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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Revised northern land plan under fire

To read an article entitled, "Revised northern land plan under fire", written by Provincial Affairs Writer Keith Gerein of the Edmonton Journal, please click on the following link:

From the article: "The Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta, "lacks strategies to reduce tailings ponds (thus putting all kinds of wildlife at risk for death), limit land use (so that land exists for the wildlife and the plants of this province), and manage biodiversity, including the province's threatened population of woodland caribou..."

The people of this province want to know Mr. Ed Stelmach when your government is going to focus on other things besides "Big Oil" and  issues relating to your own retirement as leader of this Province? Mr. Stelmach in an article entitled,"Stelmach Government Fails to Plan for a Sustainable Future" (from the year 2007)  which you can read by clicking on the following link: it is stated, "The Stelmach Government’s first budget does little to acknowledge the accelerating environmental impacts of an overheating energy sector, let alone begin to address them, three leading environmental organisations said today.
“The environment was a complete no-show in this budget,” said Amy Taylor, Senior Economist at the Pembina Institute. “Premier Stelmach’s government doesn’t seem to understand that the environment is a priority for Albertans, and that Albertans’ priorities need to be reflected in the budget."

In 2009, "To add to the long list of international publications that have focused on the environmental costs of the oilsands, National Geographic chose its March edition to splash images of the development - with at least four pictures depicting unsightly tailings ponds - across its pages alongside an article." At that time, Simon Dyer, oilsands program director for the Pembina Institute, an environmental think-tank, said, `industry and government need to take responsibility for the environmental performance of the oilsands.'' In this same year,  the government (of Alberta)  released a long-awaited, 20-year blueprint for Alberta's oilsands that aims ``to reduce the environmental footprint, optimize economic growth and increase the quality of life in Alberta's oilsands regions.'' However, according to experts,  "the report was immediately criticized for being light on details."   Mr. Stelmach, the people of this province want to know when you and your ministers are going to star to take responsibility for the environmental performance of the Oilsands?  Premier, you have been quoted in public as stating, "“the environment trumps the economy”  (source: , however you have failed to back up these words with concrete policy and plans to protect the  physical environment and the plants and animals of this Province! The people of this province want to know why we should trust you or any Progressive Conservative leader of the province in the future, regarding anything you say or anything this future PC leader of the province says, when you have failed to  show the people of this Province and the World through your actions and policy , that the "environment trumps the economy"!

Mr. Stelmach what do experts think of you? This is what they think:

Pembina reacts to revised draft of Lower Athabasca Regional Plan

Released: Aug. 29, 2011
Media contact: Jennifer Grant, Julia Kilpatrick
CALGARY — "Jennifer Grant, director of the Pembina Institute's oilsands program, made the following statement in response to the release today of a revised draft of the Government of Alberta's Lower Athabasca Regional Plan:
"The government's efforts to accommodate industry interests are apparent in this version of the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan, with the adjustment of some protected areas, and new loopholes introduced last week that allow further exemptions to environmental standards.
"With the federal government signaling last week that writing off 95 per cent of caribou habitat is an acceptable approach as long as thousands of wolves are killed to limit predation, we are not confident that Alberta's delayed caribou and biodiversity strategies will protect the province's ecosystems.
"In this latest draft of the plan, the Alberta government has missed the opportunity to improve on the weaknesses we identified in the previous version, including adequate protection for caribou habitat, allowing logging in some conservation areas, and the lack of limits on water withdrawals from the Athabasca during low-flow periods.
"The Pembina Institute has recommended that the draft regional plan should be reviewed by an independent group of scientists and overhauled to ensure the protection of the regional environment. It now appears these recommendations have been ignored." (source: )

Mr. Stelmach at a time when the school children of this province are returning to school to learn and achieve in the classroom, the people of the Province of Alberta have to give you a big-fat "F" in your performance  for your failure to protect the environment of this province, and a second big-fat "F" for failing to act and create policy to prove that you really meant that the "environment trumps the economy". These failures have began occurring when the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta took power 40 years ago and have been repeated over and over again by the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta, in its 40 years of ruling this Province!! Consequently the Progressive Conservative Party deserves a big fat "F" for its performance relating  to the environment and the plants and animals of this province over this 40 year span! And is is the people and the other life in this Province which have been suffering because of this failure to protect the environment, as our  health is being threatened by your failures!! Even though you and your so-called experts do not agree with this contention!

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"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

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

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.