SEN Info Bulletin

August 31, 2011

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News

Getting Ready for the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act: What your Group Needs to Know

Expected to come into force this fall, the new Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) sets out a host of new rules that could pose significant compliance challenges for federally incorporated not-for-profit organizations. How can you prepare for these changes? REGISTER for our free webinar on Wednesday, September 7th at 11:30 am (Central time) by visiting the RCEN website at http://rcen.ca/building-blocks-engo-webinar-series.

During the 1-hour webinar, Stephen Hazell from Ecovision Law, and Coleen Kirby from Corporations Canada (Industry Canada), will present an overview of the NFP Act, what it means for environmental non-profits, and what steps you can take now to get ready. A question and answer period will follow the presentations.

Hazell and Kirby will discuss key provisions of the new law, such as those requiring not-for-profits to: resubmit incorporation articles and revise by-laws; establish clear conditions for membership; provide members with rights to access corporate records and membership lists; consider the rules around the use of electronic documents and voting; adapt to increased financial review and accounting requirements; give notice of meetings of members and consider absentee voting; and more.

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Testing at Kerr Farm Resumes This Week

REGINA - The independent investigation into alleged CO2 contamination of water and soil at the Kerr farm near Weyburn resumed this week, according to a University of Regina-based research institute specializing in carbon capture and storage (CCS).

In January, Jane and Cameron Kerr claimed that CO2 levels at their property were well above safe levels due to leakage from the nearby Cenovus Energy enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project, which injects carbon dioxide into oil-bearing reservoirs to increase oil production and recovery rates.

Since 2000, Cenovus (formerly EnCana) has injected more than 15 million tonnes of CO2 into the Weyburn oilfield. The Kerrs first complained about alleged CO2 contamination in 2004 and moved off the property in 2005.

EcoJustice held a news conference Jan. 11 to demand an independent investigation into the alleged CO2 contamination, which the Kerrs claimed had killed birds and animals on their property and caused health problems for the couple.

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/technology/Testing+Kerr+farm+resumes+this+week/5330294/story.html.

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Mining Action Network to Hold Conference in Prince Albert

The Western Mining Action Network will be holding its eighth biennial gathering of people from across Canada and the U.S. who share critical perspectives and experiences about mining's impacts on communities and the environment. It will be held in Prince Albert on September 23rd to 25th, 2011.

WMAN gatherings provide an excellent venue for information sharing, networking, learning, and strategizing. Participants will have the opportunity to meet a wide array of people working on mining issues, participate in training workshops, get technical and legal assistance, share stories, and fly to tour uranium mine sites and nearby communities in the Wollaston Lake area on Thursday, September 22nd.

The theme of the 2011 WMAN conference is “Working Together As One: Sustaining Water, Culture and Healthy Communities.” Consistent with that theme, the 2011 conference will feature a wide variety of panel and discussion topics including timely issues associated with uranium mining, protecting water resources, and indigenous/cultural issues associated with mineral resource extraction. Particular attention is being given to a track of activities for young people and other newcomers to mining issues. Details at: http://wman-info.org. Registration is still open, and there is some space available.

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Wascana Creek One of the ‘Most Polluted Creeks in the Country’

REGINA — There’s something in the water downstream of Wascana Creek and it may take decades to get it clean. Two recent studies published in the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry journal revealed Wascana Creek is swimming with chemicals and nutrients.

“What they found in a nutshell is that Wascana Creek is one of the most polluted creeks in the country,” said Peter Leavitt, a biologist at the University of Regina. “It has concentrations of various forms of nitrogen that are well-above the World Health Organization maximum.”

The study of Regina’s effluent-dominated streams presents some startling findings about the poor water quality in Wascana Creek based on four surveys conducted from 2005 to 2007.

Part one of the study found very high ammonia and phosphate concentrations, both of which exceeded guidelines.

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/technology/Wascana+Creek+most+polluted+creeks+country/5325004/story.html.

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Action Alert

New Coal-Fired Plant Regulations: Public Comment Period Open

On Friday August 19, the federal government released its long-awaited new regulations for coal-fired power plants that will go into effect starting in 2015. However, environmental groups have slammed the regulations, explaining that existing coal plants will essentially be given a free pass to pollute for decades to come, and that the new Maxim coal plant won't be required to play by the rules.

The public consultation period for the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Regulations is now open until October 26, 2011. Details are at: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2011/2011-08-27/html/reg1-eng.html.

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Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou, Boreal Population in Canada

Woodland Caribou, Boreal population was listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) as Threatened in 2003. The Minister of the Environment is a competent federal minister for the recovery of Woodland Caribou, Boreal population and has prepared this strategy, as per section 37 of SARA. Information provided by the applicable provinces and territories, the Parks Canada Agency, wildlife management boards, Aboriginal organizations, and stakeholders was used in the development of the National Recovery Strategy.

The consultation period is open until October 25, 2011. http://www.registrelep-sararegistry.gc.ca/document/default_e.cfm?documentID=2253.

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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: http://shorelinecleanup.ca/search/cleanups - just search for "Saskatchewan".

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Say No to Nuclear Waste Storage in Northern Saskatchewan

The Committee for Future Generations is continuing to circulate and collect petitions to be presented later this fall.

This link is to the petition form: print it, and pass it around for signatures.https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxjbGVhbmdyZWVuc2Fza2NhfGd4OjNhYzU0ZDJkNzE0MzUzYWY Remember to print name and print address and then sign. Mail it to address at the bottom, Thanks for the support. Petitions should be mailed in by mid-October. More information is at http://www.cleangreensask.ca/

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Resources

Introduction to Food Sovereignty: Food and Democracy E-Book

To give some excellent waiting-room reading for the readerholics amongst you, Marcin Gerwin has put together an excellent collection of articles to create a highly readable e-book focusing on food sovereignty — the necessity for it, the challenges to achieve it, and the solutions associated with it. http://www.permaculture.org.au/.

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Paper on Early Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals

Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher with the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), has recently published a paper called: ‘Early Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals/Pollution and Associations with Chronic Disease: A Scoping Review’. The full text of this important document can be found on the CELA web site: http://www.cela.ca/publications. Kathleen Cooper can be contacted at: (416) 960-2284 Ext. 221 or at (705) 341-2488 or at kcooper@cela.ca.

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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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Opportunities

Next Up Saskatchewan 2011-2012: Call for Applications

Applications are now being accepted for Next Up: A Leadership Program for Young People Committed to Social and Environmental Justice. This is an amazing, intensive and transformative program for young social change activists between the ages of 18 and 32. The program is offered in four cities across three provinces, Next Up Saskatchewan is based in Saskatoon, Next Up Edmonton, Next Up Calgary and Next Up BC is in Vancouver.

In each province, an amazing group of young people will be selected for an intense seven month program. Participants will develop life-long relationships, explore different leadership styles, meet some of the province's leading change-makers, learn new leadership and organizing skills, and be exposed to current and topical social justice issues and progressive governance.

The application deadline for Next Up Saskatchewan is Friday, September 16th at 11:59 pm. The program runs between October 2011 and May 2012. Application forms and more information can be found at: http://www.nextup.ca/index.php/how-to-apply/. Next Up is a project of genius (the global youth education network society) in partnership with the Columbia Institute Centre for Civic Governance, The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Parkland Institute.

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Employment: Summerhill Program Manager

Location: Regina

Summerhill http://www.summerhillgroup.ca develops and executes profitable strategies that move the market toward better choices for consumers and the environment. Currently we are 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 in Regina, and reports into the head office in Toronto, Ontario.

Details are on the RCEN job board http://jobs.rcen.ca/ecojobs.php?id=15329.

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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 http://www.pm.gc.ca/awards 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 http://www.naturesask.ca/?s=news&p=news&id=506 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 obo@naturesask.ca.

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Radiant Rivers Photography Contest

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is celebrating World Rivers Day, September 25, with a photography contest to highlight the beauty of Saskatchewan’s rivers. The photos must fit one of three categories (action, tranquil, sustainable), and participants must describe why water is valuable to them and what they do to protect it.

Winning entries will be displayed as a travelling photo exhibit at locations around the province and will be entered to win prizes, including three outdoor adventure packages.

Email your entries to water@environomentalsociety.ca on or before September 26th at midnight. Winners will be announced the following week. Call 665-1915 for further information.

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Building Operator Training

Worried about rising energy costs? The Saskatchewan Environmental Society hears your concern, and can help! Whether you work in an office, health care facility or school, you have a significant impact on the energy consumed in your building. SES’s Building Operator Training program is designed to introduce you: custodians, facility personnel, managers and building operators, to energy conservation ideas, new technologies, and facility retrofits that will save your workplace energy and money!

From lighting and electrical, water use and waste handling, to heating, ventilation and air conditioning, the Building Operator Training program will help you reduce your overall energy consumption, which translates into significant cost savings now and into the future; a greener workplace; and an improved business image in the community.

Sessions start this fall and seating is limited, so check out the Saskatchewan Environmental Society’s website for more info at: http://www.environmentalsociety.ca/main/programs/building-operator-training/, or contact the office at (306) 665-1915.

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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 http://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/multimedia/video_competition/.

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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 http://www.mediconvention.com/abstract-submission.

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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 http://www.volvoadventure.org/home.aspx.

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Coming Events

Regina

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 shayna@briarpatchmagazine.com for a pledge sheet and more details.

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A Call to Action

September 10th, 10 am - 4 pm, Radisson Hotel, 2125 Victoria Ave.

Build the movement to reverse the growing gap, take back workers’ rights and human rights, advocate for a strong public sector, and create a Saskatchewan where we all benefit from our resources. The SFL Labour Issues Campaign and the Labour Councils invite you to attend this gathering.

Everyone is welcome. Participation is FREE. Lunch/supper is provided. If you need childcare, please let us know. Please RSVP to saskaction@gmail.com. For more information, call Debbie Lussier (306) 525-0197.

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Nature Regina's Hidden Valley Picnic

September 11th, 2:30 pm

Nature Regina's annual picnic gives members an opportunity to meet socially and to explore their sanctuary in the Qu'Appelle Valley northeast of Craven. They will see whatever fall birds may be there along with the last of summer's flowers in the sanctuary's coulees and prairie. Bring a picnic supper, water, and insect repellent. Share of gas $2. Meet at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum parking lot at 1:45 p.m. or Hidden Valley parking lot at 2:30 pm.

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Workshop: Working with the Media

September 13th, 9 am - 1 pm (includes lunch), College Ave. Campus Rm. 106

Mainstream media gets swamped by requests from organizations every day, all of whom believe their event is worthy of an interview. How do you plan an event that can stand apart and get the attention of media? It's all about the pitch! Find out how to best work with media to get your message to the broader public. Press releases, interview tips and media stunts will all be covered. Facilitators are Vicki Nelson and Nichole Huck.

SCIC along with the Community Research Unit, RPIRG and the University of Regina will be offering 3 skill-sharpening workshops to our members and community supporters in the fall. Each workshop costs $20/person ($10 for students and low income) which must be paid in advance. For more information contact Vicki at (306)757-4669 or visit http://www.earthbeat.sk.ca/.

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Saskatoon

Container Gardening Workshop

August 31st, 6 - 7 pm, CNYC - 905 20th St. W.

Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op has purchased 20 Earth Boxes from Escape Sports in the hopes of getting these nearly fool proof grow boxes into the community at large. We have priced these units below our costs to try and help increase community access to these excellent container gardens.

We paid 65$ per unit but are willing to impart them to you for 45$. In addition to this incredible savings of 30% we are offering a short explanation of the Earth Box itself. In addition we will offer a short container workshop hosted by Graduates of the Saskatoon School of Horticulture to illuminate the possibilities and joys of container gardening.

The total cost for the container gardening workshop is 45$ cash. Call Ben @ 665-3889 for more info or to register.

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Canning Workshop

August 31st, 7 -8 pm, CNYC - 905 20th St. W.

Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op is hosting a short tutorial on home canning. Canning allows individuals to preserve foods grown at a certain point in the year for future uses. We will be canning Beans and Peas during this workshop. All attendants will go home with a sample of the canned goods. There is no cost for the Canning workshop. Call Ben @ 665-3889 for more info or to register.

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Alternative Fuel Production and Distribution Cooperative Forum

September 1st, 7 - 9 pm, Francis Morrison Library

This is for anyone interested in an alternative to the Oiligarchy. We are looking at biofuel alternatives. Out of this meeting we hope to form a steering committee to chart the course for local production. Please tell your friends.

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Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson

August 31st, September 1st, 7 pm, Roxy Theatre

Admission: $9 Adults | $7 Child/Senior | $6 Matinees.

'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.

http://www.screensiren.ca/2011/05/eco-pirate-the-story-of-paul-watson-2/

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 sask@nextup.ca.

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A Cooperative Solution: Forum on Housing Co-ops

September 9th, 9 am - 5 pm, Sheraton Cavalier Hotel

Saskatchewan Co-operative Association (SCA) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming Co-operative Solutions: A Forum on Housing Co-ops event. The one day forum will feature a variety of speakers, who are experts in the area of housing co-operatives. The forum will educate attendees on the fundamentals of housing co-ops, the housing co-op development process, and the role different housing stakeholders can play to encourage and develop housing co-ops in their respective communities.

The forum will be a great opportunity for community groups, government staff, economic developers, housing providers, developers and other housing stakeholders to gather together to network and encourage partnership in order to collaborate in the development of housing co-ops throughout Saskatchewan. More at http://events.econet.ca/events/cooperative-solution-forum-housing-co-ops.

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Spruce up Your Exercise Routine: Join Trash Dashers

September 12th, 5 pm, City Hall Square (222 Third Ave North)

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. http://trashdashers.jimdo.com/schedule.

The final Trash Dashers of the season will take place on Sunday Sept. 25th at 9 am - World River's Day - Rotary Park (225 Saskatchewan Cres E) - meet at the Peace Flame.

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Saskatoon Neighbourhood Carshare

September 12th, 8 pm, Saskatoon

The purpose of this event page is to poll interest in the development of a carshare in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Responding "attending" indicates that you are interested in becoming a member of the Saskatoon Neighbourhood Carshare. For more information and to indicate your interest, please go to the facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=134570786635903.

The Saskatoon Neighbourhood Carshare is currently in the feasibility stage. The project is a joint initiative of The University of Saskatchewan and We Are Many Inc.

The Saskatoon car sharing co-op would operate as an extension of the Regina Car Share (RCS), which has successfully provided the service over the past four years. Joining with the RCS would allow Saskatoon residents to be able to begin carsharing as soon as possible, and would also provide Saskatoon members with access to the vehicle in Regina. The Saskatoon branch would use the same pricing and administrative structure as the RCS. For more information and specific details about pricing, please visit the RCS website at http://www.reginacarshare.ca/.

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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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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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A Call to Action

September 17th, 10 am - 4 pm, Heritage Inn, Airport Dr. & Circle Dr.

Build the movement to reverse the growing gap, take back workers’ rights and human rights, advocate for a strong public sector, and create a Saskatchewan where we all benefit from our resources. The SFL Labour Issues Campaign and the Labour Councils invite you to attend this gathering.

Everyone is welcome. Participation is FREE. Lunch/supper is provided. If you need childcare, please let us know. Please RSVP to saskaction@gmail.com. For more information, call Debbie Lussier (306) 525-0197.

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Rio +20 Workshop

September 17th, 1 - 4 pm, Edward School of Business, Room 45 U. of S.

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is proud to host one of ten Rio+20 Summit Civil Society Workshops happening across Canada to influence the 2012 Earth Summit. The workshop is based on five think pieces related to the Rio +20 major themes and leadership for sustainable development governance. The recommendations from all workshops will be compiled into a report and documented for release and submission to Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

RSVP by email to pesticidefree@environmentalsociety.ca.

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Gordon Edwards and Robert Del Tredici

September 20th, 7:30 pm, Broadway Theatre

Gordon Edwards, President of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility http://www.ccnr.org/, and Robert Del Tredici http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Del_Tredici are coming to Saskatoon. The two have collaborated on many projects including the Nuclear Map of Canada & and on-line slide show called Coping with Nuclear Waste, 2007 http://www.ccnr.org/stockholm-2007/.

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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. 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, Friendship Park

World Rivers Day' 11 is Sunday September 25! 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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Join the NPSS for a River Walk in Saskatoon

September 25th, 1 pm

Join Executive Director Chet Neufeld for a free interpretive walk near the banks of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon to celebrate World River Day. The event is for all ages and expertise. We will learn about the plants, animals and landscapes of the watershed that Saskatoon is built upon and depends upon.

Meet at the small parking lot just north of the Regional Psychiatric Centre on Central Avenue. Please bring sturdy footwear, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent. You may also wish to bring binoculars and a camera. For more information, please contact Chet at (306) 668-3940 or info@npss.sk.ca.

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Blue Drinks

September 25th, 6 pm, Winston's Pub, 21st St. & 3rd Ave.

Blue Drinks is like Green Drinks, in that it is an opportunity for environmentalists to meet up, make connections, and talk about environmental issues, but on September 25th, the discussion will be all about water in celebration of World Rivers Day. This pub-based discussion group is an informal, relaxed atmosphere, so come on out and talk about your local water issues! We will also be hosting Blue Drinks in Regina, location and time are TBD, so stay tuned! Sponsored by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society.

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Planning for Extremes: Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin Annual Conference

November 16 – 18, The Saskatoon Inn

Over the past several years, the Prairie Provinces have seen dramatic evidence of extremes in weather conditions and water availability. Varying amounts and duration of precipitation have helped cause flooding and droughts in different areas of the region at the same time. Since we can not foresee what the future will hold, how can we plan for these extremes?

The purpose of this conference is to bring researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers and local stakeholders together to heighten awareness and share information on planning for extremes in the Saskatchewan River Basin. It is being planned as a communication and brainstorming session for the purpose of communication and idea exchange.

Details at: http://www.saskriverbasin.ca/confarence.php?id=13.

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Other

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 c1p2b3w4@gmail.com for additional information. Contact soeea.sk@gmail.com to register. Check out the Leave No Trace Canada website at: http://www.leavenotrace.ca.

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Canoe Trips: Fish Creek and Batoche

September 3rd - 4th

CanoeSki Discovery Company http://www.canoeski.com/rivertrails.htm is offering a a two-day tour of Fish Creek and Batoche on September 3-4.

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Weed Warriors: Volunteers Needed

September 8th and 15th, Findlater and Cadillac, SK

Be a weed warrior. Help the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan survey for salt cedar in two gravel pits.

Salt cedar surveys: Findlater, SK - Thursday, September 8th – 10am-4pm. Cadillac, SK - Thursday, September 15th – 10am-4pm. To register, please contact Chet Neufeld at (306) 668-3940 or info@npss.sk.ca.

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Building Bridges: Treaty Days at Fort Qu’Appelle

September 16th - 18th, Calling Lakes Centre, Fort Qu'Appelle

You may think of yourself as a Canadian, or as a Saskatchewanian, but do you think of yourself as a “treaty person”? Participants from previous years discovered that seeing themselves as a “treaty person” changed them profoundly. This year, with guides Melody McKellar and Ernest Bradshaw, we begin our exploration of what it means to be a treaty person with a Sweatlodge Ceremony. We will attend the Grand Entry and the Traditional PowWow at the annual Treaty Four Celebrations with Elders Tim and Kathy Eashappie, who will unlock some of the mysteries of the Drum and the Dance. Melody will also share Medicine Wheel Teachings with us. This program is designed for all ages and all levels of experience.

Come with your family, your neighbours, your cousins or your grandma and grandpa! Or come by yourself and meet new family and friends!! A grant from the United Church Justice and Reconciliation Fund is allowing us to reduce prices for children and youth.

Cost: $275; Youth 13-18 - $175; 6-12 - $75; 5 and under - free. On September 2nd we decide if this program will go ahead so register early; add 10% after that date. Starts Friday at 5:30 pm snack, Sweatlodge begins at 6:30 pm. Ends Sunday, September 18 (1 pm lunch). For more information: http://callinglakes.ca/programs/prog1109a.htm 306-332-5691.

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Working Together as One: Sustaining Water, Culture and Healthy Communities

September 23-25, Prince Albert, SK

WMAN (Western Mining Action Network) will be holding its eighth biennial gathering of people from across Canada and the U.S. who share critical perspectives and experiences about mining's impacts on communities and the environment.

WMAN gatherings provide an excellent venue for information sharing, networking, learning, and strategizing. Participants will have the opportunity to meet a wide array of people working on mining issues, participate in training workshops, get technical and legal assistance, share stories, and fly to tour uranium mine sites and nearby communities in the Wollaston Lake area on Thursday, September 22nd.

The 2011 conference will feature a wide variety of panel and discussion topics including timely issues associated with uranium mining, protecting water resources, and indigenous/cultural issues associated with mineral resource extraction. Particular attention is being given to a track of activities for young people and other newcomers to mining issues. Details at: http://wman-info.org. Registration is still open, and there is some space available.

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A Call to Action

September and October - various locations

Build the movement to reverse the growing gap, take back workers’ rights and human rights, advocate for a strong public sector, and create a Saskatchewan where we all benefit from our resources. The SFL Labour Issues Campaign and the Labour Councils invite you to attend a gathering in the following communities:

  • North Battleford - Wed. Sept. 7th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Don Ross Centre, 891 – 99th St.
  • Yorkton - Thurs. Sept. 8th, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Melrose Restaurant, 516 Broadway St. W.
  • Weyburn - Fri. Sept. 9th, 10 am - 4 pm, Captain’s Hall, 122 – 4th St. NE
  • Humboldt - Wed. Sept 21st, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Humboldt Uniplex, 17th St & Centennial Park
  • Moose Jaw - Sat. Oct 1st, 10 am - 4 pm, Moose Jaw Union Centre, 1402 Caribou St. W.

Please RSVP to saskaction@gmail.com. Everyone is welcome. Participation is FREE. Lunch/supper is provided. If you need childcare, please let us know. For more information, call Debbie Lussier (306) 525-0197.

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Outter Limits Fun Run

October 1st, Elk Ridge Resort

Participate in the Outter Limits Fun Run (10 km run or 5 km walk/run) at Elk Ridge Resort on Saturday, October 1, 2011. The money raised at this year’s event will be given to the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and Scholarships for Students in Need. The entry deadline is September 1, 2011.

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Nature Saskatchewan Fall Meet 2011

October 7th - 8th, 2011, Cypress Hills Provincial Park

Cypress Hills is celebrating its 80th anniversary. It was one of the first six provincial parks established in 1931 – a year after the federal government transferred control of natural resources to the province. Now 250,000 people visit the park each year. Our headquarters will be at the Cypress Park Resort Inn, and most of our field trips will be walking tours that you can truly experience the park. We will have to do some car-pooling to get to the trailheads. If inclement weather occurs, an indoor program will replace the field trip tours. Details at http://www.naturesask.ca/?s=news&p=events&id=513.

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Out of Province

Seniors Jasper National Park Exploration: Autumn: Wildflowers and Wildlife

September 6th - 11th, Jasper, Alberta (travelling from Saskatoon)

This tour is with Melanie Elliott. Fee: $1295 plus GST, 6 days of travel, accommodation, park fees, breakfast and lunch. For more information contact: Debbie Matheson, Centre for Continuing & Distance Education University of Saskatchewan, Phone: 1-306-966-5539.

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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: http://www.albertaecotrust.com/rally2011.

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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: http://www.extension.usask.ca/ExtensionDivision/noncredit/Nature/.

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