Alberta municipal gov’t labour costs out of touch with reality

Alberta municipal gov’t labour costs out of touch with realityStruggling families and businesses can’t afford to pay big property tax bills to fund bloated municipal governments. Alberta municipalities need to reduce that burden by addressing the cost elephant in the room: labour. For many Albertans working outside of government, the last five years have been nothing short of a nightmare full of job losses,…

The sky’s the limit for helium industry

The sky’s the limit for helium industryNecessity was the mother of invention for Marlon McDougall. After 35 years in the oil and gas industry, McDougall was frustrated with the pressures of regulations, environmentalism, pipeline restrictions and the need for expensive technologies as more easily accessible reserves were depleted. Then, in 2019, he was approached to work with what’s been called “the…

Dissecting Canada’s NHL underachievers

We could see as many as five Canadians teams in the playoffs – but more likely we’ll see two or three at this pace

Dissecting Canada’s NHL underachieversFor fans of Canada’s seven embattled National Hockey League teams, the man from Zamboni is a suitable talisman of their frustration. As most everyone now knows, a 42-year-old Zamboni driver – a kidney-transplant Zamboni driver – stepped in for the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night in Toronto to defeat the listless Leafs 6-3. When both…

Vancouver’s absurd housing market shuts out millennials

Is the affordability crisis – and the lack of government intervention – a metaphor for something much worse?

Vancouver’s absurd housing market shuts out millennialsI want to describe Vancouver’s awful housing market as a metaphor for something else. I’ll reveal the ‘something else’ later in the column. For now, let’s just stick with Vancouver, the city I grew up in. When I was a little boy, our Dunbar neighbourhood had a broad cross-section of residents. Our family’s cleaning lady…

Municipalities need to rethink tax model

Property tax rates are much higher for businesses than home owners, which can cause serious problems, particularly when the economy falters

Municipalities need to rethink tax modelBy Josef Filipowicz and Steven Globerman The Fraser Institute When homeowners receive their annual property tax bill from city hall, they’re likely unaware that the shop down the street pays a higher property tax rate – probably much higher. For example, according to a new Fraser Institute study, in the Calgary area, the average commercial…

Upstart entrepreneur shows Albertans how to face our dragons

John Evans shows that hardworking and risk-taking Albertans can innovate their way out of our economic doldrums

Upstart entrepreneur shows Albertans how to face our dragonsIf bad news is junk food for the despairing soul, then Albertans are overstuffed. But a steady diet of bitter doom and gloom can give us a terminal case of economic indigestion. Once in a while, we need a serving of something sweeter. Lost in the noise are dozens of happier stories about ingenious young…

Calgary resale housing market prices still falling

But MLS sales have increased, supply is falling and the time it takes for a home to sell is decreasing

Calgary resale housing market prices still fallingThe Calgary Real Estate Board says the city’s resale housing market is moving towards more balanced conditions but it still remains oversupplied and prices continue to remain below last year’s levels. Data released by CREB shows MLS sales in October of 1,447, up 9.62 per cent compared to a  year ago. New listings fell by…

Search engine smooths your mall experience

Rashmi Aimiuwu talks about how research is increasingly important for shoppers and what Southcentre Mall has done to help

Search engine smooths your mall experienceRashmi Aimiuwu is marketing director at Southcentre Mall. What the new e-commerce tool you’ve introduced for shoppers? Aimiuwu: Search. Find. ShopNOW is an online platform developed by Oxford Properties. It has been recently introduced at some of Canada’s most successful shopping centres – including Calgary’s Southcentre Mall. Search. Find. ShopNOW brings convenience to customers by…

Tracing the roots of a Calgary tracer technology success

Todd Dyer of Isotopes Canada talks about being a solution-provider through innovation for the energy industry

Tracing the roots of a Calgary tracer technology successTodd Dyer is president and CEO of Isotopes Canada. What is Isotopes Canada and what does it do? Dyer: We’re a Canadian-owned, privately-held tracer technology company based in Calgary. All our staff, office and lab are in the city and all our laboratory work is done right here in Calgary. The services we provide include…
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