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Alberta Ignores Caribou Scientists Again: Caribou Betrayed by Government Inaction

22 Feb 2011

Alberta’s long history of failed recovery of woodland caribou took another downwards lurch this week, when the Alberta government admitted that it would be ignoring the advice of its own scientists to downgrade this charismatic species from threatened to endangered. Despite clear evidence that caribou numbers continue to decline, twenty-four years of inaction look set to continue. Read more »

Posted February 22, 2011 by AEN

Western Alberta Transmission Line Project Info Sessions

In anticipation of receiving an application for the Western Alberta Transmission Line (WATL), the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) is holding a series of information sessions in which "it will explain how interested persons can participate in the hearing process for the WATL project application." The WATL project proposes the construction of a high-voltage direct-current transmission line with a northern terminal in the vicinity of the existing Keephills and Genesee generating units west of Edmonton and the southern terminal at or in the vicinity of the existing Langdon 102S substation east of Calgary.

More information about the WATL project can be found on the AUC website. Read more »

Posted February 17, 2011 by AEN

ALSA Does Not Extinguish Property Rights

14 Feb 2011


An important clarification about the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) and property rights by University of Calgary law professor Nigel Bankes has confirmed that ALSA does not extinguish property rights. Professor Bankes points out that it is unreasonable to interpret ALSA as providing an alternative means of property expropriation, and that the courts would not uphold such an interpretation. (His February 11 posting is at Read more »

Posted February 14, 2011 by AEN

Polluter Harmony — #1 matchmaking site for polluters, industry lobbyists, & politicians!

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Greenpeace Canada has launched PolluterHarmony— "the #1 matchmaking site for polluters, industry lobbyists, & politicians!" Watch the video, and check out the site. While you're there, you can send a Valentine to the Minister of the Environment.

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Posted February 14, 2011 by AEN

Oilsands Visionaries Speakers Series

February 17 • March 3 • March 17
University of Alberta

Oilsands Visionaries, is an unprecedented, three part speakers series that invites the world's leading experts on the Alberta Oilsands to share their perspectives on the future of the resource. Presenting before a multi-stakeholder panel, three different speakers will outline the major challenges confronting the Alberta Oilsands and their solutions to overcome them. The panel — made up of industry, government, public policy, and environmental leaders — will provide a critical reflection of the visions outlined from their unique perspectives, assessing the viability and scope of the solutions presented. Read more »

Posted February 11, 2011 by AEN

Conservatives Re-Re-Re-announcement on renewable fuels not fooling anyone

Without strong regulations on the Tar Sands and other large industrial polluters, no plan to fight climate change will be effective

10 Feb 2011

Introduced first by the Federal Liberals a decade ago, using ‘renewable’ fuels as part of a wider plan to address climate change is not a new or novel idea.

If fact, today’s announcement is just a re-re-re-announcement of a very small step. Read more »

Posted February 10, 2011 by AEN

Minister’s decision to withdraw Bill 29: an encouraging step for Alberta’s Parks & Protected Areas

7 Feb 2011

(Calgary, AB) The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is applauding Cindy Ady, Minister of Parks Recreation and Tourism, for withdrawing the new Provincial Parks Act (Bill 29) from the spring session of legislature. Since November, thousands of Albertans and Canadians have written the Minister stating strong concerns with the Bill and its potential impact on Alberta’s most precious protected areas. Read more »

Posted February 7, 2011 by AEN

Bill 29 ‘Suspended.’ Is Alberta Parks Ministry Finally Listening to Albertans?

7 Feb 2011

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) congratulates Cindy Ady, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation on her apparent decision to withdraw the deeply unpopular Bill 29, the draft Alberta Parks Act. It now appears the bill will not be reintroduced in the spring session of the Alberta legislature.

In a recent “Park News” email, Minister Ady wrote: “While I had planned to bring park legislation back this Spring, I will spend the time needed to address the main concerns raised by Albertans before moving forward with new legislation.” Read more »

Posted February 7, 2011 by AEN

Groups ramp up parks campaign as Minister puts off controversial Bill 29

7 Feb 2011

CALGARY — “More parks now, not Bill 29” is the updated rallying cry of lead groups, such as Sierra Club Canada, in the public campaign that last November successfully got the Stelmach government to stall passage of the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation’s (TPR) controversial new parks legislation.  Read more »

Posted February 7, 2011 by AEN

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