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Canadian Environmental Network E-Bulletin - January 23, 2008

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Government Violates Guidelines and Allows Further Destruction of Endangered Caribou Habitat

Alberta Wilderness AssociationCanadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Northern Alberta

Press Release January 22, 2008

Interim strategies to protect caribou were agreed to in 2006 by all members of the West Central Caribou Landscape Team, including government and industry, to prevent further degradation of the caribou range in the Foothills of western Alberta. The best remaining parts of the caribou ranges (intact patches) were identified. One of the most important of the interim strategies is to minimize further fragmentation of intact patches. It has been recently learned that government continues to permit industrial use in these intact areas, including the Little Smoky Range, where a caribou herd is at immediate risk of elimination. Government refuses to give out information on where the use is occurring. Read more about Government Violates Guidelines and Allows Further Destruction of Endangered Caribou Habitat

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Riverdale NetZero energy house update, and other events...

Just thought to send you a wee note updating you on the Riverdale NetZero energy house.

  1. Lots is happening. We put in 200 cubic metres of cellufibre insulation into the house before Christmas. The drywall is installed, the walls covered up. We are taping the drywall now. NAIT is constructing a model wall for us so that we can show the wall construction details when people come to visit the house. We expect to be turning on the solar power system this week. (We're wanting a nice clear day to commission it.) We're about to be doing the air leakage test rating on the house to see if we got down to our 1/2 air change per hour target -- which would be one of the lowest in Canada. We are about to start plumbing the solar heating system. We are heating the houses at this time with a tiny 1500 watt heater -- this is approx the same size as a toaster, equal to two 2-slice toasters or two hair dryers. We are now developing our monitoring plans.

    We are also now working on three more NZE houses in Alberta. Check out www.greenedmonton.ca and www.triciagreen.ca.

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Reminder: Grant Eligible Conservation Fund - Deadline January 31

Alberta Conservation Association

Grant Eligible Conservation Fund

Notification of Funding Opportunity

The Alberta Conservation Association is proud to enter into its 11th year of Conservation Funding. Up to $1.2 million dollars will be available for project funding during the 2008/2009 funding cycle.

This amount is larger than last year and "recruitment and retention of hunters, anglers and trappers" has been added to fisheries, wildlife and land management as a fourth priority area.

Applications Accepted between: January 1 - January 31, 2008

Visit www.ab-conservation.com/grants for funding guidelines and application forms. Read more about Reminder: Grant Eligible Conservation Fund - Deadline January 31

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Controversial Kearl Tar Sands project goes to court

While Alberta Premier goes to Washington, the Kearl Tar Sands Project is going to court

January 14, 2008

EDMONTON - While Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach is in Washington this week seeking to assure Americans that there are no environmental problems associated with dirty tar sands development, Canadian environmental organizations are going to court tomorrow to challenge a massive tar sands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Imperial Oil's proposed Kearl Tar Sands project includes an open-pit mine that would strip 200 square kilometres of Boreal Forest and contribute to the devastation of the region's landscape and wildlife.

Ecojustice lawyer Sean Nixon will be in court on behalf of the Pembina Institute, Sierra Club of Canada, the Toxics Watch Society of Alberta and the Prairie Acid Rain Coalition, arguing that the environmental assessment of the open-pit mine project was flawed and that the project should be halted until a proper assessment has been completed. Read more about Controversial Kearl Tar Sands project goes to court

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