Upcoming Events

Regina Douglas Park Greens Chinese New Year Celebration

Tickets are $50.00 each. All money raised from this event will go toward the Victor Lau for Regina Douglas Park campaign. There are only 40 tickets available this year, so we need to know for sure if you are coming or not.

Monday February 16, 2015
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Four Seas Restaurant, 1779 Rose St, Regina, SK

The Future is You!

Landowners need to write to Premier Wall on need for new Surface Rights Act

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Saskatchewan Green Party is urging landowners to each write a letter to Premier Brad Wall to demand Real Change in the new Saskatchewan Surface Rights and Acquisition Act be tabled during the Spring Sitting of the Legislature. The revised Act was supposed to be brought forward in the Legislature last fall. Party Leader Victor Lau says the best chance of having the new legislation be tabled is if the Premier is asked to make it happen. “If you want to get the provincial government to get anything done, you better ask the Premier to do it,” says Lau. “Otherwise, you’ll be waiting a very long time for any action from this government.” Lau says that in addition to acting on the demands of landowners, the new Act should include the following changes:

• Open an Advocacy Office for farmers, ranchers and other private landowners when negotiating with energy companies over surface rights,

• Drilling must be a minimum distance away from occupied dwellings, at a distance to be mutually agreed to by the energy company, the landowner or landowners, and the people living in the dwelling,

• The lessee of the surface rights must assume liability for any damage caused by any activity on land owned by farmers, ranchers or other private landowners,

• Decisions made by the Arbitration Board under the Saskatchewan Surface Rights and Acquisition Act will be non-binding.

• A Fair Compensation Board that is separate from the Arbitration Board would be established under the Saskatchewan Surface Rights and Acquisition Act, to ensure that farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are compensated for any damage on their property that is caused by the lessee of the surface rights.

“It is time that the province start representing private citizens and not just giving everything to the resource companies. It’s time for Real Change.”

For more information, please contact Victor Lau at (306)737-5345.

Saskatchewan Greens want non-binding decisions from Surface Rights Arbitration Board

Monday January 26, 2015

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Saskatchewan Green Party is calling upon the Wall Government to ensure Real Change by having all future decisions made by the Surface Rights Arbitration Board be non-binding. The idea is included in the Sask Green Party’s Surface Rights platform. Party Leader Victor Lau says many private landowners in Saskatchewan do not like that most of the Board’s decisions allegedly seem to favour the companies that lease surface rights. “The enforcing of surface rights in Saskatchewan should be fair for private landowners, not prejudiced against them,” says Lau. “If the Arbitration Board’s decisions are non-binding in the future, this would go a long way toward allowing landowners to successfully defend their property from damage.” The Arbitration Board’s powers could be changed with an amendment to the Saskatchewan Surface Rights and Acquisition Act. This would amount to Real Change for private landowners.

For more information, please contact Victor Lau at (306)737-5345.

Process needed to secure compensation settlement in Surface Rights

Thursday January 22, 2015

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Saskatchewan Green Party wants the Wall Government to create a process for Real Change under Surface Rights law to follow for compensating private landowners. Sask Green Party Leader Victor Lau says the lessee of surface rights should be liable for any damage done to private property. “Private landowners shouldn’t be left without financial compensation if for example, a quarter of land has all of its top soil removed during drilling,” says Lau. “But there also needs to be a process to follow when awarding compensation to landowners.” The company that leases the surface rights on a property should pay an amount specified by a Fair Compensation Board that is separate from the Arbitration Board. The amount should go into a trust fund for each pipeline easement. This change would make Real Change happen for private landowners.

For more information, please contact Victor Lau at (306)737-5345.

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