Alberta third most popular destination for Canadian travellers

Canadians made 65.8 million trips in Canada and abroad in the first quarter, spending $19.1 billion: StatsCan

Alberta third most popular destination for Canadian travellersAlberta appears to be a popular destination for Canadian travellers. According to new data released on Monday by Statistics Canada, Canadian residents made 56.3 million trips to destinations in Canada in the first three months of 2018, 69.5 per cent of which were same-day trips. “Ontario, Canada's most populous province, recorded 23.3 million visits during…

Alberta economic recovery is slow but steady: ATB

But if trade tensions worsen, a slowdown is almost inevitable, report warns

Alberta economic recovery is slow but steady: ATBThe good news for Alberta is that its economy continues to move forward as it gears up for the final months of 2018. The not-so-good news is that the road to recovery is slow. A new economic outlook by ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team is forecasting economic growth of 2.6 per cent this year,…

Connecting the dots in the summer of smoke

Right across Canada, dramatic signs of climate change are casting a pall on the landscape

Connecting the dots in the summer of smokeThe last five summers at Skelhp, on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, have been progressively drier. We’ve had one significant wildfire nearby, in Sechelt Inlet, which wafted ash in a big brown plume over our regional air shed. The smoke from this fire three years ago caused us to close all the windows in the July heat…

New provincial oil and gas framework expected to save millions

New regulatory process for oil and gas projects is intended to reduce paperwork and improve efficiency

New provincial oil and gas framework expected to save millionsThe province has announced a new regulatory process for oil and gas projects that it says will save $600 million over the next four years. The Integrated Decision Approach is a one-stop software tool, developed in conjunction with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) that will reduce paperwork and improve efficiency, the province stated in a…

Inflated employee pay at the heart of Alberta government’s debt

From wages to benefits to job security to early retirement, government employee compensation must be constrained

Inflated employee pay at the heart of Alberta government’s debtBy Charles Lammam and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute Alberta’s public finances are in rough shape. The government of Premier Rachel Notley expects to run another budget deficit this year (estimated at $8.8 billion) and has no plan to balance the books until at least 2023-24. Since 2014-15, the province has added more than $33…

Alberta sheds jobs over summer months

Decline in EI beneficiaries slowing down although the statistics show a more positive outlook over the last 12 months

Alberta sheds jobs over summer monthsEmployment insurance benefits were stagnant in June and July, indicating that not all segments of Alberta’s labour market are recovering at the same pace, according to an ATB Financial analysis released on Thursday. Statistics show that 53,200 Albertans received EI benefits in June, and the total was relatively unchanged in July. Calgary experienced a 2.9…

Alberta sends bulk of crude oil to pipelines in Canada

Pipelines delivered 7.4 million cubic metres of crude oil to Canadian refineries in June, up 3.2% over last year

Alberta sends bulk of crude oil to pipelines in CanadaPipelines in Canada received 20.8 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products from fields and plants in June, up 4.5 per cent compared with the same month in 2017, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported 0n Monday that the vast majority of product came from Alberta at 86.4 per cent of…

Ottawa’s contradictory climate policy just wastes money

Billions of dollars in spending announcements allow politicians to burnish their green credentials. But they don't get the job done

Ottawa’s contradictory climate policy just wastes money“Around the world, businesses, governments and experts agree that carbon pricing is the cheapest and most efficient way to cut carbon pollution,” Catherine McKenna, Canada’s environment and climate change minister, recently tweeted. If what she says is true, it means all other anti-carbon strategies – including regulations and subsidies – are unnecessarily expensive and inefficient.…

Calgary rated most livable city in Canada, 4th in world

New survey rates Calgary behind only Vienna, Melbourne and Osaka. Vancouver and Toronto also made it into the top 10

Calgary rated most livable city in Canada, 4th in worldA new report suggests that Calgary is one of the most livable cities in the world. The Global Liveability Index 2018, a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, rated Calgary fourth overall in the world – behind Vienna, which topped the ranking, followed by Melbourne and Osaka. The rest of the top 10 in descending…

B.C. and Alberta to lead country in salary increases in 2019

Alberta recorded the fastest economic expansion last year and B.C. posted its strongest pace in more than a decade, says Morneau Shepell report

B.C. and Alberta to lead country in salary increases in 2019If you’re working in British Columbia and Alberta, a new report by Morneau Shepell contains good news. The company’s annual survey, Trends in Human Resources, released on Tuesday, says the two provinces will lead the country in expected salary increases in 2019. B.C. will lead the pack at 2.8 per cent, followed by Alberta at…