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April 2015 Newsletter

APRIL 2015


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

This newsletter is being sent out for your interest. Information contained within does not imply approval by SENS directors.

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


1. Potpourri For Our Future: April 23rd, 7 pm, Schubert Centre. Hear a panel of local entrepreneurs offering great ideas on alternative energy homes, tiny houses, aquaponics, and much more. 

2. Monashee Community Co-op in Lumby: It feature organics – their new website: www.mccoop.ca


1. Farmers’ Markets:

·       Coldstream: Wednesdays, 2:30 – 6 pm. Note the date change!

·       Vernon, Kal Tire Place, Mondays and Thursdays, 8am – 1 pm starting April 16.

2a. Allan Brooks Nature Centre (ABNC) Family Fun Day: April 18th, 11 am – 3 pm. There will be new displays, a scavenger hunt, turtle circle drummers, live music, face painting, and much more!

2b. ABNC's Flights of Fancy Dinner and Auction Gala: April 10th, 5 – 11 pm, Best Western Lodge. $65 per ticket or $500 per table of 8. For tickets, phone 250-549-SHOW. For more, visit www.abn6c.ca.

2c. ABNC's Valued Volunteers Days: From 1 to 4 pm on April 7th (Tuesday), April 8th (Wednesday), April 11th (Saturday), and April 15th (Wednesday). Come, meet the volunteers, and help them to clean, paint, re-organize, etc. To join, please call 250-260-4227 or email them.

2d. ABNC's Milkweed for Monarchs Stewardship Initiative: ABNC hopes to have many milkweed seedlings ready for their Spring Mega Garage & Plant Sale in May (23rd/24th & 30th)! They've also applied for an Evergreen Foundation grant to help facilitate a number of milkweed planting events this year.  Stay tuned and email Eleanor for more info. 

3a. Visioning Vernon - Water: April 12th, 2 pm, Vernon Library. Come out and discuss the future of water in our community with like-minded individuals. Children’s programs and child minding will be available.

3b. Fit for Children: Also, the Vernon Library will be holding concurrent programming (Saturday afternoons?) for a wide selection of the population. These themed presentations will feed into the Cities Fit for Children conference that Vernon will be hosting in November. There will be free child minding and snacks. For more, contact Kristy, Vernon Librarian, at 250-542-7610 ext. 6822 

4a. Bike To School and Work Week Workshop: April 29th, 4:30 – 6;30 pm, Vernon City Hall. BTSWW is not until the end of May but, if you’re interested in taking part as a Team Leader, please attend this pizza dinner workshop. Contact Wendy at 250 550-7831.

4b. The Bike Buddy Program is Back: This program that helps cyclists find the best/safest routes for getting around for work, school, etc. is in operation again for 2015. More details to follow.

 5a. Regional District’s Trunk Sale: April 18 th, 8 am – noon, Kal Tire Place. Wish to participate in a large garage sale event to sell or give away items as part of your spring cleaning efforts? If interested, register online at www.vernon.ca.

5b. Textile Recycling Event: In combination with this reuse event is an opportunity for residents to bring unwanted textiles for reuse or recycling. For more information about the Trunk Sale and Textile Recycling event, contact the RDNO at recycle@rdno.ca or by calling 250-550-3700. 

6. Okanagan Directory: This neighbourhood knowledge base connects you to all of the great things that are happening here in the Valley. With a focus on arts and activism, this is a place to find live music, community gardens, co-ops, galleries, workshops, and more. Check it out!  

7. North Okanagan Naturalists Society Meeting: Wednesday, April 1st, 7:00 pm. Village Green Hotel, Sierra Room II, 27th Street at 48th Avenue.  Lia McKinnon of the Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society will be the speaker. 

8. Repair Café: May 2nd, Okanagan Science Centre. Mark your calendars for another wildly successful session of glueing, clothing repair, darning socks and sweaters, sharpening tools, music instrument repairs, library book sign-outs, food, bike and skateboard repair, and much more! 

9. Tick Season: Check out this article! Also note this recipe that works as a deterrent: 1 part tea tree oil to 2 parts water in a spray bottle. Spray on sock, shoes, pant cuffs. 


1. Flathead Watershed Protection:  In 2010, the Canadian government legislated a ban on mining, oil, and gas exploration in the transnational Flathead Valley. The U.S. portion of the Flathead River watershed followed suit this year. This huge accomplishment is a significant step forward in CPAWS' campaign to protect and connect the Flathead River Valley. For the complete story, go here

2. Batteries and Solar in 2030: Encouraging news! According to this article, solar energy will dominate over all other forms of man-made energy by 2030 (or earlier). And, a similar article... 

3. Go Sun Stove: Check out this video!

4. Water Webinar: April 9, 10 – 11:30PT with U Vic’s Deborah Curran on “An update on the Water sustainability Act and what BC’s Freshwater community can do”. .  Free! Register here.

5.Living Oceans has ‘won’ $10,000 to do shore clean-up on the Scott Island off BC’s coast. If  interested in sleeping on a boat and helping with clean-up please contact:  kwristen@living oceans.org   They removed 2.67 tonnes of debris from a 7 km stretch last year.   They still need more funds for clean-up... 

6. Invasive Species: Google ISCBC Enews to find out the latest news – girl guides are helping out this season. 

7.  Victory With BC’s New Society Act: There was such a backlash to the BC liberals’ provision that a society or non-profit could be taken to court for “not acting in the public interest” that the government has dropped it.

http://westcoastenvironmentallaw.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/i/BF7495098A4016D7/06C80A4A78730679C67FD2F38AC4859C  Resistance was coordinated by the West Coast Environmental Law Association. 


1. Site Updated: Take a tour of their re-designed site.

 2. Ontario's Anti-Pesticide Victory: Ontario is first in North America to restrict bee-killing pesticides! Read the full story here.


1. Cutting Electricity Costs: How much energy can one family save? Is there a family in Kamloops, Kelowna, or Vernon that can compete with this family in Kaslo? The chase is on… 


1. Victory for Bees and Freedom of Speech: Recently, a German judge ruled that the environmental association BUND has a right to voice concerns over potential harms to bees from Thiacloprid, a neonicotinoid pesticide. This is a significant win for bees and free speech. BUND is now asking the EU to ban all uses of Thiacloprid. For the complete story, go here

2. Fossil Fuel Industry‘s Year of Influence: This revealing Guardian article documents how the fossil fuel industry has quietly influenced public policy around energy towards fossil fuels, especially natural gas, and away from a focus on renewables. 

3. Nuclear Industry Woes: According to this report, Areva, France's largest nuclear energy company lost $5.3 billion last year. This is just the latest setback for Areva, who "has lost money for years, in part linked to delays on projects and to a global pullback from nuclear energy since the 2011 Fukushima accident." 

4. Uranium Safety? Here's a recent and frightening event! Armed intruders stormed their way into a South African nuclear plant.  

 5. Nuclear Myth: The idea that nuclear power is a solution to GHG is a myth. There's still GHG emissions from constructing the stations and deep nuclear waste dumps. The cleaner methods to generate power (solar, wind, wave, etc.) are better, quicker, less expensive, and less dangerous. 


1. Water For Oil Petition: The Alberta government just released lax new rules that basically allow tar sands companies to take as much water from the Athabasca River whenever they want -- regardless of the environmental dangers…an environmental disaster waiting to happen. A massive public outcry could force the government back to the negotiating table.Please sign this petition!

2. Save the Krill: Krill are the main food source for whales, penguins, and seals and a critical link in the global oceanic ecosystem. Currently, over 80% of the Antarctic krill population has been wiped out by industrial fishing! SUMOFUS is creating a compelling animated video to spread this message far and wide -- but they need your help. To pledge some money, go here


1. What's up with Watersheds? Did you know Canada is home to 20% of the world’s surface freshwater—a huge global responsibility for our country. Go here to learn what NCC is doing to help protect this resource. 


Canada’s Endangered Blue Whales: Authorities have given the go-ahead for seismic drilling and drilling by oil companies without doing a critical habit study in this Gulf of St Lawrence , a unique and highly productive marine ecosystem. Sierra is concerned over the supposedly protected and endangered Blue Whale which uses the Gulf. Please send your letter and be heard today! The Federal Minister of Fisheries & Oceans and Federal Minister of Environment need to hear from us! 


1. 100 In 1 Day, 2015: On June 6th, join hundreds of others each taking one small action to improve their city. Visit 100in1day.ca or twitter #100In1Day to start improving your city! 

2. We Are Cities: 80% of Canadians live in urban areas, so whether you live downtown, in a suburb or in a rural area nearby, we all benefit when our cities work. We Are Cities is a campaign to engage Canadians across the country to shape an action plan for building liveable, healthy cities! Visit wearecities.ca to submit an idea or host a roundtable.

Co-edited by Egan Mandreck