SEN Info Bulletin

October 13, 2011

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News

Myth: The Environment is not an Election Issue

Many in the "know" have been declaring of recent date that the environment does not factor greatly in the upcoming provincial election. Some would rate its significance as minor; others believe now more than ever that it is a key issue with the electorate in 2011.

What do you think? Are the environmental issues surrounding oil sands and nuclear development, use of genetically modified organisms in grain crop production or climate change trumped by economic considerations? What about some of the issues that don't make the news as often like pesticides or nuclear waste storage?

What environmental issues concern you? What would you like to hear the parties address in this election? Are environmental issues a waning issue in Saskatchewan politics? Go to the SEN blog to add your say.

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SEN Welcomes New Board Members

The Saskatchewan Eco-network would like to welcome four new board members, who join Paul Trottier, Randy Fleming, Doug Mitchell, Sharon Cameron and Stefania Fortugno in our work of networking environmental groups in the province.

Karen Pedersen has been a member of the National Farmers Union for over a decade. She resides in Cut Knife and her profession as well as that of her family is beekeeping (Karen is 5th generation). Pedersen Apiaries took the bold step of ceasing to feed preventive antibiotics to their bee stock in 2005, determining that being vigilant monitoring the diseases for prevalence and the bees for resistance or susceptibility is the better course of action. Equally notable is the fact that most of the electrical used in the Pedersen's operation, comes off grid by means of wind power set up on the farm as well as passive solar heating that keeps their stock and home warm in the winter.

Ron Schriml is an organic farmer on Colony Organic Farms, and raises fibre producing animals. Ron has organically farmed for twenty-six years, and is the original member of the Girvin Organic Co-op (now OCIA). He helped found the School of Human Justice, University of Regina in the early 1970's, then developed and taught the first classes of Justice and Ecology. He also assisted in establishing the Prairie Institute of Human Ecology. Ron currently resides near Humboldt in a home of partial straw bale construction, partially heated with solar.

Ken Kelln is the founder of Kelln Consulting Ltd. in 1986, which is located at a highly energy efficient headquarters in Lumsden. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Electrical Energy. He was the chair of the Energy Conservation Committee at Sasktel, and of the Solar Energy Society. Ken has been employed with both Sasktel and SaskPower. He established Kelln Consulting Ltd providing solar and wind power systems for residences, as well as solar water pumping systems for the livestock industry. Ken went to Ghana, through the U. of Regina Faculty of Engineering, to teach Solar Energy.

Jeff Sereda is working on his post-doctorate with Jeff Hudson and Howard Wheater who currently sits on the Canada Excellence Chair at the University of Saskatchewan. The title of his thesis is "Novel Pathways in the Phosphorus Cycle of Lakes". Jeff is a native of Chatham, Ontario but attained his Bachelor and Master's degree at the U of S. His area of specialization is lake ecosystems, mainly on how phosphorus affects the growth of algae and bacteria in freshwater. His studies have included how ultraviolet radiation impacts phosphorus cycling. He once managed a fish hatchery on Lake Diefenbaker. Jeff currently functions as an integral member of the management team in the 7 year research project.

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Action Alert

Public Comment: New Coal-Fired Plant Regulations

Deadline October 26, 2011

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 26th. 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

Deadline October 25, 2011

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. http://www.registrelep-sararegistry.gc.ca/document/default_e.cfm?documentID=2253.

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Say No to Nuclear Waste Storage in Northern Sask

The Committee for Future Generations is continuing to circulate and collect petitions to be presented later this fall. Petitions should be mailed in by mid-October. More information is at http://www.cleangreensask.ca/

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Support Environmental Sensitivities Petition

People who are chemically sensitive react to many toxic and less toxic products in our environment. This is called Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). This is not a rare condition as the 2006 Statistics Canada indicated that 2.4% of the Canadian population had been diagnosed with environmentally caused illnesses. The Environmental Association of Quebec has been one of the most organized and vocal voices for recognition of MCS in Canada. They are working on housing issues for MCS and are now a charity able to accept tax-deductible donations.

Sign the petition to have the month of May dedicated as Environmental Sensitivities month in Quebec and May 12 recognized as Environmental Sensitivities Awareness and Education Day. Go to: http://www.aseq-ehaq.ca/ma_wwd/Events/wwd_events_petition.php.

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Resources

Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses

to October 31st, 2013

Thinking of ways to make your home more energy efficient? The Saskatchewan EnerGuide for Houses (SEGH) program offers provincial grants for home improvements that lower energy costs, improve comfort and reduce your home’s impact on the environment. Details at http://www.saskenergy.com/saving_energy/energuide.asp.

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Opportunities

Call for Environmental Film Festival Enthusiasts!

Do you believe in the ability of thought-provoking environmental documentaries to change actions? We are looking for energetic and creative volunteers to join our committee. Help organize and energize a series of environmental film festivals across the province. The Environmental Film Festivals will take place in early spring of 2012. In the meantime you would be involved in important decisions with regards to film selection, venue selection and theme. For information about previous film festivals check out http://econet.ca/filmfest/filmsstoon2011.html . If you are interested or would like more information please contact the Saskatchewan Eco-Network at (306) 652-1275 or info@econet.sk.ca.

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Job Opportunity: Consultant - Parks and Open Spaces

Location: Regina

This full-time permanent position develops and implements the strategic direction for the Parks and Open Spaces portfolio and is responsible for development and implementation of parks and open space programs and initiatives within Saskatchewan. The position provides advocacy, advice, training and resources for the purpose of ensuring the sustainable management of parks and open spaces. Apply by October 31st. Details at: Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association http://www.spra.sk.ca/spra.employment.

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Forest Field Guide Training Sessions

November 2011

Training is now scheduled to support the use, implementation, and interpretation of the ”Field Guide to the Ecosites of Saskatchewan’s Provincial Forests”. This guide describes Saskatchewan’s ecosystems and is an indispensible tool for tasks such as ecological site restoration, habitat definition, forest planning & silviculture, and numerous other uses.

Workshops are now scheduled for: Hudson Bay (November 15), Prince Albert (November 16), Saskatoon (November 17), La Ronge (November 22), Creighton (November 23) and Meadow Lake (November 24).

The workshops are free, and lunch and a copy of the field guide publication will be provided to all participants, however registration is required to help us better plan these events. Each workshop begins at 9:30 am and ends at 3 pm. Please contact Sharon.Kent@gov.sk.ca (306.953.2221) to register for these workshops.

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Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop: Registration Open

Registration for the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan's (SK PCAP) 2012 Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop: Bridging the Gap held February 8 and 9, 2012 in Saskatoon is now open. Early Bird Registration is $150.00 (up to January 6, 2012). A tentative workshop format, registration details and form, and accommodation information is now available for viewing/download on the SK PCAP website by clicking on the following link http://www.pcap-sk.org/?s=12.nprrw2012details.

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MCC Home Art and Video Contest

Deadline October 21, 2011

Youth and young adults (13-30) create a short film (4 min. max) or visual art piece exploring your idea of home for a chance to win up to $500 in prizes! Your film or art piece should explores the idea of HOME using one of these themes: new Canadians, immigrants and refugees; caring for our earthly home; aboriginal land rights and issues; and, improving the community around you. Register at mccsfilmcontest@gmail.com. For more information visit http://sk.mcc.org.

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Call for Proposals: Rare Plant Conference

Deadline October 28, 2011

Call for proposals are open for the rare plant conference - "Conserving Plant Biodiversity in a Changing World: A View from NW North America.http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/research/plant-biodiversity-2012.shtml.

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Call for Abstracts: International Conference on Integrative Medicine

Deadline December 10, 2011

We warmly invite you to submit your abstract for the conference for Oral, Poster or Workshop presentation to be held May 13 - 15, 2012, in Jerusalem. Abstract may be submitted for any topic relevant to any integrative medicine field. Details at http://www.mediconvention.com/abstract-submission.

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The Volvo Adventure Competition

Deadline January 31, 2021

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 and submit the project via our online submission tool. 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

CUSO-VSO in Saskatchewan

October 17th, 5 - 6 pm, Knox Metro Church, 2340 Victoria Ave.

Meet CUSO-VSO at the Knox Metro Church. Interested in overseas volunteering - come and learn what it's all about!

In addition, a 50th Anniversary celebration with returned volunteers will be held October 16th, 5 - 8 pm, United Way of Regina, 1440 Scarth St. Did you serve with CUSO-VSO? Come meet new and old volunteers to share stories and celebrate our 50th anniversary!

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Environmental Management Training Sessions

October and November

Sound Solar Systems Inc. is proud to offer the self-declaration Canadian Standard for Environmental Management ISO 14001 Workshop. This International Standard is applicable to any organization that wishes to demonstrate conformity with this International Standard. On-site One-day Workshops are available November 21-25th. Two public sessions will be held October 26 and 27 in Regina. Limited spots are available. Details at: http://www.soundsolar.ca/solar-products/workshops.html. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Brooke for more information 306-586-2308.

These workshops feature Shirley Segev, a Toronto experienced green organizational coach. She believes that a simple ISO 14001 Environmental Management System is a tremendous asset to an organization in its efforts to be green, avoid greenwashing, and receiving recognition by self-declaring to the ISO 14001 standard. ISO 14001 is the Canadian official environmental standard.

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Capacity Building Offerings from United Way of Regina

As a capacity builder, United Way of Regina takes a strategic, focused approach to achieving impact and has committed to providing resources for organizational development and effectiveness. It is offering workshops that are intended to support and strengthen the work of your organization.

  • Creating a Strong Board Team: Oct. 17, 6pm-9pm
  • Developing Outcome Measurement Tools: Oct. 18, 9am-12pm
  • Performance Management: Oct. 27, 10am-12pm
  • Analyzing, Reporting and using Agency Outcomes - Nov. 15, 9am-12pm

For more information, please visit: http://www.unitedwayregina.ca/impact/impact_workshop_page.html#top_workshop .

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Linda McQuaig. The Trouble with Billionaires

October 19th, 7:30pm, Education Auditorium, University of Regina

Linda McQuaig. The Trouble with Billionaires: How Extremes of Wealth Threaten our Democracy. Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Linda McQuaig will give a lecture drawing from her new book, The Trouble with Billionaires: Why too much money at the top is bad for everyone. Linda will discuss the damaging effects of wealth inequality on Canadian society. Tickets $20 Students, seniors and Low-income $10. Call (306) 924-3372 or email ccpasask@sasktel.net for more details.

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Building Operator Training

October - November, Regina

Rising energy costs? The Saskatchewan Environmental Society presents: Building Operator Training - A series for any building operator, custodian or facility personnel.

November 4th - HVAC, Sandra Schmirler Center: 3130 East Woodhams Drive. November 28th - Light & Electrical, NW Leisure Center, Room 2: 1127 Arnason St. For more info and to register: http://www.picatic.com/ticket/botregina .

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Saskatoon

Saskatoon Cycles 1st Annual General Meeting 2011

October 13th, 7 - 8:30 pm, U of S Grad Student Commons, 1337 College Dr.

Details at http://www.saskatooncycles.org/?p=471.

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CUSO-VSO Comes to Saskatchewan

October 14th, 5 - 6 pm, International Students & Study Abroad Centre, U. of S.

Meet CUSO-VSO at the University of Saskatchewan. Interested in overseas volunteering - come and learn what it's all about! On October 15th (6pm - 8pm), there will be a 50th Anniversary celebration with returned volunteers at the home of Edith Conacher, 234 Haight Place. Did you serve with CUSO-VSO? Come meet new and old volunteers to share stories and celebrate our 50th anniversary.

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Seminar: Shining a Light on the Green Mining Initiative at the Canadian Light Source

October 14th, 1:30-2:30 pm, Canadian Light Source - Rooms 2068 A&B

Speaker: Lachlan MacLean, Candidate for Green Mining Research Scientist. In Canada, the Green Mining initiative was created to improve the mining sector’s environmental performance through the development of innovative ways to reduce mine waste and convert it for other uses – leaving behind only clean water, rehabilitated landscapes and healthy ecosystems. The establishment of a Green Mining research position at the CLS is an excellent opportunity to build a research program that would work in collaboration with industrial, governmental, and academic partners to develop greener mining technologies. Such a collaborative approach would position the CLS at the forefront of environmentally sound mining research and contribute to the goal of making Canada’s mining sector a global leader in green mining technologies.

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Hike Saskatoon’s Food Desert

Oct 15th, 10 am arrival, Hike begins at 10:30, St. Georges Parish 20th St. & Ave M

Walk, run or wheel the 5 km Hike. Entry Fee: Groceries for core neighbourhood food programs. This event has been planned to bring attention to the difficulties people living in the core of Saskatoon face accessing healthy food without a full service grocery store in the area. You will be asked to bring and to carry groceries through Saskatoon’s Food Desert. This will help you understand what many core neighbourhood residents experience in their search for healthy affordable food in the core area of Saskatoon. At the end of the hike you will be able to place your groceries in the CHEP van for distribution to school meal programs. The Poverty Awareness Week (Oct 15 -22) kick off and chili lunch will take place in St. George’s Hall following the hike. For more details and events, see http://foodbankchallenge.com/events.

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Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips

October 2011

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society in a search for any reported whooping cranes within 100 km. of the city. Bring a lunch and meet at the Kinsmen Park parking lot across from the Mendel Art Gallery. This is a full-day event from 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday, October 15. Contact Michael Williams at 242-5383 for additional information.

Join RASC astronomy club members to view celestial objects through their scopes on Saturday, October 22, from 7 pm until late (call 966-6429 for details).

Look for migrating waterfowl at Radisson and Redberry Lakes and then drive to the Hafford communiplex for their fall supper (optional) on Sunday, October 23, from 1 to 9 pm. Meet at the Tourist Information Centre at the north end of Avenue C. Call 373-2872 for further information.

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Native Prairie Speaker Series

October 19th, Saskatoon

12:10-12:50 pm: The Conservation Implications of Chronic Wasting Disease in Prairie Elk - Dr. Ryan Brook, Room 129, Physics Building, University of Saskatchewan

7-8 pm: The Butcher Bird: What is happening with the Prairie Loggerhead Shrike?, Andy Didiuk, Palace Theatre, Western Development Museum

The Speaker Series are FREE and anyone can attend. If you can not make it person, you can also watch the presentation LIVE by clicking on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/native-prairie-speaker-series.

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Linda McQuaig: The Trouble with Billionaires

October 20th, 7 pm, Third Avenue United Church

Linda McQuaig. The Trouble with Billionaires: How Extremes of Wealth Threaten our Democracy. Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Linda McQuaig will give a lecture drawing from her new book, The Trouble with Billionaires: Why too much money at the top is bad for everyone. Linda will discuss the damaging effects of wealth inequality on Canadian society. Tickets $20 Students, seniors and Low-income $10. Call (306) 924-3372 or email ccpasask@sasktel.net for more details.

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Prairie Biodiversity with Greg Fenty

October 20th, 7:30 pm, Rm 106, Biology Bldg, University of Saskatchewan

The Saskatoon Nature Society presents a talk by Greg Fenty on Biodiversity in Saskatchewan on Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 pm in Room 106, Biology Building, University of Saskatchewan.

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Saskatoon Peace Coalition 10th Anniversary Banquet

October 21st, 6 pm, Mandarin Restaurant, 245 20th St. W.

Nettie Wiebe, esteemed academic, activist, politician, environmentalist, social justice advocate and agricultural expert will be the after-dinner speaker. Her topic will be “Building Peace in our City”, in keeping with our mandate to promote peace in our homes, in our communities and in our world. The eight-course banquet will be sumptuous, according to those who frequent the Mandarin. There are a couple of vegetarian items on the menu. The banquet will start at 6:30. Everyone welcome. The cost for this enchanting evening is $15 for adults, $10 for students/low income. Tickets must be purchased in advance. To obtain tickets, phone Anne at 978-1363.

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Green Yourself Week

October 24th - 28th, University of Saskatchewan

There will be many events and activities for the campus community to participate in from Oct. 24-28. Details can be found under the Announcements at http://www.sustainus.usask.ca . For more information, contact shannon.dyck@usask.ca.

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Sustainability at the U of S: Learning from the Present, Looking to the Future

October 25th, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, Convocation Hall, U. of S.

This event is meant to provide a current overview of the University of Saskatchewan’s commitment to sustainability: What have we done? How are we doing? And where do we go from here?

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Raj Patel: How to Feed the World

October 25th, 7 pm, Adam Ballroom, Delta Bessborough Hotel

Raj Patel, the author of Stuffed and Starved, will be speaking about real solutions to international food shortages and inequality at the University of Saskatchewan 2011 Whelen Visiting Lecture. Admission is free but seating is limited so arrive early. A public reception and book signing will follow the talk.

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Speaker: Dr. David Schindler

October 27th, 2:30 - 5:30 pm, Western Centre of Veterinary Medicine, U of S, Rm 2104

Come hear from Dr. David Schindler, who has been concerned with the effects of tar sands development on water quality and health impacts for Aboriginal communities downstream of the Alberta tar sands - also an important issue in Saskatchewan with increasing tar sands development in the province. Check out this event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=273513832681082.

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

November 16 – 18, The Saskatoon Inn

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. Early registration deadile is September 30th. Details at: http://www.saskriverbasin.ca/.

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Build Saskatchewan Green Annual Conference

November 18th, Wanuskewin Heritage Park

The Build Saskatchewan Green conference is Saskatchewan’s longest running and largest green building conference. Since the first conference in 2004, our speakers have been inspiring and educating green building professionals from across the province and beyond. Today we share a far greater understanding of the issues of sustainability related to our current building practices; the focus now should be on action. For the 8th annual BSG we’re exploring the practical side of going green and how to get there through this year’s theme: Getting Green Done! In Saskatchewan.

Embark on a journey of: Leadership in: Sustainability, Lean Project Delivery, Integrated Design, and Innovation and Existing Build Performance Enhancement.Learn from leaders in our industry on what it takes to Get Green Done! in Saskatchewan. Early bird registration has been extended to October 15th http://www.buildsaskgreen.ca. In conjunction with the Canada Green Building Council in support of Architecture Week in Saskatchewan and the Design Councils – Design Week.

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Saskatchewan Water and Wastewater Association Conference

November 16 - 18, TCU Place & Hilton Garden Inn

Details at http://www.swwa.ca/pages/conference/2011/.

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Other

Water and Agriculture: A Workshop for Saskatchewan's Future Leaders

November 11 - 13, Craik Eco-Village, Craik, SK

Waterlution is now accepting applications for: "Water and Agriculture: A Workshop for Saskatchewan's Future Leaders". Proven leaders aged 18-35 years are invited to attend.

The objective of this weekend-long workshop is to build the capacity of Saskatchewan to create healthy and productive communities while sustainably managing its watersheds and water resources by engaging tomorrow’s decision makers in experiential, meaningful exploration of the issues surrounding water and agriculture. Learn more and apply now at http://bit.ly/qLvv30. Deadline to apply: October 24, 2011.

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Building Operator Training

October - November, Swift Current and Yorkton

Rising energy costs? The Saskatchewan Environmental Society presents: Building Operator Training - A series for any building operator, custodian or facility personnel.

Swift Current sessions: October 14th - HVAC. November 8th - Water & Waste. November 29th - Light & Electrical. All sessions held in Kinetic room at Kinetic Exhibition Park: 1700-17th Ave SE. For more info and to register: http://www.picatic.com/ticket/botswiftcurrent .

Yorkton sessions: November 9th - Light & Electrical - held at Parkland College, Room 101: 200 Prystai Way. For more info and to register: http://www.picatic.com/ticket/botyorkton .

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