SEN Info Bulletin

November 15, 2013

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News

SEN Member-Group Profile: Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan(NPSS) promotes understanding and conservation of native plants and their ecosystems by facilitating communication, research, and education. Their vision is an expanded knowledge and appreciation of Saskatchewan's native plants. They offer workshops, tours, conferences and other learning events throughout the year. NPSS also has information on topics such as restoration, rare plants, native seed and plants, invasive plants and natural habitats and ecosystems.

There are many opportunities for you to get involved with the NPSS! Attend one of the many events that they offer throughout the year by checking their event's page or become a member. There are also volunteer opportunities available! The NPSS is always busy and can always use a helping hand. No matter what your interest and skills are, they will have something for you. Give them a call at 306-668-3940 or e-mail them and let them know where you live, how much you're willing to help and what you might be interested in. They'll set you up with something! Check out ongoing volunteer opportunities here.

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 Out for Film Recommendations for Environmental Film Festival

Are you passionate about the environment and cinema? SEN is gearing up for the 2014 Environmental Film Festival. Here's your chance to recommend some environmental and social documentary films that you would like to see at next year's festival!

There are also many opportunities for you to be involved in the organizing the festival for our 2014 season. If you want to be a part of Saskatoon's film event of the year please contact us and let us know what you would be interested in doing.

Have any further questions? Please contact SEN at info@econet.sk.caor by phone: (306) 652-1275.

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SEN's Monthly Film Night: Edible City

It's that time of the month again! Join the Saskatchewan Eco Network in partnership with the Slow Food Saskatoon for the documentary "Edible City: Grow the Revolution" at the Frances Morrison Public Library on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00pm in Saskatoon.

Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the Local Good Food movement that's taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world. Inspirational, down-to-earth and a little bit quirky, Edible City captures the spirit of a movement that's making real change and doing something truly revolutionary: growing the model for a healthy, sustainable local food system. Film trailer here.

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 info@econet.sk.ca check out the Facebook page here.

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Premiere Screening of "Unacceptable Levels" with Panel Discussion

On Monday December 2nd at 8:00pm, The Saskatchewan Eco Network and Saskatchewan Environmental Society in partnership with the Broadway Theatre is proud to bring you the hugely important documentary "Unacceptable Levels" followed by Q&A panel discussion of experts!

Unacceptable Levels" explores the chemical revolution of the 40s, the 80,000 chemicals now in industrial circulation, and the effect this has had on our own bodies. Due to this constant exposure, we have approximately 200 synthetic industrial chemicals interacting with our cells every single day. Until recently, modern science really didn't understand what that could mean for all of us in the long run, but that is changing.

Panelists include:

Peter Prebble: Peter has been actively involved in the work of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society for over 30 years. Peter has authored and co-authored recent publications on climate change, the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, renewable energy potential in Saskatchewan and stricter regulation of the oil sands industry.

Jennie Weselowsky: Jennie has a passion for healthy people, a healthy environment, and ways to reduce toxic exposure. She currently works at Dad's Organic Market as a Natural Living Consultant specializing in body care and supplements and is active with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society as their fundraising coordinator.

Jennifer Sass: Saskatoon's very own Jennifer Sass, is now a senior scientist at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Washington, DC. For years, she's been studying the myriad effects of certain pesticides and plastics on the environment (and thus ourselves). She has been interviewed on CNN and in the New York Times, and has even been called to testify in front of Congress about her findings.

Broadway Member Price is $7.00 for adults, students and seniors and $5.00 Children 12 and under. Non-Member Price is $10.00 for adults, students and seniors and $5.00 Children 12 and under. Proceeds to go towards SES and SEN.For full details check out the Facebook page here. For more information contact SEN at (306) 652-1275 or by email info@econet.sk.ca. Don't miss out!

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Urban Transportation and Design Conference: January 2014

The School of Environment and Sustainability, in partnership with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon, is pleased to present "Urban Transportation and Design: Getting Where We Need To Go," a one-day conference taking place on January 24, 2014 in Saskatoon.

The conference will bring together city planners, academics, engineers and government officials to explore topics such as urban sprawl, managing greenhouse gases, and transportation planning. If you're interested in attending this conference you can find more information on their Facebook event's page 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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Petition: Take Triclosan out of Everyday Products!

Triclosan is the active ingredient in most antibacterial products and is a known endocrine disruptor, which can cause thyroid problems and cancer. The Canadian Medical Association has called for triclosan to be banned from consumer products out of concern that it could contribute to antibiotic resistant "superbugs."

Help get Triclosan out of Canadian products! Sign the petition here.

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The PMRA Re-Evaluates Neonicotinoid Insecticides

Canada's Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency is currently conducting a re-evaluation of all uses of neonicotinoid insecticides in cooperation with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) as part of the work being done with international partners. The PMRA are expediting this re-evaluation, which will help in better understanding and managing the potential risks these pesticides may pose to long-term bee health. Health Canada's PMRA also proposes to implement label improvements. Deadline to submit your comments is December 12th. You can read more about the notice here.

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Small Project for Change: Strategic Watershed Action Planning in the Prairies

The Strategic Watershed Action Planning in the Prairies project or "SWAPP" has been developed by the Sustainability Network. SWAPP will support Aboriginal communities and environmental NGOs in Manitoba and Saskatchewan who are working to overcome threats to human or ecological health from a variety of climate change or development pressures. Five local leaders will each run a project around watershed action supported by group meetings in the form of learning network workshops. Each project features an elder, youth, and community knowledge sharing component where stories are shared and passed down.

Support the project with your donations and learn more 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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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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TERA Environmental Consultants: Various Positions

TERA Environmental Consultants provides practical and effective environmental consulting services. Founded in Alberta in 1983, TERA’s experience and range of services has expanded throughout North America to address diverse and dynamic project risks associated with unique environmental, socio-cultural, and regulatory settings. They have various positions available.

For more information and more details on each available position go here.

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City of Saskatoon: Vacancies on Various Advisory Committees

There are currently vacancies on the Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Committee, the Traffic Safety Committee, and the Library Board. Interested candidates should submit their applications by the deadline at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013. All applications will be kept on file and reviewed throughout the year as openings occur. Appointments are served on a voluntary basis.

Application forms can be obtained from the City Clerk's Office at City Hall (second floor, 222 - 3rd Avenue North), or online at www.saskatoon.ca, search under "A" for Appointments to Boards and Committees.

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Free Online Course: Energy, the Environment, and Our Future

Coursera is offering a free course on the topic energy and the environment. To register and to find out more information about the course go here.

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Coming Events

Regina

Nature Regina: Wascana Park Birding

Nov 16, 9:30am-11:30am

Join Nature Regina for a winter birding excursion around Wascana Park! Meet in the parking area in front of the Legislative Building (map).

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Dr. Cory Sheffield Talks About Bees!

November 18, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Dr. Cory Sheffield, one of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum's newest staff members, has been described as a world authority on Canadian bee species. Come down to the Royal Saskatcewhan Museum to hear him talk about our fuzzy little friends!

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Acting Wisely (or, how to ensure your campaigns achieve your goals!)

Nov 21, 8:30am

This workshop is put on by Tracey Mitchell, Community Facilitator. Many organizations make choices about the actions we undertake based on what we are excited about doing and/or what we've done before, rather than thinking about what our goals are and what's most likely to help us achieve the results we want. It's time to change that. Through participatory activities, this workshop will help you clarify your goals and choose the tactics or actions that will help you realize these goals. Register here.

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Native Prairie Speaker Series: Science and Indigenous Knowledge

Dec 11, 12:10pm

Join Dr. Arzu Sardarli, from the First Nations University of Canada for his talk "Linking Science and Indigenous Knowledge: Water Quality Trends in Calling Lakes." At the Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium (2445 Albert St.)

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Saskatoon

Defend Our Climate, Defend Our Communities Rally

Nov 16, 11:00am

November 16th is international day of Action. Bring your friends, your family, your signs and your determination as we stand together to defend Mother Earth. We will walk through Midtown, join in solidarity in a round dance, and walk together to the office of MP Kelly Block. Meet at the Midtown Plaza, behind Sears in the vacant space between the Sears parking lot and the back entrance to Midtown Plaza (by the food court). For more information go here.

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Meewasin: Winter Bird Feeders

Nov 16, 17, 23 and 24 1:00pm-4:00pm

Join Meewasin Valley Centre for a weekend drop-in craft! This is open for everyone and goes from 1-4 pm on November 16 & 17 November 23 & 24. Pop down to the Meewasin Valley Centre to warm up and make a bird feeder for the birds in your yard! For more information please call 306-665-6888. Program cost is by donation.

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SNS: Pike Lake birding

Nov 16, 9:00am-12:00pm

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society and look for winter visitors to the park. Wear warm clothing. The chickadees will gratefully accept donations of sunflower seeds. Meet at Western Development Museum parking lot. If you have questions contact Hilda Noton at (306)374-0674.

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SES Speaker Series: Zero Garbage Baby

Nov 19, 7:00pm

Join the Saskatchewan Environmental Society at the Frances Morrison Library on Tuesday, Nov 19 at 7:00 pm and listen to Naomi Mihilewicz talk about "Zero Garbage Baby: How to Raise a Child Without Raising your Waste." Naomi of the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council took on the ultimate personal challenge - getting her baby from zero to potty trained without a single disposable diaper, wipe, or pull up. Think it cannot be done in this day and age? Find out how she did it, along with more green parenting tips. Babies welcome! For more information go here.

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SEN Monthly Film Night: Edible City

Nov 21, 7:00pm

Join the Saskatchewan Eco Network in Partnership with the Slow Food Saskatoon for the film screening of "Edible City: Grow the Revolution" at the Frances Morrison Library on Wednesday October 23rd at 7:00pm. View the trailer here.

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CNYC: Art Auction Dinner

Nov 21, 6:00pm

CNYC is hosting and fundraising Art Auction Dinner on Nov 21st at Station 20 West located at 1120 20th St West. The event starts at 6:00pm and supper begins at 7:00pm. Each ticket is $40.00 and Supper is catered by Root Down Catering Cooperative and will feature chili, corn bread, salad with vegetarian options available. Desserts will be provided by CNYC. Live auction pieces from artists Ernie Scoles, Leah Dorion, Michel Boutin, Mike Fulop, Simone McLeod, Jeff Crowe, Hugh, Sharon & Raquel Alvarado and Darren Gowan - Plus A few other surprises. For more info call: (306)665-3889.

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Sea Sick: When Oil and Water Don't Mix

Nov 22, 6:00pm

Hear acclaimed public speaker Alanna Mitchell in person! Alanna has delighted audiences on five continents by bringing science to life. Her book, "Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis", is an international best seller that won the prestiguous US-based Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism. Event is taking place at Prarieland Park in Saskatoon and tickets cost $50 which includes dinner and presentation. To get your tickets call the following numbers: 306-373-6365 or 306-343-6301 or at McNally Robinson.

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SNS: Pre-Grey Cup Birding at President Murray Park

Nov 24, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society and look for kinglets, creepers and crossbills in the conifers. Meet at the corner of Wiggins Ave. and Colony St. If you have questions contact Jan and Stan Shadick at (306)652-5975.

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Native Prairie Speaker Series: Eco Goods and Services

Nov 27, 12:10pm

Join the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan for their Native Prairie Speaker Series. Dr. Ken Belcher will be speaking about "Ecological Goods and Services - Where are We?" on Wednesday November 27th, 2013 at 12:10pm at the University of Saskatchewan in Room 1024, Education Building. The event is free and open to the public. For more information go here.

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Saskatoon Cohousing Information Night

Nov 28, 7:00pm

Come down to the public library on 20th street for an information night on Saskatoon Cohousing! If you are interested in: having a strong connection to your neighbours; living in your own home; participating in the planning of your home and community; living sustainably; Then perhaps cohousing is for you! Want to learn more? Wolf Willow Cohousing and Radiance Cohousing will be speaking about how their projects offer exciting alternatives to those living in Saskatoon. This is a free, family-friendly event. For more information go here.

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Meewasin: Snow Globe Craft

Nov 30, Dec 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 1:00pm-4:00pm

Join Meewasin Valley Centre for the Snow Globe Craft Weekend Drop-In Craft! This is geared towards Ages 5-12 and runs from 1-4 pm on Nov 30 & Dec 1; Dec 7 & 8 and December 14 & 15. Come create a heritage craft similar to what Saskatoon's early residents would have created this time of year. Bring your own small, clean glass jar with a lid. For more information please call 306-665-6888. Program cost is by donation.

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SZS: Creature Feature Story-Time

Dec 3, 1:30pm

Come to the zoo for a children's story in afternoon. Zoo Society interpreters will be reading selected children's stories. Following the stories children will get to meet an animal from the story. Call or e-mail the Zoo Society at (306)975-3395 or zoosociety@sasktel.net for more information.

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SNS: Gardiner Dam Birding

Dec 7, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join the Saskatchewan Nature Society to look for ducks, geese, gulls and eagles. Dress warmly and bring a lunch. Meet at the Western Development Museum parking lot, 2610 Lorne Ave. For questions contact Frank Roy at (306) 374-8571.

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Flock and Gather Winter Wonders Handmade Market

Dec 6, 4:00pm to Dec 7 All Day

Join Flock and Gather Winter Wonders Handmade Market at St. Joseph's Hall located on Broadway Ave. Gift your loved ones the gift of locally hand-made this season! Shopping hours this year have been extended to give you even more time to shop at one of Saskatoon's great craft events. Friday Dec 6th from 4pm - 10pm and Saturday Dec 7th from 10am - 5pm. Check out their blog for more sneak peeks of the vendors here.

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Other

SWRC / RCA Regional Workshop in Lloydminster

Nov 27, 10:00am-3:00pm, Lloydminster, SK

Get the latest news on waste & recycling in Alberta and Saskatchewan and let's work on solutions together in the Lloydminster Exhibition (Prairie Willow Room). Registration fees are $75 for RCA or SWRC members and $90 for potential members. To register and for more information go here.

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