Given the ongoing difficult situation that Canada finds itself in our relations with China as a result of the arrest in Vancouver last December of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, and China’s subsequent retaliation by detaining two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and blocking or impeding the entry into China of several key Canadian exports, […]

Probably very few people can enthuse about chronic wasting disease like Brian Bietz does. A biologist by training with a strong background in regulatory processes, Bietz is an executive fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, where he focuses on environmental issues pertaining to Alberta’s oil and gas industry. What has that […]

  On July 24, 2019 the Government of Alberta announced an end to plans for Alberta’s electricity market to include a “capacity market” and instead stick with the existing “energy-only” framework that has been in place since 2000.  Plans for the capacity market were well advanced with the first capacity auction due next year.  The […]

You would think that after a brilliant career serving in deputy ministerial positions provincially and federally, working as a G7 deputy, teaching at the university level and helping to establish the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing – all of it capped off by an Order of Canada award – Paul Boothe would be ready to […]

The insolvency community experienced a shock in February 2019, when the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) overturned the decision of the Alberta Court of Appeal in Orphan Well Association v Grant Thornton Limited (Redwater).[1] Tensions had been simmering since the 1990s between Alberta’s oil and gas regulator, now called the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), and […]

In common with all developed nations and jurisdictions around the globe, Alberta continues to experience a growing issue with cancer as its population grows and ages. The number of new cancer cases in the province in anticipated to grow from 18,000 in 2017 (Canadian Cancer Society Statustics) to 27,000 by 2030 (Alberta Cancer Plan 2013-2030). […]

Canadians tend to blush and swoon whenever some foreign notable heaps praise on the country.  Bono, then Obama before the Canadian Parliament, sent the country into a collective eye lash flutter with “the World needs more Canada”.  After the 300-strong Canadian delegation to the Paris climate conference in 2015 dazzled the other delegates with our […]

In stark contrast to the level of respect shown to the third order of government in general and the City of Toronto in particular by the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada has renewed its commitment to funding local infrastructure. In response to continuing concerns regarding the local infrastructure deficit in many municipalities and […]