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Groups ramp up parks campaign as Minister puts off controversial Bill 29

CALGARY -- “More parks now, not Bill 29” is the updated rallying cry of lead groups, such as Sierra Club Canada, in the public campaign that last November successfully got the Stelmach government to stall passage of the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation’s (TPR) controversial new parks legislation. 

Bill 29 (the Alberta Parks Act) is designed to replace Alberta’s existing parks network and its overarching laws. Late this past Friday (4:54 pm), Minister Cindy Ady emailed an update announcing she won’t be bringing Bill 29 back to the spring sitting of the Legislature. 

In November, within a few of weeks of its introduction in the Legislature, the Stelmach government received more than 2000 personal letters opposing Bill 29 - this despite no one in the public receiving advanced notice or having seen a draft of Bill 29.... Read more »

Albertans & Minister applauded for pulling parks back from brink of disaster

November 25th, 2010 - Edmonton & Calgary:  Sierra Club Canada is thanking Albertans for coming to the rescue of their parks and the Minister for, in the nick of time, hearing citizen’s opposition and withdrawing her proposed new parks legislation.  In a scrum at the Alberta Legislature today, the Minister announced she is withdrawing the controversial Bill 29 and undertaking public consultation on the proposed new legislation for Alberta’s parks network.  That network protects 4% of Alberta.
“We can hear a sigh of relief coming from throughout Alberta and points beyond.” says Dianne Pachal, Alberta WILD Director with Sierra Club Canada.  “The best solution would have been to drop the Bill altogether and focus on what Albertans said was their number one priority – establish more parks... Read more »

Conservation groups launch Save Our Parks Week

and say "back to drawing-board" on new parks act

Edmonton, Red Deer & Calgary:  At press conferences today in Alberta’s three largest media centres, Alberta’s conservation groups announced that the government’s proposed new parks legislation is so regressive and harmful to Alberta’s parks that they are launching November 15-20 as Save Our Parks Week.  They want the Bill withdrawn by the Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister and are calling on Albertans to save their parks by emailing and faxing their MLAs and Premier Stelmach, with copies to the opposition parties, starting first thing Monday when the Bill is scheduled for debate late that day in the Legislature.  The groups expect that once the public realizes passage of the Bill will pull the le­gal teeth out of their existing parks legislation and make it the law that protection is no longer the pri­ority in any of their parks, such public action can stop the Bill as it did a similar one in 1999.... 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 »

Budget Ignores Albertans’ #1 Priority for Parks

Edmonton: Albertans’ number one priority for investment related to parks and recreation makes no appearance in last week’s provincial budget. That is why conservation groups are looking to the government’s soon-to-be released new parks policy – Alberta’s Plan for Parks – to address this major shortcoming. This top priority is conspicuously absent from the provincial budget.


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