Regular EI beneficiaries keep falling in Alberta

Nationally, 442,600 people received regular EI benefits in June, down 180 from the previous month and by 21,280 from last year

Regular EI beneficiaries keep falling in AlbertaThe number of Employment Insurance beneficiaries in Alberta declined in June for the fourth consecutive month, down 2.8 per cent to 47,700, according to data released on Thursday by Statistics Canada. “There were decreases in the CMAs (census metropolitan areas) of Edmonton (-5.0 per cent) and Calgary (-1.7 per cent), as well as in the…

The objectivity of the non-objective columnist

Calgary Herald columnist Licia Corbella wrote a column in favour of Jason Kenney while a member of the UPC. Is this misstep a fate worse than death?

The objectivity of the non-objective columnistHaving been a columnist for more than two decades, I obviously understand this profession inside and out. Yet I’m still constantly amazed how little the average Canadian knows about column writing, even if he or she has been reading a publication’s opinion/comment section for the equivalent of a lifetime. Here’s a recent example. Sean Craig,…

Anti-Alberta bigotry clothed in environmental clichés and platitudes

Anti-Alberta bigotry clothed in environmental clichés and platitudesDave Yager has spent nearly half a century in Alberta’s oil and natural gas industry and 40 years in journalism, notably with the oilfield trade magazine, The Roughneck. His first book, From Miracle to Menace: Alberta, A Carbon Story, combines his extensive experience in a well-written and fact-centred analysis of the economics, politics and history…

Kenney government hires ex-Postmedia columnist for war room

Will develop a strategic plan "that will lay the foundation for restoring Alberta’s reputation in the fight for our oil and gas sector"

Kenney government hires ex-Postmedia columnist for war roomThe Alberta government has hired a former Postmedia columnist to “fight back” against what it says are the “lies and myths being spread about Alberta’s energy industry.” Oil-and-gas reporter Claudia Cattaneo has been contracted to develop a strategic plan "that will lay the foundation for restoring Alberta’s reputation in the fight for our oil and…

Alberta small business confidence stalls in July

To continue upward trend, provincial government must focus on economic growth, job creation and supporting small business: CFIB

Alberta small business confidence stalls in JulyThe latest monthly Business Barometer results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ (CFIB) show Alberta’s small business confidence index fell by 1.8 points in July, following a near 20 point increase between January and June. “While small business owners have been more optimistic in the last several months, their confidence has clearly stalled out,” said…

Albertans’ average weekly earnings lead Canada

Albertans’ average weekly earnings lead CanadaAverage weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees in Alberta continued to be the highest of all provinces in May, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Thursday that earnings in the province rose to $1,182, up 3.4 per cent month over month and an increase of three per cent year over year. The…

Canmore recreational property prices up 6%

Canmore recreational property prices up 6%A report released on Tuesday by RE/MAX Canada says prices for recreational property in Canmore have risen by six per cent from a year ago. At the same time, prices in Sylvan Lake have remained flat. The report also found that 74 per cent of regions surveyed across Canada are experiencing an uptick in prices.…

Hut-to-hut hike rewards adventurers with epic views

Comfy beds and incredible food await after a long, fulfilling day

Hut-to-hut hike rewards adventurers with epic viewsAs we gaped in awe at Talc Lake, a deep blue expanse hanging above Egypt Lake in the distance, a passing hiker said to us, “It only gets better.” Better than this? we wondered. How is that possible? In the vista before us, a waterfall ribbon from Talc seemed to put the cherry on top…

Alberta wholesale sales decline in May

Alberta wholesale sales decline in MayWholesale sales in Alberta were down 8.7 per cent to $6.8 billion in May, according to a report released by Statistics Canada on Monday. The federal agency said that six of seven subsectors in the province reported declines, led by the machinery, equipment and supplies (-14.8 per cent) and the miscellaneous (-15.3 per cent) subsectors.…

Alberta cities lack tech talent of other major North American markets

Toronto ranked third, Vancouver 12th, Montreal 13th and Ottawa 19th in top-50 list: CBRE report

Alberta cities lack tech talent of other major North American marketsAs Calgary and Edmonton try to establish a significant tech industry in Alberta, a report released on Thursday by commercial real estate firm CBRE indicates just how far behind Alberta is when it comes to tech talent. Neither Alberta city made it to the top 50 list in North America for tech talent. But both…

Albertans’ retirement income expectations highest in country

RBC poll says many Canadian baby boomers worry about a retirement savings shortfall

Albertans’ retirement income expectations highest in countryMany Canadian baby boomers worry about a retirement savings shortfall and Albertans have the highest expectations for how much they think they’ll need to save for retirement, according to a report released on Thursday by RBC. In a poll, Albertans surveyed said they think they will have to save $1.1 million for their retirement. The…

Alberta EI beneficiaries continue to decline

In Canada, 441,310 people received regular benefits in May, up by 2,020 from the previous month but down 19,630 from a year ago

Alberta EI beneficiaries continue to declineThe number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits continues to fall in Alberta. Statistics Canada reported on Thursday that there were 49,090 regular EI beneficiaries in the province in May, down 1,920 from April and a decrease of 4,120 from a year ago. “The decline was similar to the one observed in April. In…

Canada not reaching full potential for crude oil production

An ongoing lack of pipeline capacity has restricted the growth of Canadian crude production: ATB

Canada not reaching full potential for crude oil productionUnlike in the U.S., Canada has not been able to reach its full potential when it comes to crude oil production, says ATB Financial’s economics and research team. In its daily economic update The Owl, the financial institution said the U.S. shale oil revolution made possible by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing pushed U.S. field…
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