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Cheviot Coal Mine Case Goes Back to Court

Conservation groups challenge federal approval of mine near Jasper

Sierra Club of CanadaSierra Legal Defence FundNature CanadaPembina InstituteJasper Environmental AssociationAlberta Wilderness Association

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June 13, 2005

Ottawa: Five environmental organizations represented by Sierra Legal Defence Fund will be in Federal Court in Edmonton tomorrow challenging the federal approval of the controversial Cheviot coal mine located adjacent to Jasper National Park. The groups will be asking the court to order the federal government to undertake an assessment of the significantly modified mine project in accordance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. They are also asking that the authorization for the first part of the mine, the Cheviot Creek Development, be struck down because, contrary to the Migratory Birds Convention Act, it allows the permanent burying of streams that are important migratory bird habitat. Read more »

Posted June 14, 2005 by russ

Calgary Architecture and Design Week (CA+D week)

Theme: "Eco-Urban Planning and Design"

June 24 to July 1, 2005

Find out about the many lectures, forums, tours and other events at

Contact: Janet Woolgar, Events Coordinator, artzaic [at] yahoo [dot] ca (403)650-5609

Calgary Architecture and Design Week (CA+D week) is an exciting opportunity for designers, educators, thinkers and the public to discuss, celebrate and promote the good design of our city on every level.

Calgary is the path to becoming a centre of excellence in city design that successfully integrates our natural environment with our human nature. This is "eco-urban planning and design" - the theme of CA+D week 2005. Our city is well situated to provide leadership in this area, and Calgary Architecture and Design Week is a forum to promote this aspiration. Read more »

Posted June 13, 2005 by russ

Make Your Concerns Known at Foothills Oil and Gas Open House

Alberta Wilderness Association

Friday June 10, 2005

Open House On Oil And Gas Development In Livingstone-Porcupine

Compton Petroleum is looking to develop its natural gas fields in the Livingstone - Porcupine area, southwest of High River, Alberta. As the initial part of its development, up to 26 exploratory gas wells are planned in the area.

AWA has a long-standing interest in the spectacular foothills of the Livingstone-Porcupine area and local residents and ranchers have expressed serious concerns with these developments. It is also an important recreation area for people from Calgary and southwestern Alberta.

Compton Petroleum is holding an Open House on Friday June 10 to discuss their plans, and this will be an excellent opportunity to find out more and share your concerns.

WHAT? Compton Petroleum Open House
WHEN? Friday June 10, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
WHERE? MD of Ranchland Municipal Office, Chain Lakes Provincial Park (west of Hwy 22, 39 km south of Longview) Read more »

Posted June 9, 2005 by russ

Sierra Club of Canada and Edmonton Transit System Launch Steer Clear…Go Your Own Way program

Sierra Club of Canada - Prairie Chapter
Edmonton Transit System

June 6, 2005

For immediate release

Edmonton - Through a multifaceted social marketing based campaign Sierra Club of Canada and Edmonton Transit System will launch the second phase of Steer Clear Go Your Own Way during National Environment Week (June 6 – 10th, 2005). Funded by Environment Canada’s EcoAction Funding program, Steer Clear is a campaign that will focus on assisting Government of Alberta employees within Alberta Environment and Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation on their way to environmentally friendly commuting. Read more »

Posted June 9, 2005 by russ

Bow Riverkeeper News - Big Bow Float Update

Bow Riverkeeper

June 5, 2005


  1. We're only three weeks away from beginning our Big Bow Float!
  2. Why Float the Bow?
  3. About our post-trip outreach and education campaign: Invite Us to Your Community
  4. Thanks to our sponsors!!
  5. Please support our outreach and education efforts.
  6. Read more »

Posted June 9, 2005 by russ

Activists Block Global Forest and Paper Summit: Activist's life hanged in balance

Environmental Direct Action Network

Westin Bayshore Resort and Marina (west Georgia and Cardero)

Vancouver, BC - While 60 corporate CEO's and over 400 executives from some of the world's largest logging companies meet behind closed doors to divide up the worlds last remaining forests and plot to increase consumption activists will give their own message outside the meeting of the Global Forest and Paper Summit. Members of the newly formed Vancouver Environmental Direct Action Network (VEDAN), a international coalition of members of the Pagan Cluster, the Environmental Direct Action Network, and others, set up a structure and suspended a woman over 35 feet in the air in an attempt to send delegates a very clear message. Read more »

Posted June 9, 2005 by russ

Well-known conservationist Andy Russell dies

CBC Radio, June 2

We will certainly miss him -- our wilderness elder.

He provided key seed-funding early on to kick-start offices and staffing for the Alberta conservation groups and had a profound impact on my career working for wilderness and wildlife. In 1978 or was it '79, he presented his Grizzly Country program at the Jubilee Auditorim in Calgary (posters on other info is/was on file at the AWA), with all proceeds going to the Alberta Wilderness Assoc and if I recall correctly, the other main conservation groups (National & Provincial Parks Assoc., now CPAWS and Sierra Club of Canada - Alberta Group, and Federation of Alberta Naturalists), or at least there was an agreement that together there would be money for a full-time staff position. The groups, along with the Great Divide Trail Assoc. jointly set up the Office of Environmental Coordinator, a part-time position answering to all five groups (and collaborating with the Fish & Game Assoc.), and the AWA set up their part-time Executive Director position. I was the one hired in Dec. 1979 to fill both. At the time there were only two non-government conservation staff positions in Alberta, Almer Kerr working part-time for the Fish & Game Assoc. and this new one -- thanks to Andy. The AWA annual budget when I took office was $10,000, and we were off and never looked back.


Dianne Pachal, Sierra Club of Canada Read more »

Posted June 9, 2005 by russ

CEN e-Bulletin -- June 3, 2005

The June 3, 2005 Issue of the CEN Weekly eBulletin is now available on the CEN website.


  1. Calls For Delegates
    • RCEN Caucus Meetings
    • Smart Regulation, Government Directive on Regulating
  2. Resources
    • First on-line worldwide register of GM contamination incidents
    • NOAMI Publication now available
  3. Events
    • The 1st International Eat In, Act Out Week!
    • Canadian National Advisory Committee Public Session
  4. Jobs
    • Education Coordinator, Falls Brook Centre
    • Public Outreach Assistant, CONE
    • Executive Director, CONE
  5. Read more »

Posted June 9, 2005 by russ

Ecoliving Tour - Calgary

The EcoLiving Tour - modeled after the Eco-Solar Tours in Edmonton - was created in 2002 to showcase practical solutions adopted by creative citizens in order to save money with their energy costs and to reduce their reliance on the Earth’s precious resources. Hop on the EcoLiving bus and be transported to various venues in the Calgary area, guided by a knowledgeable facilitator. A host will greet you at each location to show the technology in use and will answer your questions. You might see: alternative energy sources such as solar, geothermal or wind; green building technologies; water saving devices; water wise gardens; and other useful ideas to help you make positive changes to your homes and businesses. You will see these unique technologies in a working setting and witness how the investment is paid off for the owner.

The Tour is a great opportunity to address your questions and concerns - and perhaps produce new ideas. The EcoLiving Tour’s objective is to demonstrate that innovative energy saving and environmental friendly technologies are accessible to everyone, including you! Brought to you by Sustainable Calgary.

Posted June 8, 2005 by russ

Activist Agenda - June 1, 2005 Edition

The June edition of Activist Agenda is now available for download (99 KB, pdf).

Posted June 2, 2005 by russ

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