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Sierra Club Prairie Intervenes in TOTAL Hearings

Representatives to take part in TOTAL Joclyn North Tar Sands Hearings

EDMONTON  - Two representatives from Sierra Club Prairie will be participating in hearings for TOTAL's proposed Joclyn North Mine Project beginning 21st September 2010 in Fort McMurray AB and finishing up mid-October in Edmonton.

Dustin Johnson, Energy Campaigner for Sierra Club Prairie, and former Sierra Club of Canada Executive Director Stephen Hazell will both be participating in the hearing, and will be available for media comment throughout, and on site at the hearing for the first and third weeks. Read more about Sierra Club Prairie Intervenes in TOTAL Hearings

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Sierra Club Prairie comments on ERCB approval of Total Tar Sands Upgrader

Sheila Muxlow, Director with the Sierra Club Prairie, had the following to say regarding Alberta's Energy Resources and Conservation Board approval of Total's Tar Sands Upgrader in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Read more about Sierra Club Prairie comments on ERCB approval of Total Tar Sands Upgrader

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Climate Action Camp

Sep 24 2010 - 6:00am to Sep 26 2010 - 6:00am

Organizing, Activism & Non-Violent Direct Action

 

Politicians talk a lot about climate change, but do nothing! Are you tired of all that hot air? Now, you CAN do something… Read more about Climate Action Camp

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New Study Links Tar Sands to Carcinogens

 

A new study led by University of Alberta ecologist Dr. David Schindler and published in the renowned Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences makes some alarming conclusions about the water near the tar sands. After monitoring 60 sites along the Athabasca River and its tributaries, Dr. Schindler concluded the tar sands have added carcinogenic toxins to the area environment.

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Environmental groups echo First Nations call for caribou protection

Ecojustice files application for emergency protection, is prepared to go to court for caribou

CALGARY — Three environmental groups have joined with four Alberta First Nations to urge the federal environment minister to provide emergency protection for caribou herds in northeastern Alberta, Ecojustice said today. Read more about Environmental groups echo First Nations call for caribou protection

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Groups weigh in on Alberta's Oil Sands PR Campaign

As the Alberta government ramps up its oil sands public relations campaign, AEN member groups weigh in, and call on the government to focus on action rather than advertising. The Pembina Institute's Danielle Droitsch suggests that Alberta should pay heed to the mistakes made by BP and direct its energies towards aggressive action rather than public relations:

In the case of oil sands, public relations will go only so far to countering a growing image problem. It will likely take a dramatic gesture as suggested by the premier's council for the public in both Canada and the U.S. to take notice.

John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada, suggests that:

If the Alberta government really wants to change public perception it will take a lot more than an ad campaign and a website. Actions speak louder than words.

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Thousands of industrial incidents raise serious concerns about toxic oil industry

Greenpeace Canada, Sierra Club Prairie, Keepers of the Athabasca and Global Forest Watch Canada today released two databases compiled by prominent scientist Dr. Kevin Timoney, one with more than 6,500 incidents, regarding tar sands operations that raise serious concerns about how the Alberta government allows oil companies to operate in this province. Read more about Thousands of industrial incidents raise serious concerns about toxic oil industry

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Senate Passes Budget Bill Weakening Canadian Environmental Assessment

Despite the opposition of public interest groups, including AEN members Ecojustice, Sierra Club Canada, and the Environmental Law Centre, and a recommendation from the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate voted to pass the budget bill (C-9) including provisions to weaken the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The Environmental Law Centre's Adam Driedzic weighs in on the impacts on the environmental assessment process and the "exclusion of the public from decision-making on matters of public interest."

You don’t have to be an environmentalist to be concerned with this one.  For the second straight year, the federal budget bill passed with Trojan horse provisions unrelated to the budget.   The perennial target is the federal environmental assessment regime, but the real victim is the public.

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Sierra Club Canada calls on Canadian Chamber of Commerce to back action on climate change

OTTAWA – Today, Sierra Club Canada wrote to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce asking it to withdraw the template letter it recently distributed to its members. Chamber members were asked to send the letter to Senators urging them to oppose Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act. The letter is a classic example of doublespeak. While it claims "we must respond to climate change," it suggests Canada do it by developing our energy sector. In other words, vote against science-based emissions targets because we must expand oil, gas, coal and the tar sands. Read more about Sierra Club Canada calls on Canadian Chamber of Commerce to back action on climate change

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