SEN Info Bulletin

August 1, 2012

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Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals



SEN Presents "the Island President" Climate Change Documentary with Speakers and Workshops

Mark your calendars from August 3rd until 9th, 2012! SEN in co-sponsorship with the Roxy Theatre are hosting the powerful documentary "the Island President." This documentary follows the journey of Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed and his fight against climate change in order to save the islands from increasing sea levels.

Opening night will start on Friday August 3rd at 6:30pm and feature Dr. Elaine Wheaton as the keynote speaker giving a presentation called "The Realities of Climate Change and Global Warming." She will talk about how humans have changed the composition of the atmosphere through burning fossil fuels, debunk the myths that exist about climate change and global warming and introduce the new concept of the "new normal, that is, the rapid climate changes that have already occurred in Canada. Elaine will further discuss what climate change will mean for impacts on more sensitive sectors such as water resources and agriculture and what our possible climate future may look like.

SEN is also hosting two climate change workshops:

Tuesday August 7th after the 7:15pm screening of "The Island President" Dianne Rhodes will be doing a workshop called "Living on the New Earth." This workshop will focus on teaching attendees skills for organizing and activism around climate change issues.

Wednesday August 8th after the 7:15pm screening of the "Island President" Mark Bigland-Pritchard will be hosting an interactive energy workshop called "Energy Blueprint for a Sustainable Saskatoon."

If you are planning on seeing "the Island President" another date, please feel free to come by and participate in either Mark's or Dianne's workshop after the film. Those interested are asked to arrive around 8:45pm @ the Roxy Theatre. Please note that workshop space is limited.

We may be featuring more workshops! To keep updated and to join the conversation please see our Facebook page event here. You can also contact us at 306-652-1275 or email

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Can Urban Trees Fight Crime?

New research by Geoffrey Donovan and Jeffrey Prestemon may prove that the oak tree outside your home is the next Superman. Donovan and Prestemon, who both work for the U.S. Forest Service in Portland, Oregon, conducted a study that showed a negative correlation between tree size and crime rates.

Using three years of crime data, street-level surveys and aerial photography, they measured the size and placement of street and yard trees, and collected data on other neighborhood characteristics that might relate to crime incidence, including the presence or absence of neighborhood-watch signs, dogs and window bars.

According to Donovan this study is one of the first attempts to relate the presence and size of city trees to crime statistics. Read more here and here.

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US Blocks Restart of Enbridge Pipeline

The U.S. government blocked Enbridge Inc from restarting a key oil pipeline on Tuesday, saying last week's spill on the line was "absolutely unacceptable."

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood blasted Enbridge over the leak of more than a 1,000 barrels of crude oil in a field in Wisconsin, which shut its 318,000 barrel per day pipeline on Friday." I will soon meet with Enbridge's leadership team, and they will need to demonstrate why they should be allowed to continue to operate this Wisconsin pipeline without either a significant overhaul or a complete replacement," LaHood said in a statement. "Accidents like the one in Wisconsin are absolutely unacceptable."

Enbridge will now need to submit a restart plan for the entire 467-mile (752-km) pipeline to the Transportation Department's pipeline safety agency for approval before resuming operations. More.

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Three Restaurants & Local Orchard to Celebrate Food Day Canada in Regina

The fourth annual Food Day Canada event is being celebrated by three local restaurants and a local fruit orchard in Regina. They will be serving up an edible Canadian prairie canvas on Aug. 4 in each of their locations. Each menu features some local Saskatchewan ingredients.

Chef Mike Monette from The Bushwakker Brewpub created a field-and-stream dish using Lake Diefenbaker steelhead trout with a with a syrupy glaze including local honey and Saskatchewan mustard. Next up is Chef Milton Rebello from the Hotel Saskatchewan will feature delectable seasonal vegetables in his three course meal while Prairie boy Chef Jonathan Thauberger at Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar menu will feature Bison rib-eyes with a Saskatoon berry reduction.

Last but not least, Over the Hill Orchards just outside Regina will be open for tours and pie in their new café at their fruit farm. They will be baking up a gluten-free dark chocolate cherry muffin as an extra treat. If your taste buds aren't jumping, you can read more here.

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SCIC to host Frances Moore Lappe for "Harvest & Hunger" Provincial Forum

France Moore Lappe, the female powerhouse who wrote "Diet for a Small Planet," the first book that critiqued grain-fed meat production as wasteful and a contributor to global food scarcity, is coming to Saskatoon. Lappe will be the keynote speaker for the important "Harvest and Hunger" Provincial Forum on Local and Global Food issues from November 9 to 10, 2012.

This forum will be asking crucial questions such as: Where does our food come from? Who has power in the food system, and who doesn't? What are people doing - both in our communities and across the globe - to create a more fair and sustainable food system? What can we all do to make a real difference today? Registration and more information for the event can be found here.

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Sustainable Cities Releases 2012 Publication

Half of humanity - 3.5 billion people - currently live in cities and by 2055 an estimated 75% of the world's population will live in urban areas. Cities occupy just 2% of the Earth's land, but account for over 70% of both energy consumption and carbon emissions. However, cities present the world's population with the best chance of reducing our ecological footprint. Urban areas are uniquely positioned to lead the greening of the global economy through improvements in transport, energy, buildings, technology, water and waste systems, as well as producing a wide range of economic and social benefits.

The Sustainable Cities 2012 publication features expert views and practical solutions to city sustainability from Mayor's, senior policy officials and key NGO's. The 2012 publication will include content on: Planning and governance, buildings and construction, energy and power, telecommunications, water and sanitation, waste management, mobility and transport, safety, security and disaster resilience, mega-events driving urban transformation and has a special section with a nordic focus. Go here to download your free copy.

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Action Alert

Federal Gov't Releases Questionnaire Survey for 2013/2014 Fiscal Year

Deadline: August 3, 2012

As part of the 2012 pre-budget consultations the Federal government has released a survey questionnaire for citizens, businesses and organizations to respond for the 2013/2014 fiscal year. Click here to register and participate in the survey before the August 3rd deadline.

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CNYC Fundraises for Bike Power and Bike Laundry Project

The Core Neighbourhood Youth Coop is developing a project to introduce a group of youth to bike power through building bike powered washing machines. The project's goal is to introduce the group to energy savings in a unique and inspiring way while empowering them to teach the skills they learn to other youth.

In an effort to raise funds for the project CNYC has set up the project on the "Small Change Fund" and has 30 days to gain another $3430 dollars of support! Donations will be used to help buy bike stands, motors and rain barrels and all of the smaller mechanical items needed to make a bike power stand and a bike washing machine.

Click here to learn more about the project and donate!

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Rescan: Hydrotechnical Technologist

Location: Saskatoon, SK

Rescan Environmental Services Ltd. (Rescan) is a private, Canadian-owned, environmental consulting firm offering a wide range of services to the resource development industry. Rescan's multi-disciplinary team includes biologists, engineers, social scientists, archaeologists, hydrologists, and many others, and is backed by a strong group of accountants, graphic designers, desktop publishing, and GIS/CAD specialists. Currently, Rescan has an opening for a Hydrotechnical Technologist.

See the full job posting here. Deadline to Apply is August 5,2012.

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Oxfam Internship: Program Assistant, Policy and Outreach

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The chosen candidate will work closely with members of Oxfam Canada's Policy and Outreach Team, provide assistance to Oxfam Canada in its regional public engagement and campaigning activities, supporting communications with our membership and engaging Oxfam community and campus-based volunteer groups.

See the full job posting here. Deadline to apply is August 12, 2012.

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Wanuskewin Heritage Park: Interpreter Position

Location: Saskatoon, SK

Wanuskewin Heritage Park (WHP) is accepting applications for full and part time Interpretive Guides reporting to the Visitor Services Manager.

See the full job posting here. Deadline is on-going.

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Register your Event for National Tree Day and Win

September 26, 2012 is Canada's 2nd annual National Tree day. To mark this celebration, a draw for $500 is being offered to those who register their National Tree Day event by September 25, 2012. For details go here.

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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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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 Email questions or proposals to

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Coming Events



Saskatoon Community Garden Tours

August 8, 14 & 15, Saskatoon, SK

CHEP invites you to take a tour of some of Saskatoon's community gardens between 5:30pm and 8:30pm. August 8th Caswell Hill and Nutana, August 14th Good Earth and Confederation Park and August 15th College Park Accessible and Emmanuel Village. You can find directions to each garden here.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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. Registration and schedule information for the forum can be found here.

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More events at the SEN Event Calendar: