Currents: The hidden cost of unemployment in the West
By now, Albertans – and communities across western Canada – have become deeply aware of the economic and financial impact of low commodity prices. This is not limited to but most closely associated with the drop in value of the province’s oil. In September 2014, Western Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil sold at approximately $95Read More
Currents: Students seeking degrees with highest income potential
Completing university still yields income dividends – especially for engineering and business grads. The two major sources of data lend new insight into what incoming Canadian undergraduate students are choosing to study and what they can expect their incomes to be like once they graduate. Combined, they paint an intriguing picture of Canadian undergraduate students.Read More
Currents: The face of western Canada agriculture is changing quickly
When thinking of agriculture, Canadians might envision an industry characterized by large-scale grain production or ranches with a thousand head of cattle. Certainly the statistics – or even a simple drive through the Prairies – would seem to support this view. In 2015, Canada exported nearly $1.6 billion worth of beef products and $5.0 billionRead More
Currents: Survey results – Will debt crush the family farm?
“The industry will die if people cannot afford it.” “Good operators will and should take good calculated risks on debt.” “Once interest rates start to climb, we’re in big trouble.” As a part of our series on debt in agriculture, we asked the farming community to provide its thoughts on the growing level of debtRead More