SEN Info Bulletin

August 18, 2011

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Action Alert





Nuclear Waste Protest Walk Reaches Steps of Legislature

Setting out from Pinehouse Lake on July 27, Debbie Morin thought she had only a few allies for a walk to protest nuclear waste storage in Saskatchewan. By the time the 820-kilometre walk finished in Regina on Tuesday, Morin and the other walkers said thousands were on their side.

"From a committee of 22 people, now there's thousands of people who are aware of what is going on and that Saskatchewan is being targeted," Morin said after the core group of 10 walkers was joined by 130 others in a march to the Saskatchewan legislature and a rally in front of the building. "People are taking petitions back to their home communities, even those we engaged in dialogue with who initially weren't sure what to think," Morin said.

The 7000 Generations Walk Against Nuclear Waste began last month in response to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization - an industry-funded group founded in 2002 - seeking communities willing to store waste produced at nuclear power generation plants in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.

So far, three communities in northern Saskatchewan - Pinehouse Lake, Patuanak and Creighton - have expressed interest, as have five others in Ontario.

The group was to provide a petition to the government Tuesday, but signatures are still being collected across the province and an MLA will have to present the petition to the chamber during the fall sitting of the legislature.

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Group Harvests Urban Fruit

REGINA - The apple won't fall far from the tree if a group of Regina volunteers has anything to say about it. Fruit for Thought, an initiative to prevent food waste by harvesting local fruit trees, is gaining momentum in Regina.

"We just noticed that there's a lot of food wasted in the city. We have a lot of local produce that's growing literally right in our backyard, and tons of people don't have access to fresh fruit. There's so much that goes to waste and we just wanted to do something about it - a sustainable alternative to people just throwing away the fruit once it's fallen," said Morgan LaBrash, one of the founders of Fruit for Thought.

The organization, which has 20 volunteers and 14 fruit trees registered so far, was sparked in Katherine Arbuthnott's environmental psychology class at the University of Regina.

Visit their website at

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Action Alert

Groups Call on Minister Kent to Ensure Maxim Power's Proposed Coal Plant Plays by the Rules

More than 40 diverse civil society organizations from across Canada have signed on to a letter calling on Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent to protect the integrity of Canada’s forthcoming coal regulations by ensuring that this proposed new coal plant is not permitted to evade Ottawa’s new rules.

The letter, addressed to Minister Kent, makes the case against building new conventional coal plants in Canada, instead supporting the development of renewable energy like wind and solar. The signatories request that Minister Kent ensure that the Maxim proposal is not fast tracked to evade Ottawa’s pending regulations.

This appeal to Minister Kent has become even more crucial, as the Alberta Utilities Commission has just issued final approval to the coal plant. In reaction to this, the Pembina Institute is teaming up with EcoJustice to bring a lawsuit to the Alberta Utilities Commision, for granting interim approval to this plan without a public hearing. It is critical that through these efforts we tell the government that building new coal plants is unacceptable- Mark Jaccard has a great piece that outlines why coal is completely unnecessary and will ensure that Canada does not meet its emissions reductions targets for 2020. Jaccard has joined the ranks of activists and academics calling for civil disobedience in the face of unethical government decisions.

Please take a minute to send a message to Environment Minister Kent, to tell him that he and Maxim Power both need to play by the rules:

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Great Canadian Shoreline National Cleanup Week

September 17-25, 2011

Registration is now open for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup taking place September 18-26 across the country. We invite all Canadians to become conservation champions by taking an active role in cleaning up a shoreline in your community. Participation helps ensure safer environments for aquatic life and contributes to preserving natural aquatic habitats. Visit this website to view all scheduled clean-up projects: - just search for "Saskatchewan".

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Out of Your Tree: Fruit Sharing Group

Out of Your Tree is an urban fruit sharing group in Saskatoon. There is fruit grown in our community that could be harvested and used. Instead a large portion of it ends up on the ground, in the compost or in the garbage.

The idea is simple, how it generally works is a group of volunteers harvest the fruit, 1/3 is left with the home owner, 1/3 is donated and 1/3 is kept by the volunteers. This program has been very successful in many other cities here in Canada.

Currently, we are focusing on our own neighbourhood, North Park Richmond Heights, but any one is welcome to join the group and organise fruit sharing in their own neighbourhood.

If you would like to volunteer or join our harvesting team please fill out this online registration form

If you would like to register a tree or a plant (apple, raspberry, saskatoon, cherry, rhubarb, etc.) please fill in out online fruit registration form

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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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International Volunteer Green Technology Inventions Patent Protection and Market Development Intern

Location: Weyburn, Saskatchewan

One Volunteer Intern Wanted with HELP International in Weyburn, SK for Fall to Winter Internship beginning any time from September 1, 2011 for a preferred three to five month internship. Full-time, 3 to 5 month internship with room and board, stipend. Organization: HELP International Details on the RCEN Job Board at

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Volunteer Environmental Programming and Research Intern

Location: Weyburn, Saskatchewan

Full-time, 2.5 month internship with accom., food, stipend working with 2011 International Volunteer Green Technology Internship Program New fall intake: September 1 through November 15, 2011 Fall Internship. Details are on the RCEN Job Board at

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CCPA: Online Communications Officer

Location: Ottawa

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is one of Canada’s leading research institutes. We're seeking an Online Communications Officer to join our National Office communications team in Ottawa to support and expand the CCPA’s ongoing communications and outreach efforts. The deadline for applications is August 19, 2011. Details at

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Consulting Contract Opportunity: South West Salt Cedar Awareness & Rapid Response Partnership

The Swift Current Creek Watershed Stewards (SCCWS) and Frenchman Wood River - Weed Management Area (WMA) have received funding to survey high risk areas for Salt Cedar from Environment Canada's Invasive Alien Species Partnership Program. Two known locations of Salt Cedar have been found in the vicinity. Salt Cedar is a highly invasive plant which is known for consuming high volumes of water, leaching salts into the soil and choking out other vegetation. Invasion is prevalent in the United States.

Two (2) consultants are sought to provide ground truthing for approximately 25 days from August 26th to October 15th. Consultants will be traveling and conducting ground truthing together the majority of the time. The ideal consultant(s) would have vegetation identification skills, a keen eye, confidence/self starter and ease in approaching landowners. A minimum class 5 drivers' license, and suitable means of transportation are required.

The area of interest is south of Swift Current to the US border. It encompasses the RMs of Val Marie (17), Lone Tree (18), White Valley (49), Auvergne (76), Arlington (79), Whiska Creek (106), Lac Pelletier (107), Carmichael (109), and Swift Current (137).

$7500/ per consultant (for approximately 25 days @ $300.00/day) - to include required travel to field sites, incidentals, applicable GST. Contractor is responsible for all taxes due to Receiver General, Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance deductions. The contractor is responsible for their own Saskatchewan Workman's Compensation. The use of a quad or horse is recommended for majority of sites (consultant's responsibility).

Applications from consultants will be accepted individually or together. Apply as soon as possible as contracts will be filled as suitable candidates are found. Please respond to Arlene Unvoas at with a brief resume stating experience and 2 references from past or current working relationships.

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Summit Action Fund – Call For Proposals

The Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) is seeking proposals for the Summit Action Fund (SAF). SAF is designed to increase housing supply across the province, and is funded by the Government of Saskatchewan through SHC. Announced in April 2011, a total of $6 million has been made available to encourage housing stakeholders to propose creative housing solutions that are not currently covered by existing housing programs. Two application intakes will occur. The first application deadline is September 1, 2011. Successful applicants will be notified within one month of the closing deadline. The second application deadline is January 15, 2012.

For further information, see:

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Seeking Nominations for the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards

The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards is a new program that has been created to celebrate these Canadians who make a difference. A total of 17 awards will be given at both the regional and national level. Recipients will be eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).

Those chosen for the awards must be nominated. The first call for nominations will close on September 9, 2011. Award recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony to be held in early 2012. Do you know an individual or group, a business or not-for-profit organization that is making a difference in your community? Recognize their contributions and show your appreciation by submitting a nomination.

To learn more about the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards, please visit or call 1-877-825-0434.

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Nature Sask Art Competition: Calling All Saskatchewan Art Enthusiasts

Nature Saskatchewan is hosting an art competition to acknowledge the long-term commitment to conservation of Burrowing Owl habitat in this province. Go to for the complete details of this competition.

Deadline for entries is September 20, 2011 with a winning prize of $1000. The winning entry will also be presented to participants of Operation Burrowing Owl and Stewards of Saskatchewan Programs once they have reached their 15th anniversary of participation in these programs. For more information call Nature Saskatchewan at 1-800-667-4668 or

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Film & Video Competition: World Wildlife Fund

Are you a creative filmmaker with a passion for the environment? WWF is asking talented and innovative filmmakers to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary. Produce an original film up to a maximum of two minutes on the theme: "Life. Nature. You. Make the Connection". Your film should inspire people to love, value and protect the natural world. Deadline: October 9, 2011. Details at

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Call for Abstracts: International Conference on Integrative Medicine

May 13-15, 2012, Jerusalem

We warmly invite you to submit your abstract for the conference for Oral, Poster or Workshop presentation. Abstract may be submitted for any topic relevant to any integrative medicine field. The abstract submission deadline is December 10th 2011. Details at

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The Volvo Adventure Competition

The Volvo Adventure - in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme - is an educational programme that rewards environmental activities and the decision-makers of the future. To enter, you form a team of 2 to 5 members aged 13 to 16 (at competition opening - July 1st 2011). Perform an environmental project in your local community & submit the project via our online submission tool before the competition deadline, January 31st 2012. Projects are judged and the best projects are selected for an all expenses paid trip to Göteborg, Sweden where they can win: 1st place = 10,000 USD, 2nd = 6,000 USD and 3rd = 4,000 USD. See the details and guidelines at

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Coming Events


Helping the Helpless: Fundraiser for those suffering in East Africa

August 19th, 8 pm, Cathedral Centre, 2900 13th Ave.

East Africa is currently experiencing its worst drought in 60 years. It is estimated that there are 11.6 million people affected by this drought in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Somalia has been hit particularly hard because of the years of civil war. As citizens of the world it is our duty to help those in need. We are a nation of great wealth and the Canadian government has promised to match each dollar raised. We can save lives.

Tickets are $10. Iftar and dinner will be served. Anyone interested in volunteering, contact Eman Bare at 306-281-5563. For more info see the facebook event at

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Generating Momentum

August 26th - 29th, Fort Qu'Appelle

Generating Momentum is an activist Leadership training camp for youth people 18-30 yrs held by SCIC and RPIRG. There are still a few spaces available to register, make sure and get yours. The best way to register is to go to the Generating Momentum Blog at and pay using PayPal.

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3rd Annual Briarpatch Wheel-a-thon

September 5th, 11:45, Legislature

Ride around Wascana in support of independent media. Come one, come all, but come on wheels and come in style! Come by bicycle, long board, roller blades, unicycle, wheel chair or tricycle - as long as it rolls, we're happy. Start and finish at the Legislature. Registration at 11:45; 12:00 start time. Choose to ride 4 kms (baby briar), 10 kms (briar path) or 25 kms (beasty briar). This is a family-friendly event. You'll be nourished at the finish line by the Labour Day picnic, hosted by the Regina and District Labour Council.

It's also a FUNdraiser. Participants will be expected to collect pledges in support of feisty, fearless independent media. Any rider who raises $100 or more will be entered into a draw for some amazing prize packages donated by local businesses. Please feel free to have fun with this! Dress up yourselves and your bikes – there will be a prize for the most creative wheels!

If you're interested, please e-mail for a pledge sheet and more details.

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BioBlitz - Volunteers Needed!

August 20th, 8 am - 12 pm, Saskatoon

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Conservation Volunteers Program, in partnership with Saskatoon Nature Society, are hosting a BioBlitz on the morning of Saturday August 20. We are looking for all levels of naturalist experience to help inventory the flora and fauna on one of our Properties in the Saskatoon Prairie Natural Area, Asquith North 2. It’s a great opportunity to explore the amazing flora and fauna that occurs in the Moist Mixed Grassland and is only a short drive from Saskatoon. Please visit the Conservation Volunteers website, for more information and to Register for the Event. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact

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Spruce up Your Exercise Routine: Join Trash Dashers

Sundays at 9 am, various locations

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.

  • August 21 - Glacier Park (41 Cambridge Cres)
  • August 28 - Wilson Park (920 10th Ave N)
  • Mon. Sept. 12 5 pm - City Hall Square (222 Third Ave North)
  • Sun. Sept. 25 9 am - World River's Day -Rotary Park (225 Saskatchewan Cres E) - meet at the Peace Flame

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Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson

August 26 - September 1st, Roxy Theatre

Fri. - Thurs: 7 pm | Sat./Sun Matinees: 1 pm. Admission: $9 Adults | $7 Child/Senior | $6 Matinees. Discount Monday $6 All Seats, All Ages!

'ECO-PIRATE' tells the story of a man on a mission to save the planet and its oceans. The film follows 'professional radical ecologist' Captain Paul Watson as he repeatedly flouts the law, so that he may apprehend what he sees as the more serious law-breakers; the illegal poachers of... the world. Using verite sequences shot aboard his ship as a framing device, the documentary examines Watson's personal history as an activist through archival footage and interviews, while revealing the impact of this relentless pursuit on his personal life. From the genesis of Greenpeace to sinking a pirate whaling ship off Portugal, and from clashes with fisherman in the Galapagos to Watson's recent headline-grabbing battles with the Japanese whaling fleet in Antarctica, this film chronicles the extraordinary life of the most controversial figure in the environmental movement the heroics, the ego, the urgency of the world's original eco-pirate.

This week long engagement is brought to you in part by our friends at: the Saskatchewan Eco Network, The Saskatchewan Environmental Society, and Turning The Tide Bookstore.

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Next Up Fundraiser

September 1st, 7 pm, Lydia's Loft, Broadway Ave.

Last October, Next Up, a leadership development and training program for young social change leaders (18-32 year olds) began in Saskatchewan. Within seven months, thirteen people completed the program and continued on their leadership journey. Many of them have taken on jobs and volunteer roles with local organizations, worked on election campaigns, and some even successfully lobbied for a local recycling program here in Saskatoon. In a short period of time, this program has made a difference! Now we are asking you to help us raise funds so that a second cohort of young people can experience Next Up.

Please help us Send Young Progressive Leaders back to school! Admission is free but there will be a financial appeal so please bring your cheque book or cash. Appetizers will be provided and the bar will be open. We'll provide a short and uplifting program (less than an hour) and then there will be time for you to socialize with other local progressives. Donations are tax deductible. Questions? Call Tracey at (306)244-4955 or email

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Saskatoon’s Green Energy Park: Presentation

September 14th, 7 pm, Cliff Wright Library, 1635 McKercher Dr.

Saskatoon’s Green Energy Park – Achieving a Diverse and Environmentally Sustainable Energy System Using Local Renewable Energy Supplies. The City of Saskatoon is developing a world-class energy park at its landfill that has potential to power over 5,000 homes using only local renewable energy supplies, and is expected to achieve an annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for the city of over 115,000 tonnes CO2 equivalent. Green energy projects feature renewable power generation technologies using landfill gas, a turboexpander pressure reduction application with SaskEnergy, a tall wind turbine sited on top of the landfill, and other considerations for the future that could include utility-scale solar and heat recovery applications. Come find out more about this exciting project. Event co-sponsored by the Cliff Wright Library and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. For more information, please contact the Saskatchewan Environmental Society at 665-1915.

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6th Annual Sustainable Gourmet

September 24th, 6 pm, Confederation Inn

Saskatchewan Environmental Society presents the 6th Annual Sustainable Gourmet on Saturday September 24th at the Confederation Inn, 3330 Fairlight Drive, Saskatoon. Tickets are $75. A portion is tax-deductible. Contact SES at 665-1915 to help SES work towards a sustainable future. Eat Local! All of the primary ingredients for the Sustainable Gourmet will be grown or made locally. Vegan options available.

Join the SES for an evening of fun and fine dining at Saskatoon’s most energy efficient hotel. Bid on the “gifts of experience” in the silent auction, art by some of Saskatoon’s finest artists, and witness the heart-stopping action of the live auction, conducted by CFCR’s Jeff Montgomery. And, in the briefest of after dinner presentations, hear from Angie Bugg about the great work we’ve done with school kids through the Destination Conservation program. Our chefs for the evening are Anthony McCarthy, Chef at the Saskatoon Club and Ryan Marquis, Chef at the Delta Bessborough.

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World Rivers Day '11

September 25th, Queen's House Grounds, 601 Taylor St. W.

World Rivers Day' 11 is Sunday September 25! Where? Outdoors on Queen's House Grounds at 601 Taylor Street West. What? A Day of Fun, Friends, Food and Focus on the South Saskatchewan River Talks - River Walks - Rowin' on the River - A Little Water Music - Feastin' by the River - A Current Stream of Fun & Facts for all ages!

Persons interested in planning or being part of this fun day, can call the Saskatchewan Eco-network office at 652-1275.

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Three Seasons in the Wind: 950 km by Canoe down the Thelon River

September 15th, 7:30 pm, Rm. 106, Biology Bldg., U. of S.

Saskatoon Nature Society's September meeting features Michael and Kathleen Pitt's presentation about their journey down the Thelon River in northern Canada. Everyone welcome.

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Canoe Trips: Summer 2011

August and September, 2011

CanoeSki Discovery Company is offering a one-day professionally-guided canoe trip to explore the sites and interpret the events of the 1885 North West Resistance on August 24. They are also offering a two-day tour of Fish Creek and Batoche on August 20-21 and September 3-4.

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Women's Reconnect with Nature Retreat

August 25th - 29th, Northern Saskatchewan

Are you looking for something different? Do you need some time to unwind, relax, and discover the part you play in nature? This retreat is designed with a holistic approach to your natural experience. I have arranged for facilitators in reiki, massage therapy, guided meditation, yoga, shamanism, body talk for three intimate days in the fellowship of like minded women. Intermixed with the facilitators will be Leave No Trace Canada, Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking, and backcountry gourmet food. This is a women only trip with female guides and instructors. Cost per participant: $450 includes all food, sessions, equipment, all safety gear, and qualified guides. This a full service trip and our guides do all of the cooking, cleaning, and look after all of details while you unwind, relax, and reconnect with nature. Details at

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SOEEA Leave No Trace Training for Master Educators

September 2nd - 6th, Meadow Lake Provincial Park

The 2011 SOEEA Leave No Trace Training for Master Educators will be held from September 2nd to 6th, 2011, on the Boreal Trail in Meadow Lake Provincial Park. Please contact for additional information. Contact to register. Check out the Leave No Trace Canada website at:

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Women's Outdoor Weekend (WOW)

September 10th - 11th, Lumsden Beach Camp

Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation is hosting a Women's Camp September 10 and 11, 2011 at Lumsden Beach Camp. Come out and learn skills such as canoeing, wildlife and birdsong ID, archery and much more! Registration deadline is August 19, 2011. For more information please contact JeanAnne Prysliak at 306.692.8812 or

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Out of Province

The Golden Chapter of The Council of Canadians Direct Action Camp

August 19th – 21st, Golden, BC

The Golden Chapter of The Council of Canadians has hired the California based Ruckus Society to offer a 2 and a half day series of workshops to help you expand your Direct Action toolbox.

The Direct Action sessions will focus on the rural resistance of Ruin-of-the-River IPP hydro projects in the Kootenays but will also include workshops on topics ranging from non-violent direct action, blockades 101, environmental justice, media, art and activism, campaign planning and more. The camp will provide useful tools in any social justice campaign including but not limited to; Peace initiatives, union organizing and strikes, health care activism, feminist action, indigenous rights, environmental activism, human and animal rights, social equality, eliminating poverty, or food security initiatives.

August 19th will be open to the public at Jita’s Café from 7 to 9 pm with some speeches from the trainers Jess Bell and Harjap Grewal and a meet and greet function. The guts of the event will be all day on Saturday and Sunday and registration is necessary to attend.

There is something for everyone and the two and a half day camp is a great way for new activists to learn a bunch of skills and meet a lot of other activists from the Kootenays and for the veteran activist to hone old skills and learn some new ones.

Activists from outside of Golden are invited and welcome and limited billeting is also available for out of town folks. Suggested donation for the weekend is $20 but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. To register for the Council of Canadians Direct Action camp or to find out more contact Trevor Hamre at or call 250-344-4668 or 250-344-6633.

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Ecocity World Summit 2011

Aug 22nd - 26th, Montréal, QC

Ecocity 2011 is 9th in the International Ecocity Conference series founded in 1990 by Richard Register. The first summit was held in Berkeley, California on the theme “Cities and towns are the largest things humans build and the way we’re building them is destroying the planet. Why not, instead, build cities in balance with nature?” Since then the International Ecocity Conference Series has been held in six other countries.

Take part in cutting-edge discussions on major stakes related to sustainable urban development. To find out more about this exciting conference to be held in Montréal in 2011, visit

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River Rally 2011

September 23– 25, 2011, Holiday Inn Express, Edmonton, Alberta

Hosted by Alberta Ecotrust Foundation in collaboration with the Alberta Stewardship Network. Don’t miss this premier watershed event! New this year… Watershed Circles! Making it easier to assist watershed stewardship groups to network and build relationships with fellow stewards and WPAC, government and agency representatives operating in their area. Free transportation via ‘River Buses’ from different regions of the province to encourage participation from small groups and rural communities and allow folks from adjacent communities to get to know each other on the way to and from Edmonton. To celebrate World Rivers Day we will hold a draw for watershed groups attending River Rally. The lucky group can win a $1500 for their organization to use to advance its mission. Must be there to win!

Fundraising and Communicating with Success: Storytelling, Marketing, Fundraising. Watershed Tools: Moving from Words to Action, Cumulative effects, “Shed” Tools. Engaging Communities in Stewardship: First Nations Perspectives, Engaging First Nations and Governments.

Room rate is $129/$139 until September so book today! River Rally Registration is $100 until August 26th, $130 after that! Registration fee includes meals, all sessions, and a learning-on-the-water session on the river. For details/registration:

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Nature Education Tours

The Centre for Continuing and Distance Education provides a wide selection of lab-based, outdoor, and travel programs for all age groups to help participants learn about science, nature, and sustainable living. Their nature and science courses are available for adults, children, K-12 science teachers, as well as ecology immersion camps to destinations around Saskatchewan, Canada and the world. Based on a foundation of Science, Education, and Ethics. Programs include Churchill Manitoba Polar Bear Ecology Tour and trips to Jasper, South Africa and Costa Rica.

Details at:

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Lots more events at the SEN Event Calendar: