Tuesday 8 November 2016

EcoSask News, November 8, 2016

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Upcoming Events
Tar Sands Art Exhibit, Nov. 4-Dec. 10 (Saskatoon)
Ernst Logar’s exhibit, Tar Sands: Approaching an Anthropocentric Site, is on display at Paved Arts from Nov. 4-Dec. 10. The exhibit focuses on the environmental impact that oil mining has upon the resource of water and the surrounding landscape.

Watching Wildlife in PANP, Nov. 9 (Saskatoon)
David Henry will present his book, Watching Wildlife in Prince Albert National Park, at 7:30 pm, Nov. 9, at Turning the Tide bookstore.

Passive House Days, Nov. 11-13 (Saskatoon)
Discover how a Passive House building is designed and built during International Passive House Days this coming weekend, Nov. 11-13: Friday 5 - 8 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 - 3 pm, at 1104 Temperance Street.

Neonicotinoid Pesticides, Nov. 15 (Saskatoon)
Mike Cavallaro will discuss the environmental impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides at 7 pm, Nov. 15, as part of the Sustainable Speaker Series organized by the Saskatoon Public Library and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society.

John Murray @ Nature Moose Jaw, Nov. 16 (Moose Jaw)
Nature Moose Jaw is co-hosting a talk by John Murray on the flora and fauna of the boreal forest at noon, Nov. 16, at the Moose Jaw Public Library.

Milk River Meet & Greet, Nov. 16 (Mankota)
Join Nature Conservancy of Canada – Saskatchewan for a meet and greet in Mankota on Nov. 16.

Renewable Energy In and Around Saskatoon, Nov. 17 (Saskatoon)
David Henry will discuss renewable energy in and around Saskatoon at the Nov. 17 meeting of the Saskatoon Nature Society. The Saskatoon Nature Society meetings are held monthly at 7:30 pm in Room 106, Biology Building, University of Saskatchewan.

Porcupines to Polar Bears, Nov. 17 (Saskatoon)
Jerry Haigh reads from his latest book, Porcupines to Polar Bears: Adventures of a Wildlife Veterinarian, at 7 pm, Nov. 17, at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

For more book suggestions, check our list of Saskatchewan nature and environment books.

A full list of upcoming events can be found on the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar 

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"Kids in Nature" Grants
 The Saskatoon Nature Society is taking applications for the Kids in Nature Grant 2017. The Society has set aside approximately $2,000 for this year’s grant, designed to strengthen existing programs and encourage new initiatives that connect youth in the Saskatoon area with nature. Application deadline is December 31, 2016. Information and application are available on the Saskatoon Nature Society website.

In the News
SaskWind’s community renewable energy project in Swift Current has been put on hold as SaskPower refuses to consider the project at this time. Instead, SaskPower is proceeding with a gas-fired power station. SaskWind is calling for a federal Environmental Assessment of SaskPower’s project. They believe there are technically and economically feasible alternatives (i.e. wind) which SaskPower has not seriously considered prior to proposing this project.

Rock Paper Sun is posting great photo updates as they install a solar tracking system at the City of Saskatoon Landfill.

Los Angeles is taking a new approach to providing transportation services by focusing on mobility options, from car and bike sharing to addressing inequality and the needs of an aging population.

A six-storey, 85-unit, market-rental residential building in Vancouver aims to be Canada’s largest building certified as achieving the Passive House standard.

Quebec is investing in a multi-million dollar fence to protect drivers and wildlife. Along with the fence, there are new culverts and safe passages along the way for moose, deer, and bear to pass from one side of the highway to the other. There is also a smaller reptile barrier at the bottom of the same fence which is designed to save the many snakes and turtles killed on this road every year.

When will we make similar investments in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan?

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