Environmental Law & Policy

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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A Climate of Reconciliation – Economy, Social Justice and the Environment

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Trudeau Foundation Conference on Public Policy 2007 Calgary, November 15-17, 2007. Under the overarching theme of “A Climate of Reconciliation – Economy, Social Justice and the Environment”, we will discuss the complex relation between environmental decline, approaches to conservation and stewardship and the renewal of environmental policies. Distinguished scholars, policy leaders and activists have already confirmed their participation. An electronic program version and registration form is available at www.trudeaufoundation.ca. The registration deadline has been extended to October 25.

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EUB Cancels Proceeding and Closes Applications on 500 kV Transmission Line

The following information has been posted to the Government of Alberta website.



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September 30, 2007

EUB Cancels Proceeding and Closes Applications on 500 kV Transmission Line

Calgary... The Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) has decided to cancel the proceeding and close the applications to construct and operate a 500 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line from Edmonton to Calgary. The EUB also intends to set aside Decision 2005-031, which approved the need for that transmission line, as well as related Decision 2006-114. The hearing on the proposal to construct and operate the transmission line ran from March 12 to August 24, 2007 in Red Deer and Rimbey, and the hearing on the need for the transmission line was held from December 9 to 21, 2004 in Calgary. Read more about EUB Cancels Proceeding and Closes Applications on 500 kV Transmission Line

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Action Alert: Organizing Opposition to Bill 46, the Alberta Utilities Commission Act

From: Jeannette Bolli

I'm working with the Alberta Environmental Network, helping to coordinate opposition to Bill 46: Alberta Utilities Commission Act, and to oppose any infringements on citizens' rights, by the proposed revamping of the Alberta Energy Utilities Board.

  • If you’ve started organizing something to oppose the bill, I want to hear from you ASAP. Call Jeannette Bolli at 1-780-468-2204
  • If you’ve read the bill and have an opinion/expertise to offer, register with me as a speaker/organizer, at [email protected], re: bill 46
  • If you need help organizing an informational meeting in your area, including funding, e-mail me at [email protected] re: bill46
  • If you don’t like what the AEUB have been doing so far, or are a land/residence owner or an ordinary Albertan, please go to www.aenweb.ca in October and read about our informational meetings. These meetings will inform you how to change legislation in a once in a decades opportunity.
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Environmental Law Centre's Comments on Bill 1: The Lobbyists Act

The Environmental Law Centre's (ELC) mission is to ensure that laws, policies, and legal processes protect the environment. In pursuit of this mission the ELC regularly provides comments and recommendations to government and administrative bodies in relation to law and policy development. These comments can be found on the ELC website at www.elc.ab.ca.

Most AEN members have probably already received e-mails regarding Bill 1, the Lobbyists Act, and seen the concerns expressed about the possible effects on voluntary and non-profit organizations. The ELC has made a submission to the Government Services Committee regarding the particular effects that Bill 1 will likely have on environmental organizations (which will be significant) - the submission can be viewed by following the link below:

http://www.elc.ab.ca/ims/client/upload/Comment%20on%20Bill%201%20-%20Lob... Read more about Environmental Law Centre's Comments on Bill 1: The Lobbyists Act

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Comments on Water for Life Strategy renewal and the proposed Species at Risk Act Recovery Strategy for the Burrowing Owl

The Environmental Law Centre's (ELC) mission is to ensure that laws, policies, and legal processes protect the environment. In pursuit of this mission the ELC regularly provides comments and recommendations to government and administrative bodies in relation to law and policy development. These comments can be found on the ELC website at www.elc.ab.ca.

The ELC has recently commented on the renewal of the Alberta Water for Life strategy and the proposed Recovery Strategy for the Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) under the federal Species at Risk Act. Read more about Comments on Water for Life Strategy renewal and the proposed Species at Risk Act Recovery Strategy for the Burrowing Owl

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