PODCAST | What the West? 011: Come for the budgets, stay for the rap

Brace yourself – it’s budget season. Here in the West, which province actually balanced its books? Where is the debt-to-GDP ratio highest? Who is lighting up the ledgers with legal pot sales? And about that carbon tax… In this episode, we dive into the provincial budgets of B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. And, spoiler alert,

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PODCAST | What the West? 007: NEB: What is it good for?

Pipelines are controversial. In fact, it seems any type of infrastructure is controversial – especially in the energy world. From pipelines to wind turbines – nearly no one wants these things built near them and many people don’t want them built at all. At the same time, for many others these projects represent their livelihoods.

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Softwood deal remains out of sight

At this time last year, with the election of a new U.S. president it looked like Canada had a fresh shot at securing a new softwood lumber agreement (SLA) with the U.S. President Donald Trump had been elected on a promise to stick up for average citizens, not special interests like the powerful U.S. lumber

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PODCAST | What the West? 005: 8 for 2018

Subscribe | (iTunes) | Google Play | Stitcher | Pocket Casts Download | Episode 005: 8 for 2018 Welcome to 2018. The eggnog has gone stale, the trees have been composted or burned for warmth. And our thoughts can now turn to the future. Will this year be as tumultuous as 2017? Will North American trade cease?

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Where does Canada lead the world in crop production globally? (The answer might surprise you!)

The Canada West Foundation has been doing a lot of research on plant ingredients lately (and writing about it, like with our report Sprouted: The plant ingredient opportunity taking root on the Prairies). Plant ingredients come from all kinds of crops. These crops are processed into their constituent elements, like protein, fibre, and fat. They’re

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WATCH | Sprouted: The plant ingredient opportunity taking root on the Prairies

Today, the Canada West Foundation released Sprouted: The plant ingredient opportunity taking root on the Prairies. In this video, report co-author Sarah Pittman, Canada West Foundation policy analyst, discusses why the Prairies are well-placed to pursue this opportunity and reap the economic benefits. Read the full report Around the world, a growing middle class with

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