SEN Info Bulletin

March 14, 2013

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News

Call Out for Nominations: 11th Annual SEN Environmental Activism Awards

Do you know someone or a group of people who deserve recognition for the part they play in protecting the environment, someone who is hardworking or innovative? Is a group or business doing something significant, trying a more conscientious or respectful approach to the environment? Why not nominate them for a Saskatchewan Eco-network Environmental Activist Award?

The life of environmental activism is often challenging but sometimes, activism pays off - a species returns from the endangered list, an area becomes protected, a health issue becomes widely acknowledged. The Saskatchewan Eco-Network is celebrating the lives and the accomplishments of environmental activists through its Eleventh Annual Environmental Activist Awards.

Please send us the name, address, phone number and email of the person or group you are nominating, and your name, phone number and email. Provide us with some biographical information about the nominee, and send it to us at info@econet.sk.ca by March 30th, 2013.

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SEN Monthly Film Night: Celebrate World Water Day!

Join the Saskatchewan Eco Network for our monthly film night! This month we've scheduled our film night to coincide with World Water Day! So come out on March 22nd at 7pm to the Root Down Cooperative Café in Saskatoon and celebrate this important resource. Take in the documentary film "White Water, Black Gold" which takes a look at the impact of the oil sands on water, indigenous communtities and northern icefields! Join David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world's thirstiest oil industry: the Tarsands. This necessitates a journey: from icefields…to oilfields.

The film will be followed by discussion about the life-giving importance of water and the need for its conservation and stewardship. This event is free! So spread the word and bring your family and friends.

This month we are featuring speaker Nicole Hancock from the Safe Drinking Water Foundation (SDWF). Nicole will speak about some programs that SDWF have in place to educate students and the public on safe drinking water and what you can do to be a part of the solution.

Find more information go here, read more about World Water Day here, and watch the film trailer here.

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Gov't of SK Consultations on Energy Efficiency Building Standards

The Government of Saskatchewan is hosting a number of public consultations for developing energy efficiency building standards in Saskatchewan! Do you want to help make homes and businesses more energy efficient and improve the standard of construction in Saskatchewan? This is your chance to participate! The Government of Saskatchewan wants to hear what you have to say at consultations they will be holding throughout the province.

The next consultation sessions are taking place in a variety of Saskatchewan towns and cities. To find out the closest location and date to you, please see the full schedule here. If you cannot make any of the listed consultation dates there will be an online survey developed for your convenience.

In the meantime, please visit this website to get information about building energy efficiency standards and access to an easy to read frequently asked questions section. You can also sign up for email updates that will inform you when the online survey is available. Finally, don't forget to check it out on facebook.

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Joel Salatin: Secrets to Beyond Organic Farming

The Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan (PRI) in partnership with Verge Permaculture in Calgary are pleased to announce 3 days of live stream workshops with Joel Salatin! Joel Salatin, of Polyface Farm, is an entrepreneurial farmer and author of several books including Folks,This Ain't Normal and Salad Bar Beef. Polyface, Inc. is a family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach centre. You also may have seen him in such documentaries as Food Inc. and Fresh. To learn more about Joel and his farm go here.

The workshops will be from March 20th -22nd and each day will cover a different topic: You Can Farm, Pastured Poultry Profits and Salad Bar Beef. Each day runs from 8:30am until 4:30pm and will be hosted at the Two Twenty "Den" in Saskatoon located at 20th St West. Sessions are $25 for non-members of PRI and $20 for members. Take in just one day or all three! For more information and to register go here.

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Meewasin Pelican Watch

Every year Saskatoon residents can look forward to welcoming the harbinger of springs in the form of the American White Pelicans that gather by the weir. Meewasin has held a Pelican Watch Contest since 1996 and they're doing it again this year! Join in the fun of guessing the arrival time of the first pelican to land between the CP Bridge and the weir. Past arrival times of the pelican have been observed by the Saskatoon Nature Society, with the earliest arrival in the past 17 years being April 4, 2012 at 7:00 am. The latest arrival time to date was April 18, 2003 at 4:25 p.m.

The contest runs from March 1-31, 2013 and you can enter online at www.meewasin.com or enter ballots at participating businesses. Take this opportunity to learn more about this magnificent species!

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Earthkeepers: Land Reclamation Project for Eco Centre

Article submitted by Brynn Walker - Earthkeepers Student

On January 28th, Jared Regier, one of the two Earthkeepers teachers at Aden Bowman, presented his students with their first project based learning task: to reclaim the damaged land around the Potash Corps Eco Science and Indigenous Learning Centre. This new Eco Centre was built on School Division owned Brightwater land to teach youth the importance of living sustainably and to have an appreciation for nature. Unfortunately, during construction the land surrounding the Eco Centre was harmed. The job of reclaiming the area was given to the Earthkeepers. Shortly after this exciting task was presented, the Earthkeepers broke up into four different groups (project managers, landscape planners, botanists, and publicists) and began to work.

The project managers are in charge of writing a proposal for reclaiming the site, as well as researching related case studies, an ESD assessment, the reclamation strategy, and a timeline for this project. The second group, the landscape planners have the job of preparing a site plan to scale, that will reveal how the damaged area will be replanted. They must also produce several perspective drawings of the land once it is planted, as well as one or more section drawing to scale, to show the elevation change and soil grading. The second last group is the botanists. The botanists are in charge of knowing the native and invasive plants on Brightwater's land and in charge of deciding which plants will be planted around the Eco Centre. They will also create a booklet containing key features of native and invasive plants. The last group are the publicists. They have the role of presenting written stories to local media. They also must write a story and present a video documenting the Earthkeepers progress to the school division and public.

During the spring, we will be presenting our project proposal to the public at the Eco Centre, please come and show your support for the project. Please, stayed tuned for the date for the public unveiling of this exciting project proposal!

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Action Alert

Petition: Save our Bees!

Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But if Bayer stops selling one group of pesticides, neonicotinoids, bees could be saved from extinction.

Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. But Bayer, the largest producer of neonicotinoids, has lobbied hard to keep them on the market. Sign the petition here. This petition will be delivered to the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Bayer and used to call for strong government regulation to save the bees.

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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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Nature Saskatchewan: Executive Director

Nature Saskatchewan is currently hiring for their Executive Director Position in Regina. You can find more details on this job posting here. Eligible candidates are asked to submit their cover letter, resume and references to the Recruitment Committee at info@naturesask.ca.

Deadline to apply is March, 15th.

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Briarpatch Magazine: Editor/Publisher

Are you passionate about independent media and social change? Are you a talented communicator with an entrepreneurial spirit, ready to take the reins of a respected Canadian magazine? Do you want to work for a grassroots organization that enables you to put your politics into practice in your daily life?

Briarpatch is currently seeking an Editor/Publisher to jointly oversee all aspects of producing a bi-monthly magazine. For more information about the job posting go here. Eligible candidates are asked to send their cover letter, resume and sample of their writing to givemeajob@briarpatchmagazine.com.

Deadline to apply has been extended to March, 25th.

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Saskatoon Food Bank: Urban Agriculture Coordinator

The Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre is a community-based organization that assists members of our community with emergency food supplies and learning opportunities. The Urban Agriculture Coordinator will be responsible for the overall coordination and day-to-day requirements of the urban agriculture program, including the Garden Patch project. To learn more about this employment opportunity you can view it here.

Deadline to apply is March 22nd.

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CHEP: Backyard Garden Coordinator

CHEP Good Food Inc., with the generous support of funding from Eco-Friendly Sask, will be hiring a Coordinator to manage the backyard garden sharing program in 2013. CHEP has managed backyard sharing arrangements for several years but demand has exceeded staff capacity. In essence the program matches homeowners who have a garden space they cannot use with gardeners who are looking for a space to grow their own food in our urban environment.

To learn more about this employment opportunity you can view it here.

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University of Alberta and Environment Canada: Various Openings

The University of Alberta and Environment Canada has 6 openings for Ferruginous Hawk Field Assistants. This is a collaborative study on the relationship between Ferruginous Hawks and petroleum development in Alberta and Saskatchewan. To learn more about qualifications and information for this position go here or contact Jesse Watson at jlwatson@ualberta.ca.

The deadline to apply is March, 30th.

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Ness Creek Music Festival: Green Coordinator

The Green Dream Team of the Ness Creek Music Festival is looking for a coordinator to take on the programming and initiatives project at the Festival this year. The Green Dream Team is tasked with keeping the festival as 'green' as possible; no small task when inviting 4000 people into the boreal forest for a weekend of music, fun and friends.

The Programming and Initiatives Coordinator position is a volunteer position which begins in April and will wrap up shortly after the festival - taking place July 18-21 2013. The Programming and Initiatives Coordinator position is a challenging and rewarding position, which requires numerous skills and motivation. The purpose of the Programming & Initiatives Coordinator is to work with the coordinators in various other areas of the festival to develop, implement and facilitate greening initiatives in an efficient manner. As a coordinator, you will also be in charge of conducting and 'green' inventory and audit post festival.

Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@nesscreek.com for more information and to apply.

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Cuso International Volunteer Internships

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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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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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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Coming Events

Regina

The Council of Canadians Presents: The Big Sellout

March 20, 7:00pm

Come out to the Artful Dodger, 1631-11th Avenue and take in the documentary "The Big Sellout" that examines the effects of the worldwide privatization of basic public services, such as water supply, electricity, public transportation. Check out www.cineampolitica.org/regina for a trailer of the film and information on this and other films to come. For other information on the Council of Canadians, contact Jim Elliott at (306) 551-8500.

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Engineers Without Borders Gala: Building the Future

March 23, 6:00pm

Join EWB Regina for their second annual gala. The evening will feature a variety of wonderful appetizers, three inspiring speakers, and a lively performance by Ben Winoski & Andino Suns. The event will take place at the Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan (2125 Victoria Ave.) in Regina. Tickets are $90 and $40 for students. For more information go here and to register go here.

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Mentoring Women in their Food Story: Planting the Seeds of Leadership

March 23, 10:00am-4:00pm

Sponsored by the National Farmers Union. This workshop is designed to identify and value women's knowledge & expertise in food production, provide a leadership opportunity for women with skills to act as mentors and build leadership with those with less knowledge and experience who may have potential for leadership. For more information go here.

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House Concert Fundraiser for Public Pastures-Public Interest

March 23, Doors at 7:30pm Show at 8:00pm

Trevor and Karen Herriot are hosting a house concert fundraiser at 2517 Coronation Street in Regina for Public Pastures-Public Interest featuring Regina's new bluegrass sensation, Binder Twine and the Balers. Tickets are $20. Email info@rpirg.org to reserve your tickets. Half of the proceeds will go to support PPPI's efforts to save Saskatchewan's native grassland community pastures. (PPPI is a non-profit organization.) There will also be a silent auction featuring, among other items, a full-sized handmade quilt, "Earth and Sky" (minimum bid $150). Come early if you want to choose your seating. BYOB (one of the best things about house concerts!), we supply honey sweetened herb tea and hospitality. Bring a snack to share if you like.

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SCIC's: A Gathering of Global Minds Series

March 27, 7:00 pm

Canada's Shifting Priorities: Aid in an Environment of Change

Since 1968, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has been the official arm of Canada's overseas efforts. Because of its work, millions of people around the world have learned to read, received emergency meals, and been vaccinated against disease. Should Canadian aid be an extension of domestic economic political priorities of-the-day? Do CIDA's increased partnerships with the private sector threaten to derail decades of important work, or are they an important step in a new era? Should aid continue to exist at all? Join in a Gathering of Global Minds for a discussion about the past, present, and future of Canadian aid, and the taxpayers who fund it. Located at The Artful Dodger, 1631 11th Avenue in Regina. For more information go here.

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Spring into Gardening: Gardening with Native Plants

March 28, 7:00pm

Join Dr Fidji Gendron - FNUC and Sarah Vinge-Mazer - Nature Saskatchewan at the George Bothwell Branch Regina Public Library and spring into gardening by learning how to garden with native plants! This event is held in conjunction with Regina Public Library's Spring into Gardening Series. For more information go here.

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Saskatoon

Native Prairie Speaker Series: Burrowing Owl Habitat Associations

March 20, 12:10pm

Join Troy Wellicome - Environment Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service to hear about Burrowing Owl Habitat. The talk will be located in Room 1039 Education Building on the U of S Campus. For more information go here.

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Film Screening: Switch

March 21, 7:00pm

The School of Environment and Sustainability Students' Association (SENSSA), the Office of Sustainability, and the CaGBC Saskatchewan Chapter have partnered to screen the documentary, Switch. The film focuses on the production of electricity -- all the different technologies and their respective pros, cons and limitations -- and concludes with a look at the importance of energy efficiency going forward. It is touted as a documentary that is "uniting diverse audiences in a shared understanding of energy and promoting efficiency". You can see more about the documentary here.

The screening will take place in the Neatby Timlan Theatre (Room 241 Arts building at U of S). It will be followed by a discussion with the audience led by a panel of experts.

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Film Screening: BLUE ALCHEMY - Stories of Indigo

March 23, Doors at 1:00pm and show at 1:30pm

Come down to the Broadway Theatre in Celebration of World Water Day and take in the film documentary "Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo." This is an independent documentary about the history, culture, and revival of the blue dye. It is also about remarkable people around the globe who are using indigo in projects that are intended to improve life in their communities, preserve cultural integrity, and bring beauty to the world.

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SES: Earth Hour "Less-Power Play" Street Hockey Event

March 23, 8:30pm to 9:30pm

Join SES and the City of Saskatoon to celebrate Earth Hour by raising awareness about climate change. This event will take place at the Saskatoon Civic Square (23rd St; between 3rd and 4th Ave.) By participating in Earth Hour you are joining millions of people around the world in a symbolic act to bring positive change to our environment. There will be street hockey, as well as organic coffee, tea, and treats from Earthbound Bakery. For more information, contact SES's Earth Hour Coordinator, Jennie, at jenniew@environmentalsociety.ca.

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Meewasin's Pelican Day

March 24, 2:00pm-4:00pm

For Children - drop in to discover some fascinating facts about Pelicans, do a scavenger hunt, play Pelican Twister and other games, and make a Pelican Craft! For more information and to register please call (306) 665-6888. Program cost is by donation.

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Literally Placemaking: Civic Governance Forum

Deadline to Register: March 25

On April 12, Literally Placemaking - Civic Governance Forum will explore how citizens can act on their intention to build more sustainable and inclusive communities.This day-long event will feature a variety of presentations and workshops, and will be held at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. For more information go here.

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USSU: Carbonless Community Concert

March 31, 8:30pm-11:30pm

The University of Saskatchewan Student's Union has organized a Carbonless Community Concert taking place at Browser's Cafe - Upper Level Memorial Union Building, U of S campus. This event will feature artists such as Minor Matter, Chad Reynolds and Laura Artus. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information go here.

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Meewasin's Annual Easter History

March 31, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Thinking of going for an Easter walk in the river valley? The Meewasin Valley Centre staff have a few indoor & outdoor history and nature scavenger hunts! For more information please call (306) 665-6888.

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SES: Environmental Book Club

April 2, 7:00pm

The next book in SES' environmental book club is, "Legacy" by David Suzuki. Come one, come all! SES' aim is to create a sense of community within the SES and offer a chance to meet with like-minded individuals to discuss current environmental issues in our society. For more information go here.

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Other

Indigenous View of Mother Earth

March 23, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Canoe Lake Cree Nation

This is an Inter-Tribal event in the heart of northern Saskatchewan to celebrate and honour Mother Earth and all Life Forms which have sustained us since Time Immemorial, and to form solidarity in their protection. Taking place at the Canoe Lake Cree First Nation Gymnasium there will be a variety of Guest Speakers from First Nations across Saskatchewan, including the four Founding Women of the Idle No More movement: Jess Gordon, Sylvia McAdam, Nina Was'te, Sheelah McLean and many more. For more information please contact Emil Bell at piwapiscus@gmail.com or by phone 306-829-4311 and 306-202-7528.

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Mentoring Women in their Food Story: Planting the Seeds of Leadership

March 24, 1:00pm-4:00pm, Yorkton

Sponsored by the National Farmers Union. This workshop is designed to identify and value women's knowledge & expertise in food production, provide a leadership opportunity for women with skills to act as mentors and build leadership with those with less knowledge and experience who may have potential for leadership. For more information go here.

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SAW 2013 Watersheds Conference

April 9th and 10th, Moose Jaw

The Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds' conference will be in Moose Jaw on April 9 and 10. Bob Sandford, the keynote speaker, will discuss water and climate security in the Canadian West, and there will be tours of several water treatment facilities. More information here.

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