SEN Info Bulletin

April 18, 2012

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News

Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Events

News

Activist Awards to Be Presented at Film Festival

Rick Morrell, the new Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Eco Network, will be in Saskatoon on Friday, April 20th to present the 10th Annual Environmental Activist awards to organizations and individuals who have shown exceptional dedication and courage in their support for environmental issues: the Brightwater Science and Environmental Centre of the Public School Board, to Jan Shadick of the Saskatoon Nature Society and Stephanie Sydiaha of the Coalition for a Clean, Green Saskatchewan.

On April 22nd, one more award will be presented to Deanna Trowsdale-Mutafov of Nature Saskatchewan at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

The Saskatchewan Eco-Network keeps the spirit of environmental protection and education alive through their 7th Annual "See the Change, Be the Change" Environmental Film Festival at the Roxy Theatre on Earth Day weekend April 20, 21 and 22nd, and in Regina at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum on Sunday April 22nd. For a full list of films and speakers, please visit http://econet.ca.

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Action Alert

Call to Return Petitions

The Petition calling for the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan to pass legislation to permanently ban nuclear waste storage and transportation of nuclear waste into, out of and through Saskatchewan is being called in by the Committee For Future Generations to be prepared for presentation to the Legislative Assembly. We respectfully request that all Petitions be sent in by April 30, 2012. They may be mailed to: Committee For Future Generations, Box 155, Beauval, Saskatchewan S0M 0G0.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

The Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest for Youth

Nature Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association (SOEEA) would like to announce the 2012 Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest which is open to all youth 19 years old and under. The contest theme this year is: Get to Know Your Wild Neighbours. The contest runs from April 8th to July 16th, 2012. The Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest encourages youth to get outdoors, connect with their wild neighbours and celebrate nature through the arts. Youth can enter the contest with original pieces of art, writing, video, photography or music. For more information on the contest, including how to enter, contest rules, prizes, virtual hikes, launch events, and other interesting information, please visit http://www.gettoknow.ca. You can also contact Deanna at dtmutafov@naturesask.ca for additional information.

Nature Saskatchewan and SOEEA will be launching the contest at Ecole Massey School in Regina in April. We hope that many Saskatchewan youth will enter the contest this year. Good luck!

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CCA Resource: Infoservice

The Canadian Co-operative Association has an InfoService to help you use the co-operative model to advance your environmental initiative.

Why form co-operatives? They are community-based businesses created to meet the needs of their members and improve the quality of life in their communities. They are also grass-roots, democratic organizations that empower their members and operate on the basis of one member, one vote.

Canada has more than 9,000 co-operatives. Some of the ways they contribute to a sustainable environment include: renewable energy, organic food growing and marketing, car and ride sharing, bike recycling, green housing, land protecting, community forestry, environmental education, environmental stores and cafés, and more.

Let us help you realize your vision: 1-877-268-9588 coopdev@coopscanada.coop or visit http://www.coopscanada.coop/en/coopdev/CoopDev.

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Cycling and Performing Tours: Team Members Sought

Locations: NB, NS and ON, Canada

The Otesha Project is now accepting applications for volunteer Tour Members. You’ll cycle from performance to performance, connect with communities along the route, brave the elements, and explore all the ups and downs of directly addressing environmental and social justice issues through your every day actions. No bike touring, theatre, or other experience necessary: just a willingness to give it your all.

The Otesha Project uses theatre to mobilize young people to create local and global change through their everyday choices. To date, Otesha has reached over 115,000 Canadians through theatre presentations and workshops that inspire youth to re-evaluate their daily consumer choices to reflect the kind of world they want to live in. Check it out: http://www.otesha.ca.

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EcoFriendly Action Grants

EcoFriendly Sask is offering monthly grants of up to $500 to support local projects that will benefit the environment. We're interested in concrete, tangible actions from across the spectrum: from habitat restoration and recycling to planet-friendly urban design, gardening, wildlife and energy conservation. Additional information is available online at http://www.ecofriendlysask.ca/2012/04/ecofriendly-action-grants.html. Email questions or proposals to ecofriendlysask@gmail.com

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Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, and Project Manager Recruitment: Sustainability Education Research

The University of Saskatchewan in conjunction with partner institutions and organizations is now recruiting four Master’s students and and five Doctoral students, one Postdoctoral Fellow, and one Project Manager to join a national research team studying sustainability policy and practice in K-12 and post-secondary education in Canada. Additional graduate students and fellows will be recruited in subsequent years. For more information see: http://www.usask.ca/education/employment/sustainability&education-research-recruitment.pdf.

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Coming Events

Regina

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. The Environmental Activist Award will be presented at 6:30 pm. Full details are at http://econet.ca/filmfest/filmsregina2012.html

Admission is by donation: suggested donation is $5 per film or $15 for the day.

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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

SEN Environmental Film Festival

April 20th - 22nd, Roxy Theatre

At 6 pm on Friday evening, the SEN Environmental Activist Awards will be presented, followed by "If a Tree Falls", and the "Un-Gala" at PAVED Arts.

The list of films to be shown at the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon includes: To Make A Farm, Land of Oil and Water, On The Line, Mad City Chickens, People of A Feather and many 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 food sovereignty. Details are available at http://econet.ca/filmfest/filmsstoon2012.html

Admission is by donation: suggested donation is $5 per film, $15 per day, or $25 for a festival pass.

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Saskatoon’s First “Bike Boulevard” Open House

April 24th, 7 – 9 pm (come-and-go) St. Goretti School Gymnasium, 301 Avenue Q N.

You are invited to attend a come-and-go public open house to view information and provide your comments on Saskatoon’s first “bike boulevard.”

The main component of a designated continuous pathway connecting the downtown area to the Blairmore Suburban Centre, the bike boulevard will be a bike-friendly route that provides right-of-way to cyclists. The bike boulevard will provide a safe place for cyclists to commute, meaning fewer cyclists on high-traffic roadways. The route will lead cyclists west from Idylwyld Drive, along 23rd Street West, connecting to a multi-use path to Betts Avenue. Popular destinations that may be easily accessed from the bike boulevard are the Shaw Center, Mayfair Pool, St. Paul’s Hospital, parks, schools, shopping malls, and a number of attractions in the downtown area. Diagrams of the route will be on display and civic staff will be available to answer any questions.

For more information, please contact Justine Nyen, Traffic Engineer, City of Saskatoon Phone:(306) 975-2454 Email: justine.nyen@saskatoon.ca Or, visit the cycling page of the City of Saskatoon website.

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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. For walks in your neighbourhood, please check the Jane's Walk website at http://janeswalk.net/.

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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

Jessica Ernst: "Truth and Consequences of Fracking"

April 22nd, 1 – 4 pm, Grace Mennonite Church, 250 - 28 St. W., Prince Albert, SK

Part of Prince Albert's Earth Day 2012 celebration - April 21 & 22. Sponsored by the Prince Albert Chapter of the Council of Canadians

Jessica Ernst has presented her story in many parts of Canada, Ireland and the USA, including to the Commission on Sustainable Development at the United Nations in New York in May, 2011. She has also launched a $33 million law suit against EnCana, Alberta Environment and Energy Resources Conservation Board for negligence and unlawful activities. http://www.ernstversusencana.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.