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Flash Back Fridays

CANADIAN URBAN DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM

By Judy Wright, 1975

A student with one of Judy’s puppets.

Judy first came to the Lodge with Laurie Wood. A former teacher and skilled craftsperson, she made the puppets featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) film “Living on the Edge”. She met her husband Jeff Kingston at the Lodge. Judy raised her two children on an island homestead off Cortes. Judy is a marvelous cook. She has returned a couple of times to help us out in the kitchen over the years.

1975 was a lean year at the Lodge and the winter saw a young, unpaid staff who worked for food, room, postage stamps and the occasional ride to town. Life was good but on long winter evenings we gathered around the library stove and dreamed of funding to relieve the financial pressures of the moment. By the light of oil lamps, our long discussions gave birth to the idea of the Rural Resource Village as a way to support our idyllic lifestyle and also to introduce the world to a better way of life. The concept was refined and developed by the writing of a grant proposal to the ‘Canadian Urban Demonstration Program’. Although the grant was not awarded, we were a close runner up. The idea of a Rural Resource Village stuck, the proposal became the long term development plan for the Lodge, and today it is an interesting record of Lodge history. Following is a summary of the ideas presented in the grant proposal by a group of early environmentalists and idealistic educators. Read more

GOLD standard in Green Tourism

The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) is an organization out of the UK which is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK.  We have recently been certified GOLD for green tourism  by the GTBS.  The criteria to achieve a GOLD standard in green tourism take into consideration the environment, local residents, businesses, and visitors.  You can find more about the criteria by clicking here.

Recreational Users, Environment and Cities working together!

A really cool project combing recreational paddlers and the city of Calgary has brought a functional and safe boating opportunity for those in Calgary.  The Harvie Passage weir was created to fix a dangerous weir that has claimed the lives a few.  Click on the link here to see video of the project.   The project website can be found here.

Green Products vs “Green Wash” Products

Bob Purdy “Elder in Training”

Bob Purdy likes to call himself an “elder in training.”  He is from Kelowna, BC and is going to stand up paddle everyday this year to raise awareness for the environment.  All donations go to the David Suzuki Foundation.  You can find his website by clicking  http://ow.ly/3ZU73 and his Facebook page at  http://ow.ly/3ZU86.