Docket 37627 Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al. (Redwater Resources contd)

Originally posted 13 January 2018

Two arms of the Crown in right of Alberta duke it out:

ATB Financial to maximize its return on its security interest in Redwater Resources


the Alberta Energy Regulator to minimize costs of clean-up to Orphan Well Association and ultimately the Alberta Crown.

AERAt stake: creditor protection under insolvency proceedings or protection of energy/environmental regulators’ right to ensure reclamations carried out.

Sealing orders; more intervenors, and appropriateness for a judge to take part in adjudication.

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Economic Society of Northern Alberta presents Craig Wright

Members and guests of the Economics Society of Northern Alberta (ESNA) will be able to question the economic forecasts and assumptions of one of Canada’s leading bank economists.

Craig WrightAs chief economist, Craig lWright eads a team of economists  providing economic, fixed income and foreign exchange research to RBC clients. Craig is a regular contributor to a number of RBC publications and is a key player in delivering economic analysis to clients and the media through the Economics Department’s regular economic briefings.

A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto, Craig was appointed Chief Economist in 2001 having joined RBC 1994 after working at another financial institution for seven years. Craig is a participant in a number of the key RBC internal committees and is a member of the CD Howe Monetary Policy Council, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics Wilfrid Laurier University, Dean’s Advisory Council at Wilfrid Laurier University and the British Columbia Economic Forecast Council.

Craig will provide an  Economic Overview of Canada and Alberta.

The event will take place at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel on 18 January beginning at 11:30 a.m.

To register go to: Craig Wright ESNA



Economy vs. Environment

Originally posted 18 December 2017

Several articles, studies, and announcements over the past weeks suggest that the “international movement” seeking to “manage” the risks of global warming are gaining ascendance. More recently, the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim,  announced his institution was re-assessing the risks of fossil-fuel developments.

World Bank announcement at One Planet Summit

World Bank to stop lending for oil and gas projects13-12-17 GM 


  • World Bank move
  • China’s Three Gorges floating solar panels
  • Alberta renewable auction
  • Moody’s analysis
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The MacKinnon-Mintz Fiscal Prescription

Originally posted 13 December 2017

In late October, the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary published a research paper co-authored by Janice MacKinnon and Jack Mintz.  [AB-Budget-New-Trajectory-MacKinnon-Mintz-final]  Janice MacKinnon is a professor of public policy and former NDP Minister of Finance of Saskatchewan.  Mintz is the President’s Professor of Public Policy at UofC and former Director of the School of Public Policy. Both writers have formidable reputations as commentators on public policy and also as academics who have worked at the highest bureaucratic and political levels in the formulation of budgetary and taxation policies. Continue reading