SEN Info Bulletin

March 3, 2011

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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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SK Spending $30M on Nuclear Research Centre

The Saskatchewan government will spend $30 million to create a new nuclear research centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. The money, to be spent over seven years, will be used to expand nuclear medicine but also materials science and small reactor design, Premier Brad Wall said in a news release.

University of Saskatchewan president Peter MacKinnon said the research centre will focus on nuclear science and engineering, materials and neutron science and nuclear health sciences.

There will be new staff hired and academic programs added in nuclear engineering, nuclear and reactor physics and radiochemistry, MacKinnon said. The money will add to the existing nuclear research infrastructure on campus, which includes the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, the SLOWPOKE research reactor and the STOR-M Tokamak device, MacKinnon said.

In 2009, public hearings were held that looked at the possibility of building a massive nuclear power plant in Saskatchewan. The government later said it wouldn't move forward with that idea, although small reactors were still a possibility.

Article at CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2011/03/02/sk-nuclear-money-1102.html.

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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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The Important Bird Areas Program: How Can You Help?

The Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program is an international effort headed by BirdLife International to identify, conserve, and monitor a network of sites throughout the country that provide essential habitat for bird populations. IBAs are priority areas where threatened, restricted-range, biome-restricted and congretory birds occur. Often, these sites have a water body within them, therefore attracting large amounts of birds.

The Important Bird Areas Program in Saskatchewan is entering its second year, with national partners Nature Canada and Bird Studies Canada, and out of the 53 IBA sites recognized there are now 22 volunteer caretakers looking after a total of 24 sites. These caretakers are looking for changes in bird populations or conservation threats, as well as conducting outreach, and raising awareness about their site. The importance of having a caretaker at each of the 53 Saskatchewan sites cannot be emphasized strongly enough! Birds provide us with evidence of a healthy or unhealthy ecosystem, and are considered an important environmental indicator. Maintaining the health of Important Bird Areas will contribute to the conservation of other biotic and abiotic factors beyond birds.

To find out if you live in an area with an Important Bird Area, please go to http://www.ibacanada.ca.

Please contact Deanna Trowsdale-Mutafov at Nature Saskatchewan for more details, or for information on becoming a caretaker, by e-mail at dtmutafov@naturesask.ca or by phone at 306-780-9481. Details at: http://www.naturesask.ca/?s=stewardship&p=importantbirdareas.

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Action Alerts

Water Conservation Challenge 2011 - How Low Flow Can You Go?

Throughout the month of March, participants will be living on 25 litres of water per day to meet all basic daily needs: cooking, bathing, laundry, toilet flushing, drinking etc. To put it in context, this is less than 8% of the water the average Canadian uses in a day but substantially more than many people in the developing world have access to.

While they not only encourage water conservation and stewardship through our actions, they also seek to have friends, family, and colleagues to pledge to reduce their own water use for the month. Rather than asking people to pledge money, we ask people to pledge water that they will save. This helps make people aware of their own consumption and is a first step in changing wasteful habits. In 2010 the pledges we collected amounted to more than 250,000 litres of water saved from our everyday use and this year we are looking to continue our exponential growth by saving more than 1 million litres!

Check out the blog at http://waterconservationchallenge.wordpress.com/ or join Alina Siegfried on her facebook page http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=501453855104.

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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

Saskatchewan's 1st Solar PV Design & Installation Course

Sound Solar Systems Inc., the Western province representatives for Training & Development with The College of Renewable Energy presents: PV Design (40 hr Photovoltaic Systems Installer)Course in Regina, May 9th - 13th, 2011! Registration is now open. New 5 day Sustainable Energies Certificate Course - Discounts available to groups of 10 or more! Please visit http://www.soundsolar.ca for more information.

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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

Pesticide Reduction Eco-Advisor: Saskatchewan Environmental Society

Location: Saskatoon

This position will work along with the Pesticide Reduction Coordinator in implementing the 2011 Pesticide Reduction Project. The Project objectives are to: Inform the public about the health and environmental risks involved in using cosmetic pesticides; provide information on low toxic alternatives to pesticides; and to achieve a reduction in the use of pesticides among urban residents.

Term: 35 hours per week. Compensation: $12.25/hr. Dates: May 2, 2011 – August 26, 2011. Qualified candidates are invited to e-mail resumes to: pesticidefree@environmentalsociety.ca by March 18, 2011. No late resumes will be accepted. Full details at the RCEN Job Board http://jobs.rcen.ca/ecojobs.php?id=13635.

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Ecological Design Interns (2), June 1 - July 31, 2011

Location: Big River, SK

To prepare for this year's Permaculture Forest Garden Workshop from June 17-20th, the Ness Creek Cultural & Recreational Society & Hatchet & Seed Contracting will be hosting two, eight-week Ecological Design Internships through WWOOF Canada.

These unpaid internships will provide participants the opportunity to learn about permaculture design strategies, organic soil management, forest garden design, composting, poultry rearing & much more. Through a combination of formal education and hands-on learning, participants will get an intensive view into the world of organic gardening, ecological design and permaculture.

Details on the RCEN job board at http://jobs.rcen.ca/ecojobs.php?id=13581.

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Coming Events

Regina

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, where environmental champions Lyle Benko, Trevor Herriot and Glenn Sutter will be honoured.

Saturday, March 5th 7 pm. Doors open at 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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Saskatchewan Targeted as Radioactive Waste Dump

March 11th, 6:30 pm, Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, 2900 13th Ave.

Doors open at 6 pm, Potluck at 6:30pm (Bring food to share, a beverage, plate, cup and cutlery.). Presentation at 7 pm with Guest Speaker: Dr. Jim Harding, Retired Professor - University of Regina, Author of Canada’s Deadly Secret. Admission free. Donations welcome.

Saskatchewan is being targeted as a deep geological repository for the accumulated high level radioactive waste from the Bruce Power nuclear reactors in Ontario! Learn more about the risks to human and ecological health at a Potluck & Information Session. Sponsored by Clean Green Regina and Regina EcoLiving Inc. For more information visit http://www.cleangreensask.ca. Contact us at cleangreenregina@yahoo.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

Permaculture Workshop

March 5th, 3 - 5 pm, Arts, Rm. 217, U. of S.

Rooted is having their first workshop of the year this upcoming Saturday. It is an introduction to permaculture principles with a focus on urban agriculture: an introduction to ecosystem-based gardening - the first of three-session crash course in permaculture design. For: Beginners, avid gardeners, interested folk, and bumble bees. Cost: Free for all!

Join them to learn about this holistic way of gardening and to find out how you can get involved in creating a more sustainable Saskatoon this year! To register and for more information please contact Micki at for more information. http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=184076638300703. Registration is not mandatory, but appreciated so they have an idea of numbers.

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Carrotmob Saskatoon

March 12th, 9 am – 5 pm, Mo-ka Coffee Bar, 411-E Herold Court

Save the planet…have a coffee! Please join us, your “mob with a cause,” as we swarm Mo-ka Coffee Bar. On this day, 20% of Mo-ka’s daily revenue will go towards environmentally friendly upgrades. So, come on Saskatoon, buy a coffee and help a local business go green! Event sponsored by: Integrated Designs, Proprint, and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. For more information contact us: by visiting us on Facebook (Carrotmob Saskatoon), Twitter us (@carrotmobSK), visit: http://Saskatoon.Carrotmob.org or phone 665.1915.

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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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Greening the Valley Night

March 17th, 7 pm, Parktown Hotel

Meewasin’s Fund Development Committee is hosting a Greening the Valley Night at the Parktown Hotel Thursday, March 17, 2011, 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Come and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. Attendance is limited to 200. Tickets may be purchased at Meewasin at a cost of $20 apiece, in person, or by phone (665-6887). The ticket price includes two books (Otter Tales of Saskatchewan and the newly published Wakonda Tales of Saskatchewan), and a chance to win a $5,000 Seating Block at the Riverfront in River Landing. There will be a Silent Auction and a 50/50 draw. All proceeds go to the Meewasin Endowment Fund.

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Other

Food for Thought - Women’s Perspective on Local and Global Food Sovereignty and Food Security

March 5th, 10 am – 4 pm, Anglican Church Hall, Humboldt

Come celebrate International Women’s Day by contributing to discussion on Food Sovereignty and Economic Violence Against Women. Learn of the 6 Pillars of Food Sovereignty. Discuss the Economic, Social, Environmental Future of the Farm Women and Farm Families. What action is needed to make these principles happen? RSVP to Marcella Pedersen 306-398-2795 or gilmar@sasktel.net Registration $15.00. Sponsored by the National Farmer’s Union Women’s #6 Advisory Committee.

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Winter Camp

March 12-13, Eco Valley Provincial Park

Join the Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association (SOEEA) for initiative games, healthy and creative cooking in the outdoors, winter survival, wide games, hikes and more. All meals will be provided. Detailed directions will be given and carpooling arranged. See further information on the SOEEA website http://www.soeea.sk.ca/event/other/2011-03-12/~230.

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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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More events at the SEN Event Calendar: http://events.econet.sk.ca/.