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Election Candidates Polled on Transit Issues

EDMONTON - During recent civic elections, the investment in and improvement of public transit in Edmonton has featured prominently among the issues that voters feel are important.

As we have done in previous elections, Citizens for Better Transit, a local non-profit transit advocacy organization, has again polled candidates running for Edmonton City Council on October 18th regarding their views on current public transit issues in our city. Read more about Election Candidates Polled on Transit Issues

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Sierra Club calls for TOTAL rejection of Tar Sands Joslyn Mine

EDMONTON — The Joint Review Panel should not approve TOTAL’s Joslyn North tar sands mine, said Sierra Club Prairie, in its final submissions today at the ongoing hearings. After days of expert testimony and cross-examination, Total’s proponents were unable to deny the negative environmental impacts of their new mine proposal. The evidence presented by NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen pertaining to climate change impacts, Petr Cizek pertaining to the gaps in accounting for cumulative negative effects, and Dr. Bill Donahue regarding water contamination were particularly condemning. Read more about Sierra Club calls for TOTAL rejection of Tar Sands Joslyn Mine

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Green groups create huge visual to give Albertans a look at tailings cost of Total approval

Edmonton — The steps of the Provincial legislature were transformed today in an attempt to give Albertans an idea of the amount of tailings, French tar sands giant Total, will create in Alberta if Total’s new mine site is approved. Representative from Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club Prairie set-up 60, 200 litre rain barrels which is what Total will dump into Alberta’s eco-system every 30 seconds with this project. Read more about Green groups create huge visual to give Albertans a look at tailings cost of Total approval

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Environmental groups oppose Total Joslyn North mine

World-renowned climate expert Dr. James Hansen to address panel

EDMONTON, AB — Environmental groups are challenging a new oilsands project application that threatens wildlife habitat, is rife with errors and could leave Canadians facing roughly $3 billion in liability.

The Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, represented by Ecojustice, opposes the approval of Total E&P Canada's Joslyn North Mine and is arguing for a full assessment of the project's cumulative impacts on wildlife, fish and northern forests, as required by law. Read more about Environmental groups oppose Total Joslyn North mine

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World-renowned climate expert Dr. James Hansen to address Total oilsands review panel

EDMONTON, AB— Dr. James Hansen, award-winning climate scientist, will appear at the hearings into Total E&P Canada’s Joslyn North (oilsands) Mine on Tuesday in Sherwood Park, Alta.

Dr. Hansen will speak on the consequences of Joslyn North’s contribution of global warming emissions. The project will significantly increase Alberta and Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Read more about World-renowned climate expert Dr. James Hansen to address Total oilsands review panel

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COMMENT: Sierra Club Prairie on Fed Gov't Scientific Panel

Action Required Until Effects Understood

Sheila Muxlow, Director with the Sierra Club Prairie, had to the following to say about the Federal Government appointment of a scientific panel to study the effects of tar sands.

"Although the appointment of this panel is a quiet admission by the federal government that tar sands are adversly affecting Northern Alberta,  it does not go far enough to ensure there will be no further damage. If the government seriously wishes to address the environmental and health concerns of local people on a comprehensive scale, they would call for an immediate moratorium on all new approvals and construction until the effects of existing projects are clearly understood and the harm mitigated. In the immediate, this means saying no to the Total application for the Joslyn North Mine Project open pit mine."

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Wednesday James Cameron has his chance to speak to Government, Today, public in Edmonton has theirs: LAR Public Consultations

GoA invites public input on future of Lower Athabasca

Edmonton, AB:  Today, Tuesday, September 28, the Government of Alberta is holding, as part of the month long public consultation process throughout Alberta, a Public Consultation in Edmonton to and inviting citizens to express their views on the recommendations for the new Lower Athabasca Regional Plan.  CPAWS will be there, with a lot to say. (Link to recommendations: http://landuse.alberta.ca/RegionalPlans/LowerAthabasca/documents/LARP-Vi...) Read more about Wednesday James Cameron has his chance to speak to Government, Today, public in Edmonton has theirs: LAR Public Consultations

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Pembina Reacts: NDP report highlights growing evidence of oilsands impacts on Canada’s freshwater

CALGARY, AB — Simon Dyer, oilsands program director for the Pembina Institute, responded to today's release of the NDP minority report on the findings of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development's study of the impact of oilsands development on Canada's freshwater. Read more about Pembina Reacts: NDP report highlights growing evidence of oilsands impacts on Canada’s freshwater

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Pembina Reacts: Suncor achieves solid surface on Tailings Pond 1

CALGARY, AB — Marlo Raynolds, executive director of the Pembina Institute, responded to today's announcement that Suncor has achieved a solid surface for its "Pond 1" tailings pond.

"We need to see very serious improvement in the environmental management of tailings. Suncor's announcement that the tailings in Pond 1 have been solidified represents progress and does reduce the environmental risk. Read more about Pembina Reacts: Suncor achieves solid surface on Tailings Pond 1

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Pembina Reacts: Total oil sands panel adjourns hearing

CALGARY, AB - Simon Dyer, oil sands program director for the Pembina Institute, responded to yesterday's decision by the Joint Review Panel reviewing the Total Joslyn North Mine to adjourn the hearing in order to deliberate upon a number of important and complex rulings on matters including questions of constitutional law and filings of information.

The Oil Sands Environmental Coalition (Pembina Institute, Toxics Watch Society of Alberta and Fort McMurray Environmental Association) had filed a motion arguing the hearing be adjourned. Read more about Pembina Reacts: Total oil sands panel adjourns hearing

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