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The term “Alberta Advantage” was popularized during the Klein government years, used so frequently it became like a mantra, but never clearly defined. In a 2015 Edmonton Journal OpEd, Jack Mintz usefully described the Alberta Advantage: “No doubt, it is a combination of low taxes and good public services, especially education, health and infrastructure”. Low […]

Written by: Paul Precht

It’s September, it’s Canada, and that means winter is coming. And in Canada’s North, that means winter road season. The Northwest Territories (NWT), with an area of 1.3 million square km, has only 2,200 km of all-season highways, augmented by 1,435 km of public winter roads. Only 19 of 33 communities have year-round road access, […]

Written by: Margaret Melhorn

I  Introduction The issues of curtailment, pipeline proposals, pipeline apportionment and curtailment are very topical.  In simplest terms, apportionment and curtailment are two sides of the same coin.  Apportionment is done by Enbridge and reduces shipments to match capacity. One specific issue is the proposal by Enbridge to change its’ Mainline from a common carrier […]

Written by: Brian Livingston

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, […]

Written by: Hugh Stephens

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 […]