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Is Tar Sands Development Driving Weaker Parks Legislation?

22 Nov 2010

Albertans have been struggling to understand the reasoning behind Bill 29, the Alberta Parks Act, which is proposing to substantially weaken protection of Alberta’s network of provincial parks and protected areas. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) believes that tar sands development is a key driver for the Government of Alberta to pass Bill 29 as swiftly as possible. Read more »

Posted November 23, 2010 by AEN

Bill 29 (Alberta Parks Act) Reflects a Step Backward in Good Park Governance

17 Nov 2010

Edmonton, AB – ”It’s an unfortunate and reversible trend,” says Jason Unger, Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton. “We have legislation now that sets specific prohibitions in some of our protected areas and Bill 29 will nullify that.” The Bill makes protected areas, most notably ecological reserves and wilderness areas, into Provincial Parks and relies on zoning to govern activities in the parks. Zoning is dealt with completely in regulations. Read more »

Posted November 18, 2010 by AEN

PM allows unelected Senate to kill climate bill in unprecedented vote

17 Nov 2010

OTTAWA, ON — Stephen Harper has done what he promised to never do, allow the Senate to go against the will of the majority of Members of Parliament and the Canadian public. Last night, Stephen Harper's Senators voted to defeat the Climate Change Accountability Act (Bill C-311) before the bill even had a chance to be debated.

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Posted November 17, 2010 by AEN

Health issues spur Northern Albertan residents to learn to sample own air

17 Nov 2010

EDMONTON — Growing criticism of the Stelmach government’s and the oil industry’s air quality monitoring in communities near tar sands operations has spurred residents from the Peace and Athabasca regions to take matters into their own hands, attending independent training workshops to arm themselves with answers to the ongoing health issues plaguing their communities. Read more »

Posted November 17, 2010 by AEN

Media Comment: Sierra Club on the approval of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline

15 Nov 2010

Sheila Muxlow, Director of the Sierra Club Prairie has the following comments regarding the Federal and NWT governments approval of the MacKenzie Valley Pipeline with the rejection of recommendations to ensure cumulative effects monitoring throughout the project development and to ensure end use of natural gas does serve as an energy source which contributes to more fossil fuel development - like projects in the Alberta tar sands. Read more »

Posted November 15, 2010 by AEN

Conservation groups launch Save Our Parks Week

and say "back to drawing-board" on new parks act

12 Nov 2010

Edmonton, Red Deer & Calgary—  At press conferences today in Alberta’s three largest media centres, Alberta’s conservation groups announced that the government’s proposed new parks legislation is so regressive and harmful to Alberta’s parks that they are launching November 15-20 as Save Our Parks Week.  They want the Bill withdrawn by the Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister and are calling on Albertans to save their parks by emailing and faxing

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Posted November 12, 2010 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Minister Prentice's resignation

4 Nov 2010

OTTAWA, ON — Marlo Raynolds, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to Minister Prentice's resignation on Thursday afternoon:

"Minister Prentice made significant progress on issues like national parks and toxics, and he certainly appeared to want to make meaningful progress on climate change. Read more »

Posted November 4, 2010 by AEN

Alberta likely headed into “Park-gate” with overhaul of the parks legislation

4 Nov 2010

Calgary -  Breaking news!  The Stelmach government has introduced a new parks Act that conservation groups expect will undermine more than four decades of protection for Alberta’s provincial network of parks, if the likely changes are not defeated by a public outcry now.  Concepts that the new Act is based on were put out last summer for public input through a question and answer form on the government’s website.  Those include col­lapsing Natural Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wildland Parks, Ecological Reserves, Provincial Recreation Areas and Provincial P Read more »

Posted November 4, 2010 by AEN

“Potatogate” Deal is Dead: Now it is Time to Fix the Real Problem

3 Nov 2010

“Potatogate”, the shady Alberta government deal to sell off 16,000 acres of public land – scarce native grassland and endangered species habitat – has finally been shelved, following an unprecedented public outcry. But while this particular piece of land has received a temporary reprieve, the system which allows for secretive backroom deals to sell off public land, and with no public input, is still very much in place. Read more »

Posted November 3, 2010 by AEN

Weakened policy risks destroying thousands of hectares of Alberta wetlands

Policy ignores input of advisory group and Albertans

29 Oct 2010

CALGARY, AB - After years of delays, the Alberta government has dismissed the no-net-loss recommendation of its own advisory group and is proposing a complex wetland policy that risks the permanent loss of thousands of hectares of wetlands.

Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner confirmed the shift today to a group of stakeholders in Calgary. Read more »

Posted October 29, 2010 by AEN

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