SEN Info Bulletin

January 18, 2012

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News

Climate Justice Movement in Saskatoon

We are seeking to revitalize the climate justice movement in Saskatoon and bring climate issues to the minds and hearts of Saskatchewan! With the vision of creating a local and dynamic group, we are looking for passionate people from all walks of life to help us develop a strong grassroots movement in order to combat the climate crisis in a manner that addresses inequality, colonialism, racism, sexism and all other forms of oppression.

Whether you are a seasoned "activist", a newbie to environmentalism or just someone who recognizes the gravity of our current situation and wants to make a difference - we want you! We are striving to create a varied group with respect for a diversity of ideas and tactics. The climate crisis is not going to be solved by our current government and it is up to us to begin to voice our dissent and develop alternatives!

For more information, please contact: Karen Rooney: karen-rooney@hotmail.com or Mark Bigland-Pritchard: mark@lowenergydesign.com.

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Study: Effects of Climate Change on Water System

The City of Saskatoon wants to work with the University of Saskatchewan on a research project that will study how the city's storm water and sewer systems are affected by climate change trends.

The two-year project could start this month and will study the city's "intensity-duration-frequency curves" - the main tool used in storm water management system designs - in the wake of unprecedented rainfall during the past decade. Saskatoon has had four of its wettest years on record since 2005, according to the city. Read more at StarPhoenix.com.

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Action Alert

Public Review of Draft Saskatchewan Environmental Code

During the summer of 2008, the Ministry of Environment began a review of its environmental management model which resulted in recommendations to develop a results-based approach for environmental management in Saskatchewan. The ministry’s move toward the results-based regulatory model included modernizing several key pieces of legislation in 2010. Now the ministry is ready to introduce a draft of the next key regulatory tool - the Saskatchewan Environmental Code.

The Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Environment has just announced the start of the public review for the draft Saskatchewan Environmental Code. An online introductory document, preface to the code and 19 code chapters have been posted on the ministry website at http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/codereview for public review and comment.

The development of the draft code has been a collaborative effort involving representatives from companies, industrial associations, government agencies at all levels, environmental organizations, First Nations and Métis communities, academia, and individuals. The ministry commends the commitment and contribution made by more than 200 experts and industry leaders on the development of the code.

To assist stakeholders in understanding the new model, public code review meetings are planned for 8:00 am to 12:00 pm in the following dates and locations:

  • January 30, 2012 – Municipal focus - Conexus Centre of the Arts, Convention Hall, 200 Lakeshore Drive, Regina
  • February 2, 2012 – Forestry focus - Travelodge, Coronet Room, 3551 2nd Avenue West, Prince Albert
  • February 3, 2012 – Industrial/Mining focus - Saskatoon Inn, Canadian Room, 2002 Airport Drive, Saskatoon

Please RSVP to codesecretariat@gov.sk.ca by January 23rd with respect to which location and number of individuals planning to attend.

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Ask Maple Leaf to Stand Up for Food Safety

Ottawa plans to roll back important investments to shore up the weak food safety and inspection system that led to the deaths of 23 Canadians poisoned by Maple Leaf Foods tainted cold cuts in 2008. These cuts are sure to undermine consumer confidence in the safety of Canadian food products.

Please send a message to Michael McCain, President of Maple Leaf Foods – urging him to ask Ottawa to maintain progress we have made to improve food safety and address the critical inspector shortage. http://www.foodsafetyfirst.ca/mapleleaf/.

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Comments Invited for Species at Risk Legislation

Environment Canada invites you to comment on the proposed amendment to Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA): the List of Wildlife Species at Risk. The public comment period for this amendment will end on February 8, 2012.

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has recommended the addition of 13 terrestrial species to the legal list, while six terrestrial species are being considered for up-listing to higher risk status and five are being considered for down-listing to a lower risk status. Additionally, COSEWIC assessments have confirmed the existing Schedule 1 risk status of 25 other terrestrial species already listed. Details at http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/document/default_e.cfm?documentID=2318.

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Petition: Stop the Enbridge Pipeline

Last week, Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver launched a massive public relations offensive to silence Canadians opposed to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. The reality is that there is broad opposition to a pipeline that would pump tar sands crude from Alberta to British Columbia’s rugged coastal waters where it would be loaded onto supertankers destined for overseas markets. We need a massive public outcry right now to counter the smear campaign by talking about the real issues. Click here to tell send a message to the Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver: http://www.leadnow.ca/canadas-interests.

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Resources

Employment Opportunities

Coordinator: Food Secure Canada

Deadline: January 20th, 2012

Food Secure Canada is a Canada-wide alliance of civil society organizations and individuals collaborating to advance dialogue and cooperation for policies and programs that improve food security in Canada and globally. Together we are creating the building blocks of a healthy, fair and ecological food system, grounded in strengthened democracy and community action. Food Secure Canada is the only diverse national food issues network in the country, with leaders from all regions and sectors.

This is a ten-month renewable position. The coordinator can be based anywhere in Canada. Full details on the RCEN job board at http://jobs.rcen.ca/ecojobs.php?id=16346.

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Summerhill Program Manager

Location: Regina

We are hiring an experienced Program Manager to work in our beautiful downtown Regina office, with the possibility of relocation to our other offices in the near future. PThe rogram Manager will 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 Senior Program Manager in our Toronto office. 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. Full details at http://jobs.rcen.ca/ecojobs.php?id=16249.

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Nature Saskatchewan: Summer Opportunities

Deadline: February 17, 2012

Nature Saskatchewan has posted several job opportunities on their website at http://www.naturesask.ca/?s=news&p=employment All positions are based in Regina, involve extensive travel in southern Saskatchewan, and start in early May 2012. Qualifications include a strong interest in conservation and environmental education, and studies in the fields of biology, botany, plant science, ecology, geography, agriculture, or other related studies.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

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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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. These 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, http://www.saskatooncommunityfoundation.ca. If you need any assistance, please contact Don Ewles, Grants and Communications Manager, at 665-1767 or don.ewles@saskatooncommunityfoundation.ca.

The Saskatoon Community Foundation grants only to Canadian registered charities. 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 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 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 http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/Scholarship.

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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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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 http://earthday.ca/hometown. Have questions? You can reach Hometown Heroes Lead, Stephanee Passant, by e-mail at heroes@earthday.ca 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: http://www4.agr.gc.ca/resources/prod/pdf/SPT_aip-pia/aip-pia_guide_eng.pdf.

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Coming Events

Regina

Native Prairie Speaker Series

January 18th, 7 pm, Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium

Stewards of Saskatchewan Programs Speakers: Katherine Brewster and Nicole Fergus, Nature Saskatchewan. Presented by the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan http://www.pcap-sk.org

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Apathy into Action: Exploring Issues and Organizing Actions

January 27th - 28th, University of Regina

RPIRG (Regina Public Interest Research Group) is pleased to present the 5th Annual Social Justice Conference. All sessions are FREE and open to students and the public. Registration is encouraged, and required if attending the Saturday workshops. For more information, please visit http://www.rpirg.org, email info@rpirg.org, call Jenn at 306.337.2420, or check out the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/209695129120846/.

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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 http://www.npss.sk.ca. 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 info@npss.sk.ca or phone (306) 668-3940.

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Saskatoon

Saskatoon Nature Society: Forensic Tools in Wildlife Research

January 19th, 7:30 pm, Biology Bldg., Room 106, U. of S.

Presentation by Keith Hobson: "Forensic Tools in Wildlife Research". Our programs are free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information visit http://www.saskatoonnaturesociety.sk.ca/program.html.

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Escape Winter!

January 21st, 9:30am - 3:30pm, Nutana Park Mennonite Church, 1701 Ruth St. E.

Morning Session - Permaculture Basics - what's it all about? Noon - wonderful potluck lunch. Afternoon Session - Pruning and Grafting for Prairie Gardeners. Details at http://www.prairiemastergardeners.ca/.

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Canticle to the Cosmos with Judy Schachtel

January 24th 7 - 9 pm, Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor St. W.

Jan. 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., 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 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 open. The workshop agenda, registration details and form, and accommodation information are available on the SK PCAP website by clicking on http://www.pcap-sk.org/?s=12.nprrw2012details.

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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A Home Built of Straw: Learn About This Green Building Alternative

February 8th, 7 pm, Cliff Wright Library, 1635 McKercher Dr.

Join guest speaker Bert Weichel, lecturer in the Geography Department at the University of Saskatchewan, as he talks about his experience building his own straw bale house just outside of Saskatoon. He will discuss some of the advantages of straw bale construction, including the renewable nature of straw, cost, easy availability and high insulation value. Event co-sponsored by the Saskatoon Public Library and Saskatchewan Environmental Society. Free! All welcome. For more information phone 665-1915.

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Other

SOEEA Annual General Meeting

January 21st, 10:30am - 4:30pm, Kiwanis River Park Lodge, Moose Jaw

Details at http://www.soeea.sk.ca/event/other/2012-01-21/~531.

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High-Level Nuclear Waste Storage in Saskatchewan

January 26, 7 pm, St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church Hall, Moose Jaw

Presentation: David Geary, The Coalition for a Clean Green Saskatchewan. What options are there for nuclear waste storage? What are the implications of a proposed site in Northern Saskatchewan?

Everyone is invited to attend and participate in this discussion. For more information call (306)280-0235 or go to http://www.cleangreensask.ca.

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Oil & Gas Industry Presentation Featuring Jessica Ernst

January 28th, 1 pm, Michael Hall, St. Peter's Abbey, Muenster, SK

Oil and gas industry contamination of groundwater with methane is a wide spread and expensive problem, even in Saskatchewan. Decades ago, researchers reported increased concentrations of methane in water wells and springs in Saskatchewan with increased density of energy industry wellbores. That was before the new "brute force" hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

Jessica Ernst, a 54-year old scientist with 30 years petroleum industry experience, alleges that the natural gas industry contaminated a shallow aquifer in her community with toxic industry-related chemicals and is suing the Alberta government, Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) and EnCana for negligence and unlawful activities.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, industry and our governments do not tell us about industry's damning results; Jessica will.

Sponsored by Quill Plains Chapter, Council of Canadians. More information, contact Elaine Hughes at 323-4938 or Bill Curry at 554-2985. Muenster is on Highway #5 - 10 kms East of Humboldt.

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Practical Applications in Renewable Energy

Feb. 25th, 10am – 5pm & Feb. 26th 1pm – 5pm, Pedersen Apiaries, Cut Knife, SK

You’re Invited: Come see how to PARE your energy! Open House: hourly tours showcasing 60 solar thermal (heating) panels, 4 wind turbines, and numerous energy efficiency measures including structurally insulated panels (SIP’S) and in-floor heating. There will be hourly guided tours and opportunities to learn from both our successes and mistakes. Sponsored by: National Farmers Union and the Saskatchewan Eco Network

Directions to Pedersen Apiaries: 13 km north of Junction of Hwy 40 & Hwy 21 S (Wilbert), 5 km west, 2 km north OR Turn at the Carruthers turnoff on Hwy 21 (between Hwy 16 & 40), 8 km east, 2km north.

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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 jessie.j.best@gmail.com 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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More events at the SEN Event Calendar: http://events.econet.ca.