SEN Info Bulletin

February 15, 2012

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Action Alert

Employment Opportunities

Opportunities/Call for Proposals



Practical Applications in Renewable Energy

You’re Invited: Come see how to PARE your energy! On February 25th and 26th, there will be an Open House showcasing 60 solar thermal (heating) panels, 4 wind turbines, and numerous energy efficiency measures including structurally insulated panels (SIP’S) and in-floor heating. Pedersen Apiaries will host hourly guided tours and opportunities to learn from both their successes and mistakes. The event is sponsored by National Farmers Union and the Saskatchewan Eco Network.

The location of the PARE event is near Cut Knife, Saskatchewan. More details are posted here.

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10th Annual SEN Environmental Activism Awards

Do you know someone or a group of people who deserve recognition for the part they play in protecting the environment, someone who is hardworking or innovative? Is a group or business doing something significant, trying a more conscientious or respectful approach to the environment? Why not nominate them for a Saskatchewan Eco-network Environmental Activist Award?

A life of environmental activism is often a lonely and unrewarding existence. Sometimes, activism pays off - a species returns from the endangered list, an area becomes protected, a health issue becomes widely acknowledged. The Saskatchewan EcoNetwork is celebrating the lives and the accomplishments of environmental activists through its tenth annual Environmental Activist Awards.

Please send us the name, address, phone number and email of the person or group you are nominating, and your name, phone number and email. Provide us with some biographical information about the nominee, and send it to us at by March 9th, 2012.

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Geothermal Potentials in Moose Jaw

Approximately 4.5 billion years ago the Earth formed from solar nebula particles drawn together under the force of gravity.

Flash forward to the 2012 Green and Sustainable Energy Forum and Fair at SIAST Palliser Campus on Friday, and Helix Geological Consultant’s Brian Brunskill was explaining a 2011 South Central Enterprise Region feasibility study that looked at using the underground radioactive decay from the energy of Earth’s formation to help heat Moose Jaw homes.

“The rocks themselves hold the heat,” Brunskill told the audience during the information session titled Green Energy in Community Design at the 2012 Green and Sustainable Energy Housing Forum and Fair at SIAST Palliser Campus. More...

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Free Health Publications Offered

The Canadian Women’s Health Network is looking to mail out free bulk copies (20, 50, 150, or more) of a number of our reliable health information publications in French and English that would be ideal for classrooms, community centres, staff rooms and public spaces. We’ll also gladly cover all the costs of shipment, so there will be no expense to you. Publications such as Pharmaceuticals in our Water: A new threat to public health? and many more are available. Please contact to order your copies today.

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Action Alert

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 for public review and comment.

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Stop Clear-cutting in Castle

Spray Lake Sawmill's bulldozers are now building logging roads in former national park lands to clear-cut what today is the heart of the Castle Special Management Area - a Government of Alberta designated Special Place protected area in the Rocky Mountains of southwest Alberta. As Alberta's Legislature and new Premier go back to work, you can use your leverage as a potential visitor to Alberta or voter in Alberta to save this vital part of the international Crown of the Continent ecosystem and National Geographic geotourism area.

The author of Canada's official book for the National Park Centennial was amongst the local residents, outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists that were issued a Court Order over blocking logging from starting in what was once Waterton Lakes National Park and is today the Special Place protected area. It's Alberta's most biologically diverse area with numerous species listed as rare or at risk of extinction in Alberta, including grizzly bears.

For more information on Castle Protected Area visit the Castle Campaign Page on Sierra'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 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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National Farmers' Union: Executive Director

The Executive Director (ED) will work with the Board and Executive of the NFU to successfully implement the policy directives of the membership. The ED will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the National Office of the NFU and work in a management role with the Director of Finance and Director of Policy and Research. The ED will take a leadership role in identifying emerging issues, setting priorities and maximizing the effectiveness of the resources of the NFU. More at Saskjobs.

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Saskatchewan Environment Society: Job Postings

Deadline: February 24th

There are currently two part-time employment opportunities with the SES: Office Manager, and Communications and Marketing Coordinator. Full details for the positions are posted at

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Nature Conservancy: Shell Conservation Intern

Deadline: February 24th

This position is to assist the NCC Saskatchewan Stewardship Program in delivering stewardship activities. It is based in Regina; requires the ability to travel throughout southern and central Saskatchewan to field sites and overnight stays. Details here.

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Saskatchewan Watershed Authority: Summer Positions

Deadline: February 24th

There are numerous postings in the hydrology and water conservation fields at the SWA website.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Accreditation and Registration to Rio+20

Deadline: February 20, 2012

NGOs and other major groups’ organisations that are NOT yet accredited to the United Nations and wish to participate in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) will be offered a one time opportunity to become accredited to Rio+20. Accreditation will close February 20th. Registration and information on Rio+20 opportunities are posted at

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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

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Saskatoon Youth Advisory Council Grants

Deadline: March 1, 2012

In 2004, the Saskatoon Community Foundation launched the Batting 1000 Youth Advisory Council (YAC), a group of young people 13 to 19 years old. YAC enhances the quality of life for Saskatoon children and youth by disbursing grants from the Batting 1000 Endowment for Children and Youth. In 2012, the Youth Advisory Council will give preference to projects in the following priority areas: Environmental Stewardship, Equality and Diversity, Emotional Support, Poverty Relief, Education, Healthy Active Living,and Youth Living with Disabilities and Health Conditions. As well, projects should: appeal to youth, use resources wisely, be refreshing (new, innovative, ambitious, visionary), have a clearly detailed budget, and have measurable outcomes.

You can learn more about Batting 1000 Youth Advisory Council here. For more information, contact the Grants and Communications Manager at 665-1767.

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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 or contact Dan at / 306-780-9241.

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Superheroes for the Greater Green

Deadline: March 30th, 2012

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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Jane's Walk: Call for Tour Guides in Saskatoon

May 5 and 6, 2012

Jane's Walk is the street-level celebration of Jane Jacobs' legacy that combines the simple act of walking with personal observations, urban history and local lore as a means of knitting people together into strong and resourceful communities. Yearly, nearly 20,000 people get out and explore hundreds of neighbourhoods across Canada, the United States and around the world. We are inviting you to lead a tour in an area where you live, work or play. It simply involves planning a route, thinking through the stories, places and people you want people to hear about and discuss, then walking participants through it - you decide what's important.

If you are interested in leading a Jane's Walk please check the Jane's Walk website at Local Saskatoon contacts are: Gord Androsoff Cell: 306-371-8108 or Tom Wolf Cell: 306-716-2490

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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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Coming Events


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. If you have any questions, please contact Chet Neufeld at or phone (306) 668-3940.

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Permaculture Events: with Rob Avis

February 24th - 25th, Regina

Free talk: Friday Feb 24 7-9 pm at Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre

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:

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WRSOS Fundraiser Banquet

March 24th, 5:30 pm, Novaro Ballroom, Delta Regina

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan (WRSOS) is a registered non profit organization that is committed to educating the public about wildlife issues, connecting injured/orphaned wildlife to treatment and care and, whenever possible, returning to these animals to the wild. They are hosting a banquet on Saturday, March 24th to raise funds for, and awareness of, their organization. The banquet speaker is Dianne Wittner, a wildlife rehabilitator since 1983 and sought after presenter at conferences and universities around the world. In her presentation, Diane will chronicle her adventures throughout her career with colourful stories and photographs.

In addition to the buffet, the event will feature a silent auction, and various items for sale from wildlife rehabilitators around the province. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.. Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. Buffet starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $38 per person. Contact Jan at (306) 949-6728 or d&

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Benefit for SEN Film Festival: Riversdale Community Association Steak Night

February 16th, 6 - 9 pm, Tiffany's 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. All proceeds from this steak night are going to the Enviromental Film Festival. If you would still like to purchase a ticket, phone Tiffany's at 955-1919 or contact Tom Morgan at 242-1338.

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"RE" Art Auction & Closing Reception

February 16th, 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. Details can be found at

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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 Note: you may buy a PRI Sask membership along with your workshop fee for a total of $110. Complete details at:

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Film: RIP: A Remix Manifesto + panel discussion

February 21st, 7 pm, PAVED Arts

Join Cinema Politica Presents for a film and discussion revolving around intellectual property rights. Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.

Stay after the film for a panel discussion. Our panelists Panelists: David Lariviere (Artistic Director, PAVED Arts) and Priscilla Settee (Professor of Native Studies, U. of S.) will expand the discussion of intellectual property rights into other domains, including the visual arts and the patenting of life. Admission is free, and donations are gladly accepted. More.

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Native Prairie Speaker Series: Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan

February 22nd, Saskatoon

12:30 pm University of Saskatchewan, Physics Building (116 Science Place), Rm 129. The Road Less Rare Plants Looking for a Home. Speaker: Darcy Henderson, Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service

7 pm Western Development Museum (2610 Lorne Ave. South), Palace Theatre. Turkey Vultures: Parents in Absentia. Speaker: Stuart Houston.

Watch LIVE at!

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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. Full details at

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SEN Environmental Film Festivals

April 20 - 22, Roxy Theatre

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 Deadline for sponsorship has been extended to February 29th.

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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. Admission is free.

Some volunteers are still required for the weekend's activities. Please contact Karen Pedersen if you are able to help out.

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:

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More events at the SEN Event Calendar: