Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

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

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Edmonton — CPAWS welcomes the announcement by Teck Resources Limited CEO, Don Lindsay, that the company has withdrawn their application for the Frontier oil sands mine.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

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

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

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

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.

Book your ticket on the Parkbus website Read More

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

Location

Edmonton , AB

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

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

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