"To Make a Farm" Film Viewing: May 5 & 6, 2012 (Regina)

Named one of the ten most popular Canadian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2011 and nominated for the Best Documentary Nature & Environment and Best of Saskatchewan Golden Sheaf Awards at the 2012 Yorkton Film Festival, To Make a Farm asks: what might the future of local food and farming look like? Filmmaker Steve Suderman examines his own family history in farming while discovering a vibrant community of new small-scale farmers. To Make A Farm depicts the struggles and triumphs of a season on a fledgling farm through the eyes of five young people who have decided to take up this demanding profession, despite not having farm backgrounds.

Honest, personal, and beautifully photographed, To Make A Farm has been called "exceptionally hopeful" by the Vancouver International Film Festival, where the film had its world premiere, and was held over for an additional screening after receiving sell-out crowds. Since then, the film has continued to screen at festivals and community showings across Canada and the U.S..

Regina-based filmmaker Steve Suderman will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

Regina Public Library Film Theatre:
Saturday May 5 - 7:00 pm **Filmmaker in attendance
Sunday May 6 - 9:00 pm **Filmmaker in attendance

More information and preview clips on the website:

Contact: Steve Suderman

One week left to apply for the 2012 RCE Recognition Event!

Good afternoon,

I would like to remind you once again of the upcoming Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Recognition Event. The event will take place on June 7 from 9:30AM - 2:30PM at the Wascana Centre (2900 Wascana Drive, Regina, Saskatchewan) and will recognize the innovative and creative ways that individuals and organizations are working to advance ESD in Saskatchewan. Sponsors for the event include: APEGS, Conexus Credit Union, The Co-operators, SaskEnergy, Sask Water, SIAST, the University of Saskatchewan, the Wascana Centre and the City of Regina.

The deadline to submit applications for consideration is on May 1. I have once again attached the call for nominations as well as the nomination application form to this email message. I invite you to submit an application for projects that you are working on or other ESD projects that you feel deserve recognition. Possible areas of educational work for sustainable development include:

- Building sustainable communities
- Climate change
- Farming and local food production
- Health and healthy lifestyles
- Reconnecting to natural prairie ecosystems
- Sustainable infrastructure including water and energy
- Cultural adaptation for sustainability

I would appreciate if you could pass this reminder on to others through your email contacts, websites, and listservers. If you are interested in applying for a recognition award but have not yet submitted an application, please send me an email so I know that you are interested. Completed applications can be sent to my e-mail address at the bottom of this message.

For more information on this year's event, to see projects from past winners, and to obtain an application form, please visit our ESD Recognition Event webpage at:

We look forward to receiving your submissions.


Adrienne Billings
RCE Recognition Event Coordinator 
Ph:   (306) 535-1588

4th Annual Regina Jane's Walk, May 5 and 6, 2012

Discover Regina’s Vibrant Neighbourhoods

in Annual Urban Walk-fest

Jane’s Walks connect residents with city and each other

On May 5th and 6th, hundreds of Reginans will take to the streets for their fourth annual Jane’s Walk, a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that explore our collective history, architecture, planning and personalities. The last three year’s walks have seen more than 30 walks across the city.

Celebrating the legacy of Jane Jacobs, the foremost urban thinker of our times, Jane’s Walk inspires citizens to get to know their city and each other by getting out and walking. Jacobs famously declared that walkable, diverse and mixed used neighborhoods are the hallmark of a healthy city and its people. Her most celebrated work, ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’, has influenced generations of urban designers and has been continuously in print since 1961!

“For Jane Jacobs, the best way to get to know the city and the neighbours was on foot,” says Jane Farrow, executive director of Jane’s Walk. “Jacobs encouraged everyone to just get out and look around, to walk the sidewalks and talk about what they thought needed to happen to make their neighbourhood better.”

Jane’s Walk is a thriving Toronto innovation that has gone global. Last year, cities in nine countries participated, offering hundreds of tours to thousands of walkers. This year along with Regina, partnerships include Edmonton, Montreal, Saskatoon, Swift Current, and Jane’s Walk continues to expand internationally with walks scheduled in Singapore, Amsterdam, and Madrid.

In Regina, volunteer tour guides customize their tours with personal stories, local perspectives and insider information to help bridge social and geographic gaps and create a space for Regina to discover itself.  They cover everything from the everyday to the extraordinary. This year we are pleased to welcome our youngest guides yet! On Sunday April 29, 2012, one week before the official Jane’s Walk weekend, the Cathedral Sparks (Girl Guides) will be leading a walk in their neighbourhood to talk about the places that are important to them.

On May 5th and 6th you’ll find walks including:

• Martin Gourlie providing a look back in time at the town of North Regina;

Dennie Fornwald returning to give her midnight walk in the Heritage community;

• Conservationist Jim Elliott exploring the natural and built history around Wascana Lake;

• And James Hoffman returning to host his very popular tour of historic Germantown.

For a complete list of walks and times, go to

Regina’s Jane’s Walk is organized and presented by Regina Urban Ecology with many community partners (


About Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 best-seller, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail that are now common sense to today’s architects, planners, politicians and activists. Foremost is her simple yet revolutionary idea that dense, mixed use neighborhoods are the key to the health and survival of a city.


About Jane’s Walk

Jane’s Walk cultivates a broad understanding of how cities – their economies, neighbourhoods, communities, and institutions – organically develop and thrive. It works to advance walkable neighbourhoods, to increase urban literacy and promote neighbourhood cohesion, civic engagement and leadership.

PRESS AND PHOTOS of previous year’s Jane’s Walks are available upon request or at


Laura Pfeifer, Regina Organizer

Pre-Jane's Walk Weekend Walk with Girl Guides, Regina, April 29, 2012, 1:00 p.m.

This is a reminder that a very special, pre-Jane's Walk weekend walk will be happening one week from today - Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 1pm

We are thrilled to welcome the youngest guides we've ever had this year - the Cathedral Sparks (a Girl Guide group) will be leading walkers to show a girl's eye view of their neighbourhood. We welcome and encourage you to join these active young citizens to hear what matters to them in their community - it proves to be a fun gathering!
The group will leave from the Cathedral Area Community Association (2900 13th Avenue) at 1pm and the walk will last 1 hour.
For more information about all walks, please visit:

University of Regina President's Messagel and Video on Sustainability

Members of the University community --

In two days, the world will come together to participate in the largest, most celebrated environmental event on the planet - Earth Day.

Earth Day is a fitting occasion to renew and celebrate the University of Regina's commitment to environmental and fiscal sustainability. As outlined in our strategic plan, one of the University's goals is to be a leader in environmental responsibility. That's why we are putting sustainability at the heart of our teaching, research and campus life.

Discover for yourself how the University of Regina is committed to a sustainable future by viewing our new video, entitled "Realize. The place for sustainability." at This video is part of the President's Community Report, a series of videos highlighting the University of Regina's story.

After you have viewed the video, please send the link to others who would be interested in learning more about this and other important initiatives at the University of Regina.  


Vianne Timmons
President and Vice-Chancellor

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