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Alberta (CP) — A Canadian native protester and social

activist Naomi Klein were among dozens arrested last Friday outside the White House near the end of a two-week civil disobedience campaign aimed at pressuring U.S. President Barack Obama to block TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Klein was arrested alongside fellow Canadian Gitz Deranger, from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, and several American native leaders on Day 13 of the protest. “I have seen the devastation of our environment and people’s health with increased cancer deaths,” Deranger said before his arrest. “If Obama approves this pipeline, it would only lead to more of our people needlessly dying.” Bill Erasmus, chief of the Dene First Nation in the

Northwest Territories, was there to lend support to those who were hauled off to D.C. police headquarters in armoured vans in the dying hours of a protest that has resulted in the arrests of more than 1,000 people. Erasmus said the oilsands are already having a

grim impact on the Slave River,which flows from northern Alberta into Great Slave Lake,NWT.

Only 13 male sage grouse remain in Alta.

(CP) — A wilderness group says the sage-grouse

bird is on the brink of extinction in southeastern Alberta and blames the oil and gas industry. Nigel Douglas with the Alberta Wilderness Association says there are just 13 male birds left in the province. He says the birds are sensitive to industrial disturbance in their habitat. Douglas says the Alberta government needs to ensure there isn’t any more development in the sage- grouses’ environment. He also says the province should phase out developments in areas where the endangered birds have disappeared. The group was holding an emergency summit with leading North American sage-grouse scientists earlier this week to develop recommendations to halt the demise of the species.

Health Advisory Council accepting applicants

SOUTHERN ALBERTA NEWSPAPERS Applications are being accepted for positions on the

Palliser Triangle Health Advisory Council. It is expected six of the existing members who are at the end of the term will be reappointed.They are Diane Macnaughton (Redcliff),Patty Rooks (Seven Persons), Ruth Babcock (Bow Island), Martin Shields (Brooks), Warren Drefs (Medicine Hat) and Rudi Brockman (Oyen). There is only the vacancy brought about by Jim Black taking a position in Saskatchewan. Applicants will be interviewed by the Alberta Health Services Board during the week of Sept. 12. For additional information and/or to submit an

application phone Keith Donaghy, advisory council relations, community engagement for AHS at 403-943- 1125 or online

“We’re downstream from the tarsands development;

I live about 800 miles north and we’re already feeling the effects,” said Erasmus,who said water levels are dropping due to the mass amounts of water required to process the oilsands. “Water is also being polluted ...we can no longer drink the water or eat the fish.We want the Obama administration to know this is not in the national interest of Canada, this is not in the national interest of the United States.” Keystone XL would carry Alberta oilsands crude

from northern Alberta through to southeast alberta, southwest Saskatchewan and six U.S. states to refineries in Texas. As they have been every day for almost two weeks, the protesters were arrested one-by-one by U.S. Park Police and escorted to police vans after sitting peacefully on a White House sidewalk holding anti- pipeline banners. As they were helped into police vans, their fellow activists shouted “thank you” on the other side of the police barricades. Friday’s arrests came a week after the U.S. State Department released its final environmental

PRAIRIE POST - Friday, September 9, 2011 - 3 Native protesters arrested at White House over Keystone

assessment of the $7 billion pipeline, determining the project would cause minimal risk. Energy Secretary Steven Chu also suggested this week that the pipeline was likely to get approved due to Canada’s close ties to the United States. While actresses Daryl Hannah and Margot Kidder, both arrested during the two-week campaign, aren’t exactly at the height of their celebrity, former vice- president Al Gore, now a leading American environmentalist, has also weighed in. In a plea to Obama earlier this week, Gore urged the

president this week to block the pipeline, calling the oilsands “the dirtiest fuel on the planet.” “The answer to our climate, energy and economic

challenges does not lie in burning more dirty fossil fuels — instead,we must continue to press for much more rapid development of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and cuts in the pollution that causes global warming,” Gore wrote on his blog. The Obama administration says it will make a final decision on the pipeline by the end of the year, after it determines whether the project is in the U.S. national interest.

Photo by Megan Blakley, Lonesome Road Photography

NICELY DONE SIR: Blake Smith and his horse Bologna took part in the Southwest Ranch Horse Competition Finals in Cadillac, Sask. Sept. 4.

Sheriffs and RCMP nab unsafe long weekend drivers SUBMITTED —

In their ongoing efforts to improve safety on Alberta’s highways, sheriff and RCMP integrated traffic units cracked down on unsafe drivers over the Labour Day long weekend. Between Friday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 5,

officers laid 3,743 charges across the province including:

• 29 distracted driving violations; • 2,834 speeding violations; • 55 hazardous driving violations, such as careless

driving and stunting; • 46 impaired driving charges, 55 other alcohol-

related violations and 32 24-hour suspensions for alcohol or drug use; • 73 failing to stop at a stop sign infractions; • 160 seatbelt or child restraint infractions; and • 459 violations ranging from having no insurance to driving while suspended.

RCMP and sheriff integrated traffic units and their road safety partners are making Alberta’s highways safer by focusing on the four most dangerous driving activities: impaired driving; not using seatbelts; speeding; and proceeding unsafely through intersections; and due to recent changes in legislation, they are also focusing on distracted driving.

Some examples of distracted driving charges from the long weekend: • a driver in Whitecourt who crossed the median

while talking on a cell phone; and • a driver in Fort McMurray who was talking on a cell phone with one hand and holding an ice cream cup with the other while reversing out of a parking stall. The highest speed clocked during the weekend was 212 km/h near Ponoka. For more information on traffic safety visit



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