Council of Canadians

Digital Rally: Say No to Coal

Jun 25 2021 - 12:00pm

Across the country, a movement is growing to protect the Rockies and its headwaters from open-pit coal mining. Eight new coal mining projects have been proposed on the Eastern Slopes – and we need to stop them before they start.

The grassroots opposition to this new coal rush in Alberta is working – on June 17, the proposed Grassy Mountain coal project was rejected thanks to pressure from the hard work of people in Alberta and across the country. However, the work to protect the Rockies is not over – there are still 7 coal projects able to move ahead. Read More

Say No to Coal Townhall

Feb 10 2021 - 7:00pm

On June 1, 2020, the Alberta government rescinded the 1976 Coal Policy, which had restricted expansion of coal mining in the Rockies for almost 45 years. Since then, the Kenney government has invited coal mining companies to purchase leases on previously protected areas and paved the way for approval of existing leases.

Fortunately, many people in this province, including environmental groups, ranchers, municipalities, Indigenous groups and celebrities are voicing objections.
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Groups across Alberta and the Northwest Territories warn the federal government of impacts of monitoring suspensions on Wood Buffalo National Park

Edmonton – The following letter was submitted on behalf of a joint group including: Fort Chipewyan Métis Association, Northwest Territory Métis Nation, Smith’s Landing First Nation, the Hamlet of Fort Resolution, Keepers of the Athabasca Watershed Society Organization, Alberta Wilderness Association, CPAWS Northern Alberta, CPAWS Northwest Territories, Ecology North, Alternatives North, and Council of Canadians – Edmonton and Northwest Territories Chapters. The letter to the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change outlines the substantial risks to downstream communities and ecosystems due to the Alberta Energy Regulator’s decision to suspend environmental monitoring for oil & gas projects. The health of Wood Buffalo National Park and the success of its federal Action Plan is undermined by these suspensions. Wood Buffalo National Park is Canada’s largest national park, and continued ecological degradation would be grounds to list as a World Heritage Site “in Danger”. 

Download the full letter on the CPAWS website Read More

Continuity and support for energy efficiency makes sense for Albertans, say 15 Alberta groups

Joint letter on the future of energy efficiency in Alberta

A joint letter from 15 Alberta community and environmental groups is urging the provincial government to implement meaningful energy efficiency policies and programs. 

Energy efficiency is common sense, says the letter. Supporting energy efficiency in Alberta creates jobs, invests in our communities and businesses and maintains opportunities for Albertans to save money. Not only does energy efficiency make fiscal sense, it is an achievable approach to reduce our province’s emissions. Read More

Public Presentation: Mixing Water, Oil and Gas

Mar 9 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

From the Council of Canadians website:

Did you know that millions of litres of fresh water are being extracted from Western Canada and made permanently unuseable? The Red Deer and Area Chapter of the Council of Canadians invites you to the free public presentation “Mixing Water, Oil and Gas” about fresh water extraction from our rivers, lakes and aquifers for unconventional oil and gas development. Hear from guest speaker Dr. David Sauchyn, the Director of the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative at the University of Regina, and from people in central Alberta who will share their stories about the dangerous natural gas extraction method known as “fracking.” Read More


The Margaret Parsons Theatre at Red Deer College
100 College Boulevard
Red Deer , AB


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