Tuesday 8 October 2013

EcoSask News, October, 8, 2013

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Owls & Cemeteries, October
Join the Saskatoon Nature Society on one of their upcoming outings. Additional information is available on their website.
October – Saw-whet owl migration banding
Oct. 14 – Woodlawn Cemetery and Weir

Water Contamination in Northern SK, Oct. 15
Peter Prebble, SES Director of Environmental Policy, and Ann Coxworth, SES Board Member, will discuss the contamination of five important watersheds in the Uranium City area of northern Saskatchewan at 7 pm on October 15 at the Frances Morrison Library. This presentation is part of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society’s Library Speaker Series.

Wetlands Policy, Oct. 16
Join the Swale Watchers on October 16 from 3:00-4:30 4:00-5:30 pm in room 1026, College of Education, U of S, for a discussion on the City’s proposed wetlands policy.

Water Harvesting, Oct. 17 
Join members of the Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan for a potluck supper and meeting on October 17 (supper at 6, presentation at 7:30). Kirby McInnis will lead a discussion on urban water harvesting as well as larger-scale harvesting projects.

Wood Frogs, Oct. 17
David Donald will report on the well-being on wood frogs in Saskatchewan amidst world-wide concern for the status of amphibians at the Saskatoon Nature Society’s monthly meeting at 7:30 pm, October 17, in Room 106 of the Biology Building, U of S.

SK Uranium Mines
Sierra Club Canada is demanding an explanation for why Cameco has been allowed to exceed the limits for the release of radioactive uranium and heavy metals, including mercury, into the air and water. Government and company records contain reports of releases of radioactive uranium over 1000% of the allowable limits, cadmium levels over 5000% and radium increases of 3000%. There are examples where no limits exist at all such as limits to uranium levels in groundwater and where there are standards, but no testing is done at all such as mercury releases to air.

Innovation Place Supports Cycling
Innovation Place now has a public bike service stand – making it easier than ever to cycle to work.

Free Block Heater Timers
Pick up a free block heater timer from any CAA Saskatchewan location between October 1 and February 28. and save up to $25 a day on your power bill.

Cartoonist’s Vision of a Car-Free Future
Maybe Andy Singer’s graphic book depicting the history of automobiles in North America will help convince Mayor Atchison that it’s time to invest in walking, cycling and public transit.

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