Prairie Chapter

Green and First Nation Groups Join in Condemnation of Bill 45 and 46

(Edmonton, Alberta - Dec 9 2013) Several of Alberta’s leading environmental organizations and First Nations have joined the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, the Alberta Federation of Labour, and many other individual unions in condemning the heavy-handed tactics of the Alberta governments proposed Bill 45 and 46. ... Read more »

ReSkilling Edmonton Network Coordinator

It is our mission at the Sierra Club Prairie to develop a well-trained knowledgeable network of community leaders who are working to protect the integrity of our prairie ecosystems. 


At the Prairie Chapter, it is our vision to live in healthy communities sustained by healthy ecosystems - rural, urban and wild. It is our intent to accomplish this mission and move towards our vision of healthy communities sustained by healthy ecosystems.

For more information about Sierra Club Prairie , you are welcome to visit our website at www.prairie.sierraclub.ca

Special Events Coordinator
 • You will be responsible for the ReSkilling Edmonton Network campaign.
 • You will be responsible for working within a budget and identifying new partnership opportunities for the campaign.
 • You will have an opportunity to develop a skill-sharing network of seniors and youth in the greater Edmonton area.... Read more »

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Wed, 2013-06-19 02

Action Alert: Say no to more Shell tarsands mining by Oct 1st!

 

Send a letter to Shell outlining your concerns about further tarsands expansion! Check out our new site, Stop Shell Now and follow the links to take action!

 

Letters are due by October 1st, so take 5 minutes, write a letter, and share this email amongst your friends!

Say No to Shell: Write a letter to Shell about Jackpine expansion by October 1st... Read more »

Action Alert: Report an Oil Spill in your Community!

2012-07-10

Landowner and Environmental Groups Launch Pipeline Spill Tipline

Edmonton – The Alberta Surface Rights Group, Greenpeace Canada, The Council of Canadians and the Sierra Club today launched a Pipeline Tipline encouraging people that see pipeline spills to phone the number and report them. The groups came together after continued in-action from the Premier in dealing with the hundreds of oil spills that hit the Province every year...

“We know that the government isn’t looking out for our safety so we are turning to people throughout the province to let the public know what’s really going on,” said Don Bester with the Alberta Surface Rights Group. “Hundreds of spills happen every year and still this government does nothing. We had three major spills last month alone. How many more have to happen before the government finally acts?”
 
According to the Energy Resources Conservation Board in 2010 there were over 600 spills and leaks from energy related pipelines in Alberta. Two of the last three major spills were undetected by the company but instead, were reported by third parties.
 ... Read more »

Action Alert: Petition: Stop plans to build small nuclear reactors in Saskatchewan

2012-06-26

Stop plans to build small nuclear reactors in Saskatchewan to power oil extraction from the Alberta Tar Sands.

The Saskatchewan government and nuclear industry – with public and corporate money “laundered” through the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) – plan to build a small nuclear reactor to power extraction of oil from the Alberta Tar Sands.

When elected in 2007, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (his Saskatchewan Party is ideologically tied to Harper’s federal Conservatives) created the Uranium Development Partnership (UDP), chaired by one of the U of S vice-presidents. With industry support from Bruce Power (nuclear reactors) and its majority shareholders, Cameco (uranium mining) and TransCanada Corporation (the Keystone pipeline), the UDP pushed to establish a nuclear program at the University.

Public consultations in 2009 gave a resounding 88% “NO” to this nuclear agenda , but the government/corporate/

university consortium have used the U of S to bypass this overwhelming expression of public opinion. The Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (CCNI) was announced in March 2011 with $30 million of Government funding over 7 years. Its first goal is to build a prototype small nuclear reactor on campus. In August 2011 the Government and Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd announced another $10 million towards that objective.

Current U of S President MacKinnon and Board of Governors Chair Nancy Hopkins have been deeply involved in this project. Hopkins owns nearly $2 million in Cameco investments and is a paid Cameco director ($175,872 in 2009). MacKinnon accepted an all-expenses-paid trip to Cameco’s northern operations and exclusive lodge in 2009, at the peak of the public debate about the UDP report.

But MacKinnon retires from the U of S on June 30. We must send a clear message to his successor, Ilene Busch-Vishniac, to step off this destructive path.

Brad Wall’s government has starved the University of essential funding – U of S has an accumulated $90 million debt. Existing infrastructure is crumbling. New buildings on campus can’t open. And the $40 million for the CCNI and related nuclear projects won’t help U of S out of this crisis.

The University of Saskatchewan, founded in 1907, was once proudly called “the people’s university” – set in the heartland of the Canadian cooperative movement, home to Tommy Douglas, the greatest Canadian, the father of Medicare. Today the University has become an easy target for corporate takeover and a tool for the nuclear and petroleum industries. But right now we have a chance to stop this from happening.

Stop plans to build small nuclear reactors in Saskatchewan to power oil extraction from the Alberta Tar Sands.

Every single person who joins strengthens our call for action. Please take a minute to share this link with everyone you know:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_plans_to_build_small_nuclear_reactors_in_Saskatchewan_to_power_oil_extraction_from_the_Alberta_Tar_Sands_1/?tta

            

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