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Moving Forward from Bill 29

Following the withdrawal of the draft Alberta Parks Act, the Alberta Wilderness Association has posted its letter to the Alberta Minister of Tourism, Parks, and Recreation (pdf) in order to "emphasize those critical elements which must form the basis of any parks legislation."

Posted December 13, 2010 by AEN

Field Notes: News from AEN Member Groups

Melissa Gorrie posts on the Ecojustice Canada blog about the Carbon Capture and Storage Statutes Amendment Act and why Albertans…

"…should be concerned about the risks the government is taking with their health and the ecosystem and must call on government to amend this legislation before it is implemented."

Over at the Pembina Institute blog, Jennifer Grant posts about the ERCB's apparent "flip-flop" on the rules for oilsands tailings production; David Dodge introduces us to Pembina's new Executive Director; and Clare Demerse reports on the just-concluded UN climate talks in Cancun.

Posted December 13, 2010 by AEN

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

Is Tar Sands Development Driving Weaker Parks Legislation?

22 Nov 2010

Albertans have been struggling to understand the reasoning behind Bill 29, the Alberta Parks Act, which is proposing to substantially weaken protection of Alberta’s network of provincial parks and protected areas. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) believes that tar sands development is a key driver for the Government of Alberta to pass Bill 29 as swiftly as possible. Read more »

Posted November 23, 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

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