Tuesday, 18 November 2014

EcoSask News, Nov. 18, 2014

prairies in winter

Events
Permasask Potluck & Meeting, Nov. 20
Permasask member Kaitlyn Harvey will talk about her experience at the People’s Climate March in NYC at the Permasask Potluck & Meeting, Nov. 20.

Building Operator Training Seminar, Nov. 21
Non-profit organizations and small businesses are invited to attend a one-day workshop on Nov. 21 to learn how to operate their buildings more efficiently.

Collectively Green Craft Show, Nov. 22 
Buy locally-made, earth-friendly gifts at the Collectively Green Craft Show, from 10 am - 5 pm, Nov. 22, at Grace-Westminster United Church.

Bird Feeder Craft, Nov. 22, 23, 29, 30
Drop by the Meewasin Valley Centre from 1-4 pm, Nov. 22, 23, 29 or 30, to make a backyard bird feeder.

Saskatoon Growth Plan Workshops, Nov. 26
The City of Saskatoon is hosting revolving workshops from 10 am - 1 pm and from 6-9 pm on Nov. 26 at TCU Place to discuss the city’s future growth strategies.

Premiere of Grasslands, Nov. 26 (Regina)
Public Pastures – Public Interests and Friends of the Museum are hosting a fundraiser premiere of Grasslands, a documentary about Grasslands National Park at 7:30 pm, Nov. 26, at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina. A short trailer gives a taste of the fabulous photography.


Grasslands (Trailer) from 291 Film Company on Vimeo.

Beaver Creek’s Winter Hours
Beaver Creek Conservation Area is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday during November and December.

They’ll be open from 12-5 pm daily from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 with a hike at 2:30 pm every day with an interpreter.

Native Prairie Restoration & Reclamation Workshop, Jan. 28-29
The 2015 Native Prairie Restoration & Reclamation Workshop will be held in Saskatoon, January 28-29, 2015. Chris Helzer, The Prairie Ecologist, is the keynote speaker. Topics include invasive species, wild seed harvesting, and wetland restoration.

News
Medicine Hat: Solar, Wind & Natural Gas
Medicine Hat has built Canada’s first concentrated solar thermal plant. They've built a wind farm within city limits and encourage residents to install solar panels by going 50-50 with them. Mayor Clugston says, “We had to reinvest, we had to diversify because all of our eggs were in that one basket, which was natural gas.

New Drainage Regulations
The Water Security Agency has released the results of their online public consultation on agricultural drainage. There is general agreement that “drainage provides many benefits to agricultural producers, but that the negative impacts of drainage must be mitigated. Also, forum participants supported implementing regulations that are risk-based; those drainage activities of a larger scale, which pose a greater risk to land and property would require more stringent regulations.”

The Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency has said that new drainage regulations are a priority.

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