VIDEO: Microsoft Increased Productivity 40% in Japan By Taking Fridays Off

It may be counter intuitive but Microsoft actually increased output by 40% in its 2500 person Japanese operations by mandating three day weekends in August 2019.  Most of the performance gains came from: reduced meeting length the majority of meetings changed from one hour meetings to 30 minute meetings having more remote meetings primarily using Microsoft Teams More than 90% of staff said they preferred the 4 day work week to the traditional 5 day and Microsoft intends to run…

The Cure For Canadian Pipelines: Ask Your Doctor If Ovintiv Is Right For You

Today one of linchpins of Canadian energy, EnCana, announced it is changing its name, has a new logo and is moving its ‘domicile’ (legal/trading head office) to the United States. Of course, they claim that there will be no job losses in Canada but that is clearly not the way the real world works.  Former employees of Nova, Nexen and Devon can tell you first hand the effect corporate mergers, acquisitions and relocations actually have on staff. Several analysts are…

How Much Is Tuition Subsidized In Canada & Where Does All That Money Go?

Many students complain that they are overpaying for tuition.  While angry student marches and high profile media events are main stay of student life, the reality of the post secondary education funding is quite a different story than you might expect. In reality, degree granting college and university students only pay about 25% of the cost of their education in Canada.  According to Statistics Canada: “…The proportion of revenues from tuition fees has grown from 23.5% in 2011/2012 to 26.6%…

2019 Canadian Federal Election Results List For Every Riding

We found it difficult to source a simple table of the 2019 Canadian Federal election results but did find a list of vote tallies from midnight on Election day on the Elections Canada website.   We cleaned up the data (removed 20+ fringe parties and unneeded columns) and make it available below. It is important to note that the results did change in some ridings but this table provided us with a base to work from in our article: If Greens…

If Greens Did Not Split the NDP Vote, Canada’s 2019 Federal Election Would Have Had A Different Outcome

The Green Party of Canada was on the fringe until the last two elections.  Previously they had a logical platform that was very similar to the Conservatives but with a focus on clean energy and illogical rejection of Nuclear energy.  However, Green positions have recently moved the far left, by Canadian standards. This repositioning of the party has put them in direct competition with the New Democratic Party for votes, as the Conservatives and Liberals attract nearly all of the…

A View From The Inside The 2019 Canadian Federal Election: Everyone Can Vote

For the October 21st 2019 Federal Election I applied for and was offered the position of Central Poll Supervisor in a small city near Calgary, Alberta.  I was surprised by several things you may find interesting. In particular I was surprised at Elections Canada’s drive to ensure every Canadian votes.  You might think that an odd finding but Elections Canada is a Government department and many of those are not known for their singular concern about the public. My seven…

Trade Numbers & Opinion: Why US Trade Wars with China, Mexico & Canada Have Not Bought Jobs Back to the United States

If you have been following the President Trumps Trade War with China (and to a lesser extent, Canada, Mexico and Europe) you might think it will be good for US workers in the long run. It turns out that after nearly three years of increasingly aggressive trade sanctions that China has been hurt, but shockingly it has actually resulted in INCREASED imports to the United States on net.  Here are the facts: Manufacturing companies are leaving China, but they are…

VIDEO: $16/Hour Wage Requirement in USMCA / NAFTA2 Explained

The new NAFTA (aka North American Free Trade Agreement or United States Mexico Canada Agreement) has an interesting minimum wage requirement that is not well understood.  Here are the key facts: USD $16/hour wage minimum is required on 40% of the components in cars and 45% of the components on trucks The $16/hour is required to be paid by the manufacturer to its EMPLOYEES and not the contracted suppliers to companies like GM, Chrysler and Ford $1.60 of that $16/hour…

What is the Difference Between Minority and Coalition Government?

The most straightforward form of government is a “majority” government.  Majorities occur when a single party receives more than 50% of the seats.  Minority and Coalition governments occur when a natural majority was not achieved, but what is the difference? What is a Minority Government: A minority government is formed when the party that wins the most seats, but less than 50% of the total, informally agrees to work another party (or parties) on specific areas of agreement to archive…

Can Oil Pipelines Be Used To Transport Other Materials?

What happens to oil pipelines in a post oil world?  Many people think the massive expenditures in pipelines result in a permanent oil infrastructure.  The fact is that pipelines originally constructed to move oil are both reversed and repurposed all the time. The graphic to the right is from 2014 and shows that oil pipeline reversals and repurposing are not new. Here are some real world examples about what happens to old oil/gas pipelines. PIPELINE REVERSALS: Enbridge ‘Line 9’ reversed the…

Are Tesla’s New v3 SuperChargers The Real Path To Profitability?

It has been noted that during the gold rush most miners did not get rich, but the people who sold them their pick axes and dynamite certainty did.  In the same vein Google has said it is not those with the most powerful computers that will win in the future, it is those with the most data.  Perhaps electric cars are the same. Tesla just released amazing new version 3 electric charging stations in Regina Saskatchewan Canada: “…The new stations…

VIDEO: Colin Powell on Donald Trump: The US Constitution Starts With ‘We The People’ Not ‘I the President’

At PartisanIssues.com we shy away from opinion and stick to facts.  However, the recent impeachment process involving US President Donald Trumps potential abuse of power has us interested in what serious people in the Republican party have to say about the matter. We stumbled on a fascinating talk between Fareed Zakaria and former US secretary of states Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright at the New Albany ‘The Jefferson Series‘.  In it both Albright and Powell make some excellent non-partisan points…

VIDEO: Alberta Company Produces Ultra Cheap Hydrogen In the Ground Avoiding All Greenhouse Gases

Proton Technologies of Calgary has taken existing technologies and combined them into a method or ‘process patent’ that gives them exclusive rights to produce hydrogen in the ground.  This means that all of the CO2 and other greenhouse gases remain locked in the ground where they have been for millions of years. It also massively reduces the complexity and cost allowing Hydrogen to be produced 80% to 95% cheaper than the current process.  At that rate, hydrogen will be several…

How to Easily Vote TODAY for Canadian Federal Election & Avoid The Lines

You probably already knew you could vote: on election day in by joining thousands of people in line in limited site advance polls with dozens of people in line by mail in ballot but did you know you can vote NOW at ANY of the 500 temporary or permanent Elections Canada offices? Between now and October 15th, 2019 from 9am to 9pm you can just walk in with your ID.  You do NOT need to have your voter card, although…

Think Nuclear is Dead or Dangerous? Bill Gates Says Think Again

The nuclear energy industry has a bad rap.  Accidents at Fukushima Japan and Chernobyl Russia, using 1950’s technology, scared citizens and politicians into thinking that nuclear energy is both dangerous and dead. Even with these massive events, the fact is that nuclear was always RELATIVELY safe.  We say relatively because all systems have flaws and failures but nuclear is far superior to coal or even natural gas and wind power. However, in the 1970’s and 1980’s much research was done…

Coal vs Nuclear: What Environmentalists Now Say

We have never had so much easy access to highly reliable scientific information but intentionally misleading fake news, politicians and interest groups promoting their pet agendas and outright crackpots have left the public scared and confused on so many issues.  Nuclear power is one of those issues where the conventional wisdom is just plain wrong. ‘Everyone knows’ that nuclear power: isn’t safe and never will be has killed hundreds of thousands of people has permanently contaminated millions of square kilometers…

Can A Calgary Startup Really Reshape the Global Energy Business?

A few weeks ago, a small privately held Calgary startup named Proton Technologies announced they were successfully generating cheap hydrogen from old oil fields.  Today we interviewed their CEO, Grant Strem, and learned that the company already had net positive cash flow with big plans for the near future. Producing Hydrogen with ZERO Emissions at 20% of the Cost? Keeping the process in the ground means there is no expensive carbon capture requirements.  The process, shown to the right, produces…

VIDEO: Gladwell Explains Why We Should Trust Strangers More But Downplay The Value of Face To Face Meetings

In Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, Talking to Strangers, he explains a theory that while humans are better off for trusting strangers, that we are terrible at over valuing personal interactions.  He bases most of his position research fro University of Alabama professor Timothy Levine’s research: He discusses US President Donald Trumps over valuing his personal meetings with Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Mussolini, Chamberlain, Stalin and Churchill’s interactions with Hitler Here is the audio and a machine transcription of…