The 2009 edition of the Hot Summer Night Market is set to kick off Thursday, July 16. Just like last year, it promises to be a great mix of groovy gear and funky flea market finds. This year, the market has expanded to run 10 weeks from mid-July thru mid-September and promises to have a fantastic mix of great vendors including artists, crafters, food vendors, musicians and more!
The market will take place Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm at the old Willingdon Beach Arena site and run from Thursday, July 16 through Thursday, September 17. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor can contact Amber 604 487 0868 or Karen 604 344 0127 for more details.
What if Powell River started thinking like—what it really is—an island?
When you go on vacation to one of the beautiful Gulf Islands, you think and act differently because you are on an island that usually has issues concerning things like fresh water, sewage and garbage disposal and, really, we have many of those same issues. There is no landfill here. Every bag of garbage that is picked up at your curb leaves the community on a barge.
Consider the ubiquitous plastic shopping bag. What if it was banned? Would it make any difference at all?
Suppose that every person collects about a bag a day on average. Powell River’s population, city & district, is estimated at 20,000 so that equals more than 7 million shopping bags annually. Depending on its thickness, a plastic bag weighs between 8g and 60g; so banning plastic shopping bags means refusing to import at least 56 metric tonnes of plastic (or 2.8 kilos per person) into our island community, 56 metric tonnes of plastic that, with precious few exceptions, we later pay to barge out as waste.
In the last year alone, I have noticed a definite shift: consumers bringing their own cloth bags when shopping. Advertisers have also noticed this shift. Today, I noticed a television commercial featuring two ladies at a supermarket whose check-out carts contained only cloth bags. Plastic bags have, in a very short period, become the exception and not the rule. Read more »