uh-oh here come the ‘thought police’

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Support for Harrietsfield and Drinking Water

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June 14, 2017

Dear Lana,
My name is Marlene, and thanks to people like you, Ecojustice is helping me and my neighbours fight for access to safe, clean drinking water in Harrietsfield, N.S.

A now defunct construction and demolition facility contaminated the groundwater in my community. That facility opened 20 years ago, and in 2003, my neighbours and I were put on a water monitoring program. But when I contacted the government in 2009 to ask about our water sample results, I learned that no one had been reviewing them to make sure that my health and the health of my neighbours was being protected.

That marked the beginning of our multi-year fight for clean water. Since then I’ve collected data, organized meetings and marches, and written to elected representatives. And with support from Ecojustice and people like you, I have even gone to court three times.

Ecojustice lawyer Kaitlyn Mitchell has been our compassionate champion. She helped us intervene when those responsible for the contaminated site repeatedly appealed to the courts, asking to be removed from the provincial government’s cleanup orders. Most importantly, we won all three court cases and the Court’s rulings sent a strong message that polluters are responsible for cleaning up their mess!

The Ecojustice team also helped mobilize supporters like you to advocate directly on behalf of me and my neighbours. Thanks to the thousands of messages you sent, the government has promised to install water filtration systems in our homes. I cannot wait for the day when I can finally turn on the kitchen tap and drink the water that comes out!

Today, I’m proud to invite you to donate to Ecojustice because I know that when you make a gift, you empower communities like Harrietsfield to continue to fight for our right to a healthy environment.

In gratitude,

Marlene Brown, Ecojustice client
P.S. Ecojustice represents me, and every one if its clients, free of charge. When you donate to Ecojustice, you don’t just support a single organization, you strengthen an entire movement. Please make a gift today.
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Wild Salmon

Fuel my fight for wild salmon
June 8, 2017

Dear Lana,

My name is Alex, and thanks to people like you, Ecojustice lawyers are helping me protect Pacific wild salmon.

I moved to B.C. in the 1980s and settled in a remote community in Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw territory in the Broughton Archipelago – the perfect place to spend a lifetime studying orcas. But it wasn’t long before salmon farms started popping up, and I watched the orcas disappear.

As the B.C. salmon farm industry grew, so did the prevalence of parasites and viruses in wild salmon —the main food source for resident orcas. I wanted to know what was going on, so I shifted my research from orcas to study the impacts of fish farms on wild salmon.

When I discovered that a B.C. salmon farm was transferring farm salmon infected with piscine reovirus into the ocean, I questioned the legality because scientific evidence suggested this posed a significant threat to wild salmon and our coast. I needed the power of the law on my side in the face of the federal government’s indifference. So I turned to Ecojustice for help.

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With support from people like you, Ecojustice lawyer Margot Venton and her colleagues helped me take the federal government to court.  They spent thousands of hours working on my behalf — for free, I might add — and walked into that courtroom well-prepared to face deep-pocketed corporate and government lawyers. Their preparation paid off: We won our case!

Despite this victory, the government still refuses to test B.C. farm salmon for piscine reovirus before putting them into wild salmon habitat. That’s why we’re back in Court — to force the government to take a precautionary approach to wild salmon protection — and we can’t do it without you.

Wild salmon are the bloodstream of this coast. They feed more than 100 species, including orcas and the trees that make the oxygen we breathe. Join me in the fight to protect the salmon that bring life to the B.C. coast by making a donation to Ecojustice today.

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With sincere appreciation,

Alexandra Morton, Independent Biologist

P.S. When you donate to Ecojustice, you don’t just support a single organization, you strengthen an entire movement. Please make a gift today.

Photo of Alexandra Morton, Ecojustice client, by Ivan Alexis

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One-Word Essays

(Note: These are NOT my photos; they come from an email circular.)

My relative who has been on psychiatric meds for over 40 years sent this email. She was able to stay at one job, got married, and has been active in church and in her communities.

One Word Essays

Determination

 
          
 
 

Hope

 
 

Contemplation

 
 

Love

 
 
 

Excitement

 
 
 

Security

 
 
 

Adventure

 
 

Contentment

 
 
 

Longevity

 
 

Curiosity

 
 
 

Heroism

 
 
 

Aspirations

 
 
 

Confusion

 
 
 

Honor

 
 
 

Accomplishment

 
 
 

Perseverance

 
 
 

Whimsy

 
 
Tradition
 

Companionship

 
 
 

Beauty

 
 
 

Caring

 
 
 

Relating

 
 
 

Fruitful

 
 
 

Awe

 
 

Tenacity

 


 
 
 

Friendship

 
 

May your troubles be less,

May your blessings be more,
May nothing but happiness
Come through your door!

 
 
 
 

Hope You have an enjoyable DAY

and experience all of GOD’s BLESSINGS !!!

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who have children of their own, or have been like a mother to others! Have a great day and year!

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Canmore Petition

I’m posting a petition on here – I sign about 1 -2 a month, and petitions do carry weight. The people who initiate social-environmental justice petitions have sometimes gotten the changes they seek, and they often take the petitions to the highest levels of decision-making possible. I encourage you to look within your own heart and see if there are ways you can participate in change-making, which is more often about protecting the things that have always been and are now under economic and commercial pressures to change.

Thanks and have a great day!

Trending petition

L – There’s a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it.

Petitioning Alberta government and Canmore Town Council

Canadian Rockies becoming un-bear-able. Protect the Bow Valley’s remaining wild spaces now

Petition by Three Sisters FOR Wildlife
Canmore, Canada
4,055
Supporters
You have a chance right now to make all the difference for the future of Canada’s wildlife. 

The Rocky Mountain parks are among Canada’s true jewels — places that all who live there, have visited, or who wish to visit hold dear to their hearts. They symbolize our deep respect for the land and all that it provides, and they allow the world to witness Canadians’ dedication to conservation and environmental leadership.

The Issue

The town of Canmore is situated between two of the largest protected areas in the Canadian Rockies — Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country. The continentally significant valley in which Canmore is situated is not protected under Parks legislation, and has experienced exponential development growth over the last couple of decades. The footprint of the town now sprawls up both the northern and southern slopes of the valley, and threatens to sever the movement of wildlife species between their habitats in Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country.

The Bow Valley — where Canmore is situated — is a gravel bed river ecosystem, which is relatively rare in the protected areas of the Canadian Rockies but provides        prime habitat for grizzlies, elk, wolves, deer and other animals. The Bow Valley is well known to be a critical route in the movement of these species between the parks.

The movement of large mammals through the valley and the survival of those that make it their home are threatened by the human activity and development in Canmore. If the pressure becomes great enough, these animals will no longer be able to move through, and their populations on either side of the movement corridor will become isolated from one another. Isolated populations eventually “wink out” as they lose the genetic diversity that makes them resilient to disturbances like climate change.

What can we do to ensure that this does not happen?

Wildlife corridors

Wildlife corridors are areas of land reserved for animals so that they can:

•    move freely while looking for food;

•    migrate safely and effectively without human interference;

•    find mates in other regions, promoting the genetic diversity that is critical to the survival of wildlife populations.

Since the early 1990s, Canmore has been ground zero for research into how wildlife corridors work and why they are necessary. Due to the work of local governments, hundreds of conservation organizations, scientists and researchers, we now know a lot about what is needed for a wildlife corridor to be functional for all the species who use it.

Currently there are a number of developers looking to expand the development footprint within the Bow Valley by building commercial and residential real estate, including a casino, a massive conference centre, more than a dozen hotels, housing, and commercial businesses within and around the Town of Canmore. When combined, these developments would double the size of town to 34,000 residents in a relatively short span of time.

With such growth, the residents of Canmore are concerned that wildlife will no longer be able to disperse and maneuver through the valley.

How you can help?  Please take these 2 simple steps:

1) Sign this petition asking Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks, Shannon Phillips, to conduct a cumulative impacts study that takes into consideration ALL current and foreseeable large-scale developments in the Bow Valley.

2) Write your OWN LETTER outlining your concerns to the decision-makers below.   Address your letter to Roger Ramcharita at the email address provided and copy Shannon Phillips, Cam Westhead and Canmore town council.

We’re asking Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks to:

1.      Conduct a cumulative impacts study; consider the impact that the decisions we make today will have on future generations of wildlife and people;

2.      Protect Canmore and the Bow Valley’s very unique ecosystems, which need to be preserved in order for wildlife in the entire region to flourish. Use the very best science and use the precautionary principle in making decisions about the future of wildlife in the Bow Valley.

We’re asking the Town of Canmore Council to:

3.      Not issue new approvals on development proposals that would expand Canmore’s footprint until a cumulative impacts study is conducted by a multi-jurisdictional task force.  Note that we are not calling for a moratorium on all development, just a pause on approvals of new, large-scale developments on undeveloped lands at the edges of the town.

4.      Consider instead of resort-driven growth (such as casinos, hotels and conference centres), refocusing on growing the area as a centre for environmental and scientific research, particularly pertaining to the conservation of wildlife and wilderness.

This petition to be delivered to:

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks: AEP.Minister@gov.ab.ca

Cameron Westhead, MLA for Banff-Cochrane: banff.cochrane@assembly.ab.ca

Canmore Town Council: council@canmore.ca

Roger Ramcharita, Executive Director, Alberta Environment and Parks, South Saskatchewan Region: AEP.wildlifecorridor@gov.ab.ca

 

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Remembering Tooker

Today is activist and politician Tooker Gomberg’s Memorial Day.

Please read here to learn more about Tooker.

God bless his widow Angela Bischoff, who is handling both Greenspiration.org and her other eco-campaigns through the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA). Angela has twice  been voted Best Activist by readers of NOW Magazine in 2013 and 2014.

Love and peace to all.

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