Loving Your Lake with photo challenge

By Scott Hayes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter An increasingly popular photography challenge, just in time for Lakes Appreciation Month in July. Living Lakes Canada (LLC) is encouraging people to enjoy their favourite waterbodies by taking pictures of them for the fourth annual Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge. LLC Lakes Program Manager Georgia Peck said the contest underscores the importance of getting the … Read more

Legal Aid Alberta services extended, negotiations resume

By: Brett McKay, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterSource: St. Albert Gazette A disruption of legal services for disadvataged Albertans has been narrowly avoided, as Legal Aid Alberta’s recently expired contract with the province has been extended and negotiations between the parties are set to resume. In a joint statement released on July 5, Alberta’s Minister of Justice, Legal Aid Alberta, and … Read more

Pronghorn migration aided by volunteers

By Justin Sibbet, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Pronghorns are a staple of southern Alberta, yet the animal faces significant migration challenges every year in the region. T.J. Schwanky, wildlife projects facilitator with the Alberta Wildlife Federation, says fencing designed to keep cattle and other animals in, also doubles as a barrier to pronghorns.  “The pronghorn much prefer to crawl under fences … Read more

Grizzly bears back in crosshairs as Alberta lifts hunting ban in select cases

By Jessica Lee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Alberta’s government is allowing targeted hunts on “problem” grizzly bears after a nearly 20-year ban on hunting the threatened species. The province’s forestry and parks ministry may issue what it is calling a grizzly bear management authorization for the purpose of hunting if a wildlife officer determines a grizzly is involved in a human-bear … Read more