Tuesday 20 August 2013

EcoSask News, August 20, 2013

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Eastview Community Gardens, Aug. 28
Eastview Community Gardens are holding an open house on August 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at both locations. The Arlington Garden is located behind John Dolan School on Arlington Avenue and the Louise Street garden is located a couple of blocks east of Market Mall on Louise Street.

Wilderness First Aid Training, Sept. 20-22 
The Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association is offering Wilderness First Aid Certification training from September 20 to 22 at the Ness Creek site.

Soil Workshop, Sept. 21 
Learn how to keep your soil healthy and productive in an interactive, hands-on workshop on Saturday, September 21, at Station 20 West from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Participants will be able to apply the concepts they’ve learned by completing tests on their own soil samples. For more information or to register, contact Jared Regier, Backyard Garden Program Coordinator, at jared@chep.org.

Environmental Education Conference, Oct. 4
Land, Place, and Environment: Advancing Learning and Practice Toward a Sustainable Future on October 4 is a one-day conference designed to share knowledge and best practices in education concerning land, place, environment, and sustainability. There will be three workshop streams for Early Childhood to Grade 12 Education, Post-secondary Education, and Community-based Education. The conference is hosted by the Sustainability Education Research Institute in partnership with the Saskatchewan Outdoor Environmental Education Association.

SK Writers Guild Fall Conference, Nov. 1-3 
The theme of the 2013 Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Fall Conference is Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Writing and the Environment. Two of the sessions on November 1 will be of particular interest to environmentalists. Alienation and Belonging: Writing and the Environment looks at how surroundings and environment help shape writers. Ecological Practice: Writing the Big Issues is about why and how to write about the subjects that are important to us. In the evening, Tim Wynne Jones will speak on In Search of a Sense of Place: Writing into the Environment.

Western tiger swallowtail Saskatoon Camera Club Clinics
The Saskatoon Camera Club is hosting two nature photography clinics in the coming months. You’re invited to submit “Three’s of something from nature” photos for judging and feedback on September 24 and “Power of Nature” photos for December 10, 2013.

Turning Wastewater into Fertilizer
The City of Saskatoon has launched Canada’s first commercial nutrient recovery facility. The system will recover phosphorus and nitrogen from the wastewater and turn it into a slow release fertilizer.

Endangered Species Unprotected
A loophole in Canada’s Species at Risk legislation means endangered species are unprotected.

Kerrobert Rail Hub
What are the implications of the proposal for a Kerrobert rail hub shipping 168,000 barrels of oil to the US daily?

NatureCity Festival 
Wild About Saskatoon’s NatureCity Festival has received national coverage in Canadian Wildlife magazine. Congratulations to all the volunteers and organizations who participated – you’re the best!

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