Canada Energy

Raw Dead Fish and Canada's Energy Policy

Paul Barter | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

The new TransCanada pipeline isn't about getting energy east -- it's about getting crude oil east. When discussing the environmental impact of oil sands development, stop using the benign sounding "tailings ponds" when we're actually talking about "toxic sludge." Ducks aren't killed when they land in ponds.

Oil-Train Derailments in Canada Expose Folly of Anti-Pipeline Movement

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

Four recent oil-train derailments--two in the United States and two in Canada accompanied by yet another drive-by rhetorical smear of the Keystone XL pipeline by U.S. President Barack Obama--have re-invigorated the debate over how Canadians and Americans transport oil.

Obama's Remarks About Keystone XL Need Some Corrections

Cody Battershill | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

First, Keystone XL does NOT "bypass the United States," as the President claimed it did in the earlier statement. A consultants report from IHS Energy found in February that "Canadian crude making its way to the USGC (the US Gulf Coast) will likely be refined there, and most of the refined products are likely to be consumed in the United States."

Actually, You Don't Need Carbohydrates for Energy

Mike Sheridan | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Living
Mike Sheridan

Of all the nutrition and fitness misconceptions I hear, this is the front-runner for most ridiculous: "I need carbohydrates for energy." Unlike protein and fat, carbohydrates supply none of the elements necessary to build or repair tissue in the body, and provide no essential component.

Keystone: Obama's Slow Motion Kabuki Theatre

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 03.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

The president's rationale for rejecting the Keystone Approval Act is not actually based on an assessment of whether Keystone XL is in the U.S. national interest--that process is ongoing at the State Department. Rather, Mr. Obama's veto justification is that the Act "attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest."

Five Ways to Go From Chaos to Calm

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada
Sharon Vinderine

What would happen if I could spend some of that "busy time" with non-stress related items? What if I could find a more peaceful way to start and end my day? What if I could make a few small subtle changes that could change the outlook on my day? A lot of what if's that needed a firm action plan.

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund -- A Success Story

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

According to the Oil & Gas Journal (OGJ), Norway had 5.83 billion barrels of proven crude oil reserves as of January 1, 2014, the largest oil reserves in Western Europe. The enormous income to the state from the industry made it possible to create a global pension fund that now owns more than one per cent of global share value.

Five Foods to Keep You Energized This Winter

Jane Dummer | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

If you're feeling down, lift yourself up with salmon. It's packed with protein, which is an essential nutrient for energy and building muscle. Plus, it contains vitamin D, which is necessary for immune and mental health. We synthesize vitamin D via our skin from exposure to sunlight.

Will Bitcoin Help the Energy Revolution?

Ben West | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Business
Ben West

I have spent most of my adult life organizing campaigns, trying to make change for the better in regards to climate change. I am now getting pretty ex...

Five Easy Ways To Kick Winter Blues to the Curb

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Join a gym or set one up in your house. Set a regular exercise routine and stick to it; put it in your weekly calendar. Often we feel more lethargic or uninspired because we feel a sense of not accomplishing much. Working out is a great item to check off on your to-do list, and has proven results in improving our state of mind, and of course, body.

B.C. Must Step Out Of Canada's Carbon Shadow

Jens Wieting | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jens Wieting

It's not too late for B.C. to become a true climate champion.

Why Clean Energy Canada's Claims Are Confusing and Inconsistent

Cody Battershill | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada
Cody Battershill

To recap: the organization first claimed there were more jobs in clean energy than in oil sands, then the organization denied it, then it released a brand-new blog post reaffirming in fact that it DID say precisely that in the first place. Are you still with me?

How To Sail Though This Holiday Season

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

To make the most of your energy you need to know yourself. What people, places and situations give you energy and which ones take it away? In the same way that the successful sailor stops to feel the wind, you must feel your energy. What energizes each of us it is different and there are no right or wrong answers. What catches my sail might leave you stranded at the dock.

Wind Offers a Healthy Way to Generate Power

David Suzuki | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

Wind power doesn't create pollution or global warming emissions. It's affordable and will never run out. Improvements to power-generation capacity, efficiency and affordability will continue to boost its importance in the energy mix.

Clean Energy Jobs Overshadow Oil and Gas Jobs? Oh C'mon!

Cody Battershill | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

By any fair analysis it is false that more Canadians are employed in green energy-related jobs than oil sands-related jobs. And it's part of Smith's divisive campaign to injure the oil sands in the view of the public.

Did You Think About All These Different Way Carbon Tax Would Affect You?

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Do you like meat? Sorry, expect the price of your meat to go up more than other foods that produce less greenhouse gas emissions (that also will apply to your pet food, by the way). Do you like fashionable clothing and buy new clothes annually? Expect the price of those new threads to increase under the new carbon price.

How Wind and Solar Lower Your Electricity Bill in Alberta

David Dodge | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

Solar energy in Alberta is still a tiny fraction of the total electricity mix, only five megawatts, but it's growing. Higher prices for solar electricity would certainly accelerate the process and get more clean solar energy on the grid more quickly, also helping Alberta with one of the biggest challenges it faces - reducing emissions in our fossil-fuel economy.

Why We Might Just Win This Fight Against the Tar Sands

Mike Hudema | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada
Mike Hudema

The battle to stop the tar sands is far from over but this week shows that when we work together and support each other, when we are bold and courageous we can climb and move mountains. We are growing in numbers every day, and together we can and already are changing the world.

Climate Change: It's Not the Science, it's the Policy

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its latest "Synthesis Report" drawing together the findings of the most rece...

Greenpeace Scales Oil Derrick to Send Solar Message

Mike Hudema | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

Alberta has the best solar and wind potential in all of Canada more than enough to power the entire province yet utilizes less than 1per cent of it. Alberta also has a highly skilled, trained workforce. Alberta has the welders, it has the electricians, it has the engineers, the machinists, it has all the people power it needs to make the solar powered leap.

Want Smarter Government? Focus it

Mark Milke | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

There are multiple reasons why governments choose the policy paths they do. Political survival is perhaps the most obvious explanation. But as with any organization, divesting of unnecessary businesses, projects and tasks that are off-mission helps sharpen the focus. That matters if one cares about smarter, more effective government.

No Province Should Ignore the Benefits of Fracking

Mark Milke | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Politicians are free to ignore the science, safety and history of hydraulic fracturing. But if the incoming New Brunswick government sticks with its election promise, it will outlaw (temporarily, at least) one of the more innovative ways to extract oil and gas in the 21st century. The science and risk-reward ratio are both on the side of hydraulic fracturing. The potential for a more dynamic economy is staring New Brunswick politicians in the face.

Three Interior Colour Design Tips for Positive Energy

Linda Lauren | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Style
Linda Lauren

A once drab environment is suddenly charged with the energy of a colour. Below are three quick colour design tips to help you create the desired results for your room or space.

Oil By Rail Is In Desperate Need of Clean-Up

Diane Francis | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Railways are transforming North America's energy sector and are, coincidentally, helping to save Canada's bacon. But the train business has been allowed to remain a 19th-century technology run with 19th-century mentality by workers without credentials. Aviation, by contrast, is heavily supervised and operated by licensed personnel with professional expertise and constant surveillance. For the moment, the critically important oil industry has been saved, but if governments aren't as tough as nails in their demands and dealings with the railways, then all bets are off.

How Tories Bully Charities and Abuse Power

Gareth Kirkby | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Gareth Kirkby

Canadian charities are experiencing an "advocacy chill" and changing the way they go about their work as a result of what they say is "bullying" by the Harper Conservative government. My just completed Master's thesis research finds that the denunciatory rhetoric of government ministers against charities, followed by stepped up audits is having its toll not only on charity operations, but also on the strength of Canada's public discussions and thus on the vigor of democracy itself.