Fossil fuels remain key to energy future, according to report

The U.S. is eager to grab new business, which underscores the urgent need for Canada to secure access to offshore markets for our oil and gas

Fossil fuels remain key to energy future, according to reportBy Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen Business Council of British Columni The International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2017, released in early November, provides a useful update on the shift to a lower carbon global energy system. The stepped-up deployment of clean energy technologies and moves toward electrification continue in many nations. At the same…

Uniting Alberta’s scattered political centre

The Alberta Party could offer an alternative for the majority of voters who identify as progressives, but it will take a clarity of vision

Uniting Alberta’s scattered political centreAlberta politics just got a little more interesting. The Alberta Party, a centre-of-the-road progressive group, held its annual convention in Red Deer last weekend. The party has been around for more than 30 years, but for the first time it’s drawing significant attention. The convention drew an impressive 400 or so people, including former Progressive…

Upstart party could turn Alberta politics on its head

The Alberta Party hopes to slip into the great divide between the polarized left and right with big-tent policies free of the old PC baggage

Upstart party could turn Alberta politics on its headAlberta voters are about 18 months away from their scheduled shot at choosing the province’s next government, but there’s already more of a political buzz in the province than a beehive in May. The good people of this maverick province are itching to show the nation whether their first-ever flirtation with the soft-left socialism of…

Wanted: A global energy sector leader

Assume that Canada was sent a job posting by a headhunter. It sought applicants for the world’s top oil and gas jurisdiction

Wanted: A global energy sector leaderHere’s a project for my energy and social media colleagues. Let’s build a tool for Canadians to understand how important the oil and gas sector is to this country – and will be for decades. We can pass it on to Canadian politicians who need to upgrade their energy-related knowledge. Assume that Canada was sent…

Notley’s use of ‘mansplaining’ slurs all men

The Alberta premier really shouldn't be touted as a role model for young girls

Notley’s use of ‘mansplaining’ slurs all menAlberta Premier Rachel Notley must apologize to all Albertans for engaging in sexist gender stereotyping in the legislature. Instead, she’s taking a page from the state representative who seemed to think it best to make light about the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotyping in the Oklahoma legislature. In 2013, Oklahoma State Rep. Dennis Johnson got into hot water…

Don’t rely on governments to spur technological breakthroughs

Governments only role should be to ensure that intellectual property (IP) rights are protected

Don’t rely on governments to spur technological breakthroughsHuman ingenuity – often motivated by profit – is generally miles ahead of government regulations in resolving problems in society. Take, for example, the issue of orphan wells in Alberta. In September 2016, the Alberta Energy Regulator said there were 84,100 inactive oil and gas wells in the province. The collapse of oil prices and…

Is Jason Kenney Alberta’s premier-in-waiting? 

The new United Conservative Party leader is laser-focused on defeating the Alberta NDP and it would be unwise to bet against him

Is Jason Kenney Alberta’s premier-in-waiting? Albertans won’t head back to the polls until May 2019. Nevertheless, the narrative for the province’s 30th general election has just become clearer. Jason Kenney, the last Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta leader, was elected as the leader of the new United Conservative Party last weekend. He received 35,623 votes, or 61.2 per cent of…

Alberta’s sex-ed showdown

In a tolerant, civil society, we embrace a diversity of beliefs. But we need to take care that society's core values aren't undermined by religious beliefs

Alberta’s sex-ed showdownJason Kenney, the newly-elected leader of Alberta's United Conservative Party, has made it clear that Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has no business dictating how sex education should be taught in the Catholic school system. “It’s not for me or the premier to dictate to the Catholic education system how it teaches Catholic values,” he has…

Ottawa’s Supercluster initiative a mess of monumental proportions

The Liberal's Great Supercluster Screw-up just another drain on Canadian taxpayers

Ottawa’s Supercluster initiative a mess of monumental proportionsGovernments always want to look like they’re implementing good ideas and accomplishing important things. Take the Innovation Superclusters Initiative (ISI) for example. The federal government plans to throw almost a billion tax dollars at non-profit groups to create jobs and help Canadian companies dominate the world. As crazy as it sounds, that’s the ostensible reason…

Alberta’s independent schools provide needed choice, value

Despite activist claims, most independent schools in Alberta are not bastions for the rich, but they do fill a critical education niche

Alberta’s independent schools provide needed choice, valueBy Angela MacLeod and Sasha Parvani The Fraser Institute In Alberta, school choice is under attack. Alongside several teacher unions and associations, groups such as Public Interest Alberta and SOS Alberta want to reduce the choices available for families outside the public education system by pressuring the government to eliminate provincial funding for independent schools. SOS…
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