LIVE STREAM: Alberta “Fair Deal Panel” Airdrie Town Hall

We will be live streaming the Alberta “Fair Deal Panel” Airdrie Town Hall on January 16th at 6:30pm, on this page.   Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement on Febuary 16th 2020: “I am shocked at the terribly sad news of the untimely death of my friend Jason Goodstriker. Jason was a proud member of the Kainai band of the Blackfoot people. He served as band councillor, and was elected as Alberta Regional Chief for the Assembly of First…

VIDEO: The Economic & Social Benefits of a 4 Day Work Week

What are the benefits of a 4 day work week, has a 4 day work week been tried and do workers support a 4 day work week? A recent study by the Henley Business School in Reading England had employees showed: 51% Were able to save cost 59% Employees spend more time developing their skills 62% Our employees are off ill less 63% It helps our organization attract and retain the right talent 63% They produce better quality work Ulm,…

One Third of US GDP Is Concentrated in Just 1% of US Counties & How This Effects Elections

In this short clip Fareed Zakaria explains that just 1% of US counties produce nearly one third of US output.  These numbers were generated by Bloomberg from new statistics from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis report. “…Just 31 counties, or the top 1% by share, made up 32.3% of U.S. gross domestic product in 2018… That’s despite these counties only having 26.1% of employed Americans and 21.9% of the population last year. SOURCE Put another way, 22% of American’s…

A Tale of Two Industries: Oil vs Automotive Sectors

Much is made of the auto sector in both the US and Canada.  It is thought of as the manufacturing heart of both countries and is fundamental to the ongoing success of the economy.  On the flip side of that, the oil and gas energy industry is socially and politically considered far less important. The energy industry is seen almost as a utility; something that is always there and does not require much attention whereas the auto industry is perceived…

VIDEO: Trump Impeachment? Politicians Voting Conscience Rather Party Do NOT Lose Future Elections

Conventional wisdom says that any American politician that votes against their party’s position will be severely punished by voters and loose the next election.  However, that facts do not support this. From Civil Rights, to the War in Afghanistan, to Medicare, to Gun Control, those politicians that voted against their party to take a principled stand have won re-election. These historical results explained by Jon Meacham, author of the 2019 book IMPEACHMENT: An Amercian History, may be helpful to those…

VIDEO: The Environmental Case to Canadian & American Energy

To someone living in the US or Canada, it probably appears that the whole world wants to shut down the oil and gas energy industry, but a slightly closer look shows nothing is further from the truth.  Western energy is correctly considered the both the saviour of the third world and the environment. Rex Murphy recently interviewed Modern Resources CEO Chris Slubicki in a deep dive into the how oil and gas from the western world, specifically, Canada, the US…

VIDEO: Complete Audio & Text of Phone Conversation Between US President Trump & Ukrainian President Zelensky

This is a followup to our article: Anatomy of an Impeachment: The Complete Timeline of the Biden Ukriane Trump Inquiry The basis of the impeachment of US President Trump is a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky but very few people have heard an audio recording of the call. Because no audio recording of the original has been released, we decided to use computers to read the transcript.  This has the advantage of depersonalizing the exchange and hopefully allows you…

In Simple Terms, Who are The Uyghurs & Why Is China So Afraid of Them?

If you know anything about China’s domestic social policies in recent years, it is likely related to the Uyghur minority.  China has been widely criticized by governments and activists around the globe for their claimed mistreatment of the these people: “…China’s aggressive media campaign comes after exposés published by The New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists about the government’s drive to detain a million or more members of largely Muslim minority groups in indoctrination camps. The…

Want To See Something Surprising? President Trumps Approval Ratings Compared to Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson

When we started researching this article we had intended to compare Donald Trump’s approval rating to Richard Nixon’s, but it became apparent that President Trumps ratings are: quite consistent over time ranging between 50% and 60% better than nearly all modern Presidents at this point in their history   Click to expand this chart We could write up an whole analysis of these graphs but they largely speech for themselves. One point we think worth making came from CNBC: “…The…

VIDEO: Mike Bloomberg’s Campaign Manager Explains How The US Democratic Primary System is Flawed

In this video Mike Bloomberg‘s Campaign Manager explains how the US Democratic primary system causes candidates to spend the vast majority of their time and money resources in States that will eventually vote Republican in the general election. MACHINE TRANSCRIPTION: [00:00:00] – Christiane Amanpour Kevin Sheekey is Michael Bloomberg‘s campaign manager and he’s joining me now. Kevin Sheekey, welcome. And I have to ask you the Ted Kennedy question if anybody remembers that. Why does he want to be president.…

VIDEO: Bloomberg’s Campaign Manager Explains That Michael Is Self Made Man & Not Billionaire Debutant

In this 3 minute clip Mike Bloomberg’s campaign manager explains Michaels background as a self made man and not self interested rich punk trying to buy the 2020 US Presidential election. MACHINE TRANSCRIPTION: [00:00:00] – Christiane Amanpour Kevin Sheekey is Michael Bloomberg’s campaign manager and he’s joining me now. I have interviewed Mike Bloomberg when he was mayor and as head of his foundation on many issues that as you say he’s been very successful on moving the dial climate…

The Uh-Oh Moment: The Psychology Of How Being Late To the Race Helps Micheal Bloomberg

Did you know that there is a hard pattern to the amount of effort put into projects and that this pattern can be seen in every from life, to sports, to meetings?  That pattern is a “U”.  When people are assigned a task they quickly meet and start thinking about the task at hand but then effort slumps until half way through the allotted time when effort substantially increases. In 1988 Connie Gersick from UCLA (now at Yale) wrote a…

The Numbers You Didn’t Expect: Canadian Provincial Transfer Payments Per Province Per Person

Canada is a group of diverse territories held together with a brilliant formula that effectively transfers money from wealthy Provinces to poor Provinces, or so the story goes.  The official name is ‘Equalization Payments’ and they are a core building block of Canadian confederation. For the first 75 years of Canada’s existence the money was transferred largely at the whim of the Federal Government but in 1957 a formal equalization formula was agreed upon. Unfortunately, the formula that is used…

Anatomy of an Impeachment: The Complete Timeline of the Biden, Ukraine, Trump Inquiry

UPDATE: Dec 18 2019: President Trump has been Impeached and we have a transcript audio recording of the Trump Zelensky call that resulted in this trainwreck HERE. There are just so many confusing details about how US President Donald Trump ended up being accused of trying to extort political support from the Ukraine in exchange for desperately need military weapons. To clarify this mess we spent hours digging through records and press releases to develope this complete Biden, Ukraine, Obama,…

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%…