Category Archives: Oil and Gas

Ottawa holds vigil against Kinder Morgan

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By Marina Wang Protesters huddled together under the lamplight on a frigid evening outside parliament in what is likely to be the last nation-wide protest before a decision on the controversial Kinder Morgan pipeline is announced. The candlelit vigil is

Canadian growth of employment highest under foreign control

By Leila Lemghalef Foreign companies lead employment growth across Canada, according to Statistics Canada. Employment growth led by foreign majority-controlled firms was more than double the increase reported by Canadian-controlled firms, and employment in foreign firms is mostly concentrated in

Hopeful Signs For Pipelines

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By Jared Milne At first glance, pipelines to get Alberta’s oil to market seem as stalled as ever. Many people across Canada don’t seem to think the advantages of pipelines are worth the environmental risks they’re worried about. As I’ve

Minister confirms another misuse of TFW program by Alberta-based contractor

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By Brandon Kostinuk Earlier this month, via an anonymous source, Thinkpol.ca received information that an Alberta-based contractor for the oil and gas industry was recently granted approval for 10 temporary foreign workers (TFWs) while Canadian workers were left in the

Tax fossil fuels and turn to renewable energy to fight climate change, majority of Canadians say: poll

Thousands rally for climate action and a carbon price

A majority of Canadians (55%) favour imposing new taxes on fossil fuels such as gasoline, heating oil, and natural gas to reduce greenhouse gases and overwhelmingly endorse the growth of the renewable energy sector in Canada(93%), according to a new

Canada’s recession ‘self-inflected’, Unifor says

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The Conservative government’s poor economic policies are responsible for Canada slipping into another recession under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s watch as officially confirmed by Statistics Canada this morning, according to the union Unifor. “Working people see the weakness in our

RCMP planning mass arrest of indigenous activists under Bill C-51, supporters warn

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The RCMP are preparing to carry out a mass arrest operation against the indigenous Unist’ot’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in northwestern BC under Harper government’s Bill C-51 labelling as terrorists First Nations activists exercising their Aboriginal Title and Rights

Carbon Free by 2100: Stephen Harper’s Non-Committal Commitment

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By H. Grant Timms Most governments are exercises in contradiction between electoral platforms and performance, and often they try to convince people that the apparent contradiction isn’t one. Take, for example, the Harper government’s positioning on the military; they want

PC royalty miscalculation robs Alberta of $13.5 billion

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A royalty miscalculation by Alberta’s governing Progressive Conservatives robbed the province of $13.5 billion, according to a University of Alberta study. Alberta introduced new royalty formulas in 2009, expecting to collect an additional $2 billion per year in royalties, but,

Oil price drop: the windfall and the fallout

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By Dr. James Stanford, Unifor Economist A decline in oil prices by half is a major shock for the Canadian macroeconomy. In my judgment—and I actually worked, in another life, as an energy economist for a few years before I