SEN Info Bulletin

March 17, 2011

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Employment Opportunities

Events

News

Today: Join Greenpeace for a Live Discussion on Nuclear Issues

Greenpeace will be broadcasting live over the web in an effort to answer your questions about the disaster in Fukushima and the future of nuclear in Canada tonight (March 17th) 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm Central time.

Tune in to a live webcast question-and-answer session with Greenpeace Nuclear Analyst Shawn-Patrick Stensil, and Greenpeace Climate and Energy campaigner Keith Stewart. Come a few minutes early as you'll need to log in to Ustream to add you questions to the chat, or simply tweet your questions to us at @GreenpeaceCA

Greenpeace live Q&A on nuclear energy issues: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/greenpeace-nuclear-q-a.

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SEN Environmental Activist Awards

These awards are presented by the Saskatchewan Eco-network to a handful of environmentalists every year. Regina's Environmental Award Ceremony was held on March 4th at Royal Saskatchewan Museum, where environmental champions Lyle Benko, Trevor Herriot and Glenn Sutter were honoured.

On Friday April 1st, environmental activist awards in Saskatoon will be given out to Allyson Brady, Michael Finley and Robert Regnier for their dedicated service to the community and the environment. The award ceremony takes place as part of the 6th Annual Environmental Film Festival at Saskatoon's historic Roxy Theatre. Details are posted at /filmfest/filmsstoon2011.html.

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Planned Feedlot Threatens South Saskatchewan River

Concerns are being raised over a planned intensive livestock operation in the rural municipality of Rudy, Saskatchewan (about 94 kilometres southwest of Saskatoon) and its impact on the South Saskatchewan River.

CBC reported on November 1 that, "A controversial proposal for a feedlot near Outlook, Sask., has won approval from the local rural municipality — a move that took some opponents by surprise. An Alberta farmer, Stuart Thiessen, wants to feed up to 36,000 head of cattle on a lot in the RM of Rudy."

"The RM was facing a possible referendum, but council decided land use decisions are up to the municipal council and went ahead with the approval late last week. Project opponent Sue Peterson said some people 'were kept totally in the dark' before that vote was held."

The group Citizens for Sustainable Development has since launched a legal appeal to challenge the decision.

Read more at the Council of Canadians web site http://www.canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=6450.

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Sask EnerGuide for Houses Program Renewed to 2013

The Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses Program has been renewed by the Government of Saskatchewan to continue encouraging Saskatchewan homeowners to make energy efficient home upgrades at a more affordable cost.

SaskEnergy will continue to administer the government-funded program by providing grants to qualifying homeowners up to a maximum of $5,000 and subsidizing pre-retrofit and post-retrofit evaluations until October 31, 2013.

"Our government is committed to energy conservation and we want to continue offering a program that works for Saskatchewan people," Minister responsible for SaskEnergy Dustin Duncan said. "I'm encouraged that more than 38,000 homeowners have used this program and removed more than 112,000 greenhouse gas emissions from our environment. That is the equivalent of taking more than 20,000 cars off the road."

Full article: http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=a90dc73d-7008-4225-a08a-dc024a3fc7c4.

For more information, please visit SaskEnergy's website at http://www.saskenergy.com/saving_energy/energuide.asp.

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Earth Hour Next Saturday

Earth Hour takes place worldwide on Saturday March 26th from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. All Canadians are being asked to think about how we use and produce energy. To create the best possible future for Canadians and for the planet, let's stop wasting energy, and generate what we need from clean, renewable sources like wind and solar. Canada can be a world leader in clean energy. But the longer we wait, the more it will cost - both in dollars and environmental impact. Show your support. Switch off your lights March 26th. Join the movement at http://www.EarthHourCanada.org.

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Action Alerts

Call for Farmer Testimonials on GM Alfalfa

The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) is coordinating a campaign with farmer and organic sector groups to stop genetically modified (GM) alfalfa. Please tell us how GM alfalfa will affect your farm and farm business. The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) is asking farmers to send testimonials about the direct impact you foresee with GM alfalfa. Your testimonial could be as short as a few lines and will be used to help educate politicians and consumers about the important role of alfalfa in food and farming, and to push for the moratorium on GM alfalfa.

Please send your testimonial by March 31, 2011 or direct any questions or other comments to Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, coordinator@cban.ca Phone: 613 241 2267 ext 25 Fax: 613 241 2506, 431 Gilmour Street, Second Floor, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 0R5 or contact us for more information.

In addition, you can send your testimonial directly to your MP and members of the Agriculture Committee. Visit http://www.cban.ca/alfalfa for contacts.

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Water Conservation Challenge 2011

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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Opportunities/Call for Delegates/Proposals

Call for Delegates: Consultation on Proposed Regulation of Mercury-containing Products in Canada

Environment Canada has invited the RCEN Toxics Caucus to select up to 3 ENGO delegates to provide written comments on the proposed regulations of mercury-containing products in Canada. Application deadline: March 25, 2011. Details at http://rcen.ca/home.

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New Critical Environmental Education Masters of Education

Anyone with an undergraduate degree can now take a Masters of Education to learn about sustainability education through four on-line courses and three summer institutes. This program offering includes study of culture and environment; anti-racist education; research methods; re-inhabitation in relation to social and ecological justice issues; autobiography and contemporary fiction as means to study the construction of identities; concepts of wisdom including Indigenous and deep ecology; and opportunity to develop, practice, and experience a range of curricula and assessment practices relevant to critical environmental education. The program has total tuition and fee costs of approximately $7000 CDN. This program is offered in the region of the Saskatchewan Regional Center of Expertise for Education for Sustainable Development by the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan. To learn more go to http://www.usask.ca/education/efdt/critical-enviro-cohort/index.php. Applications currently being accepted for July 2011 program start.

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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 is open until March 31, 2011.

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Earth Day Canada: Hometown Heroes Award Program

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.

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 http://www.earthday.ca/hometown. The nomination deadline has been extended to April 22, 2011.

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Call for Nominations: Education for Sustainable Development Recognition

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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Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association: Summer Program Facilitator

The Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association Inc. (YFBTA) is looking for an energetic, creative, enthusiastic, responsible, and detailed-oriented individual to coordinate, promote and deliver environmental outdoor activities to all age groups within the area of YFBTA as well as act as a resource liaison for local teachers. The individual will work under the direction and supervision of the YFBTA Summer Program Committee, working out of the region. Full-time from April 25, 2011 to August 19, 2011. Wages - $12.00/hour (Flexible hours worked within a 40 hour work week) arrangements for housing available. Please apply with cover letter, resume and 3 references by Monday, March 21, 2011. Full details at: http://www.naturesask.ca/?s=news&p=employment&id=497.

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Good Food Junction: Business Development Manager

Location: Saskatoon

The business development manager will work with a creative group of people to bring a grocery store back to Saskatoon’s 20th Street. This experienced and innovative individual will be responsible for coordinating, managing and implementing the final stage of Good Food Junction Co-operative’s development according to the strategic goals and objectives developed by the board of directors and the recently updated business plan. This is a part-time contract position to begin immediately with the possibility of evolution into the manager position.

Applications must be sent to Janice Sanford Beck, President, Good Food Junction Co-operative by 5:00 pm Monday, March 28th. Email: info@goodfoodjunction.ca. Fax (306) 655-5512. For more information call 655-5301.

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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

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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Rethinking Water

March 22nd 4 pm, Research and Innovation Centre, U. of R.

There will a screening of the documentary Choking Lake Winnipeg, guest speakers and various water-themed displays. The discussion topics range from water science, to First Nations traditional knowledge, to how water is represented in art. Come out and celebrate World Water Day on the prairies! For more information visit: http://canadawaterweek.com/event/227.

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World Water Day Webinars

March 22nd, 10 am

On World Water Day, March 22nd, 2011, the Safe Drinking Water Foundation, in partnership with Citizens for Sustainable Development, will be hosting webinars on the topic of Intensive Livestock Operations (ILOs) and the potential for Saskatchewan to have its own Feedlot Alley! The day will begin with a five minute video presentation by guest speaker, Maude Barlow, followed by questions, followed by a one-hour webinar presentation by Dr. Vic Gannon, a half-hour break and then one-hour webinar presentations by Dr. John Ikerd and Bob Sandford.

Details at: http://events.econet.sk.ca/events/world-water-day-webinars.

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Native Prairie Speaker Series: Technical

March 23rd, 12:10-12:50 pm, Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium

Invasive Plant Management Strategies: Capacity Building for SK's Forage & Livestock Industry with Speaker: Coy Schellenberg, Saskatchewan Forage Council

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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. (Native prairie seed packets will be handed out to those in attendance courtesy of Native Plant Solutions.) 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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Solar PV Design & Installation Course

May 9 - 13th, Regina

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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Saskatoon

White Like Me: Tim Wise

March 17th, 7 pm, 3rd Ave. United Church

To mark the 45th Annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. A Talk By Internationally-Renowned Anti-Racist Author and Educator Tim Wise. Details for this and related events at http://events.econet.sk.ca/events/white-me.

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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World Water Day Webinars

March 22nd, 10 am

On World Water Day, March 22nd, 2011, the Safe Drinking Water Foundation, in partnership with Citizens for Sustainable Development, will be hosting webinars on the topic of Intensive Livestock Operations (ILOs) and the potential for Saskatchewan to have its own Feedlot Alley! The day will begin with a five minute video presentation by guest speaker, Maude Barlow, followed by questions, followed by a one-hour webinar presentation by Dr. Vic Gannon, a half-hour break and then one-hour webinar presentations by Dr. John Ikerd and Bob Sandford.

Details at: http://events.econet.sk.ca/events/world-water-day-webinars.

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World Water Day: Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour

March 22nd, 1 pm, 470 Whiteswan Drive

Meewasin Valley Authority & Saskatchewan Environmental Society presents: Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour. Learn what happens to your water once you flush. Free admission. You must pre-register and be 16 years and older to participate. Contact Franny at 306-665-1915 or email: water@environmentalsociety.ca.

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World Water Day: H2Oil Film Screening

March 22nd, 7 pm, Frances Morrison Library Auditorium

Hear the stories of those who are attempting to defend water in Alberta against tar sands expansion. Free admission. For more details contact Franny at 306-665-1915 or email: water@environmentalsociety.ca.

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Are We the People We Need to Be? Early Human Development & the Challenges of the 21st Century

March 25th, 12 noon, Convocation Hall, University of Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan and CBC are partnering with the Royal Society of Canada to bring you the Governor General Lecture Series featuring Dr. Clyde Hertzman, Canada Research Chair in Population Health and Human Development at the University of British Columbia.

This lecture will examine how we can face the twin challenges of shrinking our ecological footprint and supporting the earliest stages of development for human beings. This presentation will make the case for the significance of these challenges and explore the barriers in Canadian society that need to be overcome in order to meet them. To learn more about Dr. Hertzman, go to http://blogs.ubc.ca/hertzman/ For more information on this event, contact: Alexandra Foster, (306) 966-2499.

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Earthkeepers Sustainable Design Expo

March 31st, 6 pm, J.S. Wood Library

At 6 pm the Sustainable Design Expo displays will be open to the public for viewing and at 7 pm each of the six student design groups will present their proposals formally. A question/discussion period will follow and the event will close at 9 pm. The Earthkeepers program really promotes sustainability as will these design proposals. http://www.theearthkeepersrevolution.ca.

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See the Change, BEE the Change: Saskatoon Environmental Film Festival

April 1st - 3rd, Roxy Theatre, 320 20th St. W.

Saskatoon's 6th Annual film festival features many great docs that tackle today's issues, including Vanishing of the Bees (the mystery of the disappearing bees), Into Eternity (the nuclear waste issue), and Downstream (the impact of the oil sands). There are lots of good news stories and aboriginal-themed films: Strong Coffee (about a fair trade cooperative), The Pisim Project (students building a solar home in Cumberland House), A Sense of Wonder (about the life of Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring) and Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change.

In addition to the films, there will be the Environmental Activist Awards on Friday at 7 pm, and guest speakers. Full details are posted at /filmfest/filmsstoon2011.html.

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Other

Food for Thought Workshop

March 18th, 10 am – 4 pm, The Community Futures Room, Southwest Centre for Entrepreneurial Development, Swift Current

Workshops identify ways in which women are essential to production and provision of food resources, and identifying ways in which women (urban & rural) contribute and strengthen the food system by focusing on the 6 pillars of food sovereignty: 1) Focus on Food for People, 2) Value Food Providers, 3) Localizing food systems, 4) Puts Control Locally, 5) Building Knowledge and Skills, and 6) Works within Nature. Sponsored by the National Farmer’s Union Women’s #6 Advisory Committee.

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Sustain-a-City Film Festival

March 19th, 2 pm and 7 pm, Lyric Theatre, Swift Current

Sustain-a-City, the first event of its kind in Swift Current, will feature a pair of highly acclaimed environmental films Saturday, March 19 at the historic Lyric Theatre downtown. The documentaries and speakers at this event will provide the entire community with an opportunity to investigate how our choices affect our health and happiness, as well as the future of our planet.

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