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New government coal consultation misses the mark, failing to engage with Albertans on the issues they care most about

76% of Albertans are in favour of more protections for nature and recreation in the Eastern Slopes. 64% of those aware of the issue opposed ongoing exploration activity in the Eastern Slopes.

Yesterday’s announcement from the Government of Alberta launching the consultation process for a new Coal Policy does not address CPAWS Southern and Northern Alberta Chapters’ concerns around coal development in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. While CPAWS is happy to see that the process will be run by an independent committee, the survey released as part of the consultation is narrowly focused on regulation of coal developments.  Read more about New government coal consultation misses the mark, failing to engage with Albertans on the issues they care most about

Water NOT Coal : Solidarity Walk with Niitsitapi Water Protectors

Mar 27 2021 - 1:00pm

Join Niitsitapi Water Protectors on Saturday, March 27 for a peaceful (socially distanced) walk to protect the Eastern Slopes from open-pit coal mining!

We will begin our walk at 1pm at Reconciliation Bridge in Mohkinstsis, Treaty 7 (Calgary). Read more about Water NOT Coal : Solidarity Walk with Niitsitapi Water Protectors

Location

Reconciliation Bridge
Calgary , AB

The Government of Canada is looking for input on plastics management 

Initiative: 
A Proposed Integrated Management Approach to Plastic Products to Prevent Waste and Pollution
Deadline: 
9 Dec 2020

Plastic pollution harms human health, wildlife and ecosystems. The Government of Canada is looking for input on the discussion paper A Proposed Integrated Management Approach to Plastic Products to Prevent Waste and Pollution. The opportunity to provide input closes December 9.  Read more about The Government of Canada is looking for input on plastics management 

The Alberta Tailings Ponds II Factual Record: A Submission Under the NAFTA Environmental Side Agreement

Dec 2 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently made public the Alberta Tailings Ponds II Factual Record which resulted in widespread national media coverage and commentary. This report is the result of the CEC’s Submissions on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process, which allows individuals and organizations across North America to raise concerns about the enforcement of environmental laws by Canada, Mexico or the United States. Read more about The Alberta Tailings Ponds II Factual Record: A Submission Under the NAFTA Environmental Side Agreement

Government action holding oilsands operators to account on tailings management long overdue

Pembina Institute reacts to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation’s finding on oilsands tailings

CALGARY — Nina Lothian, director of responsible fossil fuels at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation's final report on Alberta tailings ponds, released Sept. 3, 2020, which found scientific evidence of contaminated water seeping into groundwater around oilsands tailings ponds. Read more about Government action holding oilsands operators to account on tailings management long overdue

Call for Comments: Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead

Initiative: 
Draft Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead
Deadline: 
30 Jul 2020

Draft Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead are available for public review and comment until July 30, 2020.

Scientific Criteria Document

Fact Sheet

The draft provisional guidelines revise the 1999 Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for lead for the protection of human health only. The soil quality guidelines for lead for the protection of environmental health have not been revised. Read more about Call for Comments: Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead

Call for Comments: draft ambient air quality guidelines for Total Reduced Sulphur

Initiative: 
Proposed ambient air quality guideline - Total Reduced Sulphur (TRS)
Deadline: 
15 Mar 2019

Alberta Environment and Parks has posted their draft Ambient Air Quality Guidelines for Total Reduced Sulphur (TRS).

Comments, questions or suggestions regarding the content of this ambient air quality guideline can be emailed or forwarded to:

Email: [email protected]

Address: Read more about Call for Comments: draft ambient air quality guidelines for Total Reduced Sulphur

Webinar: Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development on her Fall 2018 Report

Dec 11 2018 - 11:00am
Dec 11 2018 - 12:00pm

 December 11, 2018
1-2 pm ET
This webinar is free.
 

The 2018 reports that will be discussed include:  

  • Toxic Substances - "The government does not know how well it is meeting its goal of protecting Canadians from the risk of toxic substances"
  • Protecting Marine Mammals - "The government did little to protect marine mammals from the risk of commercial fishing and navigation until recently."
  • Sustainable Development Strategies (specifically on strategic environmental assessment) - "The government does not know how well it is meeting its goal of protecting Canadians from the risk of toxic substances"
  • Environmental Petitions (with a number of interesting case studies, e.g., Agenda 2030 and nuclear liability insurance) - "Petitioners not satisfied by ministers' answers to questions about the environment and sustainable development."

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