Biodiversity and Wildlife

Issue Brief: Vista coal mine expansion

Updated: September 3, 2020

The Coalspur Vista mine is one of the largest thermal coal mines in Canada, and the proposed expansion could almost triple its capacity. Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson declined in December 2019 to order a federal impact assessment, but he reversed this decision on July 30 so the project will undergo a federal impact assessment. Coalspur Mines has launched a legal challenge to the Minister's decision.

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Losing protection where we need it most

The Government of Alberta’s plan to remove 164 sites from the provincial parks system will take a significant cut out of Alberta’s most endangered and least protected Natural Regions: the Parkland, Grasslands and Foothills. Between these three regions, 85 sites will lose their protected status, resulting in the loss of nearly 9,000 hectares of protection – equivalent to around eight times the size of Ghost Lake or one-half the size of Elk Island National Park. Read More

Call for public input on the draft Whitebark and Limber Pines Recovery Plan

Initiative: 
Draft Whitebark and Limber Pines Recovery Plan
Deadline: 
10 Sep 2020

From the Government of Alberta Public Engagement website:

We’re seeking public input on our draft recovery plan for whitebark pine and limber pine. Whitebark and limber pines have evolved to thrive in some of Alberta's harshest landscapes but recent infections of white pine blister and infestations of mountain pine beetle have resulted in a decline in the pines' numbers across their provincial range. Read More

Call for public input on the draft Porsild's Byrum Recovery Plan

Initiative: 
Draft Porsild’s Bryum Recovery Plan
Deadline: 
10 Sep 2020

From the Government of Alberta Public Engagement website:

We’re seeking public input on the draft Porsild’s bryum recovery plan.

We have incorporated new survey data and have worked with ecologists and conservation officers to update the previous Porsild’s bryum recovery plan. The updated plan is now available for your feedback. Read More

YYC Young Citizen Scientists: Urban Wildlife (Ages 12-16)

Aug 27 2020 - 11:00am

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!

As part of the Ultimate Summer Challenge being hosted by the Calgary Public Library, CPAWS-SAB will be putting on 6 virtual presentations for youth. These presentations will include visuals, activities, and discussions. See below for more details on each event. Read More

YYC Young Citizen Scientists: Birds (Ages 10-12)

Aug 26 2020 - 11:00am

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!

As part of the Ultimate Summer Challenge being hosted by the Calgary Public Library, CPAWS-SAB will be putting on 6 virtual presentations for youth. These presentations will include visuals, activities, and discussions. See below for more details on each event. Read More

YYC Young Citizen Scientists: Birds (Ages 7-9)

Aug 20 2020 - 11:00am

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!

As part of the Ultimate Summer Challenge being hosted by the Calgary Public Library, CPAWS-SAB will be putting on 6 virtual presentations for youth. These presentations will include visuals, activities, and discussions. See below for more details on each event. Read More

YYC Young Citizen Scientists: Pollinators (Ages 7-9)

Aug 18 2020 - 11:00am

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!

As part of the Ultimate Summer Challenge being hosted by the Calgary Public Library, CPAWS-SAB will be putting on 6 virtual presentations for youth. These presentations will include visuals, activities, and discussions. See below for more details on each event. Read More

Canada agrees federal impact assessment necessary for mine expansion near Hinton, Alberta

EDMONTON, AB – CPAWS applauds the decision by the federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, to approve the request for a federal impact assessment for a proposed thermal coal mine expansion near Hinton, Alberta. The decision shows Minister Wilkinson understands the serious need to assess adverse environmental impacts that result from outdated thermal coal mining. Read More

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