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Woodland Caribou herds declining toward extinction in Alberta

Provincial recovery plan for caribou authorizes more logging, and oil and gas development in Alberta’s foothills caribou forests

Rural and provincial conservation groups today distributed copies of a new provincial government recovery plan for Alberta’s endangered woodland caribou. The ‘Action Plan for West-Central Alberta Caribou Recovery’ authorizes ongoing logging and oil and gas development in the caribou home ranges north of Hinton and Grande Cache. The groups also displayed more than two dozen Alberta government and science reports, consultations and recovery plans for caribou released since the late 1970’s, showing industrial impacts on forests and wildlife as the root cause of caribou decline.

The groups highlighted the fact that the government did not act on the previous plans written since the 1970’s, while at the same time Alberta’s caribou population has declined by almost two-thirds, from a high of an estimated population of 7,000 - 9,000 in the 1960’s to an estimated 3,000 today. Last year, a Canada-wide scientific review found that Alberta’s herds of woodland caribou were the most in danger of extinction among all provinces. Logging and oil and gas allocations increased rapidly during the 1980’s and 1990’s and now blanket Alberta forests. Read More

Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Canada Not Implementing Numerous Legal Obligations That Protect Fresh Water in Oil Sands

Ottawa and Calgary — The federal government is failing to enforce and implement numerous laws that are in place to protect the water — in many cases the drinking water — for tens of thousands of Canadians who live near oil sands operations. According to a new report released today, this failure affects people who live in Fort Chipewyan, Fort Smith, Fort MacKay and also in Yellowknife. Read More

Green Economy Community Dialogue

Nov 13 2009 - 1:30am to 4:00am

Come and join with the for an important Community Dialogue on Green Economic development in Alberta. With guest speakers Satya Das, author of the recent Alberta best-seller "Green Oil" and Ricardo Acuna, Executive Director of the Parkland Institute. What does it mean to move towards a green economy in Alberta? What are the challenges and what do we need to do to get there? Come explore with us as we we seek community solutions to some of these important questions. Read More


TELUS Center Atrium
University of Alberta (87 Avenue & 111 Street)
Edmonton , AB

Sierra Club Chinook Group Meeting: Updates from two Calgary campaigns: Coalition for a Healthy Calgary & CivicCamp

Nov 5 2009 - 2:00am

We will hear from two local organizations that have been busy lobbying city hall and making headlines on two issues: pesticides and the growth of our city.  We will hear from Coalition for a Healthy Calgary (CHC) on the recent happenings of Calgary’s first Pesticide Bylaw, and what we can do to support it, and we will also be hearing from members of CivicCamp, who will be talking about their work around The Calgary Plan-IT and their recent CivicCamp 2.0 workshop. Read More


Calgary Area Outdoor Council
1111 Memorial Drive NW
Calgary , AB

Sierra Club Chinook Group Meeting: Climate Change & the lead up to Copenhagen

Oct 8 2009 - 1:00am

Panel Discussion on Climate Change and the Lead up to the Copenhagen Discussions this fall.

For our October meeting, we have another Panel Discussion, this one on Climate Change and the lead up to Copenhagen 2009 (COP 15), the United Nations Climate Conference, in December. For this discussion we will be joined by three of Calgary’s leaders in the climate discussion: Read More


Calgary Area Outdoor Council
1111 Memorial Drive NW
Calgary , AB

H2Oil Interactive Panel

Oct 2 2009 - 12:30am

This year the Edmonton Film Fest will be featuring the film H2Oil. It is a film that asks: What is more important, water or oil? Will the quest for profit overshadow efforts to protect public health and the environment in Canada's richest province? 

In addition many local organizations will be co-hosting an interactive panel with the director Shannon Walsh,  George Poitras of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, Eriel Deranger of the Rainforest Action Network, MacDonald Stainsby of Oil Sands Truth and Heather Milton Lightning of the Indigenous Environmental Network. Read More


Telus Centre Room 150
University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB

Alberta government urged to stand fast on grizzly hunt suspension

Alberta environmentalists (including Alberta Wilderness Associatiion, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Sierra Club Canada and UTSB Research) are hoping that the Alberta government will resist concerted lobbying efforts to introduce a spring grizzly bear hunt. Rather the government should heed the advice of its own scientists, who have consistently emphasized that such a hunt would not be sustainable. Read More

SC Chinook Group Meeting: Regional Municipal Sustainability Initiatives

Sep 10 2009 - 1:00am

After our regular summer meeting hiatus, and a number of great summer events and outings, Sierra Club Chinook Group is back this fall with another exciting meeting line-up.  NOTE: September's meeting has been bumped to Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7 pm (1 week later than normal) due to a late Labour Day holiday this year. Read More


Calgary Area Outdoor Council
1111 Memorial Drive NW
Calgary , AB

'Ride the Road' Tour

Aug 23 2009 - 6:00pm

To The Streets on August 23!

Ever wonder what it would be like to ride your bike on the streets of
Calgary without fearing for your safety from vehicle traffic? For the
first time ever, the streets of Calgary will come alive with the hum of
bicycle wheels on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 23 as all cyclists are
invited to take part in a leisurely (or fast-paced) on-street,
closed-road ride through the inner city to raise awareness about the
advantages of pedal powered transportation. Read More


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