Put an end to the use of seclusion rooms for children

We need a national conversation about how Canadian schools can better deal with issues that lead to the use of such rooms

Put an end to the use of seclusion rooms for childrenI’ve often wondered why there’s very little public outcry when the media reports on the cruel use of seclusion rooms for kids with developmental disabilities and delays in schools across Canada. I’ve worked with kids born with developmental disabilities since I was 16 years old. I started out as a respite worker for families through…

Why are investors souring on Alberta?

Policy uncertainty almost certainly plays a role

Why are investors souring on Alberta?Alberta’s economy has suffered in recent years. A major factor was world oil prices, which plummeted in 2014. And limited pipeline capacity, which fetches Canadian oil producers depressed prices for Canadian oil exacerbated Alberta’s economic woes. A number of metrics indicate that oil and gas investment in Alberta is in steep decline. According to a…

Shaw Communications revenue tops $5 billion in fiscal 2018

Wireless network investments remain the company’s top priority

Shaw Communications revenue tops $5 billion in fiscal 2018Shaw Communications Inc. saw revenue from continuing operations increase by seven per cent to $1.34 billion in its fourth quarter, which ended Aug. 31. The Calgary-based company also reported on Thursday that revenue was also up by roughly the same amount to $5.24 billion for its full fiscal year of 2018. Operating income before restructuring…

Husky Energy net earnings $545 million in third quarter

The company said it generated funds from operations of $1.3 billion in the quarter, up 48%

Husky Energy net earnings $545 million in third quarterNet earnings for Husky Energy soared in the third quarter of this year. The Calgary-based energy company reported on Thursday that net earnings were $545 million, a 300 per cent increase compared to $136 million in the third quarter of 2017. Net debt at the end of the quarter was lowered to $2.6 billion. “Husky’s…

Calgary’s entrepreneurial spirit will lead to long-term prosperity

The determination to succeed against, at times, daunting odds is in Calgary’s DNA

Calgary’s entrepreneurial spirit will lead to long-term prosperityAs Calgary tackles the challenge of reshaping its economy, the ‘can-do spirit’ is building on a legacy of achievement. Calgarians have a rich history of remarkable success that flows from lofty ambitions and embracing hard work. Think of the world-famous Calgary Stampede, the 1988 Olympics, a globally significant energy sector, or the hell-or-high-water recovery from…

Alberta leads country with highest level of average debt

Calgary and Edmonton had the highest levels of debt of major Canadian cities

Alberta leads country with highest level of average debtThe average consumer debt continues to rise in Alberta with the highest level in the country, according to the latest Equifax Canada Q2 2018 National Consumer Credit Trends Report which was released on Wednesday. Calgary and Edmonton had the highest levels of debt of major Canadian cities and Alberta had the highest for all the…

Alberta, B.C. to lead Canadian economic growth, again

Scotiabank report says Alberta will have employment gains of 1.8% this year, 1.2% in 2019 and 1.2% in 2020

Alberta, B.C. to lead Canadian economic growth, againAlberta and British Columbia have been the country’s economic growth leaders since 2000 and will continue to be so this year, says a new report released on Monday by Scotiabank Economics. The bank’s latest Provincial Outlook said both western provinces will see economic growth of 2.4 per cent this year, eclipsing the Canadian average of…

Report highlights Alberta’s continued economic vulnerability

Fundamental to diversification of Alberta’s economy is the contribution of small business innovation: ABCtech

Report highlights Alberta’s continued economic vulnerabilityUncertainties in the oil and gas industry and government deficits have weakened industry sentiment that Alberta is economically resilient, according to a report released Monday by the Alberta Council of Technologies (ABCtech). The report also said there’s an associated decline in the sentiment that the province’s innovation ecosystem is effective for supporting small business innovation…

Trans Mountain mired in hopeless consultations and useless studies

The court decision against the pipeline veered away from objective legal analysis into opinions designed to justify preconceived biases

Trans Mountain mired in hopeless consultations and useless studiesFor the second time in two years, three judges with the Federal Court of Appeal struck down a crucially important oil export pipeline project that had undergone years of regulatory review. The approval of Northern Gateway by the former federal government of Conservative Stephen Harper was struck down in 2016. That was after Enbridge spent…

What every business can learn from Alberta’s failures

Add value, diversify, take control of your destiny, do long-term planning and be fiscally responsible

What every business can learn from Alberta’s failuresIt should come as no surprise to anyone that the failure of the Alberta government over the past 40 years to protect the interest of its citizens has resulted in a province that’s up to its neck in debt. The woes of the province cost the Progressive Conservative Party its reputation, future generations their Heritage…

The Liberal government’s tax plan a failure

Politicians treat successful Canadians as natural resources to be annually harvested and squeezed for as much money as possible

The Liberal government’s tax plan a failureA few years ago, the federal Liberals told Canadians that they would help the middle class by raising taxes on the rich. According to the early evidence, the plan has flopped. This was entirely predictable. In 2015, the C.D. Howe Institute (formerly chaired by the current federal finance minister) called the policy a “losing proposition.”…

Canmore Alberta’s first four-star hotel opening in November

But it is currently taking bookings for events and small group accommodation

Canmore Alberta’s first four-star hotel opening in NovemberAn Alberta-based hotel and resort developer is getting ready to open its latest offering, signalling it continuing confidence in the province’s hospitality industry. Clique Hotels and Resorts will open Canmore’s first four-star luxury hotel, the Malcolm Hotel at Spring Creek. It plans to officially open in November but is currently taking bookings for events and…

Greenhouse gas emissions from Canadian oil sands production falling

IHS Markit report says that over the last eight years, emissions fell 21% and it predicts further future improvements

Greenhouse gas emissions from Canadian oil sands production fallingThe level of greenhouse gas emissions from Canadian oil sands production is falling. A new report by research firm IHS Markit says the emissions intensity of upstream Canadian oil sands production will continue to decline in coming years, falling to 30 per cent below 2009 levels by 2030. “The Canadian oil sands have a demonstrated…

Alberta to lead the country in economic growth this year

Nationally, RBC says the economy is expected to grow 2.1% this year and 2.0% next year

Alberta to lead the country in economic growth this yearAlberta is in position to be the economic growth leader among all provinces for a second straight year, says a report on released Wednesday by RBC Economic Research. “Recovery from the tough 2015-2016 recession is continuing with more sectors of the economy contributing. Stronger oil prices are a clearly positive development keeping the recovery on…

Trans Mountain shoe is now firmly on Trudeau’s foot

As proud owners of this stinking mess, Trudeau and Morneau are going to find out first-hand the challenges the oil and gas industry has had to face over the years

Trans Mountain shoe is now firmly on Trudeau’s footAmerican author Robert Byrne once opined: “Until you’ve walked a mile in another man’s moccasins, you can’t imagine the smell.” It’s time to smell the roses on the Trans Mountain pipeline. The federal government is about to stumble 1,770 kilometres in the oil industry’s shoes over the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to revoke approvals…