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Will Saskatchewan Oil Sands be a Carbon Copy of Alberta’s Mistakes?

Comprehensive new report outlines risks of poorly managed oil sands development and proposes a new approach
13 Aug 2009
Saskatoon — Oil sands development in Saskatchewan should be paused immediately so that appropriate planning and regulatory processes can be put in place before further development occurs, says a report released today by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society (SES) in conjunction with the Pembina Institute and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. The report, Carbon Copy: Preventing Oil Sands Fever in Saskatchewan, outlines key steps that would be required to ensure any oil sands development proceeds responsibly.

Posted August 13, 2009 by Anonymous

New Alberta protected wilderness after 10 years?

Alberta opens door to first new protected wilderness in a decade
6 Aug 2009
Edmonton -   For the first time in 10 years, the Alberta government is giving the green light to creating new protected wilderness areas in the province -- a move being welcomed by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). The region that will be affected is the Athabasca heartland, where oils sands developments threaten one of Alberta’s last strongholds of ecological integrity.

Posted August 6, 2009 by Anonymous

Advisory: Will Alberta’s Plan for Parks include Albertans’ priorities?

18 Apr 2009

Monday, April 20th, 2009, at 9:30 am in Calgary, the Honourable Cindy Ady, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation will be announcing the Alberta Government’s new policy for the province’s protected areas and parks – Alberta’s Plan for Parks.

It will set the direction for all of Alberta’s protected areas and parks for the next 10 years, including: Read more »

Posted April 20, 2009 by Anonymous

Seminar: Ecosystem-based Conservation Planning with Herb Hammond

Apr 8 2009 - 9:00am

Ecosystem-based Conservation Planning to maintain ecological integrity in the boreal forest

Presented by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the Environmental Research & Studies Centre


Maintaining ecological integrity requires maintaining the natural assemblages of species and ecological processes across the range of spatial and temporal scales. Natural reflects pre-industrial ecological conditions, and includes Indigenous management systems. Ecosystem-based conservation planning defines ecological limits, which are a practical application of the precautionary principle. Ecological limits constitute thresholds past which perturbations from human activities are outside of the range of natural variability. Exceeding ecological limits results in fundamental change to ecosystems, not fluctuations within ecosystem composition, structure, and function as those caused by natural disturbances. Ecological limits are defined for both physical and biological parameters. Read more »


M-137, Biological Sciences Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB

Posted March 31, 2009 by Anonymous

CPAWS Calgary Chapter Meeting: Wellness and Health Benefits of Wilderness

Mar 10 2009 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Talk Description

Professor Janice Cook, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary will look at wellness and health from a multidimensional perspective, exploring the physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social and environmental benefits of activity in wilderness. What is Green Exercise? How can we benefit from it? You may have heard of Active Living? How about Active Living Outdoors?

Free parking passes available


Calgary Area Outdoor Council
1111 Memorial Drive NW
Calgary, AB

Posted February 27, 2009 by Anonymous

Alberta’s Plan for Parks Veers Off Track

4 Feb 2009

Alberta, Canada — The province's protected area watchdogs strongly support the Alberta Government's resolve to write and implement a new and much-needed parks policy in time for regional land-use planning. However, they are sounding the alarm because the current draft of Alberta's Plan for Parks does a poor job of accommodating what the majority of Albertans say they want for parks. Read more »

Posted February 4, 2009 by Anonymous

CPAWS The Wild Gala

Feb 7 2009 - 7:00pm

The Wild Gala is an elegant evening designed to honour the great outdoors, and to increase understanding and funds in support of the preservation of Alberta's precious wild spaces!

The evening features beautiful photography, the culmination of Capture the Wild Photography Contest, delicious food, exciting live and silent auction and incredible live entertainment by Zinour Fathoullin, a professional dancer, choreographer and artistic director performing traditional aboriginal throat singing. A fascinating keynote address will be delivered by Robert J.D. Page, Former Vice-President, Sustainable Developmentfor TransAlta and TransAlta Profesor of Environmental Management and Sustainability at the University of Calgary.

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Tickets: Individual Tickets $125; Reserve Table of 8 $1000 Read more »


Big 4 Building, Hall A
Stampede Park
Calgary, AB

Posted January 21, 2009 by Anonymous

CPAWS Chapter Meeting: Borealis — a wilderness adventure movie

Dec 8 2008 - 7:00pm

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society — Calgary/Banff Chapter

'Borealis' follows Frank Wolf and Taku Hokoyama as they canoe 3,100 km through the remote Boreal forest of Manitoba and Ontario during the summer of 2007. Their 75-day odyssey provides the context for an intimate look into the current environmental and social issues facing the region and its people.


City of Calgary Outdoor Resource Centre
1111 Memorial Drive NW
Calgary, AB

Posted November 21, 2008 by Anonymous

The Big Wild Celebration

Nov 24 2008 - 7:00pm

Don't Miss The Big Wild Celebration!

Delicious free eats, captivating tales, and inspiration for your next wilderness adventure.

Hosted by CPAWS Northern Alberta & Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) Edmonton

Join us for a party at MEC, celebrating Albertans who have dedicated their wilderness adventures to the Big Wild. Haven't taken a Big Wild Challenge? Have no idea what it is? Well now is the perfect time to learn all about it! Recent participants will share their experiences through photos and anecdotes, including tales from the Epic Challenge: Jasper National Park and Wapta Icefields.

Everyone is welcome, the event is free and will be catered. For more information please call CPAWS at 780-432-0967 or email us at volunteernab [at] cpaws [dot] org Read more »


MEC Edmonton Store
12328 102 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Posted November 18, 2008 by Anonymous

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