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Childrens' Trust Landmark Climate Change Case: Judge rules against Fossil Fuel Industry and Federal Government

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin of the Federal District Court in Eugene, Oregon, decided in favor of 21 young plaintiffs in their landmark constitutional climate change case against the federal government. Judge Coffin ruled Friday against the motion to dismiss brought by the fossil fuel industry and federal government.

Keystone Pipeline Spill Nearly 100 Times Bigger Than Originally Estimated

The oil spill that shut down a portion of the Keystone 1 pipeline in South Dakota last weekend is much bigger than initially estimated, TransCanada admitted on Thursday—almost 100 times bigger, in fact.The fossil fuel company said the "potential volume" of the spill in Freeman South Dakota, discovered by a passerby on Saturday, was about 18,600 gallons, or 400 barrels.

Environment minister pitching national carbon price before her visit to Saskatchewan

Canada’s environment minister is taking her push for a national carbon price to the region most vocal in its opposition to the policy.

Catherine McKenna, a first-term Ontario lawmaker in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, said she will soon visit oil-producing Saskatchewan to study its flagship Boundary Dam carbon capture-and-storage project. The prairie province’s premier opposes federal calls for a national carbon price — either in the form of a tax or as a cap-and-trade program.

http://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/environment-minister-pitching-national-carbon-price-before-her-visit-to-saskatchewan?__lsa=c1f1-56db

John Ivison: Trudeau convinced that pipeline strategy must be top priority

Justin Trudeau has told his senior lieutenants to draw up plans to make the Energy East pipeline and the Trans Mountain expansion in British Columbia a reality.

The prime minister has been convinced by his finance minister, Bill Morneau, and other influential voices around the cabinet table that the pipelines have to be built to achieve the ambitious economic growth targets his government has set.

http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/john-ivison-trudeau-convinced-that-pipeline-strategy-must-be-top-priority

Meewasin Pelican Watch: The Pelicans Have Landed

The first official pelican to touch down between the CPR Bridge and the weir did so Thursday, April 14, at 6:15 am, as reported by the Saskatoon Nature Society. A Meewasin Trail user spotted it at this time as well and forwarded a picture to Meewasin.

Cameco, Areva set up legacy fund for northern Sask. communities

BUFFALO NARROWS, Sask. – A new legacy fund is designed to improve life for people in northern communities “for decades,” according to officials from two mining companies. The Six Rivers Fund is a joint effort between Cameco and Areva Resources Canada.

Using interest from a pool of proceeds from uranium recovery at Key Lake, the Six Rivers Fund will make investments in community-driven projects.

http://globalnews.ca/news/2631318/cameco-areva-set-up-legacy-fund-for-northern-sask-communities/

Saskatchewan group preparing for national summit re: locally-grown food

A producer group in Saskatchewan is preparing for a national summit designed to improve consumer confidence in locally grown food.

Penny Eaton with Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan says many consumers question how food is produced and this influences their buying decisions as well as policies and regulations that affect farmers.

She says a summit meeting in Ottawa next month is about building consumer trust in food and farming.

The Food Integrity Public Trust summit will be in Ottawa May 31st and June first.

SaskPower's free fridge recycling program enters final year

The time is nigh to recycle your old fridge, as SaskPower's fridge recycling program enters its final year.

Under the program, people can arrange to have their old fridges or freezers, made in 2004 and earlier, picked up to be recycled.

It's all offered free of cost, but only until Aug. 31.

SaskPower spokesperson Jonathan Tremblay said the program is ending due to a decrease in demand.

Canada Green Building Council releases National Energy Benchmarking Framework Guide

Ottawa, ON – April 7, 2016 – Today, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) released a new white paper which will act as a guide for provinces and local governments who are considering implementing an energy benchmarking program within their jurisdiction. The white paper, titled Energy Benchmarking, Reporting & Disclosure in Canada: A Guide to a Common Framework, sets parameters for what a consistent approach to energy benchmarking on a national scale would look like, with the goal of driving municipalities across the country to establish or enhance local energy benchmarking and reporting requirements.

Majority of World Bank’s private investments go to companies that have a presence in tax havens, says Oxfam

Fifty-one of the 68 companies that were lent money by the World Bank’s private lending arm in 2015 to finance investments in sub-Saharan Africa use tax havens, Oxfam revealed today.

“The world’s poorest - especially women, children and the most vulnerable - are hit hardest when individuals and companies don’t pay their fair share of taxes,” said Brittany Lambert, senior policy advisor for Oxfam Canada.

Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Work for WRSOS: Wildlife Hotline Educator

The WRSOS is seeking both a full time position AND a part time position, contingent on confirmation of funding. Both positions are seasonal from approximately May 2, 2016 until August 31, 2016. Cover letters, resumes and references can be emailed to Lakelyn Wylie by April 25, 2016.

The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council: Applications Open for Community Demonstration Grants

The SSTC's grant program awards eligible communities and organizations up to a matched $5,000 towards the purchase and installation of Saskatchewan manufactured recycled rubber products. Application deadline is May 31, 2016.

SCIC JOB POSTING: Youth Engagement Coordinator Summer 2016 Position

SCIC is recruiting a student to work in the dynamic world of international development and public engagement around global justice issues and global citizenship education. http://earthbeat.sk.ca/wp-content/blogs.dir/10/files/2013/02/SCIC-Summer-Student-Posting-2016.pdf

Events

Regina

Dreamland, Apr. 20

Cinema Politica Regina will be showing the film Dreamland, about the fight over Iceland’s resources, at 7 pm, Apr. 20, at the Artful Dodger.

Rainwater Collection & Utilization, Apr. 22

Join Nature Saskatchewan for dinner at Eat Healthy Foods followed by a presentation on Rainwater Collection & Utilization on Apr. 22.

Earth Day Celebrations at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum

Celebrate the Earth April 22, 2016 at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum! Daytime activities by donation including story time at 10:30am and family challenges starting at 1:00pm. The Earth Beatz Family Dance Party rocks the museum from 6-8pm featuring DJ Jeremy, scavenger hunts, and a kids chill out zone. $5 admission.

Saskatoon

Residential Green Roofs, Apr. 19

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.

Growing Native Plants in Saskatchewan, Apr. 20 (webinar)

Fidgi Gendron and Malin Hansen will discuss Urban Natural Landscapes: Growing Native Plants in Saskatchewan at the Native Prairie Speaker Series webinar at noon on Apr. 20.

Sustainability Slam, Apr. 21

Students from the School of Environment and Sustainability are hosting an Earth Day Sustainability Slam at 7 pm, Apr. 21, at The Woods Alehouse.

SK Breeding Bird Atlas, Apr. 21

Kiel Drake will discuss the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas, a volunteer-based project set to start in 2017, at the Apr. 21 meeting of the Saskatoon Nature Society.

Household Hazardous Waste Day

April 23 from 9 am – 3:30 pm

You can dispose of household hazardous waste (e.g. light bulbs, aerosols, fuels) in Saskatoon at the SaskTel Centre from 9 am – 3:30 pm, April 23

Other

Saltcoats: YFBTA Nature Symposium, Apr. 23

Yellowhead Flyway Birding Trail Association will be holding a nature symposium at 1 pm, Apr. 23, in Saltcoats. Presentation topics will include intermediate birding, dragonflies, and tree rings.