ABMI Releases First Ever Comprehensive Report on Biodiversity in Athabasca Oil Sands Area

Alberta_Biodiversity_Monitoring_Institute250Today, the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) released the first comprehensive report on the status of Alberta’s species in the Athabasca Oil Sands Area (AOSA). Found in NE Alberta, the AOSA makes up 14% of Alberta’s land area, and is central to Alberta’s economy. Situated within the Boreal Forest Natural Region. It also contains the Athabasca oil sands deposit, 77% of Canada’s proven oil reserves and supports a growing energy extraction sector. Managing the cumulative effects of economic activity in the area requires transparent and credible scientific data on the state of the region’s environment.

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First-ever National Mentoring Symposium to be Held in Banff November 5 to 7, 2013

Mentoring-LogoRepresentatives of the mentoring movement are in Banff  November 5 to 7, to discuss the future of the cause, share best practices and learn from leading researchers.  With delegates from Canada, the United States and Australia, the National Mentoring Symposium, co-hosted by the Alberta Mentoring Partnership and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, is an effort to create cohesion for those working in the field of mentoring.   At the symposium, Minister Hancock announced $125 million for the Alberta Mentoring Partnership to support mentoring programs for children and youth throughout the province. 

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Alberta-wide Seniors’ Care Tour to Stop in 11 Cities & Towns

Medicare TourFriends of Medicare will be co-hosting a speaking tour with Public Interest Alberta and the Parkland Institute around Alberta to raise awareness about the state of seniors care in our province. They will highlight concerns regarding the rapidly-rising involvement of private corporations in our seniors’ care system and in our health care system more broadly. In addition, the Parkland Institute will be releasing a new report on elder care and presenting its findings. Speakers on the tour will be Friends of Medicare’s Executive Director, Sandra Azocar, as well as representatives from Public Interest Alberta and the Parkland Institute.

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Alberta CEOs To Be Stranded in Wilderness for Third Annual CEO Rescue in the Rockies for STARS

Stars AlbertaThe Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is airlifting four prominent Alberta-based CEOs and dropping them into Kananaskis Country for the third annual CEO Rescue in the Rockies for STARS fundraiser. With no escape route, each CEO must “survive” the wilderness and earn their survival by remaining on the mountain and conquering challenges until they raise a goal of $100,000 each, using only their cell phones to collect donations and raise funds. Once each CEO reaches their personal goal, they will be “rescued” from the site via STARS air ambulance.

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Archbishop of York to Visit Edmonton in October 2013

John Sentamu

The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Dr. John Sentamu Archbishop of York

An influential church leader and outspoken social justice advocate from the United Kingdom will spend 10 days in the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton this October. The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Dr. John Sentamu will speak at a fundraising dinner on October 16 at the Matrix Hotel. Dr. Sentamu has served as the Archbishop of York since 2005 and is the second most senior cleric in the Church of England after the Archbishop of Canterbury. His ministry is focused on connecting the church with the world, while seeking “God’s rule of justice, righteousness, peace, and love.”

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