SEN Info Bulletin

July 5, 2012

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

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News

State of the Art in Sustainability

The Saskatchewan Eco-network's Annual General Meeting was held Saturday June 16th, 2012 at the AODBT architecture centre located at 235 Avenue D North in Saskatoon.

Dr. Sean Connelly from the University of Regina was our Keynote speaker and talked about Sustainable Community Development (SCD). SCD requires engaging citizens and governments in strengthening all forms of community capital: economic, natural, human, cultural and physical. The community capital framework has the power to mobilize the actions of our communities to create a truly sustainable society.

SEN also developed a sustainability presentation that showcased applicable case studies of successful models from various regions around the world. These "State of the Art in Sustainability" frameworks are showing that it is possible to live within our ecological limits and increase our quality of life.

If you would like SEN to do a sustainability presentation for your local community group or Annual General Meeting please contact us at 306-652-1275 or email info@econet.sk.ca.

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Regina Environment Advisory Committee Decides Against Pesticide Ban

After months of debate over banning non-essential pesticides in Regina, an environment advisory committee has decided against a ban on the chemicals in the city.

The committee heard from both sides on June 28th, with some people arguing that federal regulations ensure pesticides are safe, and others pointing to the health risks, including studies that link pesticide exposure to cancer.

Allyson Brady with the Saskatchewan Environment Society said many communities across the country have already banned cosmetic pesticides that are used to beautify lawns.

"This is a real timely opportunity," said Brady. "Here's a chance for Saskatoon and Regina to really get on board and show that they're willing to help protect health and environment in their cities." More.

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Potential Leed Standards for Saskatoon Civic Buildings

Saskatoon's city administration will study whether to establish an environmental standard for all new civic buildings.

The environmental advisory committee made a series of recommendations around sustainable building standards for civic buildings, which were forwarded to the administration for review Monday by council's administration and finance committee.

"These recommendations would have some fairly serious implications for the city," Jeff Jorgenson, the city's utility services manager, told the committee.

In a report, the committee requested the City of Saskatoon install a minimum LEED standard of gold for all new civic buildings of more than 5,400 square feet. More.

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South Saskatchewan & Saskatchewan Rivers Candidate for Canadian Heritage Rivers

The Canadian Heritage River System is a cooperative program designed to nationally recognize the Canadian rivers that possess outstanding heritage values. The South Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Rivers are undergoing nomination because of their extensive human heritage value, determined by their cultural and historical significance to Canada.

The South Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Rivers have a rich cultural history spanning pre-contact times into the 20th century, representing a wide array of cultural groups. People have flourished in the Saskatchewan River Basin for almost as long as the river has existed, weathering several major changes in climate and ecology. Archaeologists have discovered more than 650 archaeological sites throughout the basin, indicating that humans have been present in the area for the past 10,500 years.

In Southern Saskatchewan, archaeological sites are found dating 1,000 years earlier, indicating that people came to this area literally on the heels of the last glacial period.

Though not nominated for its natural and recreational values, the South Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Rivers contain significant remnants of natural vegetation and the largest fresh water delta in North America. These rivers also provide an abundance of recreational opportunities. To read more and access the nomination document go here.

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Saskatoon Hosts Invasive Species Conference

July 18-19th the Delta Bessborough in Saskatoon will be hosting the Invasive Species Conference.

Join federal, state, tribal and local government agencies; academic institutions; non-profit organizations; industry leaders; legislators; and others developing regional strategies to address the threat of invasive species to our natural resources, economy and quality of life.

The featured keynote speaker will be Reuben Keller from Layola University Chicago speaking about "The Economic Impacts of Invasive Species." For more details and to register go here.

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Action Alert

Don't Abandon Regina's Proposed Cosmetic Pesticide Ban!

After its April 2012 recommendation to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides in the city of Regina, the city's Environmental Advisory Committee is now abandoning its original recommendation after pressure from business and stakeholders.

Pesticides can cause health issues in adults and children, including cancer, reproductive and nervous system problems. As an individual citizen and small businessperson in Regina, I am deeply concerned with our city's determination to place the health of the pesticide and lawn care industries above the health of our children and communities.

Please sign this petition here. Let our municipal leaders know we want to see Regina move in the direction of other progressive communities and ban the use of cosmetic pesticides.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

EcoConnexions From the Ground Up

Deadline: July 12, 2012

CN announced a program to help municipalities and First Nations communities across Canada green public properties with its partners Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom. Complete details on the program and an application form are available at www.cnfromthegroundup.ca

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Executive Director: National Farmers Union

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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

For more information see the RCEN job board. Application deadline is July 23, 2012.

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Provincial Toilet Replacement Rebate Program

A provincial rebate of $50 is available for the replacement of older, large tank toilets. Details and application forms are available from the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority website here.

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PowerShift 2012 Looking for Facilitators and Presenters

Application deadline: July 15, 2012

Powershift 2012 is seeking panelists, speakers, workshop facilitators, and caucus facilitators. The conference runs from October 26-29, and will bring 1500 youth (age 18-30) from diverse backgrounds together in Ottawa to build a movement for climate and environmental justice. Participants will develop their understanding about the intersections between environmental and social justice issues, and build a range of skills for taking action, and gain the connections and confidence to mobilize in their communities. For more information on PowerShift, visit their website www.wearepowershift.ca.

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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 until July 16th, 2012. It 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.

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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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Coming Events

Regina

Saskatoon

Wanuskewin BioBlitz

July 14, Saskatoon, SK

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan invites you to join in helping the park managers compile a list of all of the plants that are found at the Wanuskewin Heritage Park and learn about the history of the area. The trip is for all ages and experience levels, and a good time is guaranteed for all. For more information and to register contact Chet (306) 668-3940 or visit their website: http://www.npss.sk.ca/?s=5.events,295

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Other

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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23rd Annual North American Prairie Conference in Western Canada!

August 6-10, Winnipeg, MB

This is the first ever NAPC in western Canada happening at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. NAPC has developed a tradition of excellence in native prairie research, conservation and restoration of one of the worlds most productive yet most endangered ecosystems. This year's theme is "Celebrating Our Prairie Heritage." For more information please visit their website: http://www.napc2012.org/

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HELP International EcoTour

August 11-12, Weyburn, SK

Spend the weekend learning about development issues in Canada and in Africa complete with hand-on, real research and development opportunities at HELP International. Sleep in traditional African huts (or bring your own tent). Families of all ages welcome! For more information please visit: http://www.soeea.sk.ca/event/other/2012-08-11/~714

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Backpacking EcoTour

September 1-3, Sask. Landing Provincial Park

Learn to prepare for a backpacking trip and then spend two nights backpacking in Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park with experienced trip leaders. If you have ever considered a backpacking trip but weren't sure how to get started, join us! Trip will be family friendly with a shorter hiking distance for those with smaller legs. For more information please visit: http://www.soeea.sk.ca/event/other/2012-09-01/~715

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Applied Permaculture Design Workshop

September 7-9 Ness Creek, SK

Want to learn how to unlock the productive capacities of your property? How to create edible perennial plant systems that work together like forests do? Move beyond theory to learn the hands-on tricks of the trade. Come and see a living example! Enjoy three days of permaculture design theory & practice, forest garden maintenance, & slow-food meals that capture the delights of the boreal forest in early autumn. Details on the workshop can be found here: http://www.hatchetnseed.ca/2012-ness-creek-applied/.

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SWRC's Waste Minimization Fall Forum

September 27-28, Elk Ridge Resort, SK

Save the date! The SWRC will be having their Waste Minimization Fall Forum at beautiful Elk Ridge resort near Waskesiu. Early cut-off date for hotel reservations is July 28th. For details on accommodations see here and to make reservations email: reservations@elkridgeresort.com. Registration information coming soon!

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More events at the SEN Event Calendar: http://events.econet.ca.