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Sierra Club Prairie comment on Syncrude sentencing for death of 1603 ducks

Dustin Johnson, Energy Campaigner with the Sierra Club Prairie had the following comment on the sentencing of Syncrude for the death of 1603 ducks in their toxic tailings pond.

Justice was not served today. Sierra Club initiated this law suit with the hopes that is would send a message to the Tar Sands industry. The guilty verdict alone from this trial should have been enough to have industry and government commit to phase out toxic tailing lakes with a moratorium of further tar sands development until it is proven that is is possible to safely dispose of all toxins, and the completely mitigate the environmental damage done thus far. Today's sentencing did nothing to prevent Syncrude from continuing on with business as usually and rather provided them with a monetary fine of $3 million dollars - an amount this company makes in less than 16 hours.

The fact is that the death of these 1603 ducks is only one aspect of the tar sands exploitive assault on the ecosystem and people of the North. The rising cancer rates in downstream communities like Fort Chipewyan, the poisoning of the Mackenzie River Delta, and the increasing toxic contamination of wildlife are criminal acts and would be considered such if done by any entity other than a corporation. Today's sentencing shows justice for the North is still far from being served.

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Event

The Fight for Water: Challenging Water Markets in Alberta

Oct 27 2010 - 1:00am

Featuring

Maude Barlow

National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians
Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly

Ian Douglas

National Coordinator, Fair Water Use Australia (via Skype from Australia)

Other speakers to be announced

FREE (donations accepted) Read more about The Fight for Water: Challenging Water Markets in Alberta

Location

Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC) 1-001
University of Alberta Campus (East of 116 Street between 91 and 92 Avenues)
Edmonton , AB
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Municipal candidates overwhelmingly say information, consultation lacking on plans for water markets

Candidates running in municipal elections across Alberta overwhelmingly oppose the provincial government’s direction towards a provincial water market, and say they have not been sufficiently consulted as part of the current review of Alberta’s water allocation system, according to the results of an online survey conducted by the Our Water is Not For Sale network. Read more about Municipal candidates overwhelmingly say information, consultation lacking on plans for water markets

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Rally! No Tar Sands, No Pipeline, No Tankers - No Problem!

Oct 16 2010 - 7:00pm

Solidarity Rally!

No Tar Sands, No Tankers, No Pipeline, No Problem - Clean Energy Now!

Stand in solidarity with communities from Alberta to the BC coast fighting the Tar Sands, the most environmentally devastating project in human history. There will be rallies happening on October 16th and 17th in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and in Prince George to send the message loud and clear that the extraction and transportation of dirty oil is not the answer! Read more about Rally! No Tar Sands, No Pipeline, No Tankers - No Problem!

Location

McIntyre (Gazebo) Park
83 Avenue & 104 Street
Edmonton , AB
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Sierra Club calls for TOTAL rejection of Tar Sands Joslyn Mine

EDMONTON — The Joint Review Panel should not approve TOTAL’s Joslyn North tar sands mine, said Sierra Club Prairie, in its final submissions today at the ongoing hearings. After days of expert testimony and cross-examination, Total’s proponents were unable to deny the negative environmental impacts of their new mine proposal. The evidence presented by NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen pertaining to climate change impacts, Petr Cizek pertaining to the gaps in accounting for cumulative negative effects, and Dr. Bill Donahue regarding water contamination were particularly condemning. Read more about Sierra Club calls for TOTAL rejection of Tar Sands Joslyn Mine

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Green groups create huge visual to give Albertans a look at tailings cost of Total approval

Edmonton — The steps of the Provincial legislature were transformed today in an attempt to give Albertans an idea of the amount of tailings, French tar sands giant Total, will create in Alberta if Total’s new mine site is approved. Representative from Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club Prairie set-up 60, 200 litre rain barrels which is what Total will dump into Alberta’s eco-system every 30 seconds with this project. Read more about Green groups create huge visual to give Albertans a look at tailings cost of Total approval

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COMMENT: Sierra Club Prairie on Fed Gov't Scientific Panel

Action Required Until Effects Understood

Sheila Muxlow, Director with the Sierra Club Prairie, had to the following to say about the Federal Government appointment of a scientific panel to study the effects of tar sands.

"Although the appointment of this panel is a quiet admission by the federal government that tar sands are adversly affecting Northern Alberta,  it does not go far enough to ensure there will be no further damage. If the government seriously wishes to address the environmental and health concerns of local people on a comprehensive scale, they would call for an immediate moratorium on all new approvals and construction until the effects of existing projects are clearly understood and the harm mitigated. In the immediate, this means saying no to the Total application for the Joslyn North Mine Project open pit mine."

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TOTAL North Mine Project Hearing Adjourned

FT. MCMURRAY, EDMONTON - Following a day of legal arguments, the Joint Review Panel for Total's Joslyn Mine hearing has adjourned to review a number of concerns including the Constitutional Question of Treaty Rights infringements raised by Mikisew Cree and the inadequacy of the environmental assessment provided by Total as raised by the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition. Read more about TOTAL North Mine Project Hearing Adjourned

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