SEN Info Bulletin

April 5, 2012

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Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Events

News

SaskPower Signs Wind Power Facility Agreement

REGINA -- Chaplin is to be the site of a 177-megawatt wind power facility, SaskPower announced Tuesday. A news release issued by the Crown corporation said SaskPower has signed an agreement with Windlectric Inc. - a subsidiary of Oakville, Ont.-based Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. - that will see construction take place throughout 2016 with expected completion by the end of that year.

According to Algonquin, the construction is expected to cost $355 million. Prior to construction, Algonquin will need to secure environmental approvals. The project will see approximately 77 turbines constructed at the Chaplin site, which would provide enough electricity to power about 70,000 homes.

Read more: here.

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GM Pigs Shut Down in Canada: Major Victory in the Struggle against Genetic Engineering

Ottawa, April 2, 2012 – Today, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) welcomed reports that the University of Guelph, the Canadian university that developed the controversial genetically modified (GM) pig called “Enviropig,” is closing down its active research on what could have become the first GM food animal approved in the world.

According to a report in the Ontario Farmer newspaper, the hog industry group Ontario Pork has redirected its funding away from genetically modified pig research. Without this funding, the university is ending its breeding program of the GM pigs.

“There’s no demand or need for genetically modifying food animals. The federal government should stop accepting requests to approve GM food animals,” said Lucy Sharratt of CBAN, a coalition of 18 groups that campaigned to prevent the GM food pigs from being approved for consumers. “The University of Guelph should now withdraw its request for approval from Health Canada and not pursue commercialization. It’s time to end all attempts to bring GM animals to market.”

Read the press release at http://www.cban.ca/Press/Press-Releases/Genetically-Modified-Pig-Shelved.

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Environmental Assessment Branch Annual Update

Every year, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment’s Environmental Assessment Branch produces an annual report which highlights the various developments reviewed by the branch. This past year, the EA Branch began the initial stages of implementing a vision which will support the ministry’s move towards a results-based regime. This year the document provides a calendar year review of the Environmental Assessment Branch activities including policy initiatives and ongoing and completed environmental impact assessment reviews for 2011.

The link to the EAB Annual Update 2011 is http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/EAAnnualUpdate2011

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Action Alert

Stop Budget Rollbacks to Canada's Environmental Laws

This week's budget announcements make it clear that long-standing legal protections for the environment, including environmental reviews of major industrial projects like mines and oil pipelines will soon be rolled back or eliminated. For decades, Canadians have depended on the federal government to safeguard our families and nature from pollution, toxic contamination and other environmental problems through a safety net of environmental laws.

Tens of thousands of Canadians are urging the federal government to protect the safety and security of our families and of nature through strong environmental laws. Join with us by signing the petition: http://www.envirolawsmatter.ca/petition.

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Save Canada's Fish Habitats

Please continue to sign and share: the more signatures, the louder our collective voice. Sign the petition to Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Winter Cereals Agrologist: Ducks Unlimited Canada

Deadline: Friday April 6th

There is a posting for a winter cereals Agrologist with DUC in Regina. Details are at: http://www.ducks.ca/aboutduc/careers/120330.html.

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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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Biologist Positions: Canada North Environmental Services

Location: Saskatoon

Several Biologist positions have been posted at the RCEN Job site at http://jobs.rcen.ca/ Interested candidates are requested to mail, fax, or e-mail resumes, no later than April 18th, 2012.

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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

Power Shift: Transition to Sustainable Electricity

April 14th, 7 pm, Mackenzie Art Gallery Theatre

Find out 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?

Dr. Bigland-Pritchard is an experienced energy and green building consultant, with two engineering degrees and a PhD in architectural physics. He taught energy studies at two British universities and is now lead researcher for Green Energy Project Saskatchewan. He 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.

Sponsored by Clean Green Regina, Regina EcoLiving Inc. and the Regina Public Interest Research Group. Free Admission, a collection will be taken.

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Workshop: LEED Canada Core Concepts and Strategies

April 18th, Regina

This full-day workshop provides essential knowledge of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems and sustainable building concepts. It presents LEED concepts at the credit category level–across building types and rating systems–and the basics of the LEED certification process.

Cost: National Members Regular $365, Non Members $475. Chapter Members $400. For more information, call the Canada Green Building Council at 613.241.1184 or toll-free at 1.866.941.1184, or education@cagbc.org.

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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/.

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SEN Environmental Film Festival

April 22nd, 10 am - 9 pm, Royal Saskatchewan Museum Theatre

Regina's SEN Environmental Film Festival will bring engaging and amazing films and speakers to this year's day-long festival, including Mad City Chickens, Powerful Energy for Everyone, The Economics of Happiness and The Greening of Southie. Full details are at http://events.econet.ca/events/regina-sen-environmental-film-festival

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Wings over Wascana - Friends of Wascana Marsh

May 9 - 12, Regina

WOW is an outdoor nature festival at Wascana Marsh offering free wetland and wildlife activities, entertainment and guided hikes for people of all ages. This annual festival occurs on the second Saturday in May to coincide with International Migratory Bird Day. Preceding this public event is a fundraising dinner to raise monies for interpretive components at the marsh, followed by an interactive and educational day for school students on Friday. For more details please visit the Friends of Wascana Marsh website at http://www.wascanamarsh.ca/wow12.htm .

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Saskatoon

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. The meal, featuring international cuisine, will be followed by a silent auction, entertainment, music and dancing. The proceeds help 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 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.

Details are available at http://econet.ca/filmfest/filmsstoon2012.html

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Jane's Walk

May 5th - 6th, various locations

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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Workshop: Understanding the Living Building Challenge

June 20th, Saskatoon

Living Building Challenge has swept North America. There are now more than sixty projects in process from coast to coast pursuing certification under this vigorous performance standard and interest continues to rise. Click here for a full Course Description. This workshop, like all Canada Green Building Council education programs, meets eligibility requirements for the Green Associate exam. For more information or to register contact education@cagbc.org.

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Other

Dismantling Racism in your Organization

April 5, 2 - 4 pm., E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, Prince Albert

As part of a continued effort to support diversity, SIAST is leading a provincial campaign to address racism in Saskatchewan. The campaign is titled, "Looking in the Mirror: a Reflection on Racism". 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.

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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.