Economy and Economic Development

Betting on WTI is a Short-term Strings Attached Solution

The Alberta government stopped collecting the fuel tax at the beginning of April in an effort to provide “real relief” to Albertans impacted by rising fuel and inflationary costs. The tax cut saves motorists up to $0.13/L on gasoline and diesel but reduces the provincial revenues by approximately $1.3B (nearly 3% of provincial revenues).  For …

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How Long Will Investor Confidence Last?

The International Transactions in Securities monthly report covers transactions in stocks, bonds, and money market securities between non-residents and residents of Canada. The report covers both Canadian and foreign issues in equity and investment fund shares and debt securities. Equity and investment fund shares include common and preferred shares and shares of investment funds. Debt …

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How Did COVID-19 Impact the Canadian Manufacturing Sector?

Consumers usually realize fairly quickly just how important the manufacturing sector is when they stare at empty shelves while shopping. In some cases being confronted with an empty shelf can lead to hysteria and panic leading to irrational behaviour. Generally, most consumers, pre-pandemic, never really had much cause to be concerned about how the Canadian …

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Are Your Occupational Skills Up to Muster?

Over half of all employed Canadians (52.7%) are working in occupations that value and require active learning skills. “Active learning” involves having the ability to understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. There is now a notable increase in the proportion of workers employed in a variety of …

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Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Is Political Clamoring Helpful or Harmful?

Caught between a rock and a hard place. This best sums up the position that the UCP government recently found itself in as it announced new, stricter lockdown measures for Christmas across the province of Alberta. The government is attempting to “bend” the rising curve of COVID-19 infections. The premier and his most trusted ministers …

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The Rise of Zombies in the Wake of COVID-19

We are spending double the amount of time on our streaming platforms compared to last year, close to 45.4 billion minutes spent on Netflix alone in the first few weeks of March 2020. Movie titles such as: 28 Weeks Later (2007), Quarantine (2008),  Carriers (2009), and I Am Legend (2007), have provided an escape from our quarantined hideouts. Unfortunately, such movies about a virus-infected planet and roaming …

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