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Alberta Shines As Minister Withdraws Bill 29

The bill threatened the natural integrity of Alberta's parks

24 Nov 2010

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is applauding Albertans and the Alberta Government for putting our wilderness first by withdrawing the proposed Alberta Parks Act-Bill 29.  Announced today in the midst of Alberta Legislature, Minister Ady stood up for the protection of Alberta parks as she withdrew the controversial Bill 29 and announced that a public consultation will be held for future parks legislation. Read more »

Posted December 1, 2010 by AEN

Albertans & Minister applauded for pulling parks back from brink of disaster

25 Nov 2010

Edmonton & Calgary:  Sierra Club Canada is thanking Albertans for coming to the rescue of their parks and the Minister for, in the nick of time, hearing citizen’s opposition and withdrawing her proposed new parks legislation.  In a scrum at the Alberta Legislature today, the Minister announced she is withdrawing the controversial Bill 29 and undertaking public consultation on the proposed new legislation for Alberta’s parks network.  That network protects 4% of Alberta. Read more »

Posted November 26, 2010 by AEN

Perfect Storm for Alberta’s Caribou: Bill 29, Tar Sands, and Another Worthless Caribou Policy

24 Nov 2010

A new Alberta Caribou ‘policy’, which does nothing to protect severely threatened woodland caribou, is one more nail in the coffin for this beleaguered species. An open-door policy on tar sands development, and proposed changes to protected areas legislation in Bill 29 guarantee doom for woodland caribou in north-eastern Alberta. Read more »

Posted November 24, 2010 by AEN

World Heritage Sites in Danger with Alberta’s Proposed Parks Act

23 Nov 2010

Ottawa, ON – UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS) will be directly and adversely affected by the Alberta Government’s proposed Alberta Parks Act (Bill 29) according to a letter that national conservation organizations have emailed Alberta Premier, Ed Stelmach and copied to IUCN, the international scientific body that provides advice to the World Heritage Committee.  The Alberta Government with its huge majority is set to pass Bill 29 this Thursday, without any public consultation on it.  The organization’s letter echoes the growing call of Albertans and newspape Read more »

Posted November 24, 2010 by AEN

Bill 29 (Alberta Parks Act) Reflects a Step Backward in Good Park Governance

17 Nov 2010

Edmonton, AB – ”It’s an unfortunate and reversible trend,” says Jason Unger, Staff Counsel at the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton. “We have legislation now that sets specific prohibitions in some of our protected areas and Bill 29 will nullify that.” The Bill makes protected areas, most notably ecological reserves and wilderness areas, into Provincial Parks and relies on zoning to govern activities in the parks. Zoning is dealt with completely in regulations. Read more »

Posted November 18, 2010 by AEN

Conservation groups launch Save Our Parks Week

and say "back to drawing-board" on new parks act

12 Nov 2010

Edmonton, Red Deer & Calgary—  At press conferences today in Alberta’s three largest media centres, Alberta’s conservation groups announced that the government’s proposed new parks legislation is so regressive and harmful to Alberta’s parks that they are launching November 15-20 as Save Our Parks Week.  They want the Bill withdrawn by the Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister and are calling on Albertans to save their parks by emailing and faxing

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Posted November 12, 2010 by AEN

Alberta likely headed into “Park-gate” with overhaul of the parks legislation

4 Nov 2010

Calgary -  Breaking news!  The Stelmach government has introduced a new parks Act that conservation groups expect will undermine more than four decades of protection for Alberta’s provincial network of parks, if the likely changes are not defeated by a public outcry now.  Concepts that the new Act is based on were put out last summer for public input through a question and answer form on the government’s website.  Those include col­lapsing Natural Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wildland Parks, Ecological Reserves, Provincial Recreation Areas and Provincial P Read more »

Posted November 4, 2010 by AEN

Grant Eligible Conservation Fund Part B: Research

Deadline: 
1 Dec 2010 (All day)

The ACA is proud to enter into its 14th year of Conservation Funding.  The Grant Eligible Conservation Fund has been split into two categories Part A: Conservation Support and Enhancement and Part B: Research.

A total amount of $500,000 will be available for project funding via the GECF Part A: Conservation Support and Enhancement, and a total of $350,000 will be available for project funding via the GECF Part B: Research during the 2011-2012 funding cycle. Read more »

Posted November 4, 2010 by AEN

AWA Talk: Turkey Vultures - Mother Nature's Cleanup Crew

Nov 23 2010 - 7:00pm

Part of Mother Nature’s clean-up crew, turkey vultures have attracted relatively little scientific study.  In 2003 Wayne Nelson and several Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division colleagues  followed up on public reports of vultures on old buildings in eastern and northeastern Alberta and a significant study has arisen.  In 2006 Wayne retired as a wildlife biologist and, along with Rick Morse, carried the vulture project into his retirement and expanded it. Read more »

Location

Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted November 3, 2010 by AEN

2010 Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture

Nov 19 2010 - 6:00pm

Reception @ 6:00 pm
Lecture & Awards @ 7:00 pm
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Location

Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary, AB

Posted November 3, 2010 by AEN

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