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Help create a new play space for the Okanagan

New Monaco developer helps fund one-of-a kind playground Okanagan families have a chance to spend a fun morning in the park and inform a research project guiding the creation of a new play space unlike any other in the Okanagan. Okanagan College researchers are offering families the chance to express their creativity and engage their sense of wonder. Children will have the opportunity to discover and explore playing with loose parts – a trending concept in the world of unstructured outdoor play. The $91,000 research project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and neighbourhood developer New Monaco....

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Home for bighorn

Earth, Wind, Fire gala raises funds for land The Nature Trust of British Columbia is working to secure 35.4 hectares of critical habitat for bighorn sheep on the east side of Skaha Lake in the Okanagan. With flat benchlands interspersed through the steep hills, the Skaha Lake parcel is ideal for bighorn, a species at risk. The lower portions are grasslands, transitioning through mixed forest at the mid-level to rocky terrain at higher elevations. “This property is one of the last remaining undeveloped benchlands on the east side of Skaha Lake,” says Nicholas Burdock, conservation land coordinator for The...

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New tool helps estimate spread of genetically modified pollen

Food purists may have cause to celebrate thanks to a recent international study directed by the University of British Columbia. The study, which evaluated the spread of genetically modified (GM) organisms to non-modified crops, has implications from farm to family. “Trying to figure out how far GM pollen will travel is really difficult,” says study co-author Rebecca Tyson, associate professor of mathematics at UBC Okanagan. “It is important to have accurate tools to estimate this, so that unintentional cross-pollination of GM material to non-GM crops can be minimized.” According to stastista.com, genetically modified crops in Canada are mostly located in...

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$300,000 to improve Okanagan water sources

The Okanagan Basin Water Board has approved $300,000 in funding to 17 projects that will help conserve and improve the quality of water in the Okanagan Valley. “This year we saw a lot of very strong applications focussed on action for conserving water or improving its quality,” says James Littley, Operations and Grants Manager. Three projects were funded in the North Okanagan, including $15,427 to Sqilxw Apna, a local non-profit, to help protect and restore the lower reaches of N’sisooloxw (also known as Bradley Creek.) This innovative project combines traditional ecological knowledge of Okanagan Indian Band elders with scientific data...

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The Butchart Gardens bans the bottle for World Water Day

Move will eliminate 80,000 single-use plastic water bottles each year from the environment In recognition of World Water Day, The Butchart Gardens has removed the sale of all single-use plastic water bottles as an extension of their existing environmental practices. The Gardens is encouraging visitors to bring their own water bottles to fill at one of four double-filtered water stations located on the grounds. Each water station boasts a drinking fountain, bottle filler and a doggy water dish. “With this initiative we aim to drive awareness of the serious threat plastic poses to our environment, in particular single-use plastic water bottles,” said...

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