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The Alberta Environmental Network (AEN) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization comprised of groups throughout the province dedicated to helping preserve and protect Alberta's environment. The AEN's purpose is to facilitate the sharing of information & resources among member groups, and to assist them in taking common action. AEN also promotes awareness of environmental issues & activities with stakeholders & the general public. AEN facilitates member group meetings and the participation of member groups in meetings and consultation with government and/or industry. Check out Field Notes for the latest news, events & action alerts from the AEN & our member groups.


Edmonton's Community Energy Forum

Nov 14 2015 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Inspiring sustainable action in your city

Please join the City of Edmonton and community partners for a one-day forum to discuss issues of energy transition, climate change and building a sustainable future. The intent of this one-day event is for citizens to:


Shaw Conference Centre
Edmonton, AB

Posted September 30, 2015 by AEN

Poll: Most Albertans want stronger climate change policies

Survey shows public support for climate action and a stronger price on carbon

30 Sep 2015

EDMONTON — New public opinion research shows that 53 per cent of Albertans want the province to adopt stronger policies to cut carbon emissions. This result comes from a survey of more than 1,800 Albertans conducted by EKOS Research Associates and commissioned by the Pembina Institute. Read more »

Posted September 30, 2015 by AEN

Action Alert: Castle Parks Public Consultation

Oct 5 2015 (All day)

From the AWA website:

Two new parks were declared in the Castle on September 4, 2015. It has been about 50 years in the making and it was an announcement we all received with praise for the government’s decision and intent to protect this valuable wilderness. We shared excitement with many colleagues and individuals who have hoped for this designation. Since the announcement we have begun anticipating what the new parks would mean to future generations and ecosystem integrity. We are writing today to invite you to participate by completing a simple online consultation survey the government launched the same day as the announcement and to include written comments about the values you have for these two new parks.


Please email a copy of your comments snichols [at] abwild [dot] ca (to me); I look forward to hearing from you,

- Sean Nichols, AWA Conservation Specialist

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Posted September 24, 2015 by AEN

AWA Submission on Castle Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park Management Planning

In response to the Government of Alberta's announcement of enhanced protection for the Castle area, and Alberta Parks' subsequent call for comments , the Alberta Wilderness Association has posted their submssion:

We know that truly protecting the Castle as a keystone piece of Alberta’s biodiversity mosaic requires comprehensive management plans and regulatory enforcement. AWA is seriously concerned that with the initial information we have from Alberta Environment and Parks, the designation exemplifies when a park is not a park.The protection outlined in early September is more symbolic than substantive.

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Posted September 24, 2015 by AEN

Protecting Instream Flow in Alberta’s Rivers – Navigating Churning Policy Waters

Oct 17 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Faculty of Law and the Canadian Institute of Resources Law invite you to attend a free public lecture on Protecting Instream Flow in Alberta’s Rivers – Navigating Churning Policy Waters.

It is a simple truth that healthy aquatic ecosystems need sufficient water to meet instream flow needs. Yet the water in some Alberta’s rivers is fully or over-allocated to human uses which can impact and impair aquatic ecosystems. This lecture will describe why  we should be concerned about instream flow needs, especially in southern Alberta, explain what tools the Alberta Water Act provides to restore and protect instream flows, and set out the curbed use by the Government. The lecture will recount to date the ongoing and litigious saga of the non-profit Water Conservation Trust of Canada and its aim of utilizing the transfer and licensing provisions of the Water Act and the water market made possible by the Act to protect instream flows. Read more »


Room 3360
Murray Fraser Hall, University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Posted September 22, 2015 by AEN

Nature Alberta 45th Anniversary Gala

Nov 7 2015 - 5:30pm

NA_45_PosterFrom the Nature Alberta website:

In 1970, six clubs, including Nature Calgary, Edmonton Nature Club (previously Edmonton Bird Club and Edmonton Natural History Club), Red Deer River Naturalists, Lethbridge Naturalists, and the Bow Valley Naturalists had the foresight to form the Federation of Alberta Naturalists which has today grown into a 39-club-strong Nature Alberta.

You are invited to join us at our 45th Anniversary Gala and Awards Banquet onNovember 7, 2015 and help us celebrate the clubs, the people and the history that has enabled Nature Alberta to be the voice for the greater appreciation and conservation of Alberta’s natural environment. Read more »


Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre
10440 108 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted September 22, 2015 by AEN

AER seeks feedback on draft requirements for managing tailings in Alberta

DRAFT Directive : Fluid Tailings Management for Oil Sands Mining Projects
17 Nov 2015 (All day)

Calgary, Alberta (Sep 17, 2015)…

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is seeking public feedback on its draft directive on fluid tailings management for oil sands mining projects.

As the province’s energy regulator, the AER ensures that oil sands development aligns with government policy. Following the release of the Government of Alberta’s Lower Athabasca Region: Tailings Management Framework for Mineable Athabasca Oil Sands (TMF), the AER has developed new requirements for tailings management.

“The draft directive represents an evolution in how we will manage tailings by addressing both existing fluid tailings and new fluid tailings growth” said Cal Hill, AER executive vice-president of the Strategy and Regulatory Division. “It establishes the requirements operators must meet in order to ensure that all fluid tailings are ready to reclaim within 10 years of the end of a mine’s life.” Read more »

Posted September 21, 2015 by AEN

Job opportunity: EBC is hiring a non-profit bookkeeper

Nonprofit Bookkeeper
Application Deadline: 
1 Oct 2015 (All day)

From the EBC website:

EBC is seeking an independent contractor to provide the Society with bookkeeping services commencing in October 2015.

Edmonton Bicycle Commuters is a registered non‐profit society with approximately 1300 members. Annual revenues that are sourced from sales of bicycles and parts, donations, grants, and AGLC Casino are over $250,000. Payments are received in the form of cash, cheque, Square and PAYD (debit and credit). Approximately three to five paid staff are responsible to administer two community bicycle shops, special programming and community relations and are assisted by dozens of volunteers. Payroll is managed through Nethris and books are currently kept using Simply Accounting. Payments to suppliers and contractors are made using electronic funds transfer (EFT) wherever possible. EBC is applying to the CRA for Charitable Status.

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Posted September 21, 2015 by AEN

Broad-based group of Canadians demands a stop to commercialization of Canada's national parks

16 Sep 2015

BANFF, AB —Today a diverse group of Canadians with a deep concern for the well-being of our national parks gathered in Banff to call for an end to inappropriate commercialization of Canada’s national parks.

Recent commercial projects in Banff and Jasper National Parks have privatized public spaces and threatened the very framework that controls development in our parks. Read more »

Posted September 21, 2015 by AEN

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