Our Water Is Not For Sale, in cooperation with the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, has produced a new brochure, featuring a postcard to the Environement Minister, to build awareness and support action on Alberta's critical water issues and the threat of water markets.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help distribute the brochures -- to people at events in your community, to community groups, faith groups, co-workers, family, neighbours, classmates, etc.
A scientist who specializes in environmental toxicology says Health Canada didn't go far enough with its warning this week about cellphone use for young people.
The agency encourages people under the age of 18 to limit the time they spend talking on a cellphone.
The agency's previous stance suggested that people could limit their cellphone use if they were concerned about an unproven suggestion the devices increase one's risk of developing brain cancer.
Magda Havas, a member of the Wireless Safety Council of Canada, said other sources of radio waves should also be limited.
Havas said she can't understand why Health Canada didn't advise people under the age of 18 to limit their use sooner.
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October 6th, 2011 Washington, D.C.
Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus and other First Nations representatives have delivered the Mother Earth Accord to the office of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Mother Earth Accord calls on President Obama and Secretary Clinton to reject the Presidential Permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and for a moratorium on tar sands development. The Accord was drafted by First Nations, Tribal leaders, and property owners who would be affected by the Keystone XL pipeline, and lists their concerns about the proposed development.
“Our meeting with Hillary Clinton’s Assistant Secretary was productive,” said Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus. “But we won’t stop here. We will continue to oppose this pipeline, and Canada’s devastating tar sands projects.”... Read more »
Parents should encourage children under 18 to limit the time they spend talking on cellphones, Health Canada said Tuesday in new advice on mobile phone usage.
The guidance is a nuanced change from previous advice, which suggested that people could limit their use of cellphones if they were concerned about an unproven suggestion the devices increase one's risk of developing brain cancer.
"Really it's more proactive in encouraging cellphone users to find ways to limit their exposure, and … to empower parents to make healthy choices to reduce their children's exposure," explained James McNamee, division chief for health effects and assessments in Health Canada's bureau of consumer and clinical radiation protection.
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Action Alert: Send your questions for Alberta's next premier and join online live discussion OCT 5th 11 am - 12pm!!!
Action Alert: Send your questions for Alberta's next premier and join online live discussion!
Alison Redford, Alberta's new designated Premier elect has a, what some people are calling, progressive platform. Just how progressive is Alison Redford? Alison Redford wants to create an authority to direct the government's efforts in the renewable energy sector. Redford's website says that this initiative will be based on the "success' of the Alberta Oil Sands Development Authority. The long and the short is, this authority would prefer large transnational and international partnerships in the deployment of renewable energy over local community control and community profit.
Redford will be online for a live discussion October 5th 11am - 12pm and accepting questions in advance. Submit your questions here! Click the link and submit your questions!
"My objective is to hand over a healthy Alberta to future generations. This ideal guides my thinking on energy issues" says Redford's website. However, her main objective to achieve this around the tar sands is to focus on reclamation rather then a recognizing local Indigenous communities request for a moratorium on new development in the region. As millions of tar sands dollars transfer from the people from whose land it is plundered from to international energy companies, shareholders, and distant profit margins, so too will this policy on renewable energy mean that local people will be shut out of being able to control, design, consent, and benefit from renewable energy deployment. Once again, we will watch the government prop up and favour large energy companies over small, decentralized, community owned power.
While Redford was the only major candidate who mentioned renewable energy deployment in any kind of detail (Mar said he'd leave it up to industry), this so-called "hands off" approach leaves it up to the greenwashing interests of the very companies that are destroying global and local ecosystems to decide when and where it is convenient for them to put up a wind farm.
We need to be out there asking hard questions of our new designated Premier elect to make sure that she truly is looking out for future generations. The province cannot handle more unabated tar sands development. We have too much to lose. So join Redford and the Calgary Herald for a live online discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Click the link and submit your questions!
Remember that our Premier is there to be the voice of the people. So we the people need to stand up and question our leaders and guide them down the path we all want to see. Let's tell Redford about the Alberta we want to see. Fair, just, and equitable for our generation and the generations to come.