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Tar Sands Healing Walk

Aug 14 2010 - 6:00am

We, the Keepers of the Athabasca, are calling on allies and supporters to join us on a healing walk on Saturday, August 14th, 2010. We are asking all community members of the Tar Sands region and supporters to come out and walk for the healing of the land and our sacred waters. The walk will be led by First Nation and Metis elders and community members but we are hoping that our allies will come out to walk beside them as supporters as well. Read more about Tar Sands Healing Walk


meet at Lions Park on Tolen Drive Fort McMurray , AB

Message to Renner: Our Water Is Not for Sale

Campaign to challenge move to provincial market for water

Our Water is Not for Sale, a network of organizations and individuals from all corners of Alberta is launching a campaign to call on Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner to stop plans to introduce legislation to establish a province-wide water market. Read more about Message to Renner: Our Water Is Not for Sale

Oil sands application threatens Canadian Heritage River designation

Bait and switch application could mean 17,000 cubic meters per day from Alberta's Clearwater river not accounted for in original ERCB approval would be lost to SAGD and chemical processes

An application to Alberta Environment by Nexen Inc. for a water licence would be the first to enable the diversion of water from a designated Canadian Heritage River, the Clearwater River in north eastern Alberta, for unrecoverable use in oil sands upgrading and steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) for the Nexen Long Lake Project. Public notice of the application was placed in Alberta papers this week. Read more about Oil sands application threatens Canadian Heritage River designation

Aboriginal Peoples and the Future of Water Management in Alberta

Jun 10 2010 - 3:00pm to Jun 11 2010 - 10:30pm

This public legal education conference is designed to take a look at asserted Aboriginal and treaty rights/responsibilities in relation to water and to discuss how these rights may fit into the current statutory regime in Alberta. The objective is to enhance the capacity of all parties to participate meaningfully in the ongoing review of the water management and allocation system. Various experts will be invited to present their views on Aboriginal perspectives on water, the existence and scope of Aboriginal rights to water, ways in which these rights currently are and could be accommodated in the regulatory regime pertaining to water, the issue of safe drinking water on reserve, and transboundary water issues.

Visit the CIRL website for program and registration information Read more about Aboriginal Peoples and the Future of Water Management in Alberta


Grant MacEwan University, Robbins Health Learning Centre
10910 104 Avenue
Edmonton , AB

Water Matters Flowing Forward from Strong Foundation

Board Announces New Executive Director and a Special Advisor on Water Policy

Canmore - The Board of the Water Matters Society of Alberta is delighted to announce the appointment of Carole Stark as the new Executive Director and Dr. Bill Donahue as Special Advisor on Water Policy.

"With Carole's excellent managerial and environmental skills and the ability to draw on Bill's scientific and legal expertise, Water Matters is in a very strong position to develop its work in protecting Alberta's watersheds," says Jason Unger, Chair of Board of Water Matters. Read more about Water Matters Flowing Forward from Strong Foundation

"Meet & Mingle" with Environment Minister Ron Rennie

Jun 4 2010 - 12:30am to 2:30am

Water Matters invites you join us for our annual meet and mingle!

Please join the board and staff of Water Matters for our annual wine and hors d'oeuvres “Meet and Mingle.” This year we are excited to introduce our soon-to-be-announced new Executive Director and new Special Advisor on Water Policy. In addition to these two introductions, we also look forward to hearing from our guest speaker, the Honourable Rob Renner, Minister of the Environment, who will discuss Alberta’s direction for watersheds, water allocation and the role of public participation. Read more about "Meet & Mingle" with Environment Minister Ron Rennie


Room 201, Kahanoff Centre
1202 Centre Street SE
Calgary , AB

Why Water Matters: Annual Report 2009

Water Matters has posted their 2009 Annual Report — Why Water Matters.

Why Water Matters CoverAs Albertans, we are so used to clean water flowing from our taps that it is easy to forget how much we depend on it. Though we are solid to the touch, 60 per cent of our bodies are made of water. All plant and animal life could not survive without this simple molecule, and neither could Alberta's most important economic drivers, including agriculture and the oil sands.


In Why Water Matters, our 2009 annual report, we provide highlights of Water Matters' work in 2009 and revisit the fundamental motivations behind what we do. Learn why water matters to us — and why it should matter to you too!

Visit Water Matters to download the report Read more about Why Water Matters: Annual Report 2009


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