SEN Info Bulletin

January 20, 2011

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News

2011 Environmental Film Festivals on Horizon

The Saskatchewan Eco-network will be presenting several events in March and April 2011 through the province. Saskatoon's 6th Annual Environment Film Festival will be held at the Roxy Theatre from Friday April 1st through Sunday April 3rd. Prince Albert and Regina will also be presenting film festivals: details will be announced as they become available.

Swift Current will hold Sustain-A-City Film Festival on Saturday March 19th at the Lyric Theatre, presented by The Swift Current Citizens for Environmental Action.

SEN's Environmental Activist Awards will be presented during these events across Saskatchewan.

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Gov't Looks to Restart Nuclear Initiatives

REGINA (Star Phoenix) - The Saskatchewan Party government plans to fire up a nuclear agenda that encompasses medicine, research and power in the coming months, Premier Brad Wall said Wednesday. Among the initiatives will be an agreement with a private company to research the long-term feasibility of small-scale nuclear reactors to supply electricity, including in Saskatchewan. "Adding value" to Saskatchewan's uranium reserves has been a major preoccupation of the Saskatchewan Party since it took office in 2007.

But in 2009, the government rejected the prospect of a large-scale nuclear reactor for the province - two 1,000 megawatt reactors were being proposed - as too big and too costly for the province's electrical system. A small reactor would be considered less than 500 megawatts.

Full story: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/health/looks+restart+nuclear+initiatives/4135975/story.html

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No Evidence of CO2 Leaks, Sask. Group Says

A carbon dioxide research group is questioning a Weyburn, Sask., farm family's concerns about industrial CO2 leaking onto their property.

The group, Regina-based Petroleum Technology Research Centre, has been doing research for years in connection with energy giant Cenovus's $2-billion carbon storage program in the Weyburn oilpatch.

So, last week, when Cameron and Jane Kerr said they've detected carbon dioxide in soil on their property that they say is coming from the Cenovus project, it got the centre's attention.

Cenovus has been pumping thousands of tonnes of CO2 into the ground to get extra life out of partly depleted oil reservoirs. Proponents of the system say the process helps fight climate change by storing CO2 that would otherwise be vented to the atmosphere.

Full story at CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2011/01/19/sk-carbon-dioxide-report-1101.html

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NFU Warns New Trade Agreement with EU Could Crush Canadian Farmers

The Canadian government and the European Union (EU) are negotiating a new "free trade" agreement, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

National Farmers Union (NFU) President, Terry Boehm, warns this agreement will further intensify Canada's farm income crisis. "The CETA would mean many changes, but none more negative than its effect to extinguish farmers' rights to save and re-use seeds," states Boehm.

Read related press releases at the National Farmers' Union web site http://www.nfu.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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Opportunities/Call for Delegates/Proposals

IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership 2011

September 15-18, 2011 Guelph, Ontario

Participants selected to attend this conference will: Be inspired by Dr. David Suzuki's key-note address; Collaborate with expert leaders and facilitators to explore and build tangible multi-industry and system sustainability solutions; Network with a diverse group of young Canadian sustainability leaders; Develop practical skills to lead sustainability initiatives following the conference.

Qualified applicants are sustainability leaders between 19 - 25 years of age who are attending a Canadian College or University at the time of the conference. Deadline to apply is January 23rd, 2011. Details at http://www.impactyouthsustainability.ca.

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Call for Participation: 2011 EECOM Conference

June 8th - 11th, University of Regina

This is a reminder that the deadline to apply for participation in the 2011 EECOM National Conference is coming up fast. The deadline has been extended from January 15th to February 1st. There are several ways to become involved in the conference. Please see www.eecom.org for full conference details, including the Call for Participation.

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 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 EECOM web site is at http://www.eecom.org/. Registration will open March 2011. Please see the SOEEA website for more information http://www.soeea.sk.ca.

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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. Deadline for nominations is February 15th, 2011.

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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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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

Oxfam: Outreach Officer, Policy and Outreach

Location: Saskatoon

As part of a dynamic trans-Canada team, the Saskatoon-based Outreach Officer is responsible for the effective implementation of Oxfam Canada's campaigns and programs across the Prairies. Reporting to the Director, Policy and Outreach the Outreach Officer provides regional leadership to the achievement of Oxfam Canada's domestic program goal, - the building of a significant constituency of informed and active Canadians working together to address the inequalities that underlie poverty and injustice around the world. Since 2006, Oxfam Canada has focused its efforts on the advancement of women's rights and gender equality. Developing this programmatic focus across the Prairies with Oxfam members, the public and through a range of community, labour and campus organizations will be the primary focus of this assignment.

Full-time, 1 year Term (Unionized, CUPE 2722). Salary Range 2 $54,088.89- $71,177.30. Deadline:January 21, 2011. Fulldetails on the Oxfam website at http://www.oxfam.ca/what-you-can-do/work-for-oxfam/work-opportunities. Please submit cover letter and résumé to employment@oxfam.ca quoting competition number OOS0111 in the subject line.

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Nature Conservancy: Stewardship Field Intern Positions

Location: Regina

There are various summer job opportunities open for the Shell Conservation Internship Program (SCIP),a partnership initiative between the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Shell Canada Limited to provide university/college students with practical experience in the conservation field. These positions are based in Regina; require the ability to travel throughout southern and central Saskatchewan to field sites and overnight stays.

Closing date is February 4, 2011. Interested applicants should forward their cover letter and resume to: Joseph Kotlar, Stewardship Coordinator - Conservation Easements and Volunteers, Saskatchewan Region, The Nature Conservancy of Canada. Full details at: http://www.conservationinterns.ca/apply/default.html.

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Scotiabank Ecoliving Awards

The Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards, supported by Green Living Enterprises, is recognizing Canadian businesses, innovators and students dedicated to improving energy efficiency in the home. Winners will take home awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, see their work publicized in national media and be celebrated at a gala awards ceremony in Toronto on June 2, 2011.

The Awards are: The $50,000 Business Leadership Award, for a business providing eco-friendly products or services to the residential sector; the $15,000 Innovation Award, for a prototype of a recently launched eco-friendly product or service for the residential sector; the $10,000 Student Leadership Award, for the post-secondary students with an innovative concept or prototype aimed at energy conservation.

Deadline to apply is January 31, 2011. Details at http://ecoliving.scotiabank.com/awards.

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Ferruginous Hawk Research Project: Crew Leaders & Field Assistants

We are looking to hire 2 crew leaders and 5 field assistants for a collaborative University of Alberta & Environment Canada study on the relationship between Ferruginous Hawks and industrial development in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Tasks include nest searching and monitoring, hawk observation, capture and banding, attaching GPS data-loggers to hawks, landowner communication, and identifying habitat characteristics. Qualifications include excellent note-taking skills (detailed and accurate), valid driver’s license with clean record, must be capable of driving long distances, and cannot be afraid of heights, bugs, or heat. Additional assets include experience working with and handling birds, driving 4WD trucks and quads, basic climbing skills, knowledge of Species At Risk Act, and experience interacting with rural landowners.

Pay rate for field supervisors are $2500 - $3000/month and field assistants $1900 - $2300/month. House and food are included while in the field. Work period typically consists of a 10 days on / 4 days off rotation, this is flexible, but overall work period amounts to 22 days/month. Work term and location has some flexibility, but 1-2 crew leader positions will start March 1st and the remaining positions will start mid-April. Field work is in southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan.

Please send a resume, cover letter, and available start date to: Janet Ng (Janet.Ng@ualberta.ca). Positions filled as soon as suitable candidates found. Applications accepted until March 15th, 2011. Apply early before the positions are filled!

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Canada World Youth: Project Supervisors

You will implement all aspects of an international education program designed for young adults volunteering in community development projects focusing on health, environment and gender equity. Programs will begin in April, May and June 2011. Successful candidates must have: experience working with groups of young adults; relevant overseas experience; ability to work in a cross-cultural environment, demonstrated experience in or commitment to bringing an analysis of power and privilege to programming; knowledge of community and international development; experience with group facilitation and dynamics; ability to live away from residence for the entire duration of the contract; working knowledge of French and English. Multilingualism would be an asset.

Please apply before January 28th, 2011.

For more information, please visit http://www.canadaworldyouth.org.

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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

The Evolving Norm of Responsibility to Protect

January 20th, 3:30 pm, U. of R. Classroom Building 128

A Talk by Dr. Andy Knight, Professor of International Relations and Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He is past Vice Chair of the Academic Council on the UN System and currently editor of Global Governance Journal. His recent books include: Adapting the United Nations to a Post Modern World: Lessons Learned, A Changing United Nations: Multilateral Evolution and the Quest for Global Governance, and Building Sustainable Peace (with Tom Keating). He was recently awarded a major three-year research grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to study "Children and Armed Conflict".

All welcome. Presented by the International Studies program with support from Dr. Shadia Drury, Canada Research Chair in Social Justice.

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Regina IDW Proclamation Event at City Hall

February 8th, 2 - 3 pm, Regina City Hall, Darlene Hinks Room

Mayor Pat Fiacco will be present to officially proclaim International Development Week in the city of Regina. Global Citizen Award winners and others in the development community will make short presentations, and refreshments will be served. If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP scic@earthbeat.sk.ca or 757-4669.

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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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Regina Global Citizen Award Gala

February 12th, 5:30 pm, St. James Anglican Church (1105 Empress St.)

5:30 pm Cocktails, 6 pm Supper (delicious Indian Cuisine). Tickets are $25 and should be bought in advance by calling 757-4669 or emailing scic@earthbeat.sk.ca.

Global Citizen Award winners Catherine Verrall, and Arnold and Bertha Epp will be recognized for their work on the environment, poverty, and with new Canadians. Additionally, a new video featuring 8 inspirational Saskatchewan youth will be shown.

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Native Prairie Restoration & Reclamation Workshop

February 16th -17th, 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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Wind Power in Saskatchewan - Provincial Overview

February 25th, University of Regina, Education Building, Room 158

The speakers are: Kelly Winder (Research Engineer at the Saskatchewan Research Council) and Tim Weis (Director of Renewable Energy and Efficiency at the Pembina Institute). The sites will be linked by videoconference.

Details at: http://www.cagbc.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Chapters/Saskatchewan/Events/default.htm.

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Saskatoon

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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Envisioning a Green Future

January 21st 4 pm, University of Saskatchewan Arts Tunnel

Retire Your Ride (RYR) is hosting an art unveiling. RYR has arranged for the Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Program to create a mural “envisioning a green future” in the University of Saskatchewan arts tunnel. Following the unveiling, there will be coffee & muffins in Browser’s coffee shop on campus. Please consider coming out to support these youth and their green vision. For more information, please contact Ashlee at 956-2277.

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Forestry Farm and Zoo

January 23rd, 2 - 4 pm, meet at the Saskatoon Zoo parking lot

Join members of the Saskatoon Nature Society as they go looking for winter birds and tour the zoo. For more information contact Greg Fenty (343-6943).

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Lecture: Sleep Disorders

January 25th, 12 noon, RUH Main Mall Lecture Theatre

The College of Medicine Integrative Health Seminar Series continues with a session is entitled "Sleep Disorders" and will feature Ms Carolyn Schur, a sleep educator and the founder of Associated Sleep Services, a sleep disorders screening centre in Saskatoon. Everybody welcome! Bring your lunch.

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Presentation: The Harper Effect

January 25th, 7 pm, Lydia's Pub (Upstairs loft) 650 Broadway

The Harper Effect: How One Man's Vision is Destroying Canada's Reputation as an Honest Broker and Lost the Vote for a Seat on the UN Security Council. A presentation by Yves Engler, author of The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy and other books.

Yves Engler has been dubbed "one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today" (Briarpatch magazine) and "in the mould of I. F. Stone" (Globe and Mail). His books have been praised by Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Rick Salutin and many others. Admission Free.

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LEED Canada Core Concepts & Strategies

January 28, 2011, Saskatoon

This full-day workshop provides essential knowledge of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating Systems and sustainable building concepts. This workshop presents LEED concepts at the credit category level - across building types and rating systems - and the basics on the LEED certification process. It provides the foundation required for more advanced LEED training. Project examples help demonstrate and reinforce learning. Details at http://www.cagbc.org/source/Events/Event.cfm?EVENT=CC11SA0128§ion=Education.

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Biology Museum and Study Skin Collection

January 29th, 2 - 3 pm, meet in the Biology building foyer outside room 106 on the U of S campus.

Join members of the Saskatoon Nature Society for a tour of the biology research museum on campus and learn about the value of a collection of bird study skins. Leader: Gary Bortolotti. For more information contact 244-0189.

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Soul of Activism: Issue Launch/fundraiser for Briarpatch Magazine

January 29th, 7 pm, Caffe Sola, (38 - 23rd St. E.)

Briarpatch's latest issue, the Soul of Activism, explores the intersection between spirituality and activism, connecting the dots between our goals for positive change in the world and our inner personal (emotional and spiritual) revolutions. Check it out at http://www.briarpatchmagazine.com.

Come feed your soul with the sweet beats of Eekwol and tasty eats by Caffe Sola. Velcrow Ripper, whose article "Love in a time of climate crisis" appears in this issue, will offer insights on the role of independent media in shifting our collective perspective on current events. Also: meet the people behind the Briarpatch pages and kick back with fellow supporters of indy media!

Admission by donation. Free food. Cash bar. All ages (bring ID if you want to drink). RSVP to the facebook event and invite your friends! For more information, e-mail shayna@briarpatchmagazine.com or call 1-866-431-5777.

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Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action, Film Screening and Q & A with filmmaker Velcrow Ripper

January 28th, 7 pm, Broadway Theatre

Fierce Light continues the quest for a fusion between spirituality and activism previously explored in Velcrow Ripper's award-winning feature documentary Scared Sacred (Special Jury Prize, Toronto International Film Festival).

Martin Luther King called it "love in action". Ghandi's phrase was "soul force". Filmmaker Velcrow Ripper calls it "fierce light" - a combination of spirituality and activism that he sees gathering strength on a global level. This is what his hopeful new movie attempts to illuminate.

Velcrow Ripper will be present at the screening and doing a short Q&A following the film. For more on the film see http://www.fiercelight.org. Free Admission.

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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 free summit requires participants to pre-register. There are only a few spots left, so please register today at 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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Import Nuclear Waste? Why We Should Say No!

February 1st, 7 pm, Frances Morrison Library Theatre

Dr. Jim Harding, author of Canada's Deadly Secret will speak on the issue of nuclear waste in our province and why we say NO! Free admission - everyone is strongly encouraged to attend. This event is sponsored by Council of Canadians Prairie Region, Sierra Club Prairie Region, and the Coalition for a Clean Green Saskatchewan http://www.cleangreensask.ca/.

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Cultivating the Vision: Growing Together in Community Gardens

February 5th, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm, W.P. Bate School (2515 18th St. W.)

Come join community gardeners and local garden leaders as they meet to discuss community gardening in our city. Be inspired by the actions and visions of two locavores. Choose between 5 sessions of interest. New and experienced community gardeners alike…get into the dialogue!

Plenary Session: How Can You Change the World and Make Your Community Stronger by Growing and Eating Local? with Amy Jo Ehman. There will be sessions on Seedlings, Seasoned Perennials, and School Gardens. Closing Plenary Session: Growing So Much More than Food: What’s the Return on a Garden? with speaker: Tom Wolf, founding member of City Park Community Garden.

Cost: $10.00 or pay what you can. Lunch will be provided. Assistance with childcare, travel and registration fee is available; please call Ruth Anne at 655-4575. If there is sufficient interest, we will provide child care on-site.

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Worried about Mold in Your Home?

February 9th, 7 pm, J.S. Wood Library, 1801 Lansdowne Ave.

James Watson from gotmold? will give tips on how to figure out if you have a mold problem in your home and what to do about it. It’s a presentation every homeowner or renter should attend. Event co-sponsored by the J.S. Wood Library and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. For more information please phone 665.1915. Cost: Free. All welcome.

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2011 SCIC Global Citizens Awards

February 10th, 7 pm, The Bassment, 202 - 4th Ave. N.

Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation Global Citizen Awards Celebration honouring the work of John and Betsy Bury, and John Crawford. The celebration takes place on Thursday, February 10th at The Bassment. 7:00 pm Cocktails and light snacks. 7:30 pm Presentation of Global Citizens Awards. 8:30 pm Screening of the “Youth Making a Difference” video.

This event is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information contact 757-4669 or scic@earthbeat.sk.ca.

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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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Weir and City Park Birding

February 12th, 1 - 3:30 pm, meet at the weir parking lot

Join members of the Saskatoon Nature Society as they go looking for waterfowl at the weir and walk some back alleys looking for songbirds followed by an optional stop for hot beverages at City Perks. For more information contact Carol Blenkin (244-1927).

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Wind Power in Saskatchewan - Provincial Overview

February 25th, video conference with the U. of Regina

The speakers are: Kelly Winder (Research Engineer at the Saskatchewan Research Council) and Tim Weis (Director of Renewable Energy and Efficiency at the Pembina Institute). The event will be linked by videoconference.

Details at: http://www.cagbc.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Chapters/Saskatchewan/Events/default.htm.

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The First Saskatchewan Food Summit

March 2nd - 3rd, TCU Place

The overarching goal of the First Saskatchewan Food Summit is to build an integrated vision, creating a process for a sustainable food economy in Saskatchewan. The Summit will provide a forum for discussion of the barriers to local food economies and areas of opportunity for those involved in the production, processing, and marketing of Saskatchewan food. Summit participants will generate valuable outcomes from the Summit in the form of suggested solutions to barriers and possible paths to capturing opportunities through facilitated break-out sessions on the second day.

Six sessions will address: i) Land Use Planning & Food Production, ii) Access to Market/Competition, iii) Distribution, iv) Food Policy/Strategy, v) Food Safety/Regulatory; vi) First Nations and Potential for Local Food Strategies and Initiatives. For more info visit: http://ccde.usask.ca/go/ag.

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Seedy Saturday

March 12th, 11 am - 4 pm, E.D. Feehan Catholic High School

Things are well underway for Saskatoon's 2011 Seedy Saturday! Our 13th year will be held on Saturday March 12th, 2011 at E.D. Feehan Catholic High School.

Seedy Saturday is a family-friendly eco-fair promoting open pollinated and heirloom seed-saving, biodiversity and sustainable living. For participants it is the perfect time to celebrate spring with garden speakers, like-minded exhibitors, children's activities and refreshments. More information about the event, including a list of exhibitors and their products, and workshop specifics, will be on the CHEP Good Food Inc. website at http://www.chep.org as the event nears.

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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

Root Cellar Supper Club

February 1st, 6 - 7:30 pm, Basement of St. Olaf Lutheran Church

Welcome to a monthly community potluck meal: an initiative of Swift Current Citizens for Environmental Action on the first Tuesday of each month: February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7.

Focus: Rethinking our ways of over-consumption; Meal preparation with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole-grains; We seek out local and seasonal food whenever possible; Taking time for making neighbour-to-neighbour connections; Conversations and sharing of ideas about environmental choices and our local situation. Any and all food dishes are welcome. No special recipes needed. Our suggestion is for the food to be healthy and inexpensive. Anyone in the community is invited to drop in and share in a simple meal. For more info, call Kathryn 773-1527.

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Why a Nuclear Waste Dump is Not Good for Northern Saskatchewan

February 2nd, 7 pm, Kikinahk Friendship Centre, La Ronge, SK

Dr. Jim Harding, author of Canada's Deadly Secret will speak on the issue of nuclear waste in our province and why we say NO! Free admission - everyone is strongly encouraged to attend. This event is sponsored by Council of Canadians Prairie Region, Sierra Club Prairie Region, and the Coalition for a Clean Green Saskatchewan http://www.cleangreensask.ca/.

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Why Saskatchewan Needs a Nuclear Waste Ban

February 3rd, 7 pm, John Cuelanaere Public Library, Prince Albert

Dr. Jim Harding, author of Canada's Deadly Secret will speak on the issue of nuclear waste in our province and why we say NO! Free admission - everyone is strongly encouraged to attend. This event is sponsored by Council of Canadians Prince Albert Region, Renewable Power - the Intelligent Choice, and the Prince Albert Public Library.http://www.cleangreensask.ca/.

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Alberta's Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Forum

February 16th, Edmonton, AB

Arborists, city foresters, pest managers, urban planners, members of nursery industry associations, private campground managers, private landowners, farmers and woodlot owners and operators are invited to attend the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Forum. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a small, but very destructive exotic beetle from Asia that threatens the ash trees in cities and in rural areas of Alberta.

There is no cost to attend; however, if you are interested in attending, please respond by January 21, 2011, providing your name, the department or company you represent, and contact information. Contact Andrea Saunders, plant health officer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, at 780-495-5581 or e-mail Andrea.Saunders@inspection.gc.ca. Details at http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/newslett.nsf/all/agnw17553.

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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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