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Energy East pipeline poses climate challenge for premiers

New report shows how success of multi-province energy strategy depends on addressing oilsands expansion plans, including west-to-east pipeline

QUEBEC CITY — As Canada’s premiers meet in Quebec City to discuss climate change, a new report from the Pembina Institute outlines key considerations and challenges for provincial discussions of a Canadian Energy Strategy.

The oilsands sector is Canada’s fastest-growing source of carbon emissions. That means infrastructure proposals such as the Energy East pipeline have a significant impact on the federation’s ability to meet climate change objectives. for a multi-province strategy to be credible and effective, it must take the full emissions footprint of fossil fuel projects into account.

Crafting an Effective Canadian Energy Strategy reviews the progress some provinces have made to date with carbon pricing policies. The report provides recommendations for making the Canadian Energy Strategy effective, and for how the provinces can fill the leadership vacuum left by the federal government on climate change — including by reviving the work of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. Read more about Energy East pipeline poses climate challenge for premiers

Funding Opportunity

Alberta Ecotrust Community Grants

Deadline: 
4 May 2015

The heart of Alberta Ecotrust’s work is supporting the people and projects that effectively address Alberta’s most pressing environmental issues. We accomplish this primarily by making grants to enable Alberta environmental non-governmental organizations to more effectively deliver programs, projects, and results that advance their environmental missions within our issue priorities.

Alberta Ecotrust presently has three grant streams: Community Grants, Major Projects, and Collective Action Grants. For the year 2015 we will be accepting applications for Community Grants and Major Projects only. Applications for Community Grants will accepted in the spring with a deadline of May 4th. We will be accepting Letters of Intent for Major Projects in August.

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Media Release

Grizzly Death Toll Climbs

In what has become a sad annual tradition, Alberta’s ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has released their count of the number of grizzly bears known to have met their end in 2014. All of this year’s 19 deaths were caused by humans, underscoring the grave need for habitat protection for this threatened species. Read more about Grizzly Death Toll Climbs

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Alberta Could Choose Habitat Recovery Plan, Instead More Lease Sales in Endangered Mountain Caribou Ranges are Planned

The Alberta government has posted new energy leases for sale in the same endangered mountain caribou range in west central Alberta where it cancelled lease sales on March 6. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) asks the Alberta government for consistent decisions to recover Redrock-Prairie Creek and Narraway mountain caribou, and to adopt the principles of the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) 2012 proposal for Redrock-Prairie Creek caribou range management. Read more about Alberta Could Choose Habitat Recovery Plan, Instead More Lease Sales in Endangered Mountain Caribou Ranges are Planned

Funding Opportunity

Co-op Community Spaces Program

Deadline: 
15 May 2015

As Western Canadians, we have to make the most of every chance we get to go outside and enjoy the parks, playgrounds, community gardens and other spaces that bring us together.

Co-op Community Spaces has been developed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada. In keeping with our ongoing commitment to invest in the communities we serve, Co-op will contribute up to $1 million annually to help support projects that improve the places Canadians meet, play, learn and share. Read more about Co-op Community Spaces Program

Funding Opportunity

Watershed Stewardship Grants

Deadline: 
17 Apr 2015

From the Land Stewardship Centre website:

WSG applications are NOW being accepted. Get your application form here >>

New for 2015

In addition to the regular WSG funding, for 2015, Land Stewardship Centre, in partnership with the Education and Outreach division of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, is offering a new grant stream under the current Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) Program to fund wetland-specific projects in support of the Wetland Policy. Grants up to $10,000 will be issued in 2015 to eligible groups on a per-project basis. Get the wetland grant application form here >>

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Media Release

Alberta Government chooses oil over water: new rules bow to corporate interests

Coalition of groups slam release of pro-industry water usage rules for the oil sands industry

VANCOUVER, March 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Today SumOfUs.org, Keepers of the Athabasca, Environmental Defence Canada and the Natural Resources Defense Council criticized the Alberta government for its decision to adopt weak new environmental regulations governing water usage in the oil sands industry today. The long-awaited Surface Water Quantity Framework (SWQF) and Tailings Management Framework set guidelines on how much water oil sands companies can extract from the Athabasca River, and guidelines regarding the management and production of toxic tailings waste. Read more about Alberta Government chooses oil over water: new rules bow to corporate interests

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