SEN Info Bulletin

February 3, 2011

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News

Action Alert

Opportunities/Calls for Delegates/Proposals

Employment Opportunities

Events

News

Return of the Prairie Bandit airs Feb. 10 on Nature of Things

Their habitat once stretched across the Prairies, but when humans wiped out the one thing they eat, the black-footed ferret disappeared. The only native North American ferret, this mysterious animal became the most endangered species in the world. For many years, they survived only in zoos. Now a fledgling project is attempting to bring the black-footed ferret back to Saskatchewan. This dramatic story of the ferrets’ reintroduction to the wild unfolds in Return of the Prairie Bandit, a new documentary by Kenton Vaughan set in the stunning prairie of southern Saskatchewan.

Details: http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/natureofthings/2011/prairiebandit/

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WWF National Sweater Day - February 17, 2011

On February 17th, join Canadians across the country in turning down your thermostat by 3 degrees, and throw on a fun, quirky sweater to show your support for the planet. Pledge and Win: Take the National Sweater Day pledge by February 17 and your name will be entered into a draw for the chance to win a gift certificate to Loblaw or Joe Fresh Style.Get Dust off that old sweater and check out how you can participate at home, in your community, at school or at work. Download, customize and print posters to help spread the word about National Sweater Day. Plan a Party: A sweater theme is the perfect start to a mighty fine party. Get creative with the venue, guest list and even the theme - homemade sweaters, sweater exchange - the list goes on. Details at: http://c.studentawards.com/wwfsweaterday/.

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RCEN Officially Launches New Website at rcen.ca

The Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) is pleased to unveil its brand new logo and website at http://rcen.ca. Powered by Drupal open source software, the site offers several new features and improvements over our previous site-attractive design, better navigation and more! The new layout makes content easier to read without sacrificing substance. For example, Caucus pages now have separate tabs for Projects and Resources. To highlight the vital role played by RCEN members, a new section will feature the words and work of inspiring individuals from groups across Canada.

Sharing with Others: We've made it easy for you to share info with friends. On each page, you'll find icons for sharing via email, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and Digg. The new Search box helps you quickly find what you're looking for. Subscribe to our RSS feed for regular updates. Not on Twitter? Read recents tweets directly on the home page.

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Can Citizen Action Save the World?

As part of the UNU Forum Programme, the United Nations University Office at the UN, New York (UNU-ONY) recently held an event entitled Can Citizen Action Save the World? in association with the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.

This webcast, in the form of a talk and a discussion, addressed the questions of the role of citizen action in global politics (in the form of formal and informal institutions, practices and initiatives), analyzing the incorporation of non-state actors into international relations. It addressed the importance and the potential of citizen action in the form of participation by civil society agencies and social movement activists. Evaluating the participation of civil society actors, this dialogue attempts to blend pragmatism with principles, how the ordinary citizen working in concert with grass roots organizations can impact on policy processes. It also considers implications of citizen action for domestic and global governance.

The event is based on the recent publication 'Boiling Point: Can Citizen Action Save the World' http://www.dhf.uu.se/pdffiler/DD_54/dd54_high.pdf. You may access this webinar at http://www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/issues/ocg-2010/.

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Action Alerts

URGENT: Support Bill C-474: Act By February 8th

Our elected representatives need to hear that protection food, farms and farmers from the impacts of the impacts of GMO crops is important to Canadians. Please email, phone and/or fax by February 8. The last debate in Parliament on this bill will be on February 8 and the vote itself is expected on Feb 9th. Details at http://www.cban.ca/Take-Action/Act-Now.

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Get the Government to End Tax Breaks to Dirty Fuels!

The federal government continues to give billions of dollars in tax breaks to the companies producing oil and gas in Canada. Analysis shows a total of $1.4 billion per year in federal tax breaks alone, with a disproportionate share going to dirty fuels such as the Alberta Tar Sands. Climate Action Network Canada's report is worth reading - http://www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/publications/fuelling-the-problem-climate-action-network-canada.pdf.

Your organization can join other enviro orgs by sending your logo to the open letter to PM Harper and Minister Flaherty calling for an end to tax breaks to dirty fuels http://www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/issues/ocg-2010/. Climate Action Network Canada will be accepting sign-on up until the 2011 budget. To add your group's endorsement send your logo to: cjohn@climateactionnetwork.ca.

Fax, e-mail, or meet with your MP and find out one simple thing: do they support ending the giveaway of over a billion dollars a year to oil companies. Find your representatives here: /action/findrep.html .

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Opportunities/Call for Delegates/Proposals

Rebuilding Nature Grant Program 2011

The Home Depot Canada Foundation and Evergreen are pleased to offer the Rebuilding Nature Grant Program to support environmental stewardship projects in communities across Canada. The Rebuilding Nature Grant Program will provide community groups with grants of $1,000, $3,000 or $12,000 - plus $2,000 in The Home Depot gift cards - to cover the costs of tools and equipment, native plants and trees, and other expenses.

This program is available to Canadian community groups whose project site is located in a community where The Home Depot has a retail presence. Applications must be received by February 11, 2011. Please visit the Evergreen website at http://www.evergreen.ca/en/funding/grants/home-depot.sn to download the Application Guide and Application Form.

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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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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/.

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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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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Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Program: Nominations Open

Do you know of a project that deserves recognition for building capacity in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)? Are you leading or participating in such a project? The RCE Saskatchewan Recognition Program provides recognition to innovative research, projects, and activities promoting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Saskatchewan. The intent is to celebrate the efforts of organizations and individuals who are building capacity for ESD. Nominations are now open for submission for the third annual Recognition Event. The RCE Saskatchewan invites nominations to be submitted by May 1, 2011. Projects will be recognized at a celebratory luncheon on Wednesday, June 16th, 2011.

Details at http://www.saskrce.ca/RecognitionProgram/

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Employment Opportunities

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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Saskatchewan Environmental Society: Energy Conservation Programmer

Location: Saskatoon

Duration: permanent, 20hrs/wk. Start date: February 14, 2011; $16-$18/hr (depending on experience).

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is seeking an individual to support the Energy Conservation Projects Coordinator in implementing the SES Energy Conservation projects. The Programmer will take the lead in presenting and on-going development of the SES Energy Awareness Training program. The Programmer is expected to engage potential clients, confirm booking of events, develop and update marketing materials, including print materials, website information, signage, etc. To apply: e-mail resumes to: by February 7, 2011. Full details at the RCEN job board: http://jobs.rcen.ca/ecojobs.php?id=13297.

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Employment Opportunities: Nature Saskatchewan

Location: Regina

Nature Saskatchewan has the following job opportunities for 2011-2012. All positions are based in Regina, involve extensive travel in southern Saskatchewan, and start in early May, 2011. Qualifications include a strong interest in conservation and environmental education, and studies in the fields of biology, botany, plant science, ecology, geography, agriculture, or other related studies. The deadline for all applications is February 21, 2011, with the possibility of extension if positions have not been filled. Full details at http://www.naturesask.ca/?s=news&p=employment&id=495.

1) Rare Plant Rescue Search and Monitoring Staff Positions: 4 full-time summer staff for about 16 weeks @ $17-19/hr. Search and monitoring staff will assist in the delivery of our Rare Plant Rescue program, which promotes the conservation of prairie plant species at risk.

2) Habitat Stewardship Summer Assistant Position: One full-time position for a post-secondary student or recent graduate for about 16 weeks @ $16-18/hr. The summer assistant will assist in the delivery of our Stewards of Saskatchewan programs: Operation Burrowing Owl, Shrubs For Shrikes, Plovers On Shore and Rare Plant Rescue.

3) Habitat Stewardship Summer Assistant/Coordinator Position(s): 1-2 full-time positions for about 11 months @ $2,700-3,300/month (plus benefits), with the possibility to become permanent. We require an enthusiastic coordinator(s) to develop and deliver our bird species at risk programs: Shrubs For Shrikes, Plovers On Shore and Operation Burrowing Owl.

4) Last Mountain Bird Observatory/Important Bird Areas Summer Assistant Position: 1 full time position for about 16 weeks @ $16-18/hr Tasks and responsibilities: The individual will assist with migration monitoring and banding activities at our Last Mountain Bird Observatory (LMBO) in May and August.

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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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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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Coming Events

Regina

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. Registration closes next Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm; register now to avoid disappointment!.

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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

Open House: Meewasin/Trans Canada Trail Extension - North West

February 3rd, 3:30 - 7 pm, Rusty MacDonald Library, 225 Primrose Drive

Meewasin invites the public to view and comment on our plans for the extension of the Meewasin/Trans Canada Trail continuing from the north end of Meewasin Park to Kinnear Avenue (near Harris Rebar.) Staff will be in attendance to present the plans and answer questions. For more information and to provide comments, please visit our website at http://www.meewasin.com.

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Northern Birding Trip

February 5th, 7:30 am - 10:30 pm,

Join members of the Saskatoon Nature Society for a trip. We will drive to northern areas looking for Northern Hawk Owls and Great Gray Owls. Participants may leave early. Bring a lunch. Meet at the south-west corner of the Lawson Heights' Mall parking lot. For more information contact Marten Stoffel (934-3769).

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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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Beer Night Fundraiser for Environmental Film Festival

February 5th, 9 - 11 pm, Sutherland Bar, 810 Central Ave.

On Saturday February 5th from 9-11pm, ESSA (Environmental Studies Students Association) is hosting a beer night at the Sutherland Bar. It will be $5 and we are donating all of the money to the Saskatchewan Eco-Network’s Environmental Film Festival, which will be held in April. Come out and bring a friend!

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The Patient's Voice: An Integrative Approach to Parkinson's

February 8th, 12 noon, RUH Main Mall Lecture Theatre

The Integrative Health Seminar continues with a session is entitled "The Patient's Voice: An Integrative Approach to Parkinson's" and will feature Ms Linda Jean Remmer, a life coach, psychotherapist, trainer and public speaker, who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's. Everybody welcome! Bring your lunch.

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Concert for Renewable Energy Project

February 8th, 7:30 pm, Walter Murray Collegiate, 1905 Preston Ave.

Walter Murray Collegiate is hosting a night of music featuring Toronto's Rob Moir and our own student musicians in support of our Renewable Energy Project. We hope to become Saskatoon's first school that can claim a principal's office powered by wind and solar energy. Tickets: Students: $5 Adults: minimum $5. Door Prizes, Silent Auction and Concession.

About Rob Moir: With a heart filled with passion and a head full of stories Rob Moir delivers his most unique music to date. After five years of fronting the Toronto indie-punk band Dead Letter Dept., Rob embarks on his first solo venture as a performer. In the vein of timeless artists like Springsteen and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Rob's songs are painstakingly personal and honest.

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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. Admission 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.

Keynote Address is: "Nature Quest – Saskatchewan’s Boreal Forest". John Murray will take the audience on a journey through our boreal forest and discuss important facts, such as: the world’s forests are disappearing; Saskatchewan’s boreal forest presents a large and healthy habitat for wildlife but its long-term health is at risk; large, linked protected areas are a key aspect of maintaining wildlife habitat; and that the public has a role to play in supporting conservation initiatives. In addition, John will show examples of some of the education initiatives carried out in classrooms and in the forest by the Nature Quest team.

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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Royal Gala Dinner

February 12th, 6 pm, Prairieland Park

Proceeds go to Station 20 West Capital Campaign. Second Annual Saskatoon Chef's Association Royal Gala Dinner: six gourmet courses, each prepared by one of Saskatoon's finest chefs; entertainment and a live auction. Tickets are $150. Call 343-9378 or visit http://www.picatic.com/ticket/royalgaladinner/index.php.

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Western Boreal Learning Network: Call for Participants

February 16 - 18th, Shekinah Retreat Centre

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,“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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An Afternoon with Deepak Chopra

February 20th, 2:30 pm, Gallery A, TCU Place

World-renowned spiritual activist Deepak Chopra will be in Saskatoon on Feb. 20. His talk, "The Confluence of Science and Spirituality," may resonate with some of the topics covered in Briarpatch's latest issue, "The Soul of Activism,". The organizers have arranged a bus from Regina that morning, returning the same day. See details here: http://ideasfestival.ca/3/miscellaneous8.htm.

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Native Prairie Speaker Series

February 23rd, 2011 - Saskatoon

Technical (12:10-12:50 pm) - University of Saskatchewan - Agriculture Building (2E17 Agric). Renny Grilz (Nature Conservancy of Canada) - Status of Conservation Easements in Saskatchewan and Alberta

Public (7:00 - 8:00 pm) - Western Development Museum. Chet Neufeld (Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan) - Invasive Plant Issues in Urban Areas.

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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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Winter Birding Trip to Kyle

February 27th, 8 am - 5 pm

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society for a day trip. We will drive a loop via Rosetown, Kyle, Gardiner Dam and look for winter raptors and songbirds. Bring a lunch. Meet at the Kinsmen Park parking lot across from the Mendel. For more information contact Frank Roy (374-8571) or Marten Stoffel (934-3769).

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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

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.

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WRSOS Fundraising Banquet:"Something to Crow About"

March 12th, 6:30 pm, Western Development Museum, 2610 Lorne Ave. S.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan is holding a Fundraising Banquet on March 12, 2011 at the Western Development Museum. Special guest Candace Savage, speaking on Crows & Ravens. Many active Wildlife Rehabilitators from around the province will be there to showcase their work with Saskatchewan wildlife. There will be a live auction with sales going directly to the contributing rehabilitator, in addition to the silent auctions, sales and artwork available at each individual rehabilitator's display table.

Cocktails at 6:30 pm, supper at 7 pm, tickets are $35 per person. Contact Jan Shadick for tickets at jshadick@sasktel.net, or at 652-5975. Please bring all your family and friends and come have a Wild time!

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Other

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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6th National Conference on Diabetes and Aboriginal Peoples & Professional Development Series

February 15 - 17, Winnipeg, MB

National Aboriginal Diabetes Association (NADA) is hosting the 6th National Conference on Diabetes and Aboriginal Peoples & Professional Development Series for Community Diabetes Prevention Workers: Sharing and Learning Symposium from February 15-17, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Registration Form is now available at http://www.nada.ca/.

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Permaculture Cuba 2011!

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. 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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