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Annual Parks Report Outlines Roadmap for Meeting Land and Freshwater Protection Targets in Alberta and Across Canada

EDMONTON – Today the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) released its annual Parks Report, What’s Next: Parks and Protected Areas to 2020 and Beyond, which recommends how governments in Canada – federal, provincial, territorial, and Indigenous – can work together to achieve our international commitment to protect at least 17% of our landscape by 2020. This would almost double our current protected areas and would be a step towards the longer-term work needed to reverse the catastrophic and ongoing decline in biodiversity. Canada has the biggest opportunity in a generation to protect nature – and this report provides a roadmap for action. Read more about Annual Parks Report Outlines Roadmap for Meeting Land and Freshwater Protection Targets in Alberta and Across Canada

Action Alert

Preserve Edmonton's river valley from industry - stop Epcor's solar power plant

Sign THE petition!

If you support solar – but not in the river valley, call or email your city councilor and the mayor to let them know. Want to do more? Contact ERVCC to find out how you can lend a hand to our campaign. Still more? Attend and speak at the public hearing on the rezoning (date TBC) this spring. Read more about Preserve Edmonton's river valley from industry - stop Epcor's solar power plant

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Canada’s failure to protect Wood Buffalo National Park to be raised at UNESCO meeting

As UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee convenes this week for its annual meeting in Manama, Bahrain, Indigenous and environmental groups are calling on Canada to do more to protect its largest park, Wood Buffalo National Park.

Members of Mikisew Cree First Nation are in Bahrain to present to World Heritage Committee members. They will urge Canada to implement all seventeen of the Committee’s recommendations to ensure protection of Wood Buffalo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more about Canada’s failure to protect Wood Buffalo National Park to be raised at UNESCO meeting

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Alberta Energy Regulator approves another deficient oilsands tailings plan

Pembina Institute reacts to approval of Syncrude’s Aurora North Mine tailings plan

EDMONTON — Jodi McNeill, technical and policy analyst at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) latest tailings management plan approval:

“This is the fifth approved tailings management plan that doesn’t comply with the AER’s Directive 085. Syncrude’s plan relies on composite tailings (CT) and water capping to treat its tailings. The AER questions whether CT deposits can support final closure landscapes, and water capping is an unproven technology that is not authorized by the regulator. Read more about Alberta Energy Regulator approves another deficient oilsands tailings plan

Action Alert

Pledge your support for the Bighorn Wildland Park

The Bighorn Backcountry needs you right now!

Albertans live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth and we love to get out there to enjoy it. That’s worth protecting. Take a minute to help protect the nature you love before we miss our chance! Read more about Pledge your support for the Bighorn Wildland Park

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Strong methane regulations the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective way to protect our environment, say 16 Alberta organizations

Joint letter urges the alberta government to seize the economic and environmental opportunity available by enacting strong methane regulations to capture wasted natural gas

Edmonton, Alberta—16 community and environmental organizations from across Alberta are calling on the province to implement mandatory methane regulations to reduce climate pollution from the oil and gas sector, help meet the Province's emission reduction targets, capture valuable natural gas this is currently wasted and catch up to other leading energy-producing jurisdictions.  

A joint letter was submitted on March 9, 2018 to the Alberta government to inform the development of the Province's new methane regulations for the oil and gas sector. Read more about Strong methane regulations the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective way to protect our environment, say 16 Alberta organizations

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Canada still failing Wood Buffalo National Park a year after UN report

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA. — On the anniversary of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna characterizing an international report that concluded governments have failed to protect Wood Buffalo National Park as a “call to action”, a coalition of Indigenous and environmental groups is still waiting for that action. Read more about Canada still failing Wood Buffalo National Park a year after UN report

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Bighorn Regional Advisory Committee advice out of step with most Albertans

On Wednesday the province of Alberta released advice from the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) for the North Saskatchewan Regional Land Use Plan, including an area known as the Bighorn Backcountry.

“This is advice given to a previous government and does not reflect the outlook of most Albertans about the importance of parks, wildlife and water,” says Stephen Legault, program director at Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Read more about Bighorn Regional Advisory Committee advice out of step with most Albertans

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Public Risk For Oilsands Mines Clean-up Costs Must Be Removed

Albertans face unacceptable risks from unfunded oil sands mine clean-up costs. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) believes it is time for tar sands mine operators to pay full security for their clean-up obligations and remove this burden from the public.  Read more about Public Risk For Oilsands Mines Clean-up Costs Must Be Removed

Action Alert

Action Alert: Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

The Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks need your help!

Historically, the Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks received annual core funding from the Government of Canada. This was used to facilitate networking on environmental issues across the country, coordinate national and provincial issue-based caucuses, coordinate ENGO participation in federal public consultation processes, and maintain open lines of communication between ENGOs and the federal government.

In 2011, as part of the across-the- board cuts to civil society organizations by the previous federal government, all federal funding to the RCEN and its provincial affiliate networks was cut. This left the national network and most of the affiliates functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.

There is hope that the current government will provide for renewed funding in its upcoming budget. This funding is crucial for the survival of the national network and many of the provincial affiliate networks. A proposal has been submitted. It now needs strong and immediate support from environmental groups and individuals across the country. Read more about Action Alert: Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

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