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Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole holds his first news conference as leader on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in August 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The risk of ‘peak oil demand’ for Canada’s Conservatives

Recent industry reports indicate that we may be approaching peak global demand for oil. If that's the case, the federal Conservatives may need to rethink their electoral strategy.
A decommissioned pumpjack at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., October 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

The growing cost to clean up abandoned and orphaned wells

More oil and gas wells risk becoming orphaned given the long-term downward trend in the industry.
Rocks painted with the message “every child matters,” commemorate Orange Shirt Day, Sept. 30, about creating meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and their legacy. (Province of British Columbia/Flickr)

Racism contributes to poor attendance of Indigenous students in Alberta schools: New study

A study in one Alberta school board found racism contributes to poor attendance of on-reserve Indigenous students in public schools, despite educators not recognizing this as a barrier.
Scarecrows float in an oilsands tailings pond to keep birds from landing, in Fort McMurray, Alta., in June 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

New technology makes wastewater from the oilsands industry safer for fish

New regulations will allow oilsands companies to release 1.3 trillion litres of liquid waste into the Athabasca River in 2022. A new technology could clean the wastewater before it's let go.
An RCMP officer looks on as supporters of the Wet'suwet'en Nation block a road outside of RCMP headquarters in Surrey, B.C., in January 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Provincial governments are setting the stage for more violence against Indigenous Peoples and their lands

The passage of laws in Alberta and Saskatchewan granting police greater powers and weapons are seen as a direct attempt to stifle protests by Indigenous Peoples.
The sun is setting on oil and gas. Creating green income trusts could give private investors incentives to massively scale up investments in new low-carbon energy technologies — and help the province of Alberta. (Pixabay)

Green income trusts could accelerate Canada’s energy transition

Research into income trusts shows that they once helped increase investments in oil and gas. They could do so again — but this time targeted towards low-carbon technologies.
With Alberta schools closed, Caleb Reid, 17, and his siblings are home schooling in Cremona, Alta., shown here, March 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Under the guise of coronavirus response, Alberta justifies education cuts

In the face of mounting crises in Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney's decision to cut funding intended for educational assistants is bad policy.
A fire burns in Squamish, B.C. on April 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Felix McEachran Mandatory Credit

How coronavirus could make a bad wildfire season even worse

Unstable funding, social distancing and the likelihood that other countries won't be able to help — these all raise the potential of a nightmarish scenario.
Pumpjacks pump crude oil near Halkirk, Alta., more than a decade ago. Oil prices have plunged into negative territory due to the glut created by the COVID-19 global economic shutdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougall

Oil crash explained: How are negative oil prices even possible?

Alberta oil is the collateral damage of the oil war between Russia and Saudi Arabia, with COVID-19 launching an additional attack. The province's oil industry will struggle to recover.
A pumpjack works at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta. Albertans are frequently critical of Canada’s equalization program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Why Canada’s equalization program needs a major overhaul

It's virtually impossible to determine if Canada's equalization program is succeeding or failing. That means it's in dire need of a major overhaul rather than small tweaks here and there.
COVID-19 is resulting in dramatically decreased demand for gasoline and jet fuel, but it’s just the latest in a string of bad news for oil producers. (Shutterstock)

The coronavirus is just the latest blow to oil producers

COVID-19 is a huge challenge for the whole world, and Canadian oil producers, already suffering from long-term market trends, will be particularly badly hit.

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