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The Government of Canada is looking for input on plastics management 

Initiative: 
A Proposed Integrated Management Approach to Plastic Products to Prevent Waste and Pollution
Deadline: 
9 Dec 2020

Plastic pollution harms human health, wildlife and ecosystems. The Government of Canada is looking for input on the discussion paper A Proposed Integrated Management Approach to Plastic Products to Prevent Waste and Pollution. The opportunity to provide input closes December 9.  Read more about The Government of Canada is looking for input on plastics management 

The Alberta Tailings Ponds II Factual Record: A Submission Under the NAFTA Environmental Side Agreement

Dec 2 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently made public the Alberta Tailings Ponds II Factual Record which resulted in widespread national media coverage and commentary. This report is the result of the CEC’s Submissions on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process, which allows individuals and organizations across North America to raise concerns about the enforcement of environmental laws by Canada, Mexico or the United States. Read more about The Alberta Tailings Ponds II Factual Record: A Submission Under the NAFTA Environmental Side Agreement

Government action holding oilsands operators to account on tailings management long overdue

Pembina Institute reacts to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation’s finding on oilsands tailings

CALGARY — Nina Lothian, director of responsible fossil fuels at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation's final report on Alberta tailings ponds, released Sept. 3, 2020, which found scientific evidence of contaminated water seeping into groundwater around oilsands tailings ponds. Read more about Government action holding oilsands operators to account on tailings management long overdue

Call for Comments: Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead

Initiative: 
Draft Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead
Deadline: 
30 Jul 2020

Draft Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead are available for public review and comment until July 30, 2020.

Scientific Criteria Document

Fact Sheet

The draft provisional guidelines revise the 1999 Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for lead for the protection of human health only. The soil quality guidelines for lead for the protection of environmental health have not been revised. Read more about Call for Comments: Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Human Health: Lead

Call for Comments: draft ambient air quality guidelines for Total Reduced Sulphur

Initiative: 
Proposed ambient air quality guideline - Total Reduced Sulphur (TRS)
Deadline: 
15 Mar 2019

Alberta Environment and Parks has posted their draft Ambient Air Quality Guidelines for Total Reduced Sulphur (TRS).

Comments, questions or suggestions regarding the content of this ambient air quality guideline can be emailed or forwarded to:

Email: [email protected]

Address: Read more about Call for Comments: draft ambient air quality guidelines for Total Reduced Sulphur

Webinar: Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development on her Fall 2018 Report

Dec 11 2018 - 11:00am
Dec 11 2018 - 12:00pm

 December 11, 2018
1-2 pm ET
This webinar is free.
 

The 2018 reports that will be discussed include:  

  • Toxic Substances - "The government does not know how well it is meeting its goal of protecting Canadians from the risk of toxic substances"
  • Protecting Marine Mammals - "The government did little to protect marine mammals from the risk of commercial fishing and navigation until recently."
  • Sustainable Development Strategies (specifically on strategic environmental assessment) - "The government does not know how well it is meeting its goal of protecting Canadians from the risk of toxic substances"
  • Environmental Petitions (with a number of interesting case studies, e.g., Agenda 2030 and nuclear liability insurance) - "Petitioners not satisfied by ministers' answers to questions about the environment and sustainable development."

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Tell Canada you want to end plastic waste

Next week, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers are meeting in Ottawa to finalize their national plan to fight plastic pollution.  It’s vital that the plan is both ambitious and enforceable if we’re going to improve our terrible 11 per cent recycling rate for plastic waste. Sign the petition now to make sure they know you want a plastic waste free environment by 2025.

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Op-ed: Hold energy industry responsible for clean-up costs

An op-ed from Joshua Buck, Alberta climate program manager at Environmental Defence, on the $260-billion unfunded environmental liability in the oil and gas sector in Alberta:

Albertans have had a long-standing and mutually beneficial bargain with the oil and gas industry. Basically, the deal was, the companies can take Albertans’ resources, practically for free, but in exchange, they’ll create high-paying jobs for Albertans. They’ll create the conditions for a strong economy, low taxes, and a high quality of life.

But it looks like we have been duped. Because there was another, hidden part of the deal: massive clean-up costs that the companies aren’t able to pay. Costs that will likely be left to Albertans to pay, long into the future.

Read the full op-ed in the Edmonton Journal Read more about Op-ed: Hold energy industry responsible for clean-up costs

Regan Boychuk: The (100) Billion Dollar Question

Oct 30 2018 - 6:30pm

Regan will be talking about the little-known but urgent dilemma Alberta faces as a result of insolvent polluters and captured regulators. Public officials have allowed hundreds of billions in unfunded oilfield environmental liabilities to accumulate to crude oil and natural gas industries that no longer turn a profit. But there remains a solution if Albertans can find the political will.

Doors 6:30 PM | Talk 7:00 PM

Cost: $5

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Location

AWA Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

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