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Government Commits to Support the Canadian Environmental Network

Ottawa, July 23Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) is now able to continue its important work as the Minister of the Environment has announced that the Federal Government will continue its support. The RCEN is an independent, non-partisan organization. It does not take positions on environmental issues. Rather, the RCEN actively encourages and supports those who take part in public consultations, working groups, and national and international meetings. Read more about Government Commits to Support the Canadian Environmental Network

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New Website Uncovers Alberta's 'Dirty Secrets'

Albertans worried about how their public resources and lands are being managed now have a way to document their concerns. The Federation of Alberta Naturalists and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Northern Alberta have been made aware of a new website that offers to post information on the destructive practices of industry in Alberta. The site is called Alberta's Dirty Secrets (http://www.albertasdirtysecret.com/) and serves as a moderated open forum for the posting of information and personal stories documenting the impacts of forestry and oil and gas activities, on the landscapes of Alberta. There are already some secrets posted — check it out. Read more about New Website Uncovers Alberta's 'Dirty Secrets'

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Action Alert: Final call for input on Community Spirit Program

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation

Call to Action: Let's Promote the 'Environmental Priority' in this Process

Alberta Community Spirit Program Media Release

July 17, 2007

Final call for input on Community Spirit Program

Edmonton... If you want to give your input on the government's proposed Community Spirit Program but haven't had the chance to do so yet - there is still time. However, the July 31 deadline to submit a questionnaire is quickly approaching. Read more about Action Alert: Final call for input on Community Spirit Program

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What are your thoughts on a "renewed" Water for Life strategy for Alberta?

At the request of Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner, the Alberta Water Council - a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based organization representing all interests in water management and use in Alberta - is developing recommendations on the renewal of the provincial water strategy, Water of Life. The renewal is part of the Premier's Mandate letter to Minister Renner, and a priority for Government. Now Alberta Water Council is asking for your voice in the process. Read more about What are your thoughts on a "renewed" Water for Life strategy for Alberta?

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Publication - Northern Exposure: Acute pesticide poisonings in Canada

Over 6,000 Canadians suffer from acute pesticide poisonings every year. That is one of the findings from research conducted by David Boyd for the David Suzuki Foundation report, Northern Exposure: Acute pesticide poisonings in Canada.

To download executive summary or full report (PDF-328 KB, 18 pages) go to: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/Publications/Northern_exposure.asp
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CPAWS Calgary/Banff Releases Documentary Video on Banff's Highway Wildlife Crossings

CPAWS Calgary/Banff

July 9, 2007, Calgary - The Calgary/Banff Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is pleased to announce the release of the documentary video Shooting the Gap: Wildlife and the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park. It is an examination of Banff's experiment in reducing wildlife mortality and enhancing connectivity for wildlife across the Trans-Canada Highway through fencing the highway from adjacent habitat, and providing a series of overpasses and underpasses across the highway. Read more about CPAWS Calgary/Banff Releases Documentary Video on Banff's Highway Wildlife Crossings

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Alberta Ombudsman Investigating Alberta Energy and Utilities Board

The following document has been posted to the Government of Alberta website.

News Release

July 6, 2007

Edmonton... The Alberta Ombudsman, G. B. (Gord) Button announced today that he will immediately commence an investigation on his own motion of the administrative actions of the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (AEUB) in hiring and deploying private investigators to monitor and report on the activities of interested parties attending the Rimbey hearings on the proposed 500 kV power transmission line between Edmonton and Calgary. This investigation will focus on the AEUB’s decision to hire private investigators and the mandate given, the information reported back to the AEUB, how that information was used and its impact on the administrative fairness of the process. He will issue a public report including any findings and recommendations at the conclusion of his investigation. The Alberta Ombudsman advises he is aware of the parallel investigation being conducted by the Information and Privacy Commissioner and is confident the two investigations will compliment each other to clarify what took place and how it impacted the fairness of this process. Read more about Alberta Ombudsman Investigating Alberta Energy and Utilities Board

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