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Upcoming AGM, call for board member nominations; new op-eds

Hello, we've got a number of items for you today, including two new op-eds, and notice of our upcoming Annual General Meeting and a call for nominations. As you'll see, we continue to be very busy and hope you'll forgive the long post. Short summaries follow immediately below, with details further down.

Event summaries

Public Interest Alberta's 4th Annual Advocacy Conference: this week!
Worth Fighting For: Public Solutions and Our Common Future

April 8 - 10, 2010
Chateau Louis Conference Centre, Edmonton

Parkland Institute's Annual General Meeting
Featuring Guest Speaker Shannon Phillips on women's equity in Alberta
May 2, 2010, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rm 236, U of A Telus Centre (111 St and 87 Ave)

Parkland Institute Call for Nominations
Parkland's board of directors is currently accepting nominations for two board positions. Nominees must be Parkland members in good standing, and come from one of Alberta's colleges and universities other than the U of A, the U of C, the U of L, or Athabasca University. Please direct nominations to the Parkland Office as soon as possible.

New Parkland op-eds

Searching for a reason for the Tories' royalty cuts
The full op-ed by Parkland research associate Regan Boychuk, as published in the Edmonton Journal on April 3, 2010, is included below.

The Perils of Corporatized Water

Written by Parkland executive Director Ricardo Acuna, and published in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 29, 2010.

Event details

Public Interest Alberta's 4th Annual Advocacy Conference
Worth Fighting For: Public Solutions and Our Common Future
April 8-10, 2010

Parkland is a proud supporter of Public Interest Alberta's Annual Advocacy Conference which is only a week away. In a time of continued cuts to services that are fundamental to our social and economic well-being, this conference provides an essential opportunity to work with other individuals and organizations in developing positive solutions and strengthening our commitment to effective advocacy in the public interest.

Parkland's Executive Director, Ricardo Acuña, will be delivering a talk on “Bringing it Home: Fighting for Public Services in Alberta.”

The keynote speaker is visionary author and lecturer David Korten who will speak on the themes of his most recent book, Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth, which sets forth a framework for an economy designed to bring humans into balance with Earth’s biosphere, equitably share the wealth of our common human heritage, and make democracy a living practice.

The conference also includes first-rate plenary speakers: Robert Chernomas, a well-published Professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba, Alex Molnar, an expert on the commercialization of public education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition, and Meera Karunananthan, National Water Campainger for the Council of Canadians.

David Korten will also be giving a keynote address in Calgary at the University of Calgary on Wednesday, April 7.

Full conference info is available on the Public Interest Alberta website including links to register, speaker bios, the conference agenda, the conference poster and more.

Or call (780) 420-0471 or e-mail Karen. Call (403) 270-3200 for Calgary Keynote Tickets

Separate tickets are available for the Edmonton Keynote Address.

There is also a Latin Dance Party on the Friday evening as a night of celebration and a fundraiser for the Chilean earthquake relief efforts. Again, full details on the PIA website.

Parkland Institute's Annual General Meeting
May 2, 2010
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Room 236, Telus Centre (111st and 87ave)
University of Alberta Campus

Join us to learn about what Parkland has been up to in the last year, meet other Parkland members and volunteers, and have your say about what Parkland should be focusing on in the coming year.

1:00 Business meeting
2:30 Snack break
3:00 Guest Speaker: Shannon Phillips on women’s economic equity in Alberta. Facilitated discussion to follow.

Parkland Institute Call for Nominations

In order to ensure representation of many perspectives the Parkland Institute's constitution mandates board members from different segments of both academic and non-academic communities of Alberta. Parkland Institute's Board of Directors is issuing a call for nominations for two academic board position from the category of "Other Universities and Colleges", which means Alberta colleges and universities other than the U of A, the U of C, the U of L, and Athabasca University.


  • Role of the board is to make general policy for Parkland.
  • Board term is two years, beginning in May 2010.
  • Must be a Member in good standing from Alberta.
  • Board meetings happen 3 times per year, usually in September, January and June. As a provincial organization board meetings are normally held by video-conference, with at least one face to face meeting per year in Red Deer.
  • Committee work is encouraged.
  • Please submit your nominations as soon as possible to the Parkland office by e-mail, fax, or regular mail. Nominations must include name, address, phone number, email if available and a half page biography that will be sent with the ballot.

Ballots will be sent to all general members in good standing in mid April. Results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday May 2.

If you have any questions, please call the Parkland office at 780-492-8558. 


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