Currents: Western provinces struggle to find best way to retain talent

Alberta and Saskatchewan are losing skilled workers to other parts of Canada during this downturn in commodity prices. How can these provinces stem the “brain drain” and retain talent? Recent reporting indicates more than 7,000 people now leave Alberta each quarter for British Columbia, while another 5,000 leave for Ontario. Such rapid outmigration should prompt

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Currents: The hidden cost of unemployment in the West

By now, Albertans – and communities across western Canada – have become deeply aware of the economic and financial impact of low commodity prices. This is not limited to but most closely associated with the drop in value of the province’s oil. In September 2014, Western Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil sold at approximately $95

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Currents: Students seeking degrees with highest income potential

Completing university still yields income dividends – especially for engineering and business grads. The two major sources of data lend new insight into what incoming Canadian undergraduate students are choosing to study and what they can expect their incomes to be like once they graduate. Combined, they paint an intriguing picture of Canadian undergraduate students.

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Currents: Survey results – Will debt crush the family farm?

“The industry will die if people cannot afford it.” “Good operators will and should take good calculated risks on debt.” “Once interest rates start to climb, we’re in big trouble.” As a part of our series on debt in agriculture, we asked the farming community to provide its thoughts on the growing level of debt

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