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Protecting Instream Flow in Alberta’s Rivers – Navigating Churning Policy Waters

Oct 17 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Faculty of Law and the Canadian Institute of Resources Law invite you to attend a free public lecture on Protecting Instream Flow in Alberta’s Rivers – Navigating Churning Policy Waters.

It is a simple truth that healthy aquatic ecosystems need sufficient water to meet instream flow needs. Yet the water in some Alberta’s rivers is fully or over-allocated to human uses which can impact and impair aquatic ecosystems. This lecture will describe why  we should be concerned about instream flow needs, especially in southern Alberta, explain what tools the Alberta Water Act provides to restore and protect instream flows, and set out the curbed use by the Government. The lecture will recount to date the ongoing and litigious saga of the non-profit Water Conservation Trust of Canada and its aim of utilizing the transfer and licensing provisions of the Water Act and the water market made possible by the Act to protect instream flows. Read more »

Location

Room 3360
Murray Fraser Hall, University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Posted September 22, 2015 by AEN

The Right to a Healthy Environment—David Boyd

Sep 16 2015 - 7:00pm

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Location

Room 150
TELUS Centre, University of Alberta. (corner of 111 Street and 87 Avenue)
Edmonton, AB

Posted August 28, 2015 by AEN

Government of Alberta launches climate change leadership consultations

Initiative: 
Climate Leadership Discussions
Deadline: 
18 Sep 2015 (All day)

Updated: Open house times and locations added

On August 14, 2015, the Alberta government introduced their Climate Change Advisory Panel. Watch the announcement:

The panel is tasked with:

"…engaging Albertans, Aboriginal communities, and technical stakeholders on key issues related to climate change. They will facilitate conversations, consider input, and provide advice to Alberta's Minister of Environment and Parks. Input from the Panel will inform a new action plan on climate change for Alberta."

The Government also released the Climate Leadership Discussion Document, and launched the Climate Leadership Discussion survey to gather input from Albertans. The survey will be open until September 18. The Panel will also be hosting public forums in Calgary and Edmonton:

Calgary Tues, Sept 1
5:30-8:30 pm
Courtyard Marriot Calgary Airport
Stampede Ballroom
2500 48 Avenue NE
Edmonton Wed, Sept 2
5:30-8:30 pm
Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre
Grand Ballroom
11727 Kingsway Avenue

Posted August 24, 2015 by AEN

Climate change panel and consultation plan signal a shift in Alberta

Panel's expertise and broad consultation will help inform Alberta's efforts to take meaningful climate action
14 Aug 2015

CALGARY — Ed Whittingham, executive director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today’s announcement detailing members of the province’s climate change advisory panel and its consultation approach:

“The provincial government and panel chair, Andrew Leach, have put together a well-balanced line up of experts who bring a mix of perspectives and experience to guide its climate change consultation process.

“A broad and transparent consultation process will provide valuable input as the province seeks to develop a credible climate strategy that reflects the priorities and concerns of Albertans.

“Addressing climate change with timely, science-based and effective action is a critical foundation for Alberta’s future health and prosperity. The Pembina Institute welcomes the broad scope of the consultation plan and the clear framing of the challenge outlined by the Minister. There are many solutions available to help Alberta cut carbon pollution and adopt cleaner energy options. We look forward to working with the panel and participating in the consultation sessions.”

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Posted August 14, 2015 by AEN

AEN Spring Meetings: Right to a Healthy Environment — Linda Duncan

Jun 13 2015 - 1:00pm

Speaker: Linda Duncan, MP Edmonton-Strathcona

In October 2014, Opposition MP Linda Duncan introduced "An Act to Establish a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights” in Parliament. If enacted, the bill would legally enshrine environmental rights for Canadians and the duty of the federal government to take action to protect the environment. Read more »

Location

Saorsa Business Centre at the Ritchie Mill
100 - 10171 Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton, AB

Posted June 8, 2015 by AEN

CPAWS Alberta chapters welcome newly elected government

12 May 2015

The southern and northern Alberta chapters of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) congratulate premier-elect Rachel Notley on her party’s recent election victory in Alberta. The chapters look forward to the opportunity to work with the new government on conservation and environmental protection in the province.

We support the commitments to expand Alberta’s network of parks and protected areas, protect habitat for species like caribou and grizzlies and establish the Castle Special Place as a protected Wildland Park. Read more »

Posted May 13, 2015 by AEN

Pembina reacts to the results of the Alberta election

5 May 2015

CALGARY — Ed Whittingham, executive director of the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the outcome of the Alberta election:

“With this election, Albertans have voted for change — and that change includes improving Alberta’s environmental record and its approach to climate change.

“We support the Alberta NDP's commitments to invest in energy efficiency, and to phase out coal-fired electricity and replace it with cleaner sources. 

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Posted May 5, 2015 by AEN

Energy East pipeline poses climate challenge for premiers

New report shows how success of multi-province energy strategy depends on addressing oilsands expansion plans, including west-to-east pipeline

14 Apr 2015

QUEBEC CITY — As Canada’s premiers meet in Quebec City to discuss climate change, a new report from the Pembina Institute outlines key considerations and challenges for provincial discussions of a Canadian Energy Strategy.

The oilsands sector is Canada’s fastest-growing source of carbon emissions. That means infrastructure proposals such as the Energy East pipeline have a significant impact on the federation’s ability to meet climate change objectives. for a multi-province strategy to be credible and effective, it must take the full emissions footprint of fossil fuel projects into account.

Crafting an Effective Canadian Energy Strategy reviews the progress some provinces have made to date with carbon pricing policies. The report provides recommendations for making the Canadian Energy Strategy effective, and for how the provinces can fill the leadership vacuum left by the federal government on climate change — including by reviving the work of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. Read more »

Posted April 15, 2015 by AEN

Call for Delegates: Alberta Energy Regulator Multi-stakeholder Engagement Advisory Committee

Initiative: 
Multi-stakeholder Engagement Advisory Committee (MSEAC)
Position: 
Member & Alternate Delegate
Application Deadline: 
8 Apr 2015 - 17:00

Purpose

The AER Multi-stakeholder Engagement Advisory Committee (MSEAC) has been established by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) as a venue to receive information about and understand and verify the values, perspectives and interests of AER stakeholders in the context of regulatory changes. The MSEAC is not a formal board or AER committee. Its objective is to serve as a sounding board for the planning, implementation and evaluation of AER engagement related to regulatory development.  Read more »

Posted March 27, 2015 by AEN

Call for Delegates: Best-in-Class Regulator Initiative Stakeholder Workshop

Initiative: 
Penn Program on Regulation’s “Best-in-Class Regulator Initiative”
Position: 
Stakeholder Workshop Delegates (5)
Application Deadline: 
19 Mar 2015 (All day)

University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) was selected by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) of Canada to lead a major, independent initiative defining and measuring regulatory excellence. Read more »

Posted March 9, 2015 by AEN

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