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Edmonton's LRT - Urgent Call to Action

Edmonton Trolley Coalition

In case you were not aware, administration is urging City Council to delay construction of South LRT south of Southgate, claiming now that the amount earned from the fuel tax rebate will not be enough to cover the entire cost of the loan needed to finance construction. City Council had previously set the completion of LRT all the way to Heritage as a priority. Administration was not asked to re-evaluate Council’s priorities.

Delaying LRT construction will, of course, only result in higher costs in the long run, as construction costs increase faster than interest rates. Council has also committed to redeveloping the Heritage site as a higher density, transit-oriented development. If LRT is delayed, the attraction and value of this development will be diminished.

Administration’s proposal is perhaps penny wise, but definitely pound foolish.

We ask you, please, to contact your city councillor and/or the Citizens Action Centre [496-8200 or cacentre [at] edmonton [dot] ca] to urge Council to follow through with the construction of South LRT all the way to Heritage in one go. Edmontonians have waited long enough. South LRT will form a vital link in the city’s transportation system that will benefit all citizens.

This issue is on the agenda for the Tuesday, May 31st Council meeting. It is important you contact your councillor or the Citizens Action Centre as soon as possible.

Thank you for your action on this issue!

Edmonton Trolley Coalition Read more »

Posted May 30, 2005 by russ

CEN e-Bulletin -- May 27, 2005

The May 27, 2005 edition of the CEN Weekly e-Bulletin is now available from the Canadian Environmental Network's website:

Posted May 27, 2005 by russ

Conservation-Net Update May 26, 2005

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Edmonton Chapter

In this Issue...

  • Take Action! - Alberta's Environmental Deficit
  • Alberta Conservation Groups urge Victoria's Secret to stop using Alberta's endangered forests for catalogues.
  • Joint initiative will take "Caribou Nation" to the Canadian public and international buyers of Canadian forest products; Alberta's draft Caribou Recovery Plan criticized
  • Environmental groups accuse Kleenex manufacturer of wiping away Canadian forests at annual meeting
  • Weyerhaeuser under increasing pressure to change
  • Add your voice - membership is important!

Posted May 27, 2005 by russ

Fireweed Friday and AGM (Fireweed Institute)

June Fireweed Friday Meeting
The One Tonne Challenge: Our Personal Contributions to Canada's Kyoto Commitment
and the Fireweed AGM

Friday, June 10, 2005, 7:00 to 9:30 pm
Robertson-Wesley United Church, Memorial Hall, 10209 123 Street

After a contentious Federal budget vote as well as the release of the Federal Government's Kyoto targets, all of us now need to play our part in reducing our greenhouse gases. Come and hear Shelley Sabo from Environment Canada's Project Green as she explains the One Tonne Challenge and describes some of the initiatives being taken locally here in Edmonton. In addition, Godo Stoyko, fascinating award-winning speaker and author as well as President of Carbon Busters, Inc will discuss the range of doable, innovative actions for individuals and workplaces that can assist in reducing greenhouse gases. One example of a larger change was his construction of a solar-powered, off-grid home that has been a 71% reduction in CO2 emissions from a standard home. Read more »

Posted May 26, 2005 by russ

Parkland Book Launch and Tour

Parkland Institute presents three events celebrating our latest book:

The Return of the Trojan Horse: Alberta and the New World (Dis)Order

Book Launch - Edmonton
Thursday, June 9th, 2005
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Edmonton Room, Stanley Milner Library

  • Public lecture panel featuring: Trevor Harrison (Editor), and two other chapter authors: Jean LaFrance and Tom Fuller
  • Question and Answer period

*Will be followed by a reception (and cash bar) with several of the authors available Read more »

Posted May 26, 2005 by russ

North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance: Community Watershed Café

Edmonton (May 26), Rocky Mountain House (May 31), Innisfree (June 9), Smoky Lake (June 23)
2:00 to 9:00 pm
Hosted by: The North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance

  • Discover the state of your watershed
  • Discuss what should be done
  • Round table discussion sessions at: 3:00pm and 7:00 pm
  • Read more »

Posted May 26, 2005 by russ

CEN e-Bulletin -- May 20, 2005

The May 20, 2005 edition of the CEN Weekly e-Bulletin is now available from the Canadian Environmental Network's website:

Posted May 20, 2005 by russ

Wild Bison Recovery Endangered

Government Fails To Add Threatened Plains Bison To Species At Risk List

Alberta Wilderness Association

New Release: May 18, 2005

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Federal Minister of the Environment, has failed to add Plains Bison to the list of species protected under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is frustrated by this decision, which will hamper recovery plans for Plains Bison in the grassland region.

"This region is part of World Wildlife Fund's Global 200 list of most threatened ecosystems," says Cliff Wallis, AWA Past-President and grassland expert. "Canada's refusal to list Plains Bison under the Species at Risk Act limits the ability to use this keystone species in recovery efforts and will also hamper recovery plans for several other species at risk."

Posted May 18, 2005 by russ

Activist Agenda -- May 17th, 2005

The May 17th Edition of Activist Agenda is now available for download (PDF, 132KB).

"Please send me any events that you think should be listed in the Activist Agenda. Please try to send me the information in the same format as I tend to us. This will make it easier for me to compile the AA.

All items to be listed in Our Voice Magazine need to be in before the middle of the preceding month – i.e. April 15th for the May issue. Thank you"

– Michael, egs [at] interbaun [dot] com

Posted May 18, 2005 by russ

Concern for Alberta’s Foothills raised at Victoria’s Secret AGM

Company asked not to buy from Endangered Forests

Bighorn Country Wildlands Coalition
Federation of Alberta Naturalists
Sierra Club of Canada

EDMONTON: Representing a local coalition and Alberta conservation groups active in Alberta’s Foot­hills, Rebecca Reeves will speak at the annual shareholders meeting of Victoria Secret’s parent com­pany, Limited Brands, in Columbus, Ohio today. She will make a statement on the urgent need for parks, restoration efforts and other legislated protected areas in the public Forest Reserves of Alberta’s most southerly extension of the Canadian Boreal, known as the Foot­hills Natural Region. She’ll ask the company to encourage West Fraser Timber Co. 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. Read more »

Posted May 16, 2005 by russ

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