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…

Big shots in Toronto, long shots in Calgary sports markets

In both markets, money is an issue. That makes sense in Calgary, but not so much in Toronto

Big shots in Toronto, long shots in Calgary sports marketsThe week of infamy has begun for Toronto Blue Jays fans. Three years ago their team was a powerhouse, seemingly on the brink of a trip to the World Series. But the week before Major League Baseball’s 2019 trading deadline finds the Blue Jays gone from powerhouse to house of cards. The power and the…

What does the future hold for Calgary’s Glenbow?

Should it become ‘a world-class public art museum’ or adhere to founder Eric Harvie’s Scottish interdisciplinary roots?

What does the future hold for Calgary’s Glenbow?After six years as president and CEO of Glenbow, Donna Livingstone is leaving to become CEO of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. Glenbow board of governors chair Irfhan Rawji saluted her efforts at stabilizing the financial situation “and allowing us the opportunity to continue on our way to being a world-class public art…

Gathering forces hope to form a unified pro-LNG front

Group’s focus is on what LNG means to the Canadian economy and to the overarching national interest

Gathering forces hope to form a unified pro-LNG frontIt may seem like an impossible challenge to crowdsource a narrative about building a better future for Canadians and their energy sector. A diverse group has set out to create a compelling and co-ordinated narrative around Canada’s global liquefied natural gas (LNG) opportunities. At a recent Calgary meeting, a diverse group of stakeholders agreed it’s critical to…
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