Capital expenditures in Canadian oil patch plunge 58% from 2014

ATB report blames the decline on the completion of major projects and the dramatic oil price differential

Capital expenditures in Canadian oil patch plunge 58% from 2014The news from the oil patch continues to raise concerns across Alberta and Canada. The latest is the revelation that capital expenditure in the oil patch, a driving force of the national and provincial economies, is falling again. ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team on Thursday released data from Statistics Canada indicating that there were “whispers…

We can’t ignore the roots of some rural crime

Trotting out historical excuses for criminal actions will only leave rural residents to continue to be terrorized by gangsters

We can’t ignore the roots of some rural crimeRural crime near troubled reserves on the Prairies must be acknowledged if there’s any hope of remedying the situation. Doug Cuthand, an Indigenous Saskatchewan columnist, believes the phrase ‘rural crime‘ is code for crimes committed by Indigenous thugs. But in Saskatchewan, for example, an Indigenous man is 33 times as likely to be convicted of…

Has Saskatchewan Government Insurance outlived its purpose?

A private insurance corporation would be better suited to take on any risk, instead of leaving taxpayers to bear losses

Has Saskatchewan Government Insurance outlived its purpose?Ian Madsen and Alexandra Burnett Frontier Centre for Public Policy Many Crown corporations created long ago are showing signs that they’re no longer appropriate for life in evolving competitive markets. Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) may be one that’s outlived its purpose of providing vehicle insurance to Saskatchewan drivers. SGI is the monopoly owned by the…

Is the ‘shale revolution‘ already winding down?

The efficiencies of shale exploitation technology may be sowing the seeds of a rapid decline

Is the ‘shale revolution‘ already winding down?Calgary’s Business and Troy Media are pleased to welcome Brad Hayes to our roster of contributors. Brad is president of Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd., a geoscience consulting firm addressing technical and strategic issues around conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and development. He earned a PhD in geology from the University of Alberta, and a BSc…

Canada’s climate policy mess is hardly cost-effective

The federal government is simply layering a carbon tax on top of a pre-existing and very inefficient mix of regulations

Canada’s climate policy mess is hardly cost-effectiveIn the latest example of carbon-pricing confusion, the C.D. Howe Institute recently published a report that describes the federal carbon-pricing plan as “cost-effective” – while noting evidence that the overall policy mix is anything but. Since we don’t get to pick which policies bite, it’s important to see the carbon tax not in isolation but…

Crude oil and equivalent products production up 9.6%

Alberta (82.6%), Saskatchewan (10.3%) and Newfoundland and Labrador (4.7%) accounted for the vast majority of Canadian production

Crude oil and equivalent products production up 9.6%Canadian production of crude oil and equivalent products continued at a robust pace in August as production totalled 23.6 million cubic metres (148.6 million barrels), up 9.6 per cent compared with the same month in 2017, says Statistics Canada. And Alberta produced a record 19.5 million cubic metres of crude oil and equivalent products in…

Senior hockey leagues up and running

The SWHL and SVHL will both feature 18-game regular season schedules

Senior hockey leagues up and runningCrossroads Staff Senior hockey teams across west central Saskatchewan are playing exhibition games as they prepare for the start of their seasons set for next weekend. The Sask. West Hockey League (SWHL) and Sask. Valley Hockey League (SVHL) will kick off the regular season next Friday with the first games for teams in both leagues…

Immunization clinics ongoing across province

People are encouraged to get the flu shot to protect themselves and others

Immunization clinics ongoing across provinceKenneth Brown of The Crossroads Health officials in Saskatchewan have launched their annual immunization campaign for seasonal influenza, and walk-in clinics are starting to take place. Several walk-in immunization clinics have already taken place in the west central region since the beginning of the week. The official launch of the immunization campaign was Oct. 22.…

Commissions provide new funding for research projects

Combined $2.2 million from Sask Wheat and Alberta Wheat Commission to fund innovative wheat research

Commissions provide new funding for research projectsKenneth Brown of The Crossroads The wheat commissions in Saskatchewan and Alberta are supporting 11 research projects with new funds through the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) process. A joint announcement was made on Sept. 26 to highlight a combined investment of $2.2 million by the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) and Alberta Wheat Commission…

Sundial Growers partners with U of S for cannabis research

Project to study the effectiveness of using cannabis as a treatment for dementia

Sundial Growers partners with U of S for cannabis researchAlberta-based cannabis producer Sundial Growers is partnering with the University of Saskatchewan to research the efficacy of cannabis as a treatment for dementia. Clinical studies will be undertaken as part of the research. “With today's (Tuesday) announcement and similar collaborations with the University of Calgary and Sundial's Mitacs research initiative, we are demonstrating our commitment to becoming…