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Government Sets High Bar for Suffield National Wildlife Area

30 Nov 2012

The seven-group Suffield Coalition today applauded the government’s decision to deny approval of Cenovus' (previously EnCana) proposal to drill 1,275 natural gas wells and construct associated infrastructure in the Suffield National Wildlife Area (NWA). Suffield NWA was established in 2003 to protect endangered native prairie and the many species of animals and plants at risk in the area, including at least 15 federally listed species threatened with extinction. Read more »

Posted November 30, 2012 by AEN

Planning for our Future: Public information and workshop on the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan

Dec 11 2012 - 7:00pm

The government has recently started public consultations on the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan . In a relaxed setting, AWA staff and guests will provide information about the plan, work through ways that you can give your feedback & answer your questions one-on-one. This workshop is hands-on and designed to help you quickly and confidently give your feedback during this busy time of year. See you there!

Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

Reservations: Read more »


Hillhurst Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted November 27, 2012 by AEN

Bill 8: Government Listens with Selective Hearing

5 Nov 2012

The recent announcement that the Government of Alberta will introduce Bill 8 (Electric Utilities Amendment Act, 2012) to effectively overturn amendments made through Bill 50 (Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009) is underwhelming to say the least.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) applauds the bill that would require all future transmission infrastructure projects go through a full needs-assessment process by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), but we are acutely disappointed that Bill 8 does not address the significant projects approved under Bill 50. Read more »

Posted November 8, 2012 by AEN

Coalition calls on panel to reject Shell Jackpine oilsands mine expansion

29 Oct 2012

CALGARY — With public hearings into a proposed oilsands mine expansion set to begin today, a coalition of environmental groups is calling on the joint federal-provincial review panel to reject the project.

Shell’s proposal to expand its Jackpine oilsands mine would increase production at the existing facility by 100,000 barrels per day. The company’s environmental assessment shows that expanding the Jackpine oilsands mine along with other planned developments will harm fish and wildlife, damage wetlands and old growth forests, exceed legally binding air quality limits and cause acid rain. It will leave a legacy of toxic waste buried in lakes, damage two significant rivers, and produce greenhouse gas pollution that will put Canada’s and Alberta’s climate targets further out of reach. Read more »

Posted October 29, 2012 by AEN

Music for the Wild: Robbie & Will with guests Blue Rambler

Nov 24 2012 - 7:00pm

Robbie & Will (Robbie Bankes, Will Lynch and Brigitte Ouellet) return to the Music for the Wild for the third time. They have left our audiences dazzled and delighted with their wonderfully skilled playing and their great sprit on stage. They play a mix of Celtic and folk music with élan using guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, accordions and fiddle.

The opening act is Blue Rambler (Don Gowan, Murray Little & George Campbell). Blue Rambler plays blues and swing tempered with a bit of folk and old country songs. Read more »


AWA Hillhurst Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted October 25, 2012 by AEN

AWA Tuesday Talk: Our Journey – Courtesy of the Great Divide Trail

Nov 6 2012 (All day)

Join Dan Wallace and Wayne Marshall as they share their friendship and adventures (from 1995 to present) via the (Alberta) Great Divide Trail.  From backpacking to motorhome to a camp, from hiking to biking to a four-wheel drive, from fly-fishing to caving to someone moving the trail (actually they were lost), from Friends to brush clearing and bridge building on one of Alberta’s more unique and remote trails.

$5 Adults, $1 Children Read more »


Hillhurst Room
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted October 25, 2012 by AEN

AWA Annual Lecture and Awards

Nov 16 2012 - 6:00pm

Me and Aldo: Leopold in the 21st Century

with Lorne Fitch, P.Biol.

The 2012 Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture Read more »


​Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted October 25, 2012 by AEN

Alberta’s Failing Grade for Species at Risk Management is Well Deserved

9 Oct 2012

A recent report released by Eco-Justice gave Alberta a well deserved failing grade for its species at risk management.  Unlike many other provinces, Alberta has no legislation specific to species at risk, a voluntary system to list species, no requirement to protect species’ habitat and no legal requirement to implement recovery action.   The Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is not surprised by this failing grade. Read more »

Posted October 18, 2012 by AEN

New Bill to Address Public Engagement in Public Land Sales

26 Sep 2012

The transfer of yet another 14,000 acres of public land in southern Alberta last week with no public discussion underscores the need for a new, transparent process in the decision to sell public lands.  Bill 202: Public Lands (Grasslands Preservation) Amendment Act, which will have its second reading in legislature this fall, would require Read more »

Posted September 27, 2012 by AEN

Sixteen Years after Being “Protected,” Rumsey Natural Area Sees a Halt to New Oil and Gas Access

11 Sep 2012

Sixteen years after it was officially “protected,” Rumsey Natural Area may finally be able to look forward to a future free of industrial development. Alberta Energy has made changes so that all new petroleum and natural gas agreements within the Rumsey Natural Area will now come with the condition: “Surface Access is Not Permitted.” Read more »

Posted September 11, 2012 by AEN

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