SEN Info Bulletin

May 22, 2013

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Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals



SEN Monthly Film Night: Check Out "Revolution" at the Roxy!

In lieu of our monthly film night, SEN has co-sponsored the film "Revolution" playing at the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon from May 17-23! Revolution is a film from biologist and film-maker Rob Stewart that brought us Shark Water. Revolution takes us on a whole new journey:

The documentary follows, Rob Stewart as he embarks on a life-threatening adventure. He travels from the coral reefs in Papua New Guinea and deforestation in Madagascar to the largest and most destructive environmental project in history in Alberta, Canada, he reveals that all of our actions are interconnected and that environmental degradation, species loss, ocean acidification, pollution and food/water scarcity are reducing the Earth's ability to house humans. How did this happen, and what will it take to change the course that humanity has set itself on?

Don't miss this amazing documentary on the big screen! May 22nd and 23rd are the last dates for show times! Go here for show times and here for more information and the trailer.

Regina is hosting its first film night on Thursday May 23rd at the Creative City Centre located at 1843 Hamilton Street in Regina at 6:00pm. The first film being featured is "Do the Math" a powerful film that addresses climate change and features renowned climate activist Bill McKibben. Discussion will follow after the film about a climate energy action plan.

Stay tuned for the dates and films for our next monthly film nights happening in June for both Regina and Saskatoon! For more information contact us at or by phone: (306) 652-1275.

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Saskatoon Forestry Farm Celebrates 100 Years with Centennial Fair!

The Saskatoon Forestry Farm has a strong history in Saskatoon. From its beginnings as the Sutherland Forest Nursery Station in 1913 to the now, beautiful park landscape and only accredited zoo in Saskatchewan it's been 100 years! This is your chance to take a step back in time and celebrate with the Foresty Farm at their Centennial Fair!

The Fair is taking place on Sunday, May 26th at Saskatoon's Foresty Farm from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. There will be all sorts of activities such as wagon rides, old-fashioned games and contests, an artisan marketplace and a variety of exciting horticultural, farrier, geneology and historical demonstrations! Did we mention the fair and parking is free? To learn more about the history of our beloved Foresty Farm and more details on the Fair go here.

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Wild About Saskatoon: First NatureCity Festival

Wild about Saskatoon is hosting the first ever NatureCity Festival! The goal of Wild About Saskatoon is to foster a fresh, everyday connection between the residents of Saskatoon and the nature that envelops us, in the city as elsewhere, and on which our lives depend. From this desire evolved the NatureCity Festival happening from May 25-31 in Saskatoon!

Events are being put on by many environmental groups and individuals and there are so many ways and days for local Saskatonians to get their "Nature" on! Activities range from animal yoga, bee-keeping, an Urban Agricultural tour, Flash Planting Mob, birdwatching and birdcounts, art display and nature tours and so much more! To find our more about the festival and see what activities will re-connect you with Nature check out the NatureCity Festival's 2013 website here.

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Meewasin International Trails Day

Meewasin is celebrating International Trails Day on June 1st! This event promotes trail development, use of trails and the healthy lifestyle they encourage! Come out and celebrate the beautiful Meewasin Trail and natural environment that the Meewasin conserves on Meewasin International Trails Day! The day will run from sunrise to sunset, catching early morning, daytime, and evening users of the Meewasin Trail. Come out for the day whether you choose to walk, run, roll, ride, paddle!

Take this chance to organize a special event of your own to celebrate the Meewasin Trail! If your organization is interested in participating register by going here. Groups that register their special events before May 24th will be eligible for a special prize!

There will be an afternoon of festivities, displays and entertainment in Friendship Park in Saskatoon from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact: or to have a display at Friendship Park.

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New Great Blue Heron Provincial Park

Great Blue Heron Provincial Park is the first new provincial park in 20 years. The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport announced the approval of the 35th provincial park in the Saskatchewan. It will cover 11,168 hectares north of Prince Alber and will and include the recreation sites at Anglin and Emma Lakes.

Culture Minisiter, Kevin Doherty, said the government is hoping to proclaim the park in late July or early August and have a grand opening later this summer. "..It's taken us almost six years now to establish the first one because there is a lot of work to do in establishing a provincial park - a lot of consultation to be done," Doherty said. "We're working on the second one right now." Read more.

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Call for Nominations: Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor's Greenwing Conservation Award

Do you know someone who is dedicated to conserving and protecting Saskatchewan's wetlands? Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is inviting nominations for the prestigious Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor's Greenwing Conservation Award. This award recognizes those who have demonstrated leadership in a project or activity that has contributed to the public awareness of conserving wetlands.

If you know a person or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to protect and preserve Saskatchewan's wetlands and natural areas, nominate them for the 2013 Lieutenant Governor's Greenwing Conservation Award. The nomination deadline is Friday, May 31, 2013.

For more information along with nomination criteria and to access the nomination form go here or contact Lori Gasper by email: or phone: (306) 665-7157.

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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.

Sierra Club Canada is calling on the federal government to follow the lead of European Union and take action to protect at-risk bee populations by banning three neonicotinoid pesticides: Imidacloprid, Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam. For more information 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 Email questions or proposals to

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OCIA Canada Board: General Manager

The Organic Crop Improvement Association International (OCIA) is pleased to be offering the position for General Manager in Humboldt Saskatchewan.

OCIA is one of the world's oldest, largest, and most trusted leaders in the organic certification industry. A nonprofit, member-owned, agricultural organization, OCIA is dedicated to providing the highest quality organic certification services and access to global organic markets. OCIA Canada is a recently incorporated entity whose goal/mission is to specialize in organic certification in Canada and to provide our clients with exemplary service. To see the full job posting and learn more about the OCIA International organization go here.

Eligible candidates are asked to submit their cover letter and resume by email:, fax: 306 543 8732, or mail: Marion McBride, 54 Rendek Crescent Regina, SK S4X 1B8

Deadline to apply is June, 15th.

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Rangeland Scholarship

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association (SSGA)offers an annual scholarship of $1,000 to a Saskatchewan student pursuing an education in range management. The successful applicant or an immediate family member must be a member of the SSGA. Leadership, community involvement and academics will be considered. The SSGA Rangeland Scholarship was established through donations by members that were matched by Saskatchewan Environment's Fish and Wildlife Development Fund and has been in existence since 1995. For more information for on the scholarship and qualifications go here.

Deadline to apply is June, 1st.

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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

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CanoeSki Discovery Company, is one of Saskatchewan's foremost adventure travel companies and specializes in wilderness canoeing and cross-country skiing. The company is based in the City of Saskatoon and is offering a Wilderness Navigation and Orienteering Course on June 2 from 8:30-4:30. There will be a classroom session in the morning and an outdoor session in the afternoon. For information and to check out other course offerings go here.

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Free Online Course: Sustainability of Food Systems

The University of Minnesota is offering a free 8-week online course entitled: "Sustainability of Food Systems: A Global Life Cycle Perspective." This course explores the diversity of the foods we eat, the ways in which we grow, process, distribute, and prepare them, and the impacts they have upon our environment, health, and society. We will also examine the challenges and opportunities of creating a more sustainable global food system in the future. The course requires a commitment of 3-4hrs per week. For more information and to register go here.

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SWRC: Master Composter Training Workshop

The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is having a weekend training workshop to become a Master Composter from Saturday June 1st to Sunday June 2nd. If you're interested please pre-register and contact Naomi Mihilewicz by email: or phone: 306 242-8569.

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Coming Events


Community Vitality Monitoring Partnership Process: The Socio-economic Impacts of the 'Modern Era' of Uranium Mining in Northern Saskatchewan

May 23, 7:00pm

Dr. Irvine and Sierzycki will present findings drawn from a report entitled 'The Socio-Economic Impacts of the "Modern Era" of Uranium Mining on Northern Saskatchewan', which examines the impacts - beneficial or otherwise - of uranium mining in Northern Saskatchewan in areas like business and employment, education, health and community well-being.

This lecture will take place at the University of Regina main campus, Education Building in room ED 191. Admission is free, and free parking on campus is available in lot 14 M. For more information, or to review the report informing this lecture, please go here.

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March Against Monsanto

May 25, 1:00pm-4;00pm

Join the March Against Monsanto Rally in Regina and start the beginning of the Food Revolution. For details about the event go here.

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LEED in Practice: Measurement & Verification of Building Performance

May 23, 1:00pm-4:00pm

The Canada Green Building Council SK Chaper is offering this day workshop. The workshop will take place at Innovation Place in the Atrium Building (Candle/Span RM) located at 111 Research Drive in Saskatoon.

This course is designed for electrical/mechanical engineers, technologists, aspiring M&V consultants, and LEED project managers/coordinators with a technical knowledge of energy, mechanical and electrical systems in buildings. For more information and to register go here.

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SNS' NatureCity Festival Event: Various Birding and Nature Field Trips!

May 25-31, various times

The Saskatoon Nature Society is celebrating the NatureCity Festival and has organized many birding and a variety of other nature tours. Check out their website here for full details of their events as there is something from everyone!

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NPSS' NatureCity Festival Event: Native Plant Walk at Peggy McKercher Conservation Area

May 25th, 7:00 pm

Hosted by the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan as part of Wild About Saskatoon's NatureCity Festival in Saskatoon. The guided walk by expert botanists will take place at the Peggy McKercher Conservation Area on Saturday, May 25th from 7:00-9:00 pm. Everyone is welcome and the tour is free but please contact Chet at (306) 668-3940 or e-mail to register. You can find out more here.

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Plastic Smart Saskatoon's NatureCity Festival Event: River Cleanup

May 26, 11:00am

As a part of the NatureCity Festival, PlasticSmart Saskatoon is holding their first river bank clean-up on May 26 at 11:00am. Meet in the metered parking lot behind the Diefenbaker Canada Centre.

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SES NatureCity Festival Event: Home Place - Essays on Ecology

May 26, 2:00pm-4:00pm

In tribute to Stan Rowe and as a part of the NatureCity Festival, SES is hosting "Home Place- Essays on Ecology" at the Mendel Art Gallery (950 Spadina Crescent East). Dr. Lynn Oliphant will be reading from the seminal book, Home Place, and reflecting on what home means, and why it must be protected. For more information go here.

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Flower and Macro Photography workshop

May 26, 3:30pm-7:30pm, Ancient Spirals Retreat (20km outside Saskatoon)

This workshop will cover photography techniques to help you produce beautiful and unique images of flowers in a natural setting. Registration fee: $65 per person. For more information go here.

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SOS ELMS' NatureCity Festival Event: Patterson Arboretum Tour

May 29th, 4:30pm-6:00pm

As a part of the NatureCity Festival, SOS Elms is hosting a walking tour of the Arboretum. It will be led by staff from the University of Saskatchewan Department of Plant Sciences. Established in 1966, the Arboretum consists of over 700 living trees and shrubs. On this tour you will have the chance to examine and discuss some of the oldest specimens, the most unusual specimens and the most unique specimens. For more information go here.

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SWRC's NatureCity Festival Event: Composting 101

May 29th, 7:30-9:00pm

As part of the NatureCity Festival, the SWRC is hosting Composting 101: Learn to Compost at the Den at Two Twenty (220 20th St W.) Learn the basics of composting kitchen and yard waste right at home. A short presentation will cover all the information you'll need to create and maintain a successful backyard compost pile. There will be time afterwards for questions. Suitable for adults new to composting or those with questions about how to improve their current compost. No sign up necessary!

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PRI NatureCity Festival Event: Revolutionary Tea Party

May 30, 7:00pm

As part of the Wild about Saskatoon NatureCity festival, join the Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan for a cup of Underground Cafe's tea (or coffee) and connect with people who are revolutionizing the way we connect with nature in the city. There will be story teller performances and spoken word! Seedlings and seeds will be available at low cost and you can add to the wall of inspiration about how you connect with nature in the city. Cost is by donation! For more information go here.

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Buffalo Valley BioBlitz

June 1, 8:00am-4:00pm - Near Dinsmore, SK

Join Nature Conservancy of Canada(NCC) staff on June 1st, to help inventory plants and animals at our newest protected area, Buffalo Valley. For more information please contact Joseph by email: or go to the event page here.

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More events at the SEN Event Calendar: