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New federal climate plan admits minimal action on emissions

Matthew Bramley, Climate Change Director of the Pembina Institute, critiques Environment Canada's recently released annual Climate Change Plan:

Sadly, this report confirms that the Harper government is neither implementing nor planning to implement any policies to substantially reduce Canada's greenhouse gas pollution. In the face of urgent calls for action coming from the world's most authoritative scientific bodies and ambitious policies in some of Canada's peer countries, this shows an astonishing failure to grasp what's at stake.

Posted June 3, 2010 by AEN

Bill C-311 the Climate Change Accountability Act: action or aspiration?

The Environmental Law Centre's Laura Bowman writes that the Climate Change Accountability Act suffers from some of the same "problematic legal issues" that led to the failure of the earlier Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act. In the case of Friends of the Earth v. Canada, (2008 FC 1183, (T.D.) appeal dismissed 2009 FCA 297) a Federal Court found that the earlier act, unenforceable and, in Bowman's words, "too general in nature to have the true force of law". Bowman argues that:

Parliamentarians and activists need to be bolder in addressing climate change, by putting forward specific measures instead of emission targets without any means of achieving them.

And that:

Bill C-311, riding on a wave of political apathy, represents a failure to take risks on real measures.  Targets are the ends, but legislators need to be prepared to provide the means, and soon.

 

Posted June 3, 2010 by AEN

Harper plays wallflower on climate

The Pembina Institute's Clare Demerse writes about the Harper government's goal to "harmonize" our climate policy with that of the United States; and compares Canada's climate policy to a character from a romantic comedy — "the girl so afraid of being alone that she'll settle for anyone." Read more »

Posted June 1, 2010 by AEN

Environmental Law Centre speaks about Bill C-9

Environmental Law Centre Executive Director Cindy Chiasson appeared on CBC Radio's The Current to talk about the significant changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act that are buried in the federal government's omnibus budget bill, Bill C-9.

Listen to the interview on the CBC website.

Posted May 26, 2010 by russ

Aboriginal Peoples and the Future of Water Management in Alberta

Jun 10 2010 - 9:00am - Jun 11 2010 - 4:30pm

This public legal education conference is designed to take a look at asserted Aboriginal and treaty rights/responsibilities in relation to water and to discuss how these rights may fit into the current statutory regime in Alberta. The objective is to enhance the capacity of all parties to participate meaningfully in the ongoing review of the water management and allocation system. Various experts will be invited to present their views on Aboriginal perspectives on water, the existence and scope of Aboriginal rights to water, ways in which these rights currently are and could be accommodated in the regulatory regime pertaining to water, the issue of safe drinking water on reserve, and transboundary water issues.

Visit the CIRL website for program and registration information

Location

Grant MacEwan University, Robbins Health Learning Centre
10910 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Posted May 18, 2010 by AEN

Local Leadership on Renewable Energy

May 28 2010 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Register here by May 21 to guarantee a spot 

What

On May 28, we will bring together some of the individuals and groups who are working to ensure a green energy future becomes a reality in Alberta.

Discussion and dialogue will be the format, building upon the overwhelming information from the March 12 video conference: Local Energy, Environment and Community Action.

We will choose 2 or 3 of the following topics as guides for the afternoon (you vote for the topics when you register [external link]):

  • Green Energy Act for Alberta
  • Engaging municipalities on green energy
  • Community-scale green energy
  • Green energy and the October municipal elections
  • Structural shifts required to expand green energy
  • Strengthening the network working on green energy
  • Read more »

Posted May 17, 2010 by AEN

Wild About Wilderness Gala

Jun 3 2010 - 6:30pm

Wild About 
Wilderness

An evening with AWA board and staff.

Please join us for an evening reception at the Royal Glenora Club with guest speaker Richard Secord:

Green Law - Legal Precedents for Environmental Protection.

Richard’s lecture will address the key environmentally significant cases decided in Alberta in the last 20 years. Read more »

Location

Royal Glenora Club
11160 River Valley Road
Edmonton, AB

Posted May 14, 2010 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Kerry-Lieberman climate bill

12 May 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Danielle Droitsch, Director of U.S. Policy for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today's unveiling of theAmerican Power Act by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman:

"With today's announcement of the Kerry-Lieberman bill, the national political leadership in the U.S. continues to advance serious and detailed proposals to cut greenhouse gas pollution, meet emission targets and create thousands of new clean energy jobs.

"This makes an unfortunate contrast to Stephen Harper's government, which continues to talk about targets without having produced any plan to meet them. Instead, Canada's government has adopted a 'wait for the Americans' approach.  Read more »

Posted May 12, 2010 by Anonymous

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