"Responsible Resource Development" vs. "Sustainable Development" Article

Please see the link to the following article that was forwarded to me suggesting the federal government is moving away from the concept of "sustainable development" to a much more ambiguous term "responsible resource development". The article really shows the need for education of Canadian policy makers and citizens on the concept of sustainable development, a term that has been embraced by the global community for more than two decades and is now a basis for much scholarly work while being operationalized in business, government, and at the community level (not to mention framing most international agreements of the U.N.). It also shows the need to constantly emphasize an "outcomes focus" for development, namely simultaneously advancing the goals of human well-being and ecosystem health while minimizing/eliminating environmental degradation and poverty/vulnerability (goals central to the concept of sustainable development). Here is the link to the article:

It is surprising (and disheartening) that the federal government would make these changes in the year of the Rio +20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development given the signals it sends to the international community. Again, this is perhaps simply a matter of lack of awareness on the part of our federal government. Unfortunately our country pays a political price on the global stage for this lack of awareness and being out of step with our neighbours. Here is the link to the Rio +20 website:

We all need to work hard, especially here in Saskatchewan given the development underway, to ensure that sustainable development remains top of mind and is operationalized at all levels of government and organizations within our community. Hopefully Saskatchewan can aim to be a true leader in this regard and help inform our federal counterparts where they lack the appropriate knowledge and/or resolve.--Roger

2012 Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest for Youth


The Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest for Youth

Nature Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association (SOEEA) would like to announce the 2012 Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest which is open to all youth 19 years old and under. The contest theme this year is: Get to Know Your Wild Neighbours. The contest runs from April 8th to July 16th, 2012. The Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest encourages youth to get outdoors, connect with their wild neighbours and celebrate nature through the arts. Youth can enter the contest with original pieces of art, writing, video, photography or music. You may enter as many categories as you want. There are exciting prizes to be won for each category! For more information on the contest, including how to enter, contest rules, prizes, virtual hikes, launch events, and other interesting information, please visit You can also contact Deanna at for additional information.

Nature Saskatchewan and SOEEA will be launching the contest at École Massey School in Regina in April. We hope that many Saskatchewan youth will enter the contest this year. Good luck!

REMINDER: Deadline for applications for the 2012 RCE Recognition Event is May 1

Good afternoon,

I would like to remind you of the upcoming Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Recognition Event. The event will take place on June 7 from 9:30AM - 2:00PM 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. 

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 also be sent to my e-mail address at the bottom of this e-mail 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 RecognitionEvent Coordinator 
Ph:  (306) 535-1588

University of Regina Launches New Edible Garden

Release: March 28, 2012

Contact:    Natalie Tomczak, External Relations
    Phone:  (306) 337-2452

University of Regina launches new edible garden

Regina's Edible Campus unveiled its plan for a new campus garden
project today designed to promote and expand community engagement and
sustainable development.

The project includes two existing campus gardens*the First Nations
University Shared Garden, and Le Potager*and adds a new garden plot:
The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) Green Patch, a
5400-square-foot garden south of the Dr John Archer Library. With the
generous support of the President’s Advisory Committee on
Sustainability, landscape architectural plans for the new Green Patch
were unveiled at a launch event.

Regina's Edible Campus partners include Wascana Centre Authority, the
University of Regina, the Institut Français, First Nations University of
Canada, and the Regina Public Interest Research Group, but the project
reaches beyond these groups.  

“The launch of this project is a significant commitment to
sustainable development by the University of Regina,” said Edible
Campus Chair Frédéric Dupré. “Not only does the project provide
education about healthy, low-cost food, it also contributes to the
aesthetic appeal of the campus. Most importantly, it supports community
work against poverty in Regina.”

Shawn Fraser, Executive Director of the Carmichael Outreach Centre,
spoke about the community impact of the garden pilot project in 2011
when vegetables from Le Potager were donated to the Carmichael Outreach
Centre, helping to feed Regina residents in need.

Dr. Annette Desmarais introduced the concept of food sovereignty: the
right of peoples or countries to define their own agriculture, food,
labour, fishing and land policies in ways that are ecologically,
socially, economically and culturally appropriate to their
circumstances. She contrasted it with food security and spoke about the
role of community gardens in providing sufficient, good-quality food and
contributing to a diverse, democratic, ecologically sustainable food

Potential Changes to Fisheries Act Adversely Impacting Fish and Fish Habitats

Here are some links to media stories on potential changes to the Fisheries Act. These changes would have serious adverse impacts on fisheries habitats and the longterm sustainability of ecosystems along with long term sustainable livelihoods tied to fishing in Saskatchewan including tourism. Please share these links with others.


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