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Caribou hearing adjourned pending further discussions with federal government

CALGARY – A legal case concerning protection for boreal caribou habitat in northeastern Alberta has been adjourned, pending further discussions between the environmental groups and First Nations that brought the lawsuit and the federal government.

Lawyers from Ecojustice represent the Alberta Wilderness Association, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, the Mikisew Cree First Nation, and the David Suzuki Foundation in the proceedings.

Ecojustice lawyer Melissa Gorrie released the following statement: Read more about Caribou hearing adjourned pending further discussions with federal government

Alberta’s regulations fail to effectively address major sources of emissions

Federal government would put Canada’s climate ambition at risk if Alberta’s weak methane regulations are approved

Alberta needs to improve its oil and gas methane regulations significantly before they go to the federal government for approval. The current regulations will fail to meet Canada’s methane reduction targets of 40 to 45 per cent by 2025.  Read more about Alberta’s regulations fail to effectively address major sources of emissions

Public Lands Should Not be Sold to Mackenzie County

A recent proposal to sell 140,000 hectares of Alberta public lands to Mackenzie County would convert vital boreal native habitat into agricultural lands and grazing reserves.

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) does not support the sale and conversion of public lands, an important finite public resource. AWA believes any proposal to sell and convert public lands must have a thorough consultation process that engages local indigenous communities and the general public. Read more about Public Lands Should Not be Sold to Mackenzie County

Albertans Ignored to Allow Motorized Recreation and Industry in Castle Parks

Calgary, AB – To appease a noisy minority, the Government of Alberta appears to be opening the door for motorized recreation and industry in the Castle Parks, despite the direction of public consultation on creation and management of the parks.

In 2017, the Castle Parks in southwestern Alberta were officially designated. Based on the longest and most extensive public consultation in Alberta Parks’ history, a management plan was developed that reflects the wishes and directions expressed by the people of Alberta. Read more about Albertans Ignored to Allow Motorized Recreation and Industry in Castle Parks

Fortress Ski Hill Approved to Truck Mountain Water to Calgary

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has learned that the Alberta government recently granted approval to Fortress Mountain ski hill to remove 50 million liters per year of water from Kananaskis country and truck it to a Calgary water bottling facility to sell as ‘pure’ mountain water. AWA strongly opposes this water use and calls on Albertans to convey their concerns to the government and Fortress ski hill. Read more about Fortress Ski Hill Approved to Truck Mountain Water to Calgary

Economic analysis finds clean energy future is cheaper than gas: Pembina Institute

Solar, wind, battery storage, energy efficiency and demand flexibility are reliable replacement for coal

CALGARY — Paired with battery storage and energy efficiency, electricity from solar and wind is now capable of generating electricity with the same reliability and lower cost than gas plants, even in Alberta where natural gas is relatively inexpensive. Read more about Economic analysis finds clean energy future is cheaper than gas: Pembina Institute

Habitat Actions Urgent for Alberta’s Newly Listed Threatened and Endangered Fish

On August 21, Alberta’s ‘provincial fish’ – the Bull Trout – plus Alberta’s only native rainbow trout – the Athabasca Rainbow Trout – each received long overdue listing under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA): Bull Trout are now listed as Threatened with extinction, Athabasca Rainbow Trout listed as Endangered. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) and Canadian fish expert Dr. John R. Post are calling on both the provincial and federal governments to quickly undertake recovery actions and protect the habitats of these iconic species. Read more about Habitat Actions Urgent for Alberta’s Newly Listed Threatened and Endangered Fish

Pembina Institute recognized for convening businesses and communities around climate action

Pembina Institute receives top awards from Canada’s Clean50

TORONTO — Two flagship projects launched by the Pembina Institute were honoured today as recipients of the 2020 Canada’s Clean50 Top Project award. The Business Coalition for a Clean Economy and the Alberta Narratives Project are among 20 projects receiving the award.  Read more about Pembina Institute recognized for convening businesses and communities around climate action

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