‘Firewall’ tactics won’t do much to boost Alberta

As cathartic as it may be, it’s unclear that anything Kenney has prescribed will do much to improve the business climate in this province

‘Firewall’ tactics won’t do much to boost AlbertaManaging our own affairs is good for business. That, at least, is what Alberta’s premier would like us to believe, following a policy speech delivered to a conservative crowd in Red Deer on Saturday. But is it? It depends on how you turn the coin. Premier Jason Kenney said he was up all night writing…

Keeping young, ambitious and talented people in Alberta

There’s already a strong engineering, finance and transportation capability in the province. We need to build on that in the new economy

Keeping young, ambitious and talented people in AlbertaA new study related to abandoned coal mining in the United Kingdom and the movement of displaced workers offers insight for Albertans. Not many of us read the online peer reviewed academic journal Nature Human Behaviour. That’s why occasionally perusing the back pages of The Economist makes sense. The Oct. 26, 2019, Economist reviews an…

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…

Suncor quarterly net earnings top $1 billion

Total oil sands production during the third quarter increased to 670,000 barrels per day

Suncor quarterly net earnings top $1 billionCalgary-based energy giant Suncor is reporting net earnings of $1.035 billion ($0.67 per common share) in the third quarter of this year. That’s down from $1.812 billion ($1.12 per common share) in the corresponding quarter in the prior year. Funds from operations were $2.675 billion ($1.72 per common share) in the third quarter compared to…

Report shows 19 pipeline incidents in 2018

Nation’s network of transmission pipelines grew to about 121,000 km last year, delivering more than 1.6 billion barrels of crude oil and 5.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas

Report shows 19 pipeline incidents in 2018A report released on Wednesday by the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association says Canada’s vast network of transmission pipelines grew to approximately 121,000 km in 2018, delivering more than 1.6 billion barrels of crude oil and 5.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. And it says there were 19 incidents last year. “Canadians rely on pipelines…

Wexit is dumb but ROC must take Alberta’s angst seriously

It’s imperative that the federal government take the economic woes and resentment felt by the West very seriously. Here's what can be done

Wexit is dumb but ROC must take Alberta’s angst seriouslyMonday’s federal election has ignited widespread fury in Alberta. Some Albertans are even talking of reviving the separatist movement, which is as dumb as a bag of hammers. We should remember that almost 31 per cent of Albertans who voted chose parties other than the Conservatives, who are on the wrong side of history when…

How a federal minority could work for Alberta

Albertans are looking for a government that can move beyond ideology to a clear-eyed vision for the future

How a federal minority could work for AlbertaOf all the Canadians sitting on the edge of their chairs Monday night watching the federal election results, it’s hard to imagine any who would be more anxious than the people of Alberta. The ability of this province to pull itself out of an agonizing economic malaise hinges very much on the makeup of the…

Here’s why I’m voting Liberal

The government has an impressive team, a strong record of legislation and has raised our international standing

Here’s why I’m voting LiberalAided by corrosive social media, omnipresent angry groups and the need for climate tempering, the countdown to the federal election has been divisive and grouchy. While many viewed at least one of the leadership debates, I sense Canadians understand that there’s much more at stake than individual party leader street credentials in this election. Some…

Alberta Energy Regulator overhaul a dangerous game

Weaken the regulatory framework at your peril. Sloppy regulation begets sloppy industrial operation. And that drives investment away

Alberta Energy Regulator overhaul a dangerous gameGrant Sprague and Bev Yee, Alberta deputy ministers of energy and environment respectively, are very capable senior bureaucrats. Here’s hoping they bring to bear all their skills for the review of the Alberta Energy Regulator. They should keep in mind that the review ought not to be the witch hunt the current political framing suggests…

Canada still world’s preferred supplier of oil, natural gas: survey

Canada's oil and natural gas industry should play a major role in meeting global energy demand: CAPP

Canada still world’s preferred supplier of oil, natural gas: surveyThe world wants Canadian oil and natural gas, according to an updated international research survey by Ipsos, conducted on behalf of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). In the 2019 Global Energy Pulse, a follow up to its 2017 survey, Ipsos found respondents from 31 countries chose Canada as their No. 1 oil and…

Implementing online safety training that works

Robert Day talks about the technology that Integrity Advocate has developed to verify that online students complete the training required of them

Implementing online safety training that worksIntegrity Advocate co-founder Robert Day is a licensed investigator and paralegal. Can you tell me what you do? Day: I’m a co-founder of a company called Integrity Advocate, as well as a licensed paralegal and investigator. I co-developed the patented technology that Integrity Advocate is known for, which addresses legality and effectiveness concerns associated with…

Bailing out Alberta? ATB could do it

If I were king of Alberta, I’d instruct ATB to use its credit reserves to start buying up Alberta debt on the bond markets

Bailing out Alberta? ATB could do it“It keeps getting worse, buddy,” proclaimed Chuck from across the garden fence. “Four years of socialist rule and we’re heading for debtor’s prison. Thank God the PCs are back in.” “They’re not Progressive Conservatives anymore,” I retorted, “they’re UCPs – United Conservatives – and exaggerating the debt is what conservative Conservatives do, it’s called austerity…

The objectivity of the non-objective columnist

Calgary Herald columnist Licia Corbella wrote a column in favour of Jason Kenney while a member of the UPC. Is this misstep a fate worse than death?

The objectivity of the non-objective columnistHaving been a columnist for more than two decades, I obviously understand this profession inside and out. Yet I’m still constantly amazed how little the average Canadian knows about column writing, even if he or she has been reading a publication’s opinion/comment section for the equivalent of a lifetime. Here’s a recent example. Sean Craig,…
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