The Mount Paul Community Food Centre has partnered with the Kamloops Arts and Crafts Club to start the first annual Bowls for Souls fundraiser. On Wednesday, October 16th, from 4-6 pm, participants can come to the Food Centre and choose a beautiful bowl donated by a local potter and fill it with delicious homemade soup. To purchase a ticket or for more information, please visit to Eventbrite.

Transition Kamloops and the Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association invite the public to a pre-election debate on October 3 focussing on environmental issues of national and local interest. The two groups, along with students and concerned local citizens, offer this non-partisan event to give voters in the Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo riding a chance to hear the federal candidates speak on this important topic.

The Kamloops Debate on Environment is one of the 100 Debates campaign taking place across Canada on October 3. For more information, visit greenpac.ca/100_debates. The goal is to create a nationwide conversation about the environment, giving voters an opportunity to learn about what is shaping up to be one of the top issues of this federal election. All debates will be strictly non-partisan and all candidates are welcome.

The moderator is Mel Rothenburger.

Cost: Free! Just show up! (Parking on the TRU Campus is free in the evenings)

Focus and Format: Each candidate will provide an opening and closing statement and will respond to questions on local and national environmental issues that have been made available to them prior to the debate.

Participation: All candidates whose names will appear on the ballot for the forthcoming Federal Election for the riding of Kamloops–Thompson—Cariboo have been invited to participate. So far, the following candidates have confirmed their participation:
Iain Currie, Green Party
Ken Finlayson, People’s Party
Kira Cheeseborough, Animal Protection Party
Terry Lake, Liberal Party
Peter Kerek, Communist Party

Public engagement: The public may submit written questions to the moderator prior to the start time of 7 p.m. These will be grouped, triaged and presented at the discretion of the moderator. There will be no open mic questions.

Mount Paul Community Food Centre will host one of several Eat Think Vote events being held across the country, led by Food Secure Canada in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada.

Federal candidates Iain Currie, Green Party, and Terry Lake, Liberal Party, will discuss poverty and food security issues, as well as present each party’s plans to address food insecurity, poverty, and poor health in Kamloops and across the country.

Mount Paul Community Food Centre will host a light meal, in addition to the Kamloops Food Policy Council’s monthly potluck. Bring a dish to share, if you like, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Please RSVP so we know how many to expect for lunch. Free, family friend event to learn more about permaculture and indigenous food sovereignty. See the fabulous new garden installation and help winterize it. A bus is leaving from TRU with seats available for $15. If interested, e-mail Jesse Ritcey at kamloopswildgrowers@gmail.com

Thompson Shuswap Master Gardeners, the City of Kamloops & TRU Horticultural program are excited to bring pollinator/xeriscape plant specialist Eva Antonijević to Kamloops for a FREE presentation on Friday, September 27th. TRU House of Learning, HL190. 7:00 pm

Eva Antonijević is the Community Program Director, Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens, at the Agricultural Research Station in Summerland. She is also Program Director of the Okanagan Xeriscape Association and manager of the UnH2O garden in Kelowna.
Eva is a co-author of “Building Climate Resilience in the Okanagan: A Homeowner’s Resource Guide.”

Come celebrate tomatoes and local food in Kamloops.

Learn about the history of tomato growing and the tomato cannery that was here with the Kamloops Museum & Archives, explore plant based dyes / paints with the Kamloops Art Gallery, chat about seed saving and canning & preserving with the Kamloops Food Policy Council and the Mt Paul Community Food Centre, or chat with your local library staff about gardening, harvesting resources. For the little and big kids there will be crafts and story time.
Taste tomato varieties available at the Farmers’ Market and vote for the Peoples’ Choice Award for best tasting tomato. Or if you grow your own tomatoes consider entering them in the contest for Biggest by weight, Most Colourful, Greatest Number in a Single Cluster, or the Most Unique Shape catergories.

Bumble Bee Biodiversity and Identification Workshop with taxonomist Lincoln Best

Sustainable Grain is hosting the inaugural First Canadian Summit on Climate Action in Food Systems to showcase and further explore the vital link between soil health, human wellness and climate change. Proceeds will be reinvested into online learning tools and regional workshops to educate and support landowners to implement new nature-based, regenerative food production practices.

Our September network meeting will be an opportunity to meet the Food Hub Crew, including members of the Working Group, the Food Hub Coordinator, Research Assistant, business mentor(s), and the cohort of businesses! Hear about who they are and what they’re aiming for.

September 4, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, 140 Laburnum Street
Bring a dish to share!