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“Potatogate” Deal is Dead: Now it is Time to Fix the Real Problem

3 Nov 2010

“Potatogate”, the shady Alberta government deal to sell off 16,000 acres of public land – scarce native grassland and endangered species habitat – has finally been shelved, following an unprecedented public outcry. But while this particular piece of land has received a temporary reprieve, the system which allows for secretive backroom deals to sell off public land, and with no public input, is still very much in place. Read more »

Posted November 3, 2010 by AEN

“Potatogate” Continued: What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate

25 Oct 2010

There appears to have been a major failure to communicate within Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (AB SRD).  A new report Canadian Biodiversity: Ecosystem Status and Trends 2010 was released by the federal, provincial and territorial governments last week. Read more »

Posted October 25, 2010 by AEN

Ecojustice calls on Minister Knight to stop land sale

Survey of area, home to several species-at-risk, must be conducted

21 Oct 2010
 

EDMONTON — The Alberta government’s proposed sale of 25 public land plots to SLM Spud Farms is ill-informed and could devastate local species-at-risk, Ecojustice said today.

“At minimum, Alberta must conduct an in-depth survey of the land to determine what exactly it is signing away before the sale is approved,” said Melissa Gorrie, Ecojustice staff lawyer. “As it stands now, the province does not have the necessary information to make an informed, responsible decision.” Read more »

Posted October 25, 2010 by AEN

“Potatogate”: Irreplaceable Public Land to be Sold to Make Potato Chips

21 Oct 2010

In a shocking insult to all Albertans, the provincial government is set to sell off a huge swathe of public land – our land – to a private company, to grow potatoes. Despite the fact that the 16,000-acre parcel of land near Bow Island is valuable native prairie, known to be habitat for a number of endangered species, the sale looks set to go ahead this week with no opportunity for public input. The priceless piece of prairie will be ploughed up to grow potatoes. Read more »

Posted October 21, 2010 by AEN

Lower Athabasca Regional Plan Information Session

Sep 29 2010 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Lower Athabasca Regional Plan

The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan will identify and set resource and environmental management outcomes for air, land, water and biodiversity, and guide future resource decisions while considering social and economic impacts. Read more »

Location

Glenmore Inn
2720 Glenmore Trail SE
Calgary, AB

Posted September 28, 2010 by AEN

Lower Athabasca Regional Plan Information Session

Sep 28 2010 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Lower Athabasca Regional Plan

The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan will identify and set resource and environmental management outcomes for air, land, water and biodiversity, and guide future resource decisions while considering social and economic impacts.

Provide Your Input

At the public sessions you will have a chance to speak with government representatives, gain an understanding of the Regional Advisory Council’s advice to government on the vision for the region and fill out the workbook. Read more »

Location

Ramada Hotel
11834 Kingsway Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Posted September 28, 2010 by AEN

Alberta for Sale? Premier Asked to Clarify Government’s ‘Prairies to Potatoes’ Position

15 Sep 2010

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is asking for the Premier to clarify a statement made to the media by Minister of Sustainable Resource Development (SRD), Mel Knight, about funds generated by the proposed sale of native prairie Public Lands near Bow Island, Alberta. Sale and conversion of this land would destroy vital habitat for a number of endangered species. Read more »

Posted September 15, 2010 by AEN

The Landowner's Dilemma: are reasonable expectations obsolete?

Sep 28 2010 - 12:15pm - 2:00pm

The Faculty of Law presents

Professor Joseph L. Sax

Berkeley Law, University of California

“Climate change" and “loss of global biodiversity” are the watchwords of our time. Is the price we must pay to address these a radical revision in what it means to own land? Is this the time-like the Industrial Revolution, the end of slavery, the economic recognition of married women as individuals-when long-standing conceptions of ownership had to give way, and the world of law was made anew? Read more »

Location

2370 Murray Fraser Hall
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Posted September 8, 2010 by AEN

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