Caribou - Endangered
A group of European Union politicians investigating the Alberta oilsands got an earful Friday from First Nations leaders concerned about the environmental and health impacts of the operations.
The leaders wanted to ensure that the visiting delegates returned with a more complete picture of oilsands development than what they received from government and industry, said Eriel Deranger of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. "We wanted them to realize the true impacts, not just on the environment but on people, especially indigenous people," she said of the meeting in Ottawa. "The delegation didn't have a lot of opportunities to hear the opposition on their (oilsands) tour."... Read more »
Calgary - Breaking news! The Stelmach government has introduced a new parks Act that conservation groups expect will undermine more than four decades of protection for Alberta’s provincial network of parks, if the likely changes are not defeated by a public outcry now. Concepts that the new Act is based on were put out last summer for public input through a question and answer form on the government’s website. Those include collapsing Natural Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wildland Parks, Ecological Reserves, Provincial Recreation Areas and Provincial Parks into only one kind of park, where the new parks Act would entrench discretion for the Minister to approve commercial tourism development in any park. The Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister has not released a synthesis of the input they got on their concepts for the new Act, nor has she or her department held any technical briefings or meetings with the concerned public. O... Read more »
Mackenzie Gas Project Update: Review Panel Rejects Governments' Attempt to Weaken Its Recommendations
Don't ignore any of our recommendations.
That's the message that the Joint Review Panel for the Mackenzie Gas Project has sent to the governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories in response to attempts at limiting or rejecting most of the 176 conditions the Panel says are necessary for the massive project to begin.
Tasked with reviewing the environmental and socio-economic implications of the project, the independent Joint Review Panel (JRP) concluded that it was possible to mitigate the project's most significant adverse impacts – as long as 176 separate recommendations were fully implemented.... Read more »
ABORIGINAL people will meet with scientists from North America and northern Europe next week in an effort to identify ways to save the world's threatened caribou herds.
The North American Caribou Workshop has registered 400 environmentalists, aboriginal leaders, government regulators and scientists, twice as many as anticipated, to be held at The Fairmont from Monday to Thursday.
"It is a large conference, larger than we expected at the beginning and people are coming from all over the world," Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie said Friday.
The herds are in crisis, prompting some observers to compare caribou in the 21st century to buffalo in the 19th century.
Study after study is sounding an alarm about the animals that have survived ice ages and planetary shifts for 1.6 million years.... Read more »