Who Has Makes More Electricity from Renewables: The US vs Canada

We recently completed research on an article evaluating how Alberta, Edmonton and Calgary generate their electricity and that got us to thinking about how Canada compares to the United States. In a word, Canada, largely because Quebec produces an outrageous (and growing) amount of Hydro.  Obviously this is a percentage calculation, given that the United States has 10 times the population of Canada. Canadian Electricity Generation Source 2016: SOURCE     United States Electricity Generation Source 2016: Of the 866…

Do Calgary, Edmonton & Alberta Get Most of Their Electricity From Natural Gas?

In the 1990’s I worked at TransAlta supporting their Sundance, Keephills and Wabamun coal plants that powered Alberta’s electricity needs.  Back then there was talk of changing to Natural Gas for base power but not much action. In 1995 I started working for an oil and gas exploration firm and on my first day the CEO told me that Natural Gas had been in the sub $3 range so long it just had to go up in the next couple…

VIDEO: Are Wages Stagnant Because Tech Firms Like Apple, Google & Facebook Have Replaced Worker Productivity With Technology Productivity?

This interesting video explains that while the world economy has recovered from the 2008 economic collapse, wages are still only growing at the rate of inflation; that is half of what they were growing before the Great Recession.  This is because the 80% of corporate profits are now concentrated in just 10% of companies and mostly those are tech giants.  The so called ‘superstar firms’ like Apple, Facebook and Google are advancing technology and intellectual property at a staggering rate.…

Is Toronto City Council Too Large: Toronto vs New York vs Vancouver vs LA vs Chicago

There has been much debate in recent weeks about the size of Toronto City Council.  Currently there are 47 elected councilors in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and newly elected Ontario Premier (and former Toronto City Councillor) Doug Ford announced he is reducing that number to 25. You can make solid arguments on both sides of this issue: Reasons To Keep Toronto City Council at 47 Better representation The cost of each councilor only about 0.00008% of Toronto’s $14.2B annual budget…

VIDEO: The Biology of Why Facts Don’t Win Fights

This site is all about the facts.  We strive to provide only a core analysis of the facts and try very hard not to editorialize.  However, we know that humans crave sensationalism and we had always attributed outlandish claims and slanderous statements on other sites (Fox News, PITA, YoungTurks, Breitbart, …) as the root cause of their high traffic. It was less of a surprise and more of a clarification that biology plays an important part arguments.  Put simply, facts…

Why Canadian Hand Gun Control Works & Why US Gun Control Does Not

Ontario Premier Doug Ford recently opposed additional hand gun controls by the City of Toronto.  Patchwork legislation on hand gun control would be very difficult to enforce and would likely have very little positive effect.  Handgun control needs to handled at a much larger level. Canadian Provinces are very large compared to US States (as large as Texas + ALL of the New England States combined) and only well connected to any other Province on its eastern side to Quebec. …

Solar & Wind Just Keep Crushing Production Predictions

Over the years many knowledgeable people have downplayed the contributions that Solar and Wind can play in the future.  On the other side we keep hearing about massive increases in Solar and Wind electricity production due to costs dropping precipitously.  So we wanted to know how often the so called experts are correct and how often their predictions are wrong. For the purposes of this article we will focus on predictions from the IEA (International Energy Association) because it is…

Most Popular Course In Yale University’s History Teaches Students How To Reduce Stress Through Real Social Interactions

Yale Professor Julia Santos teaches the most popular class in Yale University history on how to reduce stress through routine real, physical social interaction.  Social Media give today’s students the impression of interaction but it is so cursory as to only cause increase angst because students end up unnecessarily comparing them selves to others. What students (and everyone else) needs is routine social interactions like a coffee at Starbucks every morning where they talk to the staff or retail jobs…

Has The Price of University Tuition Really Gone Up? A Comparison From 1990 to 2018

We are trying answer two simple questions: How much does a student need to work to pay their Canadian University tuition? Is it harder today to pay for tuition than is was in the past? How Are Canadian Universities Funded? Over the years various Canadian Governments and donations (Corporate and personal) pay between 75% to 90% (round numbers) of the University costs leaving students to pay between 10% to 25% of the costs in tuition. What is the Average Price…

Are We Hitting Peak Oil… Again?

In the late 1990’s the term PEAK OIL was coined as a short form for the time when we reach the maximum amount of oil we can produce in a year.  It was often misconstrued as the end of oil but was simply when production levels start to decline. By the mid 2000’s Peak Oil had become a hot topic around the globe with both oil producers and environmentalists both promoting the idea.  Oil producers wanted peak oil because it…

TransMountain Pipeline Expansion Begins Despite Many Claims Trudeau & Notely Are Working Against Pipelines

There has been so much talk in the media about how Alberta Premier Rachel Notely and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are saying that they are pro-pipeline but working behind the scenes to kill them.  Well, the proof is in the pudding oil. During an Alberta Provincial cabinet meeting on Monday, Premier Rachel Notely said “Shipments of pipe are arriving pretty much as we speak in Alberta, located at stockpile yards in Acheson and Edson”.  On the same day the Calgary…

What Major Pipelines Were Built In Canada in the Last Decade of Conservative Rule

There are many who claim that in the last decade of Conservative rule in under Federal Prime Minister Harper and Alberta Premiers Stelmach, Redford and Prentice precious little was done for Alberta’s pipelines.  On the other hand, earlier this year UCP Leader Jason Kenney said that it was completely wrong to say that pipelines had not been built under that Conservative leadership.  (Note that we cannot locate the exact quote so if you can find it, please send it to us so we can correctly detail the verbiage used). The…

Why Pulling US Troops Out of Germany, Japan & South Korea Will Not Save the US Money

There has been much talk lately about the United States removing military personnel from Germany, Japan and South Korea in an effort to save money. In 2016, future President Trump said “They do not pay us. But they should be paying us, because we are providing tremendous service and we’re losing a fortune” SOURCE In 2018, the Pentagon is analyzing the cost and impact of a large-scale withdrawal or transfer of American troops stationed in Germany, amid growing tensions between President Trump…

Landing on the Sun with Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong-Un announced at a news conference that North Korea would be sending a man to the sun within ten years! A reporter said – “But the sun is too hot. How can your man land on the sun?” There was a stunned silence. Nobody knew how to react. Kim Jong-Un quietly answered, “We will land at night”. The gathering and everyone in North Korea watching on television broke into thunderous applause. Back in Washington, Donald Trump and his entourage…

Are Robots Really Going To Take Your Job or Are They Going To Bring Manufacturing Back?

There is recent evidence that robots will not take all the manual labour jobs and that in fact, if you live in first world countries you will likely gain jobs from factories coming back to the US, Canada, EU, UK, Australia… We have been on the road to mass robotic automation for about a decade now and while there is much left to learn in our uncertain future, there is now enough data to see some unexpected trends developing.  Most…

How Much Does It Cost To Grow Cannabis Inside vs Outside & Why The Canadian Government Wants It Grown Outside

The Canadian Federal Government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has legalized recreational cannabis (pot) as of October 17th, 2018.  As a result of this legalization, cannabis companies have been massively expanding their traditional indoor facilities to meet the expected new demand.  Indoor hydroponic facilities offer very good security protections but are vastly more expensive than outdoor facilities. How Much Does It Cost To Grow Marajuana? The cost to grow cannabis below is in 2018 Canadian Dollars and represents the average reported…