How political activists have weaponized “duty to consult”

First Nations in Ontario are challenging routine maintenance work on a pipeline which carries natural gas from western to eastern Canada

How political activists have weaponized “duty to consult”CALGARY, Alta. March 5, 2017/ Troy Media/ – In 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada created the “duty to consult.” The setting was British Columbia, where aboriginal title had never been ceded by treaty. The ruling made sense in that context; it seems only fair to consult a First Nation about exploitation of land and…

Energy sector needs its own Elon Musk

The sector needs someone who, like Musk, is driven by a passion for what he does and can capture the public's imagination

Energy sector needs its own Elon MuskCALGARY, Alta. March 1, 2017 /Troy Media/ – You can't go far on an energy journey these days without tripping over Elon Musk. And with good reason: he's something of a next-generation energy messiah. Personable and charismatic. Visionary and creative. Energetic and entrepreneurial. His very persona exudes the essence of sustainability, coupled with an upbeat hope…

Canada’s media: you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

Fake news was around long before Donald Trump made it a thing – and it hit Canada's energy sector hard

Canada’s media: you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s goneCALGARY, Alta. Jan. 30, 2017 /Troy Media/ – In this age of thought-leadership reports that flutter around like confetti, one document deserves immediate attention – particularly in Canada's resource sectors. The Shattered Mirror is the result of research and consultation by the Public Policy Forum. It critically examines the state of Canadian media. The prognosis isn’t good.…

What the world really thinks about Canada’s energy industry

We get high marks for industry transparency, balanced development, environmental sustainability and consultation

What the world really thinks about Canada’s energy industryCALGARY, Alta. Jan. 10, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Canadians pondering our energy future might do well to take into account how others see us. It would give them comfort to know the sector is actually in pretty good hands – at least in the opinion of folks able to view things from a neutral perspective. For a…

Living in the post-truth world, energy style

Post-truth nonsense about fossil fuels paints a dangerous, damaging and distorted picture of Canada's energy use and production

Living in the post-truth world, energy styleOne of the unfortunate legacies of 2016 is the frequency of ‘post-truth’ communications. The term describes communications where objective facts are replaced by erroneous assertions aimed at creating emotion-based beliefs. Post-truth communications reached a peak during the American presidential campaign. But Canadians have also seen an escalation of post-truth communications, particularly in relation to energy.…

Brad Wall should not ignore the call of duty

There is an extremely high probability that if Wall entered the Conservative leadership race, he would win

Brad Wall should not ignore the call of dutyCALGARY, Alta. Dec. 12, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It’s time for Brad Wall to take French lessons. Saskatchewan’s still-popular premier may wish to keep the job he has, but the conservative movement in Canada desperately needs him to apply for another one – leader of the federal Conservatives. Without Wall at the helm of the…

Dollars and democracy: why political donations need to be restricted

Saskatchewan poster boy for lax standards: no restrictions on donation totals and out-of-province corporate donations welcome

Dollars and democracy: why political donations need to be restrictedThe role of money in Canadian politics is facing increased scrutiny and positive changes are being made – except in Saskatchewan. It's a problem that needs to addressed, for the health of democracy. B.C. Premier Christy Clark has been criticized for attending private gatherings with high-level donors and receiving a top-up to her salary from the…

Canadians have a duty to truly understand energy issues

Manipulated by politicians and environmental activists, Canadians are often passive rather than pro-active participants in energy policy initiatives

Canadians have a duty to truly understand energy issuesCALGARY, Alta. Oct. 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ – This nation needs a thoughtful dialogue on energy civics, because Canadians must become far more involved in the way energy policy is shaped and grounded in everyday life. Wikipedia says: “Civics is the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of citizenship, its rights and duties; the duties of citizens to each…

Reality of education spending in Saskatchewan

Archaic regulations, union monopoly, lack of responsiveness to parents holding back the Saskatchewan public school system

Reality of education spending in SaskatchewanBy Deani Van Pelt and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Sept. 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It’s that time of year again when parents across Saskatchewan are sending their kids off to school after the summer break. And when parents meet in the schoolyards and drop-zones for the first time in months, conversations…

It’s time to rally behind Canada’s oil and gas sector

When a sector that employs thousands and keeps our country prosperous suffers, you don’t shrug your shoulders and do nothing

It’s time to rally behind Canada’s oil and gas sectorCALGARY, Alta. Sept. 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Was Ontario’s auto sector in worse shape during the global financial meltdown of 2009 than Alberta’s energy patch was during the global oil glut of 2015? An internal federal government memo recently uncovered by the Canadian Press suggests it was. But which sector faced more pain (keeping in…