SEN Info Bulletin

September 6, 2012

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Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals



SEN Welcomes New Administrator

SEN welcomes Amber Burton as the new administrator for the network. Amber has worked and volunteered with the network in a variety of capacities most notably, as the 2010 Environmental Film Festival Coordinator for SENís 5th annual Environmental Film Festival.

Amber is currently finishing her BSc. degree in Land Use and Environmental Studies with a Minor in Urban Planning at the University of Saskatchewan and will be finished in December of 2012. She has a passion for environmental issues with special interests relating to permaculture, food sovereignty and security issues, environmental education and environmental policy. Amber looks forward to the exciting challenges and opportunities in her new position at the Saskatchewan Eco Network.

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SEN Celebrates World Rivers Day 2012

The Saskatchewan Eco Network has partnered with Girl Guides Saskatoon, Meewasin, Permaculture Research Institute, Escape Sports, Saskatchewan Environmental Society, the Saskatoon Zoo Society, Trash Dashers Saskatoon and Blue Drinks to celebrate World Rivers Day (WRD) 2012.

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon and evening on Sunday, September 30th at Friendship Park in Saskatoon to celebrate the importance of rivers as crucial aquatic ecosystems. The South Saskatchewan River not only provides natural beauity, recreational opportunities and drinking water but is home to a diverse and vibrant ecosystem (that includes us!).

On WRD 2012 it is estimated that several million people in over 60 countries around the world will celebrate the many values of our waterways on this yearly event. Donít miss out in celebrating our river right here, at home.

Stay tuned as the event develops! Check out our webpage, events calendar and facebook group for updates on what to expect. You can also contact us by phone (306) 652-1275 or by email for more information.

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Province of Manitoba Considering Pesticide Ban

The Province of Manitoba is accepting comments on a potential cosmetic pesticide ban until October 1st, 2012. The concerned citizen group "Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Manitoba" has formed to create awareness and encourage people and groups to sign on to the letter in support of a comprehensive cosmetic pesticide ban. Individuals and groups are also encouraged to submit comments.

For more information go here and here and spread the word by circulating the online petition to your Manitoba contacts!

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Helen Caldicott Coming to Saskatoon

Plans are in motion to bring Dr. Helen Caldicott, the renowned Australian anti-nuclear activist, to speak in Saskatoon. Her talk is titled "Our Toxic Nuclear Legacy: Let's END Saskatchewan's Growing Radioactive Footprint." She will be speaking at the Third Avenue United Church in Saskatoon on Thursday, November 1st at 7:30pm. There will be opening and closing ceremonies from First Nations elders and First Nations youth will also speak. There is the opportunity to pick up Caldicott's latest publication "Loving this Planet."

Keep your eyes and ears open as Dr. Caldicott will be involved in other public events the day before her talk and will be at the Grand Rounds at the Royal University Hospital on November 2nd.

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Saskatoon to Celebrate Park(ing) Day

On Friday, September 21 2012, people around the world will participate in PARK(ing) Day, an annual event where designers, citizens and businesses transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

Ken Greenberg, one of Canada's leading urban designers, will be launching Saskatoon's first Park(ing) Day at 6:30 pm on September 20 at the Broadway Theatre. Free tickets for this event are available on Picatic here.

Further Park(ing) Day activites will take place on September 21st on 20th Street at Avenue B and on Broadway in front of Broadway Roastery. For more information go here.

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Action Alert

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. There are 9 days left to donate!

Click here to learn more about the project and donate!

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Nature Saskatchewan Participates in Call of the Wild! Competition

Nature Saskatchewan is competing in a national voting-based grant to secure funds for its Stewards of Saskatchewan programs for the conservation of Saskatchewan's endangered and threatened prairie species, such as the Burrowing Owl, and their habitats. They need your help!

This time, they are competing for a portion of the funds in the Jamieson "Call for the Wild!" competition. In this competition, anyone can vote (without needing to purchase anything), and is allowed one vote per day. They need as many people as possible to vote daily since the proportion that Nature Sask receives will be directly proportional to the number of votes that they receive in the overall voting cycle. Get your vote on, and support the only Saskatchewan project in this competition.

Information on the grant program and how to vote can be found here. Voting ends September 16, 2012. Information on Nature Saskatchewan and their Stewards of Saskatchewan programs can be found at For any other questions, please contact Lacey Weekes at or (306) 780-9833.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Community Engaged Scholarship Partnership Seeking Research Assistant

Location: Regina, SK

This research will contribute to a national initiative intended to explore and address institutional barriers to community-engaged scholarship and community-based research on Canadian campuses. This is a part-time, temporary position. For more information, please e-mail Patricia Elliot at

Deadline to Apply is September 10.

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NEXT UP 2012/2013 Seeking Applicants

Location: Saskatoon, SK

Do you wonder what the future holds for the world? Are you concerned about things like climate change, poverty, public health and education, housing and trade policy? Do you believe that global and local issues are connected? Do you feel that our economic system is focused on profit at the expense of people and the planet?

Do you believe that it is possible for us, as communities, to do things differently at home and abroad, to eradicate poverty, to deal with conflict peacefully, for everyone to have access to good public health and education services?

Next Up is looking for passionate individuals aged 18 to 32 to take part in its intense program designed to help emerging leaders develop new and better skills, smarts and ideas.

More information and detail on how to apply go here. Deadline to apply is September 14.

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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


Preserving the Harvest - Taking Local Eating to the Next Level.

September 8

Presented by Root and Branch, this half-day, hands-on workshop will teach you everything you need to know to can, freeze, ferment, dry and root cellar local foods to enjoy year round. More information here and here.

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SCIC's 38th Annual General Meeting

September 15th

Join SCIC at our Annual General Meeting, where board, staff, supporters, member representatives, and friends of SCIC come together to learn, to celebrate the past year, and to make important decisions for the future of our organization and our sector. Click here for more details and to register.

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The Field 2 Fork Festival

September 19th-22nd

The people of Regina will be engaged in an important conversation about food, and they can work together to make food better. See here for more information and how to get involved in the conversation.

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U of S, Hike, Bike and Roll

September 6th & 7th

Get the university year off to a rolling start by participating in Hike, Bike and Roll on September 6 & 7. Get a free bike tune-up, buy a used bike from CNYC for as little as $10 and visit the information booths. Check it out!

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Saskatchewan Environmental Society Enviromental Book Club

September 11th

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society has started an environmental book club. They'll be choosing the first book at 7 pm on September 11th in The Common at The Two Twenty. For more information go here.

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Creating Active Communities Workshop

October 13th

This one-day interactive and collaborative workshop provides participants the opportunity to engage with built environment researchers Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine, University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Candace Nykiforuk, University of Alberta, and Dr. Meghan Winters, Simon Fraser University. The workshop will take place at the University of Saskatchewan.

Pre-registration is required and the cost to attend is $75.00. Lunch will be provided. To register, contact or View the poster with more details here.

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"It Ain't Easy Being Green" Workshop

October 20th

Come out to this Fall workshop on Faithful Alternatives for Economics, Energy and Environment. Participate in the day long workshop with speakers Mark Bigland-Pritchard and Mark Anielski. Taking place at Oskayak High School 919 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon. Asking for $10 donation and will include lunch.

Registration deadline is October 12th. For more information and to register phone: 306 242-1500 or email This is an Ecumenical Green Project.

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Applied Permaculture Design Workshop

September 7th-9th 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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Prairie-Fed Water Systems: Opportunities and Challenges Conference

Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 21st, Camrose, Alberta

Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin (PFSRB) and the Battle River Watershed Alliance hosting their upcoming conference "Prairie-Fed Water Systems: Opportunities and Challenges" in Camrose, Alberta October 17th to 19th, 2012. Early registration is now ongoing and registration forms can be found on the PFSRB website here.

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Volunteers Needed for Salt Cedar Surveys!

September 24th & 25th, Findlater, SK

Help the Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council and the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan search for invasive salt cedar. They will be visiting two different locations on these two different dates both southeast of Chamberlain. For more information go here and to register contact Chet Neufeld by phone (306) 668-3940 or email

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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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Nature Saskatchewan Fall Meet

September 28th & 29th, Preeceville, SK

The Kelsey Ecological Society will be hosting Nature Saskatchewan's Fall Meet on September 28-29, 2012. Preeceville, the headwaters of the Assiniboine River, lies approximately one hour north of Yorkton, three hours east of Saskatoon and less than three hours east of Regina. For more information go here and contact Michael Pitt at (306)547-2008 or by email

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More events at the SEN Event Calendar: