SEN Info Bulletin

December 8, 2011

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Action Alert

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Opportunities

Events

News

Liberal Senators Fail to Stall Wheat Board Bill

Liberal Senators are backing a call from the National Farmers Union for the Senate to cease consideration of legislation to dismantle the Canadian Wheat Board until producers have a chance to have their say.

National Farmers Union President Terry Boehm says the Senate should stall the government's legislation to end the monopoly over Prairie wheat and barley marketing until a fair vote is held to determine if farmers really support it. He also suggested Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz should resign for breaking the law.

A Federal Court ruling Wednesday found that Ritz breached the Canadian Wheat Board Act by introducing legislation without holding a plebiscite for producers. Ritz told the House of Commons the government will appeal the decision, and continue with its bill.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/12/08/pol-wheat-board-ruling-thursday.html

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Turbine Continues to Stir Up Opposition

SASKATOON - A group of Montgomery Place residents are confident they can stop the city from building a wind turbine near their Saskatoon neighbourhood.

The Saskatoon Wind Turbine Coalition, which is opposed to the construction of a wind turbine atop the Saskatoon landfill in the city's southwest end, held a forum with about 100 people Wednesday night to discuss the potential adverse health effects of turbines.

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/health/Turbine+continues+stir+opposition/5828235/story.html

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House Environment Committee Winds Down Review of Environmental Assessment Act

OTTAWA - The House Environment Committee is winding down its statutory review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, a process that committee vice-chair and NDP environment critic Megan Leslie is calling a “farce,” accusing the government of already drafting legislation to overhaul the federal environmental assessment process.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, which sets out the criteria and processes to assess the environmental impacts of development that receives federal approval, was amended in 2003 to require a committee review of the legislation on a seven-year basis.

Since beginning its review of CEAA on Oct. 20, the Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development has heard from a range of stakeholders on the need to amend the regulatory framework, including Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency president Elaine Feldman, and representatives from a range of industry, environmental, and aboriginal groups, including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Ecojustice, and the Assembly of First Nations. More.

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Action Alert

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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

Guide: Create Change Advocacy Handbook

This handbook, produced by the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Department equips you with the tools, tips and examples needed to help you create change. This resource is a collaborative effort based on the experience and knowledge of people in the sport, culture and recreation sector. However, the applicability of this resource extends beyond this sector-those working in a social messaging or promotional capacity will also find this handbook useful. It's also an opportunity for environmentalists to look at their own advocacy efforts through the lens of another subsector.

Check out this 52 page guide at: http://www.spra.sk.ca/Default.aspx?DN=a9b3641c-49b0-4f28-8148-38de8a293020.

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New Report: Peddling Greenhouse Gases

A new CCPA report, Peddling GHGs: What is the Carbon Footprint of Canada’s Fossil Fuel Exports? finds that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions embodied in Canadian exports of fossil fuels in 2009 were 15% greater than the emissions from all fossil fuel combustion within Canada, and almost four times the emissions from extracting and processing fossil fuels in Canada. The study, by Marc Lee and Amanda Card, concludes that if Canada is serious about mitigating the effects of climate change, both domestically and internationally, it needs to not only reduce domestic consumption of fossil fuels, but also to stop peddling fossil fuels in export markets. Download the report here.

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Opportunities

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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Briarpatch Magazine: Editor/Publisher

Deadline: January 4, 2012

Are you passionate about independent media and progressive/radical politics? Are you a talented communicator with an entrepreneurial spirit, ready to take the reins of a respected Canadian magazine? Do you want to work for a grassroots organization that enables you to put your politics into practice?

Briarpatch Magazine seeks a crackerjack Editor/Publisher to jointly oversee all aspects of producing a bi-monthly magazine. As one of two full-time staff in a horizontal workplace that runs on principles of participatory economicsincluding balanced job complexes, the successful candidate will share equal responsibility for core editorial, organizational and administrative tasks, and will report directly to a volunteer board of directors.

Details at: http://briarpatchmagazine.com/announcements/view/job-posting-editor-publisher.

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Wanted: Environmentally Minded Artists

Deadline: January 10, 2012

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. Please include: your name, the title and 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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Energy Diet Challenge Photo Contest

Deadline: January 27, 2012

Canadian Geographic presents the Energy Diet Challenge Photo Contest picturing energy savings around the home and on the move. Submit your best photos in either of our two categories and you could have them published in the June 2012 issue of Canadian Geographic, win a photography assignment at the 2012 Shell Eco-marathon Americas at Discovery Green in Texas and other fabulous prizes! Sign up to the Canadian Geographic Photo Club, and submit your photographs by January 27, 2012 at 4 pm EST.http://photoclub.canadiangeographic.ca/cg/contests/energy_diet/.

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2012 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 31, 2012

Earth Day Canada, with financial support from the Toyota Canada Foundation, has launched the 2012 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program to recognize and cultivate tomorrow’s environmental leaders. This year, the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program will reward 20 graduating high school and Cégep students across Canada with $5 000 scholarships for their environmental community service, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and academic excellence. For more information please visit http://www.earthday.ca/scholarship.

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Evergreen Green Grants Program

Deadline: January 31, 2012

Evergreen is now accepting applications for the Walmart–Evergreen Green Grants Program supporting community development, environmental stewardship and urban agriculture projects across Canada. The Walmart–Evergreen Green Grants Program, a greening program sponsored by Walmart and led by Evergreen, provides funds of up to $10,000 to groups working on community development, environmental restoration and other community-based projects across Canada. For a list of projects already supported through the program and for full information on eligibility and to download an application, go to http://www.evergreen.ca/en/funding/grants/.

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EECOM’s Canadian Awards of Excellence in Environmental Education

Deadline: February 1, 2012

The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) is proud to announce that nominations for the 2011 EECOM Awards is now open. Recognizing contributions of outstanding individuals and organizations engaged in environmental learning across the country!

Call for award nominations: Give your friends and colleagues the best gift - nominate them for an EECOM award! For more information on award criteria or for how to nominate someone, go to the EECOM website http://www.eecom.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=79&Itemid=85&lang=en

Call for award reviewers: EECOM is looking for anyone interested in reviewing award nominations. For more information or to express your interest, please contact Leigh Bird, Award Committee Chair: birdleigh@gmail.com.

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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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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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Coming Events

Regina

Green Economics: Financially Successful Green Buildings

December 12th, Business Furnishings, 1121 Osler St.

This one-day workshop is a detailed examination of how to build financially viable deep green buildings. It describes how to build a business case for building green as well as manage green building cost premiums. For a full description of the course and details on how to register: http://www.cagbc.org/source/Events/Event.cfm?EVENT=GE11RE1212§ion=Education.

This workshop, like all CaGBC educational programs, meets eligibility requirements for the Green Associate exam. Level 200. 6.5 GBCI CE hours. For more information, call the CaGBC at 613.241.1184 or toll-free at 1.866.941.1184, or contact us at education@cagbc.org.

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SK PCAP Native Prairie Speaker Series

December 14th, Royal Sask. Museum Auditorium, 2445 Albert St.

Technical (12:10 – 12:50 pm) – Making the Species At Risk Act Work on the Landscape: SARA Decision-Support Speaker: Natasha Wilkie, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada - Agri-Environment Services Branch

Public (7 – 8 pm) – Canada Goose Management in Wascana Centre – Jared B. Clarke, Wascana Centre Authority

As usual, we will be broadcasting both presentations live on the web. For complete details on speaker times, locations, and live broadcast links, visit the SK PCAP website at http://www.pcap-sk.org.

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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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Regina Christmas Bird Count

December 27th

This count is an annual census of bird life in the Regina area. It is centered on Regina, and includes areas both within and outside the city. You may participate for all or part of the day. Count coordinator is Brett Quiring. Call him at 545-8533 or email at bquiring@sasktel.net for details and to be assigned to a count team. Also, if you have bird feeders that have not been surveyed by a count team, we ask that you report those numbers to Brett.

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Saskatoon

Saskatoon Nature Society: Nature Photography Exposed

December 8th, 7:30 pm, U. of S. Biology Bldg, Rm. 106

Three of our leading nature photographers will “expose” their work and a few of the lessons they have learned while practising their art. They will show and critically discuss their own photos and pass along tips for aspiring amateur photographers. Be prepared for an exciting “show and tell”! Details.

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Green Drinks

Decomber 9th, 5:30 pm, Maguire's Pub, 2105 8th St. E.

Green Drinks will be this Friday December 9th at 5:30 till whenever.

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Book Launch: Food Sovereignty in Canada

December 9th, 7:30 pm, Caffe Sola, #38 - 23 St. E.

Fernwood Publishing, CHEP Good Food, The National Farmers Union, and Turning the Tide Bookstore invite you to celebrate the launch of this important book: Food Sovereignty in Canada: Creating Just and Sustainable Food Systems with editors and contributing authors: Annette Aurélie Desmarais (ed.), Nettie Wiebe (ed.), Darrin Qualman, Kevin Wipf and Rachel Engler-Stringer. Public Welcome - All Ages. Food and tea provided; Cash bar for specialty coffee and alcoholic beverages (with ID).

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How To Be A Kickass Facilitator

December 11th, 1 - 5 pm, 314 Ave E South

Tired of boring meetings and lecture-style teaching? This session will give you the facilitation skills you need to liven up your work and activism in creative ways. We will focus on such tools as: creating and asking good questions to generate great conversations; simple ways to get a meeting or workshop started right; and, facili-nightmares (a chance to share your deepest fears as a facilitator and start to overcome them). Workshop by: Tracey Mitchell. Admission free - donations accepted.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/278408995543854/

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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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Cinema Politica: Continuous Journey

December 13th, 7 pm, Broadway Theatre

Continuous Journey is an inquiry into the history of Canada's exclusion of South Asians by a little known immigration policy called the Continuous Journey Regulation. People from British India were excluded by a rule that appeared fair, but in reality, was an effective way of keeping people from India out of Canada. By examining the global context and repercussions of a Canadian event, Continuous Journey challenges us to reflect on contemporary events, and raises critical questions about how the past shapes the present.

Admission is by donation. The film will be followed by a talk and discussion with Harsha Walia of No One Is Illegal Vancouver. For more details, visit http://cinemapolitica.org/saskatoon or find us on Facebook.

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Conversations In The Sandbox

December 14th, 12 - 1 pm, Sask Abilities Council Boardroom, 1410 Kilburn

In collaboration with Leadership Saskatoon, Volunteer Saskatoon meets over the lunch hour to connect, network and learn from each other on a monthly basis. Attend to learn more with Dolores Wollbaum on the topic of 'Deep Listening... Starting with Yourself'. For more info or to RSVP call Dinny at 242-5890 or Email: dholroyd@shaw.ca by December 9th. Bring a bag lunch or purchase your lunch from the café on site. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.volunteersaskatoon.com/documents/Dec14.11SANDBOXConversation.pdf.

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Canticle to the Cosmos with Judy Schachtel

January 17th pn 7 - 9 pm, Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor St. W.

Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 17, 24, 31 & Feb. 7, 2012 – Cost: $20 per session/$60 for all sessions.

Ever wonder how the new discoveries of science and ecology in our times fit in with your faith journey? Join us as we view and discuss a four part video series with noted mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme, professor at the California institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, who is able to shape and share a deeply grounded evolutionary and ecological spirituality for our times. Call 242-1916 to register. Advance registration is required. Phone (306) 242 1916

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An Intro to Effective Commissioning of Existing Buildings

January 25th, 9 am - 1:30 pm, Innovation Place, Candle Rm in the Atrium Bldg, 111 Research Dr.

Like death and taxes, when it comes to buildings, change is the only certainty: systems age, tenants come and go, and new technologies create opportunities and risks. The typical result of this change is decline. But you can do more than accept the inevitable. You can embrace and benefit from change through re-commissioning. This course is targeted at building managers and operators, preparing them to get the most out of re-commissioning their buildings. It uses case studies and interactive workshops to communicate a firm understanding of the re-commissioning process, providing practical knowledge that prepares you for your first (or next) commissioning cycle.

You will learn how to: define your scope; incorporate LEED credit requirements; select the right service provider; evaluate the quality of service provided and avoid common pitfalls.

4 GBCI CE Credits. For more information, call the Canada Green Building Council at 613.241.1184 or toll-free at 1.866.941.1184, or contact us at education@cagbc.org.

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Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop

February 8th and 9th, Saskatoon

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

Participants are urged to book rooms soon as the blocks reserved for the workshop will be released on January 7, 2012. Saskatoon has become a very busy city and there is another event in the downtown area at the same time so I would encourage you to book accommodations to avoid disappointment.

Thank you to our 2012 Sponsors to date: Platinum - Government of Canada, Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, and Silver - Cenovus Energy Inc.

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Other

Craven Christmas Bird Count

December 17th

This Christmas Bird Count is centered on Craven, and includes Lumsden, Valeport, and part of the Qu'Appelle Valley. Count leader is Phil Holloway; contact him at 731-3171 or email p.holloway@sasktel.net for details and to be assigned to a count team.

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