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Our Water Is Not For Sale Network Responds to Alberta Irrigation Districts' Declaration

Legislations not declarations needed to ensure water is protected for ecosystems, human needs, treaty rights and future generations

23 Mar 2011

Yesterday, Alberta's Irrigation Districts released a declaration, available online.

In response, Director of the Sierra Club Prairie Sheila Muxlow on behalf of the steering committee of the Our Water Is Not For Sale Network made the following comment:  Read more »

Posted March 24, 2011 by AEN

White Water, Black Gold — Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Mar 24 2011 - 7:00pm

"White Water, Black Gold" trailer from David Lavallee on Vimeo.

White Water, Black Gold, is a documentary feature film that follows hiking guide David Lavallee on his journey across Western Canadian Watersheds in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry. This is a journey of jarring contrasts, from icefields to oilfields. Read more »

Location

Garneau Theatre
8712 109 Street
Edmonton, AB

Posted March 21, 2011 by AEN

As Long As the Rivers Flow: Water Justice & Indigenous Sovereignty

Mar 23 2011 - 7:00pm

A panel featuring Cree Elder Lillian Shirt, Indigenous rights lawyer Clayton Leonard and Indigenous activist and Greenpeace campaigner Melina Massimo-Laboucan.

Many are surprised to learn that within Canada are people who the Public Health Agency of Canada say live in “third world conditions”; in fact, many Indigenous communities on Turtle Island live without access to one of the most basic needs: clean water.

Come to learn about what made this the reality in Canada, and what is being and can be done in the fight for water justice. Read more »

Location

Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC) Room 1-007
University of Alberta (East of 116 St between 91 and 92 Avenues)
Edmonton, AB

Posted March 21, 2011 by AEN

Groups call for immediate removal of Bruce Carson from Alberta panel

18 Mar 2011

18 March 20111 (Edmonton) — Following the launch of an RCMP investigation into Stephen Harper’s former senior policy advisor Bruce Carson, Alberta environmental and Indigenous groups are calling for the immediate and permanent removal of Carson from the provincial tar sands water monitoring panel. Read more »

Posted March 21, 2011 by AEN

Poll finds huge support for legislating Castle Special Place as Wildland Park & major opposition to logging it

14 Mar 2011

(Lethbridge) Lethbridge and Coaldale residents overwhelmingly oppose logging and support establishment of a Wildland Park in the Castle Special Management Area west of Pincher Creek, according to a recent survey conducted by the Lethbridge College Citizen Society Research Lab.

More than 85 per cent of those surveyed February 12 and 13 oppose the logging plan approved by provincial Sustainable Resource Development last year. Spray Lakes Sawmills of Cochrane plans to clear-cut the area between the Beaver Mines Lake, Lynx Creek and Castle Falls Provincial Recreation Areas and campgrounds starting in June. The logging is technically called block-cut logging. Read more »

Posted March 14, 2011 by russ

Press Screening: Edmontonian Film Maker David Lavallee to Unveil Film ‘White Water, Black Gold’

6 Mar 2011

(Edmonton) “White Water, Black Gold” follows Edmontonian David Lavallee on his three year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the tar sands.  For the past 15 years David has worked as a hiking guide in the Columbia Icefields. Read more »

Posted March 14, 2011 by russ

New findings prompt call that Alberta Government make good on having failed the Castle Special Place

9 Mar 2011

Calgary:  The tools the Alberta Government has used since 1998 to protect the Castle Special Place in the southwest corner of Alberta – a Forest Land Use Zone, the Castle Access Management Plan and “special management” – are now documented in a new study by Global Forest Watch Canada as an utter failure observes the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition, Sierra Club Canada and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Southern Alberta Chapter.  Global Forest Watch Canada’s study was released today, complete with photographs on the accumulated density of linear disturbances (roads, seismic lines, truck trails, etc.) that are de facto open to motorized use in the Castle.  It provides one more reason why commercial logging should not go ahead there and gives the scientific evidence for what outdoor enthusiasts and conservation groups alike have been pointing to for years – that the Castle is being degraded and it isn’t managed in a sustainable manner.   Read more »

Posted March 9, 2011 by AEN

Edmonton Water Week

Mar 21 2011 (All day) - Mar 26 2011 (All day)

Check the Edmonton Water Week website for a full slate of events

Edmonton Water Week is a full week of events to mark World Water Day, which falls annually on March 22, following a United Nations initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. Read more »

Location

various locations Edmonton, AB

Posted March 9, 2011 by AEN

Workshop - More Parks Now, Not Bill 29

Mar 2 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Tourism, Parks & Recreation Minister is still determined to get Bill 29 passed. She will be undertaking some form of outreach or consultation on Bill 29 during this summer (see notes for form-letter MLAs are sending in reply to letters from citizens). Lets continue to work together to set the agenda in favour of more parks and their legislative protection before summer.

Workshop

If you cannot come or weren't at the prior workshops, please contact Kristin or Dianne (info at end), so you receive the earlier information. Read more »

Location

Calgary Area Outdoor Council, 2nd Floor
1111 Memorial Drive NW
Calgary, AB

Posted March 1, 2011 by AEN

Alberta's Environment and Economy in the Global Spotlight

Mar 13 2011 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Speaker: Sheila Muxlow, Director, Sierra Club Prairie

Invited: Representatives of the Alberta Liberals, Alberta NDP, Alberta Party & Vision 2012 (new Greens)

Where are we now?

What would be different with a progressive government?

What would and could the progressive parties do in government that is different from the Conservatives and Wildrose Alliance?

  • Update on DRP's ChangeAlberta.ca strategy
  • Social hour with live music - fiddle/violin & guitar
  • Beverages and Raffle Prize viewing at 1:15

Co-sponsored by the Alberta Democratic Renewal Project and Sierra Club Prairie

RSVP to Ann at happening [at] drproject [dot] ca

Location

Riverdale Community Hall
9231 100 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted March 1, 2011 by AEN

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