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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Alberta Council for Global Cooperation Call for Nominations for the Top 30 Under 30 Magazine

Alberta Council for Global CooperationYoung people in Alberta and around the world are demanding change on poverty, inequality and climate change – demanding change and making change happen in their communities, countries, and globally! The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation’s Top 30 Under 30 Magazine is dedicated to highlighting some of the extraordinary young people who are working towards a just and sustainable future for everyone. ACGC wants to find these youth and share their stories with all Albertans. This year’s theme is “Transforming our world: How youth are working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.” Nominees to the Top 30 Under 30 magazine whose efforts contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are being specifically sought. 

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Pathway to Change: the Alberta College of Social Workers Supports the Alberta Government’s Investments for Low-income Families

No-Change-ReportThe Alberta College of Social Workers supports the announcement by the Minister of Human Services on November 10, 2015 to extend benefits to families living in poverty. Both the Alberta Child Benefit and enhanced Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit mark important shifts in this province to see real change for families and children who face the realities of poverty on a daily basis. This shift marks a continued commitment to Alberta’s common good and aligns with Alberta College of Social Workers’ values.  In the “No Change Report” released by Alberta College of Social Workers, Public Interest Alberta, and Edmonton Social Planning Council in November 2014, provincial changes needed to eliminate child poverty in Alberta are outlined in the report:

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