Caribou - Endangered

RELEASE: Thumbs-up to Wildland Park for Castle; Plans for logging it criticized by local residents

Calgary & Lethbridge: A vast majority of residents living around the Castle Special Place favor creation of a Wildland Park there and oppose logging inside it, a new survey by The Praxis Group of Calgary shows.  The Castle, technically called the Castle Special Management Area and one of the province's 81 designated Special Place protected areas, is located between Waterton Lakes National Park and the Crowsnest Pass, within Alberta's portion of the international Crown of the Continent ecosystem and geotourism area.   
The area surveyed is the southern part of MLA Evan Berger's Livingston-Macleod constituency and statistically sampled almost half (48 per cent) of the constituency's residents. Berger is Parliamentary Assistant for Sustainable Resource Development, the government department under Minister Mel Knight, who approved the logging.  

Report concludes oilsands pollution monitoring is inadequate

CALGARY — A new government-commissioned report examining conflicting water quality data from the oilsands says the current monitoring system is inadequate and that environmental impacts from industrial development in the region are largely unknown.

Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner appointed the six-member water monitoring data review committee last fall to try to resolve the conflicting water quality information found between government scientists and University of Alberta ecologist David Schindler and his colleagues.

Schindler's reports argue the oilsands industry is contaminating the environment, while the province and the industry funded Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program (RAMP) have insisted their science does not support his conclusions.... Read more »

Action Alert: Save Castle Special Place

Action Deadline: 
Mon, 2011-03-14 (All day)
  • Write a short letter to Premier Stelmach.

Artists’ group wants NAC to drop Enbridge as corporate sponsor of Prairie Scene festival


OTTAWA — Artists from Manitoba and Saskatchewan want the National Arts Centre to reconsider Enbridge’s sponsorship of an upcoming festival meant to showcase art and music from the Prairies.

Prairie Artists Against Enbridge sent an e-mail this week to the NAC protesting the company’s role as a major partner of Prairie Scene.

The festival will bring 500 artists from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, representing all disciplines, to the capital for 80 events to be held over two weeks in April and May. Since 2005, the biennial Scene events have showcased emerging and established artists from different provinces or regions.... Read more »

Oil sands cover Thornhill MP’s riding

Can you picture Thornhill, Ontario, swallowed up by Alberta’s oil sands?

Four environmental groups would like you — and Canada’s new environment minister, Peter Kent — to imagine just that by creating a new online mapping tool.

The visualization tool, similar to one created after the disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, allows users to overlay an oil sands project on any chosen location in the world.

But because Mr. Kent’s home riding is Thornhill, that is the map’s default setting.
 ... Read more »


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