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January 2016 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.


1. Pioneering a Resilient Community for Today: January 28th, 7 pm, Schubert Centre. Join us and see how Gord’s permaculture design, Steven’s backyard solar greenhouses and Roland’s aquaponics work together to help us live more healthily and happily within a strong community. 

2. Middle Shuswap and Lower Lumby Water Sampling: Results from water sampling of Middle Shuswap and Lower Lumby water this year are posted on the SENS website now. You can find the E. coli count AND dissolved oxygen content on the list.

 3. Coldstream Creek Water Quality Land Use Assessment:  Phase I of the Coldstream Creek Water Quality Land Use Study, a study of over 150 surface and groundwater locations, is also now available on the SPrKL website. This project will assist regional governments in identifying areas along the creek that are vulnerable to land use impacts. 

 4. Seedy Saturday: March 12, 10 - 3, Trinity United Church, Vernon. If you would like a table ($20) to sell seeds, plant starts, and food and garden products, please contact Heather at: idiggoodfood@gmail.com for information and application form.


1. Farmers’ Markets:

·       Vernon: Fridays, noon – 4 pm, inside Kal Tire Place.

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

·       Armstrong Winter Market: Thursdays, 12 – 3 pm, Odd Fellows Hall on Bridge St.

 2. North Okanagan Naturalists Club Meeting: Jan 6, 7 pm, Sierra Room, Village Green Hotel. A member and photographer will show pictures from a recent visit along the Oregon Coast.

 3.Vernon Village Co-Housing: The idea here is that you would live with caring neighbours (for you and the environment), share skills, resources and facilities, but you would own your own home! There's an INFORMATION SESSION on Saturday, January 16th, 10:15 -12:00 noon at the Vernon Library. Contact Barbara Van Sickle (778-475-3453) for more information. Here's an article too!

4. Neighbourhood Cycling Corridors: A delegation will present to Vernon council on January 25 to ask for traffic calming on 25th street to reduce traffic speed of ‘short-cutting’ drivers, instead of having 4 times more money spent on sidewalks. They ask for your support for their safety. 

5. Science And Democracy,  The E4D Experiment: Jan 19, 7:30pm, OK College lecture theatre. Vernon, Dr Katie Gibbs of the non-profit “Science For Democracy’ speaks on history and successes of this group. $7 in advance from OSC, 545 3644, or $10 at door. This is a Science in Society event. 

6.Allan Brooks Nature Centre: There are many volunteer positions available here, from display builders, nature interpreters, event positions, to groundskeepers, and more. If interested, call 250-260-4227 or email: events@abnc.ca. Also, The new Brooks Nature Trailer is available now until March 2016 for class visits (contact: education@abnc.ca). 

6. N.O. Naturalists Club and NatureKids of BC: A co-leader for this wonderful program, which introduces children to nature in the North Okanagan, is stepping down. They need a third co-leader now! There are about eight outings per year, plus a few planning meetings, so the time commitment is not great. If you have a passion for nature and enjoy working with children, please contact/email Marnie


1. Car Alternative Comparisons: Here's some fun facts about Nissan's lithium powered EV called “Leaf” versus a gas guzzler. Guess who won? 

2. Biking In New Zealand: This video imagines a community wishing to reclaim streets for residents… 

3. Bike Videos with Humour: For the 10 best bike advocacy videos of 2015 using comedy, go here!

4. Geothermal Energy For Homes: These cost-saving, popular, and efficient systems can be used in both summer and winter, providing air- conditioning and home heating. Heck they can even tackle hot tub heating! Geothermal systems typically reduce heating costs by a quarter to a third and cuts cooling costs in half. The in-home system requires minimal attention. If your family anticipates living in a house for a number of years, geothermal is an excellent addition! Read a related article here.

 5. Prevent Cancer Now: Check out Prevent Cancer Now’s newsletter (Hot Off The Press), and extensive selection of Cancer Prevention Tips!

6. Green vs Conventional Office Air Quality and Effect on Workers; Efficient functioning determined by volatile organics, CO2 and ventilation…  http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/15-10037/Functioning

 7. Soils:  The Soil Health Institute, http://soilhealthinstitute.org  , is a new organization that works to promote soil health and research, and ensure that soil is considered during land-use management decisions. Check out details through this free report: Erosion and Sediment Control: Navigating NPDES Regulations, SWPPP Requirements, and Techniques for Compliance

8. Problems With Vegetarianism: "In the time it takes to read this entire article, an area of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest larger than 200 football fields will have been destroyed, much of it for soybean cultivation"     http://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/why-soy-is-bad-for-you-and-the-planet

9. Sea Wolves: Pacific Wild is a non-profit which has been researching sea wolves (genetically distinct from BC’s other wolves and globally unique) for decades. They fish for salmon, hunt seals and sea lions and scour the beaches for other sea food. The BC government doesn’t protect them or their habitat.  More details and support for ‘Pacific Wild’ at www.pacificwild.org/wolves . 


1. Open Net Pen Salmon Farm: The government has just approved this type of farm in Clio Channel, an active prawn and shrimp trawling area, over objections of fishermen... And no wonder: ALL other such farms have out of control sea lice levels (20 per fish)! Drugs aren't working any more, and shrimp and prawns are turning up dead. But with your help, we can keep up the battle to protect the wild salmon, healthy oceans, and healthy communities.


1. Check out Prevent Cancer Now’s newsletter (Hot Off The Press), and extensive selection of Cancer Prevention Tips

2. Baking Without Sugar:  Sugar depletes nutrients from our bodies, raises insulin levels and affects gut flora. Read the Article »


1. Healthy Environment:  Toronto is Canada’s 100th community to declare a healthy environment as a right for all its citizens. Now, 8 million Canadians live in such communities.  Let’s get Vernon added to the list! 


1. Obstructing Transition to a A Low Carbon Future: Almost all of the fossil fuel industry , the chemical industry, the investment sector, and some very powerful individual corporate figures are fighting hard to obstruct the transition to a low-carbon future. Read the full story here

2. The Paris Climate Accord: Paris played host to the biggest UN talks on tackling global warming and curbing emissions this December. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries struck the first legally binding accord (albeit weak) to limit planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to a 1.5 Co global temperature rise (2 Co at most). The accord also calls for a mechanism to review the targets every five years that is mandatory. Many companies applaud this, saying it sends investors clear, long term policy signals. For more on this in depth, go here. Now comes the hard part: implementation! 

3. Alberta Will Be Coal Free by 2030: Sweet! For more about Alberta’s coal-phase out click here.  

4. Partial Bans Don’t Work: A partial ban by the European Union did not change the level of neonictinoid pesticides sold. They’re still used on potatoes and sugar beets in Germany... And Bayer is even exporting more than before from Germany!  http://cbgnetwork.de/3035.html


1. Darkwoods' Conservation Area Mountain Caribou: Check out this blog for a slide-show of this magnificent landscape 

2. Congratulations! This non-profit has, for the 6th consecutive year, been ranked as the top environmental charity in Canada (Money Sense magazine). Read on >  for their many conservation successes! 

Co- Edited with Egan Mandreck