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Friday, February 18, 2011

Alberta Progressive Conservative Party could care less about the health of Albertans

Smokestacks release Emissions from Tar sands processing Source of image:

Dr. David Schindler,  and two colleagues, in a letter to the Edmonton Journal (published on  Friday, February 18th,2011) titled "Potent toxins need to be studied", has made it abundantly clear that the ruling Progressive Party of Alberta and its leader, Premier Stelmach, could care less about the health of Albertans.  I say this because in this letter these authors  of the letter state,

"For years, Alberta politicians and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers have been telling Canadians that their "world-class" monitoring program on the Athabasca River showed that all pollutants were from natural sources. It was therefore assumed that additional studies of the health of people living near or downstream of the oilsands were not needed."

"This claim seemed incredible to our group of scientists, some of us with decades of monitoring experience."

"Studies on three continents have shown that the burning of fossil fuels and the smelting of ores discharge many toxins to the atmosphere. These fall back to Earth at varying distances from their high-temperature sources, usually in a radius of tens to hundreds of kilometres."

"Even before our study, the oilsands industry was reporting to Environment Canada's National Pollutant Release Inventory that it was emitting a variety of potent toxins to the atmosphere, several at rates of tens to hundreds of kilograms per year."

"The inventory also showed that emissions of many toxins have increased three-to five-fold in the past few years, due to rapid expansion of the oilsands industry."  


Mr. Stelmach, by denying the conclusions of these studies you are placing the health of all Albertans in danger. The people of this province want to know why you refuse to believe these scientists whose only interest is to describe what is really occurring  in this Province?  Mr. Stelmach, I do not have to be a scientist to tell you that I have noticed a difference in the quality of air in Edmonton in the past few years, and I have heard other people tell me the same thing concerning this aspect of the environment we live in. Quite simply, myself and others now have trouble breathing the air in Edmonton and elsewhere in the province when we are both inside and outside. Mr. Stelmach why did you allow the Oilsands industry to expand in this fashion,without first requiring this industy to be subject to an examination by experts so that the health of the People of this province would not be adversely affected by this expansion? By allowing the Oil Sands to expand it shows that you are only interested in Big Oil and their profit margin rather than the health and welfare of the citizens of this province!

As stated by Dr. Shindler and his two collegues in this letter, "It is clear from our studies and several panel reports that monitoring,oversight,scientific review,and public reporting of the environmental effects are substantial."

Mr. Stelmach the people of the Province of Alberta want to know what you and your Government intend to do about the findings of these scientists? The health of the citizens of this province have already been affected by your lack of action on this issue,we deserve to know what steps your Government are going to take to require the Oil Industry to reduce their output of toxins to safe levels.  The health of the residents of this province is at stake!

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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.