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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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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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More Than 21,000 Albertans Show Support for New Wildland Provincial Park

EDMONTON – To date, 21,781 letters and petition signatures have been delivered to the office of the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks, asking her to designate the Bighorn Backcountry as a Wildland Provincial Park.

The messages of support have been collected by Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Northern Alberta through the Love Your Headwaters Campaign, ongoing since early 2017. Read more about More Than 21,000 Albertans Show Support for New Wildland Provincial Park

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Canada must chart its own course to hold firm on transportation climate commitments

Pembina Institute reacts to Canada's mid-term evaluation of vehicle emission standards

TORONTO — Isabelle Turcotte, Director of Federal Policy at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Canada's announcement of public consultations on vehicle emission standards: Read more about Canada must chart its own course to hold firm on transportation climate commitments

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 Solar Power: Our Allegiance to Land, Air, Water, and Sun

Keepers of the Athabasca is partnering with Sucker Creek First Nation, and the Society of High Prairie Regional Environmental Action Committee to put a solar installation on the Treaty 8 Building in Sucker Creek First Nation, where Treaty 8 was signed over 100 years ago. We are all Treaty people; our ancestors signed this agreement with the intent to respect Indigenous lands and ways of life.  Read more about  Solar Power: Our Allegiance to Land, Air, Water, and Sun

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Alberta Moves on Protection for Native Grasslands in Milk River Ridge

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Milk River Ridge Grassland Photo
Milk River Ridge Grassland. Photo: Alberta Wilderness Association

Yesterday, the Alberta government released a proposal to expand the Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area in order to protect a significant piece of Alberta’s endangered grasslands. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is relieved to finally see concrete steps towards protection of a critical piece of Alberta’s native grasslands, which has been on government books awaiting protection for years. AWA remains concerned about ongoing potential threats to this landscape from oil and gas exploration. Read more about Alberta Moves on Protection for Native Grasslands in Milk River Ridge

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Public Lands: The Next Target for Alberta’s Renewable Energy Land Rush?

Will the Government of Alberta allow industrial scale wind and solar farms on public lands? Since early June Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) has posed this question several times to the provincial government. AWA is still waiting for an answer.

The dramatic expansion of big wind and big solar projects now underway must not take place at the expense of our threatened native grasslands, parklands, and foothills. AWA believes Alberta needs a public lands policy that explicitly addresses the renewable energy sector. Read more about Public Lands: The Next Target for Alberta’s Renewable Energy Land Rush?

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Saskatchewan and Ontario reject most cost effective way to reduce carbon pollution

Pembina Institute reacts to the joint statement from Ontario and Saskatchewan on carbon pricing

OTTAWA — Isabelle Turcotte, interim federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following comment in response to the joint statement released today from Ontario and Saskatchewan.

“It is deeply irresponsible of the Saskatchewan and Ontario governments to reject carbon pricing. Canadians expect their governments to address climate change, one of the most serious issues facing us today. It is a failure of leadership to reject the most cost effective way to reduce pollution. This move undermines Canada’s obligations to do its fair share to protect our communities from a changing climate.  Read more about Saskatchewan and Ontario reject most cost effective way to reduce carbon pollution

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