SEN Info Bulletin

February 29, 2012

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News

New Estimate has Drinking Water Safe by April

Prince Albert, SK - The end of Prince Albert's boil water order is in sight, city manager Robert Cotterill said during a press conference on Tuesday. "Our estimate now is that we will be in a position to provide safe drinking water to our residents by the end of March," he said.

The announcement comes 25 days after the city's initial precautionary boil water advisory was issued as a result of a faulty valve at the city's water treatment plant letting untreated river water into the water distribution system.

Although the city's water treatment plant is now operating as it should, the potentially harmful giardia micro-organism is still in the system, Cotterill said. More.

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Solar Research at U of S Gets $492,000 Boost

Developing cheaper, tougher solar cells is the goal of University of Saskatchewan chemistry researcher Ron Steer, who today was awarded $492,000 from the federal Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) under their Strategic Projects Grants program.

“Solar energy represents the ultimate source of ‘green’ power,” Steer said. “The available global supply represents about 10,000 times the world’s current combined electrical generation capacity.”

Harvesting this abundance is a challenge. The best solar cells, such as those used in spacecraft, are about 40 per cent efficient, while typical consumer-level photovoltaics deliver, at most, about 12 per cent. Both are still much too expensive for widespread use in solar energy farms. Organic (carbon-based) solar cells are considerably cheaper, but also much less efficient and too fragile for commercial use. It is here where Steer and his colleagues hope to make progress. More.

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Group Spreading Anti-nuclear Message

With Saskatchewan targeted to host a nuclear waste dump, a group of anti-nuclear advocates plan on putting their neighbours in the know.

"People need to know what's going on in our environment," Committee for Future Generations president Max Morin said. "It's all about the water ... It's going to kill our water and kill our environment ... Fresh water is getting scarce and is becoming a commodity."

The committee was formed in May of last year after Beauval and Pinehouse residents became aware that several northern Saskatchewan communities were being contacted by Nuclear Waste Management Organization to see if they were interested in storing nuclear waste.

In response, the committee hosted the 7,000 Generations march from Pinehouse to legislature in Regina last August - a march that passed through the City of Prince Albert. More.

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Hydro Development Makes a Battleground of Northern Manitoba

by Peter Kulchyski, Briarpatch Magazine

As public hearings around Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline begin, national attention is focused more than ever on the major debates related to tarsands development in Alberta and, increasingly, Saskatchewan. Quietly slipping under the public radar, it appears, is another significant set of energy projects that are not likely to gain major media time or space: the continued development of hydroelectric energy in northern Manitoba. More at Briarpatch.

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Action Alert

Public Review of Draft Sask Environmental Code

Deadline: March 16, 2012

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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Vote: 'Water on the Table' for Cinema Politica Audience Choice Award

Deadline: February 29 at midnight

Water on the Table' - Liz Marshall's film featuring the water justice work of Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow - is already one of the most widely screened films within the Cinema Politica network. Now it may win the Cinema Politica Audience Choice Award! To help this happen, vote at http://www.cinemapolitica.org/audience-choice/2011.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

10th Annual SEN Environmental Activism Awards

Deadline: March 9th, 2012

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 info@econet.sk.ca by March 9th, 2012.

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Saskatchewan Waste Minimization Awards

Deadline TODAY: February 29th

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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Garden Project Coordinator

Location: Regina

In partnership with Wascana Centre Authority, Facilities Management at the U of R, the Institute français, and First Nations University of Canada, Regina Public Interest Research Group are seeking a knowledgeable and self-motivated student to supervise and coordinate the inaugural year of the RPIRG Green Patch, the third garden in Regina’s Edible Campus project. Visit the full job posting. Learn more about the project: http://rpirg.org/events-projects/reginas-edible-campus/.

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Jamieson Laboratories: Call for the Wild

Deadline: March 15th

Jamieson Laboratories is now accepting nominations from community groups who would like to participate in Call for the Wild! 2012.

Call for the Wild! is Jamieson Laboratories’ community investment program that grants a total of $100,000 each year to registered non-profit organizations involved in the protection of Canada’s wildlife and wilderness. The program goals are threefold: To protect habitats and the endangered species that call them home; to conserve ecologically significant land; and to rehabilitate and protect wildlife.

Five organizations that best meet these objectives will be selected to participate in a social media-based public voting campaign that takes place later this year. Jamieson Laboratories will award a donation to each organization based on the percentage calculation of total votes posted during the voting campaign. Visit http://www.jamiesonlabs.com/CFTWRelease for program information or to nominate the organization of your choice.

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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 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

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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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 http://janeswalk.net/. Local Saskatoon contacts are: Gord Androsoff gandrosoff@sasktel.net Cell: 306-371-8108 or Tom Wolf tom.wolf@sasktel.net 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

Regina

Green Drinks

March 1st, 5:30 pm, Abstractions Café, 2161 Rose St.

March’s host for Green Drinks is Karen McIver. Karen will be discussing Trek School. Come out to learn more about this exciting course and what it can offer.

Come out to Green Drinks for lively conversations, and new connections. For more information on Green Drinks Regina, to be added to our e-mail list or to RSVP to this event (allowing the venue to staff accordingly) e-mail us at: greendrinksregina@gmail.com.

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Canadian Wheat Board Alliance Convention

March 2 - 3, West Harvest Inn, 4025 Albert

The central issue at this convention will be the democratic control of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) being taken away from farmers by the current federal government. Some of the speakers will be: Peter Russell, Constitutional Expert, a writer and Professor Emeritus of political science at the University of Toronto (ret.); Steven Shrybman, SGM LLP, Ottawa, and Anders Bruun, Winnipeg, both whom are legal council for a recently filed CWB class action court case; and Jim Harding, U. of Regina Prof. of Justice Studies (ret.). For more information please visit http://cwbafacts.ca.

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Seedy Saturday Regina

March 3rd, 10am – 2pm, St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 3337 15th Ave.

There will be open-pollinated garden vegetables and flower seeds, featuring seed for sale by prairie-based seed companies Prairie Garden Seeds (Sask), Heritage Harvest Seed (Manitoba), and Heliotrope Farms (Sask). Many other non-profit organizations and local businesses will be in attendance. Eat Healthy Foods organic grocery store will have lunch and snacks available for purchase.

People are encouraged to bring their open-pollinated garden seeds to trade at our community garden seed exchange table. Also, gardeners are invited to bring their unwanted gardening magazines and books for our gardener’s swap table.

Sponsored by: The Weston Price Foundation, Regina chapter, The Regina Horticultural Society, and Seeds of Diversity Canada admission by donation – all proceeds donated to Seeds of Diversity Canada. Call (306) 586-0887 for more information.

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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&Ijcrossrunnells@accesscomm.ca.

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Saskatoon

Public Forum “Medicare at 50”

February 29th, 7:30, Radisson Hotel, 405 - 20th St. E.

A Celecbration and Check Up! Featuring: Michael McBane (Canadian Health Coalition) and Natalie Mehra (Ontario Health Coalition). Michael McBane is the Executive Director of the Canadian Health Coalition, a national organization that monitors and advocates on behalf of Medicare for the benefit of all citizens. Natalie Mehra is the coordinator of the Ontario provincial association. Open to the public.

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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 http://events.econet.ca/events/passion-earth

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Even the Rain: Film Screening & Panel Discussion

March 7th, 7 - 11 pm, Broadway Theatre

Even The Rain (También La Lluvia): Spanish / Indigenous Film screening followed by Panel Discussion with: Dr. Priscilla Settee (Native Studies / U of S), Dr. Lalita Bharadwaj (School of Public Health & Global Institute for Water Security / U of S), Prof. Rodolfo Pino-Robles (Native Studies / U of S) and Jeh Custerra (Environmental Campaigner). Details here.

Free Admission – Everyone Welcome! Event Generously Sponsored by: College of Arts & Science Div. of Humanities & Fine Arts, Dept. of Languages & Linguistics, and Women’s & Gender Studies Program; and the University Library.

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Eco-Beats: Benefit for SEN Film Festival

March 9th, 8 pm, PAVED Arts, 424 - 20th St. W.

This will be a radical concert full of local talent. Proceeds go to the Saskatchewan Eco Network, in particular towards the organization of our Environmental Film Festivals. Artists include Paddy Tutty (http://prairiedruid.net), Between the Lines (formerly Sarah & Mike) (http://ca.myspace.com/sarahmikemusic), Barbershop Quartet, Field Notes (aka Maggie McBride), Ryan and Gan, Joule Tallman, and Old Joe and the Truth Hurts.

Doors open at 8 pm and music goes from 9 to midnight. Tickets cost $10, available at the door, ahead at http://www.picatic.com/event3301 or from the Saskatchewan Eco-network office.

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Seedy Saturday

March 10th, 11am - 4pm, E.D. Feehan High School, 411 Ave. M N.

Dreaming of gardening already? The real spring starts with Seedy Saturday! Seedy Saturday is a family-friendly eco-fair promoting open pollinated and heirloom seed-saving, biodiversity and sustainable living, featuring 35 exhibitors, hourly workshops, the SaskTel Mendel Art Caravan for children, and lunch. Admission is $2. Lunch, pay what you can. New this year, a demo on the half hour! Brought to you by CHEP Good Food Inc. http://www.chep.org. More.

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Nuclear Energy Waste and Sustainable Energy Awareness Day

March 10th, 12 - 5 pm, Oskayak High School, 919 Broadway

Saskatchewan is targeted for a nuclear waste dump. If it is built, we and thousands of future generations will have to deal with the consequences. Nuclear energy is completely unneeded with the green technology we have available today. Come learn about these issues and meet like minded people in a friendly and fun environment.

Confirmed presenters/facilitators include: Mark Bigland-Pritchard and David Geary. Clean Green Saskatchewan will be present with a table to provide information. We'll have the anti-nuclear waste petition from Committee for Future Generations available as well! There will be informative workshops on a variety of topics not limited to nuclear energy as well as speakers on sustainable technologies that can be used. Free event!

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Cross Canada Canoe Odyssey

March 14th, 7 pm, Cliff Wright Library Auditorium, 1635 McKercher Dr.

Over the course of 171 days in 2011, the Cross Canada Canoe Odyssey chiefly paddled, but also biked, snowshoed, and walked their sleek canoes 8000km from Vancouver BC to Saint John NB. Join trip members as they outline their route, discuss logistics, share stories, and showcase the stunning images captured along their adventurous path. These recipients of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society Expedition of the Year award intend to bring attention to the importance of Canada’s waterways and to raise awareness for the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Canadian Heritage River System. As the snow starts to melt, come ignite the spark for your next adventure! Event co-sponsored by the Saskatoon Public Library and Saskatchewan Environmental Society. For more information contact 665-1915.

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SEN Environmental Film Festival

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 http://econet.ca/filmfest/Filmfestivals2012.html. Deadline for sponsorship has been extended to February 29th.

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Other

Music to Save Saskatchewan

March 1st, 6:30 - 9 pm, John M Cuelenaere Library, 125 12th St. E., Prince Albert

Music, Dance and Thought-provoking Speakers – Become Empowered. Co-Sponsored by: JMC Public Library, Renewable Power the Intelligent Choice, Prince Albert Chapter of the Council of Canadians. Get the poster.

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Connecting Canadian Farmers to Food Sovereignty

March 14 – 15, Shekinah Retreat Centre, Walheim, SK

Join us in a facilitated workshop which will allow you to help to define what food sovereignty means to Canadian farmers. As a group, we will discuss the various facets that influence food sovereignty, such as production, distribution, processing, culture, education and government policy.

Accommodation and meals provided during the workshop. (No registration fee.) All Are Welcome! Space is limited so please sign up ASAP! Please RSVP to Karen Pedersen, IPC Representative for Region 6 NO LATER THAN March 5th. (306) 398-3633 or karen.pedersen@sasktel.net More details.

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Power Shift: A Sustainable Future for Saskatchewan's Electricity

March 17th, 1:30 pm, St. Peter's Abbey, Muenster, SK

Dr. Mark Bigland-Pritchard of Saskatoon will give an overview of the options available to green our grid, noting both strengths and challenges, and set out a rough framework for transition from our present fossil-dependent system to a fully renewable-based generation mix. In his presentation, he will answer the following questions: What is wrong with the way we generate electricity now? Is there a better way? What would a sustainable electricity mix look like? How can we get there? What are the challenges we need to overcome? What benefits will we obtain? Is this all affordable?

The event will be held in Michael Hall, 3rd Floor, St. Peter’s Abbey, in Muenster (Highway #5 – 10 kms East of Humboldt). Sponsored by Quill Plains Chapter, Council of Canadians. More information, contact Elaine Hughes 323-4938/Bill Curry 554-2985.

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From Knowledge to Action Conference

April 22-27, 2012, Montreal, Canada

Today is the last day to catch the early-bird registration rates for IPY 2012 From Knowledge to Action Conference. For more information contact conference@studentsonice.com or visit http://www.ipy2012montreal.ca/.

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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.