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Media Release

ALSA Does Not Extinguish Property Rights

 

An important clarification about the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (ALSA) and property rights by University of Calgary law professor Nigel Bankes has confirmed that ALSA does not extinguish property rights. Professor Bankes points out that it is unreasonable to interpret ALSA as providing an alternative means of property expropriation, and that the courts would not uphold such an interpretation. (His February 11 posting is at http://ablawg.ca/) Read more about ALSA Does Not Extinguish Property Rights

Event

The Duck Stops Here! Do tailings ponds trump migratory bird protection? (Webinar)

Feb 28 2011 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Syncrude ducks trial last year was among the most sensational environmental trials of the last decade, resulting in the most significant environmental fine in Canada.

This webinar will focus on what the trial means in the context of migratory bird protection and what it says about the legality of tailings ponds under theMigratory Birds Protection Act. What issues did the Syncrude trial resolve and what issues remain unanswered in the wake of the decision? Read more about The Duck Stops Here! Do tailings ponds trump migratory bird protection? (Webinar)

Media Release

Minister’s decision to withdraw Bill 29: an encouraging step for Alberta’s Parks & Protected Areas

(Calgary, AB) The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is applauding Cindy Ady, Minister of Parks Recreation and Tourism, for withdrawing the new Provincial Parks Act (Bill 29) from the spring session of legislature. Since November, thousands of Albertans and Canadians have written the Minister stating strong concerns with the Bill and its potential impact on Alberta’s most precious protected areas. Read more about Minister’s decision to withdraw Bill 29: an encouraging step for Alberta’s Parks & Protected Areas

Media Release

Bill 29 ‘Suspended.’ Is Alberta Parks Ministry Finally Listening to Albertans?

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) congratulates Cindy Ady, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation on her apparent decision to withdraw the deeply unpopular Bill 29, the draft Alberta Parks Act. It now appears the bill will not be reintroduced in the spring session of the Alberta legislature.

In a recent “Park News” email, Minister Ady wrote: “While I had planned to bring park legislation back this Spring, I will spend the time needed to address the main concerns raised by Albertans before moving forward with new legislation.” Read more about Bill 29 ‘Suspended.’ Is Alberta Parks Ministry Finally Listening to Albertans?

Event

Edmonton Seedy Sunday

Mar 20 2011 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

 

At Edmonton Seedy Sunday we hope to promote and protect biodiversity, support seed savers and open pollinated/organic/heritage seed vendors.

What is Edmonton Seedy Sunday?

Swap some of your seeds for seeds that somebody else has donated. Donations of seeds are welcome.

There will be open pollinated/organic/heritage seed vendors a gardening displays kid's table, gardening book and magazine exchange, speakers and a Seedy Cafe.

Free admission/donations accepted

 
Read more about Edmonton Seedy Sunday

Location

Alberta Avenue Community Hall
9210 118 Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB
Media Release

No Public Voice in Latest Tax Recovery Land Sales

The Government of Alberta’s latest announcement that it will transfer 84,000 acres of tax recovery land to local municipalities follows a recent pattern: a failure to consult the Alberta public and a failure to recognize the importance of nationally significant native grasslands. The 2010 “Potatogate” saga made it clear that Albertans wanted to see less secrecy and more transparency in the disposal of public land. That message does not seem to have been heard. Read more about No Public Voice in Latest Tax Recovery Land Sales

Event

Living in the Natural Environment 2011

Feb 4 2011 - 11:00pm to Feb 5 2011 - 4:00am

The M.D. of Bighorn is again presenting Living in the Natural Environment on Friday February 4, 2011.

This year’s event will be at the Cochrane RancheHouse from 4-9pm. As we have in the past, the Hall of Vision has been rented to provide an opportunity for non-profit organizations like yours to showcase their work and provide resources at no cost to your organization.

If you haven’t been to Living in the Natural Environment before, here are a few details: Read more about Living in the Natural Environment 2011

Location

Cochrane RancheHouse
Cochrane , AB
Media Release

Opposition to ERCB Plans to Increase Oil & Gas Well Densities in Alberta

New proposals from Energy Resource Conservation Board (ERCB) to increase well densities throughout Alberta ignore all of the possible negative effcets that more wells and more infrastructure are likely to have on everything from wildlife to native grasslands to groundwater. In a letter to ERCB, dated January 18 2011, Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) details its objections to the drastic proposals. 

AWA's comments to ERCB include: Read more about Opposition to ERCB Plans to Increase Oil & Gas Well Densities in Alberta

Event

Music for the Wild — Jim McLennan with guests The June Bugs

Feb 27 2011 - 2:30am

 

AWA is proud to present Longview guitarist Jim McLennan. Jim is one of Alberta's finest finger-style guitarists and arrangers, specializing in coaxing piano and big band music out of his acoustic guitar. Jim recorded for Kicking Horse Records and was a fixture on the folk club and festival circuit in the 70's and 80's. In his “gap years,” Jim raised a family and authored several books about fly fishing. These days he can often be seen in a duo with his friend Steve Fisher.

See http://www.mclennanflyfishing.com/ for more information about Jim. Read more about Music for the Wild — Jim McLennan with guests The June Bugs

Location

AWA Hillhurst Cottage School
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB

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