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Alberta Minister Commended for Key Step in Grizzly Bear Recovery

4 Jun 2010

Sierra Club Canada and the more than 1200 participants in Action Grizzly Bear are commending Alberta's Sustainable Resource Development Minister, Mel Knight, and his Cabinet colleges for listing Alberta's grizzly bears as a Threatened Species under Alberta's Wildlife Act, a necessary step to recovery that was first recommended by the government's multi-stakeholder Endangered Species Conservation Committee in 2002. Read more »

Posted June 4, 2010 by AEN

New Report Shows the Province is Not Doing Enough to Protect and Recover Alberta’s Threatened Grizzly Bears

The Alberta government is not following its own recovery plan to protect the province’s grizzly bear population, which will likely lead to population decline

28 May 2010

A new report analyzing current recovery efforts in Alberta indicates that the provincial government is not doing enough to protect one of the most threatened grizzly bear populations in North America. Recent research indicates that the grizzly bear population in Alberta is small and may be declining due to expanding networks of industrial access roads and the high levels of human-caused mortality that accompany them.

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Posted May 28, 2010 by AEN

Honour commitment to the G20 — eliminate fossil fuel subsidies

26 May 2010

OTTAWA - Sierra Club Canada supports the federal government's international commitment to eliminate subsidies to the oil and gas industry. The estimated $2 billion in tax breaks and incentives would be of greater benefit to Canada invested in green jobs and producing renewable energy.

"Two billion dollars invested in renewable energy could close a coal plant and create hundreds of new green jobs in Nova Scotia," said  John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. Read more »

Posted May 26, 2010 by AEN

Study: Canadian cities need to accelerate green transportation and urban design

26 May 2010

Canada's six largest urban areas are making efforts to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, but they must do more to promote green urban design and low-carbon transportation choices, according to a report released today by the Pembina Institute. Read more »

Posted May 26, 2010 by AEN

Suffield Coalition Concerned About Delay in Government Response

National Wildlife Areas Needed to Help Fight Extinction

25 May 2010

The Suffield Coalition today expressed concern about the failure by the Government of Canada to make a decision on EnCana’s proposal to drill in the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield National Wildlife Area. The Joint Review Panel (JRP) that was established by the Federal Minister of Environment and the Alberta Energy Utilities Board to consider EnCana’s proposal to drill 1,275 shallow gas wells in CFB Suffield National Wildlife Area made its recommendations on the project in January 2009. There have been no decisions made by the Government since, and there are growing concerns that the project might be approved without fully accepting all of the recommendations made by the JRP. “It would be a huge setback for grasslands conservation in Canada if the Government allows this project to proceed, and even worse if it does so while rejecting any of the recommendations made by the JRP, as they recently did for the Mackenzie gas project in the Northwest Territories” says Alberta Wilderness Association’s Cliff Wallis. Read more »

Posted May 25, 2010 by russ

Report Shows the Worst Tar Balls Coming from Canada

Tar Sands Invasion Details Risks of Expensive, Dirty Oil Source

19 May 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the oil spill disaster in the Gulf deepens, Canada's oil industry is taking advantage of the catastrophe to offer its dirty oil as an alternative to offshore drilling. A report released this week crushes that myth. Tar Sands Invasion: How Dirty and Expensive Oil from Canada Threatens America’s New Energy Economy details the enormous financial and environmental costs associated with what has been termed the largest and most destructive project on the planet. Read more »

Posted May 19, 2010 by AEN

Water Matters Flowing Forward from Strong Foundation

Board Announces New Executive Director and a Special Advisor on Water Policy

17 May 2010

Canmore - The Board of the Water Matters Society of Alberta is delighted to announce the appointment of Carole Stark as the new Executive Director and Dr. Bill Donahue as Special Advisor on Water Policy.

"With Carole's excellent managerial and environmental skills and the ability to draw on Bill's scientific and legal expertise, Water Matters is in a very strong position to develop its work in protecting Alberta's watersheds," says Jason Unger, Chair of Board of Water Matters. Read more »

Posted May 17, 2010 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Kerry-Lieberman climate bill

12 May 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Danielle Droitsch, Director of U.S. Policy for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today's unveiling of theAmerican Power Act by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman:

"With today's announcement of the Kerry-Lieberman bill, the national political leadership in the U.S. continues to advance serious and detailed proposals to cut greenhouse gas pollution, meet emission targets and create thousands of new clean energy jobs.

"This makes an unfortunate contrast to Stephen Harper's government, which continues to talk about targets without having produced any plan to meet them. Instead, Canada's government has adopted a 'wait for the Americans' approach.  Read more »

Posted May 12, 2010 by Anonymous

Don’t gut Environmental Assessment Law through Budget Bill, Groups say

11 May 2010

OTTAWA— Ecojustice and Sierra Club Canada will tell the House of Commons Finance Committee today to remove sections from the budget bill (C-9) that gut Canada’s environmental assessment law. Again this year, the federal government is hiding changes to Canada’s environmental protection laws in the budget to avoid public scrutiny.

“Canada’s environmental assessment law should be publicly debated in the House of Commons Environment Committee, not weakened through quick-and-dirty amendments buried in budget bills,” said Ecojustice lawyer Stephen Hazell. “Parliament is legally required to start a comprehensive review of this law in June, and the Environment Committee should be the body to recommend any changes.” Read more »

Posted May 11, 2010 by Anonymous

False claims highlight Alberta's inadequate GHG regulations

Provincial regulations have no material effect on growing emissions from oilsands

6 May 2010

OTTAWA, ON - The Government of Alberta yesterday made false claims about greenhouse gas emissions from the province's major industrial polluters. The claims were included in a government news release and backgrounder (1) detailing results from provincial greenhouse gas regulations for the year 2009.

"It is simply unacceptable for the government to make claims of emission reductions that do not correspond to reality," said Matthew Bramley, Director of the Pembina Institute's Climate Change Program. "The government's exaggerations may be its attempt to respond to criticism from at home and abroad. But instead of overselling its fundamentally flawed regulations, the government needs to focus on developing a serious plan for real reductions in the province's greenhouse gas pollution." Read more »

Posted May 6, 2010 by Anonymous

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