Alberta needs a provincial sales tax like it needs a hole in the head

Alberta is the only province with no PST, saving its people billions of dollars per year

Alberta needs a provincial sales tax like it needs a hole in the headHere's the good news: the majority of United Conservative Party leadership candidates have pledged not to impose a Provincial Sales Tax (PST) or raise taxes on Albertans. Six UCP leadership candidates signed the Canadian Taxpayers Federation Pledge, which reads: "I will never impose a Provincial Sales Tax and I will not raise taxes." All of…

If we want to thrive, we need bright young workers

Younger people have values and expectations unlike those of their parents

If we want to thrive, we need bright young workersIn a free and open economy like Canada’s, the goods and services we enjoy are produced by entrepreneurs and business people. The biggest challenge they now face in providing this largesse is a lack of people willing and able to fill jobs – the talent. Particularly in short supply are younger workers. This shouldn’t be…

U of A teams up with venture capital firm to advance agricultural innovation

Partnership with SVG Ventures|THRIVE will help researchers and startups move new technologies

U of A teams up with venture capital firm to advance agricultural innovationThe University of Alberta is partnering with a leading Silicon Valley firm to support innovation growth in Alberta’s agriculture and food sectors. An agreement with SVG Ventures|THRIVE, a venture capital firm investing in agricultural technology startups and supporting corporations with open innovation, powers the U of A to accelerate its development and adoption of technology-driven solutions…

Alberta is high on hydrogen

Alberta is high on hydrogenEpisode 19 in our DECARBONIZATION series is the third of three episodes on the role of hydrogen in addressing Alberta’s commitment to emissions reduction in energy production. Yogi Schulz of Corvelle Consulting, Bill Howell, and Brent Lakeman of Edmonton Global answer questions raised by Alberta Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity Dale Nally's presentation…

Canada’s oil and gas industry is improving environmental performance

Results show continuous improvement on key performance measures

Canada’s oil and gas industry is improving environmental performanceThere is an ongoing false narrative that Canada’s oil and gas industry has a poor track record when it comes to the environment. It’s not true. Canada’s oil and gas producers and suppliers are committed to environmental excellence, and are doing the work to show it. Here are five key points that demonstrate it: Investment…

Albertans’ double burden: inflation plus bracket creep

The government must follow through on its promise to re-index the tax system to inflation

Albertans’ double burden: inflation plus bracket creepIt’s been three years since the Alberta government implemented a “temporary” pause to the indexation of non-refundable income tax credits and tax bracket thresholds – a policy that has resulted in nearly $647 million in additional taxes being paid by Albertans between 2020 and 2022, according to a recent report by the University of Calgary’s…

The role of hydrogen in Alberta

The role of hydrogen in AlbertaEpisode 18 in our DECARBONIZATION series is the second of three episodes on the role of hydrogen in addressing Alberta’s commitment to emissions reduction in energy production. Today’s guest is Dale Nally, Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity in Alberta, and features a Q&A panel comprised of Yogi Schulz of Corvelle Consulting, Bill Howell,…

Alberta is committed to emissions reduction

Alberta is committed to emissions reductionThe 17th episode of the DECARBONIZATION series includes three episodes on the role of hydrogen in addressing Alberta’s commitment to emissions reduction in energy production. Today’s guests are Dale Nally, Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity in Alberta, and Yogi Schulz, founding partner at Corvelle Consulting. The series was produced by KEI Network in…

Why Canada still needs the Trans Mountain expansion

The expansion, now expected in late 2023, will help meet continued world oil use, benefiting Canadians

Why Canada still needs the Trans Mountain expansionThe case for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion remains strong as oil demand is on its way to a new record high, according to industry analysts. Following nearly two years of world consumption exceeding supply, global oil demand is expected to reach a first-ever 101.6 million barrels per day in 2023, according to the International Energy Agency…

$1.25-million project tackles clubroot resistance in canola

Researchers and agriculture company battle the crop-damaging disease and train new scientists

$1.25-million project tackles clubroot resistance in canolaA $1.25-million research project is tackling clubroot resistance in canola to help battle new strains of the crop-damaging pathogen. Funded by agriculture company BASF, University of Alberta plant scientists Stephen Strelkov and Sheau-Fang Hwang will work to identify new sources of pathogen resistance that can be bred into canola seeds. New strains of clubroot, a soil-borne disease that attacks the…

Canadian energy sector has been down, but will never be out

Global Energy Show signals Canada’s oil and gas recovery and strong future

Canadian energy sector has been down, but will never be outA clear signal that Alberta’s oil and gas industry is alive and kicking was Calgary’s Global Energy Show held June 6 to 8. Last held in 2019, this important annual event was one of the many casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021. Originally called the National Petroleum Show when it was started…

Stabilizing volative Alberta government revenues

And help Albertans cope with the scary roller coaster that is the economy

Stabilizing volative Alberta government revenuesAlbertans received the pleasant news that their deficit-plagued provincial government might bank a surplus for their concluding fiscal year and could very well experience the same this year. The reason for this happy state of financial affairs is the elevated price levels of oil and natural gas – coming just as a resurgence in the…

Canada replaces OPEC as lead oil importer to U.S. Gulf Coast

New pipeline infrastructure helps connect Canada’s oil producers with demand from U.S. refiners

Canada replaces OPEC as lead oil importer to U.S. Gulf CoastThe tables have turned in the largest refining market in the U.S., with oil imports from OPEC countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq taking a dramatic drop in the last five years. That’s thanks to increased imports from Canada, even without the Keystone XL pipeline that would have provided a direct connection from Alberta to…

U of A receives $48.3 million in provincial funding to expand enrolment

Funding will allow for 2,000 more students in the next three years

U of A receives $48.3 million in provincial funding to expand enrolmentWith a focus on high-demand programs to meet Alberta’s emerging labour market needs, the provincial government has announced an investment of $48.3 million in the University of Alberta. The funding is part of the $171-million Targeted Enrolment Expansion program for post-secondary institutions, announced in February during the unveiling of the 2022-23 provincial budget. U of…

Surging global coal use highlights opportunity for Canadian LNG

There are 2,449 coal-fired plants operating worldwide, 189 under construction and 292 planned

Surging global coal use highlights opportunity for Canadian LNGCoal use around the world is rising in what the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) calls “a sobering reality check” for targets to reduce emissions. Against that backdrop, global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) is soaring, in part because it can help displace coal power and reduce emissions by half – or…

Hydrogen could be the next big thing in Alberta energy

The province has the resources, infrastructure and workforce to produce the clean energy source

Hydrogen could be the next big thing in Alberta energyOn the path to a decarbonized future, Alberta could become a global leader in the export of hydrogen. Amit Kumar, who advised the provincial government in developing its Hydrogen Roadmap, says the province is already well ahead of the production game, having developed large-scale hydrogen infrastructure and expertise for the oil sands industry. Alberta is, in…

Western Canada continues to get shafted by Trudeau

Oil tankers off West coast are bad but drilling for oil off Newfoundland's coast is OK

Western Canada continues to get shafted by TrudeauWe all know politics is the art of the possible. Perfection isn’t for the real world. We aren’t surprised when tradeoffs and the occasional compromise creep into government policies. Nor do we require elected members of government, even at the ministerial level, to be experts in their portfolio areas, although we expect them to avail…

Will Kenney repeat Klein’s debt repayment?

Alberta needs to seize this opportunity; as history has shown, it may not last

Will Kenney repeat Klein’s debt repayment?Under the backdrop of rising provincial oil revenues, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s speech to the Alberta Municipal Leaders caucus in March and the debate around it mark the start of what will be the dominating discussion in provincial politics from now until the election. The question is, what do we do with this new revenue?…

Why an old idea could breathe new life into rural economies

Reinvesting in local co-operatives could help attract people to rural communities and keep them there

Why an old idea could breathe new life into rural economiesShould we be looking to the past to help boost the future of the province’s rural economy? A hundred years ago, local co-operatives were a fairly common way of doing business in rural areas. Now the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities is researching ways to make this old model work in a modern economy. “It’s a…

Why Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion still makes sense

A significant boost to the Canadian economy

Why Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion still makes senseThe case for the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion remains strong as the world enters another year of exceptional growth in oil demand, according to industry analysts. Following nearly two years of global demand exceeding supply, oil inventories are now at the lowest level ever in Europe and Asia, according to a report by IHS Markit. The…

Record high gas prices in Alberta signal need for carbon tax relief

Enough with the political excuses and inaction

Record high gas prices in Alberta signal need for carbon tax reliefIf you’ve had to drive your kids to hockey, go grocery shopping or commute to work, you’ve likely cursed every time you saw the price at the pump. Gas prices have now reached a high of over $1.50 per litre. That’s the highest level since Statistics Canada started tracking this data in 1990. Higher gas…

For the first time, oil sands on path to total emissions reduction: report

IHS Markit’s forecast sees production at 3.6 mil. barrels/day in 2030, 650,000 barrels more than 2021

For the first time, oil sands on path to total emissions reduction: reportCanada’s oil sands sector is poised for a major environmental improvement within the next five years. According to analysis by consultancy IHS Markit, total oil sands greenhouse gas emissions are on track to start going down. This follows more than a decade of producers consistently decreasing emissions per barrel, otherwise known as emissions intensity. “Intensity improvements…

Greener, cheaper hydrogen could give Alberta a new edge in energy

Aurora Hydrogen’s technology uses microwaves to generate the increasingly valuable fuel, emissions free

Greener, cheaper hydrogen could give Alberta a new edge in energyResearchers at the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto have found a way to produce the greenest and cheapest hydrogen, a finding that would help retool Alberta’s energy sector and push the province closer to a net-zero future. Erin Bobicki, a mineral processing researcher in the U of A’s Faculty of Engineering who…

Health Innovation Hub the go-to place for health innovators in Alberta

Revitalized organization helps entrepreneurs create impact through innovation

Health Innovation Hub the go-to place for health innovators in AlbertaThe University of Alberta Health Hub and Accelerator has a new name, a new mission and values, and new services to offer innovators and entrepreneurs starting out in the health sector. Located at Enterprise Square in downtown Edmonton, the accelerator is being rebranded the Health Innovation Hub, effective this month. The vision is for the hub…

Alberta taxpayers getting nickel and dimed in 2022

Bit by bit, politicians will be taking more money from your family this year

Alberta taxpayers getting nickel and dimed in 2022Another year and another New Year’s dominated by COVID-19. Restrictions on hockey games, travel and even community gatherings lead the news. While that diverts our attention, politicians are nickel and diming us with higher taxes. In 2022, we’ll pay higher income taxes, carbon taxes, property taxes and even higher taxes for a bottle of booze.…

Infrastructure funding will drive innovation across the sciences

$27M from Alberta government goes to research in health, energy, environment, agriculture and astrophysics

Infrastructure funding will drive innovation across the sciencesAn investment of $27 million from the Alberta government will significantly boost research capacity and lead to innovations across the sciences at the University of Alberta. The provincial government announced recently that a four-year investment through its Research Capacity Program will be used to upgrade or create new facilities and infrastructure for 11 research projects.…

Alberta-based Quantum Silicon Inc. is ushering in the future of electronics

Manufactures atom-scale circuits that are faster and use far less energy

Alberta-based Quantum Silicon Inc. is ushering in the future of electronicsThe discovery that silicon could be used to make transistors smaller and more efficient in the late 1950s led to the invention of the integrated circuit – the basis for computers, cellphones and just about every other electrical device in use today – and signalled the dawn of the largest, most complex industry history has…

Food supply chain resilience put to the test by B.C. floods

Supply chains in Western Canada have always been vulnerable and that’s not going to change anytime soon

Food supply chain resilience put to the test by B.C. floodsImages from British Columbia over the past week have been heartbreaking: human casualties, dairy cows barely breathing above water before being pulled to safety, the loss of livestock across the Fraser Valley. Just devastating. And the flow of goods on rail and roads is severely compromised. Many now claim that flash floods and atmospheric rivers…

Albertans need a plan to balance the budget

Without a plan, the government is flying blind

Albertans need a plan to balance the budgetIt’s ironic to procrastinate on planning. Sure, things will change, and any plan will have to change too, but it’s still essential to have some ideas about where to go and how to get there. There will never be a better time to make a plan. Yet Alberta is putting off its financial planning. It…
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