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Alberta’s environmental leaders receive award for environmental excellence

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, The Alberta Emerald Foundation announces the recipients of the 2021 Emerald Awards

EDMONTON, AB – 32 hopeful shortlisted candidates, along with guests from across the province, joined the Alberta Emerald Foundation (AEF) online for the 30th annual Emerald Awards today. 

The Emerald Awards showcase those who raise the bar in addressing local, regional, and global environmental & climate issues. Over the past three decades, the AEF has recognized nearly 400 recipients and 900 finalists through the Emerald Awards program. Read more about Alberta’s environmental leaders receive award for environmental excellence

Alberta Organizations Call for Regional Assessment of Metallurgical Coal Mining

Groups are asking the Federal Government to assess metallurgical coal mining’s impacts on water, species at risk, and Treaty and Aboriginal rights

CALGARY/TERRITORIES OF THE BLACKFOOT AND PEOPLES OF TREATIES 6 AND 7, HOME TO MÉTIS NATION OF ALBERTA, REGION III Read more about Alberta Organizations Call for Regional Assessment of Metallurgical Coal Mining

Ecojustice in court to fight Coalspur Mines’ attempt to expand Vista thermal coal mine without federal impact assessment

CALGARY/TERRITORIES OF THE BLACKFOOT AND PEOPLES OF TREATIES 6 AND 7, HOME TO MÉTIS NATION OF ALBERTA, REGION III – Ecojustice is in court today and tomorrow on behalf of Keepers of the Water, Keepers of the Athabasca, and the West Athabasca Watershed Bioregional Society to fight against Coalspur Mines (Operations) Ltd’s attempt to overturn the designation of the Vista thermal coal mine expansion project for a federal impact assessment. Read more about Ecojustice in court to fight Coalspur Mines’ attempt to expand Vista thermal coal mine without federal impact assessment

Helping Jasper’s Caribou to Survive Needs More than Conservation Breeding

Jasper National Park has released a report from an expert scientific review about whether conservation breeding can recover Jasper’s critically low numbers of caribou. Jasper has also announced it will review caribou habitat winter access for 2021-22 to ensure Parks Canada’s efforts are focused “on what is most effective”. Read more about Helping Jasper’s Caribou to Survive Needs More than Conservation Breeding

Jasper National Park moves toward caribou breeding program, but still needs to address existing backcountry threats

Edmonton – Jasper National Park has found strong scientific support for using a conservation breeding program to boost woodland caribou numbers inside the park. A new report has been released that summarizes an independent review of the proposed breeding program, with agreement from a panel of experts that urgent help is needed to return caribou herds to self-sustaining sizes.  Read more about Jasper National Park moves toward caribou breeding program, but still needs to address existing backcountry threats

Financially-Troubled Atrum Coal to Present to High River Town Council

Atrum Coal, the financially-troubled Australian proponent of the Elan open-pit coal mining project in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes, takes its promotional pitch to High River Town Council later today. Since Alberta reinstated the 1976 Coal Policy, investors on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) have pummeled this penny stock. Read more about Financially-Troubled Atrum Coal to Present to High River Town Council

$90 Vehicle Fee for Kananaskis – A Multi-million Dollar Cash Grab That Will Deter Visitors

The Globe and Mail’s Emma Graney reported earlier today that Alberta will impose a $90 annual fee for vehicles entering Kananaskis Country. Since last year AWA has warned Albertans of Minister Nixon’s intent to shift the financing of parks and protected areas onto user fees and away from general tax revenues. This announcement, coupled with the new public lands camping pass, is just further evidence of the UCP government’s commitment to the user fee model for funding parks. Read more about $90 Vehicle Fee for Kananaskis – A Multi-million Dollar Cash Grab That Will Deter Visitors

Proposed Kananaskis fee must result in increased environmental protections and services that benefit Albertans and nature. 

Today the Government of Alberta announced they will be implementing a “Conservation Pass” user fee for the Kananaskis region. The revenue generated from the $90/year vehicle fee will be allocated towards increased staffing and capital infrastructure spending.  

We recognize the need for sustained funding for recreation, conservation, and related infrastructure to support healthy communities and healthy economies. However, funding mechanisms should not rely on a user-pay model.  

User fees must be thoughtfully implemented.  Read more about Proposed Kananaskis fee must result in increased environmental protections and services that benefit Albertans and nature. 

Government halts some coal exploration during ongoing consultation: positive momentum that needs to keep going 

CPAWS Southern and Northern Alberta Chapters are happy to hear that more than 25,000 Albertans participated in the initial Coal Policy Engagement consultation and that it will help shape the next stage of consultation. Alberta’s foothills and Rocky Mountains are special places beloved by Albertans and are a large part of what draws people to live, work, and play in our province. It is clear that Albertans are incredibly invested in the protection of this landscape and the development of a new policy for this region. We encourage people to continue to stay engaged on this issue.  Read more about Government halts some coal exploration during ongoing consultation: positive momentum that needs to keep going 

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