SEN Info Bulletin

January 6, 2011

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News

Welcome to the International Year of Forests 2011

The United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness of sustainable forest management, conservation and climate change. Forests play an integral part in the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people worldwide, supply the habitat for millions of species, and play a critical role in mitigating the effects of climate change. But deforestation continues at a rate of 50,000 square miles per year.

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan is celebrating 2011 as the International Year of Forests by focusing on the northern half of our province, an often-overlooked but vitally important area both for our environmental, economic and social well-being. Their Annual General Meeting and Workshop will be held on February 11th and 12th at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

New for this year - the International Forest Film Festival! They will be screening the winners from the United Nations International Forest Film Festival. This is the only venue in Saskatchewan for this prestigious event. Details at http://www.npss.sk.ca/?s=5.events,71.

More at: http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/.

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First Call for the 9th Annual Saskatchewan Eco-Network's Environmental Activism Awards

Do you know someone or a group of people who deserve recognition for the part they play in protecting the environment, someone who is hardworking or innovative? Is a group or business doing something significant, trying a more conscientious or respectful approach to the environment? Why not nominate them for a SEN Environmental Activist Award?

A life of environmental activism is often a lonely and unrewarding existence. Sometimes, activism pays off - a species returns from the endangered list, an area becomes protected, a health issue becomes widely acknowledged. The Saskatchewan EcoNetwork is celebrating the lives and the accomplishments of environmental activists through its ninth annual Environmental Activist Awards.

Tell us a story! We don't have a form: we just need the name, address and phone number and email of the person or group you are nominating, and your name, phone number and email. Provide us with some biographical information about the nominee, and send it to us at info@econet.sk.ca.

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Action Alerts

Don't Let CETA Privatize Our Water

The Council of Canadians and Canadian Union of Public Employees recently released a report on how the proposed Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will threaten public water systems in Canada. It’s called “Public Water for Sale: How Canada Will Privatize Our Public Water Systems.”

Provincial, territorial and municipal governments must take immediate action to protect Canada's public water systems from decay and privatization. As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, solving the infrastructure crisis in municipalities and First Nations communities is a matter of political will, not adequate funding.

We need to get this new report on CETA and water privatization into the hands of as many local, provincial and federal decision makers as possible. Click http://webinfo.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/MainMPsCompleteList.aspx?TimePeriod=Current&Language=E for to find your MP’s contact information. Click http://www.legassembly.sk.ca/members/mla_list.htm to find your provincial legislator’s contact info. You can find your local councillor’s email easily by going to your municipality’s website.

Details on the issue at http://www.canadians.org/action/2010/CETA-water-Dec16.html.

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Please Take Action to Save the World's Bees

Billions of bees are dying off and our entire food chain is in danger. Bees don't just make honey, they are a giant, humble workforce, pollinating 90% of the plants we grow.

Scientists increasingly blame one group of toxic pesticides for their rapid demise, and bee populations have soared in four European countries that have banned these chemic als. But powerful chemical companies are lobbying hard to keep selling this poison. Our best chance to save bees now is to push the US and EU to join the ban - their action is critical and will have a ripple effect on the rest of the world.

We have no time to lose - the debate is raging about what to do. This is not just about saving bumble bees, this is about our survival. Let’s build a giant global buzz calling for the EU and US to outlaw these killer chemicals and save our bees and our food. Sign the emergency petition now and send it onto to everyone and we’ll deliver it to key decision makers:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees/97.php?cl_tta_sign=93beb87439c036bfb55c732b41ee8d65.

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Tell the Environment Committee to Pass the Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights

Bill C-469, the Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights, is currently before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. Unfortunately, this important bill is being stalled in the Committee by some of its members. Environmental rights are recognized in 170 countries around the world, and are enshrined in legislation in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Ontario and Quebec. If you support environmental rights for all Canadians, please take a few minutes to write to all members of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development and tell them you want them to pass Bill C-469. More at http://www.cen-rce.org/ebulletin/aalertb.html.

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Opportunities/Call for Delegates/Proposals

Western Boreal Learning Network: Call for Participants

The 2009-2011 Boreal Learning Network builds on our successful 2008-2009 effort and was developed in response to the urgent call to protect Canada's boreal forests, and to address the challenges faced by environmental NGOs and First Nations in communicating, planning and negotiating with one another.

The Western Boreal Learning Network involves groups from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, and the Yukon. We are inviting ENGOs and First Nations communities engaged in boreal work to participate in the upcoming session which will be held at the Shekinah Retreat Centre (just north of Saskatoon) from February 16 – 18, 2011. The theme of this session is “Grassroots Engagement and Free Prior and Informed Consent”.

To apply, please contact Victor Reyes victor@sustainabilitynetwork.ca with your affiliation and why you think your participation in the program will help your work and your community. If you would like to learn more about the Boreal Learning Network, please visit: http://sustainabilitynetwork.ca/boreal.html.

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Call for Participation: 2011 EECOM Conference

The 2011 EECOM Conference: Exploring the Socioecological in Education and Culture: Becoming Active Participants in Change will be held on June 8th - 11th, 2011 at the University of Regina.

The 2011 EECOM (Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication) conference will focus on exploring the issues of learning and being active in society AND our environment. Themes within the conference will include: socioecological pedagogies - Teaching/learning strategies with a focus on environmental, cultural, and/or social justice; place-based learning - Teaching/learning strategies with a focus on place and/or outdoor education; food/agriculture/sustainable living practices; activism and youth/community engagement; leadership development; diversity/species at risk.

The call for presentations, workshops, and participation can be downloaded on the EECOM web site at http://www.eecom.org/. Deadline is January 10th, 2011. Registration will open March 2011. Please see the SOEEA website for more information http://www.soeea.sk.ca.

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Call for Papers: Exploring Change Through Food

May 28 – 30, 2011

The Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) will host its sixth annual general meeting at University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Fredericton, on May 28 – 30, 2011 in conjunction with the 2011 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. They invite session proposals or individual paper proposals dealing with the connections of food production and consumption to notions of exploration and discovery. The deadline for session proposals is: Tuesday, December 15, 2010. The deadline for paper proposals is: Friday, January 15, 2011. Full details on the conference and Call for Papers is at http://www.foodstudies.ca.

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Earth Day Canada Award and Recognition Programs

Earth Day Canada celebrates and supports environmental initiatives year-round through a suite of recognition programs and financial support, including scholarships, grants and cash awards programs. Help celebrate and recognize these contributions by directly applying or promoting the programs to your volunteers, supporters and/or community network today. http://www.earthday.ca/pub/.

Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program awards twenty $5000 scholarships to graduating Canadian high school students entering their first year of post-secondary studies. Eligible students can apply now at www.earthday.ca/scholarship. The application deadline is January 31st, 2011.

Earth Day Canada Community Environment Fund provides financial grants of up to $20 000 to support local not-for-profit organizations, charities and schools in the development and delivery of environmental initiatives in Ontario. Please visit www.earthday.ca/envirofund for more information. The Spring Grant Period deadline is February 28th, 2011.

Hometown Heroes Award Program rewards environmental leaders (individuals and groups) who have fostered meaningful, long–term community awareness and action in their communities with a $10 000 prize. Nominate a hero today at www.earthday.ca/hometown The application deadline is February 28th, 2011.

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New Art/Media Contest: Web-based Materials on War Tax Resistance

All web-based media are eligible, for example: visual art/poster, photographic slide show, video, music, written verse, or any combination of these. Conscience Canada is the organization that advocates for the right of Canadians to redirect the military portion of our federal income tax to peace-making. Conscience Canada will create a web-based gallery of creative arts materials/communications using those entries that express the need for a ‘peace tax’ as an alternative to the current military tax. See the 'reason for our existence' at www.consciencecanada.ca. Prizes will be awarded for the most effective submissions, although all entries will be eligible for inclusion in the gallery.

Deadline for Submissions: January 31, 2011. Read more at http://saskatoonpeace.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/conscience-canada-new-artmedia-contest/.

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Ecocity 2011: Call for Proposals

Ecocity Builders is pleased to announce the online Call for Proposals launch for the upcoming 9th International Ecocity Conference, Ecocity World Summit, August 22-26, 2011, Montreal, Canada, issued by local host organization Montreal Urban Ecology Centre. We hope you will consider engaging as an active participant in what we believe will be one of the most exciting and timely Ecocity Conferences to date. Deadline for proposals is January 31, 2010. Details on the Conference Website: http://www.ecocity2011.com.

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Call for Nominations: Saskatchewan Waste Minimization Awards

The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is seeking nominations for the Saskatchewan Waste Minimization Awards for 2010. If you know of an individual, business, municipality or community organization who should be recognized for their waste minimization efforts, please submit the attached nomination form. Help us celebrate the good things happening in Saskatchewan!

The awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council's Spring '11 Waste Minimization Forum, April 7 & 8, in Saskatoon. Deadline: February 28th, 2011. Watch for registration information for this event on our website, http://www.saskwastereduction.ca.

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Kaleidoscope Real World Video Challenge

The Kaleidoscope Real World Video Challenge is a call-out to youth across Canada to raise their voices on global issues. Organized by seven Regional Councils for International Cooperation across Canada, Kaleidoscope is a forum for youth to reach their peers, communities and leaders by creating videos under five minutes in length highlighting why they think active global citizenship is important and what makes them global citizens.

The contest website (http://www.videochallenge.ca) offers background information about the Millennium Development Goals, links to resources that explain how to upload videos to the Internet, a selection of resources for youth to enhance their video production skills and detailed information about the contest.

The contest will be open until March 31, 2011. First Place winners in each age category (ages 13 and under and 14-18) will receive a video camera (or the equivalent value in cash up to $500). A selection of winners will receive a free trip to Ottawa in September 2011 to present their videos at the Kaleidoscope National Gala and Youth Conference.

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Employment Opportunities

New Open Call: Go Green Fund

The Ministry of Environment’s Go Green Fund is seeking Letters of Intent (LOI) from businesses, industries, Saskatchewan municipalities, research institutions, and non-government organizations seeking support from the Go Green Fund to develop cost-effective, environmental outcome-driven projects. Deadline for submission is January 21, 2011.

For more information, visit the Ministry’s website by clicking on http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/fund.

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Evergreen Now Accepting Grant Applications for 2011

Evergreen is now accepting applications for the Walmart–Evergreen Green Grants Program supporting community environmental stewardship and restoration projects across Canada. The 2011 deadline for Walmart–Evergreen Green Grants Program is: January 31, 2011.

Walmart–Evergreen Green Grants, a community greening program sponsored by Walmart and led by Evergreen, provide funds of up to $10,000 to community groups working on restoration and stewardship of local ecosystems. This grant also supports community development initiatives such as community organic food garden projects.

For more information on eligibility requirements and to download an application, visit the Green Grants page on our website at http://www.evergreen.ca/en/funding/grants/walmart.sn.

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Saskatoon Foundation: 2011 Quality of Life Grants

The Saskatoon Community Foundation is very pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Quality of Life Grants Program for 2011. The Quality of Life Grants Program involves a two stage process. Applicants first submit a Letter of Intent to apply. (The Letter of Intent is a very brief form, which requires significantly less work than a complete application.) The Letters of Intent are reviewed by our Grants Committee, after which some applicants are requested to submit a complete application.

All grant applications are now done online. If your organization has never applied for a grant online before, you will have to create an account for your organization before you can apply. You can access the online grants system through our website, http://www.saskatooncommunityfoundation.ca. If you need any assistance in creating an account or accessing the application forms, please contact Don Ewles, Grants and Communications Manager, at 665-1767 or don.ewles@saskatooncommunityfoundation.ca.

The Letter of Intent must be submitted by February 4, 2011. The Saskatoon Community Foundation grants only to Canadian registered charities (those issued a charitable Business Number by the Canada Revenue Agency). The Quality of Life Grants Program provides funds only for charitable work taking place in Saskatoon or for the benefit of the residents of Saskatoon.

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YMCA's Post Secondary Youth Eco Internship Program (PSYEIP)

Need some help with your organizations sustainability initiatives? The YMCA's Post Secondary Youth Eco Internship Program (PSYEIP) give businesses the opportunity to apply to host a youth (up to 30 years old) who has graduated from university and is not currently working. The internships can represent a wide range of opportunities related to environmental or community-based projects and because the program is federally funded youth are paid for by the YMCA, not by the business!

The purpose of PSYEIP is to increase the skill level and experience of over 60 post-secondary graduates who are currently unemployed or underemployed. This program can place youth from diverse backgrounds in valuable internship opportunities within the private, public and non-profit sectors. For more information visit: http://www.psyeip.ca/.

Details for available internships are at: http://www.psyeip.ca/media/22223/mb_sask_terr en4.pdf.

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RCEN Job Board

Numerous jobs across the country are posted at the RCEN Job Board at http://jobs.rcen.ca/.

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ReSources

SEN Calendar of Events

SEN has an on line Events Calendar in which members can register and contribute events. Unfortunately, it was necessary to re-configure our calendar and previous members will have to sign up again. Please send us an email at info@econet.sk.ca to sign up as a contributor!

Look for events on our Calendar: /events/.

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Sask Eco-network Blog - Ready for Comment!

We have created a blog where members and other interested parties can post their articles and comments. We are hope to generate some discussion on various topics. You can see the blog at http://saskeconet.blogspot.com/ and make comments. If you wish to post articles, please send us an email to participate.

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Coming Events

Regina

SOEEA Annual General Meeting

January 8th, 10 am - 2 pm, Brickhouse Bistro, Lumsden, SK

Join us for the Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association's Annual General Meeting. Come hear about one of the projects we have given support to over the past year and enjoy some fresh winter air! Don't worry, the meeting will be indoors! Details at http://www.soeea.sk.ca. Contact: soeea.sk.@gmail.com.

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Dining with the Stars

January 10th, 6 pm, The Willow on Wascana, 3000 Wascana Dr.

Guest celebrity is Ruth Smillie, Artistic Director of Globe Theatre and Edie Marshall, Visual Artist, Neil Balkwell Art Centre. Star chef is Chef Tim Davies. Seats are $100.00. Phone for reservations: 306-585-3663 or 306-543-8732. This event is part of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate's food Miles Campaign.

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Solar PV Design & Installation Course

January 10 - 14, 2011, Regina

Sound Solar Systems Inc. is the Western province representatives for Training & Development with The College of Renewable Energy based in Newcastle, Ont. We have scheduled Saskatchewan's First 40 hour Solar PV Design & Installation Course in Regina on January 10th - 14th, 2011. Registration is now open at http://www.soundsolar.ca/.

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Native Prairie Speaker Series

January 19th, 12:10-12:50 pm, Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium

Technical (12:10-12:50 pm): Dr. Paul James (President, Environmental Systems Assessment Canada Ltd. and Research Fellow, Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina) – Ecological Goods & Services.

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Native Prairie Speaker Series

January 19th, 7 - 8 pm, Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium

Public (7:00 -8:00 pm): Dr. Howard Wheater (University of Saskatchewan) – Water Sustainability.

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Options for Recycling Agricultural Plastics

January 20th, 10 am - 3 pm, Lakeview United Church, 3200 McCallum Ave.

According to the Western Producer, western Canadian farmers use 12,000-16,000 grain bags every year, mostly in Saskatchewan. Each of these weighs between 135 and 315 kg. Add to that the twine, silage bags, bale wrap and there's a lot of agricultural plastic out there. Farmers have few choices (most of them bad) for handling this material. Various groups have been calling for action, looking for more environmentally responsible solutions.

The Moose Jaw River Watershed Authority, along with WUQWATR (Wascana Upper Qu'Appelle Watershed Assoc. Taking Responsibility) and the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council, is hosting this workshop. The program includes: an update on ag plastics recycling in Alberta; the Moose Jaw Watershed ag plastics recycling program; Merlin Plastics' system for recycling grain bags; information on an ag plastics quantificiation study; and discussion of the issues and possible actions.

This is an opportunity for people concerned about agricultural plastics to have input and work on a solution together. To register, please contact the Sask. Waste Reduction Council http://www.saskwastereduction.ca/.

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Dining with the Stars

January 21st, 5:30 pm, Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan

Guest celebrity: Gene Makowsky - Saskatchewan Rough Riders. Star chef: Chef Milton Rebello. Seats are $100.00. Phone for reservations: 306-522-7691 or 306-543-8732. This event is part of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate's food Miles Campaign.

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Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation 82nd Annual Convention

February 10, 11 & 12, 2011, Evraz Place - Queensbury Convention Centre

Keynote speaker is twenty-eight time national award winning writer and multiple National Magazine Gold and Silver Medal Winner, Gord Pyzer, is widely regarded as Canada’s most scientific angler. Full registration details are at http://www.swf.sk.ca.

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Native Prairie Restoration & Reclamation Workshop

February 16-17, 2011, Conexus Arts Centre, Jacqui Shumiatcher Room

Presented by the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan http://www.pcap-sk.org/?s=12.upcoming_events_workshop.

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Saskatoon

Film: Inside Job

January 6 - 13, Broadway Theatre

From Academy Award® nominated filmmaker, Charles Ferguson (“No End In Sight”), comes INSIDE JOB, the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, INSIDE JOB traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia. Narrated by Matt Damon, Inside Job was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China. More at http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/. Presented by Turning the Tide and Video Rentals.

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Sanatorium and Riverbank Hike

January 8th, 2 - 4 pm, Meet at the south end of Ave. K.

Saskatoon Nature Society field trip. We will look for winter songbirds on the old sanatorium grounds and then look for waterfowl along the river. Leader: Stan Shadick (652-5975).

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Ukrainian Christmas with the Saskatoon Farmers' Market and Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble

January 9th, 6 pm, Saskatoon Farmers' Market

Ukrainian meal featuring the 12 dishes of Ukrainian Christmas, Music, Dancing and Entertainment. Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble will be providing cabaret style entertainment and explaining Ukrainian Christmas traditions and foods. A fun, festive and entertaining evening for all ages! The 12 traditional dishes of Ukrainian Christmas will be served. Cost is $25 adults and $15 children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Market office or Paypal.For more information, email sfmevents@sasktel.net.

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Oxfam Social Justice Book Club

January 11th, 7 - 9 pm, Oxfam Saskatoon Office, 416 - 21st St. E.

"Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice" by Eric Holt-Giménez and Raj Patel with Annie Shattuck.

Today there are over a billion hungry people on the planet, more than ever before in history. Why, in a time of record harvests, are a record number of people going hungry? And why are a handful of corporations making record profits? This read offers us the real story behind the global food crisis and documents the growing trend of grassroots solutions to hunger spreading around the world.

The books are in at Turning the Tide Bookstore (525 11th St. East, 955-3070) and the are 20% off! Ask for them at the counter. There are also a couple books available through the Saskatoon Public Library.

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Biodiversity of the Strawberry Hills

January 12th, 7 pm, J.S. Wood Library, 1801 Lansdowne Ave.

Dr. Lynn Oliphant, Professor Emeritus Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences University of Saskatchewan, will talk about the "Biodiversity of the Strawberry Hills." Strawberry Hills is located in the Saskatoon area. Come find out more about the spectacular array of biodiversity in our backyard. Event co-sponsored by the J.S. Wood Library and Saskatchewan Environmental Society. For more information phone 665-1915.

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Dining with the Stars

January 16th, 6 pm, Weczeria, 616 - 10th St. E.

Guest celebrity: Yann Martel. Star chef: Chef Dan Walker. Seats are $100.00. Phone for reservations: 306-933-9600 or Marion McBride 306-543-8732. This event is part of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate's food Miles Campaign.

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Dining with the Stars

January 17th, 6 pm, Calories, 721 Broadway

Guest celebrity: Mr. Del Surjik, Artistic Director of Persephone Theatre. Star chef: Chef Miguel Delucas Sintes. Guest producer: Marion Leniczek from Lily and Rose Organics - Lamb, flax and lentils. Other Producers: Frans House of Herbs -herbs, Caledonia Organic Farms - Hemp, Bedard Creek Acres - Syrup, R and J Milling - flour, Living Sky Winery - Wine, Brecknock Brewing - Beer. Seats are $100.00. Phone for reservations: 306-220-1647. This event is part of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate's food Miles Campaign.

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Station 20 West Musical Fundraiser

January 16th, 7 pm, Roxy Theatre, 320 - 20th St. W.

The Station 20 West Community Mobilization Committee is hosting an evening of music and fun at the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon. Talent for the evening includes: Andrea Menard, Lawrence Roy Hoop Dancers, Wyndham Thiessen, Singing Raging Grannies, Bridge City Chorus, Dory Cook, Mark Longjohn and Young Scouts Drum Group. Tickets: $25.00 General Public, $15.00 for core neighbourhood residents. To purchase tickets contact: Station 20 West: 343-9378 or Quint: 978-4041

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Building Respectful Relations: Community-University Research Partnerships in the Social Economy

January 20th, 3 – 5 pm, 1E80 Agriculture Building, U. of S.

The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives presents this seminar with guest speaker Professor Gayle Broad, Community Economic and Social Development Unit, Algoma University College.

This presentation will examine five community-university research partnerships in the social economy for learnings that can assist researchers in meeting the challenge of developing respectful relations between communities and universities. It concludes that researchers themselves can be the pivotal point of relationship-building.

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SOS Elms Coalition Annual General Meeting

January 20th, 7 pm, the Refinery, Dufferin and 12th St.

SOS Elms Coalition's AGM will take place on Thursday January 20th at 7 pm at the Refinery (downstairs) at Dufferin and 12th Street, Saskatoon. Everyone is welcome, and we are always looking for interested people to join our Board. The meeting will be followed by refreshments. More information on SOS Elms at http://www.soselms.org.

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Generating Momentum: Youth Media Summit

January 29 - 30, Saskatoon

This 2 day summit will get you excited about doing media activism in your community. We will be welcoming film maker Velcrow Ripper as a key note speaker and workshop presenter, along with many other workshop facilitators from all over North America. Skills building sessions on theatre, written word, film making, 'zine creation and more will be offered!

This unique summit is a fantastic opportunity that does not come to Saskatchewan very often, plus it is completely free! However space is limited, so please register today. Pre-Registration is required. Please go to the SCIC website http://www.earthbeat.sk.ca to register. Don't miss out! If you have any questions about the summit, please contact Vicki at (306)757-4669 or email her at communications@earthbeat.sk.ca.

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Human Drama in Gazaa: Free Exhibit, Colloquia, Class Visits, Screenings

January 31st - February 11th, Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan

The exhibit features 44 photographs taken by professional photographers--Israeli, Palestinian, and international--during and after the 22-day assault on Gaza that began December 27, 2008 and cost 1400 Palestinian and 13 Israeli lives. The exhibit will be open to the public free of charge. Usual opening hours: 9am to 4:30 pm.

Sponsored by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East and the Humanities Research Unit, University of Saskatchewan. Details at http://saskatoonpeace.wordpress.com/.

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Native Plant Society AGM & International Forest Film Festival

February 11th - 12th, TCU Place, 35 - 22nd St. E.

Join the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan in celebrating its 16th year by attending our annual general meeting and workshop! The event is open to everyone and gives people a chance to learn about native plants and habitats, meet like-minded people and have some fun! This year we are celebrating 2011 as the International Year of Forests by focusing on the northern half of our province, an often-overlooked but vitally important area both for our environmental, economic and social well-being.

New for this year - the International Forest Film Festival! We will be screening the winners from the United Nations International Forest Film Festival. We are the only venue in Saskatchewan for this prestigious event. Please see http://www.npss.sk.ca/?s=5.events,71 or contact Chet at (306) 668-3940 or info@npss.sk.ca for the latest details.

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Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course

March 12 & 13, 2011 in Saskatoon

The IWRC Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course is an excellent start toward becoming a Wildlife Rehabilitator, or to improve your skills for helping as a volunteer! Call Jan Shadick at 652-5975 with any questions.

We will also be having a Second Stage, Wildlife Rehabilitation Section for Experienced Rehabilitators to come together, share knowledge on specific species, and discuss protocols on such things as caging, nutrition, euthanasia vs captivity, and over-wintering. More details, including registration process and cost are to be determined.

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Other

Field Guide to the Ecosites of Saskatchewan's Provincial Forests

January 11th, 1 - 4:30 pm, Prince Albert

The guide provides a comprehensive classification and description of the site level ecosystems found across the province's forests, and is a valuable tool for professionals in the natural resource sector. It is particularly useful to those who need to know the plant species and other site attirbutes such as soils, associated with Saskatchewan's natural ecosystems.

Visit http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/forests. Contact: Sharon Kent, Forest Service 306-953-2221 or sharon.kent@gov.sk.ca. Cost: Free.

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Dining with the Stars

January 15th, 5 pm, New Ground Cafe, 169 Bellamy Ave., Birch Hills

Guest celebrity: John Gormley (entertainment by John J. Cook guitar/vocalist). Star chef: Chef Jenni Willems. Guest producer: Lyn Brown - Bedard Creek Acres - Specialty Syrups, Keith Neu - Vegetables Lynn and Iris Riese - Canadian Organic Wild Lake Rice. Seats are $100.00. Phone for reservations: 306-749-2529 or 306-543-8732.

This event is part of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate's food Miles Campaign.

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"What's in the Stew of Stewardship?": Redefining Success on the Farm

January 17th, 10 am - 3:30 pm, Hafford Ukrainian Hall, Hafford, SK

Presented by Redberry Lake Watershed AEGP. Speakers for the Day are Lorne Fitch: Provincial Riparian Specialist with Cows and Fish (Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society) and Don Ruzicka: Owner and Operator of Ruzicka Sunrise Farm.

Admission: $10.00 (Lunch included) Pre-register by January 14th to enter for the main door prize draw. For more info or to register call: 1-306-549-2360 or 1-306-246-4863 or go to http://www.pcap-sk.org/?s=12.upcoming_events_workshop for details.

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Your Food, Your Choice: The Promise of Organics

February 19, 2011, 9 am - 5 pm, University of Toronto Conference Centre

Canadian Organic Growers would like to inform you about our 5th annual conference Your Food, Your Choice: The Promise of Organic on February 19 in downtown Toronto. Organic continues to make a difference to our tables, to our health, and to our environment. Hear how one country is going entirely organic, and find out how organic benefits you. Learn what is happening in organic agriculture and our food system in Canada.

$65 ($85 after Feb. 5); COG members $55 ($65 after Feb. 5). Rates for seniors, students and unwaged. Organic lunch included! Info and registration: http://www.cogtoronto.org or 416-466-4420.

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Permaculture Cuba 2011! An Immersion in Sustainable Urban Agriculture in the Heart of Cuba

Ten Canadians will have the opportunity to take part in a 7 week (May – June, 2011) experiential learning opportunity in the thriving urban agriculture and permaculture movements of Cuba. Participants will work side-by-side with local leaders and practitioners on a variety of projects in the historic city of Sancti Spiritus. Grounded in a model of partnership and collaborative learning, the program will include: workshops and dialogue on a variety of urban agriculture and permaculture themes; activities in existing permaculture/urban agriculture projects; design and implementation of a new project sites; Spanish language learning; and immersion in the rich cultural life and natural beauty of the Sancti Spiritus region of Cuba.

University graduate level credits can be gained for this course through registration in the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. This project is a partnership of The Urban Farmer, The University of Alberta Faculty of Extension, and the Antonio Nunez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Man in Cuba. Space is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Mary Beckie, University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension, mary.beckie@ualberta.ca or Ron Berezan, The Urban Farmer, theurbanfarmer@shaw.ca, 780 221-4800. View the Permaculture Cuba 2011 brochure at: http://www.theurbanfarmer.ca

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