Canada Oil

Don't Pretend The Pipeline Debate Is Only About Energy

Alan Ramón Ward | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Alan Ramón Ward

It sometimes sounds as though pipeline proponents are the true environmentalists among us. Commentary in favour of the pipelines has followed suit with generous explanations of our current needs and the realities of energy consumption. They ask: are opponents of the pipelines in denial about our current reliance on fossil fuels? And if these bleeding hearts do admit that we do need fossil fuels to power our country, are they comfortable importing Saudi oil forever? I believe that such questions willfully miss the point.

Keep Toxic Heavy Fuel Oils Out Of The Arctic

WWF-Canada | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

Human health, community well-being and the global climate system can't wait. It's been more than six years since accidental oil spills were identified as the most significant threat to Arctic marine environments, and five years since the IMO first discussed the issue of HFO.

Trudeau 'Waffling' On Pipelines Since Election: Ambrose

CP | CJME/CKOM | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Politics

Rona Ambrose and Trudeau were both in Saskatchewan on Tuesday.

Canada Will Take Longer To Recover From Oil Shock Than BoC Said

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Business

Strap in! It's going to be a long ride.

Canada's Parties Can't Make The 'Leap' On Pipelines

Gord Miller | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Gord Miller

How is it that the national debate is not about bitumen and the future markets for that commodity? Instead, people drone on about pipelines, an abstraction of the petroleum production. The mantra has become: "If we build them, money will come." But will it? Is the world market price for bitumen so attractive that success is assured if we can only get it to tide-water? The answer is simple: No.

Defending Italian Beaches From Oil Drilling Is Not Enough

Marco Morosini | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada
Marco Morosini

On April 17 we Italians will vote on a referendum which aims to hinder oil drilling near our coasts. The Italian government instead forces new domestic drilling for reducing oil imports. Simply opposing oil rigs before our door is short-sighted if we keep on burning more and more oil, provided that it comes from distant countries.

It's Time Employment Insurance Came With A Guarantee

Jerry Dias | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

No government should ever be allowed to take money out of the EI fund, and it may be time to consider entrenching that principle in law. Legislation that guarantees that the money workers pay into EI will be there for them when they need it would give those workers and their communities a great deal of comfort. Our new government has made significant steps in ensuring that EI meets the needs of workers and their communities. Guaranteeing the money will be there for them when they need it would be the next logical step.

I Don't Care About Oil

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

My MEI colleagues and I have signed, in recent years, a number of texts explaining among other things the merits of oil and gas development in Canada,...

Don't Confuse Peter MacKay's Pipeline Claims For Facts

Elizabeth May | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth May

There is a catechism of the fossil fuel industry, with oft-repeated claims that seem by repetition to escape examination. Peter MacKay's recent opinion piece on pipelines was a veritable greatest hits compilation of such claims. He writes that "pipelines are by far the safest means of transporting oil." The first muddying of facts is the notion that we are talking about shipping oil. All the current pipeline proposals, including Energy East, are primarily about shipping unprocessed bitumen. Bitumen is in a pre-crude state and can only be casually referenced as "oil" if one accepted the idea that grain should be referred to as "croissants" when discussing markets.

Canadian Oil Production Could Come To A 'Standstill:' Report

CP | Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Alberta

A number of factors are prompting energy companies to reconsider expansion of production.

Here's How To Make Sense Of Canada's Confusing 'Recession'

The RentSeeker.ca Team | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Business
The RentSeeker.ca Team

The Canadian economy is "technically" in a recession, as 2015 ended with two consecutive quarters of contracting GDP. Whether or not you personally agree with classifying the current economic situation as such, we are going through tough times. However, the recession does not seem to be bothering most Canadian economists -- or, for that matter, most Canadians.

Alberta Can Keep Health Care Affordable Amid Sliding Oil Prices

Martin Ferguson-Pell | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Business
Martin Ferguson-Pell

As world oil prices and the Canadian dollar slide perilously, Albertans must become more inventive and rigorous in managing our costs -- and our expectations -- especially in high-cost areas like infrastructure, education and health care. Health care is the biggest challenge.

Trudeau Shows Worrying Disregard For Canada's Economic Diversity

Erin O'Toole | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

The role of the Canadian government in both the short and long term should be to embrace and foster the growth of all parts of our diverse economy. The government should certainly not champion some sectors and demoralize others. Sadly, we have already started to see that approach by the Trudeau government.

6 Ways To Keep Your Emotions Out Of The Stock Market Drop

David Lester | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Business
David Lester

Look one or two years into the future, and focus on that. History has proven that the market can, and will, recover. In Feb 2009 the TSX was at its lowest, and by February 2011 it had doubled back. So prepare to be in this for the long haul, and you'll be richer for it.

Oilpatch Struggles To Adjust To 'New Normal'

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Alberta

"If you think that things are going back to business as usual, you're in denial.''

Canada's Climate Inaction Undermines Its Words In Paris

Cameron Fenton | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

I am really confused by my government right now, because when it comes to climate action, it feels like I have two different governments. One government is in Paris, and their words on climate sound like the kind of ambition we need. The other one is in Ottawa, and its actions are looking more and more like the Harper government's on climate change.

You Must Remove Your Blinders To Innovate For The Future

Leor Rotchild | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Alberta
Leor Rotchild

Blinders are often used to keep horses racing in a straight line and free from distraction. However, some horse race experts argue that true competitors want to see what's coming. They say expanding the field of vision expands possibilities. Blinders are fine if you're doing the same thing over and over like going around a track but adapting to a new set of circumstances requires you to see the whole context.

Scrapping Keystone XL A Victory For And By The People

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

Keystone was a fight that no one thought we could win. When the pipeline was first proposed, every energy analyst, every journalist and every politician either had never heard of it or thought the same thing -- the pipeline was a virtual certainty and its approval was imminent.

Why We're Giving Justin Trudeau A Climate Welcome

Cameron Fenton | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Cameron Fenton

Both Trudeau and his new ministers have their work cut out from them when it comes to really getting Canada back on course on climate. That's why today, I'm outside of Trudeau's home with dozens of other people kicking off what could be largest act of civil disobedience on climate change in Canada's history.

Could This Be the End of Offshore Oil Drilling in the Arctic?

WWF-Canada | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Impact
WWF-Canada

A moment of silence was observed at the start of the Arctic Energy Summit in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday, September 28, in response to Royal Dutch Shell's sudden announcement that it has abandoned oil exploration in offshore Alaska "for the foreseeable future." Shell's announcement was a bombshell and caught everyone off guard. The silence in the plenary session hall -- which happens to double as a hockey arena -- was surreal. I wondered: Could this be the end of offshore oil in the Arctic?

Sorry Harper, Muslims Have Become Inconveniently Sympathetic

Zarqa Nawaz | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Zarqa Nawaz

The timing for the image of Muslims to change from fire-breathing jihadi terrorists, frothing at the mouth to actual human beings could not have been worse. This election was supposed to be about economic renewal and getting tough on crime and instead we are in a recession and the papers are full of stories about Muslims drowning in the sea.

People Power Is Forcing Climate Change on the Election Trail

Cameron Fenton | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

In the midst of this early election storm, people across Canada started crashing campaign events of all the major political party leaders. Over the past seven weeks, the sight of community groups interrupting party leaders to demand answers on climate has become commonplace. People, and not just activists, across Canada and around the world understand that action on climate change means leaving fossil fuels in the ground. What we need now is for politicians to demonstrate that they understand this, and as we enter the second half of this election campaign we need people power to push them to make it happen.

How to Stand Out From the 34,999 Other New Job Seekers in Alberta

Sue Jacques | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Alberta
Sue Jacques

The pavement is about to be pounded by the estimated 35,000 people who have recently lost their jobs in our province. If you're one of them, you need to take action now to set yourself apart.

Weathering The Oil and Gas Storm by Enhancing the CFO

Marc Joiner | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Alberta
Marc Joiner

Though hardly out, oil is still down -- and the same goes for Canada's high-cost producers. And though this particular bust is not altogether like the last one, a comparison to the 1980s can be helpful.

The E.U. Needs to Stop Dangerous Trade Deals

Maude Barlow | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

We Canadians are writing to you, the Socialists, New European Left, and Greens, because you have the power to stop these dangerous trade deals. With this type of trade agreement, we have a choice: Do we accept rising inequality, unchecked corporate power, and lowered social and environmental standards, allowing the one per cent to become richer at our expense, or do we draw a line in the sand?