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Report: Cosmetic Pesticides – Provincial Policies & Municipal Bylaws: Lessons Learned & Best Practices

From the media release:

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) released a new report that documents the dismal state of affairs when it comes to protecting Canadian children from cosmetic pesticides used on lawns and gardens.

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Posted August 31, 2016 by AEN

ELC Report—Conservation Directives: an unknown and untested tool

The Environmental Law Centre has published their report "Conservation Directives: Alberta's unknown and untested conservation tool":

When we think of protecting Alberta’s landscapes there are a variety of tools that are quite well understood and used: parks on public land, conservation easements on private land.  The Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) greatly added to the conservation tool box by providing a variety of legal mechanisms to plan and manage for conservation purposes.

Posted November 16, 2015 by russ

Report: Fostering a conversation on stronger carbon pricing in Alberta

The Pembina Institute has published their report "Fostering a conversation on stronger carbon pricing in Alberta":

British economist Lord Nicolas Stern has noted that “climate change presents a unique challenge for economics: it is the greatest example of market failure we have ever seen.” Putting an effective price on carbon pollution is one of the best ways to correct this failure while capitalizing on the flexibility and efficiencies afforded by the market. An increasing number of industry players, environmental organizations and economic institutions are also recognizing this fact.

Posted November 16, 2015 by russ

Publication—In Water we Trust: Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows

The Environmental Law Centre has made available for download their report "In Water we Trust: Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows":

Should Alberta adopt policies that allow for 3rd party participation in instream flow protection?  Are water trust organizations a part of the answer to instream flow needs in over-allocated basins?  The Environmental Law Centre’s report In Water we Trust:  Engaging Albertans in Restoration and Maintenance of Environmental Flows seeks to answer these questions.

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Posted November 16, 2015 by russ

Wild Lands Advocate Vol. 23, No. 5

The latest issue of the Wildlands Advocate is now available from the Alberta Wilderness Association website.

Features

  • Thinking About Rivers
  • Close Alberta’s Borders! (to aquatic invasive species)
  • Little Smoky – Duvernay Pilot: How Close is Promised Cumulative Effects  Management?
  • Two Fish, One Fish, No Fish: Alberta’s Fish Crisis
  • At the Top of Grassy Mountain
  • Species At Risk: Westslope Cutthroat Trout
  • Conservation Corner: The Leopard Frog and the Fungus
  • In Memoriam - Chris Havard
  • Read more »

Posted November 6, 2015 by AEN

ELC publishes Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment

The Environmental Law Centre has published its Model for Harmonized Provincial Environmental and Sustainability Assessment:

In recent years, federal environmental assessment law has undergone radical changes resulting in a reduced number and scope of federal environmental assessment.  Consequently, the provinces are positioned to take a greater role in environmental assessment as the federal government takes a step back. In light of a reduced federal role, the province to province cooperation and coordination can play a greater role. This may include expansion of regional environmental assessment and strategic environmental assessment within and across provinces.

This report builds upon the ELC's publication A Model Environmental and Sustainability Assessment Law by establishing the criteria necessary for successful province to province cooperation and coordination.  As well, this report explores the means by which a province can implement regional environmental assessment and strategic environmental assessment within their own borders and cooperatively with other provinces.  Recognizing that ecological regions and policy decisions may not respect political boundaries, moving beyond traditional project based environmental assessment and creating broader frameworks for decision-making requires province to province cooperation and coordination.

Posted October 16, 2015 by AEN

Pembina Institute submission to Alberta's Climate Change Panel

The Pembina Institute has posted its submission to Alberta's Climate Change Advisory Panel:

This set of recommendations for Alberta’s Climate Leadership process would enable a peak in Alberta’s overall emissions by 2020, enable Alberta to contribute its fair share towards Canada’s international 2030 target and put Alberta on track to achieve an 80 per cent emissions reduction below 1990 levels by 2050.

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Posted October 9, 2015 by AEN

New report highlights major commercial development threat to Canada’s national parks

From the CPAWS Northern Alberta Chapter website:

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A new report released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that Canada’s national parks are under serious threat from growing commercial development pressures, particularly in Banff and Jasper.

The report describes a list of recent developments that, together, threaten the natural values national parks are intended to protect. These include the recent rushed approval of a massive expansion of the Lake Louise Ski Resort in Banff, construction of the Glacier Skywalk and a proposed Maligne Lake resort development in Jasper, and a proposal to build a giant seven story statue in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, among others.

Posted September 14, 2015 by AEN

Wild Lands Advocate Vol. 23, No. 1

2015-02-00 Vol. 23 No. 1 Wild Lands Advocate

The latest issue of the Wildlands Advocate is now available from the Alberta Wilderness Association website.

Features

  • Giving up the Ghost?
  • Managing Recreation on Public Land: How does Alberta Compare?
  • Hummingbird to Hope: Trail Monitoring, Management and a Wildland Park in the Bighorn
  • An Impossible Dream?: Biodiversity in Alberta’s Largest Urban Centres
  • A Conservation Easement Goes to Court
  • Flying a Chequered Flag at OHV Races in the Livingstone-Porcupine
  • Read more »

Posted May 12, 2015 by AEN

Capital Region Fine Particulate Response

Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development has finalized and released the Capital Region Fine Particulate Matter Reponse—a plan to reduce and maintain ambient concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) at all stations in the Capital Region below numerical Canada-wide Standard. In addition to the full report, an overview of the response is available for download at the Capital Region Cumulative Effects Management page on the AESRD website. Read more »

Posted January 29, 2015 by AEN

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