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Alberta Conference concludes under sunny skies
September 22, 2002

The 2002 conference season is now well underway as the Alberta Expropriation Association has completed its annual event and the British Columbia and Ontario fall conferences are just around the corner.

The Alberta event attracted approximately 45 people to the Radisson Hotel and Conference Centre in Canmore on September 20 and 21. The Expropriation Law Centre was on hand to observe. This two day event included discussion of seven topics and the Annual General Meeting. Social activities included a banquet on Friday evening and a guided fly fishing expedition to the Bow River Saturday afternoon.

The content was split between legal and appraisal topics. On the legal side, the conference delegates heard about loss of access, expropriation of security interests, municipal law issues and the law of accretion. On the appraisal side, lively debate occurred while John Wasmuth delivered his thoughts on the different treatment accorded property owners under surface rights legislation by comparision to the expropriation legislation. The delegates also heard the case for compensating property owners with annual payments for pipeline rights of way and a discussion about the valuation impacts of the ecological gift program of Environment Canada.

During the Annual General Meeting, John Wasmuth was acclaimed as President and Derek King as Vice President - North. Both of these positions were vacant. The remainder of the executive will continue: Eric Bjornson as Vice-President - South, Brian Gettel as Membership Director and Bruce Simpson as Secretary/Treasurer.

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