Canada Oil Sands

Worried About Falling Oil Prices? Divest and Re-Invest

Cameron Fenton | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

A recent plunge in oil prices as been driving a steady stream of commentary from leading economic voices across the spectrum in Canada calling for everything from outright panic to 'stay the course'. With oil hovering just north of $80 per barrel, many are starting to question the future of pipelines, tar sands and other resource intensive extractive projects.

What Naomi Klein Needs To Learn About Alberta vs. Other Oil Jurisdictions

Cody Battershill | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

There's something about a new Naomi Klein book that always seems to attract a lot of attention. And not just from middle-of-the-road Western Canadians like myself who work hard for a living and enjoy the beautiful, natural settings where we live, work and raise our families. No, Klein even seems to attract the ire of -- you guessed it -- "big environmentalism." It's a credit to her proven ability to lay out the controversial argument. People love that.

Nine Risky Oil Company Projects Every Canadian Investor Should Know About

Kevin Grandia | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Business
Kevin Grandia

A new report released today finds that seven of the largest publicly-traded oil companies in the world are putting billions of dollars in jeopardy by investing in high-cost, high-risk oil extraction projects. Many of the most risky ventures are right here in Canada and many of the companies named in the report figure significantly in Canadian pension plans and mutual funds.

This Is How Quickly The Oilsands Are Growing

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Oilsands production is expected to grow steadily in the years to come, but at a slower pace than previously forecast because of rising costs...

Turbulence in the Fort McMurray Skies

Theresa Wells | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

The residents Fort McMurray and region are reliant on specialized emergency services - and in situations where minutes do matter and where lengthy transportation delays can result in poor medical outcomes, including death. We are a region of remote communities, work camps, isolated roads, industrial sites and thousands and thousands of people for whom these night flights can mean the difference between life and death. It's a pretty stark reality - and it is time for everyone to recognize it and come back to the table.

CBC Is Reviewing Its Ethics Because, This Guy

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Business

CBC is looking at requiring freelancers to disclose their speaking fees amid questions about Rex Murphy's speeches on the oilsands, The Vancouver Obse...

Stop Smearing Canada's Environmental Record

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Like Mr. Mulcair, Dr. Jaccard has gone down to Washington to try to shame Canada into walking away from a prospective source of prosperity and employment for the people of Canada. He does his country no service tossing around overheated rhetoric which only arms Canada's competitors and critics against her best interests.

Oliver Asks For More Energy Ad Dollars

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is spending $40 million this year to advertise Canada's natural resource sector — principally oil and gas — a...

An Oil Railway In B.C.?

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada British Columbia

OTTAWA - CN Rail, at the urging of Chinese-owned Nexen Inc., is considering shipping Alberta bitumen to Prince Rupert, B.C., by rail in quantities mat...

Neil Young's Utopian Vision of Mother Earth

Mark Milke | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

In the 20th century, much of the divide in politics and policy was over how best to create jobs, incomes and keep people from starving--how to create opportunity as part of the good life. Those on the "left" argued for state intervention and often outright state ownership; those on the "right" pointed to open markets and other elements of capitalism as the superior route to avoiding poorer populations.

Harper's Sneaky NEB Act Revisions Violate Our Charter Rights

Tzeporah Berman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Tzeporah Berman

Foreign markets are buying up our resources, corporations are getting rich, and average Canadians are taking on all the risk. Unfortunately, Canada has a poor record of enforcement against oil companies, and prosecutes less than one per cent of environmental violations in the oil sands. Because of changes to the NEB Act last year, Canadians must do tremendous paperwork to have their voices heard, but some are fighting back.

How More Pipelines Will Pump Up the Prices

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 10.20.2013 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Canadian drivers may think that TransCanada's Energy East pipeline, which will allow Alberta to ramp up oil sands production while boosting the flow of oil to eastern Canada, will translate into lower pump prices. Think again.

Heartbreak at the Edge of Canada's Tar Sands

Caitlyn Vernon | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Caitlyn Vernon

"Here," said a Heiltsuk friend as we began the walk, "put this in your pocket, it will help protect you." She handed me a piece of dried Devil's club bark, medicine from the B.C. coastal rainforest to carry with me as we walked by Alberta's tar sands facilities. Strong medicine was definitely in order as my lungs hurt, heart ached, and eyes welled up with tears with all that I witnessed.

Canada Pulls its Goalie on the Environment

Adam Scott | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Adam Scott

Canada's ability to oversee large energy projects is crumbling. No matter which way you look at it, Canada's regulatory system just isn't up to the challenging task of protecting the health, environment and economy of Canadians from risky energy projects.

Canada Losing Billions Thanks To Oil Bottlenecks: Report

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada lost out on about $25 billion in oil revenues last year due to pipeline and production bottlenecks and is expected to lose $15 billion...

What If The Exxon Valdez Happened In B.C.?

CP | Rebekah Funk, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The date March 24, 1989 remains a black mark in the minds of environmentalists and coastal communities as they witnessed a massive oil sli...

Fact-Checking Canada's Environmental Record

Clare Demerse | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Clare Demerse

With consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal heading into the home stretch, a parade of Canadian politicians have been making the trek to the U.S. to try to convince the Obama Administration of the pipeline's merits.The good news is that the recent visitors -- from Premiers Redford and Wall to federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver -- now acknowledge that Canada's environmental record is crucial to the upcoming U.S. decision.The bad news is that there are some gaping holes in that record.

Pipeline Squeeze Could Ruin Canadian Economy: Report

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - The inability to get western Canadian crude to the right markets is costing the country's economy dearly, according to a new report paid for...

Sunny Freeman

The Road Forward: Canada Looks To Obama For Leadership

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO -- As Barack Obama swears the oath of office at his second inauguration Jan. 21, the Canadian government and its people are looking for leader...

'Growing Trend' For Canada's Oil Sands

CBC | Posted 02.07.2013 | Canada Politics

The federal government has reached "a level of discomfort" with foreign investment by state-owned enterprises in Canada's energy sector. ...

The Key to Creating 18,000 New Canadian Jobs

Keith Brooks | Posted 01.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

We looked at the $1.3 billion in taxpayer money our federal government currently hands to the oil industry in the form of subsidies and asked: what if, instead of subsidizing polluters, the money was invested in industries that cut pollution? We crunched the numbers and found that $1.3 billion invested in renewable energy or energy efficiency could create between 18,000-20,000 jobs.

Redford, Marois Talk Eastern Oil Pipeline

CP | Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - The premiers of Alberta and Quebec have agreed to consider shipping oil to Eastern Canada after a similar proposal stoked tensions in the We...

Too Many Oilsands Projects Or Not Enough?

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada Alberta

Canadians need to get with the program and realize how vital Alberta's oilsands are to the economy, says a new report. Deloitte Canada's report, Ga...

Rail Companies Have Inside Track For Hauling Crude?

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Rail companies face no regulatory hurdles for hauling western Canadian crude oil to markets, but pipelines — which do face such hurdles —...

Giant Fence To Save Oilsands Caribou?

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Penning wild caribou in the oilsands region is a recovery option for the species that should be considered, says a federal document that ec...