Canada's rapidly expanding tar sands industry is causing the toxic pollution of its rivers, but the government of Alberta continues to deny there is a problem.... Read more »
Saturday August 14th, 2010
|8:30 AM -9:00 AM||•Welcome and Registration •Continental Breakfast|
|9:00 AM- 10:00 AM||•Opening Remarks and Introductions - Atlantic Chapter Water Coordinators Samantha Munroe and James Hutt •Summit Icebreaker!|
|10:00 AM - 10:15 AM||
The Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter invites you to attend its first Action H20 Summit on Water Quality and Conservation. This summit is a part of a greater national water campaign that provides grassroots groups, community leaders, and municipal staff with tools and resources to achieve sustainable water conservation practices in Canadian communities.... Read more »
We drink it, wash with it, play in it, draw food from it: two thirds of our bodies is water! Life on earth evolved from aquatic environments, and our rivers, oceans, and lakes are often wellsprings for a deep connection with the natural world.
In Atlantic Canada, we seem to be surrounded by water: whether in the form of lakes, rivers, and - of course! - the mighty Atlantic Ocean, there seems to be an unlimited supply. Not to mention the water that falls from the sky ... At the same time, barely a week goes by that we don't hear about water being contaminated by pollutants and sewage, local water shortages or boil orders, and impacts of climate change on groundwater resources. ... Read more »
Yarmouth and Halifax, NS - A network of environmental and community organizations are objecting to the hasty adoption of a flawed Fur Industry Act for Nova Scotia. Bill 53 was introduced for First Reading on Thursday April 29th and was passed by the House of Assembly on its Third Reading on Thursday May 6th. Although the Department of Agriculture worked closely with the Nova Scotia Mink Breeders Association for over a year to develop this Bill, members of the public, including members of the affected communities were not consulted.
"It is ironic that a law intended to address community concerns has been pushed through without due consultation with those communities or environmental experts," says Steve Hawboldt of the Clean Annapolis River Project. "The Act has value but there are a number of changes that would have taken seriously the need to ensure environmental protection and addressed community concerns.."
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