For Immediate Release - Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010
Pictou County, NS- The Nova Scotia Environmental Network is co-hosting its annual gathering from Friday, Sept. 10 to Sunday Sept. 12 at Stoneham Chalets in Scotsburn, Pictou County with the Sierra Club Atlantic and Pictou County Watershed Coalition. The theme of the gathering is Woods, Water, Work: Getting Out What We Put In.
The Sunday keynote speaker is Dr. Daniel Paul, author of “We Were Not the Savages” and recipient of numerous awards recognizing his contribution to First Nations history and environmental justice, including the Orders of Canada and Nova Scotia as well as the 2007 Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. Memorial Elder Award. Dr. Paul will speak extensively about the history and current concerns of Boat Harbour.... Read more »
If you'd like to send a letter to your Alberta MLA outlining your concerns over the Regional Aquatic Monitoring Program (R.A.M.P) and health concerns in Fort Chipewyan, please follow the following step by step guide.
1. Go to http://bit.ly/6iBBox
2. Enter your name.
3. Enter your email.
4. Select your MLA (click the link on top to find your MLA).
5. Hit send (or if you'd like, alter the letter).
6. Your MLA's office will email you back to verify your address. Please provide your postal code or address. If not, you MLA will ignore your letter.
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Residents are angry about an Alberta government proposal to have the oilsands industry participate in a health study of cancer rates in this tiny community on the Athabasca River.
Industry members would sit on the oversight committee managing the study, according to the proposal.
"I don't believe industry should be part of this committee," said Steve Courtoreille, a councillor of the Mikisew Cree First Nation and chairman of the Nunee Health Board Society. "If there are people sitting on the oversight committee who are connected (to industry), they're going to have instructions as to what steps they have to take to look after the best interests of who they're serving."
The provincial government expressed interest in a study after a report from the Alberta Cancer Board in February 2009 found that cancer rates were 30 per cent higher than expected in the northern Alberta community.... Read more »
ACTION ALERT - No New Approvals on Tar Sands! – Sierra Club Prairie wants Total’s Joslyn Mine proposal shelved.
French Oil Giant Total has filed a proposal for a new open pit tar sands mine in the tar sands. The area is already plagued with local reports of environmental pollution, treaty rights violations and health problems. Total’s mine proposal threatens to make these issues worse!
From Total’s own admission the new open pit mine will:
- Result in one and a half million tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution each year, equivalent to putting over 270,000 cars on the road.
- Destroy seven thousand hectares of land, equivalent to the 13,000 football fields, with no realistic hope of reclamation of these areas to the same natural state they were in before.
- Result in the production of 12.5 billion litres of toxic tailings waste each year, and over the project life amounting to a volume large enough to fill over 100 sports stadiums, without any proven plan to keep these toxic materials from entering the region’s lands and waters.
- Result in the production of 2,740 tonnes of pollution each year that causes acid rain.
- Remove and pollute up to 22 billion litres of fresh water from the Athabasca River each year.
In addition this project has not received the free, prior and informed consent of the Indigenous people of the region and raises serious concerns with respect to Treaty rights infringements.
Sierra Club Prairie asserts that as many of their members are citizens of Canada who have benefited from Treaties, there is an interest and responsibility to ensure the Canadian & Alberta government’s behaviour is honourable and legal in upholding Section 35 of the Constitution which relates to ‘Aboriginal’ rights.
Call or email or mail a letter to Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach!
The Honourable Ed Stelmach
Premier of Alberta
307 Legislature Bldg
10800 - 97 Avenue
Canada T5K 2B6
Phone Number (780) 427-2251
Fax Number (780) 427-1349
Call or email or mail a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper!
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Phone Number (613) 992-4211
Fax Number (613) 941-6900