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Alberta Oil Sands Survey Deadline

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To date more than 3200 Albertans have taken part in the Alberta Oil Sands Survey. To give even more Albertans the chance to take part we are extending the survey for one more week. The survey will now be online until December 7th. Please take part and let us know how you think Alberta's oil sands should be managed. What priorities must guide development of this resource? How are the oil sands impacting our communities, environment and economy and how do we integrate policy development in those areas? To take part in this survey, click on this link and share it with your friends and contacts: http://policychannel.com/cgi-bin/ciwweb.pl?studyname=OIL2&Password=I2119...

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Everyone's Downstream: Tarsands Realities & Resistance

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Tar Sands Realities and Resistance Conference to be held at: University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta, Canada November 23rd-25th, 2007 Everyone's Downstream will be a conference designed to explore the links between oppression and self-determination on many levels: indigenous land rights, gender, ecological rights, workers democracy, anti-racism and anti-border perspectives as they relate directly to the tar sands of Northern Alberta. Speakers from a multitude of indigenous nations, social justice groups, and environmental organizations will discuss the social impacts of the tar sands on workers, women, indigenous nations, ecology, migrant populations, homelessness, and the anti-war movement.

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Greenpeace Opens Alberta Legislature Sitting with High Flying Protest

Greenpeace BannersEdmonton, Canada — Four Greenpeace activists suspended their bodies 138 feet over the North Saskatchewan River today to hang two 23 x 50 foot banners from the High Level Bridge in Edmonton. The banners depict the areas under current and projected tar sands development with the message "Stop the Tar Sands." They hang in full view of the Alberta legislature, which opened today.

"This government is recklessly pursuing the destruction of Alberta's environment and it has to stop," said Mike Hudema, Greenpeace campaigner. "Unless we act quickly, the tar sands will devastate the region's water supply, ravage a quarter of the province's landscape and ruin any chance for Canada to meaningfully tackle climate change. Read more about Greenpeace Opens Alberta Legislature Sitting with High Flying Protest

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Review panel actually plans sharp drop in royalties. Time to 'think like an owner'.

The Parkland Institute has published an Op-Ed on the Royalty Review:

Review panel actually plans sharp drop in royalties

To get its fair share, Alberta must heed Lougheed's advice: 'Think like an owner'

Gordon Laxer for The Edmonton Journal
Published October 22, 2007

Albertans have been led astray by the heated rhetoric around the recommendations of the royalty review panel's Our Fair Share. Rather than increasing royalties by 20 per cent as headlines tell the public, the panel's recommendations would, if fully implemented, reduce them by 20 per cent by 2016.

That's right. According to the review panel, its proposals would have Alberta collect $2 billion less per year nine years from now, even though oilsands production is projected to more than double.

Alberta would collect only $7.6 billion in 2016, compared to $9.5 billion in royalties in 2006. And that doesn't seem to take inflation into account, meaning that in real dollars the province's royalty revenues would fall more...

Read the whole Op-Ed at the Parkland Institute's website. Read more about Review panel actually plans sharp drop in royalties. Time to 'think like an owner'.

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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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