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Where does your local candidate stand on the environment?

As both the Federal Election race and the climate heat up, it is crucially important to find out where the parties, and where your local candidates stand on the environment. Across the country, local organizers are holding non-partisan, all-candidates forums focusing on environmental issues on or around October 3.  The national 100 Debates on the Environment initiative is being co-ordinated by GreenPAC, with support from Équiterre in Quebec.

Debates currently planned for Alberta:

Banff-Airdrie | 7:00-9:00 PM
Town of Canmore Council Chambers | 902 7 Avenue, Canmore
Bow Valley Naturalists | Bow Valley Climate Action | Canmore Commons
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Calgary-Centre | 6:00-8:00 PM
Marda Loop Communities Association | 3130 16 Street SW, Calgary
Calgary Climate Hub | Engineers without Borders - Calgary Chapter
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Calgary-Confederation | 7:00-9:15 PM
AWA Cottage School | 455 12 Street NW, Calgary
Alberta Wilderness Association
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Edmonton-Strathcona | 7:00-9:00 PM
Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC) E1-007 | University of Alberta, Edmonton
University of Alberta - 100 Debates on the Environment Group
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AWA After Hours: Watersheds, Wine & Cheese

Oct 25 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

From the Alberta Wilderness Association:

Our fall After Hours series, Watersheds, Wine & Cheese will sell out quickly! This evening event combines wine tasting and watersheds – journeying from the major watersheds of Alberta to the wine-producing valleys of New Zealand. You will learn about water and wine and have a great evening with us contemplating fine tastes and the care our watersheds need. Read more about AWA After Hours: Watersheds, Wine & Cheese

Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

Stream Rehabilitation Training

Nov 17 2019 (All day)
Nov 18 2019 (All day)

In partnership with Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC), the City of Calgary will be offering the Stream Rehabilitation Training Program begining fall 2019. The workshops provide up-to-date information on the science and best practices of rehabilitating stream ecosystems and their watersheds. The course demonstrates how we integrate disciplines through a systems approach, by providing students with an understanding of watershed and stream dynamics, assessment and monitoring, rehabilitation planning and implementation. This course will provide a great education for anyone interested in on the ground restoration including conservationists, stewardship groups, students, researchers, and professionals. Read more about Stream Rehabilitation Training

Location

Calgary , AB

Tell Minister McKenna that dirty thermal coal has no place in the 21st Century

From Ecojustice:

Thermal coal is a 19th century fuel that has no place in 2019.

So why is a massive Canadian coal mine expansion on the table?

Thermal coal is the dirtiest form of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel. It’s toxic for human health and disastrous for the climate.

Despite this, mining company Coalspur wants to expand its Vista thermal coal mine, located in Alberta, to double or even triple its current planned capacity to extract thermal coal. If this happens, up to 15 million tonnes of coal could be extracted every year for export to coal plants overseas.

To put this into context, the greenhouse gas emissions, from burning that amount of coal, would be equal to the total annual emissions from more than 7 million cars.

With the help of supporters like you, Ecojustice has confronted dirty coal projects in the past. Now, on behalf of the Keepers of the Water and the West Athabasca Watershed Bioregional Society, we’re calling on the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to show climate leadership by ordering an environmental assessment of the Vista mine expansion. Read more about Tell Minister McKenna that dirty thermal coal has no place in the 21st Century

Fortress Ski Hill Should Not Truck Mountain Water to Calgary

Fortress Mountain ski hill is proposing to remove 50 million liters per year of water flowing into Kananaskis’ Galatea Creek and truck it to a Calgary water bottling facility. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) strongly opposes this water use and calls on Fortress ski hill to withdraw its proposal. Read more about Fortress Ski Hill Should Not Truck Mountain Water to Calgary

Take Action: Protect Our Native Trout

Deadline: 
13 Jul 2019

From CPAWS Southern Alberta:

Westslope cutthroat trout are facing a crisis in Alberta, as populations are declining rapidly due to habitat degradation, over-harvesting and the introduction of non-native species. But you have a chance to ensure these beautiful native fish thrive, rather than decline further into extinction, by telling decision makers to implement a strong recovery plan for the threatened species.

On or before July 13, tell the government you care about native trout recovery by providing input on the draft federal Recovery Strategy and Action Plan for Alberta populations of Westslope Cutthroat Trout.

Take action to Protect Native Fish! Read more about Take Action: Protect Our Native Trout

UNESCO World Heritage Committee decision on Wood Buffalo National Park is a warning to Canada

Indigenous and environmental groups fear for the future of Wood Buffalo National Park as the UNESCO World Heritage Committee echoes warnings of unresolved threats

On July 3, 2019, representatives from around the world gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 43rd World Heritage Committee meeting and discussed the fate of Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada’s largest national park. The World Heritage Committee called upon Canada to take further actions and warned that if Canada fails to address the threats facing the Park, it could be placed on the List of World Heritage Site in Danger.  Read more about UNESCO World Heritage Committee decision on Wood Buffalo National Park is a warning to Canada

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