Alberta Politics: Oilsands phase-out freak-out explained: Conservatives see the road back to Ottawa going through Edmonton

PHOTOS: G7 leaders including Canada’s then prime minister, Stephen Harper, wander down the garden path in Schloss Elmau, Germany, in June 2015. Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Alberta Federation of Labour leader Gil McGowan, Opposition Leader Brian Jean and would-be Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney. OTTAWA “Funny,” Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan observed ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Desmond Tutu and the “Animals in War” Memorial

Everywhere you turn in London there’s a statue or monument commemorating an epic battle or a long dead sovereign. While interesting, none is as compelling as the Animals in War memorial.  It reduced me to tears. The Animals in War memorial consists of two mules struggling to approach a gap in a large thick wall. ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Between Hawks and Pragmatists, Currents in Oilsands Policy

Among proponents of the Alberta Oilsands, there exists two broad camps that are differentiated from each other on the basis of how best to advocate for the sector’s continued growth in the face of mounting opposition. For the purposes of this post, I label them oilsands hawks and oilsands pragmatists. Obviously, there is considerable overlap ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Maximize Oilsands’ Wealth, Upgrade Abroad

I share Robyn Allan’s concerns that when it comes to the Alberta Oilsands, debates over important policy issues often descend into “name calling.” However, I would also include mischaracterizations and hollow rhetoric, which Allan seems to have no problem engaging in. Framing whether Canada should upgrade more bitumen at home rather than abroad in terms ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Maximize Oilsands’ Wealth, Upgrade Abroad

I share Robyn Allan’s concerns that when it comes to the Alberta Oilsands, debates over important policy issues often descend into “name calling.” However, I would also include mischaracterizations and hollow rhetoric, which Allan seems to have no problem engaging in. Framing whether Canada should upgrade more bitumen at home rather than abroad in terms ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: A New, Robust Role for Alberta in Federalism

Alberta has long played a pivotal role in Canadian federalism, with its economic might and vast oil reserves. However, the province’s equalization contributions have never quite matched its ability to influence the national agenda. This is partly due to Alberta’s size, but also reflects the province’s subdued role on the national scene. For decades, the ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: A New, Robust Role for Alberta in Federalism

Alberta has long played a pivotal role in Canadian federalism, with its economic might and vast oil reserves. However, the province’s equalization contributions have never quite matched its ability to influence the national agenda. This is partly due to Alberta’s size, but also reflects the province’s subdued role on the national scene. For decades, the ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: The Market is the Solution

The Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is about collaboration. In a bid to meet public expectations and improve the industry’s image, 12 of the largest oilsands producers are teaming up, sharing information and intellectual property relating to environmental stewardship. By harnessing their collective strengths, they hope to improve the industry’s environmental performance and image. ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: The Market is the Solution

The Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is about collaboration. In a bid to meet public expectations and improve the industry’s image, 12 of the largest oilsands producers are teaming up, sharing information and intellectual property relating to environmental stewardship. By harnessing their collective strengths, they hope to improve the industry’s environmental performance and image. ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Harper’s Attack, Redford’s Consensus: Building National Support for the Oilsands

The Alberta Oilsands are a source of intense debate and discord both domestically and internationally. However, the future prosperity of the nation is inherently linked to Canada’s ability to take advantage of the resource and harness its potential. The challenge for proponents therefore becomes to cultivate broad based support, particularly domestically, as the resource’s land ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Harper’s Attack, Redford’s Consensus: Building National Support for the Oilsands

The Alberta Oilsands are a source of intense debate and discord both domestically and internationally. However, the future prosperity of the nation is inherently linked to Canada’s ability to take advantage of the resource and harness its potential. The challenge for proponents therefore becomes to cultivate broad based support, particularly domestically, as the resource’s land ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Overhauling RAMP

For 13 years, the Alberta Government has relied on the Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program (RAMP) to assess the impact of the oilsands. From resource development to environment, RAMP plays a significant role in developing provincial policy. 2004 RAMP Peer Review: “Reviewers reported serious problems related to scientific leadership and a lack of integration and consistency ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Overhauling RAMP

For 13 years, the Alberta Government has relied on the Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program (RAMP) to assess the impact of the oilsands. From resource development to environment, RAMP plays a significant role in developing provincial policy. 2004 RAMP Peer Review: “Reviewers reported serious problems related to scientific leadership and a lack of integration and consistency ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: WOA Profile: Lorraine Hoffman — Where Industry Meets Ancestry

“We’re all capitalists here. We’re not anti-industry, but we do strive to find a balance. We need to find sustainable ways of doing things.” — Lorraine Hoffman, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Councillor Work of Arts, the University of Alberta Faculty of Arts Alumni Magazine, has a great profile on Lorraine Hoffman, an alumni who is ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: WOA Profile: Lorraine Hoffman — Where Industry Meets Ancestry

“We’re all capitalists here. We’re not anti-industry, but we do strive to find a balance. We need to find sustainable ways of doing things.” — Lorraine Hoffman, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Councillor Work of Arts, the University of Alberta Faculty of Arts Alumni Magazine, has a great profile on Lorraine Hoffman, an alumni who is ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: The Case for Science in Developing the Oilsands

“The debate about oil-sands extraction has become polarized, with players cast as either totally against, or for developing the sands rapidly without regard for environmental consequences. Both positions are based on very little evidence. A more moderate approach, with the pace of development based on solid environmental science, would be better in the long run.” ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: The Case for Science in Developing the Oilsands

“The debate about oil-sands extraction has become polarized, with players cast as either totally against, or for developing the sands rapidly without regard for environmental consequences. Both positions are based on very little evidence. A more moderate approach, with the pace of development based on solid environmental science, would be better in the long run.” ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Review: World’s Greenest Oil – Turning the Oil Sands from Black to Green

For Peter Silverstone, cleaning up the oilsands has nothing to do with mitigating the effects of climate change. Rather, it has to do with mitigating the effects climate change has on oilsands. In the World’s Greenest Oil: Turning the Oil Sands from Black to Green, Silverstone argues that whether or not you believe in human ...

Straight Outta Edmonton: Review: World’s Greenest Oil – Turning the Oil Sands from Black to Green

For Peter Silverstone, cleaning up the oilsands has nothing to do with mitigating the effects of climate change. Rather, it has to do with mitigating the effects climate change has on oilsands. In the World’s Greenest Oil: Turning the Oil Sands from Black to Green, Silverstone argues that whether or not you believe in human ...