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The Youngest City in Canada

Comparing Alberta's Young and Old Demographics play a big role in society. Government's must allocate funding towards more services like schools or more retirement homes and health care services depending on the populations age distribution and demand. According to Statistics Canada, it looks like Calgary will be focusing … [Read more...]

OPEC Oil Reserves Fact or Fiction?

OPEC's Paper Barrels We have been hearing and reading? the word “OPEC” a lot over the last several years; it is typically portrayed as some secretive organization on a mission to raise oil prices and cost us more money. (Many might argue this is not far off from the truth) For younger generations that were not around during the … [Read more...]

Downtown Calgary Office Market

Calgary is the Economic Heart of the West Considering Calgary is home to the second largest concentration of head offices in canada and is Canada's oil and gas capital, it is always a positive sign when the downtown office market is doing well. Recently Commercial Real estate firm Colliers International put out a report saying … [Read more...]

Alberta Drilling Activity Ramps Up

Drilling Companies Starting to Deploy Rigs by Dan Sumner ATB Economist July 14th, 2011 The energy sector is by far the principle economic driver in this province, and after a long spring lull, conventional drilling appears poised to really ramp up over the rest of this year. As of the week of July 5th, the Canadian … [Read more...]

Oil Sands Water Usage

The Real Story on Water Usage in the Oil Sands Did you know that over 80% of the water used in the Oil Sands is recycled? Check out this short video! For more on the Oil Sands check out this article about land use, greenhouse gas emissions and more!   … [Read more...]

Major Projects in Alberta

Build Baby Build! Alberta Major Project Inventory Every year the Alberta Government complies a list of construction projects in Alberta with a value of $5.0 million or more. This list includes projects that are planned, underway, or have recently been completed. Their are numerous categories for the type of project … [Read more...]

Go West!

Inter-provincial Migration in Alberta by Dan Sumner 05/18/2011 ATB Economist Alberta has been a strong benefactor of interprovincial migration over the past thirty years, and particularly so during the mid 2000s. During the height of the economic boom in 2006, over 100,000 Canadians moved to Alberta from other provinces, … [Read more...]

Farming the Wind in Alberta

Wind Energy in Alberta The Mcbride Lake wind farm is located in the Pincher Creek area of Southern Alberta and is home to 114 wind turbines. A joint venture between Enmax and Transalta this wind farm is capable of powering 32,500 homes per year! Did you know that wind begins as solar energy! The Sun heats the atmosphere and … [Read more...]

The Calgary International Airport

Calgary International Airport 4th Runway Development The Calgary International airport (now known as "YYC")  is Canada's fourth busiest airport by passenger traffic and third busiest by aircraft movement. To accomodate the busy schedule and increase capacity the Calgary International Airport (YYC) is planning to build a fourth … [Read more...]

A Boost for Alberta Tourism

China to Boost Alberta's Tourism In 2006, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister Cindy Ady launched a tourism marketing campaign aimed at raising Alberta and Canada’s profile in China. The campaign was called "Perfect Family", and featured two of China’s most well known figure skating champions (Shen Xue and Zhao hong Bo). The … [Read more...]