SEN Info Bulletin

April 16th, 2015

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News

Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Events

News

10th Annual SEN Environmental Film Festival

The 10th Annual SEN Environmental Film Festival is almost here! We have some amazing films lined up for the weekend of April 24th to 26th at the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon. Admission to the festival will be on a suggested donation basis of $5 for low income and $10 for mid-high income, but for anyone unable to pay a donation isn't required. We'll also be hosting the Green Un-Gala at PAVED Arts on 20th Street from 9pm to midnight where we'll have wine liquor and beer, some musicians, and the presentation of our Environmental Activism Awards. Entry to the Un-Gala is free and drinks are $5.

We'll also be selling tickets to our SEN Raffle, which has a grand prize of a $2000 VIA Rail train ticket voucher! Secondary prizes are a 10 person guided canoe tour from Meewasin worth $200 and an $80 voucher to the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Raffle tickets will be $5 per entry.

Join our Facebook events for the Environmental Film Festival and the Green Un-Gala for updates and to let us know if you're coming.

You can find the full film schedule here.

For SEN member organizations we'll be setting up a few tables in the lobby where you can leave pamphlets, posters, or other materials you'd like to have on display. If your organization is interested in this, please contact the office to arrange to drop off any materials, or to let me know you'll be bringing them to the festival.

If you're interested in volunteering at the festival send us an email at info@econet.sk.ca.

Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors so far! If you're interested in becoming a festival or film sponsor, donating a prize for our raffle, or if you are interested in advertising in the festival programme, send us an email at info@econet.sk.ca.

Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund, SCIC, Riversdale Community Assoc. U of S Office of Sustainability, City of Saskatoon, VIA Rail, Saskatoon Media Group, SaskEnergy, EcoFriendly Sask, Meewasin, ASUPCA Carbon Offset program, MPetit Productions, Tom Morgan, Roxy Theatre, Saskatchewan Eco-network, Saskatoon Symphony, SFL, Saskatoon & District Labour, Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Saskatoon Peace Coalition.

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10 Days For Transit Has Started in Saskatoon

Public transit is one of the best ways for people to reduce their greenhouse gas impact on their daily commute. Riding the bus allows you to distribute your footprint over multiple people, and also takes pressure off of Saskatoon's already busy roads. Effective public transit is more important than ever with the City projecting a population increase to over 500,000 by 2030. 10 Days For Transit is your opportunity to support public transit and join a growing number of voices for the improvement of Saskatoon's bus infrastructure.

10 Days For Transit runs from April 14th to 24th, and is an initiative to encourage Saskatoon residents to take the bus, share their stories, and consider the important question: "How will Saskatoon become a transit city?" To participate all you have to do is ride the bus for a few days and share your opinion on what it will take to make transit a viable option in your city. To find out more about 10 Days For Transit, their events, and see how you can share your personal stories, visit their website here.

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Sask Ministry of Environment Releases New E-Bulletin For Regulatory Changes

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment has released the first issue of their "Code Notes" E-bulletin. This bulletin will highlight specific regulatory changes and provide links to additional resources. An archive of this and future bulletins can be found in the Ministry of Environment Knowledge Centre: the best place to find answers regarding the new Environmental Code and associated regulations.

On November 3, 2014, the Province of Saskatchewan announced its adoption of the Environmental Code. The addition of this new E-bulletin is an important resource for people to stay on top of the changing regulatory environment in the provincial government. Subscribe to "Code Notes" here to receive easy to understand updates in the months to come.

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Canada and India Agree to $350 Million Uranium Supply Deal

Canada and India are back in the nuclear business together after a decades-long moratorium with a uranium sale to New Delhi that opens the door for Canadians to profit from a growing Indian appetite for power from reactors. The deal involves Canada's largest uranium producer Cameco to supply 3,220 metric tonnes to power India's reactors over the next five years.

Canada had banned exports of uranium and nuclear hardware to India in the 1970s after India used Canadian technology to develop a nuclear bomb. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says this is a mark of "trust and confidence" from the Canadian government, and the country plans to increase its nuclear energy share to 25 percent by 2050.

While this would lead to a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from a country of over a billion people, this news can be concerning for several reasons. India's nuclear history is a factor, as well as their regulatory environment for disposing of nuclear waste. Also, India's conflict with Pakistan is showing few signs of subsiding. With both countries having threatened nuclear action in recent history, there is no guarantee the Indian government will not use Canadian uranium for the purpose of weaponry.

Read The Globe and Mail article on the deal here. Watch the second portion of this episode of the HBO documentary series VICE for a detailed look at the growing conflict at the India-Pakistan border here. The segment on the conflict starts at about the 11:30 minute mark in the video.

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Action Alert

Petition to Support Creation of World's Largest Environmental Reserve

An ambitious project is underway to create the largest environmental reserve in the world, protecting 135 million hectares of Amazon forest. That's more than twice the size of France! But it won't happen unless Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela's leaders know the public wants it. That's where you come in.

The Amazon is vital to life on earth -- 10% of known species live in this magnificent rainforest, and its billions of trees play a key role in mitigating global climate change. Experts say this reserve would be a total game-changer for stopping rampant deforestation. Sign the petition now, when Avaaz reaches 1 million signers, indigenous leaders will deliver our petition and polls directly to the three governments.

Learn more and sign the petition here.

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Submit Proposals to Develop Proceedings on the Prairie Conservation & Endangered Species Conference

The 11th Prairie Conservation & Endangered Species Conference (PCESC) Steering Committee is currently accepting proposals to develop the proceedings for the 2016 PCESC Conference at the Saskatoon Inn in Saskatoon, SK. All 10 previous PCESC conferences have had conference proceedings. They have proven to be useful to review conservation activities over the past three decades and to determine the evolution of progress (or lack of) in certain areas of prairie and endangered species conservation.

Find out more about the conference and learn how to submit your proposal here.

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Participate in Survey for Sustainability in Education Policy Network

The Sustainability in Education Policy Network (SEPN) is a research-based partnership between Canadian and international policy and educational institutions, whose research examines the relationship between sustainability education policy and practices in early childhood to grade 12 and post-secondary education across Canada. The goal of the project is to enable educational change for a more sustainable future.

SEPN is requesting people to participate in an ongoing national survey on sustainability practice and policy in the Canadian education system. To can access the survey and for more and for more information, visit the SEPN website here.

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Vote Now: Prince Albert Group Lobbying to Ban Bottled Water Sales in Hockey Rinks

The Council of Canadians is asking the City of Prince Albert to ban bottled water sales at its arenas and other public facilities. The group wants the city to become a Blue Community. Communities around the world have signed on to the Blue Communities Project, a water security-based movement. Becoming a Blue Community would also mean the City would have to agree to recognize water as a human right, promote publicly owned and operated water and wastewater services and ban the sale of bottled water at public facilities and City-run events.

Participate in a poll on PA Now to show your support of these changes here. With about 500 votes, the support is slightly in favour of opponents to a ban. With your votes, we can tip the scales to the other side and show public support for to make PA a Blue Community.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Volunteer Opportunities: Ness Creek Music Festival's "The Village" for Ecological and Social Justice

The Saskatchewan Eco Network is very excited to be co-coordinating this year's "The Village" for ecological and social justice (formerly known as the Eco-Village)! The Ness Creek Music Festival will be celebrating its 25th anniversary year this July 16th to 19th in the beautiful boreal forest 12 km from Big River, Saskatchewan. Over the last quarter of a century, Ness Creek has grown into a major Canadian music festival, drawing 4,000 people over four days to enjoy music, dance, theatre, art, culture and community. We invite you to be a part of this anniversary celebration by participating in "The Village."

If you are interested in taking in some amazing music and other fun for free, all while getting some great volunteer experience, we'd love to have you there with us. As a volunteer you get free entry to the festival and you get to take part in the huge volunteer appreciation party thrown on the Sunday of the festival.

If this is something that interests you, send me an email at info@econet.sk.ca as soon as possible and we can discuss the details and go from there.

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Submit Proposals to Develop Proceedings on the Prairie Conservation & Endangered Species Conference

The 11th Prairie Conservation & Endangered Species Conference (PCESC) Steering Committee is currently accepting proposals to develop the proceedings for the 2016 PCESC Conference at the Saskatoon Inn in Saskatoon, SK. All 10 previous PCESC conferences have had conference proceedings. They have proven to be useful to review conservation activities over the past three decades and to determine the evolution of progress (or lack of) in certain areas of prairie and endangered species conservation.

Find out more about the conference and learn how to submit your proposal here.

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Coming Events

Regina

Nature Regina Meeting/Presentation: Duane Haave

Monday April 20th, 7:30pm-9pm, Cathedral Neighborhood Centre, 2900 13th Ave

Duane Haave (Executive Director, Wascana Upper Qu'Appelle Watersheds Association Taking Responsibility (WUQWATR)) will be speaking on their Riparian Health Assessment project. Riparian areas are a very important habitat, both as a wildlife habitat and for the health of the creek. Duane Haave, Executive Director, will talk about the work of WUQWATR and especially this assessment.

Find out more about Nature Regina here.

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Seed Swap and Blue Dot Campaign Update

Wednesday April 22nd, 7pm-8pm, Regent Public Library

Join the Regina Horticultural Society for their Earth day seed exchange and presentation by Kelly Husack about the Blue Dot campaign.

Find out more here.

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Nourishing Community and Soils

Saturday May 2nd, St Mary's Anglican Church, 3337 15th Avenue Regina

Participate in a Jane's Walk, bless St. Mary's garden, enjoy a community potluck and watch the film, Symphony of the Soil. All events are free, family friendly, and wheelchair accessible.

Find out more here.

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Saskatoon

Public Pastures - Public Interest: 'Grasslands' Documentary Screening

Thursday April 16th, 7-9pm, Frances Morrison Central Library Theatre

Ian Toew's documentary Grasslands is a love letter to the natural grasslands of Saskatchewan. Author Trevor Herriot will provide an update on the state of the province's grassland ecosystems and the work of Public Pastures - Public Interest. Author Candace Savage will lead the discussion that follows. Refreshments are provided.

Find out more about Saskatoon Library events and programs here.

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What Rout Types Best Motivate Cycling?

Friday April 17th, 7-9pm, University of Saskatchewan, Emmanuel & St. Chad 1337 College Drive (Grad Student Commons)

Kay Teschke is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. In 2004 she initiated the Cycling in Cities research program that investigates factors that encourage and discourage bicycling and considers the transportation infrastructures associated the increased and decreased risks of cycling injuries.

Dr. Teschke will discuss the results of the Cycling in Cities studies and give examples of infrastructure applied to the Saskatoon context.

Find out more on the Facebook event here.

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Saskatoon Nature Society Field Trips

Various trips in April and May

Invite your friends! Anyone is welcome to participate in any field trip. Carpooling for out-of-town trips is usually arranged at the meeting place. Participants are expected to share gasoline costs and should make arrangements with the driver to do so. Unless indicated, there is no other charge. Phone the trip leader if you have any questions. Participants are free to depart early if they wish. SNS members with CB radios or FRS radios should bring them on out of town trips.

Check out the Saskatoon Nature Society website for information on all their upcoming field trips here.

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Saskatoon Zoo Society 'Zoo Run'

Sunday April 19th, 9am, Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo

The Zoo Run is an annual 5 km fun run or 2.5 walk by the Saskatoon Zoo Society. Featuring one of the most unique running venues in Saskatoon, the route follows the roadways and trails through the Forestry Farm National Historic Site and past the animals at the Zoo. The event is a fund raiser for their environmental education programs such as the Zoo Club program. The Zoo Club is a lunch-hour program that supports our local teachers who organize an environment or ecology club in their school. The program allows the Zoo Society to visit the club 4 to 7 times over the school year to discuss wildlife ecology, complete with an animal from the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park Zoo.

Find out more here.

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Save Energy and Money at Work and at Home

Tuesday April 21st, 7pm-8:30pm, Frances Morrison Library

Confederation Inn is a full service hotel in Saskatoon that has adopted many energy saving practices over the past eight years. This presentation will give people a good idea of the 40 plus things that have resulted in a 60% reduction in electricity, natural gas, and water/sewer use at the Inn since 2006. Brian Sawatzky is the owner of Confederation Inn. He has been an agrologist, teacher, and farmer before becoming a hotelier. He strives to be an early adopter when it comes to energy conservation and use of low carbon energy sources.

Find out more about SES Sustainable Speakers Series here.

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Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council Reforum

April 22-24, Sheraton Cavalier Hotel

The theme for the 2015 SWRC Waste Reforum conference is "Seeing Connections. Realizing Value." Everything is connected. Uncovering the connections helps us arrive at better solutions. The conference also highlights the need for all of us to look at ways we can create shared value -- operating our programs and our businesses for the purpose of creating value for ourselves, our communities and the planet.

Find out more and register here.

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SOS Elms Coalition AGM

Sunday April 26th, 2pm-4pm, Marr Residence at 326 11th Street East

At 2:00 pm, there will be two guest speakers from the City of Saskatoon: Paula Kotasek-Toth, a Senior Planner with the Planning and Development Division and Scott Kindrat, the Urban Forestry Technician in Urban Forestry. Paula will provide a short overview of the current in-fill guidelines and Scott will provide an overview of what we are doing to protect trees during the demolition and construction process.

This will be followed by the business meeting at 2:30.

Find out more here.

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Saskatchewan Living Green Expo

May 1st and 2nd, Prairieland Park

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is hosting the province's largest Living Green Expo: a festival and trade-show focused on sustainable products and services.

Join them May 1 & 2, 2015 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, SK to celebrate the best environmental products and services our province has to offer.

Exhibitor product categories will include: health & wellness, energy & green building, transportation, and food & beverage.

Find out more here.

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