Pipelines are crucial to national prosperity

The battle between Alberta and B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has broad implications for all Canadians

Pipelines are crucial to national prosperityBy Steve Lafleur and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute The governments of Alberta and British Columbia are waging an intense trade dispute over the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would run between Edmonton and Burnaby. But the implications extend far beyond those two provinces. The details of the feud have been well-documented. After B.C.’s…

UCP: go back to school on proposed education reforms

The Alberta party’s proposal to increase funding for independent schools is unlikely to improve education in Alberta

UCP: go back to school on proposed education reformsBy Angela MacLeod and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) recently released a host of policy proposals in advance of its annual general meeting in May. They included proposed reforms in education that are unlikely to achieve their goals and could make things worse. The proposals presume that Alberta’s kindergarten-to-Grade-12 education system needs…

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…

Turning Alberta’s inactive wells back into assets

Part 3 of a six-part series: ReGenerate Alberta wants to seize a business opportunity and answer a social challenge all at once

Turning Alberta’s inactive wells back into assetsAlberta has a skeleton in its closet no one really wants to talk about. Even when we do, the bone rattling isn’t necessarily good talk. The problem is Alberta’s steadily-growing ranks of aging oil and gas assets that haven't been properly readied for (permanent) retirement. The liability those aging assets represent has burgeoned steadily over recent…

How do we close the widening gap between Alberta and B.C.?

Part 1: The wine versus oil showdown in the West has exposed some fundamental differences – but it's nothing other generations haven't seen

How do we close the widening gap between Alberta and B.C.?There was only one other car at the Earls Cove ferry terminal last week as I headed home to Powell River. It was a brand new Jeep with a white-and-red Alberta licence plate grinning from the rear bumper. I say grinning because on my part of the Sunshine Coast, you rarely see an old beater…

Alberta leads jump in crude oil production

StatsCan says production of crude oil and equivalent products in Canada rose 4.1 per cent in November, year over year

Alberta leads jump in crude oil productionProduction of crude oil and equivalent products in Canada rose 4.1 per cent in November from a year ago, according to a report released on Friday by Statistics Canada. The total national output was 21.5 million cubic metres or 135.3 million barrels. “Alberta produced 17.4 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in November, up 4.5 per cent…

The Alberta disadvantage: tax rates drive away investors

Unfortunately, to bolster Alberta’s tax competitiveness will require meaningful action to repair the province’s once sterling finances

The Alberta disadvantage: tax rates drive away investorsIt’s time for Alberta to work towards regaining its former tax advantage. Until recently, the province was known for having the lowest personal and corporate income tax rates in Canada. In fact, in 2014 Alberta had the lowest combined federal/provincial top personal and corporate income taxes of any jurisdiction in Canada or the United States.…

Calgary commercial real estate activity on upswing: report

Barclay Street Real Estate says the number of sales were up in 2017 and there were ‘significant shifts in investor focus

Calgary commercial real estate activity on upswing: reportTransactions in Calgary's commercial real estate sector reached $2.35 billion in 2017, slightly down from the previous year. But the number of investment sales grew by 25 per cent, according to a new report by Barclay Street Real Estate. Total dollar volume in 2016 was $2.63 billion. In 2017, there were 381 sales compared with…

Manufacturing Alberta’s clear job growth winner in 2017

Employment in Alberta grew by 55,000 jobs last year. ATB Financial says manufacturing led the way with 18,000 new jobs

Manufacturing Alberta’s clear job growth winner in 2017(Published on January 30, 2018) Some great job growth analysis related to Alberta in 2017 was released on Jan. 8 by ATB Financial's economics and research team. The province's unemployment rate was down to 6.9 per cent at the end of the year, the lowest it has been since late 2015, when the full impact of…

Share of self-employed jobs in Alberta remains stable

An average of 383,300 Albertans said they were self-employment last year. This translates into about 17 per cent of all jobs in the province

Share of self-employed jobs in Alberta remains stable(Published on January 30, 2018)A report released by ATB Financial's economics and research team on Jan. 30 says the number of Albertans who identify as self-employed stayed roughly the same throughout the recent recession and has remained consistent during the recovery. According to Statistics Canada, an average of 383,300 Albertans said their main job took the…