Dianne Pachal of the Sierra Club Canada has advised us that there will be a debate today, November 15th, on Alberta’s Tourism, Parks & Recreation Minister’s proposed new parks act (Bill 29). “It is THE worst conservation-related legislation we’ve seen anywhere in Canada in a generation,” she says. “It could become law within the week unless enough people write now to stop it and open up consultation on it”.
If the proposed act passes, it will become the law in Alberta that protection is NOT the primary purpose within parks. Alberta’s Wilderness Areas, Wildland Parks, Ecological Reserves and Natural Areas will be gone; turned into multi-purpose parks where the Minister of the day can approve tourism and recreation development in any park at any location, including off-road vehicle trails. The proposed new parks act also sets up the privatization of trails inside parks, including the charging of fees by non-government bodies that would get the authority to develop and run trails.
The Environmental Law Centre views the current Bill as inadequate to ensure that the ecological integrity of Alberta’s protected areas is preserved for future generations. …Bill 29 removes substantive provisions related to protected areas and this reflects a significant step backwards in ensuring the preservation of Alberta’s natural heritage.
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See also an Edmonton Journal news clip.