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Edmonton Bicycle Commuters February 2011 Newsletter

EBC have posted their February 2011 Newsletter to their website.

In this issue

  1. Advocacy
  2. BikeWorks News
  3. Bike Art Auction & Anniversary Party!
  4. Partnerships with EBC
  5. Education & Media
  6. EBC Volunteers Needed
  7. Upcoming Events


Posted February 7, 2011 by AEN

Alberta Ecotrust currently accepting proposals for Spring Grant Round

If your non-profit or charity is working on an environmental project on the themes of air/climate/energy, water, or wilderness conservation, you may wish to apply for some funding to support that work.

Alberta Ecotrust supports small grassroots organizations working on meaningful projects that seek to improve Alberta's environment.

We offer the following grants:

  • Major Grants - receive funding up to $30,000 for projects that will lead to meaningful change.  These grants are for projects or programs with a broad scope or work towards long-term change.  Visit our website for all the guidelines and forms.  Deadline to submit a Letter of Intent to apply is February 15, 2011.
  • Community Grants - smaller, grassroots, community-based environmental projects are encouraged to apply for up to $7500 through our Community Grants program.  Visit our website for the guidelines and forms.  Deadline to submit a Community Grant is April 15, 2011.
  • Read more »

Posted February 4, 2011 by AEN

Green Budget Coalition's Recommendations for Budget 2011

The Green Budget Coalition, comprising 21 leading Canadian environmental and conservation organisations, is pleased to share its Recommendations for Budget 2011, detailing their recommendations for the 2011 federal budget.

Posted January 22, 2011 by Anonymous

ENGO responses to Royal Society of Canada's report: "Environmental & Health Impacts of Canada's Oil Sands Industry"

  1. Pembina responds to Royal Society of Canada report
  2. Sierra Club Canada responds to Royal Society of Canada report
  3. Royal Society Report on Tar Sands ignores Traditional Knowledge

The full report (9Mb) can be downloaded here.

Posted January 22, 2011 by Anonymous

Monitoring on the Mind

With the spate of news & reports on environmental monitoring (or the lack thereof) in the oilsands region, monitoring is on the mind of a couple of AEN members.

Laura Bowman of the Environmental Law Centre posts on the need for an independent environmental monitoring agency:

…a clear, unambiguous commitment to better monitoring resources and stronger federal and provincial oversight at the approvals stage is still glaringly absent. What the oilsands really need is a well-resourced agency with the expertise and independence to be a bold regulator. 

Pembina's Terra Simieritsch writes on the importance of water quality monitoring, and asks some questions of the federal & provincial governments:

Will limits be set and will laws be enforced? And ultimately, if the data points to unacceptable changes in the Athabasca River, what are the federal and provincial governments prepared to do?

Posted January 13, 2011 by AEN

Attend a Southern Foothills Community Stewardship Initiative Public Forum

This month signals the kick-off of the public forums for the Southern Foothills Community Stewardship Initiative, a regional citizen’s initiative to give voice to local priorities and recommendations for the Southern Foothills landscape and watersheds. The intent of the initiative is to inform land use planning and stewardship processes at the municipal and provincial level, and to contribute to building the long term, regenerative capacity of the region’s landscape. The Southern Foothills Initiative focuses on the Alberta landscape from Highway 22X south to Highway 3, and west of Highway 2. Read more »

Posted January 13, 2011 by AEN

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