Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Action Alert: Tell the Government to REJECT Teck Frontier Mine

This month the Government of Canada will approve or reject the massive 290 sq-km Teck Frontier oil sands mine project in northern Alberta. This project is a serious danger to our boreal forest and poses risks that cannot be ignored. If approved, the mine will threaten Wood Buffalo National Park, key species at risk, and Canada’s ability to reach its climate commitments. Nature can’t afford to support this project. 

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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 about CPAWS SAB appoints Brad Clute as new Executive Director

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

Job Opportunity: Communications Coordinator, CPAWS Northern Alberta

Position: 
Communications Coordinator
Application Deadline: 
20 Sep 2019
Location: 
Edmonton

Are you passionate about nature and environmental conservation? Do you have a way with words? Do you want to use your strategic communications skills for a good cause? If you answered yes to these questions, then the Northern Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) has the perfect position for you. We are seeking applications for a part-time Communications Coordinator to join us in our Edmonton office for six months, with a possibility of extension. The prefered start date of the position is mid-October. Salary will be $22,000-$24,000 per year, dependent on experience. 

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Panel recommends approval of Teck’s Frontier Oil Sands Mine project, just 30-km south of Wood Buffalo National Park

EDMONTON – A Joint Review Panel recommends approval of Teck’s Frontier Oil Sands Mine project, despite acknowledgments of a long list of adverse environmental impacts, including high risks to wildlife that use the area 

In the same month that the UN warns Canada of swift action required to stop the degradation of Wood Buffalo National Park, a massive 290 sq-km open-pit oil sands mine project has been recommended for approval, which would place it just 30-km south of the Park’s borders. The project would be the largest of its kind in Alberta. The provincial-federal Joint Review Panel found the project to be in the public’s interest, despite the findings that it,

[…] is likely to result in significant adverse environmental effects to wetlands, old-growth forests, wetland- and old-growth-reliant species at risk, the Ronald Lake bison herd, and biodiversity.” And “likely to result in significant adverse effects to the asserted rights, use of lands and resources, and culture of indigenous groups who use the project area. The proposed mitigation measures have not been proven to be effective or to fully mitigate project effects on the environment or on indigenous rights, use of lands and resources, and culture.” Read more about Panel recommends approval of Teck’s Frontier Oil Sands Mine project, just 30-km south of Wood Buffalo National Park

CPAWS on the TD Elk Island Express

Aug 24 2019 - 8:30am
Aug 31 2019 - 8:30am
Sep 1 2019 - 8:30am

From the CPAWS Northern Alberta website

CPAWS NAB is partnering with Parkbus on the new route out to beautiful Elk Island National Park! We will be aboard the TD ELK ISLAND EXPRESS talking about our parks and the importance of protecting our landscapes.

Come join us if you’re looking for an easy (and free) way to get out and enjoy the outdoors this summer! 

Departure Times:

EDMONTON TO ELK ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

  • 8:30 AM at MEC Edmonton Downtown (11904 104 Ave NW)
  • 8:45 AM at Royal Alberta Museum (9810 103a Ave NW

ELK ISLAND NATIONAL PARK TO EDMONTON

  • Park Departure at 15:30 PM

One way travel time is approximately 1 hour.

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Location

Edmonton , AB

CPAWS on the TD Elk Island Express

Aug 3 2019 - 8:30am
Aug 4 2019 - 8:30am
Aug 10 2019 - 8:30am
Aug 17 2019 - 8:30am

From the CPAWS Northern Alberta website

CPAWS NAB is partnering with Parkbus on the new route out to beautiful Elk Island National Park! We will be aboard the TD ELK ISLAND EXPRESS talking about our parks and the importance of protecting our landscapes.

Come join us if you’re looking for an easy (and free) way to get out and enjoy the outdoors this summer! 

Departure Times:

EDMONTON TO ELK ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

  • 8:30 AM at MEC Edmonton Downtown (11904 104 Ave NW)
  • 8:45 AM at Royal Alberta Museum (9810 103a Ave NW

ELK ISLAND NATIONAL PARK TO EDMONTON

  • Park Departure at 15:30 PM

One way travel time is approximately 1 hour.

Book your ticket on the Parkbus website Read more about CPAWS on the TD Elk Island Express

Location

Edmonton , AB

Take Action: Protect Our Native Trout

Deadline: 
13 Jul 2019

From CPAWS Southern Alberta:

Westslope cutthroat trout are facing a crisis in Alberta, as populations are declining rapidly due to habitat degradation, over-harvesting and the introduction of non-native species. But you have a chance to ensure these beautiful native fish thrive, rather than decline further into extinction, by telling decision makers to implement a strong recovery plan for the threatened species.

On or before July 13, tell the government you care about native trout recovery by providing input on the draft federal Recovery Strategy and Action Plan for Alberta populations of Westslope Cutthroat Trout.

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UNESCO World Heritage Committee decision on Wood Buffalo National Park is a warning to Canada

Indigenous and environmental groups fear for the future of Wood Buffalo National Park as the UNESCO World Heritage Committee echoes warnings of unresolved threats

On July 3, 2019, representatives from around the world gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the 43rd World Heritage Committee meeting and discussed the fate of Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada’s largest national park. The World Heritage Committee called upon Canada to take further actions and warned that if Canada fails to address the threats facing the Park, it could be placed on the List of World Heritage Site in Danger.  Read more about UNESCO World Heritage Committee decision on Wood Buffalo National Park is a warning to Canada

Continuity and support for energy efficiency makes sense for Albertans, say 15 Alberta groups

Joint letter on the future of energy efficiency in Alberta

A joint letter from 15 Alberta community and environmental groups is urging the provincial government to implement meaningful energy efficiency policies and programs. 

Energy efficiency is common sense, says the letter. Supporting energy efficiency in Alberta creates jobs, invests in our communities and businesses and maintains opportunities for Albertans to save money. Not only does energy efficiency make fiscal sense, it is an achievable approach to reduce our province’s emissions. Read more about Continuity and support for energy efficiency makes sense for Albertans, say 15 Alberta groups

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