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Sylvan Lake Provincial Park Could Soon Be Town’s Jurisdiction


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Sylvan Lake has requested control of the popular urban park to allow the town to better promote the area and to license and manage waterfront business activity.

The proposed transfer would require the park to remain open for public recreation purposes only. No commercial or residential development would be allowed. A 60-day public feedback period will take place before a final decision is made.

“Sylvan Lake Provincial Park is already a destination for Albertan families, creating huge economic benefits for the region. We have the potential to further support job creation, tourism and the local economy.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

The province and the town have talked in the past about a transfer agreement, which would pave the way for town council to implement its Waterfront Area Redevelopment Plan. The Provincial Parks Act limits the town’s ability to carry out its plan.

Sylvan Lake wants to authorize and manage special events and advance tourism and economic development objectives.

The province does not generate any revenue from the park because it’s a day use area only. If the transfer goes ahead, future maintenance funding for the park would be redirected to other provincial parks.

Before a decision on a possible transfer is made, Albertans are invited to comment on the proposal at Following the 60-day public feedback period, comments will be summarized to inform a final decision.

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Trans, non-binary students under 16 in N.B. need parental consent for pronoun changes

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New Brunswick students under the age of 16 who identify as trans and non-binary won’t be able to officially change their names or pronouns in school without parental consent.

Education Minister Bill Hogan made the announcement today as he unveiled his government’s highly anticipated reform to the province’s policy on sexual orientation in schools, known as Policy 713.

Policy 713, which was introduced in 2020, establishes minimum standards for schools to ensure a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBTQ students.

The new policy says the preferred first names and pronouns of students aged 16 and older will be used consistently in ways that the students request.

Hogan says the policy will also ensure that private, universal changing rooms and bathrooms will be available in all schools.

He says the changes, which come into effect July 1, were the product of consultations with hundreds of parents, families, students and advocacy groups.

The province’s decision to review Policy 713 has faced intense scrutiny, with former education minister Dominic Cardy accusing Premier Blaine Higgs of wanting to gut sex education.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 8, 2023.

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