SEN Info Bulletin

July 9, 2013

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Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Events

News

SEN & City of Saskatoon Monthly Film Night: Be Water Wise!

The Saskatchewan Eco Network is proud to have partnered with the City of Saskatoon to offer our next exciting film night! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 24 at 7pm and come down to the multi-purpose room at Station 20 West located at 1120 20th Street West in Saskatoon.

The City of Saskatoon has launched their "Be Water Wise" campaign and in celebration we'll be screening a variety of fun and exciting water short films. Learn about tangible solutions to increasing water security and what tips and tricks you can use to reduce water usage in your life!

Join in some thoughtful discussion and connect with others to talk about how Saskatoon and Saskatonians can work to preserve our water resources and our beautiful river system! We will have City of Saskatoon representatives coming out to talk about what initiatives are being undertaken in Saskatoon for water conservation in the city and to answer any questions you may have! Come out and learn about xeriscaping, permaculture, check out a "living display," and so much more! Don't miss out on this water-ful evening!

This event is free! So spread the word and bring your family and friends. For more information see our facebook page here. For more information contact us at info@econet.sk.ca or by phone: (306) 652-1275.

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Call for Nominations: Joanna Miller Peace Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the newly established Joanna Miller Peace Award which recognizes and supports groups and individuals striving for peace in Saskatoon-area community. Nominations can be submitted here until September 9th. The award will be presented on the United Nations World Day of Peace on September 21st.

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Province of Manitoba Announces Lawn Care Pesticide Ban

Environmental and health organizations welcome a decision by the Manitoba's Provincial Government to ban toxic lawn pesticides in Manitoba. On June 28th, Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced legislation that will phase out the sale and use of harmful cosmetic pesticides. The proposed legislation concerns lawn care pesticides only, and does not deal with agricultural or commercial pesticides or insecticides used for mosquito control.

"Medical experts are clear that synthetic chemical lawn pesticides pose risks to human health, especially in the early stages of life, and to pets as well. We must reduce exposure to these products where they are not needed," said Mackintosh. "Given the increasing availability of replacement products and alternative turf management practices that effectively control weeds, Manitoba is proposing to join most other provinces and more than 170 Canadian municipalities to protect human, pet and environmental health." 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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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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Manitoba Eco Network: Coordinator Position

Manitoba Eco-Network is seeking a dynamic, organized individual to fill the position of Coordinator. The position is 35 hours per week permanent. For more information about position duties and qualifications go here.Submit your cover letter and resume to Kristine Koster at info@mbeconetwork.org. Deadline to apply is July 15th at 12:00pm .

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Coming Events

Regina

Thursday Night Yoga Party in the Park!

June 13 - August 22, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Free yoga in Victoria Park all summer long! Classes run from June 13th - Aug. 22nd from 5-6pm. Yoga is led by Regina's own Yoga Pirate Captain Colin Hall, great musical mixes featuring R&B, disco, bollywood, bhangra, hip-hop, and rock, and soaking up the sunshine in downtown Regina. These classes are brought to you by Regina Downtown. Weather permitting.

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Secret Gardens Tour

July 12-14

This special event is presented by New Dance Horizons in Regina. The theme is "Birds, Bees and Butterflies" and celebrates the living, moving entities of the garden. New Dance Horizons' Secret Gardens Tour is a self-guided pilgrimage through some of Regina's most diverse privately owned gardens. for more information and to get your ticket go here.

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Saskatoon

SNS: Goose Lake and Delisle Marsh Birding Trip

July 13, 8:00am-12:00pm

Come along for the ride! Participants will carpool to the Delisle and Tessier district to look for Black-necked Stilts and other marsh and grassland birds. Bring mosquito repellent, rubber boots, and an optional lunch. Meet at the intersection of Crerar Drive and Caen Street in Montgomery Place. For more information contact May Haga 306-955-3954.

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SNS: Shorebirds in the Allan District

July 20, 9:00am-4:00pm

Join Saskatoon Nature Society to look for shorebirds and other water birds. Bring a lunch. Meet at NW corner of the parking lot for the Centre at Circle and 8th. For more information contact Robert Johanson 306-653-2610.

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SNS: Shorebirds in the Allan District

July 21, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Learn how to identify our butterflies. Trip will be cancelled if weather is poor. Bring rubber boots or other waterproof footwear, and wear long pants for walking in tall grass. A butterfly checklist can be found here. Meet at the NW corner of the parking lot for the Centre at Circle and 8th. For more information contact Anna Leighton 306-665-6074.

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Saskatoon Zoo Society: Family Day at the Zoo

July 21, 10:00am-5:00pm

This fun family event is a fundraiser to support the Saskatoon Zoo Society's environmental education programs. Free plush bears for the first 450 children and featuring new entertainers for every age group! Visit with our socialized animals, play around on the jumping pits, experience an amazing raptor flight show, or simply enjoy a hot dog or hamburger at our barbecue. For more information go here.

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SEN & City of Saskatoon: Monthly Film Night - Be Water Wise!

July 24, 7:00pm

Join the Saskatchewan Eco Network and The City of Saskatoon for the next monthly film night on July 24 at 7pm and come down to the Multi-purpose room at Station 20 West located at 1120 20th Street West in Saskatoon. The City of Saskatoon has launched their "Be Water Wise" campaign and in celebration we'll be screening a variety of fun and exciting water short films. Learn about tangible solutions to increasing water security and what tips and tricks you can use to reduce water usage in your life! For more information go here.

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SNS: Hoppe Nature Conservancy Walk

July 27, 8:00am-5:00pm

This possible addition to the Nature Conservancy of Canada events is located north of Biggar. Participants will form carpools to drive to the site and then walk. Bring hiking footwear and a backpack with your lunch. Meet at the west end of the Westgate Plaza parking lot (22nd St. W and Witney). For more information contact Joseph Kotlar 1-306-540-7069.

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SNS: Dragonflies and Damselflies

July 28, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Learn how to identify the variety of dragonflies in our district. Bring rubber boots or other waterproof footwear, and wear long pants for walking in tall grass. A dragonfly checklist can be found here. Meet at the NW corner of the parking lot for the Centre at Circle and 8th for more information contact Lorne Duzcek 306-249-0305.

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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:

SouthEast - Estevan area July 13-14; Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre - Herschel, SK August 16

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

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NCC SK: Edenwold Up Close!

July 13, 8:00am-4:00pm

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada and volunteer to help identify plant and animal species on the Edenwold 1 and 2 properties while experiencing native grasslands, woodlands, wetlands, and viewing many wildlife species. Bus leaves Victoria Park in Regina at 8:00am. For more information and to register as a volunteer go here.

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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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NCC SK: Caring for Reed Lake

July 20, 8:00am-4:00pm

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada and volunteer to help identify common and rare species, control invasive plants, and remove garbage at Reed Lake, an Important Bird Area and a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Site. The native rangelands and saline lake are ideal stopovers for migratory shorebirds and waterfowl. You may even catch a glimpse of the endangered piping plover. Meeting location details will be provided prior to event. For more information and to register as a volunteer go here.

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Generating Momentum Activist Training Camp

Aug 22-25 Manitou Beach, SK

Four day training opportunity for Saskatchewan's young leaders and activists aged 18-29. This camp provides you with the practical skills, knowledge and networking opportunities necessary to make a difference in your community and around the world. Cost is $70 but there are limited bursaries available. For more information and to register go here.

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