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Enforcing Environmental Law: A Guide to Private Prosecution

Presented by James Mallet, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre

Please join James Mallet of the Environmental Law Centre for the following upcoming presentations in Calgary and Edmonton. R.S.V.P. for either event by telephone at (780) 424-5099 or 1-800-661-4238, by fax at (780) 424-5133 or by email at [email protected]: Read more »

Posted January 4, 2005 by russ

MMT On Its Way Out in Canada

Sierra Club of Canada

December 16th, 2004

(Ottawa) The controversial fuel additive, MMT, may finally be disappearing from Canadian gas. A recent survey by Sierra Club of Canada revealed that virtually every major refiner of gasoline in Canada has started phasing out MMT, a manganese based replacement for lead. Like lead, manganese is neuro-toxic. MMT is also a threat to air quality due to its propensity to gum up catalytic converters in automobiles. MMT results in more air pollution. Its health and environmental threats led the Government to ban it in the late 1990s. However, various trade challenges, including Chapter 11 of NAFTA, resulted in the repeal of the legislation. Nevertheless, pressure from the car makers, environmentalists and health protection groups has not disappeared. Read more »

Posted December 16, 2004 by russ

Wildlands Advocate -- December 2004

The December 2004 issue of Wild Lands Advocate
is now available at

Inside this Issue:

Coal Bed Methane Comes to Rumsey:
Can Alberta's Best Aspen Parkland Protected Area Survive?
By Dr. Shirley Bray

Triumph of the Commons:
The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation
By Dr. Valerius Geist

Alberta Wilderness Watch

  • New Report: Primrose-Lakeland Worthy of Protection
    by Dr. Ian Urquhart

  • Forest Succession on Seismic Lines, Wellsites and Roads
Read more »

Posted December 16, 2004 by russ

CEN Weekly e-Bulletin -- December 10th

The December 10th issue of the Canadian Environmental Network's Weekly E-Bulletin is now available at the CEN website. Read more »

Posted December 16, 2004 by russ

Appeal Court Judge Denies Abraham Glacier Wellness Resort Permission to Appeal

Alberta League for Environmentally Responsible Tourism

December 1, 2004

In a decision released yesterday, the Honourable Justice Berger dismissed an application by 1006335 Alberta Inc. for leave to appeal the decision of
the Clearwater County Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB).

In their June 2004 decision, the SDAB had denied 1006355 Alberta Inc. a development permit for their proposed Abraham Glacier Wellness Resort.

The Appeal Court Judge denied permission to appeal the SDAB’s decision because the appeal would have little chance of success.

The Judge found that the main basis for the SDAB’s decision was the lack of information provided by the proponent. The Appeal Court decision states, “the results of any appeal to this Court would, in my opinion, not result in a reversal of the SDAB. In summary, the evidentiary deficiencies noted by the SDAB are incapable of being overcome.” Read more »

Posted December 16, 2004 by russ

Action Alert: The Trans-Canada Twinning Plan for Banff National Park

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Calgary/Banff Chapter

To its credit, Parks Canada has arrived at a plan for the further
twinning and improvement of the Trans-Canada Highway that we at CPAWS
feel we can support. The plan includes provisions for highway fencing
and the construction of a series of 18 wildlife crossing structures
designed and located as prescribed by good-quality science.

There are, however, several within the commercial community in Banff
National Park who are publicly voicing their reservations about the Read more »

Posted November 26, 2004 by russ

Seeking Nominations for 14th Annual Emerald Awards

Alberta Emerald Foundation for Environmental Excellence
14th Annual Emerald Awards

The Emerald Foundation is once again seeking individuals, organizations and
community groups in Alberta that have demonstrated excellence in activities
to protect, preserve, enhance and sustain our environment. Nomination forms
for the 2005 Emerald Awards to recognize these individuals are now available
from the Alberta Emerald Foundation for Environmental Excellence or from the
website at Read more »

Posted November 26, 2004 by russ

Candidates, Media Miss The Mark On Environmental Issues In Election

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: November 18, 2004

Despite recent surveys indicating Albertans rank the environment among the highest of priorities,
neither the candidates themselves nor the media have addressed environmental issues in the current provincial election. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) says the inadequacy of election coverage
and candidate unwillingness or inability to respond to a recent AWA environmental survey is indicative of how an issue of central importance to Albertans is being ignored. Read more »

Posted November 19, 2004 by russ

Report Urges Governments to Put a Price Tag on Nature

Ducks Unlimited Canada just released a report by Dr. Nancy Olewiler, a
professor of economics and director of the Public Policy Program at Simon
Fraser University in Vancouver that illustrates the economic value of
conservation. For those who think the environment and economy are
co-dependent, this will be of great interest.

Visit the attached link to the report on the Ducks Unlimited website: Read more »

Posted November 19, 2004 by russ

Board’s refusal to hear environmental group’s appeal of water licence decision still unexplained after five months

Southern Alberta Environmental Group
Box 383, Lethbridge AB T1J 3Y7

News Release
November 5, 2004

For Immediate Release

Government Board’s refusal to hear environmental group’s appeal of water licence decision still unexplained after five months. This is not responsible government.

Five months after deciding to dismiss an appeal by the Southern Alberta Environmental Group (SAEG) of an irrigation district water licence amendment, Alberta’s Environmental Appeal Board (the Board) has yet to provide reasons. The Board has informed SAEG that it is “compelled to meet other timelines”. Read more »

Posted November 8, 2004 by russ

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