Busting the myth of anti-oil-and-gas First Nations

Most B.C. and Alberta First Nations favour oil and natural gas development. So why do we let activists claim otherwise?

Busting the myth of anti-oil-and-gas First NationsBy Gregory John and Mark Milke Canadian Energy Centre A common tactic of anti-oil-and-gas activists and some international organizations over the past decade is to group all Indigenous people under the false narrative of broad opposition to energy development. Those with anti-development agendas ostensibly enlist Indigenous allies as the easiest way to delay or stop…

Investing in green future easier said than done for Alberta

Capitalizing on an educated workforce and taking a hard look at taxation would help the province diversify its post-pandemic economy, according to U of A experts

Investing in green future easier said than done for AlbertaGrowing Alberta’s sustainable energy sector alongside its conventional energy backbone might be a short-term remedy for pulling the province out of its current financial crisis, but University of Alberta economists say it won’t necessarily help the province compete globally. Joseph Doucet, dean of the Alberta School of Business, agrees that investment in a greener future…

Alberta municipal gov’t labour costs out of touch with reality

Alberta municipal gov’t labour costs out of touch with realityStruggling families and businesses can’t afford to pay big property tax bills to fund bloated municipal governments. Alberta municipalities need to reduce that burden by addressing the cost elephant in the room: labour. For many Albertans working outside of government, the last five years have been nothing short of a nightmare full of job losses,…

The big question about Alberta referendums is why?

The big question about Alberta referendums is why?Referendums have been the source of high anxiety and popular uprisings in recent years. Whether they’re a truly democratic way to make vital decisions that best serve the public interest is a matter of great debate. However, there really should be no debate – nine times out of 10, they’re a bad idea. Alberta Premier…

Corporate welfare no way to help the economy

Corporate welfare no way to help the economyBusinesses need help, but it’s important to provide the right help the right way. Premier Jason Kenney’s economic strategy has so far revolved around three core principles: lowering taxes, cutting red tape and pushing back against Ottawa. Kenney should double down on these principles to help Alberta recover and stay away from corporate welfare. “The…

Alberta should seek more autonomy in health care 

Welfare reform in the 1990s provides a starting point for reforming health care today

Alberta should seek more autonomy in health care By Jake Fuss and Bacchus Barua The Fraser Institute On Wednesday, Alberta’s Fair Deal Panel issued its report detailing 25 policy recommendations to expand the province’s influence within the Canadian federation and enhance provincial autonomy. However, one crucial policy option was not discussed at length – the potential shift of health-care decision-making powers to the…

Albertans still waiting for recall, referendum rules

Kenney should fulfil his campaign promise, committing to a culture change and reaffirming the role of citizens as boss

Albertans still waiting for recall, referendum rulesMore than a year into the United Conservative Party’s mandate, Albertans are still waiting for two key accountability reforms: recall and referendum rules. If government belongs to the people, then the people should be able to vote to recall misbehaving politicians between elections and initiate referendums to introduce or repeal legislation. Premier Jason Kenney can…

Alberta’s vaping bill fails to protect children, youth

The industry will now be popping champagne: no Alberta nicotine cap, no flavour ban

Alberta’s vaping bill fails to protect children, youthThe government of Alberta finally proposed legislation regulating vaping last week. But its Bill 19 is quite simply a cop-out. In the name of protecting children and youth, the bill mainly protects industry, and not children and youth. Alberta is the last Canadian province to regulate vaping and now makes minimal proposals: restricting advertising and…

Samples from Alberta COVID-19 patients stored for future research

Alberta Precision Laboratories, universities, health foundations and AHS team up to support search for better diagnostics, treatments

Samples from Alberta COVID-19 patients stored for future researchAlberta COVID-19 researchers are getting a boost thanks to a unique system to save and store blood and other samples from COVID-19 patients. The Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) COVID-19 Biorepository has just been officially announced to ensure researchers have the material they need to create improved diagnostic tools, treatments and even potentially a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2,…

Don’t feed the bears! How parks get visitors to protect nature

Interpretive programs can improve visitors' attitudes about nature-friendly behaviour, but longer-term effects less certain: U of A researchers

Don’t feed the bears! How parks get visitors to protect natureBy Glen Hvenegaard and Elizabeth Halpenny University of Alberta After weeks of pandemic lockdown and closures, families keen on camping holidays and getting outdoors are relieved that many of our parks are reopening. Canada’s national parks partially opened on June 1 for day use; camping will be closed until at least June 21 while authorities assess safety.…

Energy industry investment cools dramatically

The oil price crash of recent weeks has triggered a wave of huge exploration and production capital expenditure cuts

Energy industry investment cools dramaticallyLack of appetite to invest in the energy sector is leading the world into a supply crunch, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its recently unveiled World Energy Investment (WEI) 2020 report. The COVID-19 pandemic is having widespread and often dramatic effects on investments in the energy sector. At the start of the year,…

Bringing the facts back to the Keystone XL debate

At a time when the U.S. and Canada need it most, Keystone XL will generate more than 50,000 jobs

Bringing the facts back to the Keystone XL debateIn the midst of the COVID-19-caused economic decline and huge job losses, it’s unfortunate that some, including Joe Biden, continue to smear Canada’s oil and gas industry. Biden, the presumptive U.S. Democratic presidential candidate, says if elected, he’ll shut down the Keystone XL pipeline project. The project is under construction, providing jobs to thousands of…

Alberta spending restraint must start with MLAs

Unfortunately, the UCP’s rhetoric has been on-point but its bite hasn’t matched its bark

Alberta spending restraint must start with MLAsAlberta Premier Jason Kenney will need to make tough decisions to keep the government’s leaking fiscal ship afloat. But before Kenney can sell necessary spending cuts, he will need to show the public that his United Conservative Party politicians and staff have done all they can to trim their own expenses. So far, the UCP…

Manufacturing a key driver of Alberta economy

Total annual revenue was up 7.1 per cent in 2018 compared to 2017, reaching $80.4 billion, but still four per cent below peak set in 2014

Manufacturing a key driver of Alberta economyJust how important is the manufacturing sector to Alberta’s overall economy? Some data released by Statistics Canada recently indicates it is a vital source of jobs for the province and a key in growing the economy. “Zeroing in on Alberta, the sector’s total annual revenue was up 7.1 per cent in 2018 compared to 2017,…

Cenovus Energy targets 30% decrease in emissions

Also plans $1.5 billion of additional spending with Indigenous businesses and reclaim 1,500 decommissioned well sites

Cenovus Energy targets 30% decrease in emissionsCenovus Energy announced Thursday it is aiming to reduce its emissions intensity by 30 per cent by 2030. It also plans to achieve a minimum of $1.5 billion of additional spending with Indigenous businesses, reclaim 1,500 decommissioned well sites and complete $40 million of caribou habitat restoration work. “Our environmental practices, low-emissions oil sands operations…

Energy production in Canada declining, says StatsCan

Alberta produced 18.3 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in October, down 4.9 per cent

Energy production in Canada declining, says StatsCanEnergy production in Canada declined in several sectors in October 2019, compared with the same month in 2018, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency said production of crude oil and equivalent products (-1.7 per cent), natural gas (-1.3 per cent), and coal (-9.3 per cent), as well as electricity generation (-3.3 per cent) declined…

Alberta’s small business confidence lowest in Canada

The CFIB barometer in the province dropped by 6.4 points to 38.3, the lowest in the country in December

Alberta’s small business confidence lowest in CanadaIt has been a tough year for small business owners in Alberta and that was evident again on Friday with the release of the Business Barometer measure by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. In December, the barometer in the province dropped by 6.4 points to 38.3. That is the lowest in the country, which…

October retail sales in Alberta end two-year slide

An increase of 0.4 per cent came after retail sales in the province had fallen below levels last reported in August 2017

October retail sales in Alberta end two-year slideRetail sales in Alberta reached $6.7 billion in October, up 0.4 per cent from the previous month, according to a report released Friday by Statistics Canada. The federal agency said the increase came after retail sales in the province had fallen below levels last reported in August 2017. “Despite the gain, the level of retail…

Cold, wet weather stings Prairies’ honey production

Fell by 35 per cent in Alberta, 1.9 per cent in Manitoba and by 1.4 per cent in Saskatchewan

Cold, wet weather stings Prairies’ honey productionA cold, wet spring and summer on the Prairies took a devastating toll on honey production this year in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Statistics Canada reports. Production in Alberta, the largest honey-producing province in Canada, fell by 35 per cent to 25.1 million pounds, which was the lowest level since 2000, according to the federal…

RBC has rosier forecast for Alberta’s economy in 2020

RBC Economics predicts the economy will grow by 1.7 per cent next year, while last week ATB Financial called for 0.9 per cent growth

RBC has rosier forecast for Alberta’s economy in 2020Financial institutions operating in Alberta agree on one thing: there will be growth in 2020. They just can't agree on how much. A Provincial Outlook report by RBC Economics says oil production is set to rise materially, business investment will pick up and improving prospects for pipeline capacity expansion will shore up confidence in the…

Alberta economy to grow by 0.9% in 2020, ATB predicts

The improvement will be driven by increased oil production, pipeline construction, an uptick in natural gas prices, tourism and population growth

Alberta economy to grow by 0.9% in 2020, ATB predictsAlberta’s economy will grow ever so slightly in 2020, according to a forecast released Thursday by ATB Financial. The Alberta Economic Outlook predicts GDP will grow by 0.9 per cent next year, driven by increased oil production, pipeline construction, an uptick in natural gas prices, a strong tourism sector and ongoing population growth. The financial…

Alberta’s budget cuts not aggressive enough: report

Alberta's spending reduction plans much smaller than previous governments that wanted to eliminate the deficit, says Fraser Report

Alberta’s budget cuts not aggressive enough: reportThe Alberta government’s plan to eliminate the budget deficit by 2022/23 is less aggressive — both by timeline and by the amount of spending reductions — than previous successful deficit-reduction plans by other governments across Canada, says a new report released Thursday by public policy think tank the Fraser Institute.  “The recent Alberta budget represents…

Husky Energy cutting planned capital spending by $500 M

Capital spending in 2020 will be directed towards advancing the Lloyd thermal project and ongoing construction of a project in the Atlantic region

Husky Energy cutting planned capital spending by $500 MCalgary-based Husky Energy announced Monday it is reducing its capital program by half-a-billion dollars in 2022 and 2020. “We are continuing to focus on safe and reliable operations as we build on our improved 2019 performance and work towards our target of becoming a global top-quartile process safety performer by the end of 2022,” CEO…

Average weekly earnings edge up 3.4% in Alberta

Stats Can saw large employment growth in the health care, social assistance sector, and increased earnings in the transportation and warehousing sectors

Average weekly earnings edge up 3.4% in AlbertaAverage weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees in Alberta in September rose by 3.4 per cent from a year ago, according to Statistics Canada. They remain the highest among all Canadian provinces at $1,177.54. The federal agency reported Thursday that the hike is “partially due to a low point observed in September 2018.” “Large employment…

Small business confidence in Alberta declines in November

Business confidence is the second lowest in the country and well behind the national average of 56.1 per cent

Small business confidence in Alberta declines in NovemberAlberta’s entrepreneurs have the fall blues. The monthly Business Barometer by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business showed small business confidence tumbled in November. The index fell 8.9 points from the previous month to 44.7. It's the second lowest in the country and well behind the national average of 56.1 per cent. The CFIB says an…

Alberta public employees have 9.3% pay edge

Goverment workers also enjoyed much more generous non-wage benefits, says the Fraser Institute

Alberta public employees have 9.3% pay edgeGovernment employees in Alberta received 9.3 per cent higher wages on average than comparable workers in the private sector last year, and also enjoyed much more generous non-wage benefits, says a study released Tuesday by public policy think tank the Fraser Institute. “Bringing government-sector compensation in line with the private sector would not only help…

Alberta sees uptick in wholesale trade sector

Alberta sees uptick in wholesale trade sectorFollowing two consecutive declines, wholesale sales in Alberta increased 1.9 per cent to $6.9 billion in September primarily as a result of higher sales in the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector, says Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported Monday that subsector rose by six per cent to $2.2 billion. “While all industries within this subsector…

AB October consumer price rose faster than country avg.

The Consumer Price Index in the province rose by 0.5 per cent from September to October while Canada overall saw a hike of 0.3 per cent

AB October consumer price rose faster than country avg.Consumer prices in Alberta rose faster than the Canadian average in October, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Wednesday that the Consumer Price Index in the province rose by 0.5 per cent from September to October while Canada overall saw a hike of 0.3 per cent. On a year-over-year basis, prices in…

Lowe’s Canada closing 34 stores – 6 in Alberta

The six stores in Alberta that will close early in the new year are mostly former Rona outlets that Lowes says are underperforming

Lowe’s Canada closing 34 stores – 6 in AlbertaLowe’s Canada is closing 34 of its what it call “underperforming” stores across Canada including six in Alberta. "While making decisions that impact our associates and their families is never easy, closing underperforming stores is a necessary step in our plan to ensure the long-term stability and growth of our Canadian business," said Tony Cioffi,…
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