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Government System of Land-Use Planning Threatens Ability to Protect Environment

New law needed to integrate management of impacts to land, air and water resources

Calgary, April 16, 2008 - The Government of Alberta cannot effectively manage the growing impacts of development on Alberta's natural resources without a new law that considers cumulative impacts and provides tools to manage growth effectively, concludes a report released today by the Pembina Institute and Water Matters. Read more »

Posted April 16, 2008 by Anonymous

Bow Riverkeeper Citizen's Toolkit & Webinars Online

Visit our new Citizens' Toolkit! It includes a wealth of information about water science and policy, including online presentations from experts.

Visit http://www.bowriverkeeper.org/toolkit to explore our Citizens' Toolkit and view online presentations.

Bow Riverkeeper, with the support of Alberta Ecotrust and Alberta Environmental Network, held three webinars (online workshops) over the last six months to build the capacity and knowledge of those interested and involved in Alberta's water issues.

The webinars explored three topics: shared governance in the watershed context, the basics of groundwater science and the knowledge gaps, and groundwater policy and regulation in Alberta and beyond. As well, you will find a compilation of useful resources on each topic for further developing your knowledge.

Experts presented each webinar and shared their knowledge and insight with participants. These presentations are now available online. Read more »

Posted December 10, 2007 by Anonymous

ELC Comments on Bill 46 Amendments

The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) is pleased to provide its comments on the Government's amendments to Bill 46. These comments, along with the July 11, 2007 comments of the ELC in respect of the Bill as initially introduced, can be found on the ELC's website at www.elc.ab.ca.

Posted December 4, 2007 by russ

Kill Bill 46 Rally

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What: A Rally of citizens concerned about the negative effects of the Government's proposed Bill 46 on peoples rights to participate in energy and utilities regulatory proceedings. When: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 12:00 Noon sharp Where: Alberta Legislature Building (10800 97 Avenue), Edmonton Read more »

Open Public Forum: Bill 46, Royalty Review, and Energy Issues in Alberta

Description:
This event will critically analyze the state of our democracy today. The impressive panel will represent divergent views, allowing for an informative and vigorous debate. Speakers

  • Joe Anglin: businessman, writer, and landowner rights advocate
  • Andrew Nikiforuk: award winning journalist and author, environmental columnist with CBC
  • Ray Prins: MLA for Lacombe / Ponoka (PC Party)

Q & A to follow speakers. Read more »

Pembina Institute Calls for Changes to Bill 46 (Alberta Utilities Commission Act)

For Immediate Release
November 2, 2007

Bill Needs Major Amendments to Protect Citizens’ Rights to be Heard

CALGARY - Today the Pembina Institute adds its voice to a growing list of outraged landowner and environmental groups that say that Bill 46 will eliminate or reduce Albertans’ already-limited rights to participate in important decisions about energy development. The Pembina Institute is calling on Premier Ed Stelmach to make major changes to the Bill and to demonstrate that the government respects public input by convening a public hearing before an all-party committee of the Legislature.

Bill 46 is the Alberta Government’s proposed legislation to shift the regulation of electrical transmission lines and other utilities from the Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) to a new Alberta Utilities Commission. "The legislation does not stop at the division of responsibilities between the two agencies. It also includes a series of changes that would significantly limit public involvement in energy decision making," says Steve Kennett, Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute. Read more »

Posted November 2, 2007 by Anonymous

Action Alert: Edmonton Bill 46 Meeting

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Rocked by scandal, the decision-making process for major electricity projects under the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) will be restructured in the November sitting of the Alberta Legislature if Bill 46, the Alberta Utilities Commission Act is passed into law.But this new law will reduce the requirements for public notice of major power projects; make it harder for the public to participate in public hearings; and award the new commission broad, court-like powers to compel persons to appear before them, to compel incriminating testimony, and to jail people for contempt. Read more »

Action Alert: Bill 46 Protest

Description:
Approximately 20 MLAs will be in attendance at the Premier's Dinner with Ed Stelmach, at the Capri Centre Hotel (3310 50 Avenue) in Red Deer. Protest against Bill 46 starts at 6:00pm in the parking lot. Bring Signs — "Kill Bill 46" For more information go to www.killbill46.ca and http://killbill46.wordpress.com

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