Gigging it in the free world

The gig economy is gaining traction, for better or worse. Who needs benefits or job security when you can work on a high wire?

Gigging it in the free worldAre you weary of your reliable job? Do your paid vacation, company pension plan and full medical coverage leave you cold? Are you pining for the sort of precarious work that only self-employment can promise? Well, friend, you’ve come to the right place. Here, at GigsRUs, we won’t bore you with bromides about workplace security,…

Innovation is a lot like life, with all its ups and downs

Despite government hyperbole, small businesses know that innovation is difficult, costly and sometimes reveals unfortunate truths

Innovation is a lot like life, with all its ups and downsA handy term that invokes sweet dreams of big scores for small businesses everywhere is ‘innovation.’ Government officials, burdened with the otherwise boring work of economic development, are obsessed with it. Its mere mention, they think, virtually guarantees a contact high. Hey folks, their websites screech, roll up and read all about our “Superclusters Initiative,”…

Production in all primary energy sectors rises

And StatsCan says exports of crude oil and equivalent products increased in March

Production in all primary energy sectors risesProduction in all primary energy sectors rose in March compared with a year ago, according to data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada. And over the same period, exports of crude oil and equivalent products increased, while exports of natural gas and electricity decreased. The federal agency said production of crude oil and equivalent products rose…

Income grew fastest in provinces with large oil and gas deposits

StatsCan study over 66 years provides insight into which provinces experienced the most growth over three generations

Income grew fastest in provinces with large oil and gas depositsData released Thursday by Statistics Canada may be a couple of years old but it illustrates the importance of the oil and gas sector to the economies of several provinces. “According to a new study, from 1950 to 2016, real gross domestic income (GDI) per capita grew fastest in provinces with large oil and gas…

How to save Newfoundlanders from Muskrat Falls disaster

The hydroelectric project mess in Newfoundland and Labrador requires some hard choices. But taxpayers deserve and need some relief

How to save Newfoundlanders from Muskrat Falls disasterThe citizens and taxpayers of Newfoundland and Labrador received important news late in 2018: an autopsy of the horrific financial debacle at Churchill Falls and the beginning of an inquiry into the questionable new Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. The long legal battle has ended over the Joey Smallwood era’s unprofitable Churchill Falls contract, which the…

Joey Smallwood’s campaign to transform Newfoundland

Force-feeding economic modernization is a tricky business, even for a Father of Confederation

Joey Smallwood’s campaign to transform NewfoundlandAfter leading the 1940s movement to bring Newfoundland into Confederation, Joey Smallwood went on to win six consecutive elections and served as the province’s premier for just shy of 23 years. It’s not the longest run for a provincial premier – Nova Scotia’s George Murray, Alberta’s Ernest Manning and Ontario’s Oliver Mowat edge Smallwood on…

70 years later, examining Newfoundland’s slim Canada option

At the heart of the decision to join Confederation was Joey Smallwood’s use of sectarian politics

70 years later, examining Newfoundland’s slim Canada optionMarch 31 marks the 70th anniversary of Newfoundland joining Canada, a significant historical milestone in and of itself. It also facilitated the ascendancy of one of the 20th century’s most colourful Canadian politicians – Joey Smallwood. Newfoundland took a pass on the original 1867 Confederation, opting to remain with the arrangement that had been in…

‘We can all be leaders in our own lives’

Leadership coach Susan Elford talks about helping people identify a path forward and staying accountable to their goals

‘We can all be leaders in our own lives’Susan Elford is a leadership coach, PR strategist and president of Lean In Calgary. I understand you’re involved as both a leadership coach and a PR strategist. Tell me a little bit about your background and history in each area. Elford: My career in public relations began on the East Coast of Canada over 27…

Canadian crude oil production on the rise

Exports on the rise to U.S. and elsewhere: StatsCan

Canadian crude oil production on the riseCanadian production of crude oil and equivalent products totalled 264.6 million cubic metres in 2018, up 8.5 per cent from the previous year, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Monday that non-upgraded production of crude bitumen (+12.7 per cent) was the main contributor to the overall rise. Since January 2016, the average…
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