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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.

 

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 »

Location

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 »

Location

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

Posted September 22, 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

New report highlights major commercial development threat to Canada’s national parks

From the CPAWS Northern Alberta Chapter website:

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A new report released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that Canada’s national parks are under serious threat from growing commercial development pressures, particularly in Banff and Jasper.

The report describes a list of recent developments that, together, threaten the natural values national parks are intended to protect. These include the recent rushed approval of a massive expansion of the Lake Louise Ski Resort in Banff, construction of the Glacier Skywalk and a proposed Maligne Lake resort development in Jasper, and a proposal to build a giant seven story statue in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, among others.

Posted September 14, 2015 by AEN

New Alberta air quality report shows need for province-wide pollution reduction

Report points to serious air quality problems that require new management plans from government

9 Sep 2015

EDMONTON — Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta regional director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today's air quality reporting announcement by the Alberta government:

“This new report adds to the mounting evidence that Alberta needs to reduce air pollution across the province. Measures that will produce more rapid results are also needed in the numerous regional hot spots identified by the report.

“Near-term action is crucial to keep our air from getting worse. Alberta has been too slow to take action on existing pollution sources, and new ones have been added without regard for the cumulative impacts.

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Posted September 9, 2015 by AEN

Call for Delegates: Tailings Regulatory Management Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

Initiative: 
Tailings Regulatory Management Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
Position: 
ENGO Members (2 or 3) and Alternates (2)
Application Deadline: 
11 Sep 2015 (All day)

Purpose:
Using a consensus-based approach the committee will conduct a thorough review of the draft directive and produce recommendations for the AER. The TAC will operate as a forum where stakeholders can contribute their expertise to the development of the new directive. Read more »

Posted September 9, 2015 by AEN

New Protected Area to Protect Water, Create Jobs

4 Sep 2015

Blairmore, Alberta. Albertans today are celebrating the long-awaited creation of two new protected areas in Alberta. After more than 40 years of pressure from local business, advocates and community members, the remainder of the Castle Special Place has been protected as a Provincial Park and Wildland Provincial Park, completing the protection of ~1000 km2 region. Read more »

Posted September 4, 2015 by AEN

ELC's Green Regs & Ham Breakfast Event

Oct 6 2015 - 7:00am - 9:00am

Is Canada ready for the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015? 

Join us for a lively discussion on green regulations over a hearty breakfast of eggs and ham!

The ELC is excited to host a very timely discussion on what Canada and Alberta need to do to show their strong climate commitments in view of the upcoming Paris Climate Conference in December 2015. This global event has been touted as the "world’s last best chance to reach an agreement on cutting carbon emissions”. Read more »

Location

University of Calgary, Downtown Campus, Event Centres B+C
906 8 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB

Posted September 2, 2015 by russ

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