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March 3, 2009

The Canadian Press reports this morning that, “Canada's environment minister sat down Monday for a chat with one of the most powerful senators in the United States, but the issue that's hounding Jim Prentice back home -- Alberta's oilsands -- was not discussed…Prentice is in Washington this week to talk to American power brokers about collaborating on clean energy and climate change policies.”

HARPER’S CLIMATE CHANGE-ENERGY PACT IDEA ‘DIDN’T FLY’ WITH OBAMA

March 2, 2009

An open letter was sent today by nineteen groups – including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace Canada, the Sierra Club of Canada, the Rainforest Action Network, and the Council of Canadians - to US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and Energy Secretary Steven Chu “regarding the Clean Energy Dialogue and Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice’s upcoming visit to Washington.”

March 2, 2009

Ken Wardroper passed away on February 26 at the age of 87. His obituary in the Ottawa Citizen notes that, “He served with the Canadian Scottish Regiment during the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Holland. He attained the rank of Captain with the regiment and was invalided out of the service when seriously wounded for the second time in April 1945. A lengthy recovery followed, after which he joined the Department of External Affairs as a foreign service officer. He served his country in this capacity for a further 37 years, his last overseas posting being Norway, where he held the position of Ambassador. He followed his public service by joining the Council of Canadians, determined to preserve the country and people he loved, and led the Council as interim leader after the resignation of its founder, Mel Hurtig.”

March 2, 2009

The Globe and Mail reports today that, "Canadian federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice lands in Washington today to pursue the Canada-U.S. co-operation on energy and the environment that was promised when the new President visited Ottawa two weeks ago. In meetings with top administration officials, Mr. Prentice will push Canada's proposal for a continental system of emission caps and market-based permit trading that would align Canada's regulatory system with that of our largest trading partner."

OBAMA'S BUDGET PLANS SWEEPING EMISSIONS RULES

March 2, 2009

Chronogram Magazine reports that, "the Kent Film Festival, which bills itself as 'Connecticut’s premier film festival,' is one of the region’s best-kept cultural secrets. For four days each spring, the festival screens world-class feature films in the northwest corner of the Constitution state...(Among the films) being screened at the 2009 installment of the Kent Film Festival is Sam Bozzo’s Blue Gold: World Water Wars, based on the muckraking book by Canadian Activists Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke (Blue Gold: The Right to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water), which first brought the effects of globalization on the world’s water supply to public attention in 2002...Blue Gold will be screened as part of the Kent Film Festival, March 26 through March 28..."

In the article, Sam Bozzo, the film's director, is asked, "What sort of solutions to the water crisis does Blue Gold author Maude Barlow call for?"

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