How to seed Alberta’s future as a tech giant

It’s time for the provincial government to get involved in tech development by providing venture capital insurance

How to seed Alberta’s future as a tech giantYou hear a lot of talk these days that Alberta needs to “go green” and that technology should be to the 21st century what energy was to the 20th. But if the energy industry is supplanted, how will the Alberta government replace the billions of dollars in resource royalties that flow into its treasury every…

Consumers want greater transparency in food production

Canada is the first country to launch a producer framework for sustainable beef production, to certify cattle operations and track chain of custody

Consumers want greater transparency in food productionThe Beef InfoXchange System (BIXS) is an answer to the needs and demands of consumers and their trusted retailers. With the launch of a new generation of BIXS, which is a web-based data management system that operates a value-added traceability system, transparency, traceability and verification in beef production is a reality. Recognizing that ease of…

Balancing Alberta’s budget by 2023-24 isn’t good enough

Albertans have more debt, continued reliance on volatile natural resource revenue and higher taxes to look forward to

Balancing Alberta’s budget by 2023-24 isn’t good enoughBy Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute The Alberta government’s large and persistent budget deficits remain one of the most important policy problems facing the province. This year, the province expects another deficit of more than $10 billion and forecasts call for a nearly identical deficit next year. The government of Premier Rachel Notley is…

Quit blaming workers for rising inflation

By raising interest rates, central bankers are moving away from one of their prime purposes: to maximize employment

Quit blaming workers for rising inflationFinancial markets were in a tizzy last week. The Dow Jones industrial average wobbled, falling over 1,500 points in near-panic selling over several days. And then, as if on cue, stock markets all over the world were soon 'correcting' with the Dow. What caused markets to fall? According to the experts, there were several root…

Putting the potential of Alberta’s biomass on the map

Part 5 of a 10-part series: The new online app BRIMS identifies bio-resource locations that can benefit nature, people and business

Putting the potential of Alberta’s biomass on the mapWhen developing natural resources, one of the first things you want to look at is a map that shows deposits of oil or gold. The same goes for developing Alberta’s bio-resources. As an investor or entrepreneur, where will you find plentiful supplies of straw, wood fibre or sludge to support your green business venture? The…

It’s time to get serious about tracking our beef

Producers have the tools to prove our product's quality to the world; they just need to use them

It’s time to get serious about tracking our beefCanada's beef industry may be on the verge of a significant upswing, but it will take concerted co-operation from producers. After another export-threatening case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was reported in Canada last year (and, nine months later, deemed an isolated incident), South Korea has reopened its borders to Canadian beef. That’s great news…