Do The Wet’suwet’en Chief’s Trying to Block The Coastal GasLink Pipeline Speak for the Wet’suwet’en People?

With all the talk of Indigenous rights being trampled on by governments and big oil, you are probably not surprised by the blockades that have poped up, reportedly in support of the Wet’suwet’en.  The problem is, the Wet’suwet’en Chiefs DO support Coastal GasLink. “What?!?!” you say, “How can this be?  I have seen Wet’suwet’en Chiefs saying they have not been consulted and do not approve” Well, it turns out that the “Chiefs” you see on TV really aren’t Chief’s in…

A Story of Action: The Complete Early Coronavirus Timeline

This site has a focus on China but has been avoiding the Wuhan coronavirus because we could not add useful information to the cause.  Today we reviewed many press releases and articles to develop a useful timeline of events relating to the coronavirus: CLICK TO EXPAND GRAPHIC At this point some of the facts are becoming fuzzy so here is the timeline of the first 45 days with coronavirus:   Date Wuhan Coronavirus Details Dec 28 2019 Pneumonia cases linked…

VIDEO: The Simple & Scientific Explanation for Tribalism in Modern Politics Globally

Have you ever wondered why facts just don’t matter anymore?  Take a look at this chart from FiveThirtyEight.com showing public support for removing US President Trump from Office after being implicated in seriously inappropriate actions in 2019/2020.  If that isn’t enough look at our popularity charts comparing US President Trumps approval ratings to Johnson, Regan, Carter, Regan Bush, Clinton, W Bush and Obama. It used to be that political parties of all stripes had a mixture of perspectives, but modern…

VIDEO: Highlights of The Alberta ‘Fair Deal Panel’ Town Hall in Airdrie

If you want to understand why Alberta is different, just watch this video.  We have attended many similar meeting in other Provinces over the years and seldom seen such thoughtful, calm, and well argued positions by members of the general public. If you don’t have time to watch the full 20 minute highlight reel, we urge you to watch these four excellent segments that are each about 90 seconds long: Marnie Marr Accountant from Airdrie explains the Alberta experience from…

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

UPDATE: Jan 28 2020 – Below is the full 110 minute event.  If you don’t have that time you can watch our 20 Minute Highlight Reel HERE. ____________ This is the full uncut 110 minutes of Alberta “Fair Deal Panel” Airdrie Town Hall from January 27th at 6:30pm:   On Thursday, January 27th, 2020, Premier Jason Kenney’s “Fair Deal Panel” will hold a public town hall in Airdrie at the Town & Country Centre from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, to hear…

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,…

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: 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…

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…

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…