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Jim Prentice was the man at the helm as the Alberta PC dynasty ended - The Globe and Mail
VANCOUVER/OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
Jim_Prentice  obituaries  Alberta  politicians  lawyers 
october 2016 by jerryking
Canada should take advantage of a new power innovation - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May 20, 2016

“low temperature micro-geothermal engines.......There are many definitions of “innovation,” but the one I use is this: the application of an existing technology to a new and very useful purpose. Here we are seeing true innovation take shape. For a very long time, it seems nanotechnology has been an invention waiting for something useful to do. But now we are seeing the emergence of something not only useful, but crucial to solving our power needs.

We need to be innovative, but we also need to recognize and capitalize on innovation when it happens. The advances in nanotechnology, 3-D printing and geology must not remain trapped in university labs. Commercializing the technology is the next step, but this is where Canadians have often fallen short. We’ve innovated something amazing – now let’s capitalize on it.
Todd_Hirsch  innovation  power_generation  Alberta  geothermal  nanotechnology  commercialization  renewable 
may 2016 by jerryking
Fort McMurray blaze shows what ‘the economy’ is really about - The Globe and Mail
Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. — Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May 05, 2016
Alberta  economics  wildfires  natural_calamities 
may 2016 by jerryking
In Alberta, the fight for the right begins - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 14 2015

There will soon be enormous pressure on Alberta’s two centre-right parties to bond under one banner. The province’s business elite are undoubtedly already talking about that eventuality. Once the NDP makes good on its promise to raise corporate income tax by two points, the pressure to unify will be ramped up even further. But join forces under whose flag?

Wildrose has the greater numbers in the legislature; the Tories have seniority. It’s inconceivable Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and his caucus would ever agree to exist under the PC logo. Someone tried that last December and it backfired spectacularly. Conversely, it’s hard to imagine the Tory caucus wanting to be the ones who shuttered their party. Wildrose will have little interest in having talks along these lines in the immediate future anyway; they’ll be too busy learning how to be an effective opposition.
Alberta  conservatism  Wildrose  Progressive_Conservatives 
may 2015 by jerryking
Time to rebuild conservatism in Alberta - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 14 2015
Conservatism in Alberta, therefore, needs to be rebuilt provincially from the bottom up – rediscovering and recommitting itself to its fundamental values and principles, developing a conservative platform that applies those values and principles to the issues of the day, and engaging in constituency rebuilding and advocacy campaigns to restore its relevance and influence with Alberta electors.

In the federal arena, this process took more than 10 years to complete after the collapse of the federal PC Party in the 1993 national election. It culminated in, but did not begin with, an effort to “unite the right” at the party level, but much ground work had to be done before that effort was even feasible, let alone advisable. Alberta is a much smaller and dynamic political arena than the national political arena, so the deconstruction and rebuilding of conservatism provincially should not be nearly as long or difficult as it was federally....
With falling oil prices, Alberta’s star economic player is still in the game but playing hurt. Now is the time for other sectors – agriculture and forestry, the service and knowledge sectors, whose growth and export potential is not limited by pipeline capacity, exporters with a strong focus on Asia – to accept the challenge, “up their game” and provide more of the leadership Alberta’s economy urgently requires.
conservatism  Alberta  Preston_Manning  Wildrose  rebuilding  right-of-center  constituencies  right-wing 
may 2015 by jerryking
The Alberta NDP’s Rachel Notley: ‘She is a child of the party’ - The Globe and Mail
EDMONTON — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May. 08 2015

This is not your run-of-the-mill transition. The NDP is taking over from a party that has been in power for nearly 44 years. And to compound matters, the NDP is an extremely inexperienced group, with almost no institutional knowledge to fall back on. The transition team, and in particular Mr. Topp, have been reaching out to others across the country looking for advice on how to ensure the New Democrats get off on the right foot. The group has obtained "transition binders" from former NDP administrations across Canada, including regimes in B.C., Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia
Rachel_Notley  Alberta  NDP  Roy_Romanow  provincial_governments  institutional_knowledge 
may 2015 by jerryking
Notley can weather the storm in Alberta - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 07 2015

But 1990 in Ontario is not 2015 in Alberta. The economy truly cratered in Ontario: 300,000 jobs lost in just a few months; collapsing real estate prices; high interest rates and a strong dollar high; and a new free-trade agreement creating a “structural adjustment” that saw an avalanche of plant closings. It became clear that the reason for the early election was to get back in before the recession really started to bite. The downturn was the worst since 1930, and worse than anything faced in 2008-2009....Ms. Notley’s fiscal challenge is real, but does not compare to Ontario’s in those days...Her risks are pressures from within to push ahead with an ambitious agenda, and dealing with a business community and broader electorate that have their own preoccupations. But by being completely transparent about choices, and tempering unrealistic expectations and fears (as she is already doing), she can weather the storm.

Finding allies in the business community is key. There will be the diehards – and the blowhards – but beyond that, there are leaders who care about the province, who have deep roots in their communities, and who recognize that in Ms. Notley they have someone whose popularity and competence do not seem ephemeral. That process of reaching out is both public and private, and will require all her skills. But it can be done.

The harder task is dealing with expectations from the many groups and supporters whose connections to the NDP run deep....It ain’t easy.
Bob_Rae  Rachel_Notley  NDP  Ontario  '90s  expectations  Alberta  provincial_governments  elections 
may 2015 by jerryking
NDP win fits historic pattern - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 07 2015,

Alberta was growing fast until recently. Having so much money, PC governments siphoned much of it into public services. On a per capita basis, for example, Alberta spends the most on health care (along with Newfoundland), and yet demands for even more spending never relented. The province needed more schools, more university and college places, more police, more roads, more of everything. As these services expanded, so did the number and clout of public-sector unions, who formed the spine of the NDP’s victory on Tuesday and to which the new Premier, Rachel Notley, will now be beholden. They will expect some degree of munificence from her, and she will be hard-pressed, given the province’s straitened fiscal circumstances, to accede to all of their demands.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Alberta  elections  NDP  Preston_Manning  public_service  public_sector  unions  history  reform  provincial_governments  Wildrose  Rachel_Notley  creeping_normality  complacency  Ralph_Klein  dynasties  populism 
may 2015 by jerryking
Political warrior Rod Love shook up the establishment - The Globe and Mail
EDMONTON — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Nov. 02 2014
obituaries  Alberta  politics  cancers  chief_of_staff 
november 2014 by jerryking
Innovation vacuum imperils Alberta’s economic juggernaut - The Globe and Mail
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Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 22 2014

The province ranked second to the bottom in research and development spending, employment in high-tech and knowledge-intensive services, and investment in machinery and equipment. It ranked dead last in labour productivity growth in construction. In fact, most of Alberta’s serious shortfalls point to two broad areas of concern: innovation and productivity.

Innovation is the “it” word these days in economic circles, but to be honest, it’s a bit slippery to define. The Alberta Economic Development Authority (AEDA) uses the Conference Board of Canada’s definition of the former: “The extraction of economic and social value from knowledge.” And productivity is simply the ability to produce more with fewer resources. Economists agree that without these, you’re doomed.

Some of Alberta’s shortcomings in innovation have explanations. Lower-than-average R&D spending reflects the uniqueness of oil and gas extraction. The petroleum industry doesn’t operate like other sectors such as pharmaceuticals, information and communications technology, or consumer-driven manufacturing where research is done in a laboratory and spending is easy to track. Oil and gas “research” is much more likely to take place at the drill site or in the actual physical exploration. It’s done through trial and error – tweaks to methods and practices are constantly improving efficiency and reducing costs. It never gets counted as “spending on R&D” but it doesn’t mean research isn’t happening.

Alberta’s last place ranking in labour productivity growth in construction corroborates a Statistics Canada report on business innovation, released in February. Apparently, only 12.5 per cent of Alberta construction companies are actively investing in new technologies, compared to about 33 per cent in Ontario and 30 per cent nationally.
Alberta  innovation  innovation_policies  oil_industry  Todd_Hirsch  shortcomings  R&D  laggards  trial_&_error  productivity  innovation_vacuum  economists 
september 2014 by jerryking
After Redford, Alberta needs an ethics reboot - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 08 2014
ethics  Preston_Manning  Alberta  Alison_Redford 
august 2014 by jerryking
Will we ever be proud of our oil sands? - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jun. 23 2014

Unless politicians and industry do a better job at making the case for their exploitation, they will sow regional tensions and exacerbate a national malaise about the direction the country is heading.

The first step involves spelling out for Canadians just how critical the oil sands are to the national economy. In 2011, Albertans contributed $19-billion more to federal coffers than Ottawa spent in their province. No other province comes close to making as large a contribution to the federation. Indeed, at least seven out of 10 provinces are net beneficiaries of federal spending. Without Alberta’s wealth, federal transfers to have-not provinces would need to shrink, compromising the quality of life and public services for millions of Canadians.

Those who argue that other, cleaner industries would fill the economic vacuum if we shut down the oil sands ignore the fact that countries do best by exploiting their comparative advantages. Ours lie in resources. Though our technology sector has occasionally produced global success stories, our collective expertise still lies mainly in large-scale resource development.

Canadians, however, also want to be seen as conscientious global citizens. Our Prime Minister (if not this one, the next) could build a consensus behind developing the oil sands if he were to make shrinking its environmental footprint a national priority. Such a project would be a boon to domestic innovation, producing economic and social returns for the whole country.
oil_sands  oil_industry  Alberta  Konrad_Yakabuski  R&D  oil_patch  pride  economic_vacuum  comparative_advantage  natural_resources  resource_extraction  environmental_footprint 
june 2014 by jerryking
Lakeside Leader - Editorial
The two ‘youth’ candidates seem to be content to rely more on the Internet to get the word out than in traditional campaigning. So don’t expect to see Dylan Richards of the Green Party or independent Shawn Reimer knocking on your door or putting up signs by the road.
Again, the proof is in the polling, but if either of them does manage to divert significant numbers of votes, it will mark something new and important in election campaigning. They’ll have shown that online is where it’s at, and you don’t really have to get out and press the flesh – or speak in public – to have an impact. If the thousands of people who don’t normally vote are sitting in front of their computers – why not try to reach out to them there?
Well, it’s an experiment, but with only around 40 per cent voter turnout for the last federal election in the Fort McMurray – Athabasca riding, it’s certainly worth a try.
Meanwhile, it wasn’t known at the time of this writing how many of the candidates showed up at the Oct. 7 forum in Slave Lake. Indications last week were that it wouldn’t be many.
political_campaigns  elections  voters  outreach  editorials  Alberta 
december 2013 by jerryking
Canada heading for energy ‘gridlock,’ group warns - The Globe and Mail
Dec. 12 2013 |The Globe and Mail |SHAWN McCARTHY.

Canada is heading for a gridlock in energy development that will rob the country of future wealth unless it can solve vexing environmental and aboriginal conflicts, a blue-ribbon group including senior Calgary business people warns in a new report.

Concerned about growing conflict over resource development, 21 high-profile leaders from business, environmental organizations and First Nations met over the course of a year and concluded there is an urgent need for detente in the country’s heated debate over resource development.
Alberta  energy  aboriginals  Calgary  Canada  gridlock  energy_development  resource_development  natural_resources  anti-development  environment 
december 2013 by jerryking
Oil Firms Pool R&D, Come Up Empty So Far -
Nov. 13, 2013 | WSJ | By Chester Dawson.

Alberta Premier Alison Redford earlier this year had pledged that the amount of tailings would stop growing by 2016 and that tailing ponds would "disappear from Alberta's landscape in the very near future."

But most industry officials say that is unlikely without major technological breakthroughs.

To help speed up efforts to reduce or reclaim tailings, Cosia's members have pledged to make all of their patented and propriety research available to one another in perpetuity, without charging royalties.

"That's a huge step by the industry and I can tell you big global companies thought long and hard before they did it—but they did," said Marcel Coutu, CEO of Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., the largest shareholder in major oil-sands producer Syncrude Canada Ltd.

But by creating a monopoly among oil-sands producers in environmental technology, some industry officials say that Cosia may actually stunt development—by discouraging innovation from third parties who are unwilling to surrender their patents wholesale.

"It's not to our benefit to spend a whole lot of money on R&D and then just hand it over," said Preston McEachern, research director at Tervita Corp., a Calgary-based environmental services provider. "That, to us, is a real bar against bringing new innovations forward and helping achieve these great outcomes," he told attendees at a recent oil-sands conference in Fort McMurray.
oil_industry  R&D  oil_sands  joint_ventures  oil_patch  patents  third-party  collaboration  Alberta  innovation  pooling  environmental_services 
november 2013 by jerryking
With its entrepreneurial spirit, Alberta is no one-trick hydrocarbon pony - The Globe and Mail
Jun. 19 2013 | The Globe and Mail | by TODD HIRSCH.

The Albertan economy is about: Capitalizing on what works today, and quickly shifting gears if it doesn’t work tomorrow. This young man farmed with his dad in the 1990s at a time when farming made little sense or money. But he realized the farm’s backhoe was making him big bucks. So farming became secondary to construction machinery, and a decade and a half later he owns a thriving construction company in central Alberta. And now (cue the Circle of Life theme song) he’s shifting back into farming to capitalize on today’s good crop prices.
Alberta  wealth_creation  entrepreneurship  TED  oil_industry  Todd_Hirsch  construction 
june 2013 by jerryking
Consumer Trends for Fruit and Vegetable Products
Consumer Trends for Fruit and Vegetable Products looks at the STEEP model to analyze factors that affect the marketplace. It explores consumer trends in Canada, using the statistics on food consumption, how Canadians are spending their food dollar, demographics and growth in produce sales. Retail trends are explored, which include specialty foods, packaging, branding, organics, convenience foods and the ethnic market in their relation to fruit and vegetables. Finally, this information is applied to the Alberta situation, suggesting market research activities that producers and processors may consider....Statistics Canada in their report, Food Statistics - 2002 (2003), indicates that the average Canadian in 2002 consumed approximately 93 kilograms (205 lbs) of fruit and 110 kilograms (243 lbs) of vegetables (including potatoes)1. ... The greatest difference in spending between the $80+k group and the <$20k group, is found in the meat and fish category; the next largest gap is in the area of fruits and vegetables. Higher income people would spend more money on more expensive cuts of meat and more exotic fruits and vegetables, or purchase imported produce during the off-season, which tends to be more expensive.

There are now a wide variety of fruit and vegetables available (e.g., plum tomatoes, cocktail tomatoes, and grape tomatoes) (Green, 2003). Higher income households would tend to buy the more expensive varieties versus the lower income groups, who are looking for sales. The restaurant section of the chart, shows the greatest contrast between income groups, demonstrating that the difference in restaurant spending between the highest and lowest group is over $55/week.
fresh_produce  Alberta  trends  fruits  vegetables  statistics  imports 
february 2013 by jerryking
Warning: The boom out West is both a lure and a trap
April 26, 2008 | Globe and Mail | JEFFREY SIMPSON.

"But the hardest thing in politics is to think ahead, way ahead. The No. 1 question every government in these provinces should ask is:
Can't we do better?

Better means transforming more raw materials in Canada, wherever possible. Better means thinking not just of a Western gateway as a
transportation system, but as a way of putting industries and people together to add value to what is shipped.

Better means not just drilling and scouring, but figuring out how to lead the world in sustainable development, so that when China and
India and others decide they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, Canadian companies and governments can show them how, and sell them the technology and know-how.

Better means making universities even better than they are, because using today's money to invest in tomorrow's minds is the best investment for when the commodities boom weakens. "
Jeffrey_Simpson  Ontario  federal-provincial_relations  politics  Alberta  equalization_payments  commodities  value_added  Colleges_&_Universities  beforemath  dissatisfaction 
june 2012 by jerryking
Want real buffalo mozzarella? Look no further than Alberta - The Globe and Mail
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2012 12:00AM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Apr. 19, 2012
cheese  Alberta  Sue_Riedl 
may 2012 by jerryking
Go west, young Canadians - The Globe and Mail
Margaret Wente | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Feb. 09, 2012

The country’s economic, demographic and political power are all shifting. Western power has already begun to change our national values. Stephen Harper’s majority was no fluke. He was elected by a new coalition of westerners and voters in the suburbs of Toronto. These people prefer CTV to the CBC. They think Ottawa and government should matter less, and they seldom think about Quebec at all. This is an epochal shift.
demographic_changes  Alberta  Quebec  population_growth  population_trends  Margaret_Wente  commodities  oil_industry  Saskatchewan  natural_resources 
february 2012 by jerryking
George Gosbee: Patriotism that's more than skin-deep - The Globe and Mail
gordon pitts
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Dec. 02, 2011

Mr. Gosbee’s patriotism is buttressed by the conviction that Calgary is emerging as an energy finance and head office capital – while tempered with regret that, in the process, city and province may be losing their vaunted entrepreneurial spirit.
Gordon_Pitts  investment_banking  TMX  Alberta  Calgary  moguls  patriotism  George_Gosbee  AltaCorp  head_offices 
january 2012 by jerryking
Stephen Harper, meet your unofficial opposition - The Globe and Mail
Oct. 08, 2011 | Globe and Mail |John Ibbitson

As the global economy trembles, all Canadian governments could soon face collapsing revenues and increased stress on the social safety net.

“They're going to battle over money,” Prof. Klassen predicts. In difficult times, “it's easiest for the federal government to download to the provinces, and it's easiest for the provinces to want the federal government to take on more.”

Herewith, the front bench of the real opposition to the Tories in Ottawa.
Greg_Selinger  Robert_Ghiz  Kathy_Dunderdale  John_Ibbitson  loyal_opposition  Ontario  Stephen_Harper  Dalton_McGuinty  Alison_Redford  Alberta  provincial_governments  safety_nets  global_economy  GoC 
october 2011 by jerryking
Where fly fishing is a cutthroat business: Alberta's Oldman river system draws anglers from far and wide with plentiful cutthroat, brook, rainbow and bull trout
July 3, 2004 Globe & Mail Jack Danylchuk. OUTFITTERS
Guided fly fishing trips on the Oldman River are offered by:
Canadian Fly Fishing Services: (250) 423-3783;
Bow River Hookers: (403) 248-5167;
For general information on fishing in Alberta, visit
For more information on fly fishing on the Oldman River, visit the website at
fly-fishing  Alberta 
june 2011 by jerryking
A church of heavy metal
February 28, 2011| | Gordon Pitts
The driving force behind a new oil sands upgrader has spent a lifetime collecting industrial machinery

Gordon_Pitts  collectors  venture_capital  Calgary  Alberta  oil_sands  oil_industry 
march 2011 by jerryking

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