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For Immediate Release | December 09, 2010

Treaty rights impacted downstream of tar sands:

Chiefs call on governments to protect Athabasca river

Contaminants and low water levels in the Athabasca River system are impacting treaty rights, finds a new report released today in Edmonton.

The peer reviewed study was conducted with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Mikisew Cree First Nation. It examined traditional land and water use, and the impact of contaminants and low water levels in the lower Athabasca River system.

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Op-eds | December 05, 2010

Generosity for energy sector, tough times for everyone else:

As industry rakes in billions, public services are cut and deficit grows

After a long string of billions in drilling incentives and royalty holidays for the oilpatch over the last two years, the latest provincial budget update recently confirmed the $5-billion scale of Alberta’s expected deficit.  Already enduring a recession and a variety of cuts to public services, Albertans have every reason to expect more of the same from the Progressive Conservative government: generosity for the oilpatch, discipline for citizens.

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