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March 28, 2016

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Action Alert



Craik EcoCentre Destroyed by Fire

The Craik, Sask., Eco-Centre has burned down. The fire was spotted Thursday morning and fire crews were dispatched to the centre around 9:30 a.m. CST.

Brent Kreuger lives about 500 meters from the Eco-Centre and saw the smoke in the morning.

"I saw white smoke coming off the top of the building and I thought someone had lit the fireplace," he said. "I saw no cars in the parking lot. I also noticed the smoke wasn't coming from the chimney. That's when I got worried. I called the city immediately to tell them the building was on fire."

When he got an answering machine, he called 911.

"All of a sudden, flames started shooting out of the roof," he recalled.

The building, which was constructed 12 years ago appeared to be a complete loss.

"The building is gone," Kreuger said. "Now it's a smoking pile of rubble."

Council of Canadians Regina chapter calls on Brad Wall to take action on climate change

On Feb. 17, the Globe and Mail reported, "Ottawa is aiming to work out a deal with the provinces over the next six months to set a national minimum carbon price of at least $15 per tonne. ...The $15-a-tonne levy is seen as a modest effort by environmentalists and economists, who argue it will take a much higher carbon price to meet Canada's commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by 30 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030." But the Financial Post reports, "Wall told [says] he 'will not be signing' any carbon tax agreement with the federal or other provincial governments when the premiers meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later this week."

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Hearings

Canada's parliamentary standing committee on trade will be travelling the country to get regional perspectives on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), "to assess the extent to which the agreement, once implemented, would be in the best interests of Canadians,"

The committee, which normally only leaves Ottawa for international travel related to Canada's trade negotiations, "expects to hold hearings across Canada over the coming months." Information about dates and locations will be provided later.

Furthermore, the public is invited to submit written comments on the TPP (max. 1,500 words) to, with a deadline of April 30, 2016.

NEB invites participation in Energy East hearings

From 30 March to 20 April 2016 the NEB will accept applications to participate in the Energy East hearing

The Board is opening a supplemental Application to Participate process. The supplemental Application to Participate process is meant for those who may be directly affected by the amendments, or who may have relevant information or expertise related to the amendments.

Those who wish to participate in the NEB Energy East hearing must apply to participate. Those who previously applied to participate need not apply again. The original Application to Participate remains valid and will be considered by the Board.

The online Application to Participate (ATP) form will be available on our website starting on 30 March 2016 and will remain accessible until 20 April 2016 inclusively.

The NEB will be hosting online information sessions on how to complete the Application to Participate form. You can learn more about these information sessions and the Energy East Project at the link above.

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Action Alert

Saskatchewan Election: Protecting our Grasslands

With the Saskatchewan provincial election in full swing, and an election date of April 4, 2016, Public Pastures-Public Interest has created some material for bringing forward the concerns about the PFRA Community Pastures and publicly-owned grasslands.

It is a thumbnail sketch of the complexities of the Community Pastures and grasslands issues, but we hope it conveys the essentials. There are many ways to influence direction at at the time of an election:

  • Talk to the candidates that knock on your door or that you meet at events.Take courage - you have the right to present your views and even a short conversation has an effect.
  • Attend all-candidate forums and ask about the environment, agriculture, public pastures and grasslands, even though other issues seem to be dominating the airwaves.
  • Write a letter or email or make a phone call to your local candidates. Drop by their constituency office and have a chat about your views.
  • Write a letter to the editor to the newspaper, or local community paper.
  • Put forward your views on social media.
  • Talk to your neighbours.
  • Do a creative video, or just a short simple interview on your camera or smartphone, and post it on You-Tube.
  • Send a message via Twitter

Make the PFRA Community Pastures an election issue!

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Coming Events


Waste ReForum 2016

Waste ReForum 2016 will be held in Regina from Apr. 20-22. Keynote speakers include Jerry Powell and Kelly Goyer.


Tox on Tap

7:00 pm March 29, 2016
Woods Ale House, downtown Saskatoon

This month, the discussion will be lead by Dr. John Giesy, a distinguished Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and prominent Environmental Toxicologist. Topic: 'Life in a Toxic World: The Need for Environmentally Conscious Decision Making.'

Passive House Design & Construction Course

Mar 31 - Apr 16, 2016

Canadian Passive House Institute West is offering a 10-day passive house design & construction course in Saskatoon from March 31 to April 16.

Residential Green Roofs

Tue, April 19, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Frances Morrison Library, 311 23 St E, Saskatoon

Julie Barnes and Josh Remai will explain why they built a green roof on their garage and how they did it at 7 pm, Apr. 19, at the Frances Morrison Library as part of the Sustainable Speaker Series.

Paving Paradise: Roads and the Northeast Swale

Monday, 18 April, 19:00
Frances Morrison Library

Saskatoon's Northeast Swale -- the conservation opportunity of a lifetime -- is about to be sliced and diced by roads, including two new thoroughfares within a kilometer of one another. Join the Northeast Swale Watchers speakers Candace Savage and Larry Beasley to view the film "Division Street" with discussion to follow.

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Friends of the Park Comedy Night Fundraiser

April 16, 2016
Prince Albert