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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Action Grizzly Bear

I was just sent this message from Carl Morrison on my Facebook account and wanted to share it.


Carl Morrison sent a message to the members of Action Grizzly Bear:
Subject: Action Alert - Help drive our message home!
 
On Monday, Nov 2nd Action Grizzly Bear appeared before the Standing
Committee on
Resources and Environment. This government committee is composed of 
Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from all parties and is 
tasked with hearing from the
public on issues related to their mandate, which includes Sustainable Resource 
Development (SRD) - the ministry responsible for grizzly bear recovery.
 
Dr. Steve Herrero, Professor of Environmental Science at the 
University of Calgary and world renowned expert in grizzly bear ecology,
also appeared as an 
independent biologist to present the committee members with a 
background of the
science regarding Alberta's grizzly bears.
 
This presentation was a great opportunity to reach those key
Alberta decision 
makers who are in a position to influence government action on grizzly bear 
recovery. As a result of the meeting, Mr. Kent Hehr, MLA for Calgary-Buffalo,
raised the issue of grizzly bear recovery with SRD Minister Ted Morton in 
Legislature during Question Period.
 
Follow this link to view a written record of the Standing Committee meeting:
http://www.facebook.com/l/89e38;actiongrizzlybear.ca/wp-content/
uploads/2009/11/SCRE_Hansard.pdf
 
Big thanks are owed to those Albertans who wrote their MLA's 
leading up to this
presentation and the fall sitting of Legislature (currently
in session). No
doubt, this demonstration of public support strengthened our 
message. With 
grizzly bears fresh on the minds of many politicians now is 
a great chance to
drive our message home! 
 
Please take a moment to send a letter to key Alberta decision
makers. Tell them
them  that you fully support grizzly bear recovery in Alberta 
and ask them to do
the same. Request government action on these essential first
steps of a
successful recovery process:
 
- List the grizzly as Threatened under Alberta's Wildlife Act
- Reinstate the Grizzly Bear Recovery Team
- Dedicate funding and staffing to the recovery program
 
Letters can be directly sent to Premier Ed Stelmach and 
SRD Minister Ted Morton 
from our online action center:
http://www.facebook.com/l/89e38;org2.democracyinaction.org/o/
5654/t/3866/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=2251
 
Thanks for your continued support for grizzly bear recovery in Alberta!
 
Best,
 
Carl
Action Grizzly Bear Campaigner
carlm@sierraclub.ca

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