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Water Transfers Require Due Process

21 Apr 2010

Edmonton, AB – Last month a public notice appeared on the Alberta Environment website that indicated that the Eastern Irrigation District (EID) had proposed changes to the purpose of its water license from irrigation only to a variety of purposes including “municipal, agriculture, commercial, industrial, habitat enhancement and recreation.”

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC), upon considering the application and relevant legislation, found several issues that need attention and – for the first time in over 25 years of operation – issued a Statement of Concern to Alberta Environment. Read more »

Posted April 21, 2010 by Anonymous

Albertans, not industry, will pay for lost wetlands — leaked policy document

21 Apr 2010

CALGARY — A leaked draft wetlands policy appears to betray the finding of a consensus of stakeholders invited by Alberta Environment to develop wetlands policy recommendations.

Posted April 21, 2010 by Anonymous

Wetlands Consensus Policy Gutted After Backroom Industry Pressure

21 Apr 2010

EDMONTON - The Sierra Club Prairie has obtained a leaked copy of the most recent Alberta Wetlands Policy that shows the extent of industry influence over environmental decisions for the province. The confidential document reveals an undermining of the work of the Alberta Water council, a multi stakeholder group that has been developing the tenets of the wetlands policy. The policy, already a compromised position to get the buy-in of 25 multi-sectoral groups, was radically changed after backdoor industry pressure.

Posted April 22, 2010 by Anonymous

Climb and Run for Wilderness 2010 an outstanding success!

17 Apr 2010

An estimated 1,500 climbers brought forth their wild side today in support of Alberta's wildlife and wilderness at the 19th annual Earth Day celebration held at the Calgary Tower. Participants came from as far as Tampa, Florida and Vancouver, B.C.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) played host to the 19th Annual Climb & Run for Wilderness. "Truly the Best Earth Day Event in the West, and a celebration of Alberta's wildlife and wild spaces, this event attracted the largest crowds ever, and the widest range of people, corporations and supporters. The day was filled with the knowledge that we can truly make a difference," says AWA Executive Director Christyann Olson. Read more »

Posted April 17, 2010 by Anonymous

Let the Climb Begin! Climb & Run for Wilderness

16 Apr 2010

Climb & Run for Wilderness
at the Calgary Tower (101 – 9th Ave. S.W.)

Saturday, April 17, 2010. 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

On Saturday April 17, more than 1,000 Calgarians of all ages are expected to attend the 19th Annual Climb & Run for Wilderness at the Calgary Tower. Hosted by Alberta Wilderness Association, this is Calgary’s premier Earth Day celebration, where participants take this unique opportunity to climb the 802 stairs to the top of the Calgary Tower. Read more »

Posted April 16, 2010 by Anonymous

Warm-Up Time for Calgary Tower Climbers

14 Apr 2010

On stairwells all around the city, enthusiastic climbers are brushing off the winter cobwebs and warming up those leg muscles, getting ready to climb to the top of the Calgary Tower this coming Saturday.

Saturday April 17 is, of course, the date for the city’s premier Earth Day celebration, the Annual Climb & Run for Wilderness, hosted by Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA). There are now just four days to go until the Tower will open to people of all ages and abilities, who will scale the stairs, all 802 of them, in support of Alberta’s beautiful wild lands, wild waters and wildlife. Read more »

Posted April 14, 2010 by Anonymous

Greening the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline: Is the National Energy Board serious about sustainability?

12 Apr 2010

YELLOWKNIFE — The National Energy Board has an opportunity to get serious about sustainability of ecosystems and communities in the Mackenzie Valley as it considers a possible licence for the Mackenzie Gas Project in hearings this week, says Sierra Club Prairie.

“We are disappointed that sustainability considerations are absent in the NEB’s proposed licence conditions for the Mackenzie Gas Project, despite that fact that the NEB’s chair has recently stated that sustainability is a focus for the Board.” said Sheila Muxlow, acting director of Sierra Club Prairie. “The NEB cannot be said to be serious about advancing sustainability or the public interest if it turns a blind eye to the fact that the Mackenzie Gas Project is a basin-opening project that will create a petro-economy throughout much of the Mackenzie Valley.” Read more »

Posted April 13, 2010 by Anonymous

Alberta FOIP finds more than ducks killed on tar sands operations

8 Apr 2010

Edmonton — An information request has forced the Alberta government to reveal that in addition to the infamous dead ducks, 164 animals, including 27 bears, were killed between 2000 and 2008 on operations in the Alberta tar sands.

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) request was filed by independent scientist Kevin Timoney and sought material from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD). The disclosed SRD information covers only three oil companies and shows reported deaths of 27 black bears, 67 deer, 31 red fox, 21 coyote, as well as moose, muskrats, beavers, voles, martens, wolves, and bats. Read more »

Posted April 8, 2010 by Anonymous

Pembina Reacts: Federal Government Undermining Environmental Assessment of Oil Sands Development

31 Mar 2010

Simon Dyer, Oil Sands Director for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to measures in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s Budget Implementation Bill (Part 20, Environmental Assessment, Bill C-9) that empower the federal government to avoid full environmental assessment of oil sands development:

“Over the past several years the Government of Canada has been trying to dodge its responsibilities for environmental assessment of proposed oil sands developments. This has led to a number of successful court challenges in which it was deemed that the government was not fulfilling its obligation to assess projects and protect the environmental interests of Canadians. Read more »

Posted April 1, 2010 by Anonymous

Edmonton's Earth Day Festival

31 Mar 2010
Spring is here, and we have the great pleasure in announcing the 21st Annual Edmonton’s Earth Day, Canada’s leading Environmental celebration.

Although International Earth Day is celebrated on the 22nd of April, each year Edmonton positions our event on the closest Sunday, to enable the most people possible to attend. This year we will be starting Earth Week off on the Sunday beforehand.

Therefore, this year’s event is to be held in a new location, in Fort Edmonton Park, in and around Blatchford Hangar on Sunday, April 18th, from noon to 6 pm.  Volunteers, societies, environmental and wholistic organizations throughout the city are busy preparing their displays, activities and workshops for what promises to be a wonderful event. Read more »

Posted April 1, 2010 by Anonymous

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