Ottawa lays another brick in the wall to stop Alberta oil exports

Ottawa ignores the evidence with Bill C-48, which will make it more difficult to ship oil and byproducts to lucrative Asian markets

Ottawa lays another brick in the wall to stop Alberta oil exportsAs virtually everyone knows by now, the federal government decided to address Canada’s inability to get pipelines built from Alberta to tidewater the old fashioned way. It nationalized the last viable pipeline project, the twinning of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and paid $4.5 billion for the existing pipeline. With that purchase, we have…

Trans Mountain opponents out of touch with reality

B.C. still exports coal because to do otherwise would be to kill jobs in the province. The contrast with its pipeline stance is startling

Trans Mountain opponents out of touch with realityMany opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion justify their opposition by citing concerns about climate change and carbon emissions, but this raises some important questions. What about coal? Vancouver is North America's largest exporter of coal, one-third of it thermal coal for generating electricity. Vancouver exports U.S. coal because Oregon and Washington have stopped…

Indigenous rights are not absolute

Public policy discourse needs to move away from where Indigenous issues are paramount to where they’re one set among many

Indigenous rights are not absoluteIndigenous people too often seem to think that their rights are absolute or act as if their rights trump everything else. This attitude was seen clearly in a reaction from the Saskatchewan-based Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) after the Saskatchewan government changed the policy regarding when people can hunt on summer pasture lands. All…

Ontarians must consider real health-care reform

All three major parties promise massive new spending as the provincial election nears. Better they look to Saskatchewan for ideas

Ontarians must consider real health-care reformBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute Ontarians are less than two weeks away from choosing their next provincial government and polls suggest voters are looking for change, with both the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democrats leading the governing Liberals. Unfortunately, none of the three major party platforms include genuine health-care reform,…

Policy risk chases away investment: Brad Wall

Former Saskatchewan premier says government needs to send a strong signal that it intends to be competitive

Policy risk chases away investment: Brad WallFormer Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall recently joined Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP as a special adviser to the firm and its clients. He is based in the firm’s Calgary office. Wall spoke with our Associate website Calgary's Business about politics and the economy. Calgary's Business: Why did you decide to choose this new position and what do you see are your…

Premier makes stop in Kindersley

Scott Moe in riding to support Saskatchewan Party candidate Ken Francis. Byelection set for Thursday

Premier makes stop in KindersleyKenneth Brown of The Clarion The province’s new premier was in Kindersley last week to support the Saskatchewan Party’s byelection candidate and to greet citizens. Scott Moe, who won the party’s leadership race in January, replaced the popular Brad Wall as the province’s premier. Moe was in town on Feb. 23 and it was the…

Saskatchewan top spot for mining investment in Canada, Alberta 11th

Alberta placed 49th internationally and 11th in the Canadian rankings, with only Nova Scotia worse

Saskatchewan top spot for mining investment in Canada, Alberta 11thSaskatchewan is the world’s second most attractive jurisdiction for mining investment after Finland, according to the latest Annual Survey of Mining Companies released on Thursday by the Fraser Institute. Alberta placed 49th internationally and in the Canadian rankings, the province was 11th of all jurisdictions, with only Nova Scotia worse. “Rich mineral reserves, competitive taxes,…

Kindersley athletes compete in Winter Games

Five male and female hockey players are members of the Team Rivers West squads

Kindersley athletes compete in Winter GamesClarion staff The Saskatchewan Winter Games kicked off in North Battleford on Saturday with more than 1,700 athletes representing nine districts in the province and competing in 17 sports. Five athletes from Kindersley will compete with Team Rivers West in male and female hockey. In male hockey, players Ethan Hilbig and Carter Cormier will compete.…

Local Rural Crime Watch group forms inaugural board

‘We believe Rural Crime Watch can be the eyes and ears for the RCMP in Saskatchewan’ and lead to ‘amazing’ results

Local Rural Crime Watch group forms inaugural boardKenneth Brown of The Clarion Crime in rural Saskatchewan has been on the rise in recent years so Kindersley-area citizens are starting a Rural Crime Watch association. About 30 people attended an organizational meeting on Jan. 17 at the Kindersley Masonic Lodge. Cpl. Mel Zurevinsky of the RCMP’s Crime Prevention and Crime Reduction unit attended…

Could Canada’s costly innovation help solve China’s coal dilemma?

Saskatchewan's $1.5-billion CCS demonstration facility at Boundary Dam in the southern part of the province is the first commercial-scale CCS project in the world

Could Canada’s costly innovation help solve China’s coal dilemma?If Santa brought you a lump of coal this Christmas, maybe you shouldn’t feel so bad about it. That coal might actually come in handy as an acceptable part of our energy future. Technology exists that can transform coal from environmental villain into a fuel that at least won’t make things worse than they already…

Canada’s economic dilemma: resource rich, investment poor

Across the country, governments seem intent on discouraging investment, and that hurts job creation, productivity and wage growth

Canada’s economic dilemma: resource rich, investment poorWhat drives business investment? Even after the precipitous decline in the price of oil in the second half of 2014, the answer in Canada is still natural resources. As newly-released data from Statistics Canada shows, in 2016 business investment per capita was highest in the energy-producing provinces. It was around $21,400 in Newfoundland and Labrador,…

Why Saskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomed

How the Saskatchewan government’s predatory lending practices doomed the Meadow Lake pulp mill

Why Saskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomedSaskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomed from the beginning. The repercussions are still being felt, according to a new research paper. It’s been decades since the government of Grant Devine (he was premier from 1982 to 1991) was in power in Saskatchewan. But traces of the Conservative premier’s economic decisions remain. The Meadow Lake…

Rural Crime Watch considered for Kindersley area

RCMP working to restore the once-popular program as rural crime rises across Western Canada, including in this region

Rural Crime Watch considered for Kindersley areaKenneth Brown of The Clarion Property crime in rural areas is a growing concern, so the Rural Municipality of Kindersley is encouraging its citizens to start a Rural Crime Watch group. The RM of Kindersley held an information meeting on Nov. 7 at the Masonic Lodge. About 30 people attended the meeting, where a member…

Wanted: A global energy sector leader

Assume that Canada was sent a job posting by a headhunter. It sought applicants for the world’s top oil and gas jurisdiction

Wanted: A global energy sector leaderHere’s a project for my energy and social media colleagues. Let’s build a tool for Canadians to understand how important the oil and gas sector is to this country – and will be for decades. We can pass it on to Canadian politicians who need to upgrade their energy-related knowledge. Assume that Canada was sent…

KCS student leaders earn provincial award

Award goes to the council that shows great student leadership, community involvement and volunteer work

KCS student leaders earn provincial awardKevin McBain of The Clarion Six members of the Student Leadership Council at Kindersley Composite School attended the Saskatchewan Student Leadership conference held in Tisdale. The annual event was held Sept. 20 to 22 with more than 700 students, plus advisers, attending from across the province. Students attending from KCS were Kali Sproule, Courtney McKenzie,…