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Recent Research

Betting on Bitumen

Alberta's Energy Policies from Lougheed to Klein

This report examines the history of Alberta energy policies as they apply to development of the oil sands. It contrasts the policies of premiers Lougheed and Klein, two of Alberta's most popular premiers and key to oil sand development in the province.

Will the Trans Mountain Pipeline and Tidewater Access Boost Prices and Save Canada’s Oil Industry?

This report challenges the argument that Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will lead to a higher price being paid for Alberta bitumen by getting oil from Alberta to tidewater.

Recent Blog Posts

A rising tide doesn’t lift all boats

What Census 2016 reveals about income inequality in Alberta

While the data on income from the 2016 census released last week has been presented as a good-news story, a closer look reveals a persistent and troubling degree of income inequality in Alberta.

Health and safety review is long overdue

The Alberta government is reviewing its Occupational Health and Safety Act for the first time since it was enacted in 1976. Based on the results of a recent worker survey, here are suggestions for changes that can be made to increase worker and workplace safety.

How gender and race shape experiences of work in Alberta’s oil industry

Alberta's oil industry is held up as one of the province's main source of "good jobs," but how the sector is experienced by those who work in it varies greatly based on gender and race.