Canada Oil

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

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?

More Oilsands Job Losses Incoming

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Business

The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors has revised its January jobs forecast and now predicts nine per cent more job losses.

Shale Gas Opponents Are Committed to the Unrealizable Goal of Zero Risk

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Opposition to shale gas development has been fueled by fears that fracking could adversely affect our drinking water resources. A just-released study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help douse such fears. The exhaustive, 998-page report "did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States."

Managing the Arctic: Moving North Towards the Ice Edge

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Oil and gas exploration-driven advancement towards the High North and the ice brink is disputed in Norway, as elsewhere. When examining factors such as oil prices and the northern harsh conditions, rapid industrial development in the Norwegian Barents Sea is not a given.

Canada's Crude Oil Production Lowest In Years: Report

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Business

A report by Barclays says Canada's crude oil production last month is estimated to be the lowest it has been in almost two years

Quebec Is Being Deprived of the Benefits of Shale Gas Development

Youri Chassin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Business
Youri Chassin

Largely overlooked in the shale gas debate that has taken place in Quebec in recent years between industry proponents and environmentalist groups were the farmers who might have benefited from having natural gas wells on their land.

We Should Transport as Much Oil as We Can by Pipeline

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Just about every aspect of our lives involves a certain amount of risk, of course. It's all about risk management. And indeed, despite the occasional high-profile accident like last week's spill in California, pipelines in general remain very safe. One realistic alternative to transporting Canadian oil by pipeline is transporting that same oil by train or by truck. Yet both of these methods of transport are less safe than pipelines. Logically, then, we should transport as much oil as we can by pipe, and as little as possible by rail or road.

A Look At Canada's Oil Sector Before And After The Collapse

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Alberta

In June 2014, the U.S. benchmark crude price averaged US$105.79 a barrel. By January of this year, it had shrivelled to just US$47.22.

185,000 Jobs At Risk In Oil Industry

CP | Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Business

"Certainly the impact is fairly significant in terms of various provinces and various industries feeling the oil price downturn."

The Contrasting Impacts of Plummeting Oil Prices

Peter Hall | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Canada's energy sector service and equipment exporters are in for tough times, and cash flows for oil and gas exporters will tighten significantly. This is already beginning to spill red ink on Canada's trade and fiscal statistics. However, Canada's non-energy sector exporters should see a substantial boost.

Quebec Should Ditch Wind Power Subsidies and Go for Oil

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Hydro-Québec indirectly subsidizes the wind power sector to the tune of $695 million a year, which amounts to some $200 per Quebec household to produce a tiny fraction of the province's energy. With an estimated 40 billion barrels of oil, developing this resource would provide a minimum of $160 million a year in royalties for the Quebec treasury over 30 years.

Oil Spill Cleanup Plan Needs Work: NEB Chairman

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Business

VANCOUVER - The chairman of the National Energy Board says the regulator has been "too conservative" in demanding information from oil pipeline compan...

It's Time to End Our Dependence on Oil

Bessma Momani | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Business
Bessma Momani

Periods of instability that punctuate oil price history, highlight the importance of energy sector reform, which can be made all the more effective if paired with climate change considerations. To avoid climate change pitfalls created by falling oil prices it is necessary to approach environmental reform in new and innovative ways.

Climate Karma Hits Home In B.C.

Eoin Madden | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Eoin Madden

April brought a fresh new proclamation for B.C.: get out and see the glaciers before they are forever confined to history.

Raw Dead Fish and Canada's Energy Policy

Paul Barter | Posted 05.29.2015 | 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.

Canada's Trade Deficit Widens

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Plunging oil prices took a bite out of the value of Canada's exports as the country posted a trade deficit of $2.5 billion for January, the l...

Canada Can No Longer Be 'Rogue Nation On Climate Change': McKibben

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Politics

"If we're to deal with climate change, the tar sands need to stay in the ground, full stop."