SEN Info Bulletin

May 11, 2011

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Opportunities/Calls for Delegates/Proposals

Employment Opportunities




May 22nd is International Day for Biodiversity!

Get out and celebrate all of Canada's rich diversity! Get out your camera, binoculars and field guides and see how many plants and animals you can identify. Enjoy the great spring weather and learn about nature at the same time. There are lots of places to discover biodiversity, from our national, provincial and regional parks to our city and country green spaces to your own backyard! 2011 is also the International Year of Forests as proclaimed by the United Nations so don't just go out on May 22nd - you've got all year to get out and enjoy our many natural treasures. For more information on the International Day for Biodiversity, go to

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SEN Annual General Meeting

The date for the Saskatchewan Eco-network's Annual General Meeting has been set for Saturday June 25th, 2011 at 1 pm. It will be held in Saskatoon in the basement of St. James Anglican Church on Dufferin and 12th Street.

Join members of the SEN as we meet to discuss directions for the network and the events of the past year. This is YOUR network; help to make it work for you!

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Renewable Sources Can Meet Most Global Energy Demands

9 May 2011 – Renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind, biomass and hydropower could meet nearly 80 per cent of the world’s energy supplies by 2050 if governments pursue policies that harness their potential, a United Nations-backed report released today says.

The findings of more than 120 researchers working with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicate that if the path of renewable source is fully followed, greenhouse gas emissions could stay low enough to keep the rise in global temperatures by the middle of the century to below 2 degrees.

That 2-degree threshold is a widely regarded tipping point, beyond which the worst effects of climate change are likely to occur. Governments also agreed at a major meeting last year in Cancún, Mexico, to try to limit the average global temperature rise to that amount.

The report’s findings were issued today after a four-day meeting of scientists wrapped up yesterday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with the aim of providing policy-makers with an assessment of the potential of renewable energy sources.

Full article:

Read the report:

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Pesticide Endosulfan to Be Banned Worldwide

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 5, 2011 (ENS) - Representatives from 127 governments have agreed to add endosulfan to the United Nations' list of persistent organic pollutants to be eliminated worldwide. The action puts the widely-used pesticide on track for elimination from the global market by 2012.

The decision was among more than 30 measures taken by Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants to strengthen global action against POPs at their meeting in Geneva last week.

The governments agreed to list endosulfan in Annex A to the Stockholm Convention, with specific exemptions. When the amendment enters into force in one year, endosulfan will become the 22nd POP to be listed under the Convention.

Endosulfan is an organochlorine insecticide used on crops worldwide, mainly on cotton, coffee and tea. Endosulfan acts as an endocrine disruptor, causing reproductive and developmental damage in both humans and animals.

More: .

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Action Alert

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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Keep the ecoENERGY Retrofit Homes Program Alive

See: for a three-step plan for future of ecoENERGY, backed by industry associations, others, including Green Communities Canada. Includes a four year extension of incentives; also universal energy labelling of buildings.

Tell the government that a one-year (much less than one year) extension won't be sufficient to sustain progress toward an energy efficient future. We need a full four years to make the transition.

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Opportunities/Calls for Delegates/Proposals

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'.

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

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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Breeding Bird Surveys: Training Opportunity!

May 13th - 14th, Location: 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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Employment Opportunities

Summer Garden Program Leader

Location: Saskatoon

Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) is currently looking for a Summer Garden Program Leader to work with school-age children at our five Greenscapades school yard garden sites.

Duration: May 17th - August 26th 2011. Wage: $12-$13/hour dependent on experience. Hours: Full-time (32+ hours per week). Full details are posted at

Please submit your resume with reference and cover letter BEFORE May 13th, 5 pm to: James Perkins, Interim Executive Director: or via fax: 933-5715 attention James.

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Fracturing Solidarity: The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement in Context

Briarpatch's new website features lots of great articles, including the following one on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement by Dawn Paley:

When representatives from environmental organizations took the stage last May together with logging industry groups to promote what they billed as a new deal to protect Canada’s boreal forest, the announcement came as a surprise to Indigenous peoples across the country.

Read the article 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


Solar Energy Talk: Ken Kelln

May 11th, 7 - 9pm, College Avenue Campus, U. of Regina

Ken Kelln will be speaking on May 11 at 7 p.m. at the U. of Regina , College Avenue Campus, Main Floor, Learning Centre, Cornwall Street & College Avenue.

Ken Kelln, founder of Kelln Consulting Ltd, is a pioneer of renewable energy and energy conservation in Saskatchewan. His work in solar energy goes back to 1969, when he graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours - Electrical Engineering), with his thesis on "Photovoltaic-Solar Energy Converters". More on Ken Kelln, at /sk_enviro_champions/kelln.html.

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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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Living Simply: Voluntary Simplicity Lecture and Workshop with Mark Burch

May 13th - 14th, Westminster United Church, 3025 13th Ave.

Friday May 13: 7 - 9 pm, Lecture: “Introduction to Voluntary Simplicity”. All welcome – refreshments provided.

Saturday, May 14, 9 am to 4:30 pm, Voluntary Simplicity Workshop. Cost: $10. Pre-register with Lunch will be provided!

Mark Burch has worked as a writer, consultant and university instructor offering presentations, workshops and courses on voluntary simplicity for the past 16 years. Sponsored by the Generosity for Mission Fund.

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5th Annual Jabula! An African Evening

May 14th, Queensbury Convention Centre at Evraz Place

Join Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers Regina in celebrating African grandmothers and raising money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation! Guest Speaker - Joanna Henry, Grandmothers Campaign Coordinator, Stephen Lewis Foundation. Entertainment and Silent Auction to follow. Cocktails - 6 pm Dinner - 7 pm. Tickets: $50 per person. Available at Ten thousand Villages, Bach & Beyond, Rochdale Roca House or by calling 781-2946. All proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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United Way of Regina Board Development Training Workshop

"Financial & Legal Responsibilities of Board Members" workshop on May 30 is open to any board member of community-based organizations in and around Regina. 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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Introduction to Permaculture Design: A Workshop with Gregoire Lamoureux

June 4th - 5th, 9:30 - 4:30, Language Institute Theatre LI - 215, U. of R.

Permaculture is the design and implementation of sustainable and ecological human habitat. It is based on the observation of natural systems and uses ecological principles to increase diversity and productivity of local human ecosystems. It can be used both in urban and rural areas. Workshop Leader Gregoire Lamoureux has 20 years of experience as a permaculture designer, consultant and teacher. He has taught extensively across Canada. His work experience includes market gardening, greenhouse production, orcharding, ecological land restoration, small-scale nursery management, landscaping aquaculture and forestry. He lives on his 10-acre farm in Winlaw, British Columbia.

Registration includes lunch! Early Bird Registration by May 16th for $125. Registration Deadline - May 20th - for $150. For more information contact Jocelyn at, telephone: 306.737.2137. 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 is now open: details are at

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Permaculture Talk

May 11th, 7 pm, J.S.Wood Library

Kirby McInnis, from the Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan, will present an overview of permaculture. He will discuss the history and principles behind permaculture, and he will tell you about the interesting things related to permaculture that are going on right here in Saskatoon. If you have heard the term permaculture but aren't quite sure what it's all about, come and find out. Event co-sponsored by J.S. Wood Library and Saskatchewan Environmental Society. For more information contact 665-1915.

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Nutana Free Film Festival: Water on the Table

May 17th, 7 pm, Broadway Theatre

A character-driven, social-issue documentary that explores Canada’s relationship to its freshwater, arguably its most precious natural resource. The film asks the question: is water a commercial good like running shoes or Coca-Cola? Or, is water a human right like air? Water on the Table features Maude Barlow and her crusade to have water declared a human right. It follows the public face of Maude Barlow and as the unscripted woman behind the scenes.about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

The Nutana Community Association and the local book store Turning the Tide together with Cinema Politica are proud to bring you the second annual Nutana Free Film Festival with another series of four films. Admission is free - donations to the Broadway Theatre will be gratefully accepted to help retire the theatre’s debt.

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Spruce up Your Exercise Routine: Join Trash Dashers This Summer

Sundays at 9 am, various locations in Saskatoon

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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Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?

May 27th - June 2nd, Broadway Theatre

Don't miss the new film “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?” premiering at the Broadway Theatre playing May 27, 28, 30 & June 2nd. Queen of the Sun is a profound, alternative look into the problems and solutions of the global honeybee crisis from Taggart Siegel, the acclaimed director of the award-winning, grass-roots hit The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. To view the Official Trailer visit

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Bioblitz of the Northeast Swale

May 29th, Saskatoon

Join the Meewasin Valley Authority and the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan for a Bioblitz of the Northeast Swale in Saskatoon. (details at,251). They will be compiling an inventory of all things living in an effort to help Meewasin in their management of the area. Come and enjoy the nice spring weather and support a good cause. There will also be activities on Monday, May 30th. Contact Anna Leighton at or 665-6074 for details and to register (free).

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The CETA Threat & the Future of Saskatchewan

May 30th, 7:30 pm, Frances Morrison Library

A free event featuring: Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians; Paul Moist, National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees; and Terry Boehm, President, National Farmers Union. Come learn more about the threat CETA poses to Canadian communities and how you can get involved in stopping it. Invite your friends to the Facebook event:

More at:

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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.

For more info and to register, please visit:

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The CETA Threat & the Future of Saskatchewan

May 31st, 7 pm, JMC Public Library, Prince Albert

A free event featuring: Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians; Paul Moist, National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees; and Terry Boehm, President, National Farmers Union. Come learn more about the threat CETA poses to Canadian communities and how you can get involved in stopping it. Invite your friends to the Facebook event:

More at:

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Nature Saskatchewan Spring Meet

June 3rd - 5th, Yorkton, Sask., and area

Explore a variety of prairie landscapes. You’ll be able to visit provincial and regional parks, an ecological preserve and a Ducks Unlimited marsh. Visit the Nature Saskatchewan website for more details and to register.

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A Reverent Heart: A Photography Retreat

June 3rd - 5th, Calling Lakes Centre, Fort Qu'Appelle

Join passionate, experienced Saskatchewan photographer Cherie Westmoreland, as she invites you into conversation with the natural world and the movement of your own heart. While Cherie is very knowledgeable, the emphasis is less on the technical side of photography and more about coming into relationship with the land and what we see right here and right now.

Cost: $295, includes meals and lodging. On May 20 we decide if this program will run; add 10% after that date. For more information: Remember! Financial Assistance is Available. Calling Lakes Centre has a bursary fund. Contact the Centre and ask for an application form.

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Permaculture Forest Garden Workshop

June 17 - 20, Ness Creek Site, Big River, SK

In partnership with the Saskatchewan Boreal Forest Learning Centre and the Ness Creek Ecological, Hatchet and Seed Contracting will be hosting a Permaculture Forest Garden workshop from June 17-20. The four day, hands-on ‘Forest Garden Workshop’ workshop will demonstrate extreme cold climate techniques for low-maintenance food production. Details at [ click Forest Garden Workshop at Ness Creek ]

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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: