Forests and Biodiversity

Bill puts parks at risk, critics say

EDMONTON — A coalition of conservation groups demanding the withdrawal of legislation they believe will expose Alberta’s natural parks to greater risk of harmful recreation, industrial activity and commercial development.

The organizations, which held simultaneous news conferences in Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer on Friday, have declared Nov. 15 to 20 as Save Our Parks Week in an effort to draw attention to Bill 29.

“This bill will result in degradation and damage to our already small park system,” Sam Gunsch of the Sierra Club said on the steps of the legislature. “Under this law, environmental protection, even in our parks, won’t be the priority of the government.”... Read more »

Conservation groups are sounding the alarm over new Alberta Parks Act

CALGARY - Conservation groups are sounding the alarm about the proposed new Alberta Parks Act.

After carefully reviewing Bill 29, the groups say the legislation will not adequately conserve parts of Alberta's natural regions for future generations.

In a letter to Parks Minister Cindy Ady, the groups say the bill would actually substantially weaken the protection of parks and protected areas.

The groups say the new plan does not require the government to consult with the public before making changes to parks.

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Conservation groups want Bill 29 delayed

A coalition of conservation groups is issuing a call-to-arms, over Bill 29, proposed changes to the Alberta Parks Act. 

They want Albertans to call their MLA and ask to have the Bill scrapped, or at least sent to a committee to get public input. Retired professor Jim Butler says the Bill will allow the minister responsible to approve things like logging or oil leases in our parks and protected areas.

"They are part of the public trust and it is part of the public trust that the government looks after them. We need a professional team of staff," explains Butler.

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Conservation groups say bill reduces protection of Alberta parks

EDMONTON — A coalition of conservation groups is going on the offensive against the provincial government over proposed legislation they believe will strip away protection for Alberta's parks.

The coalition, which on Friday held simultaneous news conferences in Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer, has declared Nov. 15-20 as Save Our Parks Week in an effort to draw attention to Bill 29.

"This bill will result in degradation," Sam Gunsch of the Sierra Club told reporters on the steps of the legislature. "Environmental protection won't be the priority of government."... Read more »

Save Our Alberta Parks!

More Parks Now! NOT Bill 29

You’re all making a difference! Now until February 19th is the best time to meet with your MLA and ask for new parks – Albertan’s #1 priority – instead of the proposed new parks legislaiton (Bill 29, Alberta Parks Act). Those outside Alberta - likewise the best time to ask the same of Alberta's Premier. Build the momentum: action checklist below.... Read more »

 
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