Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012
Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it
by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan
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On February 1, 2012, former Parks Canada warden and award-winning author Sid Marty stared down a bulldozer near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta. He had been picketing against clear-cut logging on 81 square kilometres of forest near Castle Mountain ski resort because he believed it would destroy grizzly bear habitat. Marty was arrested and given a court order to stay off public lands. He ignored the order, giving speeches on public properties and encouraging people to bombard Premier Alison Redford’s office with more than 100,000 phone calls, letters and emails demanding the logging licence be relocated elsewhere. His arrest made headlines andstirred a debate about landuse in special forest manage-ment areas, partly because of Marty’s high profile in southern Alberta –he has twice been finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, most recently in 2008 for The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek. Foresters started logging in the region just hours after Marty’s arrest, but motivated protesters have continued to push Alberta Sustainable Resource Development to stop activity scheduled for 2013. In April 2012, the Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition announced it was suing the government, saying that when the Alberta government designated the region a “special place” in 1998, “there was a reasonable expectation given these decisions that the Castle was already protected.” In fact, the area was once part of Waterton Lakes National Park. Marty is committed to ensuring it’s protected again.