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ERSC Environmental News Volume 5 Issue 1 Now Online

Visit http://www.ualberta.ca/ERSC/news.htm
to read articles written by Graduate Students about their Environmental
Research.

Articles include:

  • Polar Bears: Walking on thin ice, by Emily Parks
  • What do we really know about tree competition?, by Erin Fraser
  • Studying Species using Faeces: Non-invasive wolf research in the
    Canadian Rockies, by Conrad Thiessen
  • Brown trees in green-tree retention, by Kevin Bladon

Comments, suggestions may be sent to [email protected] Read more »

Posted January 25, 2005 by russ

New Publication - Enforcing Environmental Law: A Guide to Private Prosecution

Enforcing Environmental Law: A Guide to Private Prosecution, Second
Edition
By James S. Mallet

December, 2004

ISBN 0-921503-78-4

$34.95 + GST

Canadian law allows any citizen to lay charges against a polluter or other
environmental offender where there is evidence of an offence. Enforcing
Environmental Law: A Guide to Private Prosecution, 2nd edition will help
readers determine when private prosecution is the right tool to address
environmental harm, and provides a step-by-step guide to the process, from
laying charges through trial and appeal. In some cases Alternative tools are
more effective, and these are explained. The book also provides guidance on
building a case and finding assistance, and includes a proposal for law and
policy reform. Read more »

Posted January 25, 2005 by russ

CEN Weekly e-Bulletin -- January 21

CEN Weekly e-Bulletin -- January 21st

The January 21st issue of the Canadian Environmental Network's Weekly E-Bulletin is now available at the CEN website. Read more »

Posted January 25, 2005 by russ

Help Suspend This Year's Grizzly Bear Hunt

Alberta Wilderness Association

In the next few days, David Coutts, the new Minister for
Sustainable Resource Development (SRD), will decide
whether to continue with Alberta's spring grizzly bear
hunt this year. AWA is optimistic that, if the Minister
hears from enough people now, he will act to suspend
the grizzly hunt, as recommended by government
scientists for the past three years.

Background

In recent years, the evidence has become more and
more solid that Alberta's grizzly bear population is not
healthy enough to support a hunt. In 2002, the Read more »

Posted January 20, 2005 by russ

Optimism That New Minister Will End Grizzly Bear Hunt

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: January 20, 2005

Environmental groups are optimistic that a change in
Minister will lead to a long-awaited suspension of the
spring grizzly bear hunt in Alberta. Alberta Wilderness
Association (AWA) has consistently argued that
Alberta's grizzly population is not large enough to
support hunting. We are calling for the new Minister of
Sustainable Resource Development (SRD), David
Coutts, to listen to the recommendations of his own
scientists, and to suspend the hunt.

"Minister Coutts is expected to announce in the next few Read more »

Posted January 20, 2005 by russ

Cheviot Hearing in Hinton

The Alberta Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) will finally hold its hearing
to listen to Ben Gadd’s appeal of the approvals issued by Alberta
Environment in December 2003 for the Cheviot haulroad development located
adjacent to Jasper National Park. Substantial new information will come
forward at the hearing as this type of development was initially rejected
by the companies and hence, was not considered in the previous reviews of
the Cheviot mine application.

When
January 24 – 25, 2005
8:00 am to 6:00 pm each day

Where
Hinton, Alberta Read more »

Posted January 18, 2005 by russ

Where's the label? Absence of mandatory GE labelling in Canada equates to involuntary human experiment

Biofreedom

What do Haagen-Dazs ice cream, Miracle Whip dressing, and Nabisco wheat thins have in common? According to the Greenpeace Shopper's Guide "How to Avoid Genetically Engineered (GE) Food" (www.greenpeace.ca/shoppersguide), these products and many others are "likely to contain GE or GE-derived ingredients from the most widely grown GE crops, usually corn, soy, canola or cotton."

Since there are no mandatory GE labelling regulations in Canada, consumers cannot really know whether the products they buy contain GE ingredients. Why is it that over 35 other countries require mandatory labelling of GE food, but Canada does not? Yet polls have consistently shown that Canadians want mandatory labelling. This has to change. Biofreedom, a small non-profit group based in Edmonton, is starting a labelling campaign in 2005 and we need your help. Read more »

Posted January 17, 2005 by russ

Alberta Government Refuses to Release Most of the Vance MacNichol Report on Regulating Resource Development

The only parts of the Vance MacNichol report released to Martha Kostuch in response to her request under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act (FOIPP) were the introduction, part of the conclusion and some of the appendices.

The main body of the report, most of the conclusion and all of the recommendations were withheld using the sections of the FOIPP Act that applies to cabinet confidences and advice from officials.

Vance MacNichol was contracted by the Alberta Government to conduct a regulatory review with the primary goal of streamlining regulations for resource industries. Read more »

Posted January 14, 2005 by russ

CEN Weekly e-Bulletin -- January 13th

The January 13th issue of the Canadian Environmental Network's Weekly E-Bulletin is now available at the CEN website. Read more »

Posted January 13, 2005 by russ

Edmonton is a Smart City. Edmonton is a Growing City, but... Is Edmonton Growing Smart?

Sierra Club of Canada - Prairie Chapter
Rainbow Bridge Communications Company

For immediate release

January 7, 2005
(Edmonton) We want it all: the opportunities and excitement of city living, and a quiet serene place to escape to at night. Although a house in the new suburbs may seem like the perfect solution, there are hidden costs. The Sierra Club of Canada – Prairie Chapter in partnership with Rainbow Bridge Communications is releasing a new educational video that will inspire Edmontonians to take interest and get involved in the way our city develops. In seven fast-paced minutes, "Is Edmonton Growing Smart" illustrates the hidden costs of suburban sprawl and, using examples from Edmonton, the key Smart Growth concepts that will ensure Edmonton remains a clean, healthy, vibrant place to live - long into the future. Read more »

Posted January 7, 2005 by russ

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