SEN Info Bulletin

May 25, 2011

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Action Alert

Opportunities/Calls for Delegates/Proposals

Employment Opportunities




SEN Annual General Meeting and Keynote Presentation

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.

Our keynote speaker will be Jeff Sereda, a Postdoctorate Fellow at the School of the Environment and Sustainability, giving the presentation: "Lake Diefenbaker: A look into the past to see into the future".

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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World Environment Day: June 5, 2011

World Environment Day (WED) 2011, in support of the UN International Year of Forests (IYF), is aimed to be the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive action for the environment. This year's theme – Forests: Nature at Your Service – underscores the variety of life-sustaining services that forests provide and calls us all to take action to protect these resources and move towards a green economy.

Every activity matters - organize a neighborhood clean-up; announce an environmental initiative for your city, state or country; adopt targets for environmental improvements in your company; use cloth bags and motivate your school mates and teachers to do the same; plant a tree or better yet organize a collective tree-planting effort for your family; walk to work, start a recycling drive among your friends... the possibilities are endless.

Register your activity and join the Wide World of WED where you can download WED logo, posters, videos, web banners and other materials to promote your activity. Join us in celebrating World Environment Day!

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Food Policy Network Report Emphasizes Local Production

The Western Producer

A group calling itself the People’s Food Policy Project is recommending a massive revamping of Canadian agriculture and food policy. The proposed change in direction would de-emphasize exports and instead emphasize local production and hunger elimination. Resetting the Table, a People’s Food Policy for Canada argues that Canada does not have a food policy that emphasizes local consumption, healthy eating and consumer involvement in setting food policy.

"Canada has never had a co-ordinated and explicit food policy, let alone one designed for the public good," said the document, written after three years of workshops and consultations across Canada that the group says involved 3,500 people. "The resulting patchwork of government policies that determine our de facto food governance does not adequately prioritize the needs and wishes of the majority."

The group said the document is “the first ever Canadian food policy to be developed by individuals and organizations within the growing food movement.”

More information and the full report is at:

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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

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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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

SEN: Student Summer Employment Opportunity

The Saskatchewan Eco-Network (SEN) will hire a summer student to do research on a wide range of issues and topics concerning SEN's current mandate programs and its relationship with stakeholders and its members as well as with the Sask. Ministry of Environment.

The student would ideally be employed for 12 weeks @ 35 hrs/week. Application deadline is Monday, May 30th, 2011. Full job description is at /Summer%20Student%20Job%20Posting.pdf

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A Green Economy for Canada: Consulting with Canadians

GreenEconomyCIELAP's national research study, authored by Carolyn Webb and Thomas C. Esakin, sought the perspectives of diverse Canadian stakeholders on what a Green Economy could mean for Canada in the lead-up to Rio+20. Between November 2010 and February 2011 CIELAP conducted 27 interviews with participants from Canadian provinces, territories and municipalities, professional business associations, and non-government organizations. The study summarizes what was heard. Download the report at

If this paper and Rio+20 are of interest to you, check out We Canada at, a nation-wide initiative for sustainability that aims to bring the diversity of Canadian voices to the Earth Summit 2012, and to the attention of our government. We Canada is about talking, about sharing, about creating a community of engaged citizens around common ideas and concerns for our future.

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The Greenest Computers

Computers for Kids sell refurbished computers $145 - $295. Plus for every computer sold, two will go to people in need. Computers For Kids is a registered charity in Saskatoon that recycles, refurbishes and diverts thousands of computers from the waste stream every year. They are located at 322 Avenue C South in Saskatoon and at 1450 Park Street in Regina

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Coming Events


Building Solidarity from South Africa to Palestine

May 27th, 7:30 pm, Regina Union Centre (2709 12th Ave.)

This stop on the cross-country tour will give people the opportunity to discuss how the union movement can stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine. This tour is aimed at fostering relationships between Palestinian, South African and Canadian trade unionists in hope of building solidarity. It is also an opportunity for public education on the experience of workers from these two places. For more information phone: 306-569-9787 or email:

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United Way of Regina Board Development Training Workshop

May 30th, 6 pm, United Way of Regina, 1440 Scarth St.

"Financial & Legal Responsibilities of Board Members" workshop is open to any board member of community-based organizations in and around Regina. 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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Native Plant Workshop

June 1st, 7 pm, outside in the native prairie, First Nations University of Canada

Learn the benefits of native plants, how to start native seeds indoors and how to design, plan, prepare and plant a native garden, what plants to plant and where to obtain them. The workshop is free of charge. For more information contact Fidji Gendron at, or Sarah Vinge []. Please bring your own flower pots and trowels if you are interested in bringing home plants from the Demonstration Garden (if there are any that are growing in the wrong section). We may also have seedlings to give away. There is free parking in lot 19 located between the FNUniv and Ring Road.

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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.

Registration includes lunch. Registration Deadline May 20th for $150. For more information contact Jocelyn at, telephone: 306.737.2137. Details: at

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LEED Canada for New Construction 2009: Technical Review

June 8th, 9am - 5pm, Innovation Place, 2 Research Drive, Common Boardroom

This one-day interactive workshop provides a technical review of the LEED Canada NC 2009 Rating System. Technologies and strategies that can assist in achieving credits are discussed, and participants are given the opportunity to consider the synergies between various credits. Case studies have been created to assist participants in applying their learning in relation to a real project scenario. This workshop also briefly identifies changes that have occured during the evolution of the NC 1.0 Rating System and Addendum, to the 2009 system.

This workshop, like all CaGBC education programs, meets eligibility requirements for the Green Associate exam. 7 GBCI LEED-specific CE hours. To register:§ion=Education.

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EECOM 2011 National Conference

June 8 - 11, University of 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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Teaching and Learning With Monarch Butterflies

July 19 - 20, Regina

Teaching and Learning With Monarch Butterflies is a two-day workshop combining classroom and field experiences which will inspire PreK - Grade 8 teachers to bring the Monarch story to the classroom through literacy, math, science, the arts, technology, geography and social studies. Through this fascinating, yet simple story, students will learn to make connections to nature, to aboriginal cultures and to the land that sustains us all.

The workshop is taught collaboratively by a team of experienced educators from Manitoba, Ontario and New Jersey. Participating teachers are provided with the knowledge, experience, materials and confidence to raise Monarchs in their classrooms and to create an outstanding learning experience for their students and school community.

Cost $95 per participant. For more information and/or registration contact OR Jan Kushnier

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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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LEED Canada for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance

May 27th, 8:30am - 5pm, Innovation Place, 202-111 Research Dr.

This one-day interactive workshop provides a technical review of the LEED Canada for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Rating System. Technologies and strategies that can assist in achieving credits are discussed, and participants are given the opportunity to consider the synergies between various credits. Case studies have been created to assist participants in applying their learning in relation to a real project scenario.

This workshop, like all CaGBC education programs, meets eligibility requirements for the Green Associate exam. 7 GBCI LEED-specific CE hours. For more information, call the CaGBC at 613.241.1184 or toll-free at 1.866.941.1184, or contact us at To register:§ion=Education.

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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. It will be delivered by Barb Gemmell, CAVR, of Volunteer Manitoba & in association with Red River College, Winnipeg. Aims of the course are: 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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Film: The Pisim Project

June 8th, 7 pm, J.S. Wood Library, 1801 Lansdowne Ave.

"The Pisim Project" is a film that follows a group of grade 10 students along their journey to building a house using energy efficient technology as well as traditional building methods in Cumberland House, Saskatchewan. The documentary shows what the students learned, what they saw, who they met and the process they went through in becoming role models for other youth in Canada and the world. Event co-sponsored by the J.S. Wood and Saskatchewan Environmental Society. For more information phone 665-1915.

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WAM Fundraiser

11 June 11th, 2 - 11:30 pm, Cosmo Senior Centre

We Are Many has several projects on the go, but we need to recharge the bank account in order to see them continue moving forward. There will be a family friendly show in the afternoon, starting at 2 pm. Bring your kids down and enjoy an afternoon of music featuring Shakey Wilson, Will Robbins, and others! There's a rumour going around about a Shakey Wilson + Shoulder Crow puppet show, and lots of activities set up, like face-painting.

There'll be a rock and roll show in the evening starting at 7:30 pm and featuring the talents of Let's Get Ugly, The Karpinka Brothers, Shakey Wilson, the Seahags, Catdad, plus others. Find out about our current projects and how you can get involved this summer! Cost is $10 per show / $15 for both.

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Sun Cycle 2011 - Cycling Festival

June 12th, 12 - 4 pm, Saskatoon Farmer's Market Square (19th St & Ave B)

Whether you're 8 mo or 80 yrs. One spot. One afternoon. Free admission. Celebrating all things cycling in Saskatoon. Local Bike Groups & Orgs, Bike Shops, Demos, Safety Riding Course, Kids Crafts, Music, Short Docs, Food. If you would like to volunteer your time to help organize or help out on the day of the event, email

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SOS Elms Annual General Meeting

June 14th, 7 pm, The Refinery, 609 Dufferin

SOS Elms Coalition will hold its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday June 14th, 2011, 7 pm at The Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre, 609 Dufferin Avenue, Saskatoon. More on SOS Elms Coalition at Everyone is welcome!

SOS Elms will also be holding a fund raising Yard Sale on Saturday June 18th at 501 Albert Ave. Donations are welcome - please call 244-3082.

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Quill Plains Chapter of Council of Canadians AGM & Film

May 28th, 1 - 4pm, Wynyard Unitarian Church, Bosworth St. & Ave. D

Featuring a screening of the film GASLAND. Meeting starts at 1:00 pm, film screening starts at 2 pm, followed by a discussion about fracking in Saskatchewan. GASLAND is presented by the Council of Canadians-Quill Plains Chapter and Cinema Politica. More info: Bill Curry: 306-554-2985 or Elaine Hughes: 306-323-4938. Free. Everyone welcome!

About GASLAND: The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology called "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country road trip to find the answer to this question. A nearby Pennsylvania town which was recently drilled reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire.

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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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NPSS Rare Plant Survey in Grasslands National Park

June 10th - 11th, Grasslands National Park

Do you know your native plants? If so, then the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan wants you! Join the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan at Grasslands National Park for a survey for rare plants. We will be surveying the area leading up to 70 Mile Butte. In 2009 we visited the same area and found close to 100 different plant species, including 11 provincially-rare species so there will be plenty to see! The information we collect will help park managers in their decisions regarding visitor access to the area. The event is free to attend, but please contact Chet Neufeld at (306) 668-3940 or so that we can plan accordingly.

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NPSS field tour to Prince Albert National Park

June 18th - 19th, Prince Albert National Park

On June 18-19 celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our national park service by joining the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan on a tour of Prince Albert National Park. We will be travelling to rarely visited areas not normally accessible to the general public and will visit many diverse habitats including fescue prairie, boreal forest, riparian areas and bogs. There are few other places where you can see so much in such a short time! Plant and bird life abounds, and if we’re lucky we might spot an otter, bison, bear or wolf!

This tour is open to everyone and every age. There is no cost, but please register by contacting Chet Neufeld at (306) 668-3940 or so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. An itinerary can be found on our website at

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Lots more events at the SEN Event Calendar: