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Calgary is a big, diverse, vibrant city. We’re proud of our western heritage, but we’re also keen for outsiders to recognize that Calgary is more than just cowboys and pickle corn dogs. Still, in one important respect, people across the country regularly call Calgary the “wild west” – campaign finance. As we’ll see, they’re probably right […]

Written by: Jack Lucas and Zack Taylor

On July 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down two rulings: Clyde River (Hamlet) v. Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. ([2017] SCC 40), and Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v. Enbridge Pipelines Inc. ([2017] SCC 41). These companion decisions have important implications for the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous Peoples, particularly the […]

Written by: Brendan Boyd

The addition of GHG emissions to the Energy East Hearing List of Issues, and TransCanada’s response. Late last month, the NEB issued a letter outlining some changes to the List of Issues it would consider in its hearings on TransCanada Pipeline’s (TCPL) Energy East Application.[1] In response, TCPL has asked for[2] and been granted[3] a […]

Written by: G. Kent Fellows

I have run a small business (consulting) for 20 years and my business has benefited by the small business tax rate, which, as government spokespersons and many in the media have been continuously emphasizing, is considerably less than the individual rate.  However, that is the rate of tax paid by my business.  My business is […]

Written by: Lawrie Savage

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare penned that famous quote “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” The reference is often used to imply that the names of thing don’t affect what they are, but can we apply this to public finance? Namely, does the […]

Written by: Lindsay Tedds