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Canadian Environmental Network E-Bulletin, February 6, 2008

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CPAWS Calgary/Banff Launches "My Vote is for the Environment" Campaign

The CPAWS Calgary/Banff Chapter has launched a new campaign focusing on environmental issues in the 2008 Alberta Elections.

CPAWS is a non-partisan organization, so we will not be endorsing any specific candidates or parties. However, we feel it is important to give citizens the tools to make an informed decision when they vote for the environment. To do this CPAWS Calgary/Banff is also providing an extensive online guide at for voters who are concerned about environmental issues in Alberta. The guide includes tips for talking to candidates, information on the provinces' top environmental issues as well as links to other resources. The guide will be updated with news and the election-related resources of other organizations as they become available. Read more about CPAWS Calgary/Banff Launches "My Vote is for the Environment" Campaign


Evergreen: Community Greening Grants Available


We are pleased to announce that our Common Grounds Grant Program will be accepting proposals for the Wal-Mart – Evergreen Grant Program this spring. The deadline for applications is Friday February 29th, 2008. You will find our Spring 2008 guidelines and application forms for the Wal-Mart – Evergreen Green Grants at under Common Grounds. Read more about Evergreen: Community Greening Grants Available


Edmonton Urban Lake Survey

Life in the city can make us forget about our impact on the environment. With parking lots, sidewalks, manicured lawns, roads and stormwater collection systems forming an artificial landscape we may not recognize we're part of the natural world. The reality is our actions in the city have a direct impact on the environment, particularly stormwater and our urban lakes.

Urban Lake Living - Healthy Communities, Healthy Lakes is an exciting new initiative of the Federation of Alberta Naturalists. Read more about Edmonton Urban Lake Survey


Public access to oil sands documents

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) is hosting a range of oil sands documents requested by Martha Kostuch under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Public access to the documents is available through the ELC's library, which is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 am-12:00 noon and 1:00-4:30 pm (noon hour access available by prior arrangement). Read more about Public access to oil sands documents


2008 Waste Reduction Conference & Call for Speakers

Mark Your Calendars and Call for Speakers

The Recycling Council of Alberta is pleased to announce its 2008 Waste Reduction Conference "Paint the Town Green" to be held October 8-10, 2008, at the beautiful Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alberta.

Our keynote speaker will be Andrew Nisker, Canadian writer and director of Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home, a film that features an average urban family who keep all the garbage they produce for three months. Read more about 2008 Waste Reduction Conference & Call for Speakers


Premier Stelmach Fails to Deliver Action on Climate Change

Announcement Will Lead to More Delay with its "Plan to Plan"

Pembina Institute

Jan 24, 2008

The Government of Alberta unveiled its much-anticipated "green plan" today. But instead of outlining near-term targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions the plan only sets a target for reducing GHG emissions by 2050.

"Premier Stelmach's announcement today is shockingly irresponsible, it continues to delay action and promises only a plan to plan. There are no short-term targets for absolute reductions in GHG pollution and no requirements for large polluters to reduce emissions," says Dan Woynillowicz, a Senior Policy Analyst with the Pembina Institute. "Alberta is the largest greenhouse gas polluter in Canada, producing close to one third of Canada's emissions. Albertans want action and Premier Stelmach is playing games by trying to dodge responsibility for delivering any real results until 2050." Read more about Premier Stelmach Fails to Deliver Action on Climate Change