Category Archives: Energy

Ecofiscal panel: When are subsidies win-win for the environment and the economy?

Written on October 25, 2016 at 3:35 pm, by

Via the Ecofiscal Commission: On October 4th, the Ecofiscal Commission released its latest report, Course Correction: It’s Time to Rethink Canadian Biofuel Policies. The report finds that biofuel policies reduce GHG emissions but at a very high cost. It therefore recommends that the federal and provincial production subsidies for biofuels be terminated, as initially planned.

Let’s tap into the real Alberta Advantage – resilience

Written on July 4, 2016 at 11:47 am, by

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

Being on the ground helps us see Kitimat through new eyes

Written on May 25, 2016 at 11:16 am, by

Sitting at the head of the Douglas Channel near the north coast of B.C., Kitimat is a community with gorgeous views, plenty of wildlife and many stories to tell about its industrial roots. Policy analyst Shafak Sajid and communications manager Jamie Gradon recently spent several days in the area doing fieldwork for an upcoming research

Video | Alberta’s new climate plan, explained

Written on March 21, 2016 at 2:42 pm, by

On January 27, 2016, the Canada West Foundation, with Canadians for Clean Prosperity and Bennett Jones LLP, convened four expert panelists to dive deep into Alberta’s new climate plan. The speakers, including Andrew Leach, the chair of the province’s climate advisory panel, also faced questions from the audience about how Alberta can improve its environmental credibility

Prairie premiers face common threat

Written on February 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm, by

In Paris for the UN Climate Conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced, to much fanfare, that Canada is back. Indeed, the Trudeau government reaffirmed Canada’s aggressive climate targets (30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030) while intimating that Canada will do more. To meet the 2030 target, Canada will have to reduce its greenhouse

Trust in public institutions means meeting promises

Written on February 25, 2016 at 9:15 am, by

Trust in public institutions is the cornerstone of effective governance in any country. In Canada, that cornerstone appears to be eroding. In 2015, fewer Canadians trusted their government (less than 50%) than Russians (54%), Indians (82%) and Indonesians (72%). Source: 2015 Trust Barometer, Edelman What? Russians, Indonesians and Indians trust their government more than Canadians