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Slow Down Oil Sands to Save Wetlands, Scientist Says

As development continues to destroy wetlands crucial to Alberta’s water security and climate regulation, a new research paper by a University of Alberta ecologist, Dr. Lee Foote, concludes that the government should negotiate mineable oil sands development limits. The paper cites doubtful reclamation success for the extensive peat wetlands central to that landscape. The Alberta Wilderness Association and Water Matters call on Alberta’s political party leaders to commit to meaningful wetland conservation measures including protection of boreal wetlands. Read more about Slow Down Oil Sands to Save Wetlands, Scientist Says

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Pembina reacts to federal government plans to weaken environmental assessment

CALGARY — Simon Dyer, policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s announcement that the federal government will weaken environmental oversight of resource development projects: Read more about Pembina reacts to federal government plans to weaken environmental assessment

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Conservation groups take Environment Minister to Federal Court over failure to protect woodland caribou, again

EDMONTON — The fight to save woodland caribou herds threatened by oilsands development in northeastern Alberta is headed to Federal Court for the second time.

Ecojustice, on behalf of the Pembina Institute and Alberta Wilderness Association, filed an application in the Federal Court today, seeking a court order to force Environment Minister Peter Kent to recommend emergency protection for the caribou and the habitat they need in order to survive.  The groups have joined forces with the Athabasca Chipewyan, Swan River, Beaver Lake and Cold Lake First Nations to challenge Kent. 

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Alberta Government Kills 145 Bears at Oilsands Camps

No Charges Laid

Last year, the Alberta government killed 145 garbage-habituated black bears at oilsands camps in Alberta. Poorly-managed oilsands camps are known to attract bears to garbage. But rather than enforcing regulations, or prosecuting the guilty companies, Alberta government staff simply move in and kill bears. Lots of bears. Read more about Alberta Government Kills 145 Bears at Oilsands Camps

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Conservation groups take Environment Minister to court over endangered Sage-grouse

EDMONTON — Conservation groups are taking Environment Minister Peter Kent to Federal Court over his continued failure to protect Canada’s endangered Greater Sage-grouse and fulfill his duties under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).

In November, Ecojustice filed a petition demanding Kent use a SARA provision to recommend emergency protection for sage-grouse and the habitat the species needs to survive in Canada. The protections requested included an end to further human disturbance, particularly oil and gas development, in crucial sage-grouse habitat. Read more about Conservation groups take Environment Minister to court over endangered Sage-grouse

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Over a hundred attend Valentine’s Day Rallies in Support of Forests

Calgary, Edmonton, AB: More than 170 people attended rallies today in Calgary and Edmonton to send a strong message to the Government of Alberta: Albertans love their forests and don’t want the heart of protected areas like the Castle Special Place or poplar trail systems in Bragg Creek to be logged. Read more about Over a hundred attend Valentine’s Day Rallies in Support of Forests

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Approval of Jasper Development Ignores Public Outcry

Over the objections of almost 200,000 citizens, the federal government has approved the proposed “Brewster Glacier Discovery Walk” in Jasper National Park. Conservation organizations fear that the beauty and integrity of Jasper National Park are being surrendered to commercial interests, opening the door for more for-profit businesses to capitalize on the splendour of Canada’s most loved and protected landscapes. Read more about Approval of Jasper Development Ignores Public Outcry

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