September 30, 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the first large oil sands mine and processing plant in Alberta. Parkland Institute research manager Ian Hussey suggests five things to consider as we mark the anniversary.
Internationals pull out, domestic majors double down
Far from being a response to the Alberta NDP's climate policies, the recent moves by Shell and ConocoPhillips to pull back from the oil sands are part of an ongoing restructuring of the oil industry, both here in Canada and at a global level.
Bigstone Cree Nation member Angele Alook shares her letter of concern about the potential impact of proposals from Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) and Husky Energy on her nation's groundwater supplies.
In the second of two blogs on the recently announced SSHRC-funded Corporate Mapping Project, co-directors Shannon Daub and Bill Carroll explain what the project aims to accomplish over the next six years.
In the first of two blogs on the recently announced SSHRC-funded Corporate Mapping Project, co-directors Shannon Daub and Bill Carroll explain why the project is necessary in the context of the climate crisis.
The Need for Political Finance Reform in Alberta
A ban on corporate and union donations is widely expected to be one of the new NDP government's first bills, but it is important that the government does not stop there, but rather works to systematically change Alberta's campaign finance rules to reform the provinces’s political culture in the public interest.
One of the most frequently cited numbers during this election is the claim that Alberta's economy will shed 9000 jobs for every one percent increase in the corporate tax. But does this claim, made by economist Jack Mintz and repeated by both the Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives, really hold up to scrutiny?
In response to the latest Alberta revenue crisis, Premier Jim Prentice has increasingly been beating the austerity drum. But is an austerity agenda the best way for the province to deal with the current fiscal crunch?
Alberta needs income and corporate tax reform
It has now been a couple of weeks since Alberta Premier Jim Prentice floated the idea of a provincial sales tax in a speech to the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) luncheon (a trial balloon which Albertans soon overwhelmingly deflated, according to a somewhat-questionable poll on the issue).
The past year has seen numerous attacks on public services, democracy, and the rights of workers all under the guise of austerity and with the economic crisis as a backdrop. We have also seen mass mobilizations and organized actions in response to these attacks.