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Part One: Registration opens for February aquaculture conference in Vancouver

Following the success of its sold-out conference on aquaculture in PEI last September, AIMS, in collaboration with the Canadian Aquaculture Institute, is pleased to announce that registration for “How to Farm the Seas II: the Science, Economics and Politics of Aquaculture on the West Coast” is now open on the Institute’s website.

Like its East Coast predecessor, How to Farm the Seas II will assemble a team of leading national and international experts to clarify both the strengths and weaknesses of aquaculture, and to lay down the basis for a sensible public policy to govern the industry.

Just some of the speakers you will hear at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver February 15-17, 2001 include:

· Yves Bastien, Aquaculture Commissioner for Canada, DFO, Ottawa

· John Davis, Assistant Deputy Minister, Science, DFO, Ottawa

· Tor Horsberg, Professor, Norwegian School of Veterinary Medicine, Dept. of Pharmacology, Microbiology and Food Hygiene, Oslo, Norway

· Ron Kilmury, Nutreco’s Business Unit Manager responsible for aquaculture in North America, Vancouver, BC

· Anne McMullin, Executive Director, BC Salmon Farmers Association, Vancouver, BC

· James Muir, Assistant Director and Head of the Aquatic Systems/Environment groups of the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Scotland

· David Murray, Director of Research, Statistical Assessment Service, Washington, D.C.

· Ronald J. Roberts, Professor Emeritus, University of Stirling, Scotland

· Brian Rogers, Aquaculture & Business Consultant, Halifax, NS

· Fred Whoriskey, Vice-President, Research & Environment, Atlantic Salmon Federation, St. Andrews, NB

· Wayne Wouters, Deputy Minister, DFO, Ottawa

Please note that the early registration fee of $200 expires on December 31st, 2000.

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Part Two: AIMS releases new paper on electricity restructuring in Ontario & Atlantic Canada

Failure by the province to follow the bold plan for electricity restructuring laid out by the Advisory Committee on Competition in Ontario’s Electricity System has resulted in the near collapse of the process. Restructuring is now beset by a range of significant problems that threaten its potential to deliver reasonably priced, reliable, and environmentally responsible power. Because of a failure to focus on the public interest, on accountability, on transparency and on investors’ need for clarity and certainty in the reform process, the Ontario government has put at risk the benefits that successful reform could deliver. Fortunately, other jurisdictions, such as Atlantic Canada, can learn from these serious mistakes.

These are just some of the conclusions of the keynote address delivered by Tom Adams, Executive Director of Energy Probe, at “Plugging in Atlantic Canada”, a conference on electricity restructuring held in October in Halifax. Now Adams, who is also a director of Ontario’s Independent Electricity Market Operator, responsible for managing the integrated operation of Ontario’s power system, has published an AIMS paper developing these ideas more fully. *************************************************

Part Three: Crowley on the sustainability of health care spending

In this newspaper op-ed piece, AIMS President Brian Lee Crowley questions the quality of the health care debate during the recently concluded federal election campaign. At a time when all the indicators show us a medicare system with unsustainable patterns of spending growth, and new trends are about to hit that will force up spending again, the federal party leaders insisted on focussing the debate on side issues like whether people are queue jumping or where party leaders get their health care.

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