Why the Alberta technology sector can’t seem to pull ahead

Dispatches from the Alberta technology trenches

Why the Alberta technology sector can’t seem to pull aheadNow that the energy industry is no longer the engine of growth it once was, Albertans are finally waking up to a cruel reality; we’ve put all our economic eggs in one (carbon-emitting) basket. Albertans' new urgency to diversify their economy will require changing the way we do things. At a minimum, we will need…

Get the most out of your home renovation

Keith Riley of RenovationFind says Albertans are still renovating, but they want quality and value for their money. His company can help

Get the most out of your home renovationKeith Riley is owner/CEO of RenovationFind. Tell me what RenovationFind is and does? Riley: RenovationFind is the solution to offering homeowners the best of the best for their home improvement and renovation projects. We are a free online directory, RenovationFind.com, connecting homeowners with certified contractors and companies that are pre-screened and continually monitored on seven…

Taking advantage of Alberta’s world-class renewable energy resources

Dan Balaban of Greengate Power Corp. talks about the company’s footprint in Alberta and its big plans for expansion

Taking advantage of Alberta’s world-class renewable energy resourcesDan Balaban is president and CEO of Greengate Power Corp. What is Greengate Power and what does it do? Balaban: Greengate Power is a renewable energy company based in Calgary. We are a developer of utility-scale wind and solar energy projects, providing a low-cost and clean source of power for Albertans by taking advantage of…

The positive power of open-market utilities

Former Enmax CEO Gary Holden talks about what New Zealand gets right and what Alberta gets wrong

The positive power of open-market utilitiesGary Holden is CEO at Pulse Energy Alliance LP in New Zealand and former CEO of Enmax in Calgary. What is Pulse Energy Alliance and what does it do? Holden: Pulse is a private, trust-owned company that competes in the national (New Zealand) energy market for electricity, gas and Internet services. We are thought of…

Building permit value drops in Calgary and Edmonton

But across Alberta, building permits were on the rise thanks to a very strong non-residential push

Building permit value drops in Calgary and EdmontonThere's some interesting and conflicting data out on Wednesday from Statistics Canada about the value of building permits in December in Alberta. The federal agency reported that building permits of $427.4 million in the Calgary census metropolitan area fell by 5.4 per cent on a month-over-month basis and by 5.8 per cent year over year.…

Alberta should look abroad, and next door, for health care solutions

Spending continues to rise but Albertans have diminished access to care and face above-average wait times

Alberta should look abroad, and next door, for health care solutionsBy Bacchus Barua and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Albertans, like all Canadians, spend comparatively high amounts on health care but only receive modest performance from the system compared to other universal care countries. Thankfully, there’s much the province can (and should) do to improve its health-care system. According to the Canadian Institute for Health…

Family-friendly Marmot Basin ups the attitude

Jasper's spectacular ski resort may offer slopes less travelled but it certainly deserves wider attention

Family-friendly Marmot Basin ups the attitudeCue the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Duct tape a sombrero onto your helmet. Find a half-burned cigarillo (good luck!) to chomp on. The bad boys have arrived at Marmot Basin, Alberta’s quieter, family-friendly Rocky Mountain ski resort in Jasper National Park. These new rascals are Tres Hombres – a series…

Innovative Alberta startups a bright spot in economy: BMO

The Canadian economy has begun to moderate, but business owners remain positive, report says

Innovative Alberta startups a bright spot in economy: BMOAlberta's economy is softening in large part due to the weaker oil sector backdrop, with gross domestic product growth expected to come in at 1.5 per cent this year, according to the BMO Blue Book released on Tuesday. “While business sentiment, overall, remains cautious, innovation in technologies geared towards oil exploration and pipeline management remains…

Pembina announces $4.5B petrochemical facility for Alberta

Facility near Edmonton is expected to be in service in mid-2023, subject to environmental and regulatory approvals

Pembina announces $4.5B petrochemical facility for AlbertaCalgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corp. announced on Monday that it’s proceeding with a $4.5-billion Alberta project with joint venture partner Petrochemical Industries Co. of Kuwait. The partnership will construct a 550,000-tonne-per-year integrated propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant and polypropylene (PP) upgrading facility near Edmonton. “The PDH/PP facility will be strategically located in Alberta's Industrial Heartland, adjacent to Pembina's Redwater…

Student performance declines despite spending hikes in Alberta

Policy-makers in Edmonton and in school districts around the province must learn from other jurisdictions

Student performance declines despite spending hikes in AlbertaParents in Alberta are concerned about the state of elementary and secondary education. Results from the Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) and international tests including the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) indicate alarming trends, particularly in math. Unfortunately, a pervasive myth that large cuts to education spending are responsible…
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