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What is your vision for Alberta?

by Martha Kostuch

Of course we want continued prosperity. Of course we want safe, affordable housing, good health care and accessible education. But the foundation of our well-being is really a healthy environment – clean air, clean water, healthy food, among other things. I can’t help but wonder how much attention our leaders are paying to the foundation these days.

The centerpiece of my vision for Alberta is a stable, resilient, healthy economy based on energies of the future, not energies of the past. This means ending our addiction to fossil fuels and using some of the revenues they generate to develop and implement alternative energy sources and to support energy conservation. We can do this, but not without strong leadership and a willingness to reflect on whether our current path is taking us where we want to go. Read more about What is your vision for Alberta?

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Government Amendments to Bill 46 Insufficient

Premier Stelmach Must Have All-Party Committee Hear From Albertans

Calgary – November 29, 2007 – Local landowner groups – including the Lavesta Area Group, Pembina Agricultural Protection Association and Livingstone Landowner Group – and the Pembina Institute are repeating their call for Premier Stelmach to send Bill 46 to an all-party committee to have public hearings and improve the bill before passing it in the legislature. Read more about Government Amendments to Bill 46 Insufficient

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

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

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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.

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

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.

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YEP Speaker Event: NDP Green Energy Plan

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Event: An Evening with Brian MasonDate: Wednesday, October 24, 2007. Doors @ 5 pm. Speaker at 5:30 pmDescription: YEP Edmonton is pleased to present this special evening with Brian Mason, Leader of the NDP Opposition in Alberta. Mr. Mason will speak to us about the newly-released NDP Green Energy Plan. This will be an excellent opportunity to share your thoughts on Alberta's energy future.

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