Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows

  Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, Everything that’s wonderful is sure to come your way! Sung by Leslie Gore – 1963   The summer solstice brought the formal announcement of an Alberta government rebate program to install solar panels on residential homes and commercial buildings. Homeowners can receive up to 30 per cent off solar panel […]

OoooH Canada – Canada’s 150th Birthday

Even though we can’t pronounce sesquicentennial we are going to celebrate our 150th birthday. Here is a quick look at where we have been. Leading the Country – liquor, ghosts and smoke Canada’s first Prime Minister was Sir John A. MacDonald, renowned for negotiating confederation, a rail line across Canada – all the while as […]

Alberta’s Arthritis

If you haven’t been paying attention to the Alberta government budget deficits you can think of it as a bad case of Arthritis.  Painful, chronic and hard to treat and more nagging and aggravating as the pain is more acute. Alberta’s budgets today and going forward are laden with deficit spending. Year after year after […]

A Small Business Mantra

Maybe this year will be better than the last – Counting Crows lyrics About 95% of businesses in Alberta are small businesses.  They employ about one third of the workforce. Small businesses in Alberta have had it tough and the Alberta government isn’t helping much.  Severely Normal Albertans shop at small businesses often! In this Alberta […]

Global Oil Demand and Oilsands Caps

Alberta OIlsands Emissions This week saw a report from a group that is advising the Alberta government on implementation of a policy to cap greenhouse gas emissions from the Alberta oilsands at 100 megatonnes a year. The advisory committee’s report proposes some early actions to use improved technology, preparation of GHG emission plans, and reduce […]

Wake Up and Smell the Cannabis

The federal government has introduced legislation that will make marijuana, legal in Canada by July 2018. In North America a total of eight U.S. states – Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington – and the District of Columbia – have now legalized marijuana for non-medical purposes. The fundamental policy assumption is “if […]