Alberta’s solicitor general is defending controversial remarks he and the premier made about Greenpeace protesters, saying the comments were not an attempt to influence legal proceedings.
Source: CAL – Calgary Herald By: Kim Guttormson
Oct 07 03:05 Page: B1
A city committee will start to refine its lawn chemical bylaw today, making a decision on how far it wants to go in restricting the use of the products on public and private property.
A city survey found 18 per cent of Calgarians strongly support restrictions, even if it results in more weeds on their lawn, while 23 per cent strongly opposed restrictions.
As well, 30 per cent think pesticides are extremely harmful to the health of Calgarians, while 27 per cent perceived them to be slightly harmful or not at all harmful.
Many world leaders are already committed to negotiating an agreement in Copenhagen that is ambitious, fair, and binding, and many have started implementing solutions in their own countries. Unfortunately, Canada is falling behind. Our national targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions have been called ineffective, and our performance at a number of recent climate meetings has been labelled “obstructionist”……..
Our inaction comes from fear. Because Canada is a major oil producer, politicians and some businesspeople are afraid that reducing our reliance on fossil fuels will harm the economy. But that’s short-sighted. If we continue to rely on dwindling non-renewable energy supplies, we’ll be left in the dust as the rest of the world moves forward to a green economy, with innovation, jobs, and money from new technologies such as renewable energy infrastructure…….
As a northern nation, Canada is particularly vulnerable to climate change. The impact is magnified near the Earth’s poles, largely because of the loss of ice and snow coverage. Canada also has the longest marine coastline in the world, so sea-level rise would have a dramatic effect with enormous economic consequences. Many Canadians are already feeling the sting of climate change, especially in the North and in other communities that depend on forestry, fisheries, and agriculture……..
We can all take individual action to reduce our emissions, but ultimately, we must let our leaders know that we expect them to seize the opportunity in Copenhagen to create a secure and healthy future for our small blue planet and all the people who share it.