Other News and Developments of Interest


Alberta Real Estate Foundation seeking Board member

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Public Appointment (Consumer Interest) for our Board of Governors. The ideal candidate is energetic, up to date on issues in Alberta, and active in the community. Excellent collaboration skills and governance experience is an asset along with a willingness to continuously learn and network on behalf of the Foundation. Please note that this is not a paid position (travel and expenses are covered) and the candidate cannot hold a real estate license or be a member of the real estate industry. The appointed Governor is required to reside in Alberta, and attend three board meetings per year.  Participation in events, conferences, workshops, and coffee with community organisations is highly encouraged between meetings. The Foundation values diversity of all kinds including geographical area of Alberta, ethnicity, gender, and skill. We seek a board that reflects the diversity of our province and the communities we serve.  Interested individuals can contact the Foundation at 403-228-4786 or email cdepaoli@aref.ab.ca for more information.  A letter of intent and CV can be sent to cv@aref.ab.ca by April 13th.

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Expert Panel invites Canadians to participate in review of environmental assessment process

The Expert Panel tasked with reviewing federal environmental assessment processes in Canada has announced a series of in-person engagement activities.

The Expert Panel will be travelling the country from September 19 to December 15, 2016, to hear the views of Indigenous Peoples, stakeholders and all Canadians on the federal environmental assessment process. Canadians can visit www.EAreview.ca to register to participate in workshops or to make presentations to the Panel. There will also be opportunities to provide input online or attend any event as an observer.  

Input gathered both in-person and online will help inform the Expert Panel's review. A report, including recommendations, is due to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change in January 2017.

Canadians are invited to learn more at www.EAreview.ca and to follow the Expert Panel at @EA_review (www.twitter.com/EA_review). 

The closest public session to southwest Alberta will be in Calgary on November 21.  Space is limited and you must register to participate!  Follow the link above for more information and to register.


Recovery Strategies for Industrial Development in Native Prairie: New Manual!

"Recovery Strategies for Industrial Development in Native Prairie: Dry Mixedgrass Natural Subregion of Alberta" is a new and exciting tool for restoration within the Dry Mixedgrass Natural Subregion. It is the first document in a series of new guideline documents that will address recovery strategies for all the natural subregions within Alberta’s Grassland Natural Region.  The objective of this document is to help reclamation practitioners, landowners, land managers, and regulatory authorities to determine the most appropriate recovery strategy for their disturbance type, giving site-specific options and pathways to restoration.

The document was prepared by Gramineae Services Ltd. for the Range Resource Management Program of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, in partnership with the Special Areas Board, Foothills Restoration Forum (which SASCI is proud to support), and the Energy Resources Conservation Board.

You can download a PDF of the document from our Resources page here.

If you want to order a full-colour, coil-bound copy of the document, visit the Foothills Restoration Forum website here.


Pathways to Prosperity: new report now available!

The National Parks Conservation Association, based in Whitefish, Montana, has issued a new report, entitled Pathways to Prosperity:  The Natural Roots of Economic Success in the Crown of the Continent.  

From the report's Executive Summary:

"Pathways to Prosperity tells eight stories from eight very different perspectives, exploring what we hold in common across our borders, and what it means to live and work in the Crown.  The global economy is changing— has changed—and today’s employers and employees are free to relocate where they choose. Many choose the Crown. Locating in our region’s rural towns is no longer a trade-off between livelihood and lifestyle; today’s entrepreneurs are having their scenery and eating it too."

Featuring stories and perspectives from southwest Alberta, southeast BC, and Montana, the report is likely to be of interest to various stakeholders in the region.

To download the PDF (about 5.75 MB), click here to be redirected to our Resources page.


Selected Tools to Evaluate Water Monitoring Networks for Climate Change Adaptation

CCME (Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment) has published Selected Tools to Evaluate Water Monitoring Networks for Climate Change Adaptation.  This toolkit describes proven and practical ways for water managers and planners to set climate change adaptation priorities for water monitoring networks, and evaluate their ability to provide the data to support climate change adaptation needs.

Click here to get to the CCME's water site.

Click here to download the Tools PDF file (1.3MB).