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October 2015 Newsletter

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.

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

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

SENS NEWS

1. Year-Round Greenhouses for Job Creation: October 22, 7 – 9 pm, Schubert Centre. Join entrepreneur John Tuttle as he explains use of renewable fuels to run greenhouses that are sustainable and produce a green crop a month.

LOCAL STUFF

1. Farmers’ Markets:

  • Coldstream: Wednesdays, 2:30 – 6 pm.

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

2. Water, Wetlands, Soils, Fungi: A Professional Development Day of Academic Presentations and the 3rd Annual UBCO Beer & Burger Social Networking. Oct. 8, 2015, 11:00am-7:30pm, Kelowna, UBCO Campus Ballroom UNC 200 Registration Form or office admin@bcia.com 1-877-855-9291.

3. Adapting To A Changing Planet: October 13, Vernon’s OK College Campus Theatre, 7:30pm. Dr Hebda, a Science In Society Speaker, will use research on plant fossils to look at history and evolution of BC’s climate. $7 in advance from OSC (250 545-3644),$10 at door.

4.New Directions in UBC Forestry:, Oct 14th, 6:30 – 9pm, Hotel 540, Terrace Room 540, Victoria Street, Kamloops. Learn how they’re adapting to modern challenges and taking advantage of state-of-the art technology to improve the sustainable management of forests. Free, but RSVP today! - before October 12.

5.Play Like A Kid – without ‘em! October 17, 6 – 10pm Okanagan Science Centre in Vernon. An adult evening of experiments, explosions(by Kevin!), appies, alcohol tastings, DJ, cash bar and science-themed activities. Meet Bob McDonald of Quirks and Quarks! A Mini Science Camp for your kids will be next door. Tickets, in advance: $25 each (19+ years) and $10 per child from 250-545-3644, info@okscience.ca, or at Okanagan Science Centre, 2704 Hwy 6.

6.Vision To Action (Fresh Outlook Foundation): For AGM, workshop, retreat, or other event, speakers are available to show how sustainability thinking/action can accelerate your organization, industry, community toward prosperity and legacy Sustainability Support Services Inc.

7. Sugar Lake: It’s under threat of destructive "recreation". The Province received an application for a 30-slip commercial marina to be built at the old Kokanee Lodge on Sugar Lake. Sugar Lake would become a motor boat heaven... jet boats and skiers, killing aquatic life with gasoline pollution, shoreline erosion, degrading water quality... ACT NOW. Send comments to http://www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/viewpost.jsp?PostID=49900.

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8.Here Comes The Sun Workshop: Oct. 31, 10am – 2 pm, Schubert Centre, 3505 30th Ave, Vernon. Join local creator and author John Barling for a 4 hour presentation designed for do-it-yourselfers, on practical, everyday ways to use solar energy. Sessions will include Understanding Solar Energy, Photovoltaic Systems, and Projects Galore!

Cost: $50. Tickets available at the 'Bean Scene' 2923, 30th Ave. Vernon, or by sending a cheque to John Barling at 293, Inverness Drive, Coldstream BC V1B3W1

John Barling is the author of BC Hydro's 'Sources: Solar Energy', 'John Barling's Solar Fun Book' and is the former Head of Science at the International School of Monaco.

9. Bike Lanes Cheaply: ...and no traffic slowing from it...Check out 4 ways to cut traffic congestion, boost store revenues along the route and get more people healthy via cycling! read more!

10. Spadefoot Toad Wetland: Oct 3, 4:30 pm, 664 Black Rock Rd. RSVP to info@osstewardship.ca if you plan to attend and help build this pond.

SENT BY MEMBERS OR READERS

1.Science in Election Debates: This tidbit that was aired on CBC Radio. Check it out!

2. Non-Partisan Call To Action: This project of Our Living Waters (OLW) calls on the next federal government to play an active role in everything from research and monitoring to drinking water standards and fisheries protection, and set a national target to have Canada’s waters all in good health by 2025. See call to action document

3.UBC Research:

Climate change is forcing fish out of their current habitats and into cooler waters...

4. Water Sustainability Project: On Sept. 8th, a B.C. Environmental Appeal Board decision ruled in favour of Fort Nelson First Nation, dismissing the Nexen water licence for a fracking operation on FNFN territory. POLIS, UVic’s Environmental Law Centre, and others contributed research and advice to FNFN’s case. This National Post article provides details on the ruling.

5. Science Integrity Project: Their Statement of Principles for Sound Decision-making in Canada is available and says:* best evidence should be transparent, rigorous and inform decision-making, *information should be open to all, *research results must be preserved, protected and shared so it’s understandable, *decision-making processes should be transparent and routinely evaluated.

FROM BC NATURE MAGAZINE

1. Help Stop The Northern Gateway Project: BC Nature has started a crowdfunding campaign to fight rising legal costs, related to their case against Enbridge's Northern Gateway Project. Any funds raised over and above what is required to support their participation in this historic case will be used for other worthwhile BC Nature projects. Please help out in whatever way you can (donate and/or spread the word), to help keep our Coast healthy and safe!

FROM ECOJUSTICE

1. Northern Gateway Battle Lands In Court: The 6 day session will ask the Federal Court of Appeal to revoke the federal government’s approval re: risk for in-land pipeline ruptures, tanker spills at sea, and devastating long term impacts on communities and ecosystems along the route.

FROM LIVINGOCEANS.ORG

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1. English Bay Report: Coast Guard officials now have a better idea of what went wrong during the April oil spill in English Bay, and how to make the response to another potential spill more successful. For a Global News video on this, go here.

FROM SUMOFUS.ORG

1.GMO in Mexico: Mexico had a ban on planting GMO corn until Monsanto got it overturned. So now Sumofus.org is asking for funds to help Mexican farmers fight this. Chip in CA$1 to help tell Monsanto: Keep your genetically engineered corn out of Mexico.

2. Canadian Wheat Board Privatized: We no longer have public ownership - it is now handed over to a US agri-business + the Saudi government...farmers have yet to learn repercussions...

3.Glyphosate: California has labelled this chemical in Roundup as a chemical ‘known to cause cancer’. Start a local petition today to put pressure on your government and make sure we are louder than Monsanto’s lobbyists.

FROM DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION

1. Election 2015: This election is an incredible opportunity to find out more about the people who want to represent us and a chance to get out there in your community and help shape the debate. Here's some great questions to ask your candidates or consider before voting!

FROM CAPE NEWS

1. New Ontario Law: This law, which protects butterflies, bees, and us from neonic pesticides, is a first in North America. It calls for an 80% reduction in the number of acres planted with neonic-treated corn and soya seeds in Ontario by 2017. For Toronto Star article on this, go here.

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (IISD)

1. Sustainable Water Management: Here are some lessons from drought-ridden California and India we ought to learn before it's too late...

2. Paying For Infrastructure: As people migrate to urban areas and population increases, there needs to be changes to provision of energy, water and transportation. One estimate is a need, by 2030 for over $57 trillion! For the full article, go here.

FROM PREVENT CANCER NOW

1. Ask your Candidates: “If elected, what will you/your party do to prevent cancer?” Will their answer find them deserving of your vote?,

FROM GUY DAUNCEY

1.How to Tackle The Climate Crisis If PM: Check out Guy’s latest article that uses green building, transportation, forests, farming and ranching, and much more! -very detailed and makes sense.

2. More Green Jobs If Fossil Fuels Phased Out: No need for more pipelines,... Denmark to be 100 % renewable by 2030... full 48-page report, click here

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*Co-edited with Egan Mandreck