SEN Info Bulletin

March 31, 2011

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News

Saskatoon Environmental Film Festival This Weekend

On Friday, April 1st at 7 pm, we will present Environmental Activist Awards honouring Allyson Brady, Robert Regnier and Michael Finley, followed by the screening of Margaret Atwood's "In the Wake of the Flood" (48 min) and the Green UnGala.

On Saturday, April 2nd, the festival will begin at 12 noon, screening "Strong Coffee", a number of short films including "Downstream", "Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change" and "Homeland". The evening features Saskatchewan-made "The Pisim Project" and "The Age of Stupid".

Sunday, April 3rd begins with "Vanishing of the Bees" followed by a presentation on Bee Keeping by Barry Brown, then "Into Eternity", followed by a Q & A session on Nuclear Waste Repositories with Michael Poellet of the Inter Church Uranium Committee. The afternoon concludes with "A Sense of Wonder" (about the life of Rachel Carson) and "For the Next Seven Generations".

All films will be shown at Saskatoon's historic Roxy Theatre. Full details at /filmfest/filmsstoon2011.html. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per film segment for adults, $5 for students. The Eco-network has been surviving for the past year without provincial funding and we need your support!

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Action Alert

Global Bee Emergency

Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But a global ban of one group of pesticides could save bees from extinction.

Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are recovering. But chemical companies are lobbying hard to keep all killer pesticides on the market. A global outcry now for a ban in the US and EU, where debate is raging, could provoke a total ban and a ripple effect around the world.

Let's build a giant global buzz calling for these dangerous chemicals to be outlawed in the US and EU until and unless they are proved to be safe. Sign the petition to save bees and our crops and send this to everyone:" -- https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees/.

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Opportunities/Calls for Delegates/Proposals

Organic Gardens & Farms across Canada and Worldwide: Go Wwoofing 2011

WWOOF is an international network of organic farms, gardens and businesses where you can stay and receive food, accommodation and training in return for your help and participation. No experience is required, although any skills you have can be put to good use. There are about 600 locations in Canada alone -- plus 70 other countries around the world.

How does it work? When you join Wwoof Canada, for example, you pay a $40 membership fee and receive a booklet with descriptions of all the hosts in Canada. You agree not to share the Wwoof book with non-members - it's only through memberships that the Wwoof networks are able to exist. If you love this planet, have good communication skills and a positive, can-do spirit, wwoofing is for you. It can be an inspiring way to connect to our planet in the most fundamental way -- by living off the land and helping grow the food we eat every day.

More details at http://jobs.rcen.ca/ecojobs.php?id=3286.

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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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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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Coming Events

Regina

Canada Green Building Council SK Chapter AGM

The annual general meeting will be held at the Government Services offices in Saskatoon, 8th Floor, 122 3rd Avenue N (Sturdy Stone Centre) and Regina, Main Floor, 1920 Rose St (Century Plaza). Sites will be connected via video conference.

Election results and other AGM business will take place between 5 and 5:30 pm. A green building mixer will follow in each city for those interested meeting and socializing with others in the green building community. A friendly contest is taking place between the Saskatoon and Regina membership to see which city draws the greatest attendance. A bottle of scotch goes the winner – so come out and support your local section.

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

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Organics…What We’ve Learned

April 2nd 8:30 am - 5 pm, Travelodge, Regina

The Organic Crop Improvement Association’s Research and Education Board have put their heads together to come up with a stimulating and timely full-day conference, which includes a trade show and a delicious organic lunch for the whole family. Details at http://www.ociaresearchandeducation.org/.

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Food for Thought: From the Farmer to the Consumer

April 2, 10 am to 4 pm, United Way Bldg, 1440 Scarth St., Regina

Through displays, discussion and interesting activities we will reflect on the economic, social, and environmental future of growing food. How will farm women and farm families be affected? What does this mean for city-dwellers? What are women’s perspectives on local and global food sovereignty and food security? Learn about the 6 Pillars of Food Sovereignty. What action can be taken to achieve a new vision? Everyone Welcome: Men, Women, Youth. Who Should Attend? Anyone who likes to eat. Registration - $15 – includes lunch. To Register RSVP to Marcella Pedersen 306-398-2795 or in Regina call Joanne Havelock at 535-9570. Details at http://claritycampus.net/.

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Green Drinks Regina

April 7th, 5:30 on, Abstractions Café, 2161 Rose St.

Green Drinks will be at Abstractions on April 7th, with your host the Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association. Find out about the upcoming national environmental conference being hosted by SOEEA, with keynote Annie Leonard ("Story of Stuff", etc), and a pre-conference eco-tour from the Grasslands National Park to Cypress Hills that you will NOT want to miss!

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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

Canada Green Building Council SK Chapter AGM

The annual general meeting will be held at the Government Services offices in Saskatoon, 8th Floor, 122 3rd Avenue N (Sturdy Stone Centre) and Regina, Main Floor, 1920 Rose St (Century Plaza). Sites will be connected via video conference.

Election results and other AGM business will take place between 5 and 5:30 pm. A green building mixer will follow in each city for those interested meeting and socializing with others in the green building community. A friendly contest is taking place between the Saskatoon and Regina membership to see which city draws the greatest attendance. A bottle of scotch goes the winner – so come out and support your local section.

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

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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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Permaculture Workshop III

April 2nd, 3 - 5 pm, Engineering ldg. Rm. 2C01, U. of S.

Join Rooted this Saturday to learn about urban agriculture and ecosystem design principles. Learn to think like an ecosystem! Everyone is welcome, and they will do a quick recap of the first two workshops! Check out the Facebook event for more specs! http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=173887849326626.

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Spring '11 Waste Minimization Forum

April 7th - 8th, Parktown Hotel

Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is celebrating 20 years of waste reduction! This spring's theme is "Roaring into our Twenties", and features a 1920s-themed banquet (come in your flapper dress or zoot suit!) with murder mystery, tours of local facilities, and a look back at waste reduction over the last 20 years. Keynote speaker will be Peter Prebble on "What’s past is prologue: An overview of Saskatchewan environmental issues in the last 20 years". Plus: the 2010 Waste Minimization Awards, a workshop on using social media for your organization, sessions on textile recycling, CRD waste, public education, and more. Details are at: http://www.saskwastereduction.ca/events4.html.

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VerEco Home Expert Series: Andre Cayer w/ Watercycles - Grey Water Heat Recovery Systems

April 12th, 7 pm, VerEco Home (in the Western Development Museum parking lot)

Cost: $5 per person. Tickets can be booked online at Picatic.com. For more information phone: 343-6120.

The VerEco Home Expert Series takes place every Tuesday evening from 7 to 8 pm at the VerEco Net Zero demonstration home, located in the parking lot of the Western Development Museum. For more information about the speaker series, visit: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/health/VerEco+Home+Expert+Series/4407179/story.html.

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Other

Homes Made of Straw .........Are You Kidding? Strawbale Workshop

June 17th - 19th, Craik Sustainable Living Project, Craik

Bring your questions, scepticism, and design ideas (if you have them) for a fun-filled weekend as we explore the details of building a strawbale home. Builders Dan and Dave are back again to share their experiences and help you construct a small demonstration building during the workshop. With a mix of classroom discussion and hands-on experience, you will learn the answers to the most common questions, including "How much does it cost?", "Is it a fire hazard?", "Are mice a problem?", and "Did the Big Bad Wolf really blow one down?". Bring your spouse.....Bring your friends.....You can even bring your Building Inspector!

CALL TODAY to reserve your spot to join us for an experience you don't want to miss! Cost is $225 per person. With the summer building season just ahead, the first 12 participants signed up will also receive an exclusive presentation on the best way to tell your friends and family why there is suddenly a stack of bales in your backyard! To reserve your spot or for more information, contact Shirley: eade@sasktel.net or phone 306-734-2605. Details at http://www.craikecovillage.com/.

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