SEN Info Bulletin

June 14, 2013

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News

SEN Monthly Film Night: Shattered Ground & The World According to Monsanto

Celebrate summer and join the Saskatchewan Eco Network for our monthly film night in Saskatoon! Come out on June 18th at 7pm to PAVED Arts (located at 424 20 St W Saskatoon) and take in the documentary "Shattered Ground." This documentary is directed by a local SK film-maker and explores the divisive issue that is Hydraulic Fracturing.

Shattered Ground travels from the northern gas fields to the rancorous political battles and into the hot beds of shale gas activity looking at the people who benefit, and those who do not. New scientific data is only now clarifying a complex issue and showing where there are health and environmental concerns on a scale that has never been seen before.

This month we are featuring speaker Peter Prebble from the Saskatchewan Environmental Society who will speak about Fracking in Saskatchewan and will answer questions after the film screening. Come out and join in the discussion about this new technology and learn about the issues that surround it! This event is free or by donation! So spread the word and bring your family and friends. For more information visit our facebook page here .

SEN Regina is hosting its second film night on Thursday June 20th at the Creative City Centre located at 1843 Hamilton Street at 6:00pm. The documentary film being featured this month is "The World According to Monsanto." This powerful film looks at the far reaching impact of one of the largest multinational agricultural biotechnology companies in the world.

For more information contact us at info@econet.sk.ca or by phone: (306) 652-1275.

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SEN Celebrates World Rivers Day 2013!

Celebrate World Rivers Day 2013 with the Saskatchewan Eco Network on September 29th! This year, we're encouraging municipalities, watershed and water organizations to organize their own event to celebrate the ecological, recreational, and many other benefits of their rivers. The event can be something as simple as a community river clean up, barbeque and river walk, or hosting a speaker to talk about your river! Once you decide on your event, let us know and we will register your community on the list of the thousands of communities worldwide who are celebrating this World Rivers Day 2013.

The Saskatchewan Eco Network would be more than happy to provide support and connect your municipality or water organization to resource persons, water film recommendations or ideas for this event. For any questions please contact us at info@econet.sk.ca or (306) 652-1275.

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Saskatchewan's 4th Annual Solar Tour!

Don't miss out on the 4th annual Solar Tour happening in Regina on Saturday June 22! Visit homes and businesses powered by solar energy, including Joe Fafard's solar system, the largest wind turbine, and the largest photovoltaic and solar-thermal arrays in the Regina area. Solar professionals and owners will be on site to explain their systems and answer questions. The bus is equipped with air conditioning and washroom and carbon emissions will be offset.

For times and prices check out their Facebook page here or contact David at 306-522-6543 or davidajorban@hotmail.com.

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City of Saskatoon Launches Be Water Wise Campaign

The City of Saskatoon has launched their Be Water Wise Campaign! The first stage of their campaign looks to reduce Saskatonians consumption of outdoor water use. All water that comes from your kitchen tap, shower faucet, toilet tank and even your garden hose is first cleaned and treated at the Water Treatment Plant. Water that goes down the drain in your home is cleaned and treated again at the Wastewater Treatment Plant before it returns to the river. Treating and supplying safe, quality water costs money and uses energy. In Saskatoon, water use by residents makes up over half (57%) of the total demand for water.

To learn what you can do to reduce your water footprint and to learn more about the new water conservation campaign read more here.

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Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson: Protecting our Prairies

Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, two of Canada's most acclaimed writers, and lifelong conservationists, have come Saskatchewan for the Prairie Passages Tour in June. Public Pastures - Public Interest and Nature Canada have invited Atwood and Gibson to visit the PFRA pastures and Grasslands National Park. This is an educational tour with the purpose to raise public awareness of the national and international significance of the PFRA heritage rangelands and the need to conserve these lands and the things that live on them - the plants, the birds, the 32 species at risk, and the natural prairie - for future generations.

On June 27th Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson will be speaking at the "the Prairie Passages Fundraiser Dinner" at the Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina. They will speak about their passion for birds and wild places, and what they have seen and experienced on the Prairie Passages Tour. For more information and to get tickets for the event go here.

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B.C. says 'No' to Northern Gateway Pipeline

British Columbia has formally rejected Enbridge Inc.'s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to the West Coast from Alberta, saying the company has failed to adequately explain how to deal with a major heavy oil spill on land or in coastal waters.

In its final written response to the federal panel that has been conducting hearings for the past 17 months, the B.C. government said it cannot support the $6-billion project as currently presented because its concerns over potential environmental damage, and Enbridge's ability to respond to disasters, have not been addressed. However, the B.C. government says it is possible - though unlikely - that Enbridge can win it over. Read more.

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

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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: b.mcbride@sasktel.net, 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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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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POLIS Webinar: Giving Nature a Voice - Legal Rights of Waterways

Polis is offering a webinar on Monday June 24th entitled "Giving Nature a voice: Legal Rights of Waterways" from 3:00pm-4:30pm (CST). The Webinar will feature guest speakers Linda Sheehan from the Earth Law Center and Vernon Tava fromt he Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office in New Zealand. If you are interested in participating, please contact communications@polisproject.org to register. Space is limited.

For full details, including pre-webinar reading suggestions, please go here.

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BLOOM Sustainability Leadership Awards

This is your chance to show Canada what makes your organization a sustainability leader! Applications are open to industrial, commercial, institutional, municipal, and non-governmental businesses/organizations located in Canada.

The 2013 BLOOM Sustainability Leadership Awards will be presented during the Sustainability Applied 2013 Gala on the evening of October 1, 2013. The top finalists will be recognized in a multi-media presentation during the Gala celebration as part of the lead-up to the announcement of the Award winners. Each finalist will also receive a complimentary conference pass. Completed applications are due by Sunday June 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM and should be sent to Joanna Hickling at jhickling@bloomcentre.com. For more information go here.

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Coming Events

Regina

SOEEA: CITY FOLK CAN CAMP

June 17, 7:00pm-9:00pm

The Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association presents a fun info night at the Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre to give urban dwellers the info they need to enjoy the great outdoors! This free information night with participatory demonstrations is intended to reduce barriers for urban residents, enabling them to go beyond the city limits, to go camping and explore. Families with limited outdoor experience are particularly encouraged to attend.

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Film Screening: Under Rich Earth

June 19, 7:00 PM

Join Cinema Politica Regina for their film screening of Under Rich Earth at the Artful Dodger 1631 11th Avenue. Under Rich Earth tells the story of Ecuadoran farmers and their struggle to fight off violent attacks from militia men as they battle a Canadian mining company. More details here.

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SEN: Monthly Film Night - The World According To Monsanto

June 20, 6:00pm

Join SEN in Regina for our Monthly Film Night at the Creative City Centre located at 1843 Hamilton Street. This month the documentary featured is "The World According to Monsanto."

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Benefit Concert for PPPI in Regina

June 21, Doors: 7:00 pm

A benefit concert is being held in Regina to support the Public Pastures - Public Interest and their work on Saskatchewan Pastures. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. You can see the music line-up and more details about the event here.

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Saskatchewan Solar Tour

June 22, All Day

Visit homes and businesses powered by solar energy, including Joe Fafard's solar system, the largest wind turbine, and the largest photovoltaic and solar-thermal arrays in the Regina area. Solar professionals and owners will be on site to explain their systems and answer questions. The bus is equipped with air conditioning and washroom, and your carbon emissions will be offset for times and prices check out their Facebook page here or contact David at 306-522-6543 or davidajorban@hotmail.com.

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Atwood and Gibson Prairie Passages Fundraising Dinner

June 27, 6:30 pm

The Prairie Passages Dinner is a fundraiser to help preserve our prairie. Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, will speak about their passion for birds and our wild places, and what they have seen and experienced on the Prairie Passages Tour. This event will take place at Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina for more information and to get tickets go here .

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Saskatoon

SEN: Monthly Film Night - Shattered Ground

June 18, 7:00pm

Come out on June 18th at 7pm to PAVED Arts (located at 424 20 St W Saskatoon) and take in the documentary "Shattered Ground." This documentary is directed by a local SK film-maker and explores the divisive issue that is Hydraulic Fracturing. Shattered Ground travels from the northern gas fields to the rancorous political battles and into the hot beds of shale gas activity looking at the people who benefit, and those who do not. For more information go here.

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PRI: Monthly Potluck and Presentation

June 20, Doors: 6:00pm and Presentation: 7:30pm

Join The Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan for this month's potluck and meeting featuring a presentation on the Allan Sapp Gallery Healing Garden by Kjelti Anderson. For more information go here.

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SES: Summer Solstice Supper

June 22, 6:00pm

Weczeria Food & Wine is kicking off summer with a locally-sourced outdoor fundraising dinner for the Saskatchewan Environmental Society on Saturday June 22 at 6:00PM. Chef Daniel Walker will pick up ingredients Saturday morning from the farmers' market, and by that evening his staff will have a special four course meal with wine pairings ready for their 50 guests. For more information and to get tickets go here.

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SNS: Butterfly Identification Field Trip

June 23, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Learn how to identify butterflies in Saskatoon! Meet at the NW corner of the parking lot for the Centre at Circle and 8th. Please note Trip will be cancelled if weather is poor. Contact field trip leader Anna Leighton (306) 665-6074 for more information.

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Other

NPSS: Nature Tours Across Saskatchewan

Many Dates Across SK

Join the Native Plant Society for a variety of tour across Saskatchewan:

NorthEast SK - Hudson Bay area June 15-16, 2013 SouthWest - Cypress Hills area June 22-23, 2013 NorthWest - Turtle Lake area June 31-July 1, 2013 SouthEast - Estevan area July 13-14, 2013

For more information visit their website here or contact Chet Neufeld at (306) 668-3940.

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Permaculture Design Certificate Course

July 14 - 28, Craik SK

There is a Permaculture Design Certificate course being offered at the Craik Eco-village led by Rene Michaluk from Phoenix Fire Permaculture. For more information and to register go here.

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