The sky’s the limit for helium industry

The sky’s the limit for helium industryNecessity was the mother of invention for Marlon McDougall. After 35 years in the oil and gas industry, McDougall was frustrated with the pressures of regulations, environmentalism, pipeline restrictions and the need for expensive technologies as more easily accessible reserves were depleted. Then, in 2019, he was approached to work with what’s been called “the…

Dissecting Canada’s NHL underachievers

We could see as many as five Canadians teams in the playoffs – but more likely we’ll see two or three at this pace

Dissecting Canada’s NHL underachieversFor fans of Canada’s seven embattled National Hockey League teams, the man from Zamboni is a suitable talisman of their frustration. As most everyone now knows, a 42-year-old Zamboni driver – a kidney-transplant Zamboni driver – stepped in for the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night in Toronto to defeat the listless Leafs 6-3. When both…

Vancouver’s absurd housing market shuts out millennials

Is the affordability crisis – and the lack of government intervention – a metaphor for something much worse?

Vancouver’s absurd housing market shuts out millennialsI want to describe Vancouver’s awful housing market as a metaphor for something else. I’ll reveal the ‘something else’ later in the column. For now, let’s just stick with Vancouver, the city I grew up in. When I was a little boy, our Dunbar neighbourhood had a broad cross-section of residents. Our family’s cleaning lady…

Municipalities need to rethink tax model

Property tax rates are much higher for businesses than home owners, which can cause serious problems, particularly when the economy falters

Municipalities need to rethink tax modelBy Josef Filipowicz and Steven Globerman The Fraser Institute When homeowners receive their annual property tax bill from city hall, they’re likely unaware that the shop down the street pays a higher property tax rate – probably much higher. For example, according to a new Fraser Institute study, in the Calgary area, the average commercial…

Giving people the tools they need to overcome challenges

Shelly Qualtieri talks about her business as a counsellor, coach and facilitator

Giving people the tools they need to overcome challengesShelly Qualtieri is a counsellor, coach and facilitator with Shelly Qualtieri – Counselling & Coaching  Tell me what you do and what your business is about? Qualtieri: I’m the entrepreneur and heart and soul behind Shelly Qualtieri – Counselling & Coaching. I’m a counsellor and a registered social worker (RSW). The core of my business…

Paying for the services you need, when you need them

Lana Midgley of Mountain Chickadee, Virtual Assistant Solutions, talks about finding a work niche that suits her and fulfils a need for customers

Paying for the services you need, when you need themLana Midgley is owner of Mountain Chickadee, Virtual Assistant Solutions. What is Mountain Chickadee and what does it do? Midgley: Mountain Chickadee is a virtual assistant company that provides remote administrative solutions to a wide variety of organizations that require support but not on a full-time basis; and organizations that need additional support for special…

Finding short-term solutions to build long-term relationships

Susan Kandalaft of Executive Solutions talks about building a placement business on relationships and quality

Finding short-term solutions to build long-term relationshipsSusan Kandalaft is president of Executive Solutions Ltd. What is Executive Solutions and what do you do? Kandalaft: Executive Solutions is a Calgary-based, boutique staffing firm that specializes in all types and levels of positions, primarily in the office, including temporary, temp to hire, contract and permanent placements. Our searches can range from reception to…

Big shots in Toronto, long shots in Calgary sports markets

In both markets, money is an issue. That makes sense in Calgary, but not so much in Toronto

Big shots in Toronto, long shots in Calgary sports marketsThe week of infamy has begun for Toronto Blue Jays fans. Three years ago their team was a powerhouse, seemingly on the brink of a trip to the World Series. But the week before Major League Baseball’s 2019 trading deadline finds the Blue Jays gone from powerhouse to house of cards. The power and the…

Alberta cities lack tech talent of other major North American markets

Toronto ranked third, Vancouver 12th, Montreal 13th and Ottawa 19th in top-50 list: CBRE report

Alberta cities lack tech talent of other major North American marketsAs Calgary and Edmonton try to establish a significant tech industry in Alberta, a report released on Thursday by commercial real estate firm CBRE indicates just how far behind Alberta is when it comes to tech talent. Neither Alberta city made it to the top 50 list in North America for tech talent. But both…

Calgary’s Global Petroleum Show to include large rally

The 51st year of North America’s leading energy event takes place June 11 to 13 at Stampede Park

Calgary’s Global Petroleum Show to include large rallyThe Global Petroleum Show, which takes place next week in Calgary, will be the setting for what is being billed as the “Largest Oil & Gas Rally in Canadian History.” The rally, in partnership with Canada Action, will take place on Tuesday, June 11, at noon in the outdoor exhibit area near the Big Four…
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