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…

Building bridges of trust to energy decision-making

Part 2 of a six-part series: Positive Energy is one of the key entities capable of constructively shaping the way Canadians understand and discuss energy issues

Building bridges of trust to energy decision-makingCanada's energy scene desperately needs a pracademy: a place where theory meets practice; where dialogue is robust and respectful; where ideas become reality and find purpose in everyday life. It’s a place where practitioners and academics put their heads together in a powerful ‘four-D’ combination of idea development, discussion, decisions and deployment. So what would an…

Canada paying the price for pipeline intransigence

Increasingly, the U.S. will compete with Canada for oil export markets, while more of its domestic needs are met by its own producers

Canada paying the price for pipeline intransigenceIf Canada’s governments won’t push to get pipeline projects built, Canadians will be the poorer for it. Canada’s overwhelming dependence on one market for its oil and gas exports comes with a serious price tag. Canadian Western Select crude oil sells at a substantially lower price than oil from other jurisdictions, such as West Texas…

We’re flushing money and resources down the drain

To Dr. Nicholas Ashbolt, wastewater has great value, but realizing that value requires an infrastructure overhaul

We’re flushing money and resources down the drainOnce you learn what Dr. Nicholas Ashbolt does for a living, you’ll never look at plumbing the same way again. Ashbolt believes it’s time for a paradigm shift in the way we think about water, sewage and public health. From his perspective, wastewater has value and we should stop flushing money and resources down the…

Forging new sources for biofuels and hydrocarbon-based products

Part 3 of a 10-part series: Forge Hydrocarbons, a U of A spinoff, turns low-grade fats and oils into valuable fuel

Forging new sources for biofuels and hydrocarbon-based productsNew technology employed by Forge Hydrocarbons Corp., a University of Alberta spinoff company, proves you don't have to dig oil wells to produce fuel. You only have to dig through the muck we send to the landfill. Waste streams like those from rendering plants and restaurants are loaded with low-grade fats and oils that can…