Tuesday, 12 July 2011

EcoSask News, July 12, 2011

Paint Recycling
Rona has expanded its in-store paint recovery and recycling program to Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.

Here’s a list of products accepted for recycling.

Out Of Your Tree in Saskatoon
Out Of Your Tree in Saskatoon, a fruit harvesting co-op currently focusing on North Park Richmond Heights, is an urban fruit-sharing group.

Fruit is harvested cooperatively rather than going to waste. A group of volunteers harvests the fruit: one third is left with the home owner, one third is donated and one third is kept by the volunteers.

The group is looking for volunteers and for home owners with fruit or other produce to share. For more information, call Danae at 664-2857 or email outofyourtreeinsaskatoon@gmail.com.

Courtney Milne Exhibit, Mendel Art Gallery
Courtney Milne was one of Canada’s most recognized professional photographers, renowned worldwide for his images of landscape and nature. The Pool Project brings together more than 40 of Milne’s photographs of the surface of his outdoor swimming pool, captured over the course of a decade. It will be on display at the Mendel Art Gallery from June 24 to September 18, 2011.

In the following video, Courtney discusses how he learned to love the Prairie landscape by being out in it from an early age. He talks about how important it is to be out in nature, for “if we revere that which surrounds us, then we’re not going to exploit it.”

VerEco Home
Canada’s first net zero home is on display at the Western Development Museum. Tours are $5 and run from Tuesday to Sunday at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm until September 30, 2011. The VerEco Home has 50 affordable, green features that you can incorporate into your home.

Art Competition
Nature Saskatchewan is hosting an art competition to acknowledge the long-term commitment to conservation of Burrowing Owl habitat in this province. The deadline for entries is September 20, 2011. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000, and the print will be presented to Stewards of Saskatchewan participants on their 15-year program anniversary. Here are the competition details. (PCAP newsletter)

Canoe Trips
River Trails of 1885: CanoeSki Discovery Company is offering one-day professionally-guided canoe trips to explore the sites and interpret the events of the 1885 North West Resistance on July 13, August 6, and August 24. They are also offering a two-day tour of Fish Creek and Batoche on August 20-21 and September 3-4.

Women’s Reconnect with Nature Retreat: Clearwater Canoeing offers a variety of guided canoe tours. They are sponsoring two events specifically for women. The Reconnect with Nature Retreat (July 26-28, August 25-29) is held at Forest House, a wilderness lodge in the boreal forest. Retreat activities include kayaking, fishing, massage therapy, guided meditation, shamanism and more.

If you’re looking for something more active, there is a women’s only three-day primer to wilderness canoe tripping and moving water on the rapids on Waterhen River, Meadow Lake Provincial Park (July 18-20, August 8-10).

Permaculture Design Certificate
The Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan is offering an intensive certificate course (72 hours of class and field work) from August 14 to 27 at the University of Saskatchewan.

Permaculture is an integrated design system that is modelled on nature. It is intended to be self-sustaining, integrating the land with all its inhabitants.

What We Can Do
Take advantage of the City of Saskatoon’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on July 23, 2011 to dispose of household, automotive, lawn, and garden chemicals (in their original containers)

Go for a hike at Beaver Creek or Cranberry Flats

Go canoeing on one of our many lakes or rivers

Take photographs of nature

Save energy with SaskEnergy's tips

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Photo Credit: Andrew McKinlay