Are Large Oil Companies in Alberta Pushing for Low Oil Prices?

Canadians are a polite bunch.   Albertans, in particular, are so polite that we have tolerated the following: 1.  A major project (Transmountain pipeline), which was identified as being in the national interests of the country, was blocked by a neighbouring provincial government propped up by a coalition; 2.  Foreign-funded groups have been allowed to systematically[…]

A Step in the Right Direction by the City of Edmonton (With More Steps Still Required)

Whether it’s segmenting industrial areas apart from residential areas, or ensuring commercial areas are restricted to areas with adequate parking and traffic capacity, the City of Edmonton uses the existing zoning bylaw to allow and restrict what uses can occupy any given property or piece of land. Looking at a section of Edmonton provides an overview[…]

Edmonton Construction Permits Plunge 23%

It’s no secret that bad news sells.  So much so that any news that isn’t bad news often gets mocked (that sentence itself might be negative enough that it qualify as “news”). At your peril, do a search for “Slow News Day” on Twitter.  Or anywhere for that matter.  If the headlines don’t involve car[…]

A Brief Moment in Front of City Council

If you’ve read any of our previous posts, you’ll know we have been proud to promote the initiatives being conducted by Prosperity Edmonton.  To that extent, Chad has also had the opportunity to speak to Global, 630 CHED and CBC to talk about how recent increases in municipal spending has lead to unsustainable increases in[…]

What Will Edmonton Property Taxes Look Like in 2050?

We have to give credit to the City of Edmonton: they sure are experts in drawing attention away from the huge tax increases over the past decade. The tactics being used are actually a form of crowd manipulation, whereby psychological techniques are used to influence a large group of people. For example, in a recent report[…]

Edmonton Commercial Property Taxes: Limited Time To Act

The City of Edmonton released its draft operating budget today, and to no one’s surprise, they are setting the stage for yet another large increase in property taxes.  While it’s just a draft at this stage, it’s worth noting that the proposed increases does not even take into account other projects such as the Lewis[…]

Business Tip – Make Sure Your Website Isn’t Missing This

This won’t be a typical post of ours.  Instead of rambling on about Edmonton’s commercial real estate market, the economy, pipelines, oil prices, or the overnight rate, we’re writing this week about our website itself, and it’s on a topic that may have implications for you too.   Outside our group of tech savvy friends[…]

Multi-Million Dollar Sales Piling up in Edmonton

2018 is shaping up to see some huge deals in Edmonton’s commercial real estate market. As we reported a few weeks ago, there have already been some noteworthy sales, with the sale of Edmonton Tower for $400 million leading the way. There are clearly a healthy number of buyers in the market as a number of other[…]

Alberta Population to Hit 6.4 Million by 2046

The Government of Alberta has released a 29 (!) year projection on where they expect the provincial population to be in 2046. That could be an interesting time in the history of mankind, as futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts we’ll have singularity (the point at which technology becomes smarter than humans) in 2045. Notwithstanding the follies[…]