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CAMS Review and Proposed Identity, Mission and Goals

The Clean Air Strategic Alliance has re-written its Comprehensive Air Quality Management System (CAMS) document which describes how CASA works, and has also proposed new Identity, Mission, and Goals statements. CASA is increasingly recognized as a model process for interest-based, consensus decision-making. CASA has requested that Board members consult with their stakeholders on the revised CAMS.

For veteran CASA participants, does the new CAMS accurately reflect your experience? And if you’ve only heard of CASA, participating in this review would be a thorough introduction to the process. Read more »

Posted July 6, 2005 by russ

Alberta Fiddles While Caribou Perish

Alberta Wilderness AssociationCanadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Alberta's Minister of Sustainable Resource Development has refused to put a moratorium on new industrial developments within any of the ranges of this threatened species. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) are demanding that Alberta adopt key recommendations of the Alberta Woodland Caribou Recovery Team that would temporarily protect caribou from new industrial development within ranges of the most at risk caribou herds.

They are also calling for clear regulation of the forest and energy industry to ensure best practices are followed in key caribou ranges and to prevent new developments in critical portions of the ranges. Read more »

Posted July 4, 2005 by russ

Be a Part of the Fun at the North American Solar Challenge 2005 Finish Line!

For the First Time, the Race Finishes in Canada on July 27 at the U of C

University of CalgaryNorth American Solar Challenge

June 27, 2005

On July 17, over 20 cars fuelled completely by the sun’s rays will set off from Austin, Texas to make the 10-day journey over 4,000 kilometres to finish here in Calgary on July 27.

The University of Calgary is proud to be the first Canadian venue for the North American Solar Challenge Finish Line. On July 27, starting at 11:00 a.m. come out and be a part of the excitement as the solar cars race down Charleswood Drive to finish in front of the Olympic Oval on the U of C’s campus. Cheer on the teams as they complete the race and enjoy the fun-filled summer celebration complete with music, entertainment, sustainable energy and environmental displays, children’s activities and a free BBQ. You can see the solar cars up close and personal, and have the chance to talk to the teams and learn about the incredible passion and commitment that inspired them to compete in the North American Solar Challenge!

Visit www.americansolarcarchallenge.org to learn more about the race, the route and the arrival times of the cars. Read more »

Posted June 29, 2005 by russ

Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Jamboree - "The Jamb"

Sierra Club of Canada - Chinook Group

Where: Fish Creek Provincial Park – Glennfield

When: Saturday July 30th, 2005, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Price: $40 for non-members, $30 for Sierra Club members (under 12 will be free)

Who: The first ever Sierra Club "Jamb" is going to take place on Saturday July 30th from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Come down to enjoy an awesome organic BBQ in beautiful Fish Creek Park. We will be running guided hikes throughout Fish Creek Park, you will be able to witness first hand the dramatic effects of this years flooding. Maybe you’d like to take part in a 30-person drum circle with David Thiaw & his special guests. Need something to do with the family, we will have a nature walk orientated at children under 12, face painting for the kids, and more fun stuff throughout the day. We will be welcoming a group of 50+ Sierra Club Members from the U.S, and thanks to their generosity this event will be a fundraiser Sierra Club Chinook Group.

Ticket Info

Deadline to purchase Tickets is July 15th. Contact Dave Keith 403-266-3630, 403-923-3631, or dave [dot] keith [at] sierraclubchinook [dot] org to purchase your tickets today!! Read more »

Posted June 29, 2005 by russ

The Big Bow Float Will Proceed Despite Massive Flooding

Bow Riverkeeper

Jun 27th 2005 9:52pm

In the wake of so much flooding, The Big Bow Float maintains its focus on water scarcity and need for sustainable river levels.

Folks, the time has come. Tomorrow, we are commencing with our plans to run the Bow River in its entirety. The trip begins at the true headwaters of the Bow River - on the Wapta Icefield. We are ascending to St. Nicholas Peak (2970 metres) located on the Continental Divide, then running this river 657 kilometers to the confluence with the Oldman River.

And, to respond to everyone's question: No, we are NOT carrying the canoe to the Wapta Icefield. Though nifty, this would be a 900 metre vertical portage! And we're not made of muscle.

Even though our province is facing a 100-year flooding event, water scarcity is still a significant concern on the Bow River. Too often, water levels are so low that it negatively impacts the health of the river especially in the lower Bow River. Most years we're looking at a shortage of water and too much water is withdrawn from this river.

Posted June 29, 2005 by russ

RCEN E-Bulletin - June 24, 2005 Edition

English: http://www.cen-rce.org/eng/bulletins/archive/cen_wk_current.htm
Français: http://www.cen-rce.org/fre/bulletins/archive/cen_wk_current.htm

Contents

  1. Calls For Delegates
    • RCEN Caucus Meetings
  2. Call for Papers
    • EMAN 2005 National Science Meeting
  3. Action Alert
    • Great Lakes United Fundraising Campaign
  4. Announcements
    • New Paper “Ideas for a More Effective Environmental Movement in Canada” now available.
    • Twelfth Regular Session of the CEC Council .
    • Delegates selected for Smart Regulations Consultation
    • DFO Annual Report to Parliament now available.
    • New UNEP Study now available
    • GRET Report on COP-MOP/2 now available.
  5. Events
    • Canadian Environmental Network Conference 2005 and Annual General Meeting
    • Public Forum on Electricity Options, Pollution Probe
  6. Jobs
    • Research Director, CIELAP
    • Markets Campaigner, Markets Initiative
  7. Read more »

Posted June 29, 2005 by russ

Announcing New Boreal Forest Research: Crooked Lake Biophysical Survey 2000

Crooked Creek Conservancy Society of Athabasca

Introductory price of $70 (plus $10 handing) if ordered before September 1, 2005

Crooked Lake Biophysical Survey 2000
ISBN 0-9730835-0-6
330 pp.; 9 colour maps; 39 colour plates; figures; tables; references
Wiro binding
Available June 2005
Report: $90 (Postage and handling, add $10)

Make cheque or money order payable to:
Crooked Creek Conservancy Society of Athabasca
P.O. Box 2072
Athabasca Alberta Canada T9S 2B6
or contact jsherm [at] telus [dot] net

Summary and Table of Contents available online:
http://fanweb.ca/clubs/CLRptAnnounce6pg.pdf Read more »

Posted June 29, 2005 by russ

Boreal Market News, Vol. 3, Issue 6

June 20, 2005

Published by CPAWS - Edmonton Chapter (www.cpaws-edmonton.org)

1. Canadian boreal forest campaign heats up in the United States — Victoria ’s Secret targeted at annual shareholders meeting

Victoria’s Secret’s environmental negligence was spotlighted today at the annual shareholder meeting of its parent company, Limited Brands. At issue are the one million catalogs that the company mails daily on paper that comes mainly from Canadian boreal forests, rather than recycled content. Representing Alberta conservation groups active in Alberta’s Foot­hills, Rebecca Reeves spoke at the meeting. She asked the company to encourage West Fraser Timber Ltd., one of their pulp suppliers, to not log in the Bighorn Country and Little Smoky Endangered Forests of west-central Alberta and to commit to Forest Stew­ardship Council (FSC) certification for all their holdings in the Foothills.

2. JP Morgan Chase joins effort to save Endangered Forests

Rainforest Action Network today commended JP Morgan Chase on its adoption of a comprehensive environmental policy which sets new best practices for the environment in several critical areas, including Endangered Forest protection and independently certified sustainable forestry. It is the first policy of its kind in the financial sector acknowledging “No Go Zones”, a major step forward in the effort to protect ecosystems that are most valuable intact. The new policy marks another environmental milestone in the private financial sector and follows the adoption of similar policies by Citigroup and Bank of America last year. JP Morgan Chase is the first private bank to state a preference for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

3. More failing grades as governments are scored on environmental performance

In the 13th annual release of the RIO Report Card, Sierra Club of Canada handed out a set of tough marks for progress, and lack of progress, on issues from toxic chemicals and pesticides, to endangered species and climate change. The provincial governments had some star pupils, with solid performance in all subjects -- PEI, Newfoundland/Labrador and Quebec -- while New Brunswick and Nova Scotia made progress in protecting biodiversity. Meanwhile, Alberta and British Columbia are held back another year, coming in with Fs in all categories.

4. Hundreds protest Canada's forest destruction at global forest summit

Hundreds of concerned citizens and activists from across Canada and the United States rallied today outside the Global Forest and Paper Summit to demand more forest protection and a shift to ecosystem-based logging practices for all of Canada's endangered forests and endangered species habitat. Demonstrators, dressed as caribou, salmon, and bears, highlighted the discrepancy between the summit's message of sustainability and the ongoing widespread forest destruction occurring across Canada.

See below for full text articles. Past issues available at: Read more »

Posted June 20, 2005 by russ

Wild Lands Advocate June 2005

The June 2005 issue of Wild Lands Advocate is now available at www.AlbertaWilderness.ca

Inside This Issue:

  • Wild Bison Jeopardized by Commercial Interests
  • Greenpeace Cofounder Looks Back on Early Years, Ahead to Future of Conservation

Alberta Wilderness Watch

  • County Allows Wind Farms in Cypress Hills
  • Something Has to Change in the Ghost-Waiparous
  • Coal Mining on Caw Ridge: An Unwanted Legacy
  • Love Thy Neighbour
  • Abraham Glacier Wellness Resort is Dead, County land Plan Reviewed
  • Read more »

Posted June 20, 2005 by russ

Contain Your Rain Workshops - Saturdays in Edmonton

The Edmonton Rainbarrel Project will be holding...

"Contain Your Rain" Workshops on Saturdays throughout the summer.

BYOB (Bring your Own Barrel(plastic)) for $55 which includes required fittings and workshop fees or $85 and we supply the plastic barrel(45 gallons) along with required fittings and workshop fees.

During the 2 hour workshop the participant will build their own rainbarrel, as well as learn how to install it on their property.

Workshop location: John Janzen Backyard Composting Education Centre, located beside Fort Edmonton Park. Read more »

Posted June 20, 2005 by russ

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