Wildlife Protection

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)

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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

Species-at-risk defenders walk away from NAFTA review process

VANCOUVER — An international coalition of environmental groups, represented by Ecojustice, has withdrawn in protest a complaint against Canada, a first in the history of NAFTA’s environmental watchdog.

The complaint, made to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) in 2006, alleged that the Canadian government failed to enforce laws to protect at least 197 at-risk species in Canada. Read more about Species-at-risk defenders walk away from NAFTA review process

Event

AWA Tuesday Talk: Living With Coyotes

Mar 16 2011 - 1:00am

 

Join Dr. Shelley Alexander as she describes her ground-breaking work on the Calgary Regional Coyote Project.  Developed in colaboration with the Miistakis Institute in response to citizen concerns about coyotes, this project is responding to some major concerns:  What is the nature of coyotes' presence in Calgary?  What are the challenges for coexistence?  What education initiatives are available to inform citizens?

$5 Adults, $1 Children

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Location

AWA Office
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB
Event

Level One Urban Beekeeping Course

Jan 29 2011 - 5:00pm to Jan 31 2011 - 1:00am

Location: Pure Earth Organics - #12 - 5579 47th St., Red Deer

Saturday January 29th & 30th, 2011
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (both days)

Apiaries and Bees for Communities (A.B.C.) is pleased to offer a Level One Beekeeping Certificate for hobbiest beekeepers in an urban and rural setting. This 16-hour intensive program will offer everything you need to know to begin beekeeping. Read more about Level One Urban Beekeeping Course

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Bee Lifecycles: Understanding Pollinators

Jan 9 2011 - 1:00am to 4:00am

 

Eliese Watson, Founder of A.B.C- Apiaries and Bees for Communities, an educational organization focusing on the development of urban beekeeping and native-bee habitats, will be presenting on the life cycle of bees and understanding the role of pollinators in nature. Read more about Bee Lifecycles: Understanding Pollinators

Location

Kerry Wood Nature Centre
6300 45 Avenue
Red Deer , AB
Media Release

Sierra Club Prairie comment on Syncrude sentencing for death of 1603 ducks

Dustin Johnson, Energy Campaigner with the Sierra Club Prairie had the following comment on the sentencing of Syncrude for the death of 1603 ducks in their toxic tailings pond.

Justice was not served today. Sierra Club initiated this law suit with the hopes that is would send a message to the Tar Sands industry. The guilty verdict alone from this trial should have been enough to have industry and government commit to phase out toxic tailing lakes with a moratorium of further tar sands development until it is proven that is is possible to safely dispose of all toxins, and the completely mitigate the environmental damage done thus far. Today's sentencing did nothing to prevent Syncrude from continuing on with business as usually and rather provided them with a monetary fine of $3 million dollars - an amount this company makes in less than 16 hours.

The fact is that the death of these 1603 ducks is only one aspect of the tar sands exploitive assault on the ecosystem and people of the North. The rising cancer rates in downstream communities like Fort Chipewyan, the poisoning of the Mackenzie River Delta, and the increasing toxic contamination of wildlife are criminal acts and would be considered such if done by any entity other than a corporation. Today's sentencing shows justice for the North is still far from being served.

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Media Release

Environmental Groups Name Feds in Filing for Caribou Protection

EDMONTON — Environmental groups took steps today to ramp up pressure on the federal government to protect the province’s precious and declining caribou herds.

Ecojustice, on behalf of the Alberta Wilderness Association and the Pembina Institute, filed an application this morning for a federal judicial review, which asks the court to order Environment Minister Jim Prentice to recommend emergency protections for seven caribou herds in northeastern Alberta. Read more about Environmental Groups Name Feds in Filing for Caribou Protection

Media Release

National Wildlife Area Missing from Proposed Endangered Owl Habitat Designation

Calgary. A proposal by the federal government that would limit habitat protection for the endangered Burrowing Owl has raised alarm among conservation groups. In a letter sent to Environment Minister Jim Prentice today, members of the Suffield Coalition voiced concern that his department’s apparently selective identification of critical habitat overlooks burrowing owls in the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Suffield National Wildlife Area. Read more about National Wildlife Area Missing from Proposed Endangered Owl Habitat Designation

Media Release

Environmental groups echo First Nations call for caribou protection

Ecojustice files application for emergency protection, is prepared to go to court for caribou

CALGARY — Three environmental groups have joined with four Alberta First Nations to urge the federal environment minister to provide emergency protection for caribou herds in northeastern Alberta, Ecojustice said today. Read more about Environmental groups echo First Nations call for caribou protection

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