Planning for our Future - Public information and workshop on the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan
The government has recently started public consultations on the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP). The SSRP is the long term plan that will shape what the Calgary region, southern Alberta, and many of your favorite wilderness spots will look like into the future. If you care about healthy ecosystems, healthy communities, sustainable economic growth in Alberta, recreation opportunities, water quality, air quality, wildlife persistence, publ Read more »
The seven-group Suffield Coalition today applauded the government’s decision to deny approval of Cenovus' (previously EnCana) proposal to drill 1,275 natural gas wells and construct associated infrastructure in the Suffield National Wildlife Area (NWA). Suffield NWA was established in 2003 to protect endangered native prairie and the many species of animals and plants at risk in the area, including at least 15 federally listed species threatened with extinction. Read more »
The government has recently started public consultations on the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan . In a relaxed setting, AWA staff and guests will provide information about the plan, work through ways that you can give your feedback & answer your questions one-on-one. This workshop is hands-on and designed to help you quickly and confidently give your feedback during this busy time of year. See you there!
For four years, we've been keeping you up-to-date on Suffield National Wildlife Area and this very question: What will it be, wild prairie grasslands or 1,275 new Cenovus gas wells and 220 kilometres of new pipelines? Well, we still don't know and we hope that with help from you, letters to federal Minister of the Environment Peter Kent will help remind him just how important this area is to native biodiversity and the protection of this significant region in Alberta. Read more »
The recent announcement that the Government of Alberta will introduce Bill 8 (Electric Utilities Amendment Act, 2012) to effectively overturn amendments made through Bill 50 (Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009) is underwhelming to say the least.
Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) applauds the bill that would require all future transmission infrastructure projects go through a full needs-assessment process by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), but we are acutely disappointed that Bill 8 does not address the significant projects approved under Bill 50. Read more »
CALGARY — With public hearings into a proposed oilsands mine expansion set to begin today, a coalition of environmental groups is calling on the joint federal-provincial review panel to reject the project.
Shell’s proposal to expand its Jackpine oilsands mine would increase production at the existing facility by 100,000 barrels per day. The company’s environmental assessment shows that expanding the Jackpine oilsands mine along with other planned developments will harm fish and wildlife, damage wetlands and old growth forests, exceed legally binding air quality limits and cause acid rain. It will leave a legacy of toxic waste buried in lakes, damage two significant rivers, and produce greenhouse gas pollution that will put Canada’s and Alberta’s climate targets further out of reach. Read more »
Robbie & Will (Robbie Bankes, Will Lynch and Brigitte Ouellet) return to the Music for the Wild for the third time. They have left our audiences dazzled and delighted with their wonderfully skilled playing and their great sprit on stage. They play a mix of Celtic and folk music with élan using guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, accordions and fiddle.
The opening act is Blue Rambler (Don Gowan, Murray Little & George Campbell). Blue Rambler plays blues and swing tempered with a bit of folk and old country songs. Read more »
Join Dan Wallace and Wayne Marshall as they share their friendship and adventures (from 1995 to present) via the (Alberta) Great Divide Trail. From backpacking to motorhome to a camp, from hiking to biking to a four-wheel drive, from fly-fishing to caving to someone moving the trail (actually they were lost), from Friends to brush clearing and bridge building on one of Alberta’s more unique and remote trails.
A recent report released by Eco-Justice gave Alberta a well deserved failing grade for its species at risk management. Unlike many other provinces, Alberta has no legislation specific to species at risk, a voluntary system to list species, no requirement to protect species’ habitat and no legal requirement to implement recovery action. The Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is not surprised by this failing grade. Read more »
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