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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  They want the Bill withdrawn by the Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister and are calling on Albertans to save their parks by emailing and faxing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

Pembina reacts to Minister Prentice's resignation

4 Nov 2010

OTTAWA, ON — Marlo Raynolds, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to Minister Prentice's resignation on Thursday afternoon:

"Minister Prentice made significant progress on issues like national parks and toxics, and he certainly appeared to want to make meaningful progress on climate change. Read more »

Posted November 4, 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

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

Pembina reacts to U.S. senators’ environmental concerns with Canadian oilsands

29 Oct 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Danielle Droitsch, U.S. Policy Director for the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to a letter sent by 11 American Senators to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding her department's review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would more than double U.S. imports of Canadian oilsands: Read more »

Posted October 29, 2010 by AEN

Implementation of Watershed Plans: Approaches, issues and recommendations

The Environmental Law Centre has made available to view or download the materials from their "Implementation of Watershed Plans: Approaches, issues and recommendations" webinar.

Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) are at various stages of creating and implementing water and watershed management plans. There are numerous questions about how implementation of watershed plans is best achieved and what policies may be useful for meeting plan outcomes.

Posted October 28, 2010 by AEN

Call for Delegates: Member & Alternates, NRCB Policy Advisory Group

Initiative: 
NRCB Policy Advisory Group
Position: 
Member & Alternates
Application Deadline: 
11 Nov 2010 (All day)

The NRCB delivers the Agricultural Operation Practices Act (AOPA) and provides broad governance, administrative policy, and appeals. The Policy Advisory Group (PAG) is a multi-stakeholder advisory committee that provides advice to the Chief Executive Officer of the NRCB on matters related to the effective delivery of the AOPA.  ENGOs have been represented on the PAG since its inception by the Southern Alberta Group for the Environment and the Environmental Law Centre. Two alternate positions are also vacant. Read more »

Posted October 26, 2010 by AEN

Sierra Club Prairie comment on Syncrude sentencing for death of 1603 ducks

22 Oct 2010

Dustin Johnson, Energy Campaigner with the Sierra Club Prairie had the following comment on the sentencing of Syncrude for the death of 1603 ducks in their toxic tailings pond.

Justice was not served today. Sierra Club initiated this law suit with the hopes that is would send a message to the Tar Sands industry. The guilty verdict alone from this trial should have been enough to have industry and government commit to phase out toxic tailing lakes with a moratorium of further tar sands development until it is proven that is is possible to safely dispose of all toxins, and the completely mitigate the environmental damage done thus far. Today's sentencing did nothing to prevent Syncrude from continuing on with business as usually and rather provided them with a monetary fine of $3 million dollars - an amount this company makes in less than 16 hours.

The fact is that the death of these 1603 ducks is only one aspect of the tar sands exploitive assault on the ecosystem and people of the North. The rising cancer rates in downstream communities like Fort Chipewyan, the poisoning of the Mackenzie River Delta, and the increasing toxic contamination of wildlife are criminal acts and would be considered such if done by any entity other than a corporation. Today's sentencing shows justice for the North is still far from being served.

Posted October 25, 2010 by AEN

New report outlines path for federal government to reduce oilsands impacts

All federal leaders say more must be done; report outlines Ottawa’s duties under existing federal laws

20 Oct 2010

OTTAWA, ON — Three of Canada's leading environmental organizations released a new report today detailing how federal laws should be enforced to reduce the negative environmental and economic impacts of oilsands activity. The report follows the federal government's recent acknowledgement, in striking a panel to review pollution in the Athabasca River, of the need for Ottawa to play a greater role in the oilsands. Read more »

Posted October 20, 2010 by AEN

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