State of the West: Energy (Part 2) – Trade and Disposition

Last week, Michael Holden highlighted some of the information and key findings of the Canada West Foundation’s recently released publication, State of the West: Energy – 2012: Western Canadian Energy Trends, in a blog focusing on energy production in the region. This week, he continues his summary of those findings with a discussion of energy trade and transportation

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Out and About

Our work-a-day lives tend to follow predictable patterns, and it all starts with municipal infrastructure. The alarm goes off and the lights go on.  We hit the switch on the coffee maker, push the handle on the toilet, turn the tap in the shower.  Whether we ride the bus or drive a car, we all

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State of the West: Energy (Part 1) – Energy Production and Reserves

Given the extent to which it permeates our daily lives, energy has come to dominate the economic, social, and political agenda in western Canada. To improve our understanding of the role that energy plays in shaping our present and future, the Canada West Foundation is releasing a new publication on April 19th, 2012 called State of

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Getting Prices Right

Canadian cities not only have to provide roads, transit, water, sewers, and other “hard” infrastructure, they also have to provide “soft” infrastructure and services that enhance the quality of life in their communities—parks, libraries, social housing, and recreational facilities. Does it matter how cities pay for infrastructure and services? I believe it does. In particular,

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Water: An Election Issue in Alberta?

Alberta is now in the throes of the third week of the provincial election campaign. Given the critical importance of the province’s water resources to its economy and environment, it is worthwhile checking in to see how water policy is being addressed by the contending parties. I’ve reviewed the platforms of the main parties and

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A new energy future

What if there was a potential $7 trillion global opportunity on the table, and we just looked the other way? Believe it or not, it’s happening. Our nation is largely sitting idle on the sidelines of a full-fledged global energy boom. Much of this opportunity lies in the roaring economies of Asia, but it is

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