Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Shuswap Pioneer Christmas

Given today’s frenetic shopaholic holiday season, it can be enlightening to reflect upon the way Shuswap’s early settlers celebrated Christmas. While the focus now for many people is on wasteful, over-consuming; the settlers focused on sharing, helping each other and enjoying the fruits of their labours. With little money to spend and very few places to shop, Shuswap pioneers looked forward to holiday season parties with their neighbours and especially the annual Christmas concerts and dances held at their one-room schools.

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Adapting to climate change

It has been a tough year across the globe, as the impacts of climate change have continued to intensify. The litany of weather related disasters include torrential rains, wildfires, intense storms, flooding, droughts, intense heat and last month Hurricane Sandy that resulted in over 100 deaths and $71-billion dollars of damage in just New York and New Jersey. The Shuswap was also heavily hit, with flooding, intense rainstorms and massive slides at Sicamous Creek and Swansea Point.

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