Opportunities for engagement
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Petition to save grizzly bear #148
This petition asks Alberta Fish and Wildlife to protect female grizzly bear #148.
Grizzly bear No. 148 has become well-known in Banff National Park, and more recently in Canmore, since she was captured and collared three years ago as part of a project between Parks Canada and Canadian Pacific Railway to find ways to reduce bear deaths on the railway lines.
On July 3, 2017, provincial officials closed an area on the Power Line Trail from Peaks of Grassi Road to the trail leading to Quarry Lake after she came within seven metres of a man pushing a stroller and walking his dog on a leash.
Based on the provincial Grizzly Bear Response Guide, Alberta Fish and Wildlife has said she would be put down if she she has another incident on provincial lands.
Petition to protect the Bow Valley wildlife corridor
This petition asks for Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks to:
1. Conduct a cumulative impacts study; consider the impact that the decisions we make today will have on future generations of wildlife and people;
2. Protect Canmore and the Bow Valley’s very unique ecosystems, which need to be preserved in order for wildlife in the entire region to flourish. Use the very best science and use the precautionary principle in making decisions about the future of wildlife in the Bow Valley.
And asks the Town of Canmore Council to:
3. Not issue new approvals on development proposals that would expand Canmore’s footprint until a cumulative impacts study is conducted by a multi-jurisdictional task force. Note that we are not calling for a moratorium on all development, just a pause on approvals of new, large-scale developments on undeveloped lands at the edges of the town.
4. Consider instead of resort-driven growth (such as casinos, hotels and conference centres), refocusing on growing the area as a centre for environmental and scientific research, particularly pertaining to the conservation of wildlife and wilderness.
Ask the province about insurance coverage on undermined lands
Retired mine engineer and expert on the Canmore Mines, Gerry Stephenson explains the history of what has gone on underground and the potential dangers faced by developing on these lands.
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The Three Sisters lands were formerly an extensive mining operation. Canmore has had two major incidents of damage to municipal infrastructure due to shaft collapses on these lands so far, and the provincial government does not currently indemnify the town for damage to infrastructure as a result of undermining on municipal land. [source] That means Canmore taxpayers are on the hook.
“The town has concerns about accepting any new infrastructure on undermined lands in absence of clarity from the province regarding liability,” said Michael Fark, general manager of infrastructure with the Town of Canmore.
The Town of Canmore has been advocating with the province for some time to have these liability issues amended. There's a renewed need to come to a decision before the TSMV Resort Centre application goes to first reading at council; if it is approved, the development will largely be built upon undermined lands that will require extensive mitigation, which could put Canmore at risk if the province is not willing to assume liability. Three Sisters Mountain Village plans to use the best engineering techniques available to lower the risk of damages, and they will bear the cost of mitigation in order to develop, but the company is not liable for failures on private or public components of the development. Instead, Albertan and Canmore taxpayers will cover the cost of future damages that occur as a result of building on undermined land.