Ease temporary layoff laws during COVID-19 crisis

Allowing employers to adjust quickly will improve the chances jobs are waiting for returning workers when the crisis subsides

Ease temporary layoff laws during COVID-19 crisisBy Alex Whalen and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute Aside from the enormous health-related challenges due to the COVID-19 virus, employers and workers are feeling major economic pain with job loss, reduced income and revenue. The ability of businesses to adjust quickly will be key to stabilizing the economy and laying the foundation for recovery.…

Laurentian regime seems intent on alienating Alberta

The federal government has tried to extort political gain from Alberta in exchange for approval of projects, while pushing job-killing policies

Laurentian regime seems intent on alienating AlbertaAlbertans didn’t need to hold their breath for Ottawa’s approval of the Frontier oil sands mine. Reports of massive opposition within the Liberal Party caucus and rumours of an appeasing economic aid package for the province were strong indicators that the federal cabinet had no intention of approving the Frontier mine in northern Alberta. In…

Building informed consent for a mega-project

Following a step-by-step and community-by-community process to develop a socio-economic plan

Building informed consent for a mega-projectBy the spring of 1984, it was time to seriously start developing the socio-economic plans for the Polar Gas pipeline’s construction, and it was clear that the Polar Gas team needed to grow on the ground. As a result of strong and fair Sahtu Dene community criticism of the first draft of the proposed pipeline…

Ontario’s lost decade of job creation

Toronto and Ottawa are thriving but as long as large regions of Ontario struggle, the province and the country won’t meet their full economic potential

Ontario’s lost decade of job creationBy Ben Eisen and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute Ontarians have suffered more than their share of economic pain over the past 15 years. For much of the 2000s, the province’s manufacturing sector was struggling and then the 2008-09 recession made things much worse. In the years that followed, the province’s recovery was unfortunately tepid.…

Wet’suwet’en protests throw us all into chaos

While the project is a win for the province, the country, the environment and B.C.’s First Nations, these hereditary chiefs don’t see it that way

Wet’suwet’en protests throw us all into chaosSupport continues for the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation blocking authorized construction of a natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia. In spite of court injunctions and government pronouncements telling them to desist, they seem prepared for a long and protracted struggle, “having no intention of allowing Wet’suwet’en sovereignty to be violated.” This…

The power of a good question

A really good question is fuel for our reflection, awareness and insight. We like to solve our own problems and good questions invite us to do that

The power of a good questionQuestions are one of the most powerful tools we have in our arsenals as leaders, professionals, parents and humans. One of my favourite stories about the power of a question comes from an interview. My final interview for a job I really wanted was with the CEO of the company. After peppering me with questions,…

Blue collar work dominates top 10 in demand jobs list

Four of the 10 roles on the list are considered to be blue-collar: truck driver, welder, general labourer and heavy duty mechanic

Blue collar work dominates top 10 in demand jobs listWondering what the most in demand jobs are this year? Randstad Canada, which is in the human resources services industry, has compiled a top 10 list which includes a range of sectors. But the growing need for skilled and blue-collar workers stands out, it said on Monday, and four of the 10 roles on the…

‘Ho hum’ forecast for Canadian economy in 2020

Canadian economic growth 1.7 per cent in 2019 followed by a slight decline of 1.6 per cent growth this year then growth of 1.8 per cent in 2021

‘Ho hum’ forecast for Canadian economy in 2020None of the major trends of 2019 suggest impending economic doom for Canada, but nor do they point to much in terms of upside, says a new report by TD Economics. “In all cases, a ‘ho hum’ economic performance appears to be the best we can hope for . . . Some help will come…

Manufacturing a key driver of Alberta economy

Total annual revenue was up 7.1 per cent in 2018 compared to 2017, reaching $80.4 billion, but still four per cent below peak set in 2014

Manufacturing a key driver of Alberta economyJust how important is the manufacturing sector to Alberta’s overall economy? Some data released by Statistics Canada recently indicates it is a vital source of jobs for the province and a key in growing the economy. “Zeroing in on Alberta, the sector’s total annual revenue was up 7.1 per cent in 2018 compared to 2017,…

Average wages in Alberta still highest in the country

Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees was $1,185.83 in October, 3.8 per cent higher than a year ago

Average wages in Alberta still highest in the countryAlberta has the highest wages of any province in the country, even though its unemployment levels are high.  Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees was $1,185.83 in October, according to a report released Thursday by Statistics Canada. That is up 0.9 per cent from the previous month and 3.8 per cent higher than a…

Manufacturing sales leads strong month for Alberta

Manufacturing sales in Alberta increased 1.6 per cent to $6.3 billion in October, as a result of higher sales in the food and chemical industries

Manufacturing sales leads strong month for AlbertaAlberta manufacturing sales are recovering from a bad year, even as national national manufacturing sales are declining. Manufacturing sales in Alberta increased 1.6 per cent to $6.3 billion in October, following a 2.8 per cent decline in September. The gain was mostly attributable to higher sales in the food (+8.9 per cent) and chemical (+3.2…

Poverty, homelessness must be tackled by business

Not only does work help financially but it empowers people to take control of their lives and rise above poverty

Poverty, homelessness must be tackled by businessHomelessness is increasingly a problem in cities big and small across North America. Yet as business leaders we tend think the issue isn’t our problem – unless, of course, we have a business affected by a homeless camp, squatters in our doorsteps or addicts in our alleyways. We can’t comprehend why people aren’t working like…

Virtual reality tool will track changes in the oil, gas industry

Users can experience everything from watching a smart pig detect the health of a pipeline to seeing the largest trucks in the world at work

Virtual reality tool will track changes in the oil, gas industryA first-of-its-kind virtual reality tour of Canada’s oil and gas worksites will raise awareness about changes in the industry. The Experience the Energy: Take the Tour platform is an initiative by the PetroLMI Division of Energy Safety Canada. It showcases the careers, the innovation and technologies that are transforming the energy industry. “Over the past…

Average weekly earnings edge up 3.4% in Alberta

Stats Can saw large employment growth in the health care, social assistance sector, and increased earnings in the transportation and warehousing sectors

Average weekly earnings edge up 3.4% in AlbertaAverage weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees in Alberta in September rose by 3.4 per cent from a year ago, according to Statistics Canada. They remain the highest among all Canadian provinces at $1,177.54. The federal agency reported Thursday that the hike is “partially due to a low point observed in September 2018.” “Large employment…

Alberta public employees have 9.3% pay edge

Goverment workers also enjoyed much more generous non-wage benefits, says the Fraser Institute

Alberta public employees have 9.3% pay edgeGovernment employees in Alberta received 9.3 per cent higher wages on average than comparable workers in the private sector last year, and also enjoyed much more generous non-wage benefits, says a study released Tuesday by public policy think tank the Fraser Institute. “Bringing government-sector compensation in line with the private sector would not only help…
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