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Poll finds huge support for legislating Castle Special Place as Wildland Park & major opposition to logging it

(Lethbridge) Lethbridge and Coaldale residents overwhelmingly oppose logging and support establishment of a Wildland Park in the Castle Special Management Area west of Pincher Creek, according to a recent survey conducted by the Lethbridge College Citizen Society Research Lab.

More than 85 per cent of those surveyed February 12 and 13 oppose the logging plan approved by provincial Sustainable Resource Development last year. Spray Lakes Sawmills of Cochrane plans to clear-cut the area between the Beaver Mines Lake, Lynx Creek and Castle Falls Provincial Recreation Areas and campgrounds starting in June. The logging is technically called block-cut logging. Read more about Poll finds huge support for legislating Castle Special Place as Wildland Park & major opposition to logging it

Press Screening: Edmontonian Film Maker David Lavallee to Unveil Film ‘White Water, Black Gold’

(Edmonton) “White Water, Black Gold” follows Edmontonian David Lavallee on his three year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the tar sands.  For the past 15 years David has worked as a hiking guide in the Columbia Icefields. In that time he has noticed profound changes to the mountain landscapes. When David discovered that his province is ramping up growth in an extremely water intensive industry downstream of his beloved Icefields, he set out on a journey: from icefields to oilfields.   Read more about Press Screening: Edmontonian Film Maker David Lavallee to Unveil Film ‘White Water, Black Gold’

New findings prompt call that Alberta Government make good on having failed the Castle Special Place

Calgary:  The tools the Alberta Government has used since 1998 to protect the Castle Special Place in the southwest corner of Alberta – a Forest Land Use Zone, the Castle Access Management Plan and “special management” – are now documented in a new study by Global Forest Watch Canada as an utter failure observes the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition, Sierra Club Canada and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Southern Alberta Chapter.  Global Forest Watch Canada’s study was released today, complete with photographs on the accumulated density of linear disturbances (roads, seismic lines, truck trails, etc.) that are de facto open to motorized use in the Castle.  It provides one more reason why commercial logging should not go ahead there and gives the scientific evidence for what outdoor enthusiasts and conservation groups alike have been pointing to for years – that the Castle is being degraded and it isn’t managed in a sustainable manner.   Read more about New findings prompt call that Alberta Government make good on having failed the Castle Special Place

Edmonton Water Week

Mar 21 2011 - 6:00am to Mar 26 2011 - 6:00am

Check the Edmonton Water Week website for a full slate of events

Edmonton Water Week is a full week of events to mark World Water Day, which falls annually on March 22, following a United Nations initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. Read more about Edmonton Water Week

Location

various locations Edmonton , AB

Workshop - More Parks Now, Not Bill 29

Mar 3 2011 - 2:00am to 4:30am

Tourism, Parks & Recreation Minister is still determined to get Bill 29 passed. She will be undertaking some form of outreach or consultation on Bill 29 during this summer (see notes for form-letter MLAs are sending in reply to letters from citizens). Lets continue to work together to set the agenda in favour of more parks and their legislative protection before summer.

Workshop

If you cannot come or weren't at the prior workshops, please contact Kristin or Dianne (info at end), so you receive the earlier information. Read more about Workshop - More Parks Now, Not Bill 29

Location

Calgary Area Outdoor Council, 2nd Floor
1111 Memorial Drive NW
Calgary , AB

Alberta's Environment and Economy in the Global Spotlight

Mar 13 2011 - 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Speaker: Sheila Muxlow, Director, Sierra Club Prairie

Invited: Representatives of the Alberta Liberals, Alberta NDP, Alberta Party & Vision 2012 (new Greens)

Where are we now?

What would be different with a progressive government?

What would and could the progressive parties do in government that is different from the Conservatives and Wildrose Alliance?

  • Update on DRP's ChangeAlberta.ca strategy
  • Social hour with live music - fiddle/violin & guitar
  • Beverages and Raffle Prize viewing at 1:15

Co-sponsored by the Alberta Democratic Renewal Project and Sierra Club Prairie

RSVP to Ann at [email protected] Read more about Alberta's Environment and Economy in the Global Spotlight

Location

Riverdale Community Hall
9231 100 Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB

RePower Alberta: Building the Green Energy Economy

Mar 3 2011 - 2:00am to 4:00am

Do you think you have to choose between a great job and a healthy environment for your children? You don’t have to!

Learn the facts about Alberta’s potential for a green collar economy and how we can work together to put the power back in the hands of Albertans! Read more about RePower Alberta: Building the Green Energy Economy

Location

Calgary Area Outdoor Council
1111 Memorial Drive NW (downstairs)
Calgary , AB

Conservatives Re-Re-Re-announcement on renewable fuels not fooling anyone

Without strong regulations on the Tar Sands and other large industrial polluters, no plan to fight climate change will be effective

Introduced first by the Federal Liberals a decade ago, using ‘renewable’ fuels as part of a wider plan to address climate change is not a new or novel idea.

If fact, today’s announcement is just a re-re-re-announcement of a very small step. Read more about Conservatives Re-Re-Re-announcement on renewable fuels not fooling anyone

Groups ramp up parks campaign as Minister puts off controversial Bill 29

CALGARY — “More parks now, not Bill 29” is the updated rallying cry of lead groups, such as Sierra Club Canada, in the public campaign that last November successfully got the Stelmach government to stall passage of the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation’s (TPR) controversial new parks legislation. 

Bill 29 (the Alberta Parks Act) is designed to replace Alberta’s existing parks network and its overarching laws. Late this past Friday (4:54 pm), Minister Cindy Ady emailed an update announcing she won’t be bringing Bill 29 back to the spring sitting of the Legislature.  Read more about Groups ramp up parks campaign as Minister puts off controversial Bill 29

Groups call for extension on Environmental Bill of Rights debate

OTTAWA - There will be a crucial vote on whether to extend the debate of the Environmental Bill of Rights Act at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3rd.

The bill is currently before the Standing Committee on Environment and sustainable Development undergoing a clause-by-clause examination. During this process, a number of improvements have been identified, but unless Parliament extends the debate deadline tomorrow, it will be voted on in its original form.  Read more about Groups call for extension on Environmental Bill of Rights debate

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