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 […]

The Alberta Advantage Anxiety

Not so long ago the Alberta Advantage was the moniker that proudly proclaimed Alberta’s economic strengths. Over the past decade that phrase has lost its sheen. If you are not severely anxious – consider these 10 distressing points: The US intends to play hardball in the renegotiation of NAFTA and is likely impervious to the […]

‘It is not that easy being green’ Kermit the Frog

Last week the British Columbia NDP and Green Party signed a pact to join together to govern British Columbia. Part of the pact opposes the twinning of an existing pipeline that would carry Alberta bitumen to tidewater They oppose it because: They oppose the development of oilsands in Alberta in particular and fossil fuel development […]