Forests and Biodiversity

Broadcaster Chosen as new Environment Minister

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has bolstered his cabinet presence from Toronto — where he hopes to make a breakthrough in the next election — by promoting Peter Kent to the environment portfolio and bringing Julian Fantino into the inner circle as a junior minister responsible for seniors.

But within minutes of the minor shuffle Tuesday which featured the two Toronto MPs and two others from Alberta, Harper denied he wants an election any time soon and is trying instead to govern with an emphasis on economic management.

"I don't think now is the time for big changes or for elections," Harper told a news conference.... Read more »

Demand a Proper EA for Toronto Island Airport Tunnel Project

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Target: Canadian Federal Government and Toronto Port Authority... Read more »

Save Our 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 »

A 40-year step backwards for Alberta's parks

Thirty-eight years ago almost to the day, Alberta moved to preserve three great swaths of unspoiled wilderness on the eastern boundaries of the Rocky Mountains.

The Ghost River, White Goat, and Siffleur Wilderness Areas had already been established a decade earlier by the government of Premier Ernest Manning. But it was the government of Premier Peter Lougheed that enshrined their preservation in The Wilderness Areas Amendment Act of 1972, providing in legislation the highest level of protection available in Alberta.

Allan Warrack was Lougheed's minister of lands and forests, and here's how he explained it on Nov. 22, 1972, when he moved third reading of Bill 93, as the Wilderness Areas Amendment Act was known before passed into law:

Read the entire article at the link below.

Bill threatens to dismantle provincial park system: critics

ALBERTA—A storm is brewing in the Alberta Legislature over a bill critics say will overhaul and even dismantle the classifications designed to protect the province's parkland.

Conservative MLA and Minister of Parks, Recreation and Tourism defends Bill 29, The Alberta Parks Act—which divides nearly 500 sites in the Alberta Park system into two classifications, "provincial parks" and "heritage rangelands"—contending the intent of the new legislation is to protect Alberta's unique ecosystems while ensuring recreation opportunities for Albertans.

"Bill 29, the Alberta Parks Act, reaffirms that parks will remain a key tool in ensuring that our province's unique natural heritage will continue to be protected while also providing Albertans with access to ample outdoor recreation opportunities," said Ady.... Read more »

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