Pay it Forward gang rides Calgary’s Plus-15 to the rescue

A handful of heroes are riding selflessly to the rescue of oil and gas folks in distress in downtown Calgary and beyond

Pay it Forward gang rides Calgary’s Plus-15 to the rescueThey're the handful of heroes riding selflessly to the rescue of oil and gas folks in distress in downtown Calgary and beyond. And while the allusion to a good-deed-doing gang of the Old West may be good-naturedly stretching things a bit, what motivates their efforts is no less commendable. These folks don't tote badges or…

Every energy source – even renewables – has a downside

Renewables present a range of challenges that will one day draw the same criticism the oil and gas sector experiences now

We live in interesting, ‘tipping-point’ times when it comes to energy. To the upside, people are talking and thinking about energy like never before. On the downside, people are talking and thinking about energy like never before. But the notion of ‘tipping point’ is a useful lens through which to assess the social, economic and political…

Rachel Notley wise to close off the LEAP chatter

The LEAP Manifesto is a paean to an imaginary world that is, in a counterintuitive way, dismally pessimistic

Rachel Notley wise to close off the LEAP chatterCanada's political pundits are slavering with glee. They're all agog at the opportunity to dive into the perceived spaces between the N, the D and the P – and do what pundits do: speculate, postulate and from time to time, prevaricate. The current object of their affections is the NDP's support of the LEAP Manifesto…

When the ‘facts’ get fractured by the media, nobody wins . . .

News media increasingly less literate on complex issues simply because they no longer have the time to bone up on the basics

When the ‘facts’ get fractured by the media, nobody wins . . .‘Facts’ should be the arbiters of truth. But facts lose their efficacy when they are enslaved to perspectives rarely connected factually to each other. It’s the interplay between ‘facts’ and ‘opinion’ that does a disservice to the facts – and to anyone interested in learning the facts. Witness how the facts lost the credibility battle with…

Overcoming Canada’s biggest infrastructure challenge

Canada must build world-class collaboration bridges before we can resolve our challenges

Overcoming Canada’s biggest infrastructure challengeThe silver lining of the energy sector’s vast unemployment is the potential for these talented and experienced people to build better bridges. This is bridge infrastructure of a different sort, however: human economic stimulus. Because Canada's biggest current challenge is not how to build pipelines or solve complex climate change problems. It is to build…

Energy East a pipeline as unifying as the CPR

The Energy East pipeline can be the foundation for a new Canadian epic

Energy East a pipeline as unifying as the CPRIt was just a simple piece of crude iron that fitted in one hand – but it still stands as an iconic symbol of nation building. The Last Spike was hammered home at 9:22 a.m. on Nov. 7, 1885, at Craigellachie, B.C. and marked, symbolically, the economic and political binding of a young nation. From…

Energy layoffs a vast waste of human potential

Canada's best and brightest energy industry personnel are at loose ends

Energy layoffs a vast waste of human potentialAlberta Premier Rachel Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and their respective caucuses should know something about Canada's newest energy company. It has some of the most talented management and staff in Canada's upstream petroleum sector. Its men and women have experience touching virtually every molecule in every formation in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. They've put…
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