Tuesday, 23 September 2014

EcoSask News, September 23, 2014

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Events
Bat Chat, Sept. 28
Melanie Elliott will bring her educational bats to Wild Birds Unlimited at 2 pm, Sept. 28, to lead a discussion on bats and dispel some myths.

Winter Composting, Oct. 1
The SK Waste Reduction Council’s presentation at 7 pm, Oct. 1, at the Frances Morrison Library will cover composting through the winter months, including bokashi fermentation and vermicomposting.

Green Drinks Regina, Oct. 2
Green Drinks Regina will meet from 5:30-7:30 pm, October 2, at Abstractions Café (2161 Rose Street).

Saskatchewan's Oil Boom, Oct. 18
A workshop, From the Belly of the Boom: Understanding and Resisting Saskatchewan's Oil Boom, will be offered at St. Peter’s College, Muenster, on October 18 from 1:30-4:30 pm. The workshop will look at how Saskatchewan's oil boom is reshaping rural life and exacerbating environmental degradation and will explore opportunities for building relevant movements across rural and urban communities.

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Grasses of Saskatchewan
Congratulations to the Flora of Saskatchewan Association which has just published Grasses of Saskatchewan, the fourth in its series of publications documenting provincial plants. It’s available from Nature Saskatchewan’s website store.

YXE Share-a-Ride
Kudos to Doug Ramage for setting up YXE Share-a-Ride to connect people who can offer a ride with those who need one during the transit lockout.

Cargo Bike Cooperative 
A local individual is interested in establishing a cargo bike cooperative, similar to the one they have in Vienna (see below). Let us know if you’re interested in participating and we’ll put you in touch with each other.

“In the beginning, the LRK bike pool was composed of just a few cargo bikes. After three years, it has grown to a total of 20 cargo bikes and trailers. Any kind of transport can be handled in a variety of ways. Two-wheeled and three-wheeled bikes as well as different types of trailers for all types of transport are available. The locations of the bikes and trailers are distributed as evenly as possible across the entire municipal territory. Some vehicles of the pool were built very creatively at the Vienna Bikekitchen and WUK by transforming old bicycles into new cargo bikes. In this way, the LRK vehicle pool also embodies do-it-yourself (DIY) and bicycle-recycling strategies.”

News
Canada Missing Out on Clean Energy
A newly published report says that Canada is missing out on trade and growth opportunities by devoting so few resources to renewable energy.

Protecting SK Wolves - Update
The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals has started a letter-writing campaign to protest the provincial government’s decision to issue 100 additional licenses for killing wolves. A rancher and a wolf expert talk about other options for protecting livestock in a related podcast.

Saskatoon Recycles
Curbside recycling has helped divert two-thirds more waste from the landfill this past year. However, Saskatoon households are still more wasteful than average (22 kg compared to the national average of 13 kg).

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