Category: Opinion

First Nations ready to do business with resource companies

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
First Nations ready to do business with resource companies

Supreme Court ruling will force developers to partner with First Nations The recent Tsilhqot’in decision by the Supreme Court raises the bar for First Nations, governments and energy companies, and could open the floodgates for more Canadian resource development. That view is not the prevailing sentiment this week. Environmental NGOs battling oil sands projects and pipelines crowed […]

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Canadian education system earns ‘B’ from global study

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian education system earns ‘B’ from global study

Time for national conversation about Canadian education system By Sarah Elaine Eaton   The Canadian education system was recently ranked against 15 other countries around the world for the quality of its education. How did we do? We achieved a B. Only Finland and Japan got As in the report card compiled by the Conference Board […]

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Child welfare system in Canada needs overhaul

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Child welfare system in Canada needs overhaul

Child welfare system is under-resourced and fundamentally flawed By Rick August   On a too-regular basis the public is shocked by revelations of children who are not adequately protected by the child welfare system, or are harmed in its care. Programs are criticized, responsible ministers pilloried and, inevitably, more public money is poured into the […]

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AltaLink sale to Warren Buffet no excuse for protectionism

| June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
AltaLink sale to Warren Buffet no excuse for protectionism

More investment by Canadians in other countries than foreign investment in Canada By Mark Milke   Ever since Berkshire Hathaway Energy announced it would buy Calgary-based AltaLink Ltd. (an electricity transmission company with 12,000 kilometres of power lines), the predictable protectionist sentiment has ramped up. While the deal is worth $3.2 billion for the current […]

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Alberta coal – Low hanging fruit for GHG reductions?

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta coal – Low hanging fruit for GHG reductions?

Alberta coal fired powerplants should be phased out and green energy phased in By Ben Thibault   As many commentators have acknowledged, U.S. President Barack Obama’s new Clean Power Plan is the most significant environmental action taken by the United States in at least two decades. It puts the U.S. on a path that could see […]

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Northern Gateway: Aboriginal forum offers insights

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Northern Gateway: Aboriginal forum offers insights

Northern Gateway told by Ottawa to do a better job “engaging” with BC First Nations Anyone who wants to know why the Northern Gateway pipeline project is in trouble should have attended Wednesday’s Aboriginal Opportunities Forum, put on by the Vancouver Board of Trade. Northern Gateway was on attendees’ minds because late Tuesday afternoon the Harper […]

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Ric McIver miscalculates endorsing March for Jesus, Pawlowski

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ric McIver miscalculates endorsing March for Jesus, Pawlowski

Ric McIver says Calgary’s March for Jesus just another faith event PC leadership hopeful Ric McIver may be facing his own Lake of Fire crisis. The Calgary MLA attended the March for Jesus Sunday, organized by the controversial Pastor Art Pawlowski. McIver tweeted a photo of himself with marchers in the background. An entirely predictable firestorm […]

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 Approve Northern Gateway – Good for Canada, good for World. 

| June 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
 Approve Northern Gateway – Good for Canada, good for World. 

Northern Gateway will supply growing Asian energy markets By Randy Kerr   The federal government’s decision on the Northern Gateway Pipeline is due by June 17. Given the recent events in the Middle East and the United States’ continued delays on granting a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, we believe that it vitally important […]

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Northern Gateway faces stiff fight from BC eco-activists

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Northern Gateway faces stiff fight from BC eco-activists

Environmental groups pressuring BC Premier Christy Clark to reject Northern Gateway By Emma Gilchrist   With the federal government’s decision on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway oil tanker and pipeline proposal expected within the next week, the political hot potato is definitely back in B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s lap. Throughout 2012 and 2013, Clark doled out a […]

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Canadian Tax Freedom Day is June 9

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian Tax Freedom Day is June 9

Canadian Tax Freedom Day is about how much tax we should pay By Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios   No one really thinks we should abolish all taxes. Not even on Canadian Tax Freedom Day, which this year falls on June 9. After all, how would governments fund important public services that form the foundation of […]

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