Prairie Chapter

Federal government must prevent extinction of sage-grouse in Canada

EDMOTNON - An international coalition of environmental groups is calling on the federal environment minister to take Canada’s endangered Greater sage-grouse under his wing with an emergency protection order.

Ecojustice submitted a petition today on behalf of 12 groups demanding that Environment Minister Peter Kent use a provision in the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) to protect Canada’s few remaining sage-grouse, found only in Alberta and Saskatchewan.... Read more »

Richer Canadians create more greenhouse emissions: study


Not only are the rich getting richer in Canada, they're also creating more greenhouse-gas emissions on a per-person basis, a new study says.


Because of this, more affluent Canadians should take on more of the burden in efforts to fight global warming, concludes this report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.... Read more »

Killing Wolves: A Product of Alberta’s Big Oil and Gas Boom


In the spring of 1995, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service captured several wolves from west central Alberta and set them loose the next year in Yellowstone National Park, hoping they would fill in the missing link in the park’s complex system of predator-prey relationships.

Wolves hadn’t been seen in Yellowstone in 70 years. Beyond anyone’s wildest expectations, and despite fierce opposition of some local ranchers and hunters, these and other wolves brought in from Alberta and British Columbia adjusted extremely well. Today, 11 packs, with nearly 100 wolves, are thriving in Yellowstone.
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U.S. may miss year-end goal for Keystone pipeline


WASHINGTON — The State Department may miss a year-end target to approve TransCanada Corp's Canada-to-Texas Keystone oilsands pipeline, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday, risking a further delay to the most important new crude oil conduit in decades.

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Provincial rivers plan slammed


EDMONTON - Federal officials and independent experts say Alberta’s plan to protect provincial rivers won’t work, and could even accelerate environmental damage, new documents show.... Read more »


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