Getting Slapped in the Face by a Pipeline: A Short Story

On October 3rd, 2017, oil prices closed at $49.98 / barrel.  Fast forward one full year, and prices have increased more than 50% to close over $76 / barrel.  It would seem this news would be positive for Alberta’s economy, but the stats don’t tell the full story.  First, those prices are for West Texas[…]

Why the Feds Buying Trans Mountain Helps Edmonton’s Commercial Real Estate Market

This week, the Canadian government agreed to purchase Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline to ensure the expansion goes ahead.  While there is a lot of criticism from environmental and indigenous groups and conservative politicians and pundits, we believe this is a big win for our economy. As we have written about previously, Edmonton’s commercial real estate[…]

Idle Trains, Stalled Pipelines and $70 Oil

There’s an optimism in Edmonton’s industrial market that we haven’t seen since 2014.  Not that it’s anywhere close to the flurry of activity we saw prior to the plunge of oil prices, but it’s markedly better than it’s been the past few years.  If we were to do a rough sketch of the activity we’re seeing,[…]

Mark Zuckerberg, the Trans Mountain Pipeline, and Edmonton Commercial Real Estate

Okay, it might be a stretch connecting Mark Zuckerberg to Edmonton’s commercial real estate market, but stick with us for a minute. During his congressional hearing, Mark Zuckerberg was asked a terse question: “Will you commit to changing all the user default settings to minimize to the greatest extent possible the collection and use of users’ data?”[…]