Sierra Club of Canada

RePower Alberta: Building the Green Economy

May 21 2010 - 1:30am

RePower Alberta Green Jobs Presentation

On Thursday, May 20th, Greenpeace and Sierra Club Prairie are teaming up to bring a message of green jobs and a green collar economy to Fort Saskatchewan.

The Alberta tour entitled "Repower Alberta: It's time to build the green economy" will see a panel of presenters talking about the growing economic and community benefits of moving to a green economy and start laying the stepping stones for how to get there. Read more about RePower Alberta: Building the Green Economy

Location

Fort Saskatchewan Library
10011 102 Street
Fort Saskatchewan , AB

Don’t gut Environmental Assessment Law through Budget Bill, Groups say

OTTAWA— Ecojustice and Sierra Club Canada will tell the House of Commons Finance Committee today to remove sections from the budget bill (C-9) that gut Canada’s environmental assessment law. Again this year, the federal government is hiding changes to Canada’s environmental protection laws in the budget to avoid public scrutiny.

“Canada’s environmental assessment law should be publicly debated in the House of Commons Environment Committee, not weakened through quick-and-dirty amendments buried in budget bills,” said Ecojustice lawyer Stephen Hazell. “Parliament is legally required to start a comprehensive review of this law in June, and the Environment Committee should be the body to recommend any changes.” Read more about Don’t gut Environmental Assessment Law through Budget Bill, Groups say

The Politics of Art & Oil

May 14 2010 - 1:00am to 3:00am

Public Speakers Series

Oil & The Arts: Creative Responses to the Energy Economy

How do oil and art mix? How are visual artists, performance artists, and writers responding to the oil and energy economy? How are artists and curators representing, documenting, and archiving Alberta’s oil economy? What is the role of public art in contemplating the issues arising from Alberta’s oil economy? This speaker series will feature local and international artists, activists, and critics whose creative work addresses these questions and responds to the energy economy.

May 13: The Politics of Art & Oil
Imre Szeman & Maria Whiteman, University of Alberta
Sheila Muxlow, Sierra Club Read more about The Politics of Art & Oil

Location

Natural Resources Engineering Facility (NRE) 1-001
University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB

Climate Change Accountability Act passes third reading

With Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act, passing third reading in the House of Commons, AEN groups reacted to this historic event.

Matthew Bramley, Director of the Pembina Institute's Climate Change Program said:

By passing the Climate Change Accountability Act today, a majority of MPs have voted for strong, science-based action on climate change. This groundbreaking bill would set a target for Canada's 2050 emissions that lines up with our G8 commitments and with U.S. legislation, and would require the government to move immediately to put in place the policies needed to get on track towards that target.

And according to the Sierra Club's John Bennett:

The passing of the Climate Change Accountability Act is a huge victory for climate change policy in Canada. The environmental movement has supported this Bill from its inception as one of the strongest piece of climate change legislation in Canadian politics.

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Gulf Oil Spill: AEN Groups Weigh In

With the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico dominating the environmental news, AEN member groups are weighing in on the spill and the potential implications on Canada and Alberta.

The Pembina Institute's Karen Campbell posts an op-ed on the implications of the spill on Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. This pipeline is proposed to run from Edmonton to a new tanker terminal in Kitimat, B.C.; and will help bring the products of Alberta's oilsands industry to new markets.

Meanwhile, Sierra Club Canada has called for a moratorium on offshore oil drilling  in Canada.

The oil spill in the Gulf is a catastrophe,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.  “Canada should fully understand the causes of the explosion in the Gulf and the failure of the clean up before allowing any more drilling in Canadian waters. In the meantime a moratorium should be put in place.

Greenpeace Canada urges Canadians to email the Prime Minister and tell him:

…the threat of such a catastrophy [sic] in our waters is unacceptable. We must cut our addiction to oil and support renewable energy

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Sierra Club Chinook Group Meeting: Socially Responsible Investing & Campaign Updates

May 6 2010 - 1:00am


For our May Sierra Club Chinook meeting, we have two things lined up:

  1. Naheed Gilani on Socially Responsible Investing, and
  2. Sierra Club Campaign Update and new opportunities to volunteer and get involved.
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Wetlands Consensus Policy Gutted After Backroom Industry Pressure

EDMONTON - The Sierra Club Prairie has obtained a leaked copy of the most recent Alberta Wetlands Policy that shows the extent of industry influence over environmental decisions for the province. The confidential document reveals an undermining of the work of the Alberta Water council, a multi stakeholder group that has been developing the tenets of the wetlands policy. The policy, already a compromised position to get the buy-in of 25 multi-sectoral groups, was radically changed after backdoor industry pressure. Language changes in Read more about Wetlands Consensus Policy Gutted After Backroom Industry Pressure

RePower Alberta: Building the Green Energy Economy - UPDATED

Apr 23 2010 - 1:00am

Do you think you have to choose between a great job and a healthy environment for your children? You don’t have to!

Learn the facts about Alberta’s potential for a green collar economy and how we can work together to put the power back in the hands of Albertans! Read more about RePower Alberta: Building the Green Energy Economy - UPDATED

Location

Room D308
Grande Prairie Regional College
Grande Prairie , AB

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