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2010-11-22  |  John Bennett

Last week the CBC reported that polar bears near Churchill, Manitoba are going hungry because Hudson Bay is over a month late freezing over this year. The bears hunt at the edge of the ice; the climate is changing. Think of polar bears as giant canaries - the miners’ early warning system.

Also last week, Conservative senators used a surprise dirty trick to defeat the Climate Change Accountability Act – a private members bill twice passed by elected MPs. The bill would have required the government to base its emission reduction plan on science.

Why can't we get action on climate change?  In every poll done over the last five years, an overwhelming majority of Canadians are in support of climate action. In the last election, 68% of voters voted for parties with plans to take significant steps to address this issue. The last pollster even told me we have the best numbers she’s ever seen for a public issue.


2010-11-16  |  Bryn M
Update from Sam Gunsch... Bill 29 – Alberta Parks Act (written Tuesday morning 16 Nov.)
1.  Debate on the  Alberta Parks Act has been re-scheduled to begin Wednesday  November 17.
Note: Some debate will be during Wednesday afternoon question period, but most will be in the evening session.
2.   Ideally, visitors to the public galleries during afternoon Question Period are urged to contact their MLA to reserve a seat, and if you wish have them introduce you as an Albertan concerned about the Parks Act.
Plan to check in with security as early as 1:00 pm for the session start shortly after 1:30 pm.  You may get a seat without booking ahead but the afternoon Question Period is often fully booked in advance for busloads of visitors.  You may be able to get in around 2:00
2010-11-15  |  Malaika Aleba

An interview with Michelle, a teacher and government employee in Edmonton, Alberta.


When was a time you felt a strong connection to the environment? Tell me about it. 


This summer I went camping with my son and our dogs, Lucky and Eva. We went to Whitney Lakes, a  remote campground in north-western Alberta, by the Saskatchewan border. Right when we drove into the campground, we saw what looked like our dog Lucky, but then we realised it was a bear! So you can see how our camping trip was exciting right from the start! Eventually, after the bear had left, we got around to setting up the tent, and it started to rain. Rain is an understatement. The sky tore open and it poured! Within one hour we had experienced two tremendous forces of nature, both of them kinda scary.

The rain slowed down. We didn’t want to eat by the tent for fear of attracting Force of Nature #1, so...

2010-10-27  |  Bryn M

A blog by Jennifer Grant, The Pembina Institute

27 October 2010

Did freezing rain cause the ducks to make an emergency landing? Were the deterrents to discourage them from landing on the tailings lakes malfunctioning? Why did the ducks land on not one, not two, but three different toxic lakes? As journalists work to unravel the story of the latest dead ducks incident in the oilsands, one thing becomes increasingly clear: the risks posed by 170 square kilometres of toxic lakes are unmanageable.

In a strange instance of irony and gloomy happenstance, this latest incident happened mere days after Syncrude was handed a fine of $3 million for the death of 1,600 ducks on one of its tailings lakes in April 2008. Dishing out the fine as a creative sentence, federal and provincial government representatives patted themselves on the backs for enforcing their own laws. But the reality is that the latest rules to reduce toxic tailings are not even being enforced...

2010-10-21  |  Dustin Johnson

The Enbridge Gateway Pipeline project is the leading and largest Alberta Tar Sands twin pipeline proposed for expansion to the B.C. northwest coast. There are currently 5 pipelines, new and expansions, proposed across Northern B.C. potentially transporting up to a gradual increase of a 700,000 barrels of oil per day. The Enbridge Gateway Pipeline project in particular will travel across approximately 1,000 pristine streams, rivers, lakes, and natural wild salmon spawning grounds, a total one-way distance of 1,170 kilometers. The diversity and sensitivity of the wildlife is far more important then transporting heavy toxic crude and volatile condensate across the region. In addition to the shortcomings of this overall project, there are a very limited number of sustainable jobs available to local people who live in the region.

The current projects being proposed are:
    * Enbridge Gateway Project (2 pipelines, one condensate and one tar...

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