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CEN E-Bulletin - July 15, 2005 Edition

The July 15, 2005 issue of the Weekly CEN e-Bulletin is now available for download:



  1. Calls For Placements
    • Intern Applications, Conservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  2. Action Alerts
    • Mining Watch Canada & Friends of the Earth.
    • World Wildlife Fund ANWR Media Initiative.
  3. Announcements
    • Report on UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Fourth Session Now Available.
    • ENGO Report for the 13th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 13) Now Available.
    • Report on Canada Wide Standards for Mercury Emissions Now Available.
  4. Events
    • Canadian Environmental Network Conference 2005 and Annual General Meeting.
  5. Jobs
    • Green Budget, Coalition Program Manager.
    • David Suzuki Foundation, Research and Policy Analyst, Climate Change and Energy.
  6. Read more »

Posted July 18, 2005 by russ

Happy Parks Day Alberta!

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Edmonton Chapter

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to our ParksWatch Program official launch date on Canada's Park Day this Saturday (July 16). This is a very exciting day for all of us at CPAWS. We welcome you to come to the small ceremony at 1pm for cake, or drop by between 1-4pm and pick up our new For the Love of Parks brochure and the I love AB Parks bumper sticker!

Who: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – Edmonton Chapter

What: CPAWS’ ParksWatch Program Launch (see details below) and Parks Day Celebration!

Why: Celebrate Parks Day, the launch of this new program and the creation of the Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park! Pick up the “For the LOVE of Parks Brochure” to learn about this new program and the limitless values of Alberta’s Parks and Protected Areas.

When: Canada's Parks Day - Saturday, July 16th, 2005. Drop by our information booth between 1:00 and 4:00pm. Official launch ceremony will commence at 1:00pm.

Where: Alberta's newest Provincial Park - Lois Hole Centennial (formerly Big Lake Natural Area) near St. Albert, close to the BLESS viewing platform (see directions below).

Posted July 15, 2005 by russ

CPAWS Releases Forestry Report

Forest Industry Making Little Progress Towards Sustainability

EDMONTON, July 13, 2005

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Edmonton, today released an in-depth report on the state of forest management in Alberta. The objective of the study was to determine how far government policies and industrial practices still need to go to achieve the vision set forth in the Alberta Forest Conservation Strategy, released in 1997. To do this, CPAWS compared and contrasted the management plans of all large forestry companies in the province and the government’s new Forest Management Planning Manual against the Alberta Forest Conservation Strategy and the Forest Stewardship Council boreal certification standard. Read more »

Posted July 14, 2005 by russ

Action Alert! More support is needed for Alberta's caribou!

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Edmonton Chapter

Thanks so much for all the quick responses to send letters to David Coutts in support of our caribou! Read on for another opportunity to take action to protect the caribou!

Stop the Logging, Save the Caribou!

While government and industry claim they are concerned about caribou recovery, they continue to plan logging in caribou ranges that their own studies have shown do not contain enough habitat to support caribou populations. Please write to West Fraser and Foothills Forest Products and cc your letter to the Honorable David Coutts and tell them that this is not acceptable! Here are some points that can be included in your letter:

  • Woodland caribou are considered "threatened" in Alberta
  • The Little Smoky herd west of Hinton has been identified by government as "at immediate risk of extirpation", and the A La Peche herd as "stable" but only since it has abandoned its winter range in the Foothills.
  • The government has just declared it will implement a series of actions to add a greater level of protection for woodland caribou and establish a planning team to focus on these two herds among others in the area.
  • This planning team is not likely to have its recommendations ready before logging in these ranges continues this winter.
  • A recent study has indicated there is currently inadequate habitat for these two herds.
  • Logging in these ranges should be deferred until a plan is in place and shown to be effective in restoring these caribou populations.
  • Canfor has deferred logging, so should you!
  • Read more »

Posted July 14, 2005 by russ

CEN E-Bulletin – July 8th, 2005 Edition

The July 8, 2005 edition of the CEN Weekly e-Bulletin is now available at the CEN website:



  1. Calls For Delegates
    • RCEN Caucus Meetings.
  2. Calls For Comments
    • Proposed Integrated Framework for the Health-Related Components of Categorization of the Domestic Substances List under CEPA 1999.
  3. Action Alerts
    • Petition to Review Devil's Lake Water Diversion Project.
  4. Announcements
    • Environmental Planning & Assessment Caucus Report Now Available.
    • Preparing for the Montreal Climate Conference (Kyoto Accord).
    • ENGO Report on Fifth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests Now Available.
  5. Events
    • Canadian Environmental Network Conference 2005 and Annual General Meeting .
    • WMAN Healthy Communities Conference.
    • Heritage Canada Foundation, 2005 Conference.
  6. Jobs
    • World Wildlife Fund Canada, Manager (Climate Change).
    • FAW Canada, Country Director.

Posted July 12, 2005 by russ

Upcoming Hikes and Backpacking Trips

Alberta Wilderness Association

This summer, AWA is offering an exciting program of summer hikes and backpacking trips.

July and August trips include:

  1. Saturday July 23, 2005
    Lakeland: A Guided Day Hike
    With Dr. Richard Thomas
  2. Wednesday July 27 - Friday July 29, 2005
    South Castle Wilderness: A 3-Day Wilderness Backpacking Trip
    With Reg Ernst
  3. Thursday August 11 - Sunday August 14, 2005
    White Goat Wilderness: A 4-Day Wilderness Backpacking Trip
    With Don Wales
  4. Saturday August 20, 2005
    The Beehive: A Guided Day Hike
    With James Tweedie

More details below. Read more »

Posted July 12, 2005 by russ

New ELC Publication - Municpal Powers, Land Use Planning, and the Environment: Understanding the Public's Role

Municipal Powers, Land Use Planning, and the Environment: Understanding the Public’s Role (June, 2005), by James S. Mallet, is now available through the Environmental Law Centre. This report includes a guide to the land use planning process in Alberta and recommendations for law and policy reform. It is available on our website, as a free download or a hard copy may be purchased from the Publications Catalogue page. Read more »

Posted July 12, 2005 by russ

Activist Agenda - July 8, 2005

The July 8, 2005 Edition of Activist Agenda is available for download (PDF, 94 KB).

Posted July 8, 2005 by russ

Ten More Dead Grizzlies: Pressure Mounts on Struggling Bruins

Alberta Wilderness Association

Ten more grizzly bears were killed in the province's spring grizzly bear hunt, according to new figures released by the Alberta government. Conservation groups say that this is totally unacceptable in a province developing a Recovery Plan process for a "threatened" species.

"This is 10 bears too many," says Nigel Douglas, Conservation Specialist with Alberta Wilderness Association. "The evidence is clear now that grizzly bears are in serious trouble in Alberta and this hunt shames Alberta both nationally and internationally." Read more »

Posted July 7, 2005 by russ

Lakeland: A Guided Hike with Dr. Richard Thomas

Alberta Wilderness Association

What: Guided Hike in Lakeland

When: Saturday July 23rd at 9:30 am

Where: Lakeland Provincial Park and Recreation Area

Cost: $20 per person

Join host Dr. Richard Thomas, Alberta's foremost authority on the ecology of the boreal forest, for a guided hike of the Lakeland area. Rarities in Alberta¹s fire-ravaged Boreal Forest region, old growth forests are nature¹s museum, a genetic storage bank to continue biodiversity. 34 species of birds and mammals are dependent on the remaining old-growth forests of Lakeland, including barred owls, Blackburnian warblers, hoary bats, pileated woodpeckers, woodland woodland caribou and northern flying squirrels.

Posted July 6, 2005 by russ

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