SEN Info Bulletin

January 16, 2014

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Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Events

News

Call for Nominations: 12th Annual SEN Environmental Activism Awards

Do you know someone or a group of people who deserve recognition for the part they play in protecting the environment, someone who is hardworking or innovative? Is a group or business doing something significant, trying a more conscientious or respectful approach to the environment? Why not nominate them for a Saskatchewan Eco Network Environmental Activist Award?

The life of environmental activism is often challenging but sometimes, activism pays off - a species returns from the endangered list, an area becomes protected, a health issue becomes widely acknowledged. The Saskatchewan Eco Network is celebrating the lives and the accomplishments of environmental activists through its Twelfth Annual Environmental Activist Awards.

Deadline to submit nominations is March 7th, 2014. Please send us the name, address, phone number and email of the person or group you are nominating along with some biographical information about the nominee. Please include your name, phone number and email, as well. You can send all nominations to info@econet.sk.ca.

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SEN's Monthly Film Night: HOME

Come on down the Frances Morrison Library in Saskatoon at 7:00pm on January 30th to catch the documentary film HOME!

In the past 200,000 years, humans have upset the balance of planet Earth, a balance established by nearly four billion years of evolution. We must act now. It is too late to be a pessimist. The price is too high. Humanity has little time to reverse the trend and change its patterns of consumption.

Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries, all shot from an aerial perspective, Yann Arthus-Bertrand shows us a view most of us have never seen. He shares with us his sense of awe about our planet and his concern for its health.

Invite your family and friends! This film night is free or by donation! For more information contact us at (306)652-1275 or by email at info@econet.sk.ca

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Urban Transportation and Design Conference

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 page here you can purchase your ticket here. Time is running out, so get your spot now!

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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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Pembina Institute Employment Opportunities

The Pembina Institute has a variety of employment opportunities that have just opened in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver. To see the employment postings and for more information on how to apply, 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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Earth Expeditions Education Program

Earth Expeditions is a global conservation and education program supporting university courses, degree programs, and collaborative projects in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Through Earth Expeditions courses, our mission is to build an alliance of individuals with firsthand knowledge of inquiry-driven, community-based learning for the benefit of ecological communities, student achievement, and global understanding.

Travel to pivotal hotspots in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas to engage in inquiry and action projects on vital issues in conservation. Build relationships with classroom teachers, informal educators, and conservationists from around the world. To apply and to learn more about the program go here.

Application Deadline is January 28, 2014.

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Intensive Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course

The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council will offer a Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course in Saskatoon from February 1-2, 2014 for those looking to add to their formal wildlife rehabilitation education. This introductory course includes lecture topics such as: introduction to wildlife rehabilitation, basic anatomy and physiology, calculating drug dosages,handling and physical restraint, thermoregulation and much more.

This course also includes a half-day lab to practice techniques in: gavage (tube-feeding), physical restraint, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, physical exams,limb immobilization and weighing. For more information, to register and prices go here or call (866)871-1869.

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Introduction to Permaculture Design

The Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan is offering a full-day Introduction to Permaculture course on March 23, 2014 at the Saskatoon Food Bank. At this course, you will learn the fundamentals of permaculture design and gain a basic understanding of how to apply these principles to your own life and garden. Space is limited so register early to save your spot! Cost is $75 for Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan members and $85 for non-members.

For more information and to register, visit the Facebook event here or contact info@permasask.ca.

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TBM Strategies has partnered the Advocacy School and is offering an Advocacy and Lobbying workshop! The workshop is titled "Lobbying by Non-Profits and Charities: Getting It Right from the Top Down and from the Bottom-Up." This is a daylong workshop designed for members of boards or directors of organizations that have or are considering public-policy advocacy as an important part of the organization's work. For more information contact Tina Beaudry-Mellor at tina@tinabeaudrymellor.ca.

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Three Free Online Environmental Courses

Coursera is offering three free courses: Introduction to Sustainability, The Age of Sustainable Development and An Introduction to Life Cycle Environmental Assessment. Check out more courses at https://www.coursera.org/.

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Coming Events

Regina

From the Front Lines of Fracktivism

Jan 24, 7:00pm

Dan and Elaine Thomas will share their story about living with hydraulic fracturing and how they are fighting back along with other rural residents through the Cochrane Area Under Siege Coalition. This event is free and open to the public and will be taking place at the Artful Dodger at 1631 11th Avenue. Read more about Elaine and Dan's story. For more information about the event go to the Facebook event page here.

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Native Prairie Restoration Reclamation Workshop

Jan 29-30

Don't miss the 2014 Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop. This workshop presents a unique opportunity for those connected to native prairie restoration and reclamation to gain insight and knowledge from experts and those with direct experience in this field. The workshop takes place on January 29 and 30, 2014 at Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza in Regina, SK and will explore the theme "Stretching Our Boundaries..." To register, go here or contact the PCAP office at (306) 352-0472.

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SCIC: International Development Week

Feb 2-8

Join SCIC as people all over Saskatchewan celebrate International Development Week 2014! This annual celebration connects Canadians to meaningful global citizenship activities. There are a variety of events happening in Saskatoon and Regina in celebration! For the complete listing of events go here. For more information about any of the events, please call SCIC (306)757-4669 or email scic@earthbeat.sk.ca.

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NPSS: Annual General Meeting and Conference

Feb 14-15

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan will be hosting its 19th Annual General Meeting and Conference. The event will be held on February 14-15, 2014 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina, SK. This year's theme is "Creating Linkages" and will look at the fascinating topic of landscape ecology and how we as a society fit into it. The event is for everyone and will feature top notch speakers from across Saskatchewan and beyond. For more information, register and get your ticket go here.

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Saskatoon

Natural Health Practitioners Awareness Week

Jan 18, 8:00am-2:00pm

Celebrate Natural Health Practitioners Awareness Week at the Farmer's Market in Saskatoon on Jan 18 from 8:00am-2:00pm! Come down for free massage, hot stone, reiki treatments and more! For more information call: (306)220-3524.

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Meewasin: Sock Puppets

Jan 18 and 19, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Pop by the MVC to create a fantastic puppet friend, and use their puppet theatre and your imagination to put on a show. Program cost is by donation to help cover supplies. For more information please call 306-665-6888.

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SZS: Young Naturalist' Making Tracks

Jan 19, 1:00pm

Meet at the Affinity Learning Centre in the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo! This is your chance to look at the basic animal track patterns for some of the common animals found around Saskatoon. If weather permits there will be an opportunity to do a little exploring for animal tracks in the snow. You will also make a plaster track craft that you can take home. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $1.00 per child for Zoo Society members and $1.00 per child for non-members. To pre-register call (306)975-3042 or email saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com.

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SES Speaker Series

Jan 21, 7:00pm

Come down to the Frances Morrison Library for the Saskatchewan Environmental Society's monthly speaker series for "Future-proof your home: build with energy intelligence in cold climates." It is possible to build a more comfortable, safe, valuable, and an environmentally-friendly home in Saskatoon! As citizens of one of the coldest cities in the world, we should have a much higher energy standard. How do we make this change? Join Shane Wolffe who will be presenting information from his book to help you understand this topic and give you tips on how to move this forward. For more details go here.

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SNS: Weir and City Park birding

Jan 25, 1:00pm-3:30pm

Join the Saskatchewan Nature Society and look for waterfowl at the weir and then walk some back alleys looking for songbirds and end with an optional stop for hot beverages at City Perk Coffee Shop on 7th Ave. Meet at the Weir parking lot and wear your binoculars. For more information contact Carol Blenkin (306)244-1927.

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Ice Cycle 2014

Feb 1, 4:30pm

Don't miss out on Saskatoon's largest winter bike parade, ICE CYCLE! Happening on Feb 1st at 4:30pm starting at the Farmer's Market. For more information and to get involved go here.

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Heritage Festival of Saskatoon

Feb 2, 12:00pm-5:00pm

Come visit us at the Western Development Museum at 2610 Lorne Avenue South and learn more about Saskatoon's rich and varied natural and cultural heritage. Over 25 local cultural and natural historical organizations gather for a heritage festival. Displays, heritage demonstrations, and children's activities! Admission is free!

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SCIC: International Development Week

Feb 2-8

Join SCIC as people all over Saskatchewan celebrate International Development Week 2014! This annual celebration connects Canadians to meaningful global citizenship activities. There are a variety of events happening in Saskatoon and Regina in celebration for the complete listing of events go here. For more information about any of the events, please call SCIC (306)757-4669 or email scic@earthbeat.sk.ca.

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CHEP: 2014 Cultivating the Vision conference

Feb 8, Registration Deadline Feb 3

Join CHEP for their 2014 Cultivating the Vision community garden conference happening on February 8th at Station 20 West in Saskatoon! This event is open to everyone and offers an opportunity to learn about some of the aspects of starting up and operating a community garden as well as a chance to interact with others who may already be involved or planning to begin a community garden. The registration deadline for the conference is Feb 3rd so reserve your spot now! For more information contact Gord Androsoff at 306-655-4575 (Ext. 229) or by email at gord@chep.org.

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SNS: Northern Birding Trip

Feb 8, 8:00am-10:30pm

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society and drive to forested areas north of Prince Albert looking for Northern Hawk Owls and Great Gray Owls and wintering songbirds. Participants may leave early. Bring a lunch. We will plan to have supper at a restaurant. Meet at the south-west corner of the Lawson Heights' Mall parking lot. For more information contact Marten Stoffel (306) 934-3769.

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Other

SZS: Young Naturalists' Chickadee Pishing

Feb 1, 1:00pm - Pike Lake Provincial Park

Meet at Pike Lake Provincial Park for Chickadee Pishing! Pishing is the time-honoured technique of attracting birds for a closer look. The chickadees at Pike Lake are well accustomed to pishers, so it is a great place to practice the technique. Dress warmly and give it a try. Cost is free. Bird snacks are provided (feel tree to bring one for yourself). Bring your binoculars if you have some. Call 306-975-3042 or e-mail saskatoonnaturekids@gmail.com for more information or to sign up for this field trip.

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