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Calgary pesticides campaign update and action alert

Coalition for a Healthy Calgary

Calgary’s Utilities and Environment Committee will hear a report on June 25 from the city’s Environmental Advisory Committee on the merit of phasing out cosmetic pesticide use in Calgary. They will also hear a report from The City's Environmental Management and Safety Dept. on the implementation of a phase out of cosmetic pesticides and a draft by-law. This will be the public’s chance to speak up in support of a ban at City Hall. Each member of the public is allowed five minutes to talk at the committee meeting.

In the lead-up to June 25th it is very important that people contact their alderman to let them know you support a by-law in Calgary, either by phoning, writing a letter, or emailing them. The Coalition for a Healthy Calgary also has postcards available through Sierra Club that are ready for people to sign and mail in. The Canadian Cancer Society recently did a poll which showed 87% of Albertans support a pesticide by-law. This corresponds to the poll The Sierra Club commissioned in 2006 by Oracle Poll Research, which showed 86% of Calgarians support a phase out of pesticides and a pesticide by-law. Read more »

Posted May 29, 2008 by Anonymous

Sierra Club Chinook Group Monthly Meeting: Wild Alberta at the Crossroads

Jun 4 2008 - 8:00pm

Sierra Club of Canada — Chinook Group

Marian and Robin White, Author/Photographers of the new book Wild Alberta at the Crossroads will present a slide show about Alberta’s cherished wilderness. Read more »

Posted May 29, 2008 by Anonymous

Climate Solutions, Cool Cities and The Dream Reborn

May 27 2008 - 8:00pm

Sierra Club of Canada Presents

Climate Solutions, Cool Cities and The Dream Reborn

Presented by Stephen Hazell and Lindsay Telfer

Please join us for an evening of lively and empowering discussion of Climate Solutions and Clean Energy for a Just Alberta! As oil prices continue to soar, how can we as a community and a province produce the energy we require while being respectful to the land and people? Read more »

Posted May 26, 2008 by Anonymous

Action Alert: Call Minister Mel Knight on his Biased Nuclear Panel — Demand Action Now!

Sierra Club of Canada — Prairie Chapter

What began as concern early last week over the Alberta government's close ties to the nuclear industry, with nuclear giant Bruce Power hiring former Conservative campaign manager Randy Dawson, ended in yet a stonger confirmation of their pro-nuclear stance with the recent formation of Energy Minister Mel Knight's Nuclear Panel. Drawing widespread opposition for its obvious nuclear bias, the current panel has 4 members — all of whose expertise is primarily in business and energy economics and policy. One panelist, John Luxat, used to be the president of the Canadian Nuclear Society, a pro-nuclear lobby group. The nuclear panel of "experts" lacks environmental and health experts and is proof that Stelmach’s government is biased regarding the issue of Nuclear Energy. Opposition to the panel is building, and concern about the health, safety, social, economic, and environmental impacts related to nuclear energy are growing! Read more »

Posted May 2, 2008 by Anonymous

Action Alert: Have your say on Plan It Calgary

Sierra Club of Canada — Chinook Group

Now is your chance to tell City Hall what its priorities should be for planning Calgary's growth this century.

On Wednesday, April 16, the City of Calgary's Standing Policy Committee on Land Use, Planning and Transportation will discuss the results of the Plan It Calgary process, and come up with recommendations for how the city should proceed with a long-term growth strategy. Read more »

Posted April 14, 2008 by Anonymous

Join federal party leaders - sign the KYOTOplus pledge

Sierra Club of Canada

April 2, 2008

Hi! Moments ago, opposition party leaders Stéphane Dion, Gilles Duceppe and Jack Layton signed a historic pledge to fight climate change. The KYOTOplus pledge is part of a national global warming petition campaign launched today on Parliament Hill by Sierra Club Canada and a broad collective of environmental and public interest organizations. The Prime Minister and Environment Minister John Baird were also invited to sign the pledge, but declined.

I am giving you the inside scoop so that you can be among the first to sign the KYOTOplus citizens petition. I am especially encouraging you to use the Send-to-a-friend feature to jump start the momentum on this petition today. Please go to: Read more »

Posted April 4, 2008 by Anonymous

Environmentalists win landmark Tar Sands lawsuit

Court finds gaping holes in environmental assessment

Edmonton March 05, 2008

The Federal Court of Canada today released a judgment finding fatal legal errors in the environmental assessment of the Kearl Tar Sands Project, north of Fort McMurray.

Ecojustice lawyer Sean Nixon was in court in January on behalf of the Pembina Institute, Sierra Club of Canada, the Toxics Watch Society of Alberta and the Prairie Acid Rain Coalition .

“This is a huge victory,” said Nixon. “The Court accepted our position that the environmental assessment was flawed, and that the Joint Panel failed to explain why it thought the Kearl Project’s environmental effects were insignificant. We will now consider whether to bring another lawsuit to challenge the project’s federal permit that was granted without legal authority.” Read more »

Posted March 5, 2008 by Anonymous

Election Day of Action: Call Premier Stelmach and your candidates - Keep Alberta Nuclear-Free

Sierra Club of Canada — Prairie Chapter

On Friday Febuary 29th, the Sierra Club, along with citizens and groups from across Alberta, will be mobilizing a mass call-in day to candidates and party leaders to let them know that its time to stand up for the environment and future generations, and that Albertans want to Keep Alberta Nuclear Free!

Join with us, participate and spread the word to your groups and listserves. Read more »

Posted February 29, 2008 by Anonymous

Election Day of Action: Call Stelmach and your candidates — No New Approvals for the Tar Sands!

Sierra Club of Canada — Prairie Chapter

On Friday, February 22nd, and Monday, February 25th, Albertans province-wide will be united in spreading word on their expectations for political action in addressing the impacts of the out-of-control pace of development!

Join with us, participate and spread the word to your groups and listserves. Read more »

Posted February 21, 2008 by Anonymous

Time for parks & protected areas as an election issue

Press Release - Feb. 11, 2007
Sierra Club of Canada

Calgary - The Speech from the Throne acknowledged that Albertans are worried about the province's natural environment, so it's highly likely that the Sierra Club of Canada (SCC) is not alone in saying it's about time that the need for new protected areas and parks has been raised by the parties in the election; the most recent announcement being today's by the Progressive Conservatives. Read more »

Posted February 19, 2008 by Anonymous

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