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The Alberta Environmental Network (AEN) connects Albertans and environmental groups that are dedicated to preserving and protecting Alberta’s environment. As a non-profit and non-partisan organization, the AEN supports collaboration of the environmental community throughout the province.

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We are a network of individuals and groups working together on shared concerns. AEN members include individuals and representatives from member groups that connect, collaborate and share information.

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RCEN e-Bulletin — 25 November 2009

Network News

November 25th, 2009

RCEN establishes a Strong Partnership with the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

On November 10th, the RCEN and the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity signed a memorandum of understanding which will establish a collaborative framework between the two partners. This new partnership will promote greater awareness of the Convention on Biological Diversity amongst civil-society organizations in Canada and abroad. Read more...

Apply for Two Youth Eco-Internships until Nov. 27th!

The RCEN is pleased to offer two internship opportunities to Canadian youth between the ages of 15 and 30. Through the YMCA/YWCA’s Youth Eco-Internship Program, we are seeking one Youth Caucus Intern and one Biodiversity Caucus Intern to support these growing caucuses.

For details related to these positions, go to http://www.cen-rce.org/eng/jobs.html. The deadline for applications has been extended to November 27th.

Sierra Club Welcomes New Executive Director

The Sierra Club of Canada (SCC) has announced the appointment of John Bennett to the position of Executive Director. From 1998-2006, Mr. Bennett spearheaded SCC's global warming campaign. The RCEN wishes him all the best in this new position. Read John Bennett’s extended profile.

This Week's Headlines

Call for Nominations

Join the RCEN Agriculture Caucus Steering Committee


Navigable Waters Protection Act Regulatory Development

Trees By the Shore - Communities encouraged to Apply Now to New Planting Program

CBC Documentary: Can we get rich.... and save our planet too?

Action Alerts

Sierra Club of Canada – Sign-on to Letter Regarding the Darlington New Nuclear Plant’s Review Panel

12dec09.dk – Support the Planet First–People First Demonstration in Copenhagen

Les amis de la vallée du Saint-Laurent - Sign the petition to declare the river a national heritage site


Study Investigates Cancer-Environmental Connection in NB Communities

IISD - A Sustainable Development Roadmap for the WTO


The Pembina Institute - Environmental Policy Analyst

Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition - Executive Director

For Climate’s Sake – Capacity Building Development Coordinator

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Ecological Integrity May be the Loser in New Banff Park Management Plan

The primary mandate for Banff National Park - managing to maintain the park's ecological integrity - looks like receiving short shrift if a proposed new management plan goes ahead unchanged. Instead, a shift towards maximizing the "visitor experience" receives a much higher profile throughout the new draft plan.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is calling for changes to the draft Banff National Park of Canada Management Plan to bring it back in line with the legally-required priority for National Parks: ecological integrity. The draft plan is currently going through an ill-defined public review period. Read more about Ecological Integrity May be the Loser in New Banff Park Management Plan

Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Canada Not Implementing Numerous Legal Obligations That Protect Fresh Water in Oil Sands

Ottawa and Calgary — The federal government is failing to enforce and implement numerous laws that are in place to protect the water — in many cases the drinking water — for tens of thousands of Canadians who live near oil sands operations. According to a new report released today, this failure affects people who live in Fort Chipewyan, Fort Smith, Fort MacKay and also in Yellowknife. Read more about Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Water for Life Renewal. Is it Too Little Too Late?

In Alberta, after six years of hoping the Water for Life strategy would make a difference, we are still a long way from achieving "healthy aquatic ecosystems."While Alberta Wilderness Association welcomes today's release of the Water for Life Renewal Action Plan, we are disappointed that despite years of consultation and work there is no urgency to meet healthy aquatic ecosystem goals.

Read more about Water for Life Renewal. Is it Too Little Too Late?

Bill 50 - A Curious Solution to Transmission Problems

There is no doubt that electricity transmission planning and approval in Alberta faces challenges, including difficulty responding to public concern. Bill 50 - the Electric Statutes Amendment Act - is the most recent attempt to address these challenges. However, not everyone agrees that Bill 50 will work.

"Bill 50 is a curious solution because it doesn't fix the overall transmission process or address bigger problems in assessing transmission need," says Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the Edmonton-based Environmental Law Centre. Read more about Bill 50 - A Curious Solution to Transmission Problems


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