Environmental Law & Policy

Event

Local Leadership on Renewable Energy

May 28 2010 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Register here by May 21 to guarantee a spot 

What

On May 28, we will bring together some of the individuals and groups who are working to ensure a green energy future becomes a reality in Alberta.

Discussion and dialogue will be the format, building upon the overwhelming information from the March 12 video conference: Local Energy, Environment and Community Action.

We will choose 2 or 3 of the following topics as guides for the afternoon (you vote for the topics when you register [external link]):

  • Green Energy Act for Alberta
  • Engaging municipalities on green energy
  • Community-scale green energy
  • Green energy and the October municipal elections
  • Structural shifts required to expand green energy
  • Strengthening the network working on green energy
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Event

Wild About Wilderness Gala

Jun 4 2010 - 12:30am

Wild About 
Wilderness

An evening with AWA board and staff.

Please join us for an evening reception at the Royal Glenora Club with guest speaker Richard Secord:

Green Law - Legal Precedents for Environmental Protection.

Richard’s lecture will address the key environmentally significant cases decided in Alberta in the last 20 years. Read more about Wild About Wilderness Gala

Location

Royal Glenora Club
11160 River Valley Road
Edmonton , AB
Media Release

Pembina reacts to Kerry-Lieberman climate bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Danielle Droitsch, Director of U.S. Policy for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today's unveiling of theAmerican Power Act by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman:

"With today's announcement of the Kerry-Lieberman bill, the national political leadership in the U.S. continues to advance serious and detailed proposals to cut greenhouse gas pollution, meet emission targets and create thousands of new clean energy jobs.

"This makes an unfortunate contrast to Stephen Harper's government, which continues to talk about targets without having produced any plan to meet them. Instead, Canada's government has adopted a 'wait for the Americans' approach.  Read more about Pembina reacts to Kerry-Lieberman climate bill

Media Release

Don’t gut Environmental Assessment Law through Budget Bill, Groups say

OTTAWA— Ecojustice and Sierra Club Canada will tell the House of Commons Finance Committee today to remove sections from the budget bill (C-9) that gut Canada’s environmental assessment law. Again this year, the federal government is hiding changes to Canada’s environmental protection laws in the budget to avoid public scrutiny.

“Canada’s environmental assessment law should be publicly debated in the House of Commons Environment Committee, not weakened through quick-and-dirty amendments buried in budget bills,” said Ecojustice lawyer Stephen Hazell. “Parliament is legally required to start a comprehensive review of this law in June, and the Environment Committee should be the body to recommend any changes.” Read more about Don’t gut Environmental Assessment Law through Budget Bill, Groups say

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Gulf spill exploited to paint oil sands green

In the wake of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice has joined Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach to beat the drum for the oil sands. Prentice recently portrayed the oil sands as a less environmentally risky alternative to offshore drilling. The Pembina Institute's Danielle Droitsch takes Minister Prentice and Premier Stelmach to task for "using their positions to sell the oil sands" rather than acting "as stewards to province's resources, ensuring responsible development of the oil sands and proper regulation of oil sands operators." She concludes:

The Gulf oil spill is not an opportunity to claim the oil sands are something they're not - safer, cleaner or more secure. The spill should serve as a grave reminder of what can happen if oil is not developed responsibly. Moreover, the spill should set in motion a cleaner, carbon-free energy future, where we don't depend on risky, environmentally damaging fossil fuels at all.

Link to posting on the Oil Sands Watch website. Read more about Gulf spill exploited to paint oil sands green

Story

Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights debated for first time

A reminder that Bill C-469, An Act to establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights, gets it Second reading (first time debated) in the House of Commons today. According to the Environmental Law Centre, the Private Members' Bill, introduced by Edmonton—Strathcona MP Linda Duncan, would:

…provide Canadians with access to environmental information, substantive environmental rights and rights to appeal federal decisions that might harm the environment.

You can watch the "action" on ParlVU. According to the projected order of business, Bill C-469 will be debated around 3:30pm MDT. Read more about Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights debated for first time

Story

Climate Change Accountability Act passes third reading

With Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act, passing third reading in the House of Commons, AEN groups reacted to this historic event.

Matthew Bramley, Director of the Pembina Institute's Climate Change Program said:

By passing the Climate Change Accountability Act today, a majority of MPs have voted for strong, science-based action on climate change. This groundbreaking bill would set a target for Canada's 2050 emissions that lines up with our G8 commitments and with U.S. legislation, and would require the government to move immediately to put in place the policies needed to get on track towards that target.

And according to the Sierra Club's John Bennett:

The passing of the Climate Change Accountability Act is a huge victory for climate change policy in Canada. The environmental movement has supported this Bill from its inception as one of the strongest piece of climate change legislation in Canadian politics.

Read more about Climate Change Accountability Act passes third reading

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