SEN Info Bulletin

December 13, 2013

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News

Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Events

News

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! Deadline to send in recommendations is February 4th, 2014.

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.ca or by phone: (306) 652-1275.

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SEN's Monthly Film Night: Stay Tuned for January!

Stayed tuned, Saskatoon! SEN has put their monthly film nights on hold until the New Year. See you in 2014!

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Emergency Order for the Sage Grouse

An emergency order (EO) has been released regarding protection of the Sage Grouse. The order lists specific land locations where actions (or in-actions) must be observed in order to protect this species. This is a first step on the road to recovery and survival for this species which is on the Canadian endangered species list. To see the entire document go here.

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Water Security Agency: Agriculture Drainage Policy

The Water Security Agency is launching the first ever online consultation forum to receive input from Saskatchewan residents on agricultural drainage. The forum allows participants to discuss a range of topics related to agricultural drainage, including downstream flooding, water quality, and effects on biodiversity.

Forum participants will also be able to interact with each other and will be asked to participate in a series of discussions and surveys. The forum is now accepting clients. Farmers, ranchers and landowners with an interest in agricultural drainage, and people impacted by or concerned about agricultural drainage, are encouraged to sign up now and help create a new drainage policy for the province by going here.

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Action Alert

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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Petition: East Energy Pipeline.

The East Energy pipeline is expected to carry 1.1 million barrels of crude oil every day through Canadian communities, sensitive ecosystems, and waterways. The East Energy pipeline will encourage the expansion of tar sands, Canada's fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. Find the petition 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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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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GreenRoots Sustainable Living: Volunteer in Saskatchewan and Abroad!

GreenRoots Sustainable Living is seeking volunteers for both Saskatchewan and international projects. Check out their website or Facebook page or email Bruno Hernani at bhernani@greenrootsworld.org with the "volunteer" in the subject line.

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SES: Part-Time Bookkeeper

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society has an opening in their organization for a Part-time Bookkeeper. The ideal candidate will be proficient in Simply Accounting; have a keen attention to detail; and will be able to work in the SES office at least 2 hours/week, with additional work done either in the office or from home. Experience working with charitable organizations is a definite asset. For more information on the employment opportunity go here.

Deadline to apply is January 6, 2014.

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Regina Open Door Society: Part-Time Teachers

The Regina Open Door Society Inc. is seeking qualified individuals to staff the part-time positions of Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) evening class teachers. The start date for these positions is February 3, 2014. For more information on the employment opportunity go here.

Deadline to apply is January 2, 2014.

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Three Free Online Environmental Courses

Coursera is offering three free courses on the topics of Environmental Law, Product Life-Cycle Assessment and Energy. To register and to find out more information about each course go here for the course "Energy, the Environment, and Our Future," here for the course "How Green Is That Product? An Introduction to Life Cycle Environmental Assessment" and here for the course "Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy."

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Coming Events

Regina

Event Planning 101

Dec 19, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

From concept creation to event day management, from private dinner parties to fundraising galas, learn how to pull a budget together to create impact for your event or project. This half day seminar will step you through the basics of event planning, touch on sponsorship, and prepare you for the energizing world of events. Workshop will take place at College Avenue Campus, U of R, Room CB 106. Cost is $25 and $15 for students. To register and for more information go here.

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Social Justice Spoken Word Workshop

Dec 19, 4:30pm - 6:30 PM

Passionate about social justice? Learn to channel that passion into poetry, and use your voice to inspire people towards a more socially and environmentally just world. Workshops are free, but space is limited. Janice Lee is a spoken word poet, singer-songwriter and community organizer rooted in Kitchener, Ontario. She has a background in English literature, musical theatre and community activism. This workshop will be happening at Creative City Centre at 1843 Hamilton St. To reserve your spot go here.

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Nature Regina: Christmas Bird Count

Dec 28

This count is an annual census of bird life in the Regina area. It is centered on Regina, and includes areas both within and outside the city. You may participate for all or part of the day. Count coordinator is Brett Quiring. Call him at (306) 545-8533 or email bquiring@sasktel.net for details and to be assigned to a count team.

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Nature Regina: Balgonie Christmas Bird Count

Jan 4

This bird count is centered on Balgonie, and includes White City, Pilot Butte, and other areas. Count coordinator is Brett Quiring. Call him at (306) 545-8533 or email bquiring@sasktel.net for details and to be assigned to a count team.

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Saskatoon

Slow Food Saskatoon Salon

Dec 15, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Join Slow Food Saskatoon for their Slow Food Salon "Food and Festivities: What role does food play in your culture's and family's celebrations?" Birthday cakes and funeral meats; a Seder meal and a Persian New Year's dinner; lunch with friends or a family supper. Food is part of our culture and our family life. It brings us together and creates lasting ties. Each culture and family celebrates differently. Come down to City Perks Coffeehouse located at 801 7th Avenue North and share your most cherished memories of food, family and culture in a respectful and open atmosphere.

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Meewasin: Snow Globe Craft

Dec 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 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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SNS: Christmas Bird Counts

Various Dates and Locations

It's that time of year again! Join the Saskatoon Nature Society for their 59th annual Christmas Bird Count on Boxing Day in Saskatoon! Go here to visit their Christmas Bird Counts page for more information on dates and locations.

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PRI: Holiday Potluck

Dec 19, 6:00pm

Join the Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan for their December potluck, Solstice celebration and Gift Exchange. Taking place at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre located at 202 Avenue C South (between 20th and 21st Street). Doors open at 6:00pm and supper begins at 6:30pm. At 7:30 PRI will share the surplus by way of a gift exchange. If you want to join in on the festivities Bring a modest gift from home whether it me handmade or thrifted! For more information and to get some gift exchange ideas go here.

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Social Justice Spoken Word Workshop

Dec 22, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Passionate about social justice? Learn to channel that passion into poetry, and use your voice to inspire people towards a more socially and environmentally just world. Workshops are free, but space is limited. Janice Lee is a spoken word poet, singer-songwriter and community organizer rooted in Kitchener, Ontario. She has a background in English literature, musical theatre and community activism. This workshop will be happening at The Underground Cafe, 430 20th Street W. To reserve your spot go here.

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Meewasin: Heritage Christmas Craft

Dec 21, 22 and 23, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Join Meewasin Valley Centre for Heritage Christmas Crafting! This is geared towards Ages 5-12 and runs from 1-4 pm on December 21, 22 & 13. Come get into the holiday spirit by learning some fun facts about how the pioneers celebrated Christmas and creating a lovely heritage Christmas craft out of reused household items. For more information please call 306-665-6888. Program cost is by donation.

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SZS: Creature Feature Story-Time

Jan 2 and 3, 10:30am-12:00pm and 1:30pm - 3:00pm

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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Other

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