Other News and Developments of Interest


Tories walk a fine line over power and property rights

Premier Ed Stelmach called Thursday (January 13) for a review of property rights laws.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Braid+Tories+walk+fine+line+over+power+property+rights/4113843/story.html#ixzz1Bbnckfn8


Stelmach plans to review contentious land-use laws

In the face of growing landowner concern about property rights, Premier Stelmach committed to review Bill 36, the Alberta Land Stewardship Act, and Bill 19, the Land Assembly Project Area Act, two controversial laws passed by the Tory government in 2009.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Stelmach+plans+review+contentious+land+laws/4107682/story.html#ixzz1BbmIysdx


Landowners' Guide to Wind Energy in Alberta

Earlier in September, the Pembina Institute published a new guide to Alberta's wind energy sector.  

From Pembina's website:

"This guide helps landowners, companies and government understand and explain wind energy in Alberta. Whether you are a landowner negotiating with a wind power developer or a regional government looking at economic development, this guide can help you understand and get involved with the wind energy industry.

  • Understand wind energy and how it works
  • Learn about royalties and how to get the best deal for the use of your land
  • Find out what regulations govern farm-scale wind developments
  • Discover the development process and what questions to ask wind developers
  • Learn the facts on wildlife, noise and other impacts
  • Includes a special section by Gordon Howell on the Alberta Micro-generator Regulation that allows farm-scale operations to hook up to the grid"

See www.pembina.org/re/wind-guide-alberta for more information.

Click here to download the Landowners' Guide to Wind Energy in Alberta.


Changing Currents: Water Sustainability and the Future of Canada's Natural Resource Sectors

The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy has issued a new report examining the sustainable management of water in Canada, in the context of the development of our natural resources sectors.

From the NRTEE website:
"The world’s supply of freshwater is limited and finite. While Canada is blessed with an abundance of freshwater, an expected increase in the development of the natural resource sectors begs the question of whether our country has enough to support economic growth while also maintaining the health of our ecosystems. We need to know whether we are in a position to sustainably manage our water resources for future generations and if we have the capability to deal with issues like an anticipated change in precipitation patterns caused by climate change." 

Link to the report here.

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