SEN Info Bulletin

February 2, 2012

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Action Alert

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Employment Opportunities

Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Events

News

SEN Environmental Film Festivals Planned

Planning for the 2012 SEN Environmental Film Festivals is well underway. The dates are set for festivals in Regina and Saskatoon for the Earth Day weekend. In Saskatoon, the festival will take place at the Roxy Theatre on April 20 - 22. In Regina, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum Theatre will host the event on April 20 - 21.

The Saskatchewan Eco-network is looking for sponsors and advertisers for the Festival. Please consider being a sponsor - good karma is guaranteed! Information is available at http://econet.ca/filmfest/Filmfestivals2012.html.

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Teens Honoured with Youth Global Citizen Award

Five teenagers who walked to Regina last summer to protest the storage of nuclear waste in northern Saskatchewan are being recognized by the Saskatchewan Council for International Co-operation.

The Council will present Youth Global Citizen Awards to Geron Paul, 19, of English River, Shayna Paul, 17, of English River, Rueben Roy, 16, of Beauval, Marissa Favel, 17, of Ile-A-la-Crosse and River Cote, 13, of Saskatoon.

“The Saskatchewan Council for International Co-operation initiated the (awards) in 1990 to recognize Saskatchewan people who have made outstanding contributions to global co-operation, peace and justice,” the council wrote in a letter to the Committee for Future Generations, the group that organized the walk.

Read the article at the Meadow Lake Progress .

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Action Alert

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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Public Review of Draft Sask Environmental Code

The Ministry of Environment invites you to send your comments and questions on the new Saskatchewan Environmental Code, the first of its kind in Canada. Discussion is welcome anytime but, for comments to be considered for version one of the code, please submit comments by March 16, 2012. 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.

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Petition: Save Jasper National Park Section from Privatization

In days, the Harper Government will privatize a section of Jasper National Park and let an American-owned company blast a 300m metal walkway into our World Heritage mountains - but Jasper's Superintendent has the power to stop them. The plan would not only spur development, but would give an American company the right to charge each of us for entry into Jasper park. Private international companies should not be profiteering off our national treasures.

Click here to ensure our parks stay in public hands -- sign the petition calling on Greg Fenton to save Jasper National Park before it's too late: http://www.avaaz.org/en/jasper_development/?vl.

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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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Petition: Stop Fracking in Canada

Fracking is a technique that involves the injection of millions of litres of water and thousands of litres of unidentified chemicals underground at very high pressure in order to create fractures in the underlying shale rock formations and extract the natural gas below the surface.

The Council of Canadians is calling for a country-wide stop to fracking operations. Click here to support their campaign to put pressure on the federal government to step into a leadership role and ensure that our water sources, people’s health and the environment are protected from unnecessary and dangerous pollution.

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Resources

Clean Green YouTube Channel and News

Check out the Coalition for a Clean Green Saskatchewan's YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/cleangreensask. Also - Radiating Posters: A collection of posters from the global movement against nuclear power is now available for purchase through their website: http://www.cleangreensask.ca/ .

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Small Change Fund

Small Change Fund is a Canadian crowd-funding platform that assists grassroots organizations to obtain funding for projects that impact the environment or focus on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. A Saskatoon resident has offered to donate up to $10,000 through Small Change Fund to grassroots environmental projects in Saskatchewan. There are so many charitable organizations doing valuable work in Saskatchewan. You are encouraged to submit a project proposal!

More information on EcoFriendly Sask's website.

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Employment Opportunities

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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Saskatchewan Environment Society: Job Postings

There are currently two part-time employment opportunities with the SES: Office Manager, and Communications and Marketing Coordinator. The deadline to apply is February 24th, 2012. Full details for the positions are posted at http://www.environmentalsociety.ca/main/.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Saskatchewan Waste Minimization Awards

Deadline: February 29, 2012

Just a reminder that we are still seeking nominations for the 2011 Waste Minimization Awards, which will be presented at the Spring 2012 Forum on April 19 in Regina. If you know of a worthy individual or organization, please feel free to nominate them. For all the information, please go on-line to http://www.saskwastereduction.ca.

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Environment in Focus Photo Challenge

Deadline: March 1st, 2012

What Does Environmental Sustainability Look Like? The Saskatchewan Museums Association wants your digital photos showing environmental sustainability in action! The Environment in Focus Photo Challenge is designed to raise awareness and public engagement about environmental sustainability. We are looking for photographs that illustrate how people can live in long-term harmony with the natural world.

Winners will be announced at the Saskatchewan’s Museums and Sustainability publication launch on Earth Day, 22 April 2012. For details, visit the MAS website at http://saskmuseums.org or contact Dan at pdcoordinator@saskmuseums.org / 306-780-9241.

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Superheroes for the Greater Green

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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Coming Events

Regina

CWB Legal Case Fundraiser

February 5th, 2 pm, Earl Grey, SK

There is a Canadian Wheat Board legal case fundraiser meeting and banquet scheduled for this Sunday February 5th at 2 pm in Earl Grey Saskatchewan. The purpose of the meeting is to raise funds for the CWB legal case against the federal government. The cost to attend is $20, in addition to whatever funds you can donate to the legal case.

Special guest speakers include: Ralph Goodale, Malcom Allen, Donna Welke and Jim Harding. Earl Grey is located at the junction of Highways 22 and 641, north of Craven. Earl Grey village website: http://www.earl-grey.ca/. For further information, please contact: Ed Sagan, NFU Region 6 Coordinator, Cell: (306) 728-9050 Home: (306) 728-3760.

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International Development Week Opening Ceremonies

February 6th, 11:30, in front of the Global Learning Centre, College West Bldg, U. of R.

Join SCIC, UR International and local dignitaries as we officially launch International Development Week 2012 in Regina. The opening ceremonies will be followed by a faculty panel discussion entitled "What's Gender got to do with Development?" Panel participants include: Dr. Cindy Hanson (Education), Dr. Darlene Juschka (Women's and Gender Studies) and Dr. JoAnn Jaffe (Sociology). Moderator: Rebecca Mellett, CIDA's Director of Prairies and Pacific Regions.

Representatives from various local and international NGOs and groups will also be at the event, showcasing their organizations and the work they do. All are welcome to what promises to be an engaging and thought provoking event. Lunch will be provided.

Visit http://www.uregina.ca/international/idw.html for information about UR International's International Development Week Activities, including speakers, films and more.

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Native Plant Society AGM and Conference

February 17 - 18, Conexus Arts Centre

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan conference 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. Registration deadline is Friday February 3rd. 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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Permaculture Events: with Rob Avis

February 24th - 25th

Free talk - Friday Feb 24 7-9 pm at Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, 2900 – 13th Ave.

Workshop - Saturday Feb. 25, 9am to 4pm, Room 106, College Bldg. Special introductory rates for this first Permaculture workshop, and first trip by Rob Avis of Verge Permaculture to Regina. Advance before February 10th is $50 for students, $90 regular. After Feb. 10th: $75 for students, $115 regular.

More details at: http://events.econet.ca/events/permaculture-regina.

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Saskatoon

Revenge of the Electric Car

February 2nd, 7 pm, Broadway Theatre

The last night is tonight! There is a Facebook event, invite your friends: http://www.facebook.com/events­/229933030425374/.

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Public Review of Draft Sask Environmental Code: Industrial/Mining Focus

February 3rd, 8 am - 12 pm, Saskatoon Inn, Canadian Rm.

Please RSVP to codesecretariat@gov.sk.ca with respect to number of individuals planning to attend.

The Ministry of Environment also invites you to send your comments and questions. Discussion is welcome anytime but, for comments to be considered for version one of the code, please submit comments by March 16, 2012. 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.

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Gear Up for Ice Cycle

February 3rd, 5 pm, Two Twenty (220 - 20th St. W.)

Even if you don't join us for the bike rally on Sunday, we'd love to have you come out and help us raise some money for the Ice Cyclists! What can you expect? Beer sponsored by Paddock Wood, BLING for your BIKE (decorate your ride for the big event!), Get your Two Twenty crest and sport your team colors, Winter Riding Tips from Saskatoon Cycles.

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Saskatoon Global Citizen Awards Gala

February 4th, 7 pm, Cosmo Seniors Centre (614 11th St. E.)

An annual SCIC event that brings together the international development community and those who support global justice in Saskatoon and area. Each year local people are honoured for their work and commitment to make the world a better place. Award Winners: Walk for Future Generations Youth Participants - Five young people who walked 820km to protest nuclear waste in their communities. JoAnn Jaffe - U of R professor working for education, food security and gender equity around the world. Plus: Traditional Honour Song performed by John Noon; International Appetizers and cash bar; music by The SeaHags.

Attendance is free (donations gratefully accepted). Please RSVP, if possible to scic@earthbeat.sk.ca or call (306) 757-4669. See the SCIC website http://www.earthbeat.sk.ca/ for more events during International Development Week.

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Ice Cycle

February 5th, 12 - 3 pm,

Saskatoon Cycles and WAM will host the coldest bike rally on the planet! For details and to sign up visit http://www.icecycle.ca/. Event day activities include: free bike repairs (11:30-3pm), winter cycling workshop (12pm-12:45pm), world's coldest bike parade (1pm).live music (1:30pm), door prizes and much more.

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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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"RE" Auction & Closing Reception

February 10th, 7 - 10 pm, The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre

The Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan is hosting an art exhibition and auction entitled "RE" at The Refinery Arts and Spirit Centre. The exhibition is on display from Monday, January 30 - Friday, February 10 9:30am - 12:30 pm Monday to Friday. Auction and closing reception will be held Friday, February 10th at 7 pm. Details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/324445740904127/ Or contact: shandy30@hotmail.com

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Benefit for SEN Film Festival: Riversdale Community Association Steak Night

February 16th, 6 - 9 pm, Tiffany's Family Restaurant, 1527 Idylwyld Dr N

Dinner includes steak/ mushrooms/ potatoes/ caeser salad/ garlic toast, vegetarian option of stir fry. Cocktails at 6 pm, supper at 7. Tickets are $20.00. All proceeds from this steak night are going to the Enviromental Film Festival.If you would like to purchase a ticket or donate a door prize. contact Lana at lanalehr@care2.com or anyone of the members of the Riversdale Community Association. Thank you for your support!

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Permaculture and Sustainable Gardening

February 17th, 7 pm, Broadway Theatre

Permaculture is the use of ecology as the basis for designing integrated systems of housing, energy, water, waste, food production and community. For every climate, continent and culture, from the smallest balcony garden to the largest broad acre farm, permaculture can - and has - created low input and highly productive systems.

In this presentation with Rob Avis of Verge Permaculture, learn how incorporating principles from natural ecology into the design of your home, garden and community can create spaces that use less fossil energy, reduce water consumption, clean pollution, build topsoil and make the world a better place overall.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Come get inspired!

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Fundamentals of Permaculture Design: Workshop with Rob Avis

February 18th, 9 am to 5 pm, Rm. 74, Law Bldg. U. of S.

Calgary based Verge Permaculture has designed this six hour intensive to provide you with the tools to turn your home into the greenest home on the block - all the while saving money and making a super healthy, beautiful and inspiring environment for family, friends and community.

Cost: $90 for PRI Sask Members, $100 for Non-members. Lunch and refreshments are included. Register by emailing info@permasask.ca. Note: you may buy a PRI Sask membership along with your workshop fee for a total of $110. Complete details at: http://events.econet.ca/events/fundamentals-permaculture-design.

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The Passion of the Earth: Nuclear Waste in Saskatchewan

March 3rd, 1 - 7:30 pm, St. Andrew’s College (1121 College Dr.)

A KAIROS Lenten Event in Solidarity with the Committee for Future Generations featuring special guests, Max and Debbie Morin, from the Committee for Future Generations. Featuring presentation, panels, workshops and supper.

No charge! To register, or for more information, please contact: Shawn Sanford Beck 653 2544 greenpriest@hotmail.ca or Garret Hantke 227 5377 g.hantke@gmail.com Full details at http://events.econet.ca/events/passion-earth

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Other

CWB Legal Case Fundraiser

February 5th, 2 pm, Earl Grey, SK

There is a Canadian Wheat Board legal case fundraiser meeting and banquet scheduled for this Sunday February 5th at 2 pm in Earl Grey Saskatchewan. The purpose of the meeting is to raise funds for the CWB legal case against the federal government. The cost to attend is $20, in addition to whatever funds you can donate to the legal case.

Special guest speakers include: Ralph Goodale, Malcom Allen, Donna Welke and Jim Harding. Earl Grey is located at the junction of Highways 22 and 641, north of Craven. Earl Grey village website: http://www.earl-grey.ca/. For further information, please contact: Ed Sagan, NFU Region 6 Coordinator, Cell: (306) 728-9050 Home: (306) 728-3760.

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City of Moose Jaw Green & Sustainable Energy Housing Forum & Fair

February 10 -11, 8:30 am - 5:15 pm, SIAST Palliser Campus, Moose Jaw

All are welcome! Free Admission! Details at: http://events.econet.ca/events/green-and-sustainable-energy-housing-forum.

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Practical Applications in Renewable Energy

February 25 - 26, 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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Straw Light Clay Workshop

July 6 - 8, Craik, SK

Straw Light Clay is the combination of straw and natural earth clay. Its origins date back to Germany and other European countries with some structures still standing and being utilized after 700 years. SLC (Straw Light Clay) can be described as a cross between straw bale construction and cob. Details on the workshop on the CSLP website: http://www.craikecovillage.com/strawbale_workshop.html.

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