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Media Releases & Op-eds

New Report Shows Federal and Provincial Governments Breaking Own Rules On Air and Water and Land To Approve More Oil Sands Projects

Edmonton, Alberta – A new report released today entitled Alberta’s Oil Sands Development is Not Responsible- Moratorium Needed shows that since 2004 the federal and Alberta provincial governments have knowingly broken their own publicly vowed rules requiring the monitoring and consideration of environmental cumulative effects of all oil sands projects (effects include water, air, biodiversity and land). Read more about New Report Shows Federal and Provincial Governments Breaking Own Rules On Air and Water and Land To Approve More Oil Sands Projects

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Documentary Screening: Peace Out

Jul 7 2012
Jul 7 2012
Jul 8 2012
Jun 13 2012

Award Winning Canadian Documentary About The Energy Rush In NW​ Canada

Peace Out, the feature documentary about Northwestern Canada’s Hydro Mega project, Shale Gas Fracking, the Nuclear proposal, and the Tar Sands, a film that critics are hailing as passionate, fair, balanced, and breathtaking is coming to Edmonton’s Metro Cinema Theater this week. Read more about Documentary Screening: Peace Out

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Metro Cinema Garneau Theatre
8712 109 Street NW
T6G 1E9 Edmonton , AB
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Oil and Democracy Speaker Series

It certainly is an interesting time for democracy in Alberta…

Community Service-Learning's (CSL) Spring Immersion Course 'Oil and Democracy' and the Parkland Institute are pleased to announce the 'Oil and Democracy Speaker Series'. Every Thursday for five weeks, speakers from a variety of different perspectives will share their experience within the oil and democracy relationship. This event is open to all members of the public and we welcome all to a healthy discussion on benefits and challenges of Alberta's natural resource wealth.

Date Every Thursday from May 10th - June 7th, 2012
Time 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Room University of Alberta NRE 1 001
For directions, see http://www.campusmap.ualberta.ca
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Media Releases & Op-eds

Slow Down Oil Sands to Save Wetlands, Scientist Says

As development continues to destroy wetlands crucial to Alberta’s water security and climate regulation, a new research paper by a University of Alberta ecologist, Dr. Lee Foote, concludes that the government should negotiate mineable oil sands development limits. The paper cites doubtful reclamation success for the extensive peat wetlands central to that landscape. The Alberta Wilderness Association and Water Matters call on Alberta’s political party leaders to commit to meaningful wetland conservation measures including protection of boreal wetlands. Read more about Slow Down Oil Sands to Save Wetlands, Scientist Says

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Film Screening & Discussion— White Water, Black Gold

Mar 21 2012

White Water, Black Gold is a jarring new documentary film on the tar sands following Director David Lavallee as he journeys down the Athabasca River and across western Canada in search of answers about the battle between water and oil. The film follows an imaginary drop of water, and later an imaginary drop of oil, unveiling the threats the tar sands pose to the third largest watershed in the world and two separate oceans. White Water, Black Gold is a film about the inextricable link between water and oil in our modern world. Read more about Film Screening & Discussion— White Water, Black Gold

Location

Humanities Centre L41 University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB
Media Releases & Op-eds

Conservation groups take Environment Minister to Federal Court over failure to protect woodland caribou, again

EDMONTON — The fight to save woodland caribou herds threatened by oilsands development in northeastern Alberta is headed to Federal Court for the second time.

Ecojustice, on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Alberta Wilderness Association, filed an application in the Federal Court today, seeking a court order to force Environment Minister Peter Kent to recommend emergency protection for the caribou and the habitat they need in order to survive.  The groups have joined forces with the Athabasca Chipewyan, Swan River, Beaver Lake and Cold Lake First Nations to challenge Kent. 

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Pembina Institute backgrounder on the proposed EU fuel-quality directive

In advance of the February 23 European Commission vote on the European Union's proposed fuel-quality directive, the Pembina Institute has released a backgrounder to answer "some frequently asked questions about how the European Union’s proposed fuel-quality directive could affect Canada’s oilsands sector and overall efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels".

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Alberta Government Kills 145 Bears at Oilsands Camps

No Charges Laid

Last year, the Alberta government killed 145 garbage-habituated black bears at oilsands camps in Alberta. Poorly-managed oilsands camps are known to attract bears to garbage. But rather than enforcing regulations, or prosecuting the guilty companies, Alberta government staff simply move in and kill bears. Lots of bears. Read more about Alberta Government Kills 145 Bears at Oilsands Camps

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