New infrastructure bank could finance western electricity grid

When the federal budget passes, it will create a new Crown corporation – the Canadian Infrastructure Bank. While the merits of this new institution are still up for debate, it could be just the thing to turn the concept of a western electricity grid for hydroelectricity into reality. The bank will focus its investments on

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Canada’s NAFTA strategy should look to Mexico

Canada appears to be struggling on both NAFTA fronts: the U.S. and Mexico. While spats with the U.S. grab all the headlines, Mexico has gone largely unnoticed. Yet, there are big issues at play. When Mexico does come up, the problem seems to be more fundamental – not just how to engage, but whether Canada

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WATCH | Beyond the Rules: Moving safety from compliance to competence

Today, the Canada West Foundation released, Beyond the Rules: Moving safety from compliance to competence. Report author Janet Lane, Director of the Human Capital Centre, discusses the report, its findings and what it means for workplace safety. The report looks at the case study of Waiward Steel, an Alberta company which, after four serious safety

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How Canada can leap forward on workplace safety

Canada has a workplace safety problem – hundreds of employees die every year on the job, and hundreds of thousands are injured. Throughout the country, occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation and regulation tries to make workplaces safer.[1] Every province and territory has legislation that places responsibilities on employers to ensure the health and safety

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Embracing nuclear for Canada’s energy future |
Part three: The future of nuclear energy is promising

THIRD IN A SERIES ON EMBRACING NUCLEAR FOR CANADA’S ENERGY FUTURE Globally we are trying to reduce GHG emissions. In Alberta and Saskatchewan, we are desperately trying to clean our electricity grids. Yet, despite the fact that uranium deposits are abundant in Saskatchewan, no one is talking about nuclear power as a solution. In this blog

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Latest salvo in softwood war must galvanize Canada on market diversification

It’s official. This week, the U.S. Commerce Department announced it will impose countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber entering the U.S. – an average of 20 per cent. In June, it will conclude a second investigation initiated by the U.S. lumber lobby, and is expected to slap additional anti-dumping duties of 20 to 30 per

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