Tag Archives: natural resources

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

Time is ticking on getting a new Softwood Lumber Agreement

President Obama’s address to the House of Commons on Thursday touted the benefits of free trade and the co-operative relationship between the U.S. and Canada. While many of his remarks received thunderous applause, his silence on a major trade dispute that has been flaring up between the two neighbours for centuries was just as deafening. It was

Video | Alberta’s new climate plan, explained

On January 27, 2016, the Canada West Foundation, with Canadians for Clean Prosperity and Bennett Jones LLP, convened four expert panelists to dive deep into Alberta’s new climate plan. The speakers, including Andrew Leach, the chair of the province’s climate advisory panel, also faced questions from the audience about how Alberta can improve its environmental credibility

Bringing Canada’s emissions aspirations back to reality

Have you ever watched a TV show and felt that it could be reality in the not-so-distant future? Or watched a presidential race and wondered if it is secretly a reality TV show? (But let’s leave the latter for another time.) There’s a new show on Netflix called Occupied and it brings together current environmental

Good riddance, 2015

It’s hard not to say “good riddance” rather than “goodbye” to a year like 2015. There were good moments, for sure, but plenty more reasons to make us happy to start afresh in 2016. Paris figured largely in the world psyche in more ways than expected. The Paris climate spectacular was expected; the tragic murder

Video: Preparing for life without a Softwood Lumber Agreement

On Sept. 2, the Canada West Foundation released Branching Out: Preparing for life without a Softwood Lumber Agreement. In this video, I explain why the SLA matters for Canada’s softwood lumber industry and why without one, Canada is vulnerable to tariffs from a protectionist U.S. industry. I welcome your comments and feedback on the report.