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Op-ed: Hold energy industry responsible for clean-up costs

An op-ed from Joshua Buck, Alberta climate program manager at Environmental Defence, on the $260-billion unfunded environmental liability in the oil and gas sector in Alberta:

Albertans have had a long-standing and mutually beneficial bargain with the oil and gas industry. Basically, the deal was, the companies can take Albertans’ resources, practically for free, but in exchange, they’ll create high-paying jobs for Albertans. They’ll create the conditions for a strong economy, low taxes, and a high quality of life.

But it looks like we have been duped. Because there was another, hidden part of the deal: massive clean-up costs that the companies aren’t able to pay. Costs that will likely be left to Albertans to pay, long into the future.

Read the full op-ed in the Edmonton Journal Read more about Op-ed: Hold energy industry responsible for clean-up costs

Op-ed: Why a price on carbon pollution is good for Canadians

By Josha MacNab

Published in iPolitics (November 1, 2018).

Every so often, a commitment is made that sets a new course and drives Canada forward.

This is the kind of commitment we saw last week when the federal government announced that Canada will put a price on pollution as of Jan. 1, 2019 — a milestone worth celebrating toward the implementation of Canada’s comprehensive plan to tackle climate change. Read more about Op-ed: Why a price on carbon pollution is good for Canadians

AEN Fall Assembly Featured Speaker: Dr. Duane Bratt

AEN is pleased to welcome Dr. Duane Bratt to the Fall Assembly as the featured speaker for Friday afternoon's discussion of the Political Climate in Alberta and potential scenarios for ENGOs. Dr. Bratt is a regular commentator in the media on Alberta political affairs. His latest opinion piece on CBC Calgary speaks about UCP leader Jason Kenney's promises to "fight back" against ENGOs and other criticis of Alberta's energy sector. Read more about AEN Fall Assembly Featured Speaker: Dr. Duane Bratt

Next Up Calgary Fall Workshop Series: Leading Together

Next Up now accepting applications for its upcoming 3-day workshop

From Next Up Calgary:

Next Up Calgary is launching a new series of workshops on November 6, 7 & 10. They are replacing our 7 month long weekly leadership program. The new workshop series will cover the same core concepts, content and skills as our original program. We'll have deeper connections to communities, active facilitation and use this to support intentional solidarity with Calgary's progressive communities and leaders. Over the next 8 months we'll be holding 6 workshops, each will be a stand alone 3 day series, and all will have a specified theme. All the workshops are open to those between 18 and 32.  Read more about Next Up Calgary Fall Workshop Series: Leading Together

Alberta Caribou Habitat Solutions Urgent on Eve of Federal Deadline

On the eve of a deadline for a federal update on woodland caribou habitat protection, and a major caribou scientific conference, Alberta is still without plans to reach minimum habitat requirements for its threatened woodland caribou populations. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) strongly urges the Alberta government to adopt the solutions that have been identified to both recover caribou and provide community economic benefits. Read more about Alberta Caribou Habitat Solutions Urgent on Eve of Federal Deadline

New methane reductions funding from Energy Efficiency Alberta is a good start

Pembina Institute reacts to new Government of Alberta methane reductions program

CALGARY — Jan Gorski, responsible fossil fuels analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the announcement of a new methane emissions reduction program in Alberta: Read more about New methane reductions funding from Energy Efficiency Alberta is a good start

Caribou recovery can grow economy in northwest Alberta’s Bistcho-Yates ranges

Managing lands for woodland caribou recovery can grow the economy in the Bistcho-Yates caribou range lands of northwest Alberta, eminent natural resource economist Dr. Thomas Michael Power found in an October 2018 report evaluating a caribou restoration economy. The report was commissioned by Alberta Wilderness Association, David Suzuki Foundation and Harmony Foundation. Read more about Caribou recovery can grow economy in northwest Alberta’s Bistcho-Yates ranges

The national price on pollution will bring health and economic benefits to Canadians

Pembina Institute reacts to the announcement of the federal carbon price plan

OTTAWA — Isabelle Turcotte, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the announcement of the federal carbon price plan: Read more about The national price on pollution will bring health and economic benefits to Canadians

Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

CALGARY – Environmental groups say the Government of Canada is failing to meet its legal responsibilities by exempting tailings pond chemicals from a recent screening assessment.

In a comment letter sent to Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada on behalf of Environmental Defence and Keepers of the Athabasca on Oct. 17, Ecojustice lawyers called on the government to reconsider naphthenic acids from oil sands process-affected water in assessing whether these chemicals should be regulated under law. Read more about Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

Wild Spaces 2020

From our mountains, to boreal forests and grasslands, Alberta has an amazing number of wild spaces that we cherish and take pride in. Unfortunately, many of these areas are not protected and are at risk of being lost.

In 2010, Canada committed to conserving at least “17% of terrestrial areas and inland waters” by 2020 through networks of protected areas and other conservation measures. This is known as Aichi Target 11 under the United Nations Convention for Biological Diversity. Progress in achieving this target has been glacial: from 2010 to 2016, Canada only added 1% to its protected areas network.

Why are protected places important?
Protected places create safe havens for forests, grasslands, wetlands and oceans to recover without disruption from poorly considered industrial, agricultural and residential development.

Protected areas also provide habitat for wildlife species like grizzlies, wolves, caribou and trout.Currently, 50% of Canada’s wildlife species are in decline.

Wild Spaces 2020 is AWA’s campaign to celebrate Alberta’s amazing wild spaces and a call to protect them for future generations to enjoy. Our campaign works in partnership with other organizations to ensure that Canada is not only held to this promise, but aims to exceed it by the 2020 deadline. Read more about Wild Spaces 2020

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