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The one-two punch for Alberta’s Caribou 9/2/2011 Within the past 7 days the federal and provincial governments published documents that may result in Alberta’s Woodland Caribou going down for the count.   These documents include the proposed federal Recovery Strategy for Woodland Caribou, Boreal population and the Draft Lower Athabasca Regional...

Alberta Government puts $5m toward conservation easements 8/10/2011 A recent media release indicates that the Government of Alberta has created a Land Trust Grant program for the purchase and management of conservation easements.  Conservation easements are used to protect the environmental values of land, typically in perpetuity, while allowing...

Court wonders why some caribou herds need not survive 8/4/2011 A recent decision of the Federal Court has resulted in the setting aside of the federal Minister of Environment’s decision not to recommend to the Governor in Council that an emergency protection order be issued under the Species at Risk...

As the end of Environment Week approaches cynicism creeps in 6/10/2011 Environmental education and programs like the Government of Alberta’s One Simple Act are great…for what they are. I will generalize and say they are window dressing to a dire and economically costly discussion that should be occurring in...

Edmonton Food and Agriculture Policy Project 6/1/2011 On May 28th, a savvy Mayor used high noon at the Strathcona Farmers’ Market to launch the City of Edmonton’s Food and Agriculture Policy Project.  Flowing from The Way We Grow Municipal Development Plan, the Project will identify potential for urban agriculture on...

Grass, sky, gone. 4/4/2011 The latest ecosystem status and trends report for Canada, released last fall, indicates rapid decline of native grasslands.  Grasslands are among the most endangered ecologies in the world and in Canada. Many grassland species are endangered under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA). 77%, of the...

Turning an oil sands mine into an ATV park 3/11/2011 Published in Alberta Oil Magazine, March 2011 By Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre What shall we do with a mined-out mud bog? Oil sands operators are spending billions to answer that question. While the focus to date has...