Pricey replacement parts have us racking up waste

I mean, who does that?  Who takes the top rack from a dishwasher – in an office? We recently moved offices. Anyone who has ever done so is already sympathizing with us. Actually, it hasn’t been that bad – once we found flooring to cover the bare boards on the floor and got the whole

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Basic income idea wins backing of Alberta mayors

Sen. Art Eggleton came to Calgary recently seeking to build support for a basic income pilot project. Basic income, also known as a guaranteed annual income, would ensure Canadians have enough income to meet basic needs and avoid the stigma associated with receiving welfare. Eggleton told an audience of about 150 at Calgary’s Central Public

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Loonie’s rollercoaster year a sign of the times in 2016

With the decline in oil prices, the falling loonie has had quite the year so far in 2016. In early 2016, the Canadian dollar hit the lowest it has been since 2003, when it closed at 71.02 cents US. As oil prices slowly began climbing, the Canadian dollar did too, reaching 77.55 cents US in June

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Premiers’ summit supports push for freer internal trade

Western provinces appeared to fare well in the Premiers’ Summit held last week in Yukon.   Before the summit, premiers across the country spoke publicly about some of their goals for the summit. For the premiers of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, these included a deal on interprovincial trade and on energy infrastructure. The agreement

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Let’s tap into the real Alberta Advantage – resilience

Alberta is going through a crisis. Oil prices have fallen substantially, with no imminent recovery, and many people have been laid off. Albertans seem to be at a loss on what to do. Before I started working at the Canada West Foundation, I worked at a museum in Alberta, and I have never been more

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A city and a province search for ways to move Onward

Photo credit: Calgary Chamber of Commerce Facebook You might not expect to hear aspirational speeches about the “economy of the future” and “moonshot” ideas about renewable energy from the Chamber of Commerce in one of the world’s most important oil towns. Yet that was exactly what we heard at Onward YYC, a conference hosted June

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