SEN Info Bulletin

September 17, 2013

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Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals



SEN Celebrates World Rivers Day with a Festival!

SEN Invites you to come out and celebrate the South Saskatchewan River at our 2013 World Rivers Day Festival on Sunday, September 29th! World Rivers Day is an annual celebration that takes place each year on the last Sunday of September. Communities across the globe will be coming together to celebrate the importance of local and global river systems while simultaneously raising awareness around the importance of enhancing river conservation and encouraging river stewardship.

Come out for a day of festivities in Friendship Park in Saskatoon and celebrate our South Saskatchewan River! This is a free all ages festival. There will be music and spoken word, family yoga, an interactive water fair with AWESOME prizes to be won, river walks, workshops and so much more! We have events running from 8:30am-10:00am, 12:00pm-4:00pm and from 7:00pm until 9:00pm! There is something for everyone!

For more details such as the event schedule and times, check out our Facebook event here or visit our website If you have any further questions please contact SEN at or by phone: (306) 652-1275. Thank you to Affinity Credit Union, CFCR Radio, Loraas Recycle and Meewasin for their generous support and making this event possible!

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SEN E-Bulletin Addition: Member-Group Profile

SEN is adding a new section to our e-bulletin starting in our October 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 for more information!

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SEN's Monthly Film Night: Extreme Extraction the Saskatchewan Connection

It's that time of the month again! Join the Saskatchewan Eco Network and catch two films on the theme of "Extreme Extraction" at the Frances Morrison Public Library on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00pm.

The two films that will be featured are a talk by Canadian Anthropologist and Ethno-botanist Wade Davis on "Tar Sands, Pipelines and Tankers" followed by a TED Talk by Garth Lenz titled "The True Cost of Oil." Both are not to be missed! These films will be followed by a panel of speakers that will talk about and answer questions about how Extreme Extraction is affecting us, right here in Saskatchewan.

The panel will feature Mark Bigland-Pritchard an applied physicist and sustainable energy specialist, Crystal Frenette a member of the Committee for Future Generations and Dianne Rhodes and Activist with

Mark will be speaking on how uranium, potash and oil extraction is increasing our C02 footprint, Crystal Frenette will be giving the Northern Perspective as a representative of the Committee for Future Generations and Dianne Rhodes has recently returned from a summit on Extreme Extraction and will speak about her experiences and learnings from the summit. Bring your questions and your critical thinking caps!

This event is free or by donation! Bring your family and friends and spread the word! For more information contact SEN at (306) 652-1275 or by email

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Virtual Living Waters Rally 2013

On October 3rd and 4th participate online in the Living Water Rally organized by the Canadian Freshwater Alliance. Last October, over 100 of Canada's leading freshwater changemakers came together for an inspirational and informative weekend of sharing, capacity building and strategizing. This rally features a jam packed agenda full of prominent speakers and success stories from our community. This year's event will cover topics from engagement organizing to storytelling and theories of change. You can participate in this online event from the comfort of your home! The cost is 30$/day or 50$ for the whole Rally. Register and learn more about the event here.

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Council of Canadians' Conference: Groundswell

Come and take in the Council of Canadians' annual conference and business meeting Groundswell: Grassroots Power in the Age of Extreme Energy from October 24th to 27th. Learn and be inspired by the stories of grassroots movements and how you can unlock it in your own community. Learn how a new generation of activists are fighting back and winning --- one mine, pipeline and fracking well at a time. Featuring keynote speakers: Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, The Council of Canadians; Josh Fox, Documentary filmmaker and environmental activist; Erica Lee, Student, and Idle No More activist; Larry Hubich, President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour; with a welcome from Tribal Chief Felix Thomas.

Don't miss out on two wonderful documentaries "Gasland" and "Gasland II" at the Broadway Theatre on October 24th in Saskatoon. Academy Award nominated director Josh Fox will be present for the event. You can see trailers for Gasland here and Gasland II here.

To register and see the full details of the conference go here or call 1-800-387-7177 and e-mail Don't miss out! Space is limited.

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Build Saskatchewan Conference

The Build Saskatchewan Green conference is the annual conference put on by the Saskatchewan Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council. This 10th annual conference will take place at the Confederation Inn in Saskatoon. It is Saskatchewan's longest running and largest green building conference. These conferences feature speakers that have been inspiring and educating green building professionals from across the province and beyond. This year's conference explores neighbourhood revitalization and the role of green building. For more information about the conference and to register go here.

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City of Saskatoon Seeks Input on Wetland Policy

The City of Saskatoon is seeking community input in developing a wetland policy for the identification, preservation, and management of wetlands in the City's growth areas. There are so many benefits to intergrating wetland areas into the the urban landscape such as: replenishing ground water supply, reducing flooding, habitat preservation, improved water/air quality and recreational and educational opportunities! To provide your input visit the City of Saskatoon's website here and access the survey from the link at the bottom of the page.

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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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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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Mennonite Central Committee: Chalo Program

Saskatchewan Chalo's program is a short-term exposure and service experience in the city of Saskatoon with a variety of opportunities for more information go here.

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Canada World Youth: Volunteer Exchange Positions

Canada World Youth Leaders in Action exchange program is looking to fill 2 volunteer exchange positions in Ukraine with youth aged 17 - 25. They also have programs exclusively for Aboriginal Youth. For more information go here.

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Two Free Online Courses: Climate Literacy and Energy, the Environment, and Our Future

Coursera is offering two free courses on the topics of Climate Change and Energy. To register and to find out more information about each course go here for the course "Climate Change Literacy: Navigating Climate Change Conversations and here for the course "Energy, the Environment, and Our Future".

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Coming Events


Creating Great Posters: How to Stand Out From the Crowd

Sept 25

They're everywhere, but are they good? Are they working? In this hands-on workshop, graphic designer Tania Wolk will teach and show what makes a "good" poster. Come ready to learn and bring an event or service you will make a poster for. To register go here .

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ACTIVATE: Global Youth Conference

Oct 2, All Day

Join us for a one-day conference for students in grades 6-12 (and your teachers!) as we learn about the Millennium Development Goals, and how to activate global citizenship through creative skills and youth leadership development. This inspiring and engaging event will shed light on interconnected global issues affecting youth, and give students a variety of creative skills to speak your mind, and to shape the future for your community, both local and global. This event will take place at the Metropolitan Church at 2340 Victoria Avenue. For more information go here.

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Park(ing) Day Saskatoon

Sept 20, 10am

Check out Saskatoon's Park(ing) day event happening on Friday September 20th on 20th street and in the Riversdale area. Events run from pop-up fashion retail stores, art galleries to music and other types of entertainment! Witness the transformation of 20th street into a sustainable, bike-friendly complete street where community and business thrive! For more information on the events visit the Facebook page here.

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Global Connections: Student Leadership Conference

Sept 21, 9:00am-5:30pm

This is a full-day student leadership conference for University of Saskatchewan students to develop strong leadership skills, cross-cultural competencies, and learn from skilled facilitators about internationalization, involvement, leadership and development. This event takes place at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. Free lunch and transportation provided! To learn more or to register, stop by ISSAC at the U of S, message the Global Connections Facebook page, or contact Christine Young at or 306 966-4965.

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SES Sustainable Gourmet

Sept 21, 6:00pm

Sustainable Gourmet is an annual fundraising dinner hosted by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES). It is both a celebration of SES and a showcase of local food and talent. The 8th Annual Sustainable Gourmet Dinner will be held on September 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Saskatoon Club. Tickets are $80 and are on sale now. To buy tickets go here. For more information on the event, please contact or call 306.665.1915.

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Sept 26th, 8:00pm

Oxfam and Citizens' Hearing on Climate Change are organizing an amazing evening at Woods Alehouse filled with live music - Wolfen Rabbits, Minor Matter and Sarah Farthing, a silent auction and beer donated by Paddock Wood! For more information go here.

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World Rivers Day Festival 2013

Sept 29, 8:30am-10:00am, 12:00pm-4:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm

Join the Saskatchewan Eco Network in celebrating World Rivers Day and our South Saskatchewan River. Join in the festivities and partake in events such as an interactive water fair with AWESOME prizes to be won, river walks, family yoga, river trash clean-up, music and spoken word entertainment and so much more! For more information check out the Facebook event here or visit SEN's website for a detailed schedule.

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Land, Place, and Environment: Advancing Learning and Practice Toward a Sustainable Future

Oct 4, 9:00am-5:00pm

This conference at the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan will share knowledge and best practices in education concerned with land, place, environment, and sustainability. Workshops will be of interest to administrators and policy-makers, teachers, faculty, organizations, students, and other community members concerned with the role of education in contributing to a more sustainable future. To register and for conference details go here.

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Whooping Crane Symposium

Oct 5, 1:00pm-5:30pm

The public is invited to attend a symposium on whooping cranes from 1-5:30 pm, October 5, in Room 106, Biology Building, U of S. World leaders in the conservation and restoration of whooping crane populations will share their latest research findings and insight. More information here.

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Share Fair

Oct 5, 6:00pm-11:00pm

We Are Many are hosting a Share Fair from 6-11 pm on October 5 at St. Joseph's Hall on Broadway. In addition to food, drink, music, and presentations from community groups, there will be an information fair.

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Nature Saskatchewan: Fall Meet

Sept 20-22, Meadow Lake, SK

Nature Saskatchewan is having their Fall Meet in Meadow Lake Saskatchewan. To register and for more information go here.

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Wilderness First Aid Course

September 20-22, Ness Creek site, SK

SOEEA is offering a Wilderness First Aid Certification Course at the Ness Creek site. Participants will receive Red Cross certification in Wilderness First Aid. Instructor for the course is Colin Frey. $450/participant (SOEEA member) for meals, accommodations, and training $525/non-SOEEA member. Register here.

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Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation: Women's Outdoor Weekend

September 27-29, Pike Lake, SK

Get outside and enjoy the last few days of summer! Participate in canoeing and kayaking, geocaching, plant identification, shooting/archery and stargazing. For more information go here.

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Below Your Watershed: Your Connection to the River and Groundwater

October 21-23, Medicine Hat, Alberta

Take in the 2013 conference "Below Your Watershed" at the Medicine Hat Lodge. This conference will advance the understanding of global and regional river and groundwater resources, projects and opportunities in the context of watershed water quality, use and vulnerability. For more information go here.

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More events at the SEN Event Calendar: