Alberta Environment and Parks has modified the process for the review of five-year reports under the Code of Practice for Pits. The changes were made to streamline the review approach and ensure that the report management was consistent for all types of industry. The changes include:
Reports will be managed as “reports” and not “applications”, which means that:
The registration number will no longer change when the report is received and reviewed by the department.
Report review letters will not be posted on the Authorization Viewer.
There are no changes to regulatory requirements. If you have any questions, AEP has developed a fact sheetthat includes the contact information for local conservation and reclamation department staff members.
Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) will be hosting a series of public online engagement sessions in January regarding fisheries management and proposed regulatory changes. The topics that will be covered include:
How recreation management objectives and sportfishing regulations are established
An update on recreational harvest slot limits
Options to enhance the Special Harvest Licence program
Updates on native trout recovery
Regional, waterbody-specific regulations proposed for 2021 - 2022
All of the webinars will take place over Zoom from 7:00 - 8:30 pm on the following dates:
Introduction to Fisheries Management - January 18
Harvest Slot Sizes - January 19
Special Harvest Licences - January 20
Native Trout Program Update - January 21
Proposed Regulation Changes for Central and Southern Alberta - January 25
Proposed Regulation Changes for Northwest Alberta - January 26
Proposed Regulation Changes for Northeast Alberta - January 27
These webinars will provide background information that will help inform the feedback stakeholders provide on the 2021 Sportfishing Regulation Survey, which will open on January 15, 2021. The deadline to complete the survey is February 8, 2021.
Alberta Environment and Parks released a new Code of Practice for Wetland Replacement Works
Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) announced a new code of practice for wetland replacement works. This update will eliminate approval wait times for proponents restoring or constructing wetlands by replacing Water Act approval requirements with a notice process for activities that meet the code of practice. AEP is hoping that the code of practice will help increase participation in conservation offset programs, accelerate the addition of wetlands on the landscape and stimulate Alberta’s economy by creating the right regulatory and economic conditions for wetland replacement proponents.
AEP has released afact sheet that outlines what specific wetland replacement activities apply under the new code of practice. A Water Act approval will be required for any activities related to wetland replacement that fall outside of the scope of this code of practice.
For questions or further information regarding the new code of practice, please contact Steve Wallace at Steve.Wallace@gov.ab.ca.
Alberta Health is looking for ways to better support care facility operators and improve the lives of both continuing care residents and their families. To do this, the organization is seeking input from stakeholders in review of the facility-based continuing care system. The review will identify opportunities for improving the system (designated supportive living and long-term care). It will also consider how best to prevent and manage episodes of transmittable illnesses that affect residents such as influenzas, the annual flu season, and pandemics.
In addition to the Facility-Based Continuing Care Review, the Government of Alberta is also developing a new Continuing Care Act intended to streamline and consolidate the many pieces of legislation that currently oversee the whole system, not just facility-based continuing care. Alberta Health will use findings from the review engagement to inform the new act, while also conducting small-scale targeted engagement with key stakeholders.
Municipalities are invited to complete the survey by January 29, 2021. Note there are multiple versions of the survey available for different stakeholders. Municipalities with experience working directly with continuing care facilities may wish to complete the “organizations affiliated with facility-based care” option available at the bottom of the page. For those with less direct experience, there is also a public survey available.