Premiers’ summit supports push for freer internal trade

Western provinces appeared to fare well in the Premiers’ Summit held last week in Yukon.   Before the summit, premiers across the country spoke publicly about some of their goals for the summit. For the premiers of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, these included a deal on interprovincial trade and on energy infrastructure. The agreement

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Let’s tap into the real Alberta Advantage – resilience

Alberta is going through a crisis. Oil prices have fallen substantially, with no imminent recovery, and many people have been laid off. Albertans seem to be at a loss on what to do. Before I started working at the Canada West Foundation, I worked at a museum in Alberta, and I have never been more

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A city and a province search for ways to move Onward

Photo credit: Calgary Chamber of Commerce Facebook You might not expect to hear aspirational speeches about the “economy of the future” and “moonshot” ideas about renewable energy from the Chamber of Commerce in one of the world’s most important oil towns. Yet that was exactly what we heard at Onward YYC, a conference hosted June

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Fort McMurray: From oil town to hometown

Weeks after the massive wildfire known as “The Beast” forced more than 85,000 residents from their homes, a majority of Fort McMurray neighbourhoods have been cleared for re-entry. Thousands of evacuees have returned to retrieve undamaged items and come in to terms with their loss. But many have chosen not to return yet since roughly

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Time is ticking on getting a new Softwood Lumber Agreement

President Obama’s address to the House of Commons on Thursday touted the benefits of free trade and the co-operative relationship between the U.S. and Canada. While many of his remarks received thunderous applause, his silence on a major trade dispute that has been flaring up between the two neighbours for centuries was just as deafening. It was

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Governments slow to act on Vancouver’s housing bubble

In the past six years, the value of single-family homes in Vancouver has risen 75 per cent—to an average of $1.9 million. The housing price has jumped 37 per cent since May 2015, alone. Yet, the median household income during that period has hardly changed. Meanwhile, the personal debt level of Canadians is at record

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