SEN Info Bulletin

December 21, 2011

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Action Alert





Rick Morrell Named SEN Executive Director

After an extensive search, Rick Morrell has been named new Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Eco-Network. Based in Regina, Rick has been active in environmental issues for many years. He owns and operates "Eat Healthy Foods" organic food store, and has had extensive experience in the non-profit sector, including many RCEN committees. His objective with SEN is to help the environmental movement in Saskatchewan rebuild and flourish, allowing us to be successful in leading our province to sustainability.

Welcome to the Network Rick!

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Meewasin Announces Conservation Award Winner

Greg Fenty is the recipient of the Meewasin Conservation Award 2011 presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to conserving the heritage resources of the Meewasin Valley.

Greg was born and raised in Saskatoon attending Queen Elizabeth School, Aden Bowman Collegiate and the University of Saskatchewan. Following university he worked for Environment Canada throughout the Arctic and Saskatchewan. He returned to Saskatoon in the 1990s to complete a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Saskatchewan. He since has been employed by the Saskatoon Zoo Society to help develop and deliver the education programs.

As a youth, Greg was always interested in the environment. His parents were outdoor people. His spare time was spent hiking along the river valley and at Beaver Creek before it became a conservation area. Summers were spent camping, hiking and canoeing. His winters were spent cross-country skiing. Growing up in Saskatoon meant nature was only a few steps away.

Read the press release:

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SaskEnergy Announces Gas Detector Rebate Program

REGINA — With the chief gas inspector advising homeowners in older parts of Regina to purchase natural gas detectors, SaskEnergy announced Monday a home gas detector rebate as part of its enhanced safety vigilance program.

SaskEnergy’s rebate program covers a portion of the detector’s cost for homeowners who purchase a home gas detector.

Dave Burdeniuk, a spokesperson with natural gas utility, said the detectors can range in price from $50 to $100, but many can purchased combined with a carbon monoxide detector for about $55. SaskEnergy will then credit homeowners $25 on their gas bill. “If a homeowner makes the choice to purchase one of these (detectors), we want to support that choice with a rebate," Burdeniuk said, adding that detectors purchased several months ago are still eligible for the rebate, if homeowners can provide proof of purchase.

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Bruce Power Dropping Alberta Nuclear Plant Proposal

Bruce Power has announced that it will no longer go ahead with a controversial nuclear power plant proposed for Peace River, Alberta.

"Throughout our existence at Bruce Power we've looked at a number of potential business development opportunities," Bruce Power President and CEO Duncan Hawthorne said in a news release. "We've decided the new nuclear option in Alberta is not something our company will be progressing further."

The company wanted to build Alberta's first nuclear power plant on a site outside Peace River, about 480 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. The first site, located on Lac Cardinal, 30 kilometres west of the town, alarmed some residents who worried about its proximity to a freshwater aquifer that provides drinking water for the area.

Full story:

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Action Alert

Don't Frack with Our Water: Petition

Fracking is a controversial method of extracting natural gas that is trapped deep inside shale rock formations. Millions of litres of water, sand, and tens of thousands of litres of toxic chemicals are blasted into the ground at extremely high pressure, creating cracks that allow pockets of natural gas to be released.

The fracking process uses vast and unsustainable amounts of water, much of which becomes so contaminated it cannot be returned to the watershed. The water comes from municipal sources, surface and groundwater, and is often trucked to the site. And fracking threatens our vital water sources in a number of ways – injections of toxic chemicals near aquifers, injected fluids remaining trapped in the rocks for decades, the leftover fluid waste often stored in large open pits.

It's vital that we pressure the federal government to act now by implementing appropriate groundwater protection laws to ensure that our water, people’s health and the environment are protected from unnecessary and dangerous contamination. Sign the petition at

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New Report from Auditor General's Office

Scott Vaughan, Commissioner of the Environment and of Sustainable Development, has tabled his 2011 December Report in the House of Commons. This Report specifically examines the following issues: Transportation of Dangerous Products, Environmental Science; Enforcing the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999); A Study of Managing Fisheries for Sustainability: A Study of Environmental Monitoring; The Commissioner’s Perspective; and Environmental Petitions.

The report is available on the Office of the Auditor General of Canada Web site at

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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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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:

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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 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 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.

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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

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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

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2012 Saskatoon Quality of Life Grants

Deadline: February 1, 2012

The Saskatoon Community Foundation is very pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Quality of Life Grants Program for 2012.

The Quality of Life Grants Program involves a two stage process. Applicants first submit a Letter of Intent to apply. (The Letter of Intent is a very brief form, which requires significantly less work than a complete application.) The Letters of Intent are reviewed by our Grants Committee, after which some applicants are requested to submit a complete application.

All grant applications are now done online through our website, If you need any assistance, please contact Don Ewles, Grants and Communications Manager, at 665-1767 or

The Saskatoon Community Foundation grants only to Canadian registered charities (those issued a charitable Business Number by the Canada Revenue Agency). The Quality of Life Grants Program provides funds only for charitable work taking place in Saskatoon or for the benefit of the residents of Saskatoon.

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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

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:

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Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship

Deadline: February 15th, 2012

Ten scholarships worth $1,000 each will be awarded to Grade 12 students and recent graduates (the past two years) in Saskatchewan planning to take agriculture-related post-secondary education beginning in the fall of 2012. Applicants need to: write a 750-word essay or produce a three-minute video essay; and provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher, agricultural industry or community leader. Full details at

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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,

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Superheroes for the Greater Green — Are You One?

Deadline: March 30th, 2012

Do you know of any crafty caped-crusaders who are putting their superhero skills to work towards the greater “green”? Maybe that describes you? To Earth Day Canada, they are Hometown Heroes working to support a healthier environment!

Earth Day Canada wants your nominations for the 2012 Hometown Heroes Award Program. The Hometown Heroes Award Program recognizes everyday heroes for their extraordinary superpowers in creating greener communities across Canada with three awards: Individual Award— a $10 000 cash–prize to donate to a local environmental group/cause of their choice; Group Award — a $10 000 cash–prize to support their environmental work; Small Business Award—permission to use the Award and the Earth Day Canada logo for one year to market and promote the business and/or an approved product.

For more information on the Hometown Heroes Award Program and to download the nomination packages, please visit at Have questions? You can reach Hometown Heroes Lead, Stephanee Passant, by e-mail at or by telephone at 1-888-283-2784 ext. 114.

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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:

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Coming Events


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 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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Native Prairie Speaker Series

January 18th, Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium

12:10 – 12:50 pm – Protecting Native Grasslands from Smooth Brome Invasion - What’s to be Done? Speaker: Rob Wright, Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture & Sport – Saskatchewan Parks Service

7 – 8 pm – Stewards of Saskatchewan Programs Speakers: Katherine Brewster and Nicole Fergus, Nature Saskatchewan

Presented by the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan

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Native Plant Society AGM and Conference

February 17 - 18, Conexus Arts Centre

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan will be holding its 17th annual general meeting and conference on February 17 - 18 in Regina. The theme this year is "Balancing Conservation and Profit" and deals with ecotourism in relation to native habitats. The event is for all ages and experience levels. People can register through our online store at We have a fantastic line-up of speakers and a good time will be had by all. If you have any questions, please contact Chet Neufeld at or phone (306) 668-3940.

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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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Weathering Change and Forecasting Opportunity

January 18th, Saskatoon Inn

An opportunity to hear keynotes speakers discuss topics important to the Saskatchewan beef and forage industries Email or call 306-488-4725.

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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

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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

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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Redberry Lake Watershed AEGP Workshop

January 10th, 10 am - 4 pm, Hafford Ukrainian National Hall, Hafford, SK

Redberry Lake Watershed AEGP is hosting the 5th Annual Winter Workshop: Real Results – The Benefits of Implementing Best Management Practices on Your Farm. We will have speakers presenting on a range of topics: Dr. Bart Lardner from the Western Beef Development Centre: Production and Economics of Winter Feeding Systems; Karen Benjaminson of AESB-AAFC: Watershed Evaluation of Beneficial Management Practices (WEBS) Projects; Clubroot Best Management Practices: Information and Prevention; and more!

Please Register early and get your name put in for a door prize! Cost $10 adults, free for students. Please Register by January 3, 2012. Contact: Rachel Turnquist-AEGP Tech. Work: (306) 549 4060. Cell: (306) 549 7473 Email:

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Calling all Permaculture Enthusiasts in Moose Jaw and Swift Current!

Are you interested in hosting Calgary based-Verge Permaculture for a 3 hour or 1 day workshop in February? Rob at Verge will be touring Saskatchewan from February 15 to 28 and is looking to do a presentation in your community. He typically does a cost-sharing scheme with the host organization. If you are interested, please contact Here is a brief description of the presentation:

Verge Permaculture started with the belief that many people today are keenly aware of a need for change and care deeply about the planet and their communities but feel powerless to do anything to make a difference. When informed about a diverse and deepening scope of positive, practical & effective solutions people become inspired and empowered change-makers in their communities. During this presentation Rob will discuss the fundamentals of permaculture ethics, principles and design methodology and how it can be applied to: improve your home & backyard while saving resources and building a healthy place for family, friends and community; build resilient communities patterned after ecological principles; and assemble landscapes that clean water, use less energy, provide healthy organic food, save money and contribute to a healthy ecology.

Whether your interest is gardening, building homes, community work, economic regeneration, education, health, planning, business or green lifestyles, the application of permaculture design provides positive solutions towards a sustainable future. The optional workshop will present several scenarios and tools commonly used in permaculture design. This section is designed as interactive workshop in small break-out groups.

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