Action Alert: Say no to re-zoning of Edmonton’s prime agricultural land!

Nov 13 2008 - 1:45am

Greater Edmonton Alliance

Come to City Hall for public hearings on Wednesday, November 12th at 6:45pm and let city council know Edmonton wants Food Security for the downtown!

Northeast Edmonton has a unique microclimate and contains the best soils in the province. Presently it is home to a number of market gardens supplying home-grown vegetables and fruits to Edmonton’s downtown and beyond. In a world that is increasingly becoming more unstable, it is important that our decision makers look out for our community health and our security. Paving over some of our best agricultural land for unfettered industrial developments is not smart for sustainable community development.

Even though the current Municipal Development Plan speaks to issues of water, energy, transportation and even disaster management, it does not explicitly speak to concerns around food security. We need to demonstrate to city council that local food production, food security and local healthy food are issues that need to be considered! Read more about Action Alert: Say no to re-zoning of Edmonton’s prime agricultural land!


City Hall Council Chambers
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton , AB

Thoughtful Tuesday Documentary - "Hijacked Futures"

Oct 8 2008 - 1:00am

60 minutes 2008

The documentary looks at the increasingly fragile base of our North American industrial food system.

This is part of the "Thoughtful Tuesday" film/documentary series. It will be held on each Tuesday of the week and at Steeps Tea Lounge (space is limited to about 30 people - first come first seated - no reservations). Read more about Thoughtful Tuesday Documentary - "Hijacked Futures"


Steeps Tea Lounge College Plaza
11116 82 Avenue
Edmonton , AB

Panel Discussion: Our Water Futures

Aug 20 2008 - 11:00pm to Aug 21 2008 - 1:00am
The Development Studies Club from the University of Calgary in Partnership with the Arusha Centre will be hosting a free panel discussion entitled Our Water Futures, on the evening of August 20th, at the Old Y building located at 223 - 12 Ave SW. Come join us from 5:00-7:00pm for this interactive event to share your knowledge, concerns, visions, and initiatives on water and food production in Alberta.

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Old Y Building
223 12 Avenue SW
Calgary , AB

Alberta Prairie Green Roof Conference & Tour

Jun 9 2008 - 7:00am to Jun 12 2008 - 12:00am

Greening Alberta… One Roof at a Time


The Alberta Ecoroof Initiative is co-hosting, with the Calgary Zoo and various local organizations, a regional conference on green roofs. Primary objectives of the conference are to demonstrate the benefits of a green roof system, share information on challenges and advance an action plan to establish a local green roof industry through case study review, research and policy development. The Alberta Prairie Green Roof Conference will be held at the Calgary Zoo & Botanical Gardens on June 9th to 11th, 2008.

For conference registration & program, go to and select Alberta Prairie Green Roof Conference under CTI News & Events. Read more about Alberta Prairie Green Roof Conference & Tour


Calgary Zoo Calgary , AB

Public Lands Deal Behind Closed Doors — Native Prairie Threatened by Developer's Plough

Alberta Wilderness Association

Release Date: November 8, 2007

A large area of public land west of Medicine Hat comprising rare native prairie may feel the slice of the plough within a few months if a proposed land swap goes ahead behind closed doors. Alberta Wilderness Association believes that any decisions affecting public land trades or sales must include the opportunity for public participation. Read more about Public Lands Deal Behind Closed Doors — Native Prairie Threatened by Developer's Plough


Amendment would give blank cheque to irrigators

Bow Riverkeeper

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2007

A proposal before Alberta Environment would give the largest water license holder in all of southern Alberta the role of water broker. The Eastern Irrigation District located in southern Alberta has asked Alberta Environment for an amendment to its water allocation originally granted in 1903. "If granted, the amendment would allow the EID to deal out water to uses other than irrigation or agriculture," said Bow Riverkeeper Danielle Droitsch. Read more about Amendment would give blank cheque to irrigators

Cityfarm Spring Kick-off

Public Service AnnouncementSpring? Bring it on!Edmonton and area children, families and individuals are invited to awaken the spirit of Spring at Cityfarm’s 2007 Spring Kick-off!On Saturday June 9th, from 1-5 pm, people of all ages are invited to this activity-packed outdoor event to gear up for another summer of fun at Cityfarm! Dig in to activities such as:

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SERLO 5th Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting


SERLO (Society for Environmentally Responsible Livestock Operations) has become increasingly concerned with the rapid expansion of CFO's (Confined Feeding Operations) and our provincial governments encouraging and enabling these animal factories, at the expense of our environment and rural economy. We are having our 5th Annual Conference and AGM next month. We would be pleased if you would come and be part of a group that is working to hold the government accountable and bring back democratic transparency to the process of approving CFO's.


Call for Representatives: NRCB Technical Advisory Group

Please note: this is a different notice from one issued earlier for the Policy Advisory Group (PAG).


The AEN has received a request to name environmental non-government (ENGO) representatives who would be interested inparticipating in technical discussions focused on specific issues associated with confined feeding operations (CFO's). The TAG would provide technical information to the PAG for their consideration and recommendation to the Natural Resources Conservation Board. Read more about Call for Representatives: NRCB Technical Advisory Group


Action Alert - Sign On to Paper on "Agriculture and the Environment - Analysis and Action"

Attached is a paper on "Agriculture and the Environment - Analysis and Action", written for the Canadian Environmental Network's Agriculture Caucus for sign-on by RCEN member groups and others. It represents a follow-up to the longer "Green Paper" prepared for the RCEN's 2006 Annual Conference on the Environment in Montreal last fall. Read more about Action Alert - Sign On to Paper on "Agriculture and the Environment - Analysis and Action"


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