SEN Info Bulletin

August 9, 2013

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Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Events

News

SEN Celebrates World Rivers Day with a Festival!

World Rivers Day is on September 29th and is the day for local Saskatonians to celebrate the many benefits of the South Saskatchewan River for its beauty, recreational value, supply for our drinking water and as a vibrant and diverse ecosystem that we're all a part of. World Rivers Day is celebrated by over 60 countries world-wide. In Saskatoon on September 29th, the Saskatchewan Eco Network has collaborated with many community and environmental organizations and is putting on a fun-filled day of festivities in Friendship Park!

Come down to Friendship Park and take part in a variety of fun activities! We will be having a river walk organized by the Saskatoon Nature Society, a Family Yoga class, a river clean up organized by Trash Dashers Saskatoon along with an interactive art display, dance, music and spoken word entertainment, a water speaker, water workshops and so much more!

Don't miss out on the interactive and educational water fair! The fair will feature interactive displays and games from the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, CNYC, the South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards, the Safe Drinking Water Foundation, Saskatoon Zoo Society, CHEP, Be Water Wise Saskatoon, the Global Institute for Water Security, Oxfam and many more!

Attendees who participate in the water fair will also be entered to win prizes! A detailed schedule of times and events will be posted over the next month. Stay tuned Saskatoon and get ready to take in this exciting celebration! Check our website for updates @ www.econet.ca.

Interested in learning how you can participate? We are looking for volunteers! For more information contact the Saskatchewan Eco Network at info@econet.sk.ca or (306)652-1275.

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SEN E-Bulletin Addition: Member-Group Profile

SEN is adding a new section to our e-bulletin starting in our September issue! This new "member profile" section will highlight our different member-groups and the exciting environmental programs and activities that they are working on. This new addition will not only give readers a look at the diverse environmental and community groups across Saskatchewan but will also showcase opportunities for you to get more involved with these different organizations!

Are you a member-group that would like to be profiled in our upcoming e-bulletin issues? Please contact us at info@econet.sk.ca for more information!

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SEN Call for Artists

SEN is looking for an artist to participate in a Creative Partnerships Project that we are applying for. The artist would be paid full time, with half that time dedicated to their own art and the other half dedicated to SEN environmental art projects in the community and with our member groups. We have some projects in mind from previous discussions with the community, but we will choose our projects and design them to suit the skills and interests of our artist. If we get the grant, the project would commence in July of 2014 and go for one year, with the possibility of renewal.

For more information, contact Rick Morrell, Executive Director, SEN at (306) 543-2784 or e-mail us at info@econet.sk.ca.

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River Landing Nominated for Canada's Great Public Space

Saskatoon' River Landing is getting some lime-light! The Canadian Institute of Planners is hosting its 2013 contest for Canada's great public spaces. This contest celebrates those unique and special places that make you want to linger and enjoy. To vote for River Landing as one of Canada's Great Places, click here.

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CNSC Public Hearings for Licence Renewals

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will hold public hearings on the applications by Cameco Corporation (Cameco) to renew its uranium mine and mill operating licenses for the Key Lake, McArthur River and Rabbit Lake operations located in northern Saskatchewan. Cameco has requested 10-year license terms. The hearing will be taking place from October 2-3 at the Kikinahk Friendship Centre located at 320 Boardman Street in La Ronge, Saskatchewan.

For more information check out CNSC's Upcoming Public Meetings and Hearings tab on their website.

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NEXT UP: Call for Applications

NEXT UP Saskatchewan is a leadership program for young people ages 18-32 committed to social and environmental justice. Applications are now being accepted for with a deadline of September 13. Application forms and more information can be found here.

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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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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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Call for Nominations: 3M Environmental Innovation Award

The 3M Environmental Innovation Award was established in 2009 by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and 3M Canada to recognize outstanding individuals in business, government, academia or community organizations whose innovative contributions to environmental change are benefiting Canada and Canadians. The Award seeks to celebrate individuals involved in a local, regional or national project, program or initiative that has provided innovative solutions that protect, restore or preserve the environment.

To nominate someone in your community take a look at the official nomination guide and form here. Deadline for applications is 2:00 pm EST on August 31, 2013.

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Free Online Courses: Climate Change and Intro to Sustainability

Coursera is offering two free courses on the topics of Climate Change and Introduction to Sustainability. To register and to find out more information about each course go here for the course on Climate Change and here for the course on Introduction to Sustainability.

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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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Saskatoon

Green Drinks

Aug 9, 5:30pm

This month's green drinks will be taking place at Mano's located on 8th Street (next to Dad's Organic and Earth Bound Bakery).

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Help NPSS: Flowering Rush Removal

Aug 12, 10:00am

The Native Plant Society needs your help! Help them eradicate the invasive flowering rush from a local wetland. Come out and meet people, have fun, get some fresh air and help the environment! All you need to do is bring yourself, rubber boots, sunscreen, a hat, water and a lunch! NPSS will provide all the tools. The wetland is between Young and Watrous, SK. Meet at the AC Leslie Road turn-off. To get there, drive on highway #2 approximately 10 km NW from Watrous. You will see a small green sign marking the AC Leslie Road turn-off. There will also be one or more cars parked at the turn-off. Please let us know if you will be attending by contacting us at (306) 668-3940 or info@npss.sk.ca.

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Meewasin: Nature Journaling at the Creek!

Aug 12-16, 10:00am-11:00am

Come down to the Beaver Creek Conservation Area every day from August 12th to August 16th at 10:00am to do some nature journaling at the creek! Discover a new way of seeing the world around you. Nature Journaling is a creative way to connect with nature. This family based program is an hour's duration and includes a short walk. Please phone (306) 374-2474 to pre-register.

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The Better Good Yard & Home Walking Tour

Aug 18, 1;00pm

The Better Good is organizing a yard and home walking tour to look at ways of living green and providing for yourself in Saskatoon - backyard chickens, intensive gardens, solar homes, permaculture. For more information go here.

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Young Naturalists' Grasslands Hike

Aug 23, 1:00pm

Join Saskatoon's Young Naturalists for a hike around the Northeast Swale. These naturalists programs are geared towards youth aged 5-11 years of age. This hike is free but space is limited and registration is required. Please email saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com or call (306) 975-3042 for more information.

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SNS: Birding St. Volodymyr Property at Brown's Lake

Aug 24, 8:00am-1:00pm

Bring a lunch and an entry fee of $3 per person for access to the property and meet at the intersection of Crerar Drive and Caen Street in Montgomery Place. For more information contact Frank Roy (306) 374-8571.

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SNS: Forestry Farm Bird Walk

Aug 25, 8:00am-11:00am

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society and explore this park looking for fall migrants. Meet at the parking lot by the fishing pond. The entrance fee is $2 per car (bicycles are free). For more information contact May Haga (306) 955-3954.

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Other

NPSS: Summer Tours

Aug 16, 10:00am-5:00pm, Herschel SK

Come out to the Ancient Echos Interpretive Centre in Herschel, SK and explore the natural wonders of the Herschel area. This place has it all - fossils, First Nations relics and an abundance of native plants. Cost is $10 dollars. For more information go here or contact Chet Neufeld at (306) 668-3940.

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Survival Celebration Camp for Sustainable Earth 2013

Aug 15-19, Prince Albert National Park

This camp will take place at Paspiwin Cultural Heritage Site from August 15th to 19th. This camp is an action camp against the uranium mining industries and in particular, a planned deep-geological repository on traditional lands. There will be informative sessions on all areas of the uranium development chain. Other events will include musical events, round dances, demonstrations of renewable energy technologies and plain good old socializing over a main kitchen area, where you are encouraged to visit, share and be at your best. Please bring tenting/campers, bedding, camping equipment and food. For more information go here.

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NCC SK: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Aug 22, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Maymont SK

Help the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) create an inventory of plants and animals at Maymont 5 nature reserve in the West Parklands Natural Area, NCC Saskatchewan's newest protected area along the North Saskatchewan River. For more information 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.