Author Archive: Markham Hislop

Markham began his journalism career writing columns in the mid-1980s for Western People Magazine, then reported for a small Saskatchewan daily. He has spent most of his career in media and communications, likes to dabble in politics, was actively involved in economic development for many years, thinks that what goes on in the community is just as important as what happens provincially and nationally, and has a soft spot for small business (big business, not so much). Markham is a bit of a contrarian and usually has a unique take on the events of the day.

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EnviroVault: Innovative oil storage tanks stop leaks

November 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
EnviroVault: Innovative oil storage tanks stop leaks

EnviroVault’s innovation is to place recessed chambers inside oil storage tanks Leaky oil storage tanks are a problem in the Canadian energy industry. EnviroVault of Calgary has a solution that stops spills, saves money, and improves onsite security. The EnviroVault solution is simple: Place a recessed chamber inside the storage tank. Basically, creating a warm sealed […]

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Enmax preparing for future of Alberta renewable energy

November 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Enmax preparing for future of Alberta renewable energy

Cost of renewables will drop, fossil fuel costs likely to rise, power grid becomes smarter – Enmax Whither renewable energy in Alberta? The answer to that question, according to Calgary-based Enmax, is really about the provincial power grid becoming much “smarter” and more complex as it integrates new sources of power supply over the next 10 to […]

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Carbon tax based on BC model appears inevitable

November 17, 2014 | By | Reply More
Carbon tax based on BC model appears inevitable

BC carbon tax hailed as textbook case of good public policy If the CEO of Canada’s largest energy company thinks a Canadian carbon tax is a good thing, is it time to seriously consider one? Two weeks ago, Steve Williams, the man who heads up Suncor Energy, and Jack Mintz, a notoriously anti-tax and pro-oil […]

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Social licence: Enbridge, Kinder Morgan losing BC battle

November 15, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Social licence: Enbridge, Kinder Morgan losing BC battle

Who could lose social licence to BC eco-activists, who consistently get facts wrong, don’t understand basic technical issues, whose analyses are based on junk methodology? Have pipeline companies lost social licence in British Columbia? This is a claim often heard from pipeline opponents. And while the opponents may be right, they shouldn’t be. Enbridge (Northern Gateway […]

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Alberta earthquakes not caused by fracking – UofA prof

November 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
Alberta earthquakes not caused by fracking – UofA prof

13 small Alberta earthquakes caused by nearby wastewater injection well A study by Alberta geo-physicists has established a link between oil and gas activity – a wastewater injection well – and small Alberta earthquakes for the first time. Prof. Jeff Gu, a seismologist at the University of Alberta, is one of three co-authors of a recently […]

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Trans Mountain benefit analysis by SFU just not credible

November 10, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Trans Mountain benefit analysis by SFU just not credible

Economist pokes holes in SFU study of Trans Mountain economic benefits Whose methodology do you believe?  That’s basically the debate between SFU and Kinder Morgan over duelling reports estimating economic benefits and costs of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The SFU School of Public Policy made news Monday by releasing a report critical of the pipeline […]

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Fish habitat protection unchanged after MOU – Fisheries, NEB

November 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
Fish habitat protection unchanged after MOU – Fisheries, NEB

MOU eliminates Fisheries review of fish habitat, which parties say was duplication of effort Federal officials say an agreement between Fisheries and the national energy regulator to “eliminate overlap” during regulatory reviews does not reduce protection of fish or fish habitat. The National Energy Board will now “be responsible for assessing potential impacts to fisheries […]

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Canada should fight harder against radicalization – Kenney

October 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Canada should fight harder against radicalization – Kenney

BC Muslim Association agrees with Kenney, says radicalization has no place in Canada As Canada mourns two slain soldiers, the association representing a mosque that ejected the gunman who killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo says people who commit such acts have no religion and no country. In separate news conferences, the B.C. Muslim Association and Canada’s Multiculturalism […]

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Canada is not ‘at war’ with Radical Islam

October 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Canada is not ‘at war’ with Radical Islam

…and Canada was never “innocent” and will respond appropriately to recent attacks Across the land today, editorialists are opining that Canada has lost its innocence, that the deaths of two soldiers at the hands of so-called Islamic jihadists changes our country forever. For instance, the Calgary Herald editorial board put it this way: “…Canada will […]

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Ottawa shootings statistically more likely work of madman

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ottawa shootings statistically more likely work of madman

Too many rushing to judgement in midst of Ottawa shootings As I write this, roughly five hours have elapsed since this morning’s Ottawa shootings, when a gunman shot and killed a Canadian reservist outside the Parliament buildings. Already some are rushing to judgement about who is responsible. Others are demanding harsh measures in response – think the […]

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