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RCEN E-Bulletin October 17, 2007

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New Study Shows Royalty Panel's Recommendations Would Continue the Giveaway of Alberta’s Resource Wealth

Today the Parkland Institute released its official response to the report and recommendations of the Alberta Royalty Review Panel. The report, entitled "Selling Albertans Short" is available for free download from the Parkland Institute web-site (www.ualberta.ca/parkland), or can be purchased in hard-copy from the Parkland Institute office. Read the media releaseRead more about New Study Shows Royalty Panel's Recommendations Would Continue the Giveaway of Alberta’s Resource Wealth>

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RCA Newsflash "Albertans Challenged to Reduce Waste"

Waste Reduction Week has arrived!

The Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA) is leading the province-wide promotional and educational campaign for the 2007 national Waste Reduction Week (WRW) campaign, October 15 to 21, 2007. The purpose of the week is to encourage waste reduction and minimization initiatives at home, at school and in communities and businesses. Visit www.wrwcanada.com for information. Read more about RCA Newsflash "Albertans Challenged to Reduce Waste"

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Keeping the Pressure on Bill 1

As many of you will be aware, the AEN is a facilitative organization that provides support to the work of Alberta-based environmental organizations. This is accomplished by coordinating cooperative efforts through coalitions and caucuses; facilitating consultations with governments and agencies at the municipal, provincial, national and international levels; providing training opportunities; and by maintaining internet-based communications systems.

As a facilitative organization, the AEN does not take positions on substantive issues (as this is the role of our member groups, caucuses, and coalitions). However, Bill 1: The Lobbyists Act threatens to undermine a fundamental purpose of the AEN by compromising our memberships' ability to participate in stakeholder processes. Consequently, the AEN board views this as a process-related issue requiring action. Read more about Keeping the Pressure on Bill 1

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EnCana Makes the Case for Public Ownership in the Energy Industry

The Parkland Institute has published an Op-Ed on the Royalty Review, the energy industry's response, and the case for public ownership in the energy sector.


Monday, October 08, 2007

by Ricardo Acuña

In the weeks following the release of the recommendations of Alberta's Royalty Review Panel, energy giant EnCana has been one of the loudest opponents of any moves that might increase the direct benefits Albertans receive from their natural resources — going as far as publicly threatening to cancel a billion dollars worth of investment if the panel's recommendations are implemented.

The irony of these threats and the desire to see Albertans get less than full value for their oil and gas will not be lost on those who remember EnCana's history. Read more about EnCana Makes the Case for Public Ownership in the Energy Industry

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