Pride Tape Kickstarter Campaign in Support of LGBTQ Athletes Surpasses Goal And Heads For Production

Pride TapeThe Pride Tape Kickstarter campaign has surpassed its original goal of $54,000 (CAD)! Organizers  can now produce the rainbow coloured hockey tape designed to show support for young  LGBTQ athletes. Fittingly, the contribution that ultimately reached the goal came from the Burke  family who, in honour of their late son Brendan, founded the You Can Play Project – an organization aimed at promoting the inclusion of LGBTQ athletes in sports. Pride Tape is available free of charge for minor hockey teams and as a retail product, with proceeds going to You Can Play and the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services. The campaign generated nearly 1000 contributors from all over the globe and featured in: Upworthy, USA Today, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports, CBC National, the Huffington Post, and Hockey Night in Canada, as well as nearly every major daily newspaper across Canada.

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CCVO Invites Feedback to Potential Changes to Alberta’s Privacy Legislation to Impact NonProfits

Privacy AlbertaThe Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future is currently reviewing the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). The Act is intended to protect the personal information of customers, clients, and employees held by private sector organizations. It came into force on January 1, 2004. Nonprofits are largely exempt, except where they engage in certain forms of commercial activity. Some believe that the legislation sets out good business practices that should fully apply to nonprofits. Others are concerned that this would contribute to both administrative burden and a climate whereby organizations are afraid to exchange information for fear of running afoul of the law. CCVO is hosting a discussion on the PIPA legislative review as it relates to the work of nonprofits on Tuesday, February 9th, from 10:00am to 12:30pm. They would like to hear your perspectives as they develop a submission to the Standing Committee.

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New ABMI Report on Biodiversity Health in Northeast Alberta Forest Management Agreement Area

ABMIA new ABMI report “The Status of Biodiversity in Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. Forest Management Agreement Area” examines how the current condition of biodiversity and human footprint changed in the Al-Pac Forest Management Agreement (Al-Pac FMA) area between 1999 and 2012. This new study represents the ABMI’s first update on the status of biodiversity for an administrative unit; a preliminary assessment of the Al-Pac FMA area was completed in 2009. Located in northeastern Alberta, the Al-Pac FMA area is predominantly forested and covers about 10% of Alberta’s land base. Between 1999 and 2013, ABMI’s monitoring efforts found that human footprint increased by 3.1%, such that 7.5% of the Al-Pac FMA area had been transformed by human activity as of 2013. Most of this increase was the result of forestry, which increased from 2.5% to 4.8% over this time frame.

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Alberta Historical Resources Foundation Announces Grants in Support of Preserving Alberta’s History and Stories

HistoricalHeritage projects that are preserving local landmarks and the stories of Alberta’s past are getting a boost with provincial funding through the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF). From restoring Mayerthorpe’s iconic Alberta Wheat Pool grain elevator to researching the history of Fort Macleod’s historic buildings, 61 projects across the province will share in more than $790,000 in grants through the foundation’s Heritage Preservation Partnership Program. A sample of projects receiving AHRF funding support include: Sir Alexander Galt Hospital/Galt Museum and Archives in Lethbridge, an Oral History Project focused on the community of Mill Woods in Edmonton, All Saints Anglican Church in Cherry Point in Northern Alberta, and the Lacombe Home at St Mary’s University in Calgary. 

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Conference on Wilderness, Wildlife, and Human Interaction | Cochrane, Alberta | March 5 – 6, 2016

EcologyThrough speaker sessions, a film festival, art exhibit and innovative technology displays, Wilderness, Wildlife and Human Interactions Conference, a not-for-profit event, will examine a way forward in the interaction of humans and wilderness and wildlife. Features presentations by Robert Bateman, John Donihee, Francis First Charger of the Kainai, Paula Fairfield, Andrew Nikiforuk and Charlie Russell.   Robert Bateman, an interpreter of nature for the past 60 years, will make a presentation at the dinner on March 5. The Conference is intended to provide a path forward in helping to maintain our environment, our social structure and our economy.  The conference host, the Cochrane Research Institute, concentrates on research on environmental issues and does not participate in political lobbying.

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