Canada Energy

Want Smarter Government? Focus it

Mark Milke | Posted 10.07.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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.

For Energy Exports, Canada Is Running Out of Time

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

The University of Calgary's School of Public Policy has put out an important report that sheds light on an under-discussed dimension of Canada's energy export challenge: the time factor. At this point, most people (we hope) are aware that Canada faces physical bottlenecks in the transport of its energy resources to global markets.

Warren Buffett Is No Threat to Canada

Mark Milke | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Foreign investment is a win-win-win-win proposition for countries, consumers, the economy and shareholders. The only losers? Companies who dislike competition -- or people who think Warren Buffett poses an existential threat to Alberta.

The Northern Gateway Pipeline Is Critical to Canada's Economic Future

Janet Holder | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Business
Janet Holder

Using an outdated and tired argument that economic development can only come at the expense of our environment, David Miller recently dismissed Northern Gateway as wrong for Canada. I respect Mr. Miller, but I firmly disagree with his assessment.

'World's Greenest' Refinery Proposed For B.C. Coast

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - A Vancouver company is pitching a $10-billion oilsands refinery on British Columbia's north coast that aims to connect Alberta's vast energy...

How to Get Protein Working for You

Jane Dummer | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Want to feel full all day long? Keep your metabolism revved? Then eat 30 grams of high quality protein at breakfast! Are you thinking, "How does my bagel and bowl of cereal give me 30 grams of protein?" Well, it doesn't.

How To Change Canada's Energy Habits

Merran Smith | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada
Merran Smith

For utilities, behaviour-based energy efficiency programs could make for happier customers, as industrial and household ratepayers alike are ready to be empowered to better manage their energy use and bills. Similarly, policymakers charged with delivering on energy efficiency will appreciate having one more arrow in their quiver.

Why Alberta Is A Great Place To Call Home

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

Alberta has led all provinces in average annual economic growth over the last 20 years. Our unmatched strengths in agriculture, forestry and petrochemicals have earned us an international reputation but it is the energy sector that is our driving economic force. We are the energy hub in a nation that consistently ranks among the top 10 energy producers in the world. That's huge.

Elizabeth May's "4 Facts" Are Still Just Speculation

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Elizabeth May has chosen to respond to my critique of her Green Party website post "4 facts about Keystone XL" here on the Huffington Post Blog. It's ...

Seems the Fraser Institute Didn't Quite "Get" My Letter to John Kerry

Elizabeth May | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth May

The HuffPost blog from the Fraser Institute's Senior Director, Natural Resource Studies, Kenneth Green, set out to make me look uninformed based on my submission to the U.S. State Department on the proposed Keystone pipeline. From his first words, it was pretty clear he didn't grasp the concept of writing a letter.

Elizabeth May's Fact Sheet Is More of an Opinion Sheet

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Recently, Green Party leader Elizabeth May orchestrated an open letter to United States Secretary of State John Kerry, urging the U.S. to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. In her note, Ms. May states that she sent Mr. Kerry "4 facts about Keystone XL." Unfortunately, two of Ms. May's facts aren't actually facts, and two of her facts are so lacking in context as to constitute merely factoids.

Peanut Butter And Honey Oat Balls Are Perfect Post-Workout

Carolyn Berry | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carolyn Berry

I was trying to come up with the perfect high-energy snack for my 28-kilometre run this weekend, so I decided to combine many of my favourite snack food ingredients: peanut butter and honey! These little granola bar-like bites are perfect for breakfast on the run, as well as for pre- and post-workout.

The Proposed Kitimat Oil Refinery Is Just Another Barrier to Oil Sands Development

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Both the people lauding the refinery proposal and those condemning it miss the point. In tying pipeline development to the building of a heavy-oil refinery in B.C., MLA Andrew Mr. Weaver is not so much accepting a reasonable compromise as he is floating still another costly, lengthy, prerequisite to new pipelines.

What Our Biggest Carbon-Producing Province Can Learn From Washing Machines

David Dodge | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada
David Dodge

Standards are also incredibly powerful energy efficiency tools. While it's unlikely that we'll ban top-loading washers like we have incandescent light bulbs, as the price, reliability and efficiency of front-loading washing machines increases the old, inefficient top-loading design will simply fade away.

Pipeline Construction Would Boost Government Revenues

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

Discussions surrounding the need for new pipelines to transport Canada's oil to market have been a dominant economic, environmental and political issue for the past several years. Canada's overwhelming reliance on the United States as a customer, the U.S.'s growing energy self-sufficiency, and limited pipeline infrastructure have placed a low ceiling on the prices Canadians are able to secure for our energy exports.

What the TransCanada Pipeline Will Really Cost Us

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business
Carl Duivenvoorden

Because Alberta oil is landlocked and therefore traditionally sold below world prices, it's been suggested that bringing it east will lower energy prices for us. It's probably more realistic to expect that Alberta crude will get more expensive as soon as a pipeline links it to us, and the world market.

Why Phasing Out Coal in Alberta Isn't As Hard As They Say

David Dodge | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada
David Dodge

Ontario had exactly the same amount of absolute megawatts derived from coal as we do now and their last plant closes this year. It's a tiny little plant. It's in Thunder Bay which only has 300 megawatts and it's the last one to close and they'll have no more coal-fired power in that province.

Obama's Message to Canada: We Don't Want Your Oil

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

Whether or not one favors Mr. Obama's energy policy, there's one thing very clear about it: Canada's oil is not something that factors into Mr. Obama's calculations other than in the negative: it's not "American" energy, it's in the basket of "imported oil" that the U.S. wishes to curtail, and to Mr. Obama it's the wrong sort of energy.

Four Types of Dreams (and How to Interpret Them)

Linda Lauren | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Lauren

Our dreams are a way for us to process our waking world while we sleep. The things we haven't dealt with, consciously or subconsciously, often come to light in the dream-state where it feels safer to deal with them. There are four types of dreams I would like you to consider.

How Many Trains Must Derail Before We Agree on a Pipeline?

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Yet another train derailment involving petroleum products has re-invigorated the debate over how we transport oil in Canada. Reflexive opposition to pipelines flies in the face of the data, which shows that pipelines are safer modes of transport than railways or roadways. Environmentalists engaging in anti-pipeline crusades risk causing more harm than good as their pipeline-stalling actions divert oil transport to rail and road that would otherwise be transported more safely by pipeline.

The Latest and Greatest in the Energy Storage Space

David Dodge | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

When people think of energy storage, they think of batteries. We've had them in their modern incarnation for more than 200 years and there are examples in the archaeological record of things that could be batteries that are more than 2000 years old.