SEN Info Bulletin

November 23, 2011

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Events

News

Block Heater Timer Giveaway Event Begins This Weekend

SaskPower is giving back to customers and the environment with the Block Heater Timer Event, to be held during the next two weeks in participating retailers and campuses in Saskatchewan.

A block heater timer is a small electronic device that saves power by controlling the amount of time electricity is supplied to a vehicle's block heater. A block heater preheats the oil in your vehicle's engine, which reduces engine wear and helps the vehicle start up easily.

Many people plug their cars in as soon as they get home for the day, not realizing that a vehicle only needs four hours of electricity—plugging in for any longer only wastes power and your money.

If every participant of this program were to reduce their plug-in time to four hours a day, the total power saved in a year would be over four megawatts (MW)—the equivalent of taking more than 700 cars off our roads or enough to power over 450 Saskatchewan homes. This is also equivalent to planting nearly 650,000 trees in a year.

Details are at: http://www.saskpower.com/?hdr_link=home - click on "Sask Power Block Heater Timer Event".

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BPA spikes 1,200 Percent After Eating Canned Soup: Study

People who ate canned soup for five days straight saw their urinary levels of the chemical bisphenol A spike 1,200 per cent compared to those who ate fresh soup, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

The randomized study, described as "one of the first to quantify BPA levels in humans after ingestion of canned foods," was done by Harvard University researchers and appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association's November 23 issue (http://jama.ama-assn.org/).

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/health/spikes+cent+after+eating+canned+soup+Study/5751216/story.html.

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Fracking and Quaking: They're Linked

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Nov 2011

The next time a Canadian consumer turns up their natural gas furnace or clicks on that gas burner, he or she may have inadvertently triggered an earthquake. Or a swarm of earthquakes.

Although the Canadian Gas Association calls methane a versatile, abundant and safe fuel, its unconventional cousin, shale gas, has been shaking the ground all the way from Lancashire, England to Dallas, Texas.

Shale gas drilling has also been associated with earthquakes in Arkansas, Alberta, and Oklahoma too. And now, even B.C.'s Oil and Gas Commission is investigating 31 tremors with magnitudes as great as 4.3 that have shaken the Horn River shale gas play near Fort Nelson, B.C. since 2009. Three of the quakes occurred during controversial hydraulic fracking operations.

"There hasn't been a link between the hydraulic fracturing and anomalous seismic activity, but we wanted to take a proactive approach," explained Hardy Friedrich, a spokesman of the OGC earlier in the month.

Full article: http://thetyee.ca/News/2011/11/18/Fracking-And-Quaking/.

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2 Degree Celsius Climate Target at Risk from Ozone-Friendly Replacement Chemicals

New UNEP Report Urges Fast Action on HFCs to Combat Climate Change

Bali (Indonesia)/Nairobi, 21 November 2011 - Keeping a global, 21st century temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius will require urgent action on a group of chemicals increasingly being used in products such as air conditioners, refrigerators, firefighting equipment and insulation foams.

The chemicals, collectively known as Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs), are becoming popular as replacements for those phased-out or being phased-out to protect the ozone layer—the Earth’s high flying shield that filters out dangerous levels of the sun’s ultra violet rays.

But a report launched today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) projects that by 2050 HFCs could be responsible for emissions equivalent to 3.5 to 8.8 Gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon dioxide (Gt CO2eq)---comparable to total current annual emissions from transport, estimated at around 6-7 Gt annually.

Full report: http://www.unep.org/dewa/Portals/67/pdf/HFC_report.pdf.

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Auditor General: Consumers Not Getting Timely Warnings from Health Canada

OTTAWA — Consumers aren't receiving safety warnings about pharmaceutical drugs fast enough because Health Canada is slow to act on potential issues that it identifies, Canada's auditor general has found.

The time lag, outlined in an audit tabled Tuesday in the House of Commons and characterized as "serious," means people sometimes have to wait more than two years before Health Canada completes a drug safety review of a product already on the market and provides updated information about their risks.

Read more: http://www.canada.com/health/Auditor+general+Consumers+getting+timely+warnings+from+Health+Canada/5749423/story.html.

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Action Alert

Tell the Government to Stop Trading in Asbestos

Canadians are well aware that asbestos causes cancer. So why are we still producing it for export to developing countries? It's time we put a stop to this unethical practice.

Only two asbestos mines still exist in Canada. One will close later this month, but the other aims to expand and export 200,000 tonnes of asbestos each year, mainly to India. The Quebec government is considering making this possible with a 58 million dollar loan guarantee, and the federal government continues to support the asbestos trade.

The David Suzuki Foundation is urging Quebec Premier Jean Charest to refuse the loan guarantee. We aim to show him that Canadians like you do not support the asbestos trade. Send a letter to Prime Minister Harper and Premier Charest saying that you don't support Canada's role in the asbestos trade by clicking here: http://action.davidsuzuki.org/asbestos.

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Resources

Urban Forests: Investing in the Future

Harmony Foundation is pleased to announce its new educational presentation Urban Forests: Investing in the Future, made possible thanks to generous support from The Co-operators.

Urban forests have a remarkable capacity to improve our lives and communities. They beautify, boost property values, improve health, reduce taxes and energy bills and provide many other social, economic, and environmental benefits. In order to protect and strengthen our urban forest, we must increase awareness of the challenges they face, and address them with local and regional initiatives that strengthen our communities, and ensure healthy urban forests into the future.

Urban Forests is a narrated multimedia presentation which examines critical urban forest issues and informs and inspires with examples of local leaders and residents working together to protect and conserve urban forests in their communities. To obtain a free copy of Urban Forests and learn more about Harmony's educational programs and materials, please visit http://www.harmonyfdn.ca/

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Opportunities

Employment Opportunities: SCIC

Deadline: Friday November 25th, 2011

SCIC is currently hiring for 2 positions based in Regina. Please read full job postings at http://www.earthbeat.sk.ca/ under "Get Involved: Employment".

Administrative Assistant: This position permanent at 57% of full time (20 hours/ week). The Program Assistant rate (as per SCIC/CUPE Collective Agreement) is approximately $21.30/ hour, with a generous benefits package. Primary responsibilities of this position include working with SCIC’s Financial Officer and the Executive Director to maintain organization of accounts, filing and databases, to support the completion of deliverables and SCIC programs.

Communications and Fundraising Officer: This position is full time temporary for 6 months. Thereafter the position will be reposted as a permanent position. Program officer rate (as per SCIC/CUPE Collective Agreement) is approximately $21,600 for the 6 months. Primary responsibilities of this position include working with SCIC’s Executive Director to develop and implement the Council’s communications, marketing and fund raising strategy, including community education/public engagement program planning for Saskatchewan.

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Call for Abstracts: Public Health in Canada

Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2011

the 2012 Annual Conference Public Health in Canada: Creating and Sustaining Healthy Environments will be held at Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta on June 11 - 14, 2012. The Canadian Public Health Association will be hosting the annual conference in Edmonton next year and we are now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Details at http://www.cpha.ca/en/conferences/conf2012.aspx.

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Agricultural Innovation Program

The Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) is a $50 million initiative ending on March 31, 2013 designed to: accelerate the pace of innovation; facilitate the commercialization and adoption of innovative products, technologies, processes and/or services that will enhance economic growth, productivity and competitiveness of the Canadian agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector; and help the sector capture opportunities in domestic and global markets.

The guide is on Agriculture Canada's website at: http://www4.agr.gc.ca/resources/prod/pdf/SPT_aip-pia/aip-pia_guide_eng.pdf.

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Saskatchewan Waste Minimization Awards

Deadline: February 29, 2012

The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is seeking nominations for the Saskatchewan Waste Minimization Awards for 2011. If you know of an individual, business, municipality or community organization who should be recognized for their waste minimization efforts, please submit the attached nomination form. Help us celebrate the good things happening in Saskatchewan!

The awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council's Spring '12 Waste Minimization Forum, April 19 and 20 in Regina. Watch for registration information for this event on our website, http://www.saskwastereduction.ca.

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Wanted: Environmentally Minded Artists

The Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan is hosting an Art Show and Auction, entitled "RE", at The Refinery from Monday January 30 - February 10, 2012. They're looking for artists to display and sell (optional) their work. Closing Reception and Auction will be held Friday, Feb 10, 7 pm at The Refinery. The piece(s) can be bid on throughout the show (Jan 30-Feb 10), including at the closing reception. The highest bidder as of 9:30 pm on the 10th will "win" the piece. The winner of the piece (or a representative) must be present at the closing reception to purchase the piece, if they are not, piece goes to the bidder down the list.

The art should focus on local sustainability initiatives and/or permaculture. To submit, please send a digital version or photograph of your work to shandy30@hotmail.com BEFORE JAN 11. Please also include: your name, the title of the piece, the dimensions of the piece, commentary describing how your art relates to the criteria above, whether or not you are interested in selling your work, and any requirements you may need to display your work. Those selected will be contacted by January 18th.

Artist receives 80% of the selling price (10% to the Refinery, 10% to the Permaculture Research Institute of Sask (PRIS)). Artist chooses starting price ("reserve bid") for the auction. We are currently looking into tax receipts. Contact shandy30@hotmail.com for more information.

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Call for Submissions: Boreal Conservation Small Grants

Deadline: December 9, 2012

Small Change Fund is accepting proposals for projects which contribute towards the protection of Canada’s Boreal forests, with a focus on First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities across the boreal region. They accept proposals from registered grassroots charities or registered Aboriginal bands in Canada. If you would like to discuss submitting a project but feel that you don’t meet this criteria, please contact Dani LaGiglia at dani@smallchangefund.org. Funding requests cannot exceed $5,000. Please visit their website at http://smallchangefund.org/submit-a-project and complete the form with details on your project.

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Coming Events

Regina

Panarchy, resilience and societal collapse: What role for ecological economics?

November 24th, 10:30 am, video-conference: JSGS Window Rm, 2nd Floor, Gallery Bldg, U. of R., College Ave. Campus

Please note: This lecture will take place in Saskatoon and will be video-conferenced to a Regina audience.

Presented by Professor William Rees, School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), University of British Columbia originating the concept of the ‘ecological footprint’. Professor Rees has been teaching at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) since 1969, where he founded the school’s ‘Environment and Resource Planning’ concentration. His best known book, Our Ecological Footprint (1996), is an internationally-acclaimed tool for measuring the resources required to sustain human life.

The ecosphere is a ‘far-from-equilibrium’ structure of ecosystems, human systems, combined systems and subsystems, all of which exist in an overlapping, interconnected hierarchical structure called a ‘panarchy’. Most subsystems within the panarchy are characterized by repetitive cycles of growth, accumulation, collapse and renewal. The sustainability of the human enterprise on an increasingly crowded and resource-stressed planet is dependent on the ‘resilience’ of critical socioecological systems This presentation evaluates the relevance of ecological economics to enhancing societal resilience in an era of accelerating global change.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to register online at http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca (please select News and Events, then Events Calendar).

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GreenRoots Sustainable Living Presents: 1st Annual Intercultural Dance and Art Fundraiser

November 26th, 8 pm, Performing Arts Centre (1077 Angus St.)

Enjoy live Latin music, a dance contest with a cash prize, free salsa lessons, poetry expressions and much more. GreenRoots Sustainable Living is a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating development in rural communities around the world through projects that make use of local and/or Indigenous knowledge and green initiatives in order to eliminate poverty and generate, economic, environmental, and social benefits framed by human values. For more information go to http://www.greenrootsworld.org. Tickets: $30. You can get tickets by calling at 533-6680 or emailing info@greenrootsworld.org.

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Building Operator Training: Light & Electrical

November 28th, NW Leisure Centre, Rm 2: 1127 Arnason St.

Rising energy costs? The Saskatchewan Environmental Society presents: Building Operator Training - A series for any building operator, custodian or facility personnel. For more info and to register: http://www.picatic.com/ticket/botregina .

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Briarpatch Magazine Swim-a-thon

November 30th, 4 - 6 pm, YMCA, 2400 13th Ave.

To participate, fill out the pledge form and get your friends, relatives and co-workers to sponsor you either by the number of lengths you swim or at a flat rate. It doesn't matter if you are a good swimmer or a beginner. This will be a fun swim and everyone is welcome. The maximum distance will be 72 lengths (1 mile). Please swim only as far as is comfortable. You are under no pressure to swim an entire mile. Collect your pledges in advance if you can and bring them with you to the pool. Swimmers are expected to collect their own uncollected pledges. Please let us know if you will be swimming so we know how many swimmers we can expect at the pool and how much pizza to order for after the swim.

To sponsor someone, pledge a sum of money for each length completed or pledge a flat rate. If you can, please pay the participant when you make the pledge. Makes cheques payable to "Briarpatch." You can also help by getting pledges for someone else if you are not going to swim - locate a swim-a-thon participant or give us a call and we'll find one for you.

Pledge forms are available to pick up at Briarpatch (2138 McIntyre St). For more information or to let Briarpatch know you are swimming, call 525-2949 or drop us an e-mail at info@briarpatchmagazine.com.

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Haiti: The Politics of Post Earthquake Reconstruction

December 1st, 2:30 pm. Classroom Bldg 127, University of Regina

Hear a report on post-earthquake Haiti from Roger Annis, coordinator of the Canada Haiti Action Network. In June 2011, he led a ten-day fact-finding mission from Canada to Haiti. This event is sponsored by the International Studies Program, Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation and the International Studies Student Club. For more information call 585-4815.

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Free Project Management Workshop

December 15th, 9 am - 4 pm, Room ED 114, U. of R.

Smart Cities, Healthy Kids, in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), is pleased to offer a one-day interactive workshop, open to graduate students, faculty members or anyone who is involved in research. The workshop focuses on the practical aspects of planning and managing large and small scale research projects in a dynamic and hands-on way.

Participants will learn important skills such as: Creating effective partnerships with stakeholders; Budgets: Spending your money so it counts; The art of recruiting and retaining participants; Identifying potential problems before they become actual disasters; Team building strategies; Communicating results effectively (Knowledge Translation).

There is no cost to attend the workshop and lunch/snacks will be provided. To register for a workshop please contact tracy.ridalls@usask.ca. Register early as space is limited. A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted. If there is significant interest a second workshop date may be added.

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Saskatoon

Resiliency: Cool Ideas for Locally Elected Leaders Book Launch

November 23rd, 7:30pm, McNally Robinson Books, Art Alcove

Featuring Dr. Bill Rees, founder of the Ecological Footprint, and Dr. Ryan Walker

These days people from all corners of Saskatchewan are talking about the economy and the environment. From the Wheat Board and Potash, to recycling and raising a family, we are becoming increasingly aware both that our world is fragile, and that taking care of it is vital. Fortunately community leaders are stepping up to help forge the road ahead. Volume 5 of the Columbia Institute’s Going for Green Leadership Series, Resiliency highlights the bold and creative ways in which communities are responding to the major environmental challenges of our time. Proudly, four of these stories are based in Saskatchewan.

The launch will also feature Dr. Bill Rees, originator of the ecological footprint concept and a professor at the University of BC. Rees’ teaching and research focus on environmental economics, emphasizing the public policy and planning implications of global environmental trends and the necessary ecological conditions for sustaining socioeconomic activity. Rees is a world-renowned thinker, and he has built that recognition through innovation and thinking outside-the-box.

Dr. Ryan Walker is a professor at the University of Saskatchewan specializing in urban design, planning and geography, comparative urban Indigenous studies in Canada, New Zealand and Australia, international housing studies, multi-level governance and urban policy as well as First Nation community planning and citizenship theory.

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Panarchy, resilience and societal collapse: What role for ecological economics?

November 24th, 10:30 am, Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Bldg, U. of S.

Presented by Professor William Rees, School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), University of British Columbia originating the concept of the ‘ecological footprint’. Professor Rees has been teaching at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) since 1969, where he founded the school’s ‘Environment and Resource Planning’ concentration. His best known book, Our Ecological Footprint (1996), is an internationally-acclaimed tool for measuring the resources required to sustain human life.

The ecosphere is a ‘far-from-equilibrium’ structure of ecosystems, human systems, combined systems and subsystems, all of which exist in an overlapping, interconnected hierarchical structure called a ‘panarchy’. Most subsystems within the panarchy are characterized by repetitive cycles of growth, accumulation, collapse and renewal. The sustainability of the human enterprise on an increasingly crowded and resource-stressed planet is dependent on the ‘resilience’ of critical socioecological systems This presentation evaluates the relevance of ecological economics to enhancing societal resilience in an era of accelerating global change.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to register online at http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca (please select News and Events, then Events Calendar).

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Movie: Introduction to Permaculture Design

November 24th, 7 pm, Broadway Theatre

Cost: $10 regular, $7 for theatre members. There will be a discussion following the film.

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Saskatoon Winter Biking Workshop

November 28th, 5:30 pm, CNYC, 905 – 20th St. W.

Do you like biking and need some winter biking tips? Or just curious how folks bike in winter? Then this workshop is for you! Check out the list of awesome organizations promoting this event: Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op, bike Universe, WAM Saskatoon, Transition Saskatoon, Ice Cycle Saskatoon, Escape Sports.

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Community Quality of Life Forum

December 8th, 8:30 am - 3 pm, TCU Place

Together we will: celebrate 10 years of learning about quality of life in Saskatoon; learn about the results of the 2010 Quality of Life survey; think about the future of quality of life research in our community; participate in efforts to develop a comprehensive strategy to move our community from "poverty to possibility". Presented by the Community-University Institute for Social Research and the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership. Registration will begin at 8:30 am. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For information please contact: Joanne Hritzuk, CUISR Administrative Coordinator. Phone: (306) 966-2121 Email:cuisr.oncampus@usask.ca

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Free Project Management Workshop

December 12th, 9 am - 4 pm, Rm C280 College Bldg, U. of S.

Smart Cities, Healthy Kids, in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), is pleased to offer a one-day interactive workshop, open to graduate students, faculty members or anyone who is involved in research. The workshop focuses on the practical aspects of planning and managing large and small scale research projects in a dynamic and hands-on way.

Participants will learn important skills such as: Creating effective partnerships with stakeholders; Budgets: Spending your money so it counts; The art of recruiting and retaining participants; Identifying potential problems before they become actual disasters; Team building strategies; Communicating results effectively (Knowledge Translation).

There is no cost to attend the workshop and lunch/snacks will be provided. To register for a workshop please contact tracy.ridalls@usask.ca. Register early as space is limited. A maximum of 20 participants will be accepted. If there is significant interest a second workshop date may be added.

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National Forage Conference

December 13 - 14, 2011, Radisson Hotel

The Canadian Forage & Grassland Association (CFGA) Conference & Annual Meeting is coming to Saskatoon, December 13-14, 2011. Don`t miss this opportunity to interact with stakeholders from across the country and all sectors of our industry. Visit http://events.econet.ca/events/national-forage-conference for details.

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Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop

February 8 and 9, Saskatoon

Registration for the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan's (SK PCAP) 2012 Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop: Bridging the Gapis 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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Other

Forest Field Guide Training Sessions

November 24th, 9:30 am - 3 pm, Meadow Lake

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.

The workshop is 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. Please contact Sharon.Kent@gov.sk.ca (306.953.2221) to register.

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Building Operator Training: Light & Electrical

November 29th, Kinetic Exhibition Park, 1700-17th Ave SE. Swift Current

Rising energy costs? The Saskatchewan Environmental Society presents: Building Operator Training - A series for any building operator, custodian or facility personnel. For more info and to register: http://www.picatic.com/ticket/botswiftcurrent .

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