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Alberta Caribou Protection Lost in Secret Forestry Deal

With a long overdue federal recovery strategy for Alberta’s critically threatened woodland caribou anticipated to be only weeks away, the Government of Alberta has quietly signed a new 20 year Forest Management Agreement (FMA) with Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries (Al-Pac) that closes the door on protecting caribou habitat in northeastern Alberta. The agreement seems to ignore the protection scientists say is critical for woodland caribou and other wildlife affected by forestry and oil sands industries in the FMA’s 58,000 km2 swath of north central and northeastern Alberta. Read more about Alberta Caribou Protection Lost in Secret Forestry Deal

Alberta Utilities Commission faces court challenge over approval of Milner coal plant expansion

Failure to hold public hearing, expedited approval sparks lawsuit

CALGARY — Ecojustice and the Pembina Institute are taking the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to court over its decision to grant Maxim Power Corp.’s coal plant expansion interim approval without a public hearing.

As the AUC itself made clear, the expedited approval was given in a blatant attempt to beat the federal government’s deadline for new greenhouse gas regulations. Read more about Alberta Utilities Commission faces court challenge over approval of Milner coal plant expansion

Federal Court overturns Minister’s decision not to recommend emergency protection for caribou

EDMONTON — The federal Environment Minister’s “out of the blue” decision not to recommend emergency protection for woodland caribou in northeastern Alberta ignored scientific evidence and must be set aside, the Federal Court said late yesterday.

Environment Minister Peter Kent must now reconsider the government’s position on emergency protections for the caribou.

The Federal Court recognized that scientific evidence indicates the caribou face threats to their survival. Read more about Federal Court overturns Minister’s decision not to recommend emergency protection for caribou

Woodland caribou battle goes to Federal Court

EDMONTON — Environmental groups are in Federal Court today to fight for immediate protection of caribou habitat facing unchecked oilsands development in northeastern Alberta.

Ecojustice, on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Alberta Wilderness Association, is seeking a court order to force Environment Minister Peter Kent to recommend emergency protection of critical habitat for threatened caribou herds in northeastern Alberta. Read more about Woodland caribou battle goes to Federal Court

Lower Athabasca Regional Plan ineffective, insufficient

CALGARY — The draft Lower Athabasca Regional Plan is woefully inadequate and will not adequately protect the region against the cumulative effects of industrial development, Ecojustice said today after careful review of the proposed plan. Read more about Lower Athabasca Regional Plan ineffective, insufficient

Environmental protection key to promoting strong economy, prosperous families and individual health: green leaders

The top executives of Canada’s major environmental organizations send united Earth Day message to political leaders

OTTAWA — In the midst of a federal election campaign and on the eve of Earth Day, the top executives of Canada's major environmental organizations are calling on all political leaders to take concrete and immediate action to address Canada's urgent environmental challenges. Read more about Environmental protection key to promoting strong economy, prosperous families and individual health: green leaders

Alberta’s caribou left out in the cold, again

EDMONTON — The highly-anticipated Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (LARP), rolled out this morning to much fanfare, is another glaring example of Alberta’s unwillingness to enact swift, meaningful protection of the province’s dwindling caribou population, Ecojustice said today.

Virtually none of the new protected areas designated in the LARP include habitat areas critical to caribou survival and recovery. Read more about Alberta’s caribou left out in the cold, again

A Chemical Reaction: Edmonton premiere screening

Apr 17 2011 - 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Canada's First Pesticide Ban Turns 20! 

We all understand that the choices we make have effects on human health and our air, land and water. We all want to ensure that our communities are safe and healthy ones. But what does it mean to ensure health and safety? Read more about A Chemical Reaction: Edmonton premiere screening

Location

Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre
Stanley A. Milner Library (7 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Edmonton , AB

Groups call for extension on Environmental Bill of Rights debate

OTTAWA - There will be a crucial vote on whether to extend the debate of the Environmental Bill of Rights Act at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3rd.

The bill is currently before the Standing Committee on Environment and sustainable Development undergoing a clause-by-clause examination. During this process, a number of improvements have been identified, but unless Parliament extends the debate deadline tomorrow, it will be voted on in its original form.  Read more about Groups call for extension on Environmental Bill of Rights debate

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