SEN Info Bulletin

April 14, 2011

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Action Alert

Opportunities/Calls for Delegates/Proposals

Employment Opportunities




Plant Proposal Worries Residents

SASKATOON - Worries about the contamination of the Dalmeny aquifer, the transportation of large amounts of dangerous chemicals and the storage of waste products at the plant site were heard by councillors of the Rural Municipality of Corman Park at its regular council meeting Monday.

Fortune Minerals has chosen a location for its proposed facility about three kilometres east of Langham and 30 km west of Saskatoon, on which it hopes to build its $225-million refinery. The plant would process 65,000 tonnes of ore from its Northwest Territories-based Nico gold-cobalt-bismuth-copper project each year.

The plant, which would employ 85 people, may enter its construction phase next year and could be operational by the end of 2013. However, the company has yet to purchase the land it requires for the project and has not submitted a request for a zoning change to the RM.

Reeve Mel Henry said Fortune Minerals, which held public meetings about the project in Langham and Dalmeny in February, was executing a "smooth" marketing strategy on the plant. But the RM, he said at Monday's meeting, has many factors to consider about the project before deciding whether it's positive for the area. "The council is going to have to do a lot of deep thinking before we do anything with this," Henry said. "I myself am very nervous."

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SEN Grassroots Activism Funding Awarded

The Saskatchewan Eco-network has awarded a small project grant to Citizens for Sustainable Development to aid their campaign to inform citizens about the proposed Intense Livestock Operation near Outlook.

Citizens for Sustainable Development (CSD) main focus is to oppose the proposed Intense Livestock Operation (ILO) by Namaka Farms to the Rural Municipality (RM) Rudy, to be located 3.5 miles from the South Saskatchewan River and 500 meters from the M1 canal supplying many communities with their drinking water. This ILO (feedlot) will house 36,000 head of cattle which will be Saskatchewan’s largest feedlot. More information is available on their website at

SEN allots their under-$1000 Grassroots Activism Award to its member groups on an annual basis, and thanks all of the organizations who applied!

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50 megawatts of 'Green Power' to Be Added to Province's Grid

REGINA — SaskPower is planning to add about 50 megawatts (MW) of renewable power to the province's electricity grid through its Green Options (GO) Partners Program lottery. Applications for renewable power projects between 100 kilowatts (kWh) and 10 MW will be selected through the second annual lottery, which closes June 1st.

This year, SaskPower will purchase up to 50 MW of renewable power through the program, with up to 25 MW coming from wind. Other eligible generation technologies include solar, biomass, small hydro, waste heat recovery and flare gas. The projects in development through these programs will more than double wind power production in the province.

More information about the program lottery, application forms and submission details are available at

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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:

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Saskatchewan Nuclear Waste Ban: Petition

The Coalition for a Clean Green Saskatchewan is calling on the Saskatchewan Government to pass provincial legislation banning the importation, transportation and storage of nuclear wastes (spent fuel) from other Canadian provinces and countries around the world.

Raise Your Voice and Just Say NO! Download the statement at Take it to your church, synagogue, service club, sports team or other community group to sign.

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Is Your Fridge Living in the Past?

SaskPower's Refrigerator Recycling program is back by popular demand! Beginning in April, they're offering you $50 for each of your old inefficient fridges and freezers (to maximum of four). They'll recycle your old fridge(s) and freezer(s) responsibly as well. You'll save money on your power bill by using less power, and you'll help protect the environment. This offer is available for a limited time and space is limited so call early. Details at

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Opportunities/Calls for Delegates/Proposals

Organic Gardens & Farms 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

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Earth Day Canada: Hometown Heroes 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 The nomination deadline has been extended to April 22, 2011.

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The Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest

The Robert Bateman Get to Know contest for youth aged 19 and under is now in its' 11th year and is running until May 23rd, 2011. Youth can enter artwork, writing, photography and videos on the website with the theme of 'This is My Forest'. This is International Year of the Forests, and the launch for the contest will be on April 16th during National Wildlife Week at the Saskatchewan Science Centre in Regina from 1 - 3 pm in the main floor theatre.

The Contest provides young people with the opportunity to use their creative abilities to develop a broader understanding and appreciation of the natural world. By fostering a more active lifestyle and a deeper connection with nature, the contest endeavours to cultivate a generation of healthy, environmentally focused youth. Winners will be selected from across Canada from each age category and there are great prizes to be won! Check out for additional information on the contest, including videos, programs, contest events, and resources.

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Ness Creek Eco-Village: Call for Participants

The 21st Annual Ness Creek Music Festival falls between July 15th - 18th, 2011. We see these four days as more than a music festival - we see it as a cultural event. Both the Eco-Village and your input enrich that culture every year. Your efforts contribute to the growth of the Eco-Village philosophy and help propagate positive ideas at a crucial meeting place for all things ‘sustainable’.

We’ve started the task of organizing the 2011 Eco-Village and hope to have you participate! For 2011, the fee structure is $25 (for non-profits) and $100 for businesses (plus GST). Each Eco-Village booth can get TWO festival passes but participants must be committed to working the hours the Village is open: Friday 12-6pm; Saturday 12-6pm; Sunday 10am-3pm. The application deadline is May 1st, 2011. For further information, and for a copy of the application form, please copntact our Eco-Village Coordinator, Tayler Krawczyk:

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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

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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 Applications currently being accepted for July 2011 program start.

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Breeding Bird Surveys – Training Opportunity!

May 13th - 14th, Location: To be determined, depending on where participants are from (possibly near Regina, Saskatoon or Last Mountain Lake)

New Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) participants are needed to take on a BBS route in Saskatchewan. There are a growing number of available routes throughout the southern half of the province as a number of long-time BBS participants have "retired" from their routes. If you have birding skills and are interested in contributing to this important citizen science program, then we need your skills!

The Breeding Bird Survey is a long-term, large-scale, international avian monitoring program initiated in 1966 to track the status and trends of North American bird populations. Each year during the height of the avian breeding season, participants skilled in bird identification spend one morning in June collecting bird population data along roadside survey routes. The data is provided to the Canadian Wildlife Service, and is very important in assessing bird conservation priorities.

Details at:

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International Piping Plover Census: Volunteers Needed

The 2011 International Piping Plover Census needs your help! This spring will mark the 5th International Piping Plover Census to occur across North America and Nature Saskatchewan is tasked with coordinating the Saskatchewan portion. A complete census in Saskatchewan is critical to the international effort – we have a high number of plovers and sites with plover habitat.

Between June 4 and 17th we plan to survey almost 300 sites; therefore, we need volunteers who have time to check sandy and gravelly beaches at one or more small lakes or basins in Saskatchewan. As a surveyor, you will receive information on the Piping Plover, census instructions, a detailed map of your basin(s), and a census form(s) to fill out. Travel expenses incurred can be reimbursed (receipts required).

Your help is always greatly appreciated! Please consider being a part of this important project. For more information, or if you would like to participate, contact Jennifer Rumancik at (306)780-9417 or, or the Nature Saskatchewan office at 1-800-667-4668.

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Training Course: Introduction to Volunteer Management Level 1

June 1st - 3rd, 9 am - 4:30 pm, Saskatoon

This excellent certificate course is a pre-requisite and core course of the Red River College Volunteer Management Certificate Program. The course is also called Working With Volunteers at RRC or *Volunteer Management Introduction at Volunteer Manitoba). It will be delivered by Barb Gemmell, CAVR, of Volunteer Manitoba & in association with Red River College, Winnipeg.

Aims of the course: To develop a clear understanding of the components necessary for the development of an effective volunteer program; To provide staff and volunteers with an opportunity to examine and practice the organizational and human relations skills necessary to meet today's challenges of a changing volunteer environment; and To develop a network with other managers of volunteer programs.

Early-bird registration discounts are available until April 20th. For more info and to register, please visit:

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United Way of Regina Board Development Training Workshops

Upcoming workshops include: "Areas of Board Responsibility" on May 2 and, "Â Financial & Legal Responsibilities of Board Members" on May 30. These workshops are open to any board member of community-based organizations in and around Regina. All workshops will be held at United Way of Regina, 1440 Scarth Street from 6 - 9 p.m. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Laura Murray, Community Initiatives Facilitator, United Way of Regina at or (306)751-4750 x758.

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Employment Opportunities

General Nursery Maintenance: Summer Employment

Location: Assiniboine Avenue, Regina, SK

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority are looking to hire a student to help maintain their native plant nursery in Regina. Wage: $10/hour for 75 hours a month. Duration: 4 months (May to August). Duties: Weeding, Watering, General maintenance.

The successful candidate will report to a member of the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, but will largely work alone. The hours are flexible so it might be able to fit in with someone’s existing part-time job. If more funding is secured, more hours will be given. Application Deadline: April 30, 2011. For more information or to apply, contact: Chet Neufeld, Executive Director Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan (306) 668-3940

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Certification Specialist, OCIA Canada

Location: work remotely or in Humboldt, Saskatchewan

Do you have a passion for organic food? Would you like be a part of the organic certification process?

Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA), International, an accredited organic certification agent with operations worldwide, is seeking applicants for a Certification Specialist to work remotely or out of its Canada Regional Office located in Humboldt, SK. Candidates must possess strong communication skills both verbal and written, must be familiar with Microsoft Office applications and have a fundamental understanding of agricultural production systems. Knowledge of livestock and/or complex processing is a not required, but preferred. Details at the RCEN job board

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Summerhill Program Manager

Location: Regina

Summerhill Group ( is seeking an experienced Program Manager to support an energy efficiency campaign. Preferred candidates will have previous experience and expertise in project/program delivery, marketing, sales and client relationship management. The position is based out of Regina reporting into the Toronto office. Details at the RCEN Job board

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Affordable Housing Program Coordinator

Quint Development Corporation is a not-for-profit organization which exists to strengthen the social and economic well being of Saskatoon’s five core neighbourhoods through a community economic development approach. Quint Development Corporation is looking for a highly motivated and dynamic individual to fill a full time position. The Closing date for this position is Thursday April 21, 2011 at 4 pm. Full details at:

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Boreal Forest Map

To show off the splendor of Canada's Boreal Forest, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Canadian Geographic have produced an online interactive map that details the region and offers insight into the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The map can be found at:

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Grasslands Priority Conservation Areas Updated Using Species Monitoring Data

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation is pleased to share its newsletter regarding updated Grasslands Priority Conservation Areas using species monitoring data.

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Coming Events


Cinema Politica Film Screening “Uranium”

April 14th, 7 pm, CL 112, University of Regina

Uranium: this NFB documentary looks at the hazards of uranium mining in Canada. Toxic and radioactive waste pose environmental threats while the traditional economic and spiritual lives of the Aboriginal people who occupy this land have been violated. Given our limited knowledge of the associated risks, this film questions the validity of continuing the mining operations.

There will be a discussion following the film. This film is provided to you by the Council of Canadians, Regina Chapter, Cinema Politica and the Regina Public Interest Research Group.

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Traveling World Community Film Festival: Human Rights, Social Justice and The Environment

April 14, 15, 16, various locations

The Regina Amnesty International Group is pleased to support this exciting film festival. Films about Human Rights, the Environment and Social Justice will be screened at Campbell Collegiate, the Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre and the Royal Canadian Legion. Cost: Adult: $10day/$15 weekend. Youth/low income: $5 day/$10 weekend. Family pass: $20 weekend. Children 12 and under: FREE. Details at

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The Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest Launch

April 16th, 1 pm, SK Science Centre main floor theatre

The Robert Bateman Get to Know contest for youth aged 19 and under is now in its' 11th year and is running until May 23rd, 2011. Youth can enter artwork, writing, photography and videos on the website with the theme of 'This is My Forest'. This is International Year of the Forests, and the launch for the contest will be on April 16th during National Wildlife Week at the Saskatchewan Science Centre in Regina from 1 - 3 pm in the main floor theatre.

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Dr. Mary Vetter: Flora of Saskatchewan Project

April 18th, 7:30 pm, Royal Sask. Museum

Dr. Vetter will be giving an update of this project, which is working on a book about the plants of our province. Nature Regina has contributed funds to this project.

Nature Regina meetings are generally held on the third Monday of each month, beginning at 7:30pm, except during the summer, and are open to the public. They are held at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, at Albert Street and College Avenue, in Regina.

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Jane's Walk

May 7th - 8th, Regina

On May 7th and 8th, hundreds of Reginans will take to the streets for their third annual Jane’s Walk, a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that explore our collective history, architecture, planning and personalities. Celebrating the legacy of Jane Jacobs, the foremost urban thinker of our times, Jane’s Walk inspires citizens to get to know their city and each other by getting out and walking. Jacobs famously declared that walkable, diverse and mixed used neighborhoods are the hallmark of a healthy city and its people.

Some of this year’s walks include: Conservation architect, Bernard Flaman, discussing 20th century architecture around Victoria Park; Local urbanists, Amy Lorencz and Martin Gourlie providing a look at Regina’s history and cultural communities on a walk through the Regina Cemetery on 4th avenue; Selene Deschenes leading a walk entitled “Flickers, Talkies, and Black Tents”, a walking discussion about the history of theatre in downtown Regina; Conservationist Jim Elliott exploring the natural and built history around Wascana Lake; and James Hoffman returning to host his very popular tour of historic Germantown.

Regina’s Jane’s Walk is organized and presented by Regina Urban Ecology with many community partners ( Details of events at

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Solar PV Design & Installation Course

May 9th - 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 for more information.

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Wings over Wascana Festival and Friends of Wascana Marsh Fundraiser

May 10th - 14th, Regina

This annual festival coincides with International Migratory Bird Day and is preceded by a public fundraising dinner to raise money for interpretive components at the marsh. Details at

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Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) 2011 National Conference

June 8 - 11, 2011 - University of Regina, Regina

The 2011 Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) conference will focus on exploring the issues of learning and being active in society AND our environment. The conference theme is "Exploring the Socioecological in Education and Culture: Becoming Active Participants in Change".Annie Leonard, of The Story of Stuff, is one of the keynote speakers.

Registration opens April 15th, 2011. Details are at

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Green Drinks Saskatoon

April 15th, 5:30 pm, Pacific Billiards - 609 1st Ave North

Green Drinks this month we will be doing something a little different this month and going to a pool hall. I would like to try out a new collaborative/uplifting way to play 8 ball, the rules and game play is still in the creation process, it would be great to get your feedback and input. Details on how to play can be found at Starting at 5:30 going till whenever.

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The New Normal: The Canadian Prairies in a Changing Climate

April 19th, 3 – 4 pm, Neatby-Timlin Theatre (Arts 241), University of Saskatchewan

In celebration of upcoming Earth Day, the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan invites you to attend a presentation by guest Dr. Dave Sauchyn, University of Regina professor, research scientist at the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative, and senior editor and co-author of the book The New Normal: The Canadian Prairies in a Changing Climate.

The New Normal captures the work of 24 scholars from diverse backgrounds and their expertise and knowledge about climate change and the Prairie Provinces. An engaging speaker, Dr. Sauchyn will present this research and discuss options for taking advantage of new opportunities provided by a warmer climate. In addition, Dr. Suren Kulshreshtha, co-editor of the book and associate faculty with SENS, will join the Q&A discussion.

Refreshments and networking will follow the presentation. This lecture is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.

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VerEco Home Expert Series: Sustainably Beautiful Interiors

April 19th 7 pm, VerEco Home (Located in the Western Development Museum parking lot).

Find out how to become an eco-conscious consumer when it comes to decorating and finishing the interior of your home. The discussion will focus on how to create sustainably beautiful interiors for a variety of budgets, with reference to flooring, window coverings, paints, and furnishings. Guest speaker is Jacqueline Nuesch from Sew Chic. For more information phone: 343-6120 or visit Cost is $5 per person.

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VerEco Home Expert Series: Energy Efficiency Programs for New Homes

April 26th 7 pm, VerEco Home (Located in the Western Development Museum parking lot).

In this expert series, Certified Energy Advisors from the Sun Ridge Group will share information about a number of these programs and explain the process for the energy rating of new homes. The Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses grant program (SEGH) was designed to assist homeowners with both of those issues. Certified Energy Advisors from the Sun Ridge Group will provide information about a variety of grant programs for homeowners. They will also be available with advice to improve the energy efficiency of your home, save on monthly utility bills, and reduce your overall environmental impact. For more information phone: 343-6120 or visit Cost is $5 per person.

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Saskatchewan Environmental Society AGM

April 27th, 6:30 pm, Saskatoon Farmers' Market, 414 Avenue B South

6:30 pm Wine & Cheese. 7:15 pm - Guest Speaker: Dr. Howard Wheater, Excellence Research Chair in Water Security, University of Saskatchewan will present "Water futures and the perfect storm: Challenges and opportunities for Saskatchewan".

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Jane's Walk

May 7th, various locations

We’re starting to get ready for this years event and we encourage you to get in touch with us to pitch in, lead a walk, become a volunteer or just cheer us on. Even if you see there’s already a walk in your neighbourhood doesn’t mean you can’t lead one there too. We encourage many different perspectives per community or neighbourhood, so go ahead and create and lead a tour of your own! For more information contact: Gord Androsoff 306-371-8108. Check for regular updates and tour descriptions at

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Spruce up Your Exercise Routine: Join Trash Dashers This Summer

Trash Dashers is a local initiative and is community fitness at its best: it’s free, fun, interactive and helps maintain our health and the health of our community. People of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels are encouraged to join us in rain, snow or shine so encourage your friends and family (and pets!) to come along too!

Every Sunday morning during the summer months we meet at 9 am in parks around Saskatoon to do a walking or jogging park clean-up until litter has found its way to a garbage can and recyclables have been collected. Our schedule for 2011 can be found under the info section of our facebook page or on our website:

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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: or phone 306-734-2605. Details at

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Lots more events at the SEN Event Calendar: