SEN Info Bulletin

February 17, 2011

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Employment Opportunities

Events

News

2011 SEN Environmental Film Festivals

The Saskatchewan Eco-network has been busy organizing Environmental Film Festivals for several Saskatchewan communities this Spring: Regina's 5th Annual Environmental Film Festival on March 4 and 5, Sustain-a-City Film Festival at Swift Current on March 19th, and See the Change, BE the Change at the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon on April 1st to 3rd. The films have been announced and details are now on the SEN website at /filmfest/Filmfestivals2011.html.

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

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Canada Water Week: March 14 - 22, 2011

Canada Water Week wants to raise the profile and understanding of water across Canada through a week-long celebration of this precious resource, starting March 14 and culminating with World Water Day on March 22, 2011.

National Canada Water Week activities are being organized jointly by the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, WWF-Canada and Living Lakes Network Canada. Local activities will be coordinated by individuals and community groups across the country! By raising awareness about water and its importance to our nation’s prosperity, we aim to stimulate individual, community and government action on clean water.

For more information, check out http://www.canadawaterweek.com. This interactive website will allow you to: upload and promote your event through a calendar and integrated social media; download tools you may need such as logos, poster and press release templates, and information sheets; contribute to our Flickr pool of photos; and connect with other individuals and groups across the country.

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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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Don't Forget Value of City's Old Trees

By Linda Moskalyk - published in the Star Phoenix

Even though I knew it would probably happen, it was still a shock to hear about the removal of the Gathercole elms.

It led me to reflect on our lack of understanding of the impact our large mature trees have on our environment. It saddens me to think that this is the legacy we are leaving our children.

The argument for large trees has been quantified through studies that prove dollar-for-dollar returns and environmental benefits are only reached when trees get large. Planting small trees is important for the future, but without a change in policy these young trees may someday fall to the same fate as their predecessors.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/opinion/forget+value+city+trees/4299505/story.html.

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Action Alerts

Petition of Support for Grassy Narrows and Surrounding Communities

Please take a moment to sign this important petition in support of Grassy Narrows and Surrounding Communities Affected by Mercury and Other Contamination in their call for a National Inquiry. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/grassynarrows/.

Some Background on the pollution situation at Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations in Northern Ontario, Canada: http://freegrassy.org/2010/01/06/mercury-still-killing-in-grassy-narrows/

Grassy Narrows Health Study: http://freegrassy.org/wp-content/uploads/Harada_report_2004_FINAL.pdf

No Fracking Way!– Fact Sheet on Hydraulic Fracturing

As conventional natural gas supplies diminish, energy corporations are looking for new ways to get at trapped reserves. Hydraulic fracturing – more commonly known as “fracking” – is a process where sand, water and chemicals are blasted into rock formations such as shale, coal beds and “tight” sands to gain access to trapped natural gas deposits. This injection process creates cracks in the rock formations and allows the gas to flow up the well.

Communities across Canada are asking questions about fracking as more and more projects as the industry continues to grow both in the United States and in Canada. Serious health and environmental questions are being raised about the effects of fracking on groundwater, drinking water and on people’s health.

The truth is not a lot is known about the long term dangers and effects of fracking. The federal government and provincial governments have yet to establish regulations and safety standards that would protect people and drinking water sources. While natural gas is often referred to as a transition step away from more energy-intensive oil, fracking for “unconventional” gas – gas that is difficult to get to – is not a climate solution. Any energy resource that sacrifices water protection and threatens people’s health and environmental safety in such significant ways should be halted.

More: http://www.canadians.org/water/issues/fracking/index.html.

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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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Retire your Ride Retiring: Act Soon!

Saskatchewan is part of the national Retire Your Ride program for recycling vehicles from 1995 and earlier. Call 1-877-773-1996 for more information, or visit http://www.environmentalsociety.ca/ryr/index.html. Program ends March 31, 2011, so Retire Your Ride soon!

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Opportunities/Call for Delegates/Proposals

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 a nomination. Deadline: February 28th, 2011. 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. 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. Detail are on the contest website (http://www.videochallenge.ca).

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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Call for Nominations: Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Program

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

Intermediate/Senior Biologists, Canada North Environmental Services

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Canada North Environmental Services is an environmental consulting firm, specializing in environmental monitoring and impact assessments, baseline data acquisition, erosion control, aquatic studies, wildlife, habitat, and vegetation assessments. Intermediate/Senior Biologist (several permanent positions) - M.Sc. or Ph.D. preferred, however, a B.Sc. is acceptable if significant experience can be demonstrated. Interested candidates are requested to mail, fax, or e-mail resumes, no later than February 26th, 2011. Details at the RCEN job board at http://jobs.rcen.ca.

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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.

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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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Coming Events

Regina

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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International Development Speaker Series

February 17th 3:30 pm, CL 128, U. of Regina

Dominique Clement, University of Alberta will speak on Social Movements, International Politics and the Global Human Rights Regime.

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International Development Speaker Series

March 3rd, 11:30 am, LI 215, U. of Regina

Alex Neve, Amnesty International will speak on Canada and the International Protection of Human Rights: Have We Lost Our Way?

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5th Annual Environmental Film Festival

March 4th and 5th, 7 pm, Royal Saskatchewan Museum

Friday, March 4th 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Environmental Film Screening & Award Ceremony: Come and check out the showing of the film Flow, followed by the SEN Environmental Activist Award Ceremony.

Saturday, March 5th 7 pm. Doors openat 6:30 pm. Environmental Film Screenings Check out the featured films The Pisim Project and Home.

Admission is FREE and the films are being screened in the RSM Auditorium. Details are at /filmfest/filmsregina2011.html

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Regina Seedy Saturday

March 5th, 10 am - 2 pm, St. Mary's Anglican Church, 3337 15th Ave.

At a Seedy Saturday, our community comes together to collect and share our own open-pollinated seed stock, to learn about why it's important to plant heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers, and to learn the proper way to save and store garden seeds. Admission by donation (pay what you can); proceeds will be donated to Seeds of Diversity Canada.

11 am workshop with Jim Ternier from Prairie Garden Seeds: “Learn how to save and store your seeds”. Featuring: a local garden seed exchange table. Bring your seeds to trade! Open-pollinated vegetable and flower seeds will also be available for purchase from prairie seed companies. confirmed vendors include: Jim Ternier, Prairie Garden Seeds (Saskatchewan), Heritage Harvest Seed (Manitoba), Blazing Star Wildflower Seeds (Saskatchewan). Lunch will also be available to purchase.

For more information about this event, contact (306) 586-0887. You can also invite your Facebook contacts by following this link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163512100363240.

Organized by the Weston A. Price Foundation, Regina Chapter http://wapfregina.wordpress.com see our website for updated vendor information about Seedy Saturday. and Seeds of Diversity Canada (creator of seedy Saturdays) http://www.seeds.ca.

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International Development Speaker Series

March 17th, 3:30 pm, CL 128, U. of Regina

Katherine Owens, Senior Psychologist, Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, will speak on: After the Earthquake: What Did We Learn in Haiti?

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Native Prairie Speaker Series

March 23rd 7 pm, Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium

Guest speaker: Sarah Vinge (Nature Saskatchewan) – Gardening with Native Plants. Speaker series sponsored by Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan. For more information contact by phone: (306) 352-0472 or visit: http://www.pcap-sk.org/.

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Saskatoon

Saskatoon Nature Society Monthly Meeting

February 17th, 7:30 pm, University of Saskatchewan, Biology Bldg. Room 106

Presentation by Ryan Brook: "Elk, People, Cattle and Tuberculosis in Riding Mountain Park - Can We Work it Out?" Our programs are free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information visit http://www.saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca.

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VerEco Home Expert Series: Radiant Floor Heating

February 22nd, 7 pm, VerEco Home located at the Westeren Development Museum

Guest Speakers: Vic Ellis (Sustainable Concepts)

Radiant Floor Heating is the most efficient and forgiving form of energy distribution available. RFH is not new technology, the Romans and Asians used reflective insulation and radiant heating dating back to 60 A.D. We'll show you how the technology works today! For more information or to buy tickets, contact (306) 931-1910 or visit: http://www.verecohome.com/expertseries/

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Native Prairie Speaker Series

February 22nd, 7 pm, Western Development Museum (Please note date change)

Invasive Plant Issues in Urban Areas. Speaker: Chet Neufeld, Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan

Everyone is welcome to attend and parking and speaker series are FREE. If you can't make it in person, view the speaker series LIVE at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/native-prairie-speaker-series. The presentations will also be available on the PCAP website (http://www.pcap-sk.org) under Communications > Speaker Series for viewing at a later date.

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Native Prairie Speaker Series

February 23rd, 12:10 pm, University of Sask. - Agr. Bldg 2E17

Status of Conservation Easements in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Speaker: Renny Grilz, Nature Conservancy of Canada

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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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Prairie Ecovillage Development Corporation AGM

February 28th, Saskatoon Ideas Inc. (2nd floor boardroom)

More details will be forthcoming. For more information contact: Phone: 306-652-3268 Email: pedco@prairie-ecovillage.org or visit: http://www.prairie-ecovillage.org/.

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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, 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

Sustain-a-City Film Festival

March 19th, 2 pm, Lyric Theatre, Swift Current

In partnership with Swift Current Citizens for Environmental Action, the Film Society presents two films that explore a practical and entertaining vision of the future of what we eat and how we live, and the benefits of positive change.

2 pm screening: Fresh - New thinking about what we're eating. Discussion to follow.

7 pm screening: No Impact Man - A guilty New York liberal decides to practice what he preaches for one year.

$5 for one film or $8 for both. Tickets at Pharmasave. Call 778-2055 for more information. Details at: http://events.econet.sk.ca/events/sustain-city-film-festival-swift-current

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