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Issue Brief: Vista coal mine expansion

Updated: July 28, 2020

The Coalspur Vista mine is one of the largest thermal coal mines in Canada, and the proposed expansion could almost triple its capacity. The Coalspur Vista mine is one of the largest thermal coal mines in Canada, and the proposed expansion could almost triple its capacity. According to the Analysis Report by the Impact Assessment Agency, the project “may cause adverse effects within federal jurisdiction” but the size of project is just below the thresholds to require a federal impact assessment. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson declined in December to order a federal impact assessment, but the federal government has since announced that they will make a new decision by the end of July. Read more about Issue Brief: Vista coal mine expansion

Issue Brief: Rescinding the Alberta Coal Policy

The Alberta government rescinded the 1976 Coal Policy on June 1, saying the policy was no longer relevant due to regulatory changes and new approaches in land use planning since the 1970s. However, gaps in land use plans (particularly in the eastern slopes region) may leave sensitive regions open to coal development. Read more about Issue Brief: Rescinding the Alberta Coal Policy

CreekFest Webinar: Water Rangers

Jul 23 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

From the CPAWS Southern Alberta website:

Are you a parent looking to continue environmental education at home? Or are you a student passionate about learning more about our planet earth? CPAWS-SAB wants to bring interactive learning into your homes! Read more about CreekFest Webinar: Water Rangers

CreekFest Webinar: Wild Wellness

Jul 21 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

From the CPAWS Southern Alberta website:

Are you a parent looking to continue environmental education at home? Or are you a student passionate about learning more about our planet earth? CPAWS-SAB wants to bring interactive learning into your homes! Read more about CreekFest Webinar: Wild Wellness

Native Trout in Alberta

Jun 17 2020 - 1:00pm

CPAWS Southern Alberta and Trout Unlimited Canada are hosting a livestream discussion on the threats to native trout in Alberta, and what we can do to promote their recovery.

Submit your trout questions for the experts on Facebook, and tune in to the livestream on June 17 at 1:00 PM. Read more about Native Trout in Alberta

Major Project Grants

Deadline: 
31 Mar 2020

From the Alberta Ecotrust website:

We are now accepting applications for our Major Projects grant program from March 2 to March 31, 2020. This is a two-stage process that begins with submitting a Letter of Intent through our Application Portal below.

NOTE: You may notice the application portal looks a bit different than in previous years. This is because we have recently moved to new Grantmaking software. As a result of this move you will need to create a new profile even if you have applied for an Alberta Ecotrust grant before.

If you have any questions or problems accessing our system please contact our grant staff via email at [email protected], or by calling 403-209-2245 or 1-800-465-2147 outside of Calgary.

APPLICATION PORTAL

Major Grants

This program is designed to support more comprehensive projects that have the potential to result in substantial environmental benefit. The application process is more comprehensive and will be undertaken in two parts. These projects must be completed within a year. Maximum grant is $30,000.

Full details & application portal Read more about Major Project Grants

AWA Letter on Bow Basin Water Management Options

Alberta Environment and Parks has been gathering input on Bow Basin Water Management Options. The Alberta Wilderness Association has published its response on their website. From their letter:

AWA believes that the primary strategy for flood mitigation for Calgary and surrounding communities should not be on-stream dam infrastructure, but rather upstream land use improvements, and strictly limiting the future establishment of commercial, industrial, residential developments within the floodplain of the Bow River. This project has gained considerable momentum without adequate scrutiny of environmental impacts or of alternatives to on-stream dams. AWA strongly believes that all three options must be vetted thoroughly for potential negative ecological effects. While we support none of the projects, we believe that the Ghost dam option is potentially the least harmful. Read more about AWA Letter on Bow Basin Water Management Options

Call for Delegate: Wetlands Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee, Oil Sands Monitoring Program

Initiative: 
Wetlands Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee
Position: 
ENGO Member
Application Deadline: 
8 Nov 2019

In December 2017, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that renewed each Government’s commitment to monitoring environmental impacts of oil sands development through the Oil Sands Monitoring Program (OSMP). The MOU established the mutual intentions of both governments to continue to collaborate and be accountable for the design and implementation of an integrated monitoring, evaluation and reporting system. It also confirmed the joint commitment to revise and establish, in cooperation with Indigenous Communities in the oil sands region, effective mechanisms for Indigenous participation in the design, implementation and governance of the monitoring system. This includes development of a comprehensive, ongoing agreement (the Operational Framework Agreement, finalized September 21, 2018) that defines the governance and implementation model to guide the decision-making structure and processes, roles and responsibilities, and the monitoring, research mandate, and objectives of the OSMP. Read more about Call for Delegate: Wetlands Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee, Oil Sands Monitoring Program

Call for Delegate: Aquatics & Surface Water Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee, Oil Sands Monitoring Program

Initiative: 
Aquatics & Surface Water Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee
Position: 
ENGO Member
Application Deadline: 
8 Nov 2019

In December 2017, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that renewed each Government’s commitment to monitoring environmental impacts of oil sands development through the Oil Sands Monitoring Program (OSMP). The MOU established the mutual intentions of both governments to continue to collaborate and be accountable for the design and implementation of an integrated monitoring, evaluation and reporting system. It also confirmed the joint commitment to revise and establish, in cooperation with Indigenous Communities in the oil sands region, effective mechanisms for Indigenous participation in the design, implementation and governance of the monitoring system. This includes development of a comprehensive, ongoing agreement (the Operational Framework Agreement, finalized September 21, 2018) that defines the governance and implementation model to guide the decision-making structure and processes, roles and responsibilities, and the monitoring, research mandate, and objectives of the OSMP. Read more about Call for Delegate: Aquatics & Surface Water Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee, Oil Sands Monitoring Program

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