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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

Alberta Ecotrust currently accepting proposals for Spring Grant Round

If your non-profit or charity is working on an environmental project on the themes of air/climate/energy, water, or wilderness conservation, you may wish to apply for some funding to support that work.

Alberta Ecotrust supports small grassroots organizations working on meaningful projects that seek to improve Alberta's environment.

We offer the following grants:

  • Major Grants - receive funding up to $30,000 for projects that will lead to meaningful change.  These grants are for projects or programs with a broad scope or work towards long-term change.  Visit our website for all the guidelines and forms.  Deadline to submit a Letter of Intent to apply is February 15, 2011.
  • Community Grants - smaller, grassroots, community-based environmental projects are encouraged to apply for up to $7500 through our Community Grants program.  Visit our website for the guidelines and forms.  Deadline to submit a Community Grant is April 15, 2011.
  • Read more »

Posted February 4, 2011 by AEN

No Public Voice in Latest Tax Recovery Land Sales

4 Feb 2011

The Government of Alberta’s latest announcement that it will transfer 84,000 acres of tax recovery land to local municipalities follows a recent pattern: a failure to consult the Alberta public and a failure to recognize the importance of nationally significant native grasslands. The 2010 “Potatogate” saga made it clear that Albertans wanted to see less secrecy and more transparency in the disposal of public land. That message does not seem to have been heard. Read more »

Posted February 4, 2011 by AEN

Groups call for extension on Environmental Bill of Rights debate

1 Feb 2011

OTTAWA - There will be a crucial vote on whether to extend the debate of the Environmental Bill of Rights Act at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3rd.

The bill is currently before the Standing Committee on Environment and sustainable Development undergoing a clause-by-clause examination. During this process, a number of improvements have been identified, but unless Parliament extends the debate deadline tomorrow, it will be voted on in its original form.  Read more »

Posted February 2, 2011 by AEN

"Stop sabotaging climate action!"

Tar Sands protest at the Canadian High Commission marks Minister’s visit

31 Jan 2011


LONDON – This morning a group of campaigners protested outside the Canadian High Commission in London, to mark the visit of Ron Liepert, Alberta’s Energy Minister. The minister is here to lobby on behalf of the Province of Alberta’s Tar Sands industry, and encourage Europe to get more involved in what has been dubbed the world’s most destructive project. Read more »

Posted January 31, 2011 by AEN

Approval of Total oilsands mine deeply flawed

28 Jan 2011

CALGARY, AB — Environmental groups are condemning the approval of the Total Joslyn North Mine project, which fails to meet legal requirements for cumulative impacts assessment and ignores growing concerns about lack of government oversight and monitoring.

The Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, represented by Ecojustice, opposed the project in provincial-federal joint review panel hearings last fall. Read more »

Posted January 28, 2011 by AEN

Pembina Reacts: Genesee III coal power plant must deliver on promise to offset greenhouse gas emissions

28 Jan 2011

EDMONTON, AB — Simon Dyer, policy director of the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta Utilities Commission decision to deny Capital Power's application to remove greenhouse gas reduction commitments associated with the Genesee III coal power plant.

The Pembina Institute, as a member of the Clean Energy Coalition, had opposed the application. Read more »

Posted January 28, 2011 by AEN

COMMENT: Sierra Club Prairie on approval of Total Joslyn Mine

27 Jan 2011

Sheila Muxlow, Director with the Sierra Club Prairie had the following to say about the approval of Total's Joslyn Mine.

"Merely minutes after celebrating the creation of an oil dominated advisory panel the Provincial government fell further from their 'world class' ideals and signed off on another toxic tar sands mine under an admittedly broken system. The Joslyn North mine puts downstream communities at risk for further treaty rights violations, further health problems, and further environmental damage. It's time this government learns to subtract from their problems rather than continuing to add to them, because disappointingly the only thing 'world class' coming out of this government is deception."

For further comment call Sheila at 780-660-0312

Posted January 28, 2011 by AEN

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