Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right

Here we are, stuck in the middle without a perfect solution to Alberta's voting dilemma

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right“It’s the economy, stupid,” Bill Clinton declared in his successful bid for the U.S. presidency in 1992. Today, in Alberta, worried citizens feel the same zeitgeist that Clinton captured so concisely for Americans 27 years ago. Now, citizens of this province must choose their medicine carefully, looking for authentic remedies amidst all the snake oil…

Developing fitness solutions for people of all ages

Louis Stack of Fitter talks about his company's journey to improve the lives of customers through innovation and resilience

Developing fitness solutions for people of all agesLouis Stack is president and founder of Fitter International. What is Fitter International and what does it do? Stack: Fitter is my trademarked name I protected in 1985 along with the phrase “Leading the World to Better Balance.” We design, manufacture and distribute a stable of 30 balance and core stability products used by folks…

ZayZoon provides access to your money between paydays

Technology company ZayZoon's Early Wages On-Demand is taking off across North America, with more than 80,000 businesses participating

ZayZoon provides access to your money between paydaysImagine, as an employee, being able to access money as you earn it. Technology company ZayZoon, based in Calgary, has created a platform, Early Wages On-Demand, that allows people to access their paycheque before payday. The concept has taken off across North America. The platform is now available to more than two million employees by…

Program spending key to balancing Alberta budget: Fraser Institute

Report says tax reform to regain the province’s former advantage across North America should be a priority

Program spending key to balancing Alberta budget: Fraser InstituteProgram spending cuts of 10.9 per cent over the next three years would balance the Alberta budget by 2021-2022, says a report released on Thursday by the Fraser Institute, a public policy think-tank. The cuts would be significant but the organization said it is substantially smaller than the reductions implemented by the government of Ralph…

Equalization inequalities must be addressed

Encouraging short-term stability at the expense of economic performance and fairness is folly when alternatives are available

Equalization inequalities must be addressedIn recent years, equalization and other regional subsidies have captured the attention of many Albertans. Much useful research has been done at the University of Calgary and by the former Wildrose Party. There has been extensive comment in Alberta’s media on Canada’s fiscal arrangements, including equalization. Issues connected with regional subsidies are important to all…

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…

CFIB calls for Alberta policies to support entrepreneurs

Tax retooling, red tape elimination, WCB refund, labour law changes, minimum wage freeze among the proposals

CFIB calls for Alberta policies to support entrepreneursThe Canadian Federation of Independent Business has released its Small Business Platform for the next Alberta government as a provincial election looms this spring. The organization is calling on all political parties to commit to implementing better policies to support entrepreneurs. “Too many entrepreneurs in Alberta are struggling to survive in a very difficult economy.…

Alberta no longer respects its taxpayers

Two decades of aggressive tax increases and wrongheaded system reforms have left the province's finances in a shambles

Alberta no longer respects its taxpayersRespect for taxpayers in Alberta has been eroding for more than 20 years. Albertans don’t just see it on their tax bills – they can hear it when politicians talk. The budget speeches delivered annually by finance ministers provide some of the best evidence that politicians have steadily drifted from respecting taxpayers in the mid-1990s…

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…
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