Alberta, Saskatchewan landlocked and abandoned

Blocking Prairie oil is not about the environment. And neither is it about safety. It's all about politics and control

Alberta, Saskatchewan landlocked and abandonedIn mocking response to those wishing to separate, some quip that Alberta would remain landlocked the day after it becomes independent.  With a more respectful tone, Alberta’s premier used similar words in his recent “fair deal for Alberta” speech. Those endorsing and those opposing Alberta’s separation from Canada would benefit from a clear statement of…

Oil drilling industry pressures Ottawa

Industry blames ‘punitive’ federal policies and regulations for its struggles

Oil drilling industry pressures OttawaFollowing the federal election in October, the sentiment toward Canadian oil and gas is nearing all-time lows, says a report by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors. The association says that since 2017 the industry has lost an estimated $30 billion in foreign capital, and companies continue layoffs and relocation efforts. It says its…

Canadian energy production on the decline

StatsCan said crude oil delivered by pipelines to Canadian refineries was up 9.1% to 8.6 million cubic metres

Canadian energy production on the declineEnergy production in Canada declined in several sectors in August compared with the same month in 2018, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Monday that production of crude oil and equivalent products (-2.4 per cent), natural gas (-4.8 per cent) and coal (-5.2 per cent), as well as electricity generation (-3.6 per…

Canadian drilling forecast continues to cool

Capital, companies, equipment and crews are leaving Canada for better opportunities, with the U.S. an easy choice: PSAC

Canadian drilling forecast continues to coolThe Petroleum Services Association of Canada has decreased its forecast for the number of wells expected to be drilled across Canada for this year. In its third update to its 2019 Canadian Drilling Activity Forecast, PSAC revised its number from 5,300 (May 2019 revision) to 5,100 wells drilled. PSAC now projects 2,425 wells to be…

It’s time to sell SaskPower

This Crown corporation’s long-term future is safest in private, rather than public, hands

It’s time to sell SaskPowerBy Dónal Gill Research Associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy The Frontier Centre for Public Policy recently released Running Hard to Adapt in a Dangerously Fast-Changing Industry by Ian Madsen, a senior policy analyst with the centre. The paper conducts an in-depth valuation and strategic appraisal of SaskPower, using an intrinsic value method and market-based…

Reserve life is not healthy, especially for young people

Three people with Red Pheasant Cree Nation No. 108 backgrounds. Three stories. One inescapable conclusion

Reserve life is not healthy, especially for young peopleRed Pheasant Cree Nation No. 108 is located in Saskatchewan near North Battleford. The band is named after Red Pheasant, brother of Chief Wuttunee (Porcupine). Wuttunee was chief, in 1876, when Red Pheasant was a signatory to Treaty No. 6. Wuttunee did not wish to sign the treaty, so he delegated the task to his…

Singh’s NDP is not my father’s NDP

How the NDP can still be competitive in oil-and-gas rich provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan when it is devoutly anti-energy is beyond me

Singh’s NDP is not my father’s NDPMy dad, Anthony “Tony” Diotte was a locomotive engineer at Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., a long-time executive for his United Transportation Union local as well as a staunch supporter of the NDP until his death in 1994. But I can guarantee you my father would not vote for the federal NDP today.…

Top 6 most affordable cities to buy a house

Study on affordable cities to buy a house says Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Halifax-Dartmouth, Calgay and Edmonton are the top six

Top 6 most affordable cities to buy a houseJust how feasible would it be for a household on a median income to purchase real estate in Canada? According to a new study by Zoocasa of 15 major urban centres across the country, such a household would be able to afford the local benchmark-priced home in their region in a total of eight markets,…

Plenty of great hair days at Chatters

President Greg Moreau talks about how the largest distributor and retailer of professional hair care goods in Canada plans to keep building the brand

Plenty of great hair days at ChattersGreg Moreau is president and CEO of Chatters. Tell me a bit about Chatters. What do you specialize in? Moreau: Chatters is the largest distributor and retailer of professional hair care goods in Canada, and the third largest in North America with a 60/40 business of retail to service. From products to service, our specialty…

Farm industry upheaval brings a way of life to an end

Prairie towns and villages are becoming relics of the past. Formerly bustling main streets are lined with boarded-up businesses, inhabited by aging retirees who carry the memories of a bygone era

Farm industry upheaval brings a way of life to an endWhat do you think is Canada’s riskiest business? Childhood on our family farm taught me the answer to that question. Despite years of heartbreaking disappointments, my father was a perfect example of the adage “hope springs eternal.” Each spring, he would sing happily on our tractor while seeding wheat, barley and oats. Then we hoped…

Husky Energy ramps up production in Saskatchewan

‘Our Saskatchewan production is not subject to government-mandated production quotas. In addition, we have many diverse investment options’

Husky Energy ramps up production in SaskatchewanHusky Energy says it has started production at its Dee Valley thermal project in Saskatchewan. It’s the second of six 10,000-barrel-per-day thermal bitumen projects to be brought on stream from 2018 to 2022. “Dee Valley is the latest in our deep portfolio of repeatable, small-scale Lloyd developments that provide low-cost, reliable feedstock for our upgrader,…

Oil/gas provinces dominate Canadian labour productivity

Oil/gas provinces dominate Canadian labour productivityAlberta had the second highest level of labour productivity in 2018 among the provinces ($78.50 per hour) after Saskatchewan ($79.90) and just ahead of Newfoundland and Labrador ($76.90), according to ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team. Productivity for Canada as a whole was $59.40 per hour. In its daily economic update, The Owl, ATB said…

Anti-Alberta bigotry clothed in environmental clichés and platitudes

Anti-Alberta bigotry clothed in environmental clichés and platitudesDave Yager has spent nearly half a century in Alberta’s oil and natural gas industry and 40 years in journalism, notably with the oilfield trade magazine, The Roughneck. His first book, From Miracle to Menace: Alberta, A Carbon Story, combines his extensive experience in a well-written and fact-centred analysis of the economics, politics and history…

Number of petroleum wells drilled to drop by nearly one-third this year

Number of petroleum wells drilled to drop by nearly one-third this yearNearly one-third fewer petroleum wells will be drilled in Canada this year compared to 2018, according to an industry association. The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), in its third update to its 2019 Canadian Drilling Activity Forecast, is again decreasing its forecasted number of wells to be drilled across Canada for 2019 from 5,300…
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