In NAFTA talks, Canada has some cards to play (but not the ones you might think)

One interesting side effect of the tsunami of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiation coverage for the “trade commentariati” is that it’s been better than LinkedIn for catching up with old colleagues, figuring out who has changed jobs, retired or come out of retirement to start commenting. Yes, there is that much coverage, which

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Getting from here to there, is 100 per cent renewable energy the only answer to our climate goals?

Can we meet all our energy needs with renewable sources by mid-century? The answer is most assuredly yes; anything is possible with unlimited resources. But the key question is always at what cost? Some research suggests a 100 per cent renewable future is achievable at reasonable cost. In a high-profile 2015 study, researchers led by

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Indigenous support for energy projects tells the other side of the story

This week, indigenous leaders from both sides of the Canada – U.S. border gathered in Calgary to sign a declaration of opposition against the Keystone XL pipeline. Indigenous support for many energy projects Our job at the Canada West Foundation is to be as objective as possible, to rely on the best evidence available. And

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Border Democrats’ turn on NAFTA a reality check for Canada

As Canadian leaders and policy-makers gather insights to respond to recent political upheaval in the U.S., an interesting trade development below the border early in the new year has so far flown mostly under the radar. Embed from Getty Images   In January, a group of House Democrats who were part of the vocal anti-TPP

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Fun’s Over: Getting ready for Inauguration and a new U.S. administration

Less than two weeks until the U.S. election means less than three months until a new president is sworn in and a new administration is born. With Hillary Clinton well ahead in the polls, it is time to move past the schadenfreude of Trump sound bites and begin to prepare for what comes next. So,

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Loonie’s rollercoaster year a sign of the times in 2016

With the decline in oil prices, the falling loonie has had quite the year so far in 2016. In early 2016, the Canadian dollar hit the lowest it has been since 2003, when it closed at 71.02 cents US. As oil prices slowly began climbing, the Canadian dollar did too, reaching 77.55 cents US in June

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