Tuesday 28 November 2017

EcoSask News, November 28, 2017

squirrel in the yard

Upcoming Events
Islands of Grass, Nov. 30 (Saskatoon) 
Branimir Gjetvaj will share his thoughts on Canadian grasslands and show images from Islands of Grass at 2 pm, Nov. 30, at Mayfair Library.
Prince Albert Parkland Permaculture Guild Christmas Party, Dec. 1 (Prince Albert) 
Prince Albert Parkland Permaculture Guild is holding their annual Christmas party on Dec. 1.

Lakeview Community Climate Conversation, Dec. 5 (Regina) 
Jared Clarke’s Grade 6/7 class at Lakeview School is hosting a community climate conversation at 7 pm, Dec. 6. Call 306-791-8513 for further information.

Resource-based Economies & Sustainability, Dec. 6 (Regina) 
A panel discussion on Resource-based Economies & Sustainability: the case of Saskatchewan will be presented at 7 pm, Dec. 6, as part of the University of Regina’s Faculty of Arts’ series.

Wild Species Data Sharing, Dec. 6 (webinar) 
Jeff Keith, SK Conservation Data Centre, will present a webinar on the value and tools available for sharing data on Saskatchewan’s wild species at noon, Dec. 6.

Carbon Tax in Saskatchewan, Dec. 6 (Saskatoon)
Dr. Brett Dolter and Ecofiscal Com, University of Ottawa, will discuss carbon tax in Saskatchewan at the Dec. 6 meeting of the Saskatchewan Energy Management Task Force.

SaskOutdoors Winter Networking Event, Dec. 7 (Regina) 
Join SaskOutdoors for a winter networking event of outdoor and environmental educators from 7-9 pm, Dec. 7.

Fetch your own Christmas Tree, Dec. 9 (near Alvena) 
A former owner of the Nature Conservancy’s Messier property planted spruce trees, but they’re not native to this area and their presence could have a negative impact on the native habitat. You’re invited to come and chop down your own Christmas tree from 1-3 pm, Dec. 9.

Nature Regina Christmas Social, Dec. 11 (Regina) 
Nature Regina is holding a Christmas Social with members’ photos at 7 pm, Dec. 11.

Wascana Family Play Day, Dec. 16 (Regina) 
Bring the family to Wascana Marsh from 2-4 pm, Dec. 16, for a Family Play Day organized by SaskOutdoors.

squirrel in the yard

Looking Ahead
Building Operator Training, Feb. 2 (Saskatoon) 
The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is offering a one-day workshop on Feb. 2 in Saskatoon for small businesses that would like to make their buildings more energy-efficient.

Native Prairie Restoration & Reclamation Workshop, Feb. 7 & 8 (Saskatoon) 
The theme of this year’s Native Prairie Restoration & Reclamation Workshop, Feb. 7 & 8 in Saskatoon, is Look to the Future: Learn from the Past.

Transboundary Grasslands Workshop, Feb. 13-15 (Montana) 
The Transboundary Grasslands Workshop, featuring presentations on challenges facing wildlife and human communities in the grasslands of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Montana, will be held Feb. 13-15 in Glasgow, Montana.

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

Kids in Nature Grant (Saskatoon)
The Saskatoon Nature Society is now taking applications for their Kids in Nature Grant. The grant was established to strengthen existing programs and encourage new initiatives that connect youth in the Saskatoon area with nature. The application deadline is December 31, 2017. Information and applications are available on the Saskatoon Nature Society website.

In the News
Glitter has a devastating impact on human and non-human animals alike.

50M tonnes of e-waste! We need better systems for recycling electronics.

The challenge of EnergieSprong is to retrofit ordinary homes to the standard of a zero-carbon eco-home, but at a fraction of the cost.

Canmore community members are passionate about protecting the space and habitat wildlife require.

What if we banned cars in cities? “It’s not just about banning cars. Cities also have to help their citizens live without a car. This means they must approve taller buildings, get rid of parking minimums, and expand public transit options. Build rail instead of roads. Turn gas stations into bike kiosks. Convert parking lots to sidewalks. Provide a fleet of low-speed zero-emission vehicles (like golf carts!) to make deliveries and help residents get around. And introduce better technology solutions to help everyone navigate the city more efficiently.” 

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