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Regressive Resource Revenue Distribution

  It’s soon going to be budget day in Alberta. There will undoubtedly be weeping and gnashing of teeth regarding the size of the deficit from the opposition parties with accompanying calls for spending cuts a la Klein 1993 and … Continue reading

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Alberta Ministers Database

Found myself in need of a database of Alberta’s ministers for my dissertation. I wanted a source in particular that I could organize by Premier, but also sort by appointment date to see what and how ministries were shuffled and … Continue reading

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And life continues…

So it’s been a while since I’ve updated this thing and I realize much has changed since my last post. Primarily, I have successfully defended my dissertation proposal and am now ABD&F (All but Dissertation & French – out dept … Continue reading

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A new lease on life…

I had a bad day yesterday. I had my candidacy exam and I failed. Needless to say there have been a lot of tears. And a lot of support from many friends and family both near and far. My dissertation … Continue reading

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Democratic Rationale for a Carbon Tax in Alberta

The royalty review and climate change panels currently underway in Alberta have the potential to radically alter the role that the oil sands play in Alberta’s economy. The royalty review is designed to assess what my constitute a “fair share” … Continue reading

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Cenovus Christina Lake Tour

I had the fortunate opportunity to tour the Cenovus Christina Lake In Situ Facility. For those unfamiliar with oil sands terminology, In Situ is a fancy word for “in its place”. This technology drills into the ground and inserts two … Continue reading

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Is Harper setting up the BC government to reject Northern Gateway?

The federal government accepted the Northern Gateway Pipeline Joint Review Panel’s recommendation to approve the pipeline project subject to its 209 conditions today. To many, this decision by the Harper Government to approve the project it has so emphatically been … Continue reading

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