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CPAWS Statement on Alberta Parks Closures and Privatization

For over 50 years CPAWS Southern and Northern Alberta chapters have been collaborating with industry, government, Indigenous partners, communities, and like-minded organizations to protect our invaluable parks and wilderness areas and connect Albertans to nature through sustainable outdoor recreation. We are very concerned with the recent announcement from the Government of Alberta on a drastic change to our parks and recreation areas. Read More

Ecojustice to face-off against Kenney gov’t in court again

Environmental group intervening in legal proceedings to defend federal Impact Assessment Act

CALGARY – Ecojustice is intervening in another constitutional reference case brought by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, this time aimed at undermining the federal Impact Assessment Act (IAA) and its regulations.

Premier Kenney’s legal challenge is the most recent of a string of politically-motivated attacks on the environment and laws developed to defend the air, water, and land on which Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast depend. Read More

Government Plans to Remove 164 Sites from Parks System


Tolman Bridge Campground

Tolman Bridge Campground (pictured), one of the 20 sites that the Government is proposing to fully or partially close. Photo © Alberta Wilderness Association

The provincial government has announced a plan to remove 164 of 473 sites from the Alberta Parks system, including 19 Provincial Parks and Natural Areas, in addition to a full or partial closure of 20 sites. AWA has serious concern with the removal of sites from the parks system due to the important recreational and ecological values these areas provide; this decision will almost certainly mean their protected area status will be threatened. Read More

CPAWS concerned with cuts to parks and protected areas in Alberta’s 2020 budget

Edmonton/Calgary – CPAWS Northern and Southern Alberta chapters are deeply concerned over the fate of parks and conservation in Alberta after budget announcements on Thursday. The budget of Fall 2019 saw a substantial 9.7% cut to the Alberta Parks budget, and this additional 10% cut in the 2020 budget will further degrade the ability of Alberta Parks to properly manage the areas designated to protect Alberta’s natural heritage. Read More

Urban freight is the next frontier for climate action in Canada

New Pembina Institute report addresses increase in online shopping, population growth and congestion


Truck Traffic

Photo: Roberta Franchuk, Pembina Institute

TORONTO — To drive down greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate costly inefficiencies, an increased focus on urban freight and collaboration across municipalities and industry is critical, according to a new report from the Pembina Institute.  Read More

Teck Frontier decision highlights need for co-ordinated climate policy

Pembina Institute reacts to Teck Resources Limited decision to withdraw oilsands project

EDMONTON — SIMON DYER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Teck Resources Limited’s decision to withdraw the Frontier project application: Read More

Teck announces withdrawal of Frontier oil sands mine project proposal

CPAWS welcomes announcement of project withdrawal of environmentally devastating Frontier oil sands mine

Edmonton — CPAWS welcomes the announcement by Teck Resources Limited CEO, Don Lindsay, that the company has withdrawn their application for the Frontier oil sands mine.  In Teck’s letter to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Don Lindsay cites the need to address policy frameworks for tackling climate change and expresses urgent need to reduce global carbon emissions through carbon pricing and legislated caps for oil sands emissions. Read More

New report documents clash between rising oilsands emissions and Canada’s climate commitments

Pembina Institute recommends measures to halt rising emissions and decarbonize the oilsands sector


Image of oil sands plant stacks

Photo: Fort McMurray, Alberta - Operation Arctic Shadow by Kris Krüg shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license | cropped from original

CALGARY — In a new report, the Pembina Institute documents the overall rise in greenhouse gas emissions from Canada’s oilsands, the conflict with the country’s 2030 and 2050 climate commitments, and how governments and industry can help ensure the sector remains competitive as it improves carbon performance.  Read More

CPAWS SAB appoints Brad Clute as new Executive Director

Calgary – Brad Clute, a lifelong Albertan and nationally known environmental leader, has been appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Southern Alberta Chapter, the Board of Directors announced today.

Clute joins CPAWS-SAB after a long and successful career with Mountain Equipment Coop and two decades of activity in the environmental community. He was Regional Community Investment Specialist, Western Canada, for MEC for seven years and most recently Regional Human Resources Business Manager. Read More

Cenovus shows companies are willing to accept more stringent climate policies

Pembina Institute reacts to Cenovus Energy Inc. announcement of new climate targets

CALGARY — BENJAMIN ISRAEL, SENIOR ANALYST at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to an announcement by Cenovus Energy Inc.: Read More


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