About the AEN

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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Connecting Alberta’s environmental groups

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.

The AEN is a link between the environmental community and government, industry, the media and all Albertans. View our current member groups.

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Albertans and environmental groups are welcome to join the AEN as members – there are memberships for both individuals and groups. Members contribute to preserving and protecting Alberta’s environment by sharing information and collaborating on shared issues. Learn more about becoming a member of the AEN.

The AEN supports an inclusive and diverse environmental community for all Albertans. 

Optimism That New Minister Will End Grizzly Bear Hunt

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: January 20, 2005

Environmental groups are optimistic that a change in
Minister will lead to a long-awaited suspension of the
spring grizzly bear hunt in Alberta. Alberta Wilderness
Association (AWA) has consistently argued that
Alberta's grizzly population is not large enough to
support hunting. We are calling for the new Minister of
Sustainable Resource Development (SRD), David
Coutts, to listen to the recommendations of his own
scientists, and to suspend the hunt.

"Minister Coutts is expected to announce in the next few Read more about Optimism That New Minister Will End Grizzly Bear Hunt

Cheviot Hearing in Hinton

The Alberta Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) will finally hold its hearing
to listen to Ben Gadd’s appeal of the approvals issued by Alberta
Environment in December 2003 for the Cheviot haulroad development located
adjacent to Jasper National Park. Substantial new information will come
forward at the hearing as this type of development was initially rejected
by the companies and hence, was not considered in the previous reviews of
the Cheviot mine application.

January 24 – 25, 2005
8:00 am to 6:00 pm each day

Hinton, Alberta Read more about Cheviot Hearing in Hinton

Where's the label? Absence of mandatory GE labelling in Canada equates to involuntary human experiment


What do Haagen-Dazs ice cream, Miracle Whip dressing, and Nabisco wheat thins have in common? According to the Greenpeace Shopper's Guide "How to Avoid Genetically Engineered (GE) Food" (www.greenpeace.ca/shoppersguide), these products and many others are "likely to contain GE or GE-derived ingredients from the most widely grown GE crops, usually corn, soy, canola or cotton."

Since there are no mandatory GE labelling regulations in Canada, consumers cannot really know whether the products they buy contain GE ingredients. Why is it that over 35 other countries require mandatory labelling of GE food, but Canada does not? Yet polls have consistently shown that Canadians want mandatory labelling. This has to change. Biofreedom, a small non-profit group based in Edmonton, is starting a labelling campaign in 2005 and we need your help. Read more about Where's the label? Absence of mandatory GE labelling in Canada equates to involuntary human experiment

Alberta Government Refuses to Release Most of the Vance MacNichol Report on Regulating Resource Development

The only parts of the Vance MacNichol report released to Martha Kostuch in response to her request under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act (FOIPP) were the introduction, part of the conclusion and some of the appendices.

The main body of the report, most of the conclusion and all of the recommendations were withheld using the sections of the FOIPP Act that applies to cabinet confidences and advice from officials.

Vance MacNichol was contracted by the Alberta Government to conduct a regulatory review with the primary goal of streamlining regulations for resource industries. Read more about Alberta Government Refuses to Release Most of the Vance MacNichol Report on Regulating Resource Development

Edmonton is a Smart City. Edmonton is a Growing City, but... Is Edmonton Growing Smart?

Sierra Club of Canada - Prairie Chapter
Rainbow Bridge Communications Company

For immediate release

January 7, 2005
(Edmonton) We want it all: the opportunities and excitement of city living, and a quiet serene place to escape to at night. Although a house in the new suburbs may seem like the perfect solution, there are hidden costs. The Sierra Club of Canada – Prairie Chapter in partnership with Rainbow Bridge Communications is releasing a new educational video that will inspire Edmontonians to take interest and get involved in the way our city develops. In seven fast-paced minutes, "Is Edmonton Growing Smart" illustrates the hidden costs of suburban sprawl and, using examples from Edmonton, the key Smart Growth concepts that will ensure Edmonton remains a clean, healthy, vibrant place to live - long into the future. Read more about Edmonton is a Smart City. Edmonton is a Growing City, but... Is Edmonton Growing Smart?

Enforcing Environmental Law: A Guide to Private Prosecution

Presented by James Mallet, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre

Please join James Mallet of the Environmental Law Centre for the following upcoming presentations in Calgary and Edmonton. R.S.V.P. for either event by telephone at (780) 424-5099 or 1-800-661-4238, by fax at (780) 424-5133 or by email at [email protected]:


Monday, January 10, 2005

Friday, January 14, 2005


7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Place: Read more about Enforcing Environmental Law: A Guide to Private Prosecution

MMT On Its Way Out in Canada

Sierra Club of Canada

December 16th, 2004

(Ottawa) The controversial fuel additive, MMT, may finally be disappearing from Canadian gas. A recent survey by Sierra Club of Canada revealed that virtually every major refiner of gasoline in Canada has started phasing out MMT, a manganese based replacement for lead. Like lead, manganese is neuro-toxic. MMT is also a threat to air quality due to its propensity to gum up catalytic converters in automobiles. MMT results in more air pollution. Its health and environmental threats led the Government to ban it in the late 1990s. However, various trade challenges, including Chapter 11 of NAFTA, resulted in the repeal of the legislation. Nevertheless, pressure from the car makers, environmentalists and health protection groups has not disappeared. Read more about MMT On Its Way Out in Canada

Wildlands Advocate -- December 2004

The December 2004 issue of Wild Lands Advocate
is now available at www.AlbertaWilderness.ca

Inside this Issue:

Coal Bed Methane Comes to Rumsey:
Can Alberta's Best Aspen Parkland Protected Area Survive?
By Dr. Shirley Bray

Triumph of the Commons:
The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation
By Dr. Valerius Geist

Alberta Wilderness Watch

  • New Report: Primrose-Lakeland Worthy of Protection
    by Dr. Ian Urquhart

  • Forest Succession on Seismic Lines, Wellsites and Roads
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