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January 2017

Alberta tech sector leads the way as economy rebounds: BDC study

"A recent study from Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) suggests confidence in the

The survey of 4,000 small and mid-sized business owners found 50 per cent of Alberta entrepreneurs expected their revenue to increase in 2017. That’s a slightly lower percentage than the rest of Canada, at 69 per cent, but still an improvement over last year.Alberta tech sector leads the way as economy rebounds: BDC study" Read more HERE


Driller training rebounds in Alberta as oil prices stabilize

"Bundled up “like a snowman” on a wind-whipped Precision Drilling rig in wintry eastern Alberta, rookie hand Dan Brook says he couldn’t feel more removed from his childhood home on the south coast of England.

For the 32-year-old, whose family moved to Canada 20 years ago, his new profession offers hope of a better life after 15 years working at low-paying hotel and mechanic shop jobs in Alberta and New Brunswick."

“I would like to see it as a career,” he says. “As of right now, definitely, I’m just going to throw myself into it as if I plan on doing it for the rest of my life and go from there.” Read more HERE

Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan: What the province's environment minister says about it

"Albertans often ask me how the Climate Leadership Plan will affect them and their families.

It’s a good question.  And with all the fear-mongering out there about the plan, it can be hard to get to the truth.

Three benefits stand out. First, the Climate Leadership Plan paved the way for the approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, a historic decision that will open up new markets for our energy products, creating tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity.

Second, the Climate Leadership Plan protects Albertans’ pocketbooks.  Sixty per cent of Alberta families will get full carbon levy rebates. Those rebate cheques start arriving this month.   And every penny raised by the levy will be invested back to diversify Alberta’s economy.

And third, all Albertans will benefit from energy efficiency programs that will save families money on their home heating bills." Read more Here

Trudeau faces down tough, pro-oil audience in Calgary

"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was taken to task for comments he made about phasing out Alberta’s oilsands while speaking to Calgarians at a town hall on Tuesday night.

Trudeau emerged to a chorus of cheers but also some loud boos after being introduced by Veterans Affairs Minister and Calgary MP Kent Hehr." Read more HERE

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