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Caribou recovery can grow economy in northwest Alberta’s Bistcho-Yates ranges

Managing lands for woodland caribou recovery can grow the economy in the Bistcho-Yates caribou range lands of northwest Alberta, eminent natural resource economist Dr. Thomas Michael Power found in an October 2018 report evaluating a caribou restoration economy. The report was commissioned by Alberta Wilderness Association, David Suzuki Foundation and Harmony Foundation. Read more about Caribou recovery can grow economy in northwest Alberta’s Bistcho-Yates ranges

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The national price on pollution will bring health and economic benefits to Canadians

Pembina Institute reacts to the announcement of the federal carbon price plan

OTTAWA — Isabelle Turcotte, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the announcement of the federal carbon price plan: Read more about The national price on pollution will bring health and economic benefits to Canadians

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Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

CALGARY – Environmental groups say the Government of Canada is failing to meet its legal responsibilities by exempting tailings pond chemicals from a recent screening assessment.

In a comment letter sent to Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada on behalf of Environmental Defence and Keepers of the Athabasca on Oct. 17, Ecojustice lawyers called on the government to reconsider naphthenic acids from oil sands process-affected water in assessing whether these chemicals should be regulated under law. Read more about Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

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Wild Spaces 2020

From our mountains, to boreal forests and grasslands, Alberta has an amazing number of wild spaces that we cherish and take pride in. Unfortunately, many of these areas are not protected and are at risk of being lost.

In 2010, Canada committed to conserving at least “17% of terrestrial areas and inland waters” by 2020 through networks of protected areas and other conservation measures. This is known as Aichi Target 11 under the United Nations Convention for Biological Diversity. Progress in achieving this target has been glacial: from 2010 to 2016, Canada only added 1% to its protected areas network.

Why are protected places important?
Protected places create safe havens for forests, grasslands, wetlands and oceans to recover without disruption from poorly considered industrial, agricultural and residential development.

Protected areas also provide habitat for wildlife species like grizzlies, wolves, caribou and trout.Currently, 50% of Canada’s wildlife species are in decline.

Wild Spaces 2020 is AWA’s campaign to celebrate Alberta’s amazing wild spaces and a call to protect them for future generations to enjoy. Our campaign works in partnership with other organizations to ensure that Canada is not only held to this promise, but aims to exceed it by the 2020 deadline. Read more about Wild Spaces 2020

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Call for low-cost solar power is a smart move

Pembina Institute reacts to the Government of Alberta’s RFP for solar producers

Calgary—Sara Hastings-Simon, Managing Director, Clean Economy at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta government's recent announcement: Read more about Call for low-cost solar power is a smart move

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Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, Ecojustice give testimony on question of Frontier oilsands mine

FORT MCMURRAY – Expert witnesses for the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, also known as OSEC, gave testimony Monday at a Joint Panel Review hearing on the Frontier Oil Sands Mine, a project that, if built, would be one of the largest oil sands mines ever developed.

“We have serious concern about the long-term economic viability of this project, and whether any economic benefits from this project are acceptable for Canadians in exchange for the carbon emissions this one project alone represents,” said Nikki Way, a fossil fuels analyst at Pembina. Read more about Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, Ecojustice give testimony on question of Frontier oilsands mine

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Plan Needed for Alberta’s Protected Areas

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The hike to Three Isle Lake. Photo: J. Skrajny
The hike to Three Isle Lake. Photo: J. Skrajny

Protecting 17 percent of Alberta’s wilderness by 2020, as part of international commitments under Aichi Target 11, is a commitment the province of Alberta made in 2010. To date, plans for how Alberta will meet the target have not been released. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) supports the government’s commitment and believes the protection of representative landscapes throughout the province is long overdue. Read more about Plan Needed for Alberta’s Protected Areas

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Keepers of the Athabasca Indigenous Water Governance Workshops in Calgary and Edmonton

WORKSHOP WITH CALEB BEHN

  • Executive Director, Keepers of the Water
  • Water Advocate for First Nations at a national level
  • Walrus Talks, TEDx talks on Indigenous Water Governance

Exploring pre-contact water laws, agreements, and treaties, while asking the question: can there be an Indigenous Water Governance model for Canada?

Workshop series presented by Read more about Keepers of the Athabasca Indigenous Water Governance Workshops in Calgary and Edmonton

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