Election 2015: Media release # 1 — Environmental regulation by the Alberta government: at best – lame, at worst – fake. Both from the planning and regulatory points of view, the PC government has failed to protect the environment that Albertans treasure

There is no aspect of environmental protection at which the Alberta government has not failed.  Both in terms of planning and regulation, the PCs have shirked their responsibilities as stewards of the priceless ecosystems that sustain health and life. Poor environmental planning Consider the disappointing the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan released in 2014.  There are …

Measured against Green principles, the Alberta budget comes up short

Greens base their approach to politics on basic principles, such as sustainability, social justice, ecological wisdom, respect for diversity and sincere democracy.  Measured against tenets such as these, the 2015 Alberta budget is both unfair and unimaginative.  And because it was introduced in a manipulative way, the whole process feels unsavoury, even undemocratic. Sustainability To …

South Saskatchewan Regional Plan: Bad thinking and poor leadership will prove costly for Albertans

After much time and money expended, the Alberta government recently released the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan.  Environmentalists concede there are some good parts of the SSRP.  For example, Kevin Van Tighem, Alberta naturalist and conservation activist, calls creation of the Pekisko Heritage Rangeland “brilliant”. But the Plan disappoints on many fronts, in particular on the …