.

6. Summer Reading? Avaaz.org is a 35-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making. ("Avaaz" means "voice" or "song" in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; their team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz's biggest campaigns here, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

7. Changes to BC Parks Act: The B.C. government has passed Bill 4, the Park Amendment Act that allows the province to issue research permits for industry looking to build pipelines, logging roads, and other industrial infrastructure in provincial parks. Take action here: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2463/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=...

8. Dangers of Sewage Sludge: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency faked sludge safety science:  http://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/how-epa-faked-the-entire-sc...

DOGWOOD INITIATIVE

1.Pipeline Vote: Go to letbcvote.ca to sign a pledge saying we should be able to vote on plans to expand pipelines and oil tanker traffic on our coast.

2.The Real Economics of Northern Gateway: Take the online quiz at FairShareBC.ca  to see how their concept of a “fair share” stacks up against what Enbridge is actually offering.

FROM GUY DAUNCEY’S ECONEWS

1. The Great Electric Vehicle (EV) Race: Norway is very similar to B.C., yet they’re vastly ahead in this race (29,000 EVs to our paltry 932 EVs). Why? Two words: government support. In Norway, taxes on their sales are waived, as are parking charges and road tolls; EVs are allowed to drive in the faster moving bus lanes; and Norwegians have ten times more recharging stations (5,195 to B.C.’s 593). B.C. needs to do something in order to close the gap! For more than two oversimplified words, read the entire eye-opening article.

FROM DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION

1.  Climate Change and Allergies: Ah Spring! Warmer days, blooming plants, and for a growing number of us, dreaded allergies. And thanks to climate change with increased plant growth (in some areas) and extreme weather impacts, allergy symptoms are worsening. “This doesn't mean people should stay indoors. Getting outside offers numerous physical and mental health benefits.” Follow these tips to enjoy the outdoors with minimal allergic reactions. Of course, addressing climate change, the main culprit, is best. Read the entire article here.

2. Change Your Neighbourhood: Excerpt: “To make our cities truly green, we must bring nature to the oft-neglected bits between parks and existing green areas …  Residents can play an active, hands-on role in transforming the places they live, work, play and share … Starting small can pay big dividends.” This great article has plenty of ways you can get started.
FROM ECOJUSTICE

1. Stopping Unregulated Fish Farming: In 2013, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) granted 123 aquaculture licences to fish farm companies that allow them to transfer farmed fish carrying disease agents (e.g. PVR) into B.C. waters shared with wild fish. By this act, the DFO has effectively abandoned their responsibility to protect wild fish and the marine environment! Hence Ecojustice took them to Federal court this June to strike down these licences. To find how they fared, read this update. Also, here’s a handy primer to tell wild salmon from farmed.

2.Annual Victories Report: Some recent victories:

*Forcing the federal government to produce an emergency protection order for endangered Greater sage-grouse;

*Triggering a review of toxic pesticides already banned in Europe; and

*Helping a community protect its drinking water supply from corporate interests.

Also: 4 iconic species have help due to a successful species-at-risk lawsuit,  71 clients got access to environmental justice/free legal & scientific expertise, 383 toxic pesticide products may be potentially banned across the country ( federal review triggered by Ecojustice lawsuit).

FROM CAPE (Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment)

1. GM Food Labelling in Vermont: It’s now required and predictably it’s being challenged in court.  And sadly it looks like it’s going to lose. Read the entire article here.

2. Fracking – The Reality: Here’s a great series of articles that shatter the myth of fracking that the industry would have us believe, from how clean it is to how safe it is.

3. The Sordid History of Water Fluoridation: Here’s a rather interesting chronology of events related to the use of fluoride in drinking water coming from a physician journalist in Minnesota. In a nutshell, there was one giant conspiracy against the public health that was orchestrated by a host of conscienceless, highly profitable multinational corporations, institutes and professional agencies that profited from the forced fluoridation of municipal water supplies. Warning: It’s long!

4. Thorium – What a Waste: The United States, after some 50 years and billions of dollars wasted trying to develop thorium as an energy source, is finally calling it quits. Now they just have to spend billions more to deal with the nuclear wastes produced by those efforts, find a state willing to house said wastes, and worry about some lost weaponizable uranium 233… Doh! Read the entire article here.

5. Subverting Solar: Excerpt: “This article, from Sierra magazine, details how electrical utilities – with a little help from the Koch brothers – are fighting to destroy the solar revolution … So when you hear repetitive messaging saying that renewables can never adequately replace fossil fuels or nuclear power, bear in mind that there are large, well-endowed and/or ideologically-driven commercial players working overtime [trying] to subvert the renewable revolution.”
6. All Things Nuclear: Detailed information on the entire spectrum of nuclear power, nuclear weapons, and the link between the two on the website of the CCNR .

7. Investing: The movement to divest from fossil fuel companies is gaining momentum rapidly, in academic, religious and other circles. The other side of divestment is re-investment. This article outlines some of the steps taken by various groups or bodies to put their investment money where their values are.

8. Abandoned Ocean Nets and Whales: This video shows how dreadful the effects of abandoned fish netting can be on "collateral" targets – in this case, a young humpback whale.

9. Dangers In Simplifying Complexity:  GMO technology and commercialization is too simplistic. Read about the new understanding of non-coding or "junk" DNA -- and its very important role in creating complexity -- and about the place occupied by RNA, assumed in the past to be a passive "messenger", but now understood to do a lot of meddling in genetic modification.   http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Noncoding_RNA_and_evolution_of_complexity.php

FROM NATURE CONSERVANCY OF CANADA (NCC)  - www.natureconservancy.ca

Make the Most of Your Garden: Leave the dandelions! – they’re a multi-purpose super food of calcium, iron, antioxidants…put in hot teas, soups, smoothies…  Add  milkweed to nourish butterflies – get them into your garden for their unusual flowers and seed pods too!(June News)

BC SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ASSOCIATION

Could We?:  Check out Guy Dauncey’s ‘what if’ comments here: http://www.bcsea.org/blog/guy-dauncey/2014/06/18/could-we-live-without-p...

 

Co-Edited by Egan Mandreck