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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

2010 Better Transit Award honors Llew Lawrence

23 Apr 2010

In 2005, Citizens for Better Transit launched an annual award program to recognize citizens who have made significant contributions to the improvement of public transit. Named after former city councillor and transit advocate Professor Gerry Wright, the 2009 award is sponsored by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 569.

The 2010 Gerry Wright Better Transit Award recognizes the contributions of Mr. Llewellyn (Llew) A. Lawrence, former Director of Marketing and Director of Operations of the Edmonton Transit System. Read more »

Posted April 23, 2010 by Anonymous

Oil sands regulator does not enforce toxic tailings rules


Syncrude is given a pass to delay liquid tailings clean up

23 Apr 2010

One day after Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach announced he would "force an end to tailings ponds," Alberta's oil sands regulator, the Alberta Energy and Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), has approved plans for Syncrude that do not comply with Alberta's Directive 074 and would delay implementation of liquid tailings clean up by the oil sands company. Read more »

Posted April 23, 2010 by Anonymous

Pembina Institute opens Washington Bureau

With all eyes on U.S. energy and climate policy, Pembina introduces Director of U.S. Policy

22 Apr 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the Canadian federal government determined to tie Ottawa's climate and energy policy to Washington's, the Pembina Institute announced today that it has established an on-the-ground presence in the U.S. capital. Read more »

Posted April 22, 2010 by Anonymous

Recall of Grizzly Recovery Team: Cause for Optimism or Just More Hot Air?

22 Apr 2010

A temporary recall of Alberta’s Grizzly Bear Recovery Team could be the long-awaited first step on the road to recovery for the province’s beleaguered grizzlies, or could alternatively be nothing more than a public relations exercise. Read more »

Posted April 22, 2010 by Anonymous

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