SEN Info Bulletin

January 15, 2013

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News

Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Events

News

CJ Mackenzie Lecture: "From Saskatoon to Sustainable Development"

Mechanical Engineering is pleased to host Mr. Jim MacNeill as the Distinguished Lecturer on January 17th at TCU place in Saskatoon. Mr. MacNeill has vast experience in the area of public environmental policy at the provincial, national, and international levels. The term "sustainable development" has risen to prominence over the last 25 years as a guiding principle for global development. This term found its genesis in the landmark 1987 report of the Brundtland Commission. Mr. MacNeill, a U of S Mechanical Engineering graduate, was the principle author of that report. This is arguably one of the most important documents ever produced in this field. To buy tickets to this exciting lecture go here.

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Apathy into Action Conference

The Apathy into Action Conference: Exploring Issues and Organizing Actions, is Regina Public Interest Research Group's (RPIRG) Annual Social Justice Conference at the University of Regina.

This year the conference runs from January 17th to 19th! These sessions are organized over a number of days to engage students and the community in current issues. The goal of the conference is to introduce or provide information about these issues, as well as to equip students and community members will the skills needed to organize around these issues. All sessions are FREE and open to students and the public!

Some topics of interest include: Poverty and Health in Sasakatchewan (Dr. Ryan Meili), Austerity and the Corporatization of the University (Dr. Emily Eaton), Common(s) Rights: Our Community Pastures (Naomi Beingessner), Corporate and Political Connections in Saskatchewan (Dr. Simon Enoch) and so much more! For more details and to register go here.

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Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan AGM: "Native Plants - Native People."

The NPSS is hosting their 18th Annual General Meeting and Conference at the German Concordia Club in Saskatoon from February 8th to 9th, 2013.

This year's theme is "Native Plants - Native People" and the event is striving to create awareness of Saskatchewan's native plants and ecosystems along with the long history that First Nations have had with them. It is hoped that the event will give insight into how our natural world is woven into aboriginal culture, both in a historical and contemporary context, and what our society today can learn from this.

Some highlights will be a book reading by Candace Savage from her recent work "A Geography of Blood" followed by story-telling by Joseph Naytowhow. These are just a taste of what to expect! Check out the details here and register for this exciting event here.

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Meewasin Repurposing Old Rink Shack for Beaver Creek

Meewasin is in the process of repurposing and refurbishing the old Meewasin skating rink shack that will be located at the Beaver Creek Conservation Area (BCCA) where it will provide for greater use of the site, especially in the winter months.

Currently, Meewasin has moved the old rink warm up facility to BCCA and once it is refurbished it will eventually offer programs in cross-country skiing, photography and art classes, and interpretive theatre. The temporary location is beside the Interpretive Centre on the site of the old YWCA Camp Kesuk building. Once the facility is ready with refurbished siding and roof, windows, deck and accessible doors, cross country skis will be ordered and their interpretive staff trained for full operation and use of this new asset to BCCA! Stayed tuned for more developments!

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Target Stores seeks LEED certification for Canadian stores

When Target Corp. comes to Canada next year, the U.S. retail giant will be taking unprecedented steps for this country in terms of creating green facilities to shop in.

Target announced last week it would be seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for each of its 124 stores that are slated to open in Canada in 2013. It's working through the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC ) LEED Volume program to achieve this. Thomas Mueller, CEO of the CaGBC, feels that Target is setting a new standard, adding that no Canadian-based company has ever used the LEED Volume program because the scale of it is beyond the size of most homegrown firms.

"We expect that this initiative by Target will encourage more retailers to enhance the environmental performance of their buildings through LEED," Mueller said. Target said it would spend more than $1.2 billion on renovating its Canadians stores, or at least $10 million on each outlet. More.

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Action Alert

Stop Logging in Endangered Forests: Sign the Petition

Resolute Forest Products is one of the largest logging companies in Canada, managing some of the most ecologically valuable and vulnerable areas left in the Boreal Forest. This includes some of Canada's last intact forests and critical caribou habitat.

A Greenpeace investigation exposes Resolute Forest Products for violating the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) by approving logging roads in off-limit forest areas. Resolute's actions break the foundation of the agreement between forest companies and environmental organizations and threaten the vitality of these endangered forests and the precious wildlife that call if home. Learn more and sign the petition here.

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Face Your Footprint: Carbon Farmer Community Projects!

The Carbon Farmer is offering financing from their Community Fund to help communities lessen their carbon footprint. A variety of projects have been submitted from across Canada and the project that gains the most votes will win $1597.00 with the runner up winning $954.00 to help these initiatives become reality.

Check out the variety of inspiring projects and cast your vote for the project you think should win! Voting opened on December 22, 2012 and will end at Midnight (MST) on February 24, 2013. Individuals can vote once per day so vote early and vote often. To view the projects and cast your vote, go here.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

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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Manitoba Eco-Network: Digital Intern

The Manitoba Eco-Network (MEN) is hiring a Digital Intern. The position is $16 per hour at 40 hours per week for 16 weeks and starts on February 4th. A university or college degree is required. MEN is looking for individuals with strong skills in website development and possess the ability to work independently.

To see the full job posting go here. and to review eligibility and requirements go here. Questions can be directed to Sean Goertzen: info@mbeconetwork.org or 1-204-947-6511.

The Deadline to Apply by Tuesday, January 15th, 11:59pm.

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Quint Development: Supervisor

Quint Development is hiring a Supervisor for Pleasant Hill Place and The Male Youth Lodge. For a detailed job posting go here.

The deadline to apply is January, 24th.

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Cuso International Volunteer Interships

Cuso International has exciting opportunities that match talented individuals to organizations and communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean to share expertise, perspectives, and unlock potential.

For internship opportunities and more information go here.

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RCGS: Expedition Grants

The goal of the RCGS Expedition Program is to enhance the appreciation, understanding and knowledge of the physical, environmental and cultural geography of Canada by recognizing and encouraging the spirit of discovery and adventure through expeditions taking place largely within Canada.

RCGS expedition support is awarded to individuals and teams undertaking expeditions in Canada that complement the mandate of the RCGS to: "make Canada better known to Canadians and to the world"

There are a variety of expedition grants such as: Expedition of the Year (one only), Major Grants, Seed Grants, Women's Expedition Grant and Aboriginal Expedition Grant. For more details about each grant and to find out how to apply go here.

Deadlines for applications is January 21, 2013.

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GeoThermal Grants for Retrofits & New Construction

Did you know that there is a $3500 incentive for the installation of qualified GeoThermal units in both existing and new home construction? Details are available under the New Homes Programs tab at www.sunridgegroup.ca.

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Volvo, UNEP, UNESCO and World Scouts International Youth Award

Do you know of some amazing environmental youth groups between ages 13-16 who are worthy of recognition? Take this opportunity to nominate those the movers and shakers of the next generation and their projects to be recognized by the UN. Taking part is easy and it could be any activity from tree planting to a community wide project. If you know of groups who are active and that deserve international recognition for their efforts and achievements please ask them go here for more details and here to register.

Deadline for registration is January 31st.

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Intensive Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course

The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council will offer a Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course in Saskatoon from March 30th to 31st, 2013 for those looking to add to their formal wildlife rehabilitation education. This introductory course includes lecture topics such as: introduction to wildlife rehabilitation, basic anatomy and physiology, calculating drug dosages,handling and physical restraint, thermoregulation and much more.

This course also includes a half-day lab to practice techniques in: gavage (tube-feeding),physical restraint, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, physical exams,limb immobilization and weighing. For more information, to register and prices contact Jan Shadick at 306-652-5975 or at jshadick@sasktel.net.

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WEBINAR: The Air Quality Health Index and Your Organization

Have you heard about the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and wondered how your organization can become more involved with sharing this useful tool that helps to protect people's health?

Check out this webinar on Wednesday, January 16th, at 1:00pm EST that will explain the Who, What, and Whys of the AQHI and how your organization can become involved. This webinar will include a basic introduction to the AQHI, an example of how it is being utilized by a health NGO, and will present the roles of Health Canada and Environment Canada in the AQHI. Speakers include: Dr. Alan Ablesohn (Health Canada),Noah Farber (Asthma Society of Canada) Chantal Duhaime (Environment Canada) and Christina Daly (Health Canada).

To register go here or e-mail your name, organization, and contact number to arthur.thomson@nb.lung.ca.

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Coming Events

Regina

Anti-Oppression Training

January 19, 9:00am-4:00pm

Facilitated by Sheelah Mclean, this session will use discussion and interaction to unpack and unlearn, the first step in building anti-colonial theory! Located at RIC 209 at the Research and Innovation Centre at the University of Regina. For more details go here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

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Facilitation Training and Effective Organizing

January 19, 9:00am-4:00pm

Join Tracey Mitchell and learn about Effective Organizing. This crash course in effective organizing will give you a foundation for building effective & growing movements.

Tracy is also offering Facilitation Training in the afternoon where the workshop will build on the tools learned in the Effective Organizing session to help you guide successful collective processes and workshops. Located at RIC 209 at the Research and Innovation Centre at the University of Regina. For more details go here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

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SCIC's: A Gathering of Global Minds Series

January 23, 7pm

A Better World in your Grocery Cart: Is Ethical Consumerism the Answer?

Fair trade began as a radical alternative to address shortcomings in free-market models. After successfully gaining critical mass, it is now often touted as the solution to the world's problems. Join us at this Gathering of Global Minds for a lively discussion on ethical consumerism, and the choices that North Americans have in today's globalized economy. Located at The Artful Dodger, 1631 11th Avenue in Regina. For more information go here.

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Saskatoon

Travelling 11,000km to Fight Climate Change

January 15th, 7pm

Worried about climate change? Join the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and The Sasktoon Public Library on Tuesday January 15, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Francis Morrison Library in downtown Saskatoon. Learn about the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and what happened during the most recent negotiations in Qatar in November/December 2012 from guest speaker, Megan Van Buskirk who attended the conference. For more information go here.

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Saskatchewan Women's Forum 2013:Connecting Voices for Change

January 18 & 19, All Day

This Forum will be held at the BESSBOROUGH HOTEL, 601 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon. You can register and pay online here. If this is not possible, or you require the reduced rate (registration is $50), please contact Michelle.Beveridge@oxfam.ca for other options.

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SNS: Montgomery Place Bird Walk

January 19, 9:00am-11:00am

Join the Saskatchewan Nature Society for a walk around this bird-rich neighbourhood looking for winter songbirds and raptors. Meet at the intersection of Crerar Drive and Caen Street in Montgomery Place. For more information go here or contact Robert Johanson at 653-2610.

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Video Presentation: the Northeast Swale

January 20, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Drop by the meewasin valley centre the afternoon of January 20th to watch a short video about an important natural habitat within the city that Meewasin is working to conserve.For more information please call 665-6888.

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Gardeners' Escape Winter Workshop

January 26, 9:00am-4:00pm

Join the Prairie Master Gardeners at their Escape Winter Workshop on January 26th at Nutana Park Mennonite Church located at 1701 Ruth Street in Saskatoon. Darryl Fehr of Little Tree Nursery will talk about the Urban Forest, and Branimir Gjetvaj will give a workshop on Flower & Macro Photography. For more information go here.

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Heritage Festival of Saskatoon

February 3, 12:00pm-5:00pm

Come visit us at the Western Development Museum located at 2610 Lorne Avenue South and learn more about Saskatoon's rich and varied natural and cultural heritage. Admissions is free to learn more go here.

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Other

Native Prairie Speaker Series: Swift Fox

January 16, Swift Current

Shelley Pruss, Parks Canada, will speak on The Swift Fox: Back Home (Again)! At the AAFC - Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre, Thompson Room on January 16th in Swift Current. For more details go here.

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SOEEA AGM

January 19, 10:00am-8:00pm, Manitou Springs

The Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association is holding its Annual General Meeting on January 19th at Manitou Springs Mineral Spa. For more information go here.

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Native Prairie Speaker Series: Swift Fox

January 16, Swift Current

Shelley Pruss, Parks Canada, will speak on The Swift Fox: Back Home (Again)! At the AAFC - Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre, Thompson Room on January 16th in Swift Current. For more details go here.

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Western Canadian Holistic Management Conference

February 12 & 13, Russell, Manitoba

This conference will held from February 12th to 13th, 2013 in Russell, Manitoba. Early Bird Registration has a January 27th deadline. Late Registration is $200. For more information go here.

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