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  1. The AWA, Alberta's grandad of conservation, chimes in: https://albertawilderness.ca/letter-to-premier-kenny-reinstate-albertas-coal-policy/
  2. done, also please note, if you do an overlay of the "Category 2" lands recently opened up to metallurgical coal mining by the UCP's rescission of the 1976 Coal Policy there is a striking correlation to the map of parks to be closed
  3. I'll admit this is not always my favourite author or publication but this does cover this strangely under reported topic: https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/08/03/What-Kenney-Killed-Embrace-Coal/?fbclid=IwAR1kLMvwVJuila5HmmkEXXj3gPxz6ll6UkPTNx_sImYQGS9MnFp-Ne7HRxk
  4. A little more technical discussion from a senior environmental lawyer: https://environmentalandresourcelawblog.blogspot.com/2020/06/potential-implications-of-albertas.html
  5. Thanks for all the input. I normally find comments from Sparkplug very well informed but I've got to respectfully say I'm not with him on this one. While it is true that there would be a comprehensive AER/enviromental review of any development, the important point is the that without consultation with anyone (except I guess the coal industry)the UCP has made open pit coal mining possible on Category 2 lands all along the eastern slopes. For most of my adult life that was completely forbidden by Lougheed's 76 policy. My experience from participation in a number of proceedings before the AER and its predecessor is that most applications get approved. So the point Im making is that the fundamental policy was changed on a Friday afternoon in the the middle of a pandemic without any consultation or notice. The political /policy decision has already been made. All of the progressive land stewardship work (much of it implemented by Conservatives) including the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan has been bypassed by a press release from Sonya Savage. The change is likely to enable at least some developments, even after environmental assessment. The time oppose the policy change is now
  6. I'm hoping our community is tuning in to the UCP's calamitous decision to rescind the 1976 Coal Policy. CBC has done a good job reporting on it: https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/longform/bringing-coal-back . You will note that this change in policy enables open pit metallurgical coal mining on the "Category 2" lands along the Rockies from the Pass to north of Jasper. The category 2 lands were previously closed to mining under the 1976 policy. It takes awhile to absorb the enormity of this catastrophic change but let me try to illuminate with it one example. Atrum Coal, an Australian company, is currently exploring a site for a large,open pit,"mountain top removal" type coal mine about 2k north of the Upper Oldman , about 5k NW of the Oldman/Livingstone confluence. Here is the investor presentation regarding the project; https://www.atrumcoal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/ATU_Investor-Presentation.pdf If you managed to read through the presentation without fainting you will see that the plan is not only to build the mine, but also a handling facility close to the river, which will feed a 36 km covered conveyor belt to take the coal down to the Pass, presumably though the Dutch Creek/Hidden Creek areas. Sorry for the drama but please be aware that right now, today, they are drilling at the site to delineate the coal reserves. A development would require an AER/Environmental approval process but i think it is fair to say that approval is likely given the change of government policy. There may be legal avenues to dispute the rescission and there are groups actively considering that. However, ultimately a government has the power to implement policy. This is a political issue. Okay, i'm dizzy again, I'll stop.
  7. Great work! Always smart to just call it in. Once i made the mistake of confronting the poacher which resulted in a slashed tire.
  8. Thanks guys, will try more stealth and emergers. Also, i don't mind if the fish win the derby once in a while, it's a very pretty place.
  9. Ive gone out a number of times recently to a well known excellent cutthroat stream in SW Alberta. The bad news is that the stream is clearly under a great deal more fishing pressure than "back in the day". The good news is that it still holds lots of fish-- once the cuttie wake up time comes (generally between 10am and noon) the average pool often has several nice fish rising at once. My problem is that lately I've been having MUCH more difficulty getting them to take my dry fly offerings. I don't think I'm spooking them , they are coming up to naturals the whole time I'm thrashing away. I've gone to finer tippet, am staying well back and am trying to be real careful about drag. About 1/4 of the time lately they seem to be taking mayflies that i can see. The rest of the time they are enthusiastically coming for something i can't see. I can go through my whole fly box, everything from size 10 to 22, all the usual suspect flies for cutthroat, and maybe get a few refusals but mostly no interest at all. Once in a while I resort to nymphs so i can catch one fish, but I don't really like to do that and even nymphs sometimes don't work. I really don't care about catching a bunch of fish. I'm generally happy if I see a few and there are plenty to see in this stream. So I'm happy. But I'm getting more and more curious about what they are eating and what I'm doing wrong. When I started fly fishing (around the time the Beatles were first on Ed Sullivan) cutties were known to be enthusiastic, maybe a bit dumb, and pretty willing to take almost anything floating that wasn't dragging ridiculously. That is clearly over on this stream. (NB: My ham-handed tactics are still working fine on a more famous cuttie river in SE BC.) I would be very interested in advice or comments . Thanks
  10. reminds me that TU and Parks Canada are among my favourite organizations
  11. I got rx Maui Jims through my optometrist at huge expense ($850) a few years ago. I think the brown polarized produces a great picture for fishing and general use.. I was careless with them and they started to get pretty scratched. I noticed that some of the scratches were caused by the arm ends touching the inside of the lens when the glasses were crushed in a soft case. On a flyer, i sent them back to MJ through my optometrist saying "design flaw". They sent me brand new rx lenses and frames in about 3 weeks without comment. So Im a believer (and am careful to now use a hard case)
  12. Looks like the application has been resubmitted : http://aep.alberta.ca/land/land-industrial/programs-and-services/environmental-assessment/documents/Benga-PublicNotice-Oct31-2017.pdf
  13. Forgive me if this is irrelevant but I had a great experience with Maui Jims recently.. I had a pair of the brown polarized with fancy progressive prescription lenses that I got through my optometrist. I thought they were near perfect ( although way too expensive). Stupidly i stored them carelessly in a golf bag and they got badly scratched up which you would not expect to be under warranty. However I pointed out to them that some of the scratches were caused where the ends of the arms touched the lens when they were folded and suggested to them it was sort of a design flaw, In about two weeks they sent me brand new lenses and frame without any comment.
  14. I'm with the the Cube. Im guessing the river is brown till at least month end. But the rain forecast for the weekend has decreased a lot, at least on the GFS model: http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ovens/loops/wxloop.cgi?mm5d2_pcp3+///3
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