SEN Info Bulletin

Feb 14, 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: Salmon Confidential

Come on down the Frances Morrison Library in Saskatoon at 7:00pm on February 27th to catch the documentary film Salmon Confidential!

When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC's wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia's most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton's journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save BC's wild salmon.

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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Downstream: Performing Perspectives on Water Security in the Saskatchewan River Basin

Don't miss this unique performance on February 21, 2014 in Saskatoon! Check out Downstream, written by Kenneth T. Williams. This special event is a forum theatre and features Performing Perspectives on Water Security in the Saskatchewan River Basin.

This production was written as an interpretation of results from a 2012 pilot study examining perspectives on water security in the Saskatchewan River Basin. Participants who attend the production will be able to engage with researchers and performance artists throughout the play. Focus groups after the performance will be given further direction to ongoing research at University of Saskatchewan.

This production is an innovative way to present research results, engage in knowledge sharing and mutual understanding of the complexities of water security under changing conditions. Don't miss it!

For further information, please visit the webpage here or contact Dr. Lori Bradford, Project Coordinator at (306) 966-7135 or lori.bradford@usask.ca. This event is presented by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Global Institute for Water Security.

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SCIC Presents: Ethical Eats Food-Finder App!

The Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation is organizing an exciting new project! Ethical Eats! Ethical Eats is an app that will be launched in 2014! This ethical food-finder app and directory will link globally-minded Saskatchewan consumers with local, fair trade, and organic certified products!

They're looking for Saskatchewan businesses and producers who sell ethically produced food, such as: Fair Trade products, Locally grown/produced products and Organic products. Spread the word! Know a business that should be listed? Send them the link www.ethicaleats.ca!

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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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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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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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Coming Events

Regina

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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Nature Regina: Volcanos, Rain Forests and Wildlife

Feb 17, 7:30pm

Join Nature Regina at Royal Saskatchewan Museum for this special event! Anne and Mark Brigham visited Costa Rica in August 2013 and will present some discoveries. Their tour included visits to volcanoes, to the rain forests and higher elevation cloud forests. Anne will show photographs of the volcanoes, the vegetation and the wildlife.

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Nature Regina: Goose Hill Park and Quinn Drive Back Alley

Feb 22, 9:30am

Join Nature Regina and walk along the back alley of Quinn Drive checking the bird feeders and backyards for winter birds. They'll also check out Goose Hill Park! For more information go here.

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Saskatoon

Green Drinks

Feb 14, 5:30pm

Join Green Drinks tonight on Valentine's day and during the full moon (5:54 PM)! Interesting conversations are guaranteed. This month they are at Congress downtown at 215 2nd Avenue South.

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Resisting Fracking: Mi'Maq Warrior National Speaking Tour

Feb 14, 7:00pm

Come hear from Suzanne Patles of the Mi'kmaq Warrior Society who has been on the frontlines of this inspiring grassroots Indigenous resistance to protect the water and land, and the ongoing criminal charges and jail time that many Mi'kmaq warriors are facing. This is part of a Mi'Maq Warrior National Speaking Tour. Happening at Oskayak High School located at 919 Broadway Avenue. Check out the facebook event page here.

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Beaver Creek: Nature Craft

Feb 15 & 16, 1:00pm

Check out Beaver Creek this weekend! After a walk outside take time to create a nature inspired craft. Craft is available from 1-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Craft cost is by donation to help cover supplies. For more information go here.

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Beaver Creek: Winter Wonderland Interpretive Hike

Feb 16, 2:30pm

Head out with an interpreter for a winter walk along one of Beaver Creek`s nature trails and discover what winter happenings are going on with the wildlife at the creek! For more information go here.

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Meewasin: Celebrate Family Week at the Creek and Other Events

Feb 17-23, Various times

Celebrate Family week by checking out all the amazing family event going on Beaver Creek and the Meewasin Valley Centre! Meet some owls, go on a nature hike or do some nature crafts! For more information on all the action go here.

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SES Speaker Series

Feb 18, 7:00pm

Come down to the Frances Morrison Library for the Saskatchewan Environmental Society's monthly speaker series for "Idling gets you nowhere: be idle-free for your health and for the environment." Join Megan Van Buskirk from the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and learn how engine idling contributes to climate change and can impact human health. Megan will explain what engine idling is and give you some tips on how to reduce your idling. Making a difference is as simple as turning off your engine! For more details go here.

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Tox on Tap: Uranium mining: should we be worried about radiation?

Feb 18, 6:30pm

Join Tox on Tap on February 18th at Winston's English Pub and Grill (in the basement) from 6:30 - 8:30 pm to join the discussion on "Uranium mining: Should we be worried about radiation?" lead by Malcolm McKee from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission in Ottawa, ON. The event is free. More information about the event and Tox on Tap organization can be found their website.

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Round Dance: A Celebration of Life and Community

Feb 28, 6:00pm

Round Dance Honoring the Sacred: A Celebration of life and community, Come and join together! Pipe Ceremony - Feast - Round Dance at Oskayak High School 919 Broadway Ave. Saskatoon. Check out the facebook event page here.

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PRI: February Potluck

Feb. 20. 6:30pm

Join the Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan for their February potluck and special presentation! Learn about chickens, buying land outside of the city and urban agriculture. 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. There will be eggs for sale and a seed exchange! For more information go here.

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Growing Forward! Shaping Saskatoon

Feb. 25, 10:00am or 6:00pm

Have your say in shaping Saskatoon's future. Provide input on options that will shape future growth, such as rapid transit, managing growth along corridors, and improving travel across the river. Happening on Feb 25 from 10:00am - 1:00pm or 6:00-9:00 pm) for more information go here.

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SNS: Lakeview Park Bird Walk

Feb 22, 10:00am

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society and walk through the park looking for winter songbirds and later visit Heritage Park. Meet at the parking lot at corner of McKercher Ave. and Stillwater Drive. For more information contact May Haga (306) 955-3954.

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Turning the Tide 10th Anniversary Party

Mar 1, 7:00pm

Join Turning the Tide on March 1st for a night of entertainment and inspiration. TtT will be gathering staff, volunteers, customers and supporters past and present to look back at 10 years of literature, film, and organizing for a better world. The evening will be filled with speakers, socializing, the display of some artefacts from our history, and music to enlighten and inspire. Featuring Eekwol & The Greg MacPherson Band it's gonna be a great time. Check out the Facebook page for more info.

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SNS: Montgomery Place Bird Walk

Mar 2, 2:00pm

Join the Saskatoon Nature Society and walk around this bird-rich neighbourhood looking for winter songbirds and raptors. Meet at the intersection of Crerar Drive and Caen Street in Montgomery Place. Bus: Route 50 Pacific Heights departs downtown terminal at 1:31 PM to Confederation Terminal 1:45 p.m.; transfer to Route 23 Montgomery to arrive about 1:51 p.m. For more information contact Robert Johanson (306) 653-2610.

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Seedy Saturday

Mar 8, 11am

The 16th annual Saskatoon Seedy Saturday event will be held March 8 at St. Mary's Wellness and Education Centre (327 Avenue N South)! Get ready for spring and catch some great workshops! Check out the facebook page event for more info.

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SZS: Young Naturalists' Great Horned Owl Ecology

Mar 9, 1:00pm

Come down to the the Affinity Learning Centre at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo. Meet Spirt, (pronounced Spirit) the one-eyed Great Horned Owl at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. In this indoor session you'll take a look at the ecology of the Great Horned Owl in Saskatchewan and learn all about owl pellets. What's an owl pellet? More importantly, what's inside an owl pellet? Find out at this exciting presentation. Space is limited. Cost is free but preregistration is required. 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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Other

Native Prairie Speaker Series: Sage Grouse Survey Results

Feb 19, 12:10pm - Swift Current

Join Beatriz Prieto-Diaz from the SK Ministry of Environment talk about survey results about the Sage Grouse. Happening in the SK Ministry of Agriculture board room. For more details go here.

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