SEN Info Bulletin

October 9, 2012

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Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals



Mark Your Calendars for World Rivers Day 2013!

Thanks to all those who came out to celebrate World Rivers Day 2012 on September 30th in Saskatoon! The event was a great success and the weather and the South Saskatchewan River were beautiful. If you're interested in getting involved with this amazing event for its 2013 season please, let us know! Contact us via email at or by phone (306) 652-1275.

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SOS Elms Coalition Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Originally formed in order to build awareness and prevention of Dutch Elm disease, SOS Elms now works throughout the province to educate about the full benefits and values of urban forests. SOS Elms undertakes public education and action projects designed to involve individual citizens as well as provincial and municipal governments in the active care of community trees.

Now, it's their 20th Anniversary and the SOS Elms Coalition is celebrating under "A Canopy of Arts." They've partnered with the creative arts community to celebrate the beauty of the urban forest in communities all over Saskatchewan. The festivities -- featuring dance, film, visual, and literary events -- are taking place in Saskatoon from October 11th to October 14th. Come out and celebrate both this important organization and our urban forests! Check out more details and find schedule information for "A Canopy of the Arts" here.

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Celebrate World Food Day in Saskatchewan!

World Food Day is happening on Tuesday October 16th and there are a variety of ways you can join in to celebrate!

On Sunday October 14th, join the discussion and hear the stories of Saskatchewan's Female Food Heroes. Listen and learn about what these women are doing to build a movement for good food that is grown well and shared fairly. This event will be taking place at Station 20 West and you can find more information about times and speakers here or contact Michelle Beveridge at (306) 241-4097 or (306) 241-4350. This event is hosted by CHEP, Oxfam, Engineers Without Borders, Heifer International Canada and Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre.

Another way to celebrate World Food Day is by hosting a People's Potluck supper! It's simple and, oh so delicious! Feature locally sourced foods and ask guests to share their favourite dish using locally sourced food. Invite friends, family, colleagues, neighbours -- even strangers -- to your home. As you enjoy your meal, take the opportunity to share your ideas, plans and visions for food sovereignty in Canada. Take pictures and share your photos of support for a just and sustainable food system in Canada. For more information go here and here.

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SWRC Screens "Clean Bin Project" During Waste Reduction Week

Waste Reduction week takes place from October 15th to October 21st across the province of Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council in partnership with a variety of other organizations is holding a screening of the inspiring documentary "The Clean Bin Project." Come out and see how one Canadian couple goes waste free for a full year! This event is free and takes place in the Den at Two Twenty on Thursday, October 18th at 6:30pm. Secure your FREE tickets here and check out the trailer here.

Waste Reduction Week is a national event that helps raise public consciousness about waste and its environmental and social ramifications. To learn more on how you can reduce your waste go here.

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Action Alert

ourWascana Project: Call for Feedback

As part of a major review process for the Wascana Centre Authority's 50th birthday, citizens are being asked to share their hopes and dreams for Wascana. The ourWascana project includes three simple questions to help shape the future of Wascana. Between October 1 and 15, 2012, citizens will have a chance to offer their feedback on the draft vision by answering an online survey, or through Facebook and Twitter. The final draft of the ourWascana vision will be completed this winter.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

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


World Food Day Documentary Screening - "Raising Resistance.

October 16th

Presented by RPIRG and SCIC in Celebration for World Food Day, this documentary explores Latin American farmers' struggle against the expanding production of genetically modified soy in South America. More information here.

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Sustainable Homes: A guide to eco retrofits & renovations for your home

October 10th

Thinking about home renovations? Join the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and The Sasktoon Public Library on Wednesday October 10, 2012 at 7:00pm the Cliff Wright Library in to hear guest speaker, Ronn Lepage, discuss his guide to eco retrofits and renovations in your home. Click here for more information.

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SOS Elms Coalition 20th Anniversary "A Canopy of Arts"

October 11th to 14th

SOS Elms has partnered with the creative arts community to celebrate the beauty of the urban forest in communities all over Saskatchewan. Join in the festivities featuring dance, film, visual, and literary events. For schedules and more details gohere.

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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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SNS - Whooping Crane Outing

October 13, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society's drive in search of any reported Whoopers within 100 km of the city. Bring a lunch. Meet at the Kinsmen Park parking lot across from the Mendel Art Gallery. For more information contact Michael Williams (242-5383) or visit here.

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SNS - Outdoor Nature Photography At Cranberry Flats

October 14, 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Join Saskatoon Nature Society for an Outdoor and Nature Photography field trip. The emphasis of this field trip will be on landscape and nature photography. Pack your camera and a tripod. A polarizing filter and a telephoto lens are recommended. Meet at the Coop Service Station south of Stonebridge Mall on Clarence Ave. For more information contact Branimir Gjetvaj (382-2642) or visit 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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SNS - Northeast Lakes and Vonda Fall Supper

October 20th, 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Come out with the Saskatoon Nature Society and look for late fall birds at lakes northeast of Saskatoon. With the potential of visiting Porter, Smuts and Buffer lakes, afterwards participants may join the fall supper at the Vonda arena. Meet in the parking lot adjacent to the north side of the Co-op grocery store on Attridge (east of Lowe Road). For more information contact John Patterson (249-0468) or visit here.

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SNS - Blackstrap Waterbirds and Dundurn Fall Supper

October 28th, 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Come out with the Saskatoon Nature Society and look for migrating loons, ducks, grebes, geese and other birds at Blackstrap Lake, afterwards participants may join in the Dundurn fall supper at their community hall. Meet at NW corner of the parking lot for the Centre at Circle and 8th. For more information contact Stan Shadick (652-5975) or visit here.

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Dr. Helen Caldicott: Our Toxic Nuclear Legacy: Let's END Saskatchewan's Growing Radioactive Footprint

November 1st, 7:30pm

Come out to hear dynamic speaker Dr. Caldicott set the global context for the nuclear issue. She will be speaking in Saskatoon at Third Avenue United Church. There will be opening and closing ceremonies from First Nations elders, and First Nations youth will speak. Topical books including Caldicott's brand new Loving This Planet will be available for sale. For more information go here.

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Prairie-Fed Water Systems: Opportunities and Challenges Conference

October 17th to 19th, 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. Registration forms can be found on the PFSRB website here.

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