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Recent Research

Boom, Bust, and Consolidation

Corporate Restructuring in the Alberta Oil Sands

This report for the Corporate Mapping Project analyzes the accumulation dynamics of the 'Big Five' oil sands producers through the latest commodity cycle of boom, bust, and consolidation.

Provinces Apart?

Comparing Citizen Views in Alberta and British Columbia

This report looks at data from a survey of residents of Alberta and BC taken just as the conflict over the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was set to erupt, and suggests less polarization of opinion between the two provinces than recent events would suggest.

Recent Blog Posts

Farm injury data supports mandatory safety rules and injury compensation

Bob Barnetson looks at what WCB data reveals about the impact of mandatory workers’ compensation coverage for paid, non-family farm workers in Alberta.

Despite realpolitik, new farm worker safety rules are a significant win

While the government's new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) rules affecting paid, non-family farm workers in Alberta represent a significant win for farm worker safety, a number of troubling exceptions will continue to heighten the risk of farm worker injury and death.

Proposed child labour laws are naïve and dangerous

Labour relations professor Bob Barnetson explains why new rules regulating youth employment introduced as part of the Alberta government's sweeping update to employment standards could make a bad situation even worse for young workers.