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November 1, 2012

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Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals



Organic Tradeshow Happening in Regina!

The Fifth Biennial Organic Connections Conference will be held November 2nd and 3rd, 2012 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. This event brings the Western Canadian Organic Community as well as many National and International experts and industry people together every two years to focus on organics. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with the vibrant and growing organic community at Western Canada's largest organic trade show and conference.

The theme for 2012 is "A Vision for the Future." With changing market conditions, a national regulation firmly entrenched, long time producers thinking about retirement, and new, energetic people wondering where to start the new era of agriculture is underway. This conference's program is designed specifically to help families prepare and plan for a productive future on the farm. Read more here and check out the listing of exhibitors!

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Saskatchewan Network of Non-Profit Organizations Summit in Saskatoon!

Fast approaching, this summit is happening on November 5th and 6th in Saskatoon. This event will bring together sector leadership from across the province to determine opportunities for the future of the non- profit sector in Saskatchewan.

The SNNO Steering Committee initiated a dialogue and process to seek out information and build consensus on the need for and role of an organization that will address issues common to non-profit organizations in Saskatchewan. SNNO began their work a few months ago through surveys and focus groups with Non-Profit Organizations. The information gained from these various inputs along with sector research available has now been synthesized. The Summit will review this data and engage in further dialogue on the opportunities before the sector bringing together non-profit leaders from across the province at the summit. To register and for more information go here.

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SK Agriculture Awareness Summit to Be Held in 2013!

On February 5th and 6th, 2013, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture will host a summit in Regina to generate ideas on how to improve public perception of the agriculture industry and promote its benefits. Participants in the summit will include government representatives, industry leaders, producers, communicators, and other partners involved in agriculture. Discussions will include a scan of current agriculture awareness efforts, ways to better educate the public about agriculture and how to encourage people in the industry to tell their positive stories. The summit will result in a more co-ordinated, collaborative strategic plan going forward. The summit will be followed by annual updates for participants to share experiences, adjust messages and direction, note accomplishments and further discuss agriculture awareness. More.

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EcoFriendly Sask Sponsors "Telling Our Story"

EcoFriendly Sask is organizing a day-long communications workshop taking place at the Galleria Building at Innovation Place in Saskatoon on November 28th. The workshop entitled "Telling Our Story: Helping Non-Profit Organizations to Get Their Message Across" will be hands-on and interactive covering storytelling, effective writing techniques, defining our message, and change management. Bursaries are available for volunteers and employees of environmental organizations. Spread the word about this exciting event and check out the full details and schedule here.

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Action Alert

Vote for Nature in the Classroom!

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan needs your help! They've listed their "Nature in the Classroom" project to receive potential funding through the Aviva Community Fund. They need all the votes they can get. You can vote daily here before the November 5th deadline.

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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 http://www.ecofriendlysask.ca/2012/04/ecofriendly-action-grants.html. Email questions or proposals to ecofriendlysask@gmail.com

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Call for Papers/Posters: Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference

The deadline for the call for papers and posters has been extended until November 2nd at 11:59pm for the 10th Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference. Details here. The 10th Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference will be held in Red Deer, Alberta from February 19th to 22nd, 2013. A draft schedule is now available on the website. Have a look at it to see how the conference is unfolding.

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Prairie Conservation Award Nominations

The Prairie Conservation Awards are granted to a deserving recipient from each of the three Prairie Provinces once every three years, in recognition of significant long-term contributions to native habitat or species at risk conservation. Deadline for nominations is January 11th, 2012 and More information about the Prairie Conservation Awards can be found here.

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Young Professional Stewardship Grant

The Young Professional Stewardship Grant promotes future work to achieve success with prairie conservation and endangered species management. The Young Professional Stewardship Grant is for professional or aspiring conservationists between the ages of 18-30 who live and/or work in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba. More information about the Young Professional Stewardship Grant can be found here.

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Waterlution Seeks Youth Participation in Workshop "CSR for the Bluer Good."

Waterlution is seeking diverse, outstanding young leaders to attend as participants for the workshop on "Corporate Social Responsibility and the Bluer Good: Moving Towards a Sustainable Economy." This workshop will be happening from November 22nd to 23rd in Bragg, Alberta. Proven leaders aged 18 - 35 yrs (expertise on water issues is not mandatory) must apply here before the November 8th deadline.

The program will focus specifically on industry, as it is Canada's biggest water user. There is great potential for increased water efficiency across industries and Canada needs decision-makers with the knowledge and motivation to achieve this. Individual stakeholders, institutional investors, and consumers are increasingly looking to environmental management and resource use as an indicator of sector viability. Waterlution is bringing together the latest research and metrics with water and business leaders for this workshop. Apply now and develop skills and become leaders in water, business and related fields and learn about what Canada's corporations are doing, and how they can continue to improve their practices into the future.

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MVA: Design and Development Manager

Reporting to the CEO, the Design and Development Manager will assume responsibility for the management of landscape design and development appropriate to the Meewasin Valley vision and mandate. Plan, implement and evaluate the annual construction program. Provide project management to ensure effective use of resources. Implement construction through the use of designers, contractors, and construction staff.

To view full job posting go here. Deadline to Apply is November 19th, 2012.

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Coming Events


Permaculture: Gaining Ground

November 3rd, 6:30 pm

Permaculture Regina is pleased to present Rob Avis of Verge Permaculture. He will give an update on the permaculture innovations they are seeing in Calgary and southern Alberta such as lawns getting changed into gardens, compost tea businesses, spin farms etc. Potluck supper will begin at 6:30pm with the discussion to begin at 7:30pm location at United Way Regina in the Community Room, 1440 Scarth St. More information here.

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Technical Native Prairie Speaker Series

November 7th, 12:10pm-12:50pm

This speaker series will be held in Regina at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium. Join Joseph Kotlar and his talk about the "Burrowing Owl Stewardship Project". For more information or if you have questions contact Natasha Wilkie: (306) 352-0472 or pcap@sasktel.net.

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An Intro to Effective Commissioning of Existing Buildings

November 21st, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Learn how to define your scope, incorporate LEED credit requirements, select the right service provider, evaluate the quality of service provided and avoid common pitfalls. This course is targeted at building managers and operators, preparing them to get the most out of re-commissioning their buildings. More information and to register go 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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The New Politics of International Food Aid

November 5th, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Co-sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Bioresources and Heifer Canada this talk by Jennifer Clapp provides timely and comprehensive accounts of the contemporary politics of food aid, explain the origins and outcomes of recent clashes between donor nations and between donors and recipients. Come out for this talk happening in room Arts 146 at the University of Saskatchewan. For more information here.

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Harvest and Hunger Forum

November 9th and 10th

There is still time left to register for SCIC's Harvest and Hunger Forum! Come out for keynote speaker Frances Moore Lappe at 7:30pm at the United Mayfair Church on Friday, November 9th and participate in a full day on Saturday, November 10th featuring diverse and varied panel discussions and skills workshops. Together we can learn how to create a sustainable food system. For schedules and more details go here.

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A Kenyan Adventure: One man's journey through socially responsible travel

November 14th, 7pm

Ready for a little adventure? Join the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and The Sasktoon Public Library on Wednesday November 14, 2012 at 7:00pm the Cliff Wright Library in Saskatoon to hear guest speaker, Greg Paterson, talk about his experiences volunteering in Kenya through captivating stories and stunning images.For more information go here.

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Serious Issues: Climate Change and other depressing topics nobody wants to talk about.

November 16th and November 17th

Presented by Sierra Youth Coalition and TruthFool Communications: The climate crisis is an issue of such magnitude that if you think about it for too long it can start to crush your spirit. This 2-day movement building program seeks to confront this destructive threat with vibrant and sustainable campuses that take fire from our creative capacities. For more information and to register go here.

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SNS - Blackstrap Waterfowl Rarities

November 10th, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society (if Blackstrap Lake has not yet frozen) and spot rare species of waterfowl from the arctic that might be present. Bring a lunch. For more information contact Michael Williams (242-5383) or visit here.

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SNS - Pike Lake Birding

November 18th, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society and look for winter visitors to the park. Wear warm clothing. The chickadees will gratefully accept donations of sunflower seeds. For more information contact Hilda Noton (374-0674) or visit here.

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SNS - Pre-Grey Cup Celebration in President Murray Park

November 25th, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society and look for kinglets, creepers and crossbills. For more information contact Jan and Stan Shadick (652-5975) or visit here.

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