SEN Info Bulletin

October 27, 2011

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Action Alert

Resources

Opportunities

Events

News

RCEN Remains Open to Public and for Business

OTTAWA - The Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) witnessed a nation-wide outpouring of support over the non-approval of their contribution agreement with the federal government for the 2011 fiscal year, announced on October 13th. The response brought their case to the attention of national and regional media, reflecting the value of their work in communities across the country. Please note that contrary to what is what is being reported in the media, RCEN's doors remain open to the public and for business.

More at RCEN site: http://rcen.ca/home.

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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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Action Alert

Vote Because Food Matters

CHEP Good Food (Child Hunger and Education Program) has come up with a number of questions to ask of parties and candidates prior to the upcoming provincial election. These questions, along with other materials of interest, can be found on the website http://www.votebecausefoodmatters.ca. Please check it out, make comments, ask questions, and share the link with your colleagues, friends and family.

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Petition: Save the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN)

The federal government is cutting off funding for the RCEN after a long-standing, 34-year partnership. Not only is this unacceptable after such a long association, but it was also done without giving the organization a proper notice or even a valid explanation. Furthermore, the RCEN is important to Canadians, and you will find that many citizens of this country will not stand for this.

Please sign this online petition to alert Ottawa of the value of Canada's - including Saskatchewan's - Environmental Network.

Here is the link to the petition: http://www.petitiononlinecanada.com/petition/save-the-canadian-environmental-network-rcen/393.

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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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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

PCAB Executive Director

Application deadline: October 28th, 2011

The Provincial Council of ADD Boards of Saskatchewan Inc. (PCAB) requires a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual with excellent organizational, problem solving and communication skills to take on the responsibilities of Executive Director for a one year term (maternity leave) with a strong potential for extension. Candidates for this position will typically have a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture or equivalent education and experience. Good working knowledge of the agriculture industry in Saskatchewan and eligibility for membership with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists is required.

In this position you will: Manage the day-to-day operations of PCAB, including supervision of staff and budget preparation and monitoring; administer existing PCAB programs such as Environmental Farm Planning (EFP), Watershed Awareness Initiative and the Canada-Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Program; act as an ambassador of PCAB while implementing the directives of the Board of Directors; Communicate with industry and government partners; identify potential projects and prepare funding proposals.

Please submit a cover letter and resume stating expected wages, in confidence, to PCAB, 220-333 25th Street East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0L4 Fax (306) 955-5473 shelanne@saskpcab.com.

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Watershed Awareness Initiative/Farm Stewardship Program Coordinator

Application deadline: October 28th, 2011

The Provincial Council of Agriculture, Development, and Diversification Boards (PCAB) is seeking a Watershed Awareness Initiative/Farm Stewardship Program Coordinator to fill a 6 month maternity leave in Saskatoon. The WAI/FS Program Coordinator will oversee implementation and continued advancement of the Watershed Awareness Initiative and Farm Stewardship Program in Saskatchewan. The WAI/FS Program Coordinator will be responsible for program communications and marketing, management and coordination of regional watershed advisors, and evaluation/monitoring of program activities.

The successful candidate will possess a degree in agriculture or equivalent education and experience. Preference will be given to candidates with extensive knowledge of or experience with the WAI and FS programs and/or agriculture related program delivery. Strong public speaking and communication skills are essential. The successful candidate will also possess superior organizational, leadership, and problem solving skills and be eligible for membership with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists.

For more information on the Watershed Awareness Initiative and Farm Stewardship Program visit http://www.saskpcab.com. Please submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations by October 28, 2011 Shelanne Wiles Longley, Executive Director (306) 955-5473 fax or shelanne@saskpcab.com.

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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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Summerhill Program Manager and Representatives

We are seeking an experienced Program Manager to oversee the delivery of a select energy efficiency campaign from our downtown Regina office. While based in Regina, the successful candidate will report to the Manager, Program Management Office in Toronto. Preferred candidates will have previous experience and expertise in project/program delivery, marketing, sales and client relationship management. This is a challenging and dynamic role that will suit a Program Manager with a sense of adventure, and one who thrives in a fast-paced results-driven environment where high-expectations are the norm. Details: http://jobs.rcen.ca/ecojobs.php?id=15694.

Currently we are seeking outgoing, energetic and dynamic individuals to join our team as program representatives for our national Holiday Light Exchange. Our seasonal holiday LED exchange is an energy conservation campaign which encourages consumers to hand in their old strings of holiday lights and exchange them for rebates toward the purchase of more energy-efficient LED light strings. More: http://jobs.rcen.ca/ecojobs.php?id=15661.

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Job Opportunity: Consultant - Parks and Open Spaces

Deadline: October 31, 2011

This full-time permanent position located in Regina 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. 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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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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Coming Events

Regina

Environmental Management Training Sessions

November 21st - 25th, Regina

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. 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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Analyzing, Reporting and using Agency Outcomes

November 15th, 9am - 12 pm

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

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Building Operator Training

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

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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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. Registration deadline is November 10th. 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. 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

Building Operator Training

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: 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.