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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...

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...

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...

Updates 1/18/2011 Here are some updates on previous blog posts compiled by Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the ELC. The David Suzuki v. Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (Killer Whale protection) case is being appealed to the Federal Court of Appeal. The Eastern Irrigation District approval for change of purpose is under appeal to...

Killer whale judgment released – Canada still has responsible government 12/10/2010 The Federal Court released a very important decision earlier this week on the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales and the protection of their habitat under federal Species At Risk Act (SARA). The Southern Resident Killer Whales are...

End of the line for Caribou in Jasper – Maligne Lake Road 11/19/2010 Despite the declines of caribou in Jasper, and the extirpation of caribou from Banff, still no plans to close Maligne Lake Road. Two articles on this: Going going gone Arbitrary Justice in our National Parks...

International Year of Biodiversity closes on a depressing note 10/21/2010 The 193 UN parties to the 1993 Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) are meeting in Japan this month, including Canada. This coincides with the release of the United Nations Environment Programme, Environmental Law Division report entitled Ethics, Justice and...