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[…]

A Massive Pipeline Project That Could Be a True Game Changer

Calvin Helin is a name you will want to remember. Helin is the son of a hereditary chief and the brother of the mayor of the Lax Kw’alaams Band in northern BC.  A lawyer by profession, Helin also has over 750,000 followers on Twitter. And at a time when the Trans Mountain Pipeline is being[…]

An Eyebrow Raising Graph on City of Edmonton Spending

We’ve been sounding the alarm bell on property taxes for awhile now, so we were very glad to see a number of business associations formalize an advocacy group to encourage City Hall to put a freeze on municipal spending. The group, known as Prosperity Edmonton, has gathered data from different levels of government to show[…]

History of St Albert Trail – Connecting Edmonton and St. Albert

Originally a primary trail between Fort Edmonton and “God’s Lake” (Lac Ste. Anne), the road we now know as St. Albert Trail has its roots in 1860 as a shipping route for whitefish, though it wasn’t established as St. Albert Trail until 1889. When the railways on Edmonton’s south side arrived in 1891, Edmonton stopped[…]