Why some of us prefer Conservative parties over their leaders

Jason Kenney and Doug Ford don't have great approval ratings. But voters seem to favour their parties in Alberta and Ontario

Why some of us prefer Conservative parties over their leadersAn intriguing phenomenon is beginning to occur in our nation’s politics. Some Canadians seemed to be pleased with the policies of Conservative parties and are willing to vote for them – in spite of some apprehension toward certain party leaders. Here are two recent examples. A Mainstreet Research poll released on Jan. 22 revealed that…

Alberta College of Art + Design becoming a university

Will officially become the Alberta University of the Arts on Feb. 1.

Alberta College of Art + Design becoming a universityThe Alberta College of Art + Design will officially become the Alberta University of the Arts on Feb. 1. It will be the province’s first university dedicated to fine arts and design. And the change comes at an opportune time in Calgary’s history as the city looks at different ways of diversifying its economy following…

Alberta fuels increase in crude oil delivery to Canadian pipelines

Natural gas pipelines received 551.6 million gigajoules, down 3.1% from the same month in 2017

Alberta fuels increase in crude oil delivery to Canadian pipelinesPipelines in Canada received 21.9 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products from fields and plants in November, up 2.4 per cent compared with the same month in 2017, says Statistics Canada. The vast majority of these receipts (87.8 per cent) originated in Alberta, added the federal agency on Thursday. “In November, closing…

Oil and gas the backbone of the Canadian economy

Oil and gas contributed some $117 billion to Canada’s GDP last year, six times the economic contribution of the Ontario auto industry

Oil and gas the backbone of the Canadian economyWhat was Canada’s biggest business news story of 2018? According to the pundits at The Canadian Press, it wasn’t the giveaway of Canadian oil to Americans for tens of billions of dollars below world prices, caused by a lack of pipelines from Alberta. It wasn’t the loss of tens of billions more in oil and…

Calgary-based technology company helping businesses save on costs

Businesses get instant insight into their entire telecommunications and IT landscape with only a few clicks of a mouse

Calgary-based technology company helping businesses save on costsCalgary-based SpikeFli Analytics, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, is helping businesses large and small seamlessly manage their telecom and information technology infrastructure to make better decisions in more cost-effective ways. It’s doing that by providing the business community, and telecom and IT management professionals, with instant big-data analytics and management reports through a centralized platform to better explain, manage and…

Alberta leads the way in crude oil production increase

Statistics Canada said exports of crude oil and equivalent products increased 10.7% from the same month a year earlier

Alberta leads the way in crude oil production increaseCanada produced 23.1 million cubic metres (145.6 million barrels) of crude oil and equivalent products in October, up 13.2 per cent from the same month a year earlier, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency said on Friday that Alberta produced 19.3 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in October, an increase…

New coalition seeks to create a compelling LNG narrative for Canada

The group is hosting a session on Jan. 15 in Calgary to gauge interest. So far, nearly two dozen organizations plan to attend

New coalition seeks to create a compelling LNG narrative for CanadaCanada's oil and gas industry long ago lost control over the narratives that shaped the worldview of its oil sands sector. Sadly, that perspective includes much of Canada. The sector is constantly reacting to competing narratives expertly controlled by outside forces much more proficient at storytelling than we’ve been. As a result, Canada's global reputation as…

Celebrating Christmas in 18th and 19th century Alberta

Christmas was more primitive in the 18th  and mid-19th century, but it was still Christmas – joy and fellowship were, and are, its primary expression

Celebrating Christmas in 18th and 19th century AlbertaTurn the clock back to the late 18th century and mid-19th century Alberta, and chances are you’d be eating fish, beavertail, and stewed moose rather than roasted turkey and honey-glazed ham for Christmas dinner. Instead of rockin’ to tunes emanating from audio systems and iPods, you’re more likely to be dancing the jig to the sounds of…

Canadian energy production increased in 2017

Ontario, Alberta and Quebec continued to account for the majority of energy consumed in Canada

Canadian energy production increased in 2017Primary energy production in Canada increased five per cent in 2017 to 20,741 petajoules, following a 3.1 per cent increase in 2016, according to Statistics Canada. In a report released on Thursday, the federal agency said crude oil accounted for the largest proportion of primary energy production in Canada in 2017 at 46.4 per cent,…

Feds investing $1.6 billion in Canada’s oil and gas sector

Money intended to ‘protect jobs and restore competitiveness during this difficult time’

Feds investing $1.6 billion in Canada’s oil and gas sectorThe federal government announced 0n Tuesday in Edmonton more than $1.6 billion to support jobs and workers in Canada’s oil and gas sector “as Canada seeks to diversify export markets for its resources beyond the United States.” The announcement was made by federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi and International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr.…

Mainstreet Equity records best fiscal year since recession

A return to double-digit growth across all of its key real estate metrics

Mainstreet Equity records best fiscal year since recessionMainstreet Equity Corp. says the apartment rental company managed to not only survive but thrive in 2018, producing its best annual results since the recession began in 2014. For Fiscal 2018, which ended Sept. 30, this included a return to double-digit growth across all of its key real estate metrics. Net operating income grew 12…

Real country folk a welcome change from the urban posers

Teaching Country Dance for Beginners to actual rural folk proved to be an eye-opener

Real country folk a welcome change from the urban posersBack in my not-so-halcyon days of youth and yore, when I practised the challenging social craft of ballroom dance instruction, I accepted a contract to teach 'Country Dance for Beginners' at a community centre in the small hamlet of Thorhild, Alberta. I had taught at various community centres in and around Edmonton to urban posers,…

A different kind of Christmas list

Five-year-old Kinley Hildebrandt and her parents, Candis and Justin, are waiting to receive a call saying a liver donor has been found for Kinley

A different kind of Christmas listJoan Janzen for The Clarion Christmas is coming, and five-year-old Kinley Hildebrandt and her parents, Candis and Justin, and big brother Cohen would love nothing more than to receive a call saying a liver donor has been found for Kinley. It’s been four weeks since Kinley was placed on a waiting list for a liver transplant;…

The Canada option: is it still viable for Alberta?

Separation has become a real possibility thanks to the abuses and injustices imposed by Ottawa

The Canada option: is it still viable for Alberta?In the past couple of weeks, a retired senior oil executive, Gwyn Morgan, a former premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall, and a veteran journalist, Don Braid, all commented publicly on the current position of Alberta in Canada. They agreed on the nature of the problem, but stopped short of suggesting the obvious response. It’s not…

U.S. imports of Canadian heavy crude oil continues to grow

U.S. is by far the world’s largest refining market for heavy oil, processing more than half of all that type of crude globally in 2018

U.S. imports of Canadian heavy crude oil continues to growA new report released on Tuesday by IHS Markit says imports of Canadian heavy crude are an increasingly important source of supply to the United States, the world’s largest refining market for such crudes. The report, Looking North: A U.S. Perspective on Canadian Heavy Oil, said U.S. imports of Canadian heavy crudes will approach 2.8…