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Canada’s Oil and Gas Companies Weakening National Climate Plan While Expanding Production, Says New Report

Federal Government Must Double Climate Targets And Curtail Oil Expansion To Limit to 1.5°

Katowice, Poland—A new report released today at COP 24 shows oil and gas emissions in Canada are rising and that oil and gas companies in Canada are systematically weakening and delaying Canada’s climate plan and further climate ambition while reaping more federal subsidies and continuing to increase oil production. Read more about Canada’s Oil and Gas Companies Weakening National Climate Plan While Expanding Production, Says New Report

Exemptions from federal environmental review for oil and gas projects unjustified, say environmental groups

Ensuring federal assessment of high-carbon projects is critical if Canada is to step up Paris Agreement ambitions at COP 24

OTTAWA – Some of Canada’s largest and most polluting industrial projects may get a free pass on federal review under a new law if the government capitulates to industry demands, warn leading environmental groups. The groups are calling on Canada to expand the list of projects it reviews to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental damage from proposed industrial development are minimized. Read more about Exemptions from federal environmental review for oil and gas projects unjustified, say environmental groups

Say YES! to Bighorn Country

Deadline: 
31 Jan 2019

Nestled between Banff and Jasper National Park, the Bighorn is a spectacular piece of wilderness. It’s where grizzly bears roam and harlequin ducks float down pristine streams that provide 90 percent of the water supply for the North Saskatchewan River.

The efforts of many have kept the Bighorn a treasure; for more than 50 years, AWA has been part of the effort to conserve the Bighorn with everything from garbage cleanup, hiking and equestrian trail maintenance, to monitoring and research. Read more about Say YES! to Bighorn Country

Show your support for Bighorn Country

Deadline: 
31 Jan 2019

From CPAWS Northern Alberta:

On Nov 23, the Government of Alberta announced its intention to create a series of protected areas collectively called Bighorn Country. The public consultation period is now open until January 31. Read more about Show your support for Bighorn Country

AWA Welcomes Bighorn Country

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The Bighorn Trail in the Blackstone-Wapiabi. Photo © AWA Files
The Bighorn Trail in the Blackstone-Wapiabi. Photo © AWA Files

Today’s announcement proposing Bighorn Country offers a significant opportunity for careful, well reasoned management for this world class wilderness area. Read more about AWA Welcomes Bighorn Country

Alberta Conservationists Applaud Bighorn Wildland Park Designation

EDMONTON – Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Northern and Southern Alberta chapters along with Paddle Alberta celebrate the announcement that the Government of Alberta intends to create a new park system that includes a large wildland provincial park. Read more about Alberta Conservationists Applaud Bighorn Wildland Park Designation

Tell Canada you want to end plastic waste

Deadline: 
23 Nov 2018

Next week, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers are meeting in Ottawa to finalize their national plan to fight plastic pollution.  It’s vital that the plan is both ambitious and enforceable if we’re going to improve our terrible 11 per cent recycling rate for plastic waste. Sign the petition now to make sure they know you want a plastic waste free environment by 2025.

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Op-ed: The federal government's carbon pricing plan will eliminate Alberta's hard-earned climate gains

An op-ed from AEN member Dr. Joe Vipond on the federal government's proposed carbon-pricing policy for the electricity sector:

Sadly, the current federal pricing plan will eliminate many of these gains, and likely make things even worse. Climate and health will once again be jeopardized by coal combustion, at a time when cheap, emission-free alternatives exist. We need to embrace the future of climate action, not cling desperately to the past.

Read the full op-ed in the CBC's Opinion section Read more about Op-ed: The federal government's carbon pricing plan will eliminate Alberta's hard-earned climate gains

Castle Mountain Resort Developments: Request an Environmental Assessment

Deadline: 
16 Nov 2018

A proposal for an expansion of the Castle Mountain Resort (CMR) and its activities has been announced, on a scale similar to that proposed in the early 1990’s by Vacation Alberta Corporation that led to the 1993 Natural Resources Conservation Board public hearings. As presented, CMR’s Master Development Plan (May 2017) will not require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) unless people convince Alberta Environment and Parks that an EIA is essential and necessary.  

Take action. Submit a letter of concern by Friday, November 16 to Alberta Environment and Parks. Read more about Castle Mountain Resort Developments: Request an Environmental Assessment

Tainted science used to justify continued use of pesticide linked to cancer

“Monsanto papers” suggest some studies Canada used to okay glyphosate use were biased

OTTAWA – With the recent revelation that Monsanto allegedly manipulated studies on glyphosate, health and environmental groups are calling on the federal government to carefully consider the notorious “Monsanto papers” as it deliberates the future of the chemical’s use in Canada.

“Some of the studies and publications Health Canada relied on to approve the continued use of glyphosate in Canada have been implicated in alleged misconduct by the chemical giant, Monsanto,” said Dr. Elaine MacDonald, Healthy Communities director at Ecojustice. “The question now is whether Canada will choose to turn a blind eye to this fact and continue to rely on this research to justify exposing Canadians to products that could cause cancer.” Read more about Tainted science used to justify continued use of pesticide linked to cancer

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