SEN Info Bulletin

March 15, 2012

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Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Events

News

SEN Environmental Film Festival on Earth Day Weekend

Plans for the SEN Environmental Film Festival are well underway, with festivals planned in Saskatoon and Regina on Earth Day weekend, April 20 to 22.

The list of films to be shown at the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon includes: If A Tree Falls, To Make A Farm, Land of Oil and Water, On The Line, Mad City Chickens, People of A Feather and more! There will be presentations and panels in conjunction with several of the films, broaching the subjects of pipelines, nuclear waste, recycling, urban chickens and more! Friday evening will include presentation of the SEN Environmental Activism Awards, and a Gala to follow the screening.

This year's Regina committee is planning a day-long blitz of films and presentations on April 22nd at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum - films to be announced soon!

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Action Alert

Public Review of Draft Sask Environmental Code

Deadline: March 16, 2012

Tomorrow is the final day to send your comments and questions on the new Saskatchewan Environmental Code. 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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Should Stores Ban Plastic Bags?

A group of students at the University of Saskatchewan is trying to eliminate plastic grocery bags in Saskatoon. They've created a Facebook page called Plastic-Free Saskatoon at http://www.facebook.com/PlasticFreeSaskatoon, which says the bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down in a landfill.

Petitions to support a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags in Saskatoon are available to sign at: Turning The Tide, Outter Limits, The Better Good, Escape Sports, Caffe Sola, and Luna and Hill Clothing! Show your support by signing your name!

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Employment Opportunity: Ferruginous Hawk Project

Deadline: March 31th, 2012

We are looking to hire 2 crew leaders and 5 field assistants for a collaborative U of A and Environment Canada study on the relationship between Ferruginous Hawks and industrial development in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Apply early before the positions are filled!

Tasks include nest searching and monitoring, hawk observation, capture and banding, attaching GPS data-loggers and VHF transmitters to hawks, landowner communication, telemetry tracking, identifying habitat characteristics, and more related tasks. Additional assets include experience working with and handling birds, driving 4WD trucks and quads, basic climbing skills, vegetation identification experience, knowledge of Species At Risk Act, and experience interacting with rural landowners.

Pay rate for field supervisors are $2500 - $3000 CDN/month and field assistants $1900 - $2300 CDN/month. Housing and food are included while in the field. Work period typically consists of a 10 days on / 4 days off rotation, this is flexible, but overall work period amounts to 22 days/month. Work term and location has some flexibility, but 1-2 crew leader positions will start March 1st and the remaining positions will start mid-April. Field work is in southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan. Please send a resume, cover letter, and available start date to: Janet Ng Janet.Ng@ualberta.ca. Positions filled as soon as suitable candidates found.

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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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Applications: Canadian Youth Delegation to COP 18

Deadline: April 9, 2012

The Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC) is now accepting applications to join the Canadian Youth Delegation (CYD) to the 18th annual Conference of the Parties (COP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will take place in Qatar from November 26 to December 7 2012.

For six years, the CYD has been the voice of the Canadian Youth Climate Movement at international United Nations climate conferences. Last year’s delegation to Durban developed a successful and strategic campaign to target Canada’s role as an international climate laggard that prioritized the interests of fossil fuel companies over the interests of people. Due to logistical constraints, CYD 2012 will be much smaller than in previous years.

Details at: http://www.ourclimate.ca/wordpress/applications-for-cyd-2012-are-now-open/.

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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

Native Prairie Speaker Series

March 21st, Royal Saskatchewan Museum

Technical (12:10-12:50 pm): Sources and Consequences of Organic Nitrogen Pollution in Saskatchewan Waters with Speaker: Vanessa Swarbrick, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Regina

Public (7 - 8 pm): Effects of Oil & Gas Development on Grassland Songbirds, with Speakers: Carolyn Gaudet & Sarah Ludlow, M.Sc. Candidates, University of Regina

The Speaker Series are FREE and anyone can attend. If you can not make it person, you can also watch the presentation LIVE by clicking on the following link http://www.ustream.tv/channel/native-prairie-speaker-series.

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Wildlife Rehabitiation Training

March 24 - 25, Regina

IWRC’s Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course & Parasitology and Nutrition Courses. Go to the IWRC Website: http://theiwrc.org/continuing-education/physical-classes to sign up. The class is presently full, but they are taking names for a waiting list. Sponsored by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan (WRSOS) http://wrsos.org/ 306-242-7177. If you would like some more details, please contact Jan Shadick: 306-652-5975 or at jshadick@sasktel.net.

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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 pm. Cocktails at 6 pm. Buffet starts at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $38 per person. Contact Jan at (306) 949-6728 or d&Ijcrossrunnells@accesscomm.ca.

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Travelling World Community Film Festival

March 29th - April 1st, various venues

Twenty four films on Human Rights, Social Justice and the Environment will be screened. For more information contact Sylvie Roy at sp.roy@hotmail.com or 586-6441 or check out our events calendar http://events.econet.ca/events/travelling-world-community-film-festival.

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Spring Forum: Bringing About a Titanic Shift

April 19 - 20, Travelodge Hotel, Regina

This spring's Forum features keynote speaker Helen Spiegelman discussing "Making the Titanic Shift to Extended Producer Responsibility". You can register on-line at http://www.saskwastereduction.ca/. Hotel reservations can be made at (306) 586-3443. The deadline for hotel reservations is March 26th and can be made at (306) 586-3443..

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SEN Environmental Film Festival

April 22nd, Royal Saskatchewan Museum Theatre

Regina's SEN Environmental Film Festival committee will bring engaging and amazing films and speakers to this year's day-long festival. Details will be available soon!

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Saskatoon

Looking in the Mirror: A Reflection on Racism

March 15th, 7 pm, TCU Place

To mark the 46th Annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, internationally renowned anti-racist writer and educator, Tim Wise, will visit Saskatoon on Thursday, March 15, 2012, to deliver both a corporate and a public lecture. In his evening lecture, Wise will provide an analysis of the way racial privilege shapes the lives of Caucasian North Americans and explain ways in which racism not only burdens people of colour, but also benefits in relative terms, those who are "white like him".

The corporate lecture, “Dismantling Racism in Your Organization”, will take place earlier in the afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at TCU Place. This lecture will be beneficial to managers, human resource professionals, and customer service employees who wish to enhance their organizational effectiveness through understanding racism.

Both lectures are free and open to the public on a first come first served basis. Wise’s visit is supported by SIAST, the City of Saskatoon, and Turning the Tide Bookstore.

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Fair Trade Speaking Tour

March 21 - 22nd

In response to the rising interest in Fair Trade, the Canadian Co-operative Association, SCIC and other Saskatchewan NGOs are hosting a speaking tour featuring Michael Zelmer, Director of Communications for Fairtrade Canada. On Wednesday, March 21 at 7 pm at The Refinery, he will discuss the elements of fair trade and women's rights within the fair trade movement. Full details at http://events.econet.ca/events/fair-trade-speaking-tour.

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Citizens' Assembly

March 30 - 31, Rm. 146 Arts Bldg., U. of S.

The purpose of the Assembly: Determine how we are going to stop the use of amalgam (50% mercury) for dental fillings. http://events.econet.ca/events/citizens-assembly.

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Reducing Pests without Chemical Pesticides

April 11th, 7 pm, Cliff Wright Library, 1635 McKercher Dr.

Guest speaker Sara Williams, who will be talking about her book “Gardening, Naturally. A Chemical-free Handbook for the Prairies.” While we’re all familiar with handpicking Colorado potato beetles and the working end of a hoe, there are many other tools we can use to avoid broad-spectrum chemical pesticides and many reasons why doing so is a good idea. These tools include cultural methods such as timing, traps and barriers (including mulches!) and the use of resistant and tolerant plant varieties. There are less toxic products such as horticultural vinegar and horticultural oils and iron phosphate. And an enormous range of natural predators and parasites from the lady beetle to lacewings, wasps, ground beetles and nematodes. The newer biological tools include corn gluten meal, Bt formulations, Sarritor and bacterial formulations such as Bacillus subtilis (now there’s a story!).

Event co-sponsored by the Saskatoon Public Library and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. Free! No registration required. For more information, please contact the Saskatchewan Environmental Society at 665-1915.

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Think Global Eat Local

April 13th, 6 pm, Hilton Garden Inn.

CHEP Good Food Inc. and Health Everywhere are pleased to present the seventh annual Think Global Eat Local. In addition to the delicious meal featuring fresh local ingredients, the evening will feature live music and entertainment, door prizes and a silent auction, with proceeds going to support CHEP's community food programming. Details at: http://www.chep.org

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SEN Environmental Film Festival

April 20 - 22, Roxy Theatre

The Saskatchewan Eco-network's volunteer Environmental Film Festival committee has been working hard to find engaging amazing films for this year's festival. Details will be available soon!

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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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Other

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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Tim Wise: Looking in the Mirror: A Reflection on Racism

April 4 - 5, Prince Albert

Renowned anti-racism educator Tim Wise will be in Prince Albert on April 4 and 5, 2012. Wise is a fiery speaker and prolific author who candidly deconstructs race and privilege. With passion and humour, he challenges his audiences to acknowledge privilege and dismantle racism in their organizations and everyday lives. Details at http://events.econet.ca/events/tim-wise-looking-mirror-reflection-racism.

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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.