"Love Your Lake" Ribbon Cutting, Katepwa Point Provincial Park

2016-07-01 15:00

District of Katepwa is very excited to be part of a program called Love Your Lake.

Love Your Lake is a shoreline assessment and stewardship program developed by Watersheds Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. We will be working with Lower Qu'Appelle Watershed Stewards, Agricultural and Ag Food Canada and U and K Greenhouses to deliver this program to Katepwa Lake.

Natural shorelines are extremely beneficial as they act as filters helping to reduce pollutants that enter lakes, help to protect against erosion and provide vital habitat for birds, mammals and fish. But our actions, sometimes unknowingly, can have a huge impact on this delicate interface. Love Your Lake will recommend simple, yet meaningful, actions specific to each property that shoreline property owners can implement.

We are looking forward to delivering this program this summer would like to invite you to a ribbon opening on Friday, July 1 at 3pm at the Katepwa Point Provincial Park.

Sincerely

Mayor Rick Pattison

Adapting to Climate Change in Saskatchewan Seminar

2016-06-20 15:30

SEMINAR NOTICE

Title: Adapting to Climate Change in Saskatchewan

Speaker: Dr. David Hanly, SaskPower Consultant – Strategic Corporate Development, Resource Planning

Time: June 20, 3:30 PM

Place: 210 – 2 Research Drive

RSVP: Jocelyn.Crivea@uregina.ca

Abstract

Saskatchewan’s climate has changed over the past 50 to 100 years and is expected to continue to change for the next 50 to 100 years due to elevated greenhouse gas levels.  The impacts are not just in terms of average temperature and precipitation levels but also changes in the strength and frequency of extreme events such as hot days, storms, and drought.   Saskatchewan’s energy infrastructure is strongly influenced by weather and climate from the need to meet peak demand for electricity during hot days in the summer to droughts which limit cooling water supply and reduce hydro power to flooding of oil wells during extended periods of high precipitation.  Modelling which projects shifts in future climate in Saskatchewan can be used to inform decisions on investment in energy infrastructure to reduce impacts from climate change.   Results from climate models project rising average temperature of 2 – 3 degrees by mid-century, with on average drier conditions in the south and wetter in north with greater variability of weather leading to greater frequency and severity of drought and an increase in extreme heat days.

Budget cuts ends 42 - year partnership between Province and humanitarian groups

This is very sad day for Saskatchewan's overseas work in sustainable development (see SCIC news release attached below).--Roger

RCE Saskatchewan Response to Yancoal Environmental Impact Study

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

This is to provide you with a quick update regarding the work of the RCE Saskatchewan Sustainable Infrastructure Working Group. As you are aware, Yancoal Canada Resources Company Limited (Yancoal) is engaged in the development of the Yancoal Southey Project, a proposed solution potash mine located 60 kilometres north of Regina. On April 13, 2016, the Yancoal Environment Impact Study (EIS) was released by the provincial government. Saskatchewan communities were provided the opportunity to review the document and provide responses before the deadline of June 6, 2016. Dr. Garth Pickard and Dr. Ray Ambrosi, Co-coordinators of the RCE Sustainable Infrastructure Working Group, have led the development of the RCE Saskatchewan response and finalized the RCE Saskatchewan submission. Thanks to both of you for this dedicated effort and hard work in meeting this deadline and to all those who assisted in contributing to the submission.

Attached you will find a copy of the final letter submitted to the Government of Saskatchewan which includes its Appendix containing supporting information. The RCE submission raises important questions that will hopefully be useful in guiding the Province's environmental assessment of the project and reviewing aspects of its overall sustainability.

Voluntary Sector Studies Network (RCE SK Flagship Project) Wins Global RCE Award

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Luther College’s Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) Receives Top International Award in Education for Sustainable Development from United Nations University

Regina, SK – The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in Tokyo has awarded Luther College’s Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) with a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Award for its role in "Enabling Policy and Contributing to Capacity Development in the field of Higher Education.” VSSN was designated an “Outstanding Flagship Project,” the highest designation for this international award.

“This award is very important to VSSN because it is an acknowledgement, on an international stage, of the important role that VSSN, and Luther College, is playing to enhance the sustainability of the nonprofit sector,” indicates Dr. Franz Volker Greifenhagen, Academic Dean of Luther College. “With the global exposure given to VSSN, this could lead to global opportunities for projects and research by VSSN as well as potentially building connectivity between Saskatchewan and the world.”

“It is quite rare for projects to receive the highest designation of ‘Outstanding Flagship Project,’” notes Dr. Roger Petry, co-chair of RCE Saskatchewan and Luther College professor. “With this award, Luther will be recognized around the world by 146 RCE regions, the UN University, and the UN System, as an example of best practices for an ESD project including knowledge production and research. The voluntary sector plays a key role in addressing many of the pressing sustainability challenges the world is facing.”

This international award specifically recognizes VSSN's innovation in education through the Nonprofit Sector Leadership and Innovation (NSLI) Certificate, a certificate program developed as a result of being identified as the highest priority and greatest need by the voluntary/non-profit sector. “Pending approval by the University of Regina Senate, this certificate will be available at the University of Regina beginning in the Fall 2016,” indicates Dr. Mary Vetter, Interim Director of VSSN and Luther professor, “and will provide students with the knowledge and experience for leadership in the sector. Luther College will teach the NSLI courses, which will be based on a community-engaged, project-based learning approach.”

“We are very excited about this international recognition by the UN University,” says Dr. Bryan Hillis, President of Luther College. “The recognition also reflects well on the University of Regina which is a partner with Luther College in establishing this program.  The Certificate is the first educational opportunity in Saskatchewan where students can learn explicitly about the voluntary/non-profit sector and its many community-based careers. Its main purpose is to generate interest in, and passion for, the voluntary sector through new university courses as well as to foster direct links to diverse career opportunities in the sector.”

Launched in October 2014, the VSSN is an interdisciplinary, community-university collaborative comprising students, voluntary organizations, and faculty/staff, involved in dynamic and mutually beneficial relationships to learn, research, and innovate. The VSSN is funded by Luther College at the University of Regina and the Community Initiatives Fund of Saskatchewan.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Michelle Clark

Manager of Alumni Relations, Development & Communications

Luther College at the University of Regina
communications@luthercollege.edu / 306.585.5144

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