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Spring: Time to Plant, Attend Farm Gate Market & Take Classes

As Spring official starts, it's time to get back out into your gardens and start planting all those seeds you picked up at Seedy Saturday.  
MarketSafe Food Safety Training
MarketSafe is a food safety training program for farmers and producers who make, bake or grow products to sell at local farmers' markets, farm gates or other types of temporary food markets. The course is on Wednesday, April 3 at St. Mary's Hospital (Boardroom)   from 9:30am- 4pm.
Class size is capped at 25 (min. class size is 10). This course is only open to Sunshine Coast residents. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.  Call 604-885-5164. Payment can be taken on the phone or in-person. Pre-paid cost $35; payable to VCH; includes a book. Just bring a pen.
Sunshine Coast Fruit Tree Project
 The Sunshine Coast Fruit Tree Project (SCFTP) is a community based initiative that works to build community and strengthen food security using local fruit.  Our idea is simple: we connect people with excess fruit on their backyard trees with those who have the time and energy to harvest it. 
We are looking for someone who will coordinate volunteers, manage the Fruit Tree Project's day-to-day operations, and outreach to our community partners, tree owners, and donors.
The successful volunteer candidate will be an energetic self-starter who has good organizational abilities.  This person possesses a strong awareness of food security issues, has horticultural knowledge, and is familiar with the Sunshine Coast non-profit community.  We are looking for someone who can wear many hats with ease: community mobiliser, volunteer coordinator, facilitator, problem fixer, and occasional fruit tree harvester.
We have limited funding for the project but can offer a small honorarium to cover expenses.  
▪       Coordinate the volunteer program, including volunteer recruitment and training
▪       Coordinate fruit harvesting and fruit distribution
▪       Build relationships with community organizations such as community kitchens,  food banks, and the Breakfast for Kids program
▪       Recruit and liaise with fruit tree owners, and organizations.
▪       Assist in preparing funding proposals and reports
▪       Raise public profile of the Fruit Tree Project through media, events and community outreach.
The successful Volunteer ideally has demonstrated experience in:
▪       Volunteer management
▪       Program coordination in the non-profit sector
▪       Community development at the grassroots level
▪       Strategic and communications planning
▪       Fundraising
S/he also has outstanding skills and qualifications, including:
▪       Superior organizational skills
▪       Excellent verbal and written communication skills
▪       Experience with facilitation and collective decision making
▪       An ability to work independently
▪       A high level of energy and motivation
▪       Valid driver's license
▪       Access to a home office, internet, email & MS Office savvy
▪       Access to a vehicle
This position runs from mid-June to October Please email a cover letter and resume by 9pm April 30th This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Events Calendar:
Mar 20 -Farm Gate Market
Mar 27 -Farm Gate Market
Mar 28 -Green Drinks  Featured topic: World Water Day! Marina from the Sunshine Coast Regional District will be giving a     presentation
April 3 - Farm Gate moves outside!    Come join the fun.  

Alternative Federal Budget 2013: Doing Better Together

This year's Alternative Federal Budget, released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives yesterday, shows how growth-killing austerity can be replaced by a plan that strengthens the economy, leads to a better quality of life for all Canadians, and eliminates the deficit by 2016.

The Alternative Federal Budget, is a yearly exercise by the economists at the CCPA. It demonstrates in a concrete and compelling way that another world really is possible.

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Gibsons Recycling Depot Awarded Best Green Business

Barb and Bud best Green Business 2013Sunshine Coast's Gibsons Recycling Depot has received the Best Green Business Award for BC from Small Business BC. They were among winners across the Province in the Successful You Awards Contest. Gibsons Recycling Depot, owned by Buddy Boyd and Barb Hetherington, is a leader in environmental practices. 

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US Climate Rally Draws “Line in the Sand” on Keystone Pipeline

Activists are calling Keystone “the line in the sand” regarding dangerous climate change, prompting the Sierra Club to suspend its 120-year ban on civil disobedience. The group’s executive director, Michael Brune, was arrested in front of the White House during a small protest against Keystone on Wednesday, February 13.

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Film Follows Mayans as They Resist Destruction of Culture and Environment

With corporations extracting and profiting from the resources of indigenous peoples all over the world, the film "Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth" follows six young Mayans in Guatamala and Mexico as they try to save their homelands from destruction. Beautifully filmed by Eric Black and Frauke Sandig, this special film will be shown on Monday, February 25 at 7:30 pm at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse as part of the spring Green Film Series

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Logging in our Watersheds Continues Despite Local Objections

Seedy Saturday, Green Drinks & AGM

Seedy Saturday is an annual Canadian wide event.This year it is held on March 2 from 11 to 3 pm at the Roberts Creek hall. For the One Straw Society, it is an important fundraiser but especially important is the opportunity to come together to share information.

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Sechelt Wastewater Facility First of its Kind in North America

Construction of a state of the art wastewater treatment facility in Sechelt will begin immediately with the signing of an initial agreement between the District of Sechelt and Maple Reinders Inc. (MRI), representing a consortium including Urban Systems Ltd. and Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies Canada (VWS Canada).

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Narrows Inlet IPP Hits Snag in Approval Process

The proposed independent power project in Narrows Inlet by Narrows Inlet Hydro Holding Corp. has hit a snag in the approval process. The Environmental Assessment Office has identified information and "show stopping" issues with the assessment application. Included are issues with freshwater fish and fish habitat and wildlife and vegetation.

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