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Bill 50 Delivers Shocks to Transmission Approvals in Alberta

Get the straight facts on Bill 50 and how it changes the role of public participation and environmental factors in transmission approvals in Alberta.

On January 7th 2010, Laura Bowman of the Environmental Law Centre presented a lunch seminar on Bill 50, the Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009. This controversial bill was tabled in the summer and has been part of a storm of publicity and often confusing and contradictory information ever since.

The handouts from this presentation are now available for download from the Environmental Law Centre website. Read more about Bill 50 Delivers Shocks to Transmission Approvals in Alberta

Event

Licencing and Allocating Water in Alberta — A Discussion Forum

Jan 22 2010 - 4:00pm to 10:00pm

Hosted by the Legislation and Policy Committee of the BRBC

Featuring:

  • Bev Yee (Alberta Environment)
  • David Hill (Alberta Water Research Institute)
  • Danielle Droitsch (Water Matters)
  • Jim Webber (Western Irrigation District)

Please RSVP to Mike Murray: [email protected] Read more about Licencing and Allocating Water in Alberta — A Discussion Forum

Location

Cochrane RancheHouse
101 RancheHouse Road
Cochrane , AB
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Webinar: Alberta’s Water Allocation Review — Who’s it “FITFIR”?

Jan 13 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Alberta Government is considering amendments to water allocation and water licence transfer systems in the province. This review is being driven by issues of overallocation of water in some areas of the province and the economic and environmental issues that overallocation has caused. Read more about Webinar: Alberta’s Water Allocation Review — Who’s it “FITFIR”?

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Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Bill 50 Delivers Shocks to Transmission Approvals in Alberta

Jan 7 2010 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Are you confused about what Bill 50 is and how it affects you? Are you wondering how transmission approvals work in Alberta? If so, be sure to join us for this brown bag lunch seminar on January 7th, 2010.

This controversial bill was tabled in the summer and has been part of a storm of publicity and often confusing and contradictory information ever since.

Get the straight facts on Bill 50 – The Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009 – and how it changes the role of public participation and environmental factors in transmission approvals in Alberta. Read more about Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Bill 50 Delivers Shocks to Transmission Approvals in Alberta

Location

Environmental Law Centre
800 - 10025 106 Street
Edmonton , AB
Media Release

Southern Alberta’s Water Security at Stake in New Land-Use Plan

Report says clear landscape targets are 'key' to securing water protection in southern Alberta

Calgary — As a series of public meetings kick off today in Calgary and Vulcan addressing land-use in Southern Alberta, many Albertans may be surprised to learn that water security is at stake in the planning process. That's the overarching theme of Source of Opportunity: A Blueprint for Securing Source Water in Southern Alberta, a report released today investigating the potential of South Saskatchewan Regional land use plan to protect water. Read more about Southern Alberta’s Water Security at Stake in New Land-Use Plan

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Webinar: Moving Past the Tipping Point — Alberta's New Land Use System

Dec 9 2009 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Alberta's lands have been subject to ever-increasing pressures by population growth, industrial expansion and competition for multiple uses on the same pieces of land.

In its Land Use Framework, the province stated:"What worked for us when our population was only one or two million will not get the job done with four, and soon five million. We have reached a tipping point, where sticking with the old rules will not produce the quality of life we have come to expect. If we want our children to enjoy the same quality of life that current generations have, we need a new land-use system." Read more about Webinar: Moving Past the Tipping Point — Alberta's New Land Use System

Media Release

Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Canada Not Implementing Numerous Legal Obligations That Protect Fresh Water in Oil Sands

Ottawa and Calgary — The federal government is failing to enforce and implement numerous laws that are in place to protect the water — in many cases the drinking water — for tens of thousands of Canadians who live near oil sands operations. According to a new report released today, this failure affects people who live in Fort Chipewyan, Fort Smith, Fort MacKay and also in Yellowknife. Read more about Federal Government Failing to Protect Fresh Water for Tens of Thousands of Canadians in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Event

Tar Sands on Trial: The Beaver Lake Cree Fight Big Oil to Save the Boreal

Nov 28 2009 - 12:00am to 2:00am

(This event was originally scheduled for October 14, but had to be delayed because of bad weather.)

Award-winning author Andrew Nikiforuk (Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent), renowned photographer Garth Lenz (Canadian Geographic) and one of Canada's pre-eminent lawyers in Aboriginal law Jack Woodward (Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia) explain why the Beaver Lake Cree legal action is the way to stop the tar sands expansion – and save the planet. Read more about Tar Sands on Trial: The Beaver Lake Cree Fight Big Oil to Save the Boreal

Location

John Dutton Theatre (Calgary Public Library)
616 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary , AB
Media Release

Bill 50 - A Curious Solution to Transmission Problems

There is no doubt that electricity transmission planning and approval in Alberta faces challenges, including difficulty responding to public concern. Bill 50 - the Electric Statutes Amendment Act - is the most recent attempt to address these challenges. However, not everyone agrees that Bill 50 will work.

"Bill 50 is a curious solution because it doesn't fix the overall transmission process or address bigger problems in assessing transmission need," says Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel at the Edmonton-based Environmental Law Centre. Read more about Bill 50 - A Curious Solution to Transmission Problems

Media Release

ERCB Sour Gas Suspension. Who Speaks for Wildlife in Gas Applications?

The recent Energy Resource Conservation Board (ERCB) decision to suspend approval of future sour gas projects in Alberta raises important questions around who is, or should be, considered as "directly affected" by energy proposals. Read more about ERCB Sour Gas Suspension. Who Speaks for Wildlife in Gas Applications?

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