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Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2002/2003

This survey, authored by Liv Fredricksen, presents a “report card” to governments regarding their mining policies. It takes into account several public policy factors, including taxation, regulation, labour issues and political stability, and then measures the effect of these factors on “attracting and winning investments.” The survey covers 45 jurisdictions, including all of Canada, numerous US states, as well as several other countries. Several Canadian jurisdictions finished near the top of the index, with Alberta taking the highest ranking. British Columbia finished last within Canadian jurisdictions, tying Russia with a score of 23 out of a possible 100.

Back to Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water: Energy, Trade, and the Demise of Petrochemicals in Alberta

According to Terisa Turner and Diana Gibson, Canadians question why Canada traded its energy sovereignty with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Ethanol: The Promise and the Peril

Robert Sopuck’s report Ethanol: The Promise and the Peril argues that the Government of Manitoba should not subsidize the Province’s ethanol production industry. Sopuck begins by explaining how wheat is fermented to produce ethanol, which is then used to make ethanol-blended gasoline. There is controversy, he claims, over the economic and environmental effects of this production.

Mission Possible: A Canadian Resources Strategy for the Boom and Beyond

In this report, Gilles Rheaume and John Roberts argue that Canada is well positioned to benefit from increased demand for resources in the global economy.

Righting Past Wrongs: The Case for a Federal Role in Decommissioning and Reclaiming Abandoned Uranium Mines in Northern Saskatchewan

In this article Ian Peach and Don Hovdebo discuss a project designed to reclaim the land surrounding abandoned uranium mines in northern Saskatchewan. They consider the international precedent set in reclamation and how this project could also help to strengthen the current uranium mining industry.

Securing our Energy Future? A Review of Nova Scotia's Energy Sector in 2004

In this report Larry Hughes reviews the major events in Nova Scotia’s energy sector in 2004.

Selling the Family Silver: Oil and Gas Royalties, Corporate Profits, and the Disregarded Public

In this paper John W. Warnock explores the development of oil and gas sector, both in Canada and globally, and the geopolitics of oil. Specifically, the author discusses the environmental costs and the fiscal and royalty structures for economic rents to the public that owns the resource.

The Prince Edward Island Ecological Footprint

In this report Anne Monette, Ronald Colman and Jeffrey Wilson examine sustainable development in a different way, they focus on actions of consumers rather than actions of producers. This report specifically applies to Prince Edward Island but contains information that could easily apply to the rest of Canada. Monette, Colman and Wilson point to consumers who are living beyond their means in terms of producing more than the plant can assimilate and consuming more than the planet can provide. The authors provide specific changes that consumers could make to reduce their ecological footprint on PEI as well as actions government could take to help reduce the footprint also.

Toward an Energy Security Strategy for Canada

In this paper, David Thompson, Gordon Laxer and Diana Gibson provide a suggested energy security strategy and guiding principles. The authors consider it a “made in Alberta” initiative in partnership with Canadians from energy producing and energy consuming regions.

Western Canada's Natural Capital: Toward a New Public Policy Framework

Worbets and Berdahl argue that Western Canada possesses natural resources that greatly enhance the West’s quality of life, and thereby its position in the attraction and retention of increasingly mobile human capital.

Why Energy Efficiency?

This publication explores how Canadian business can benefit from energy efficiency, particularly in view of rising energy costs. The authors argue that energy efficiency has assumed a new importance today, and that businesses would be wise to embrace it. They highlight some businesses that are making effective use of energy efficiency strategies. The authors also examine barriers which prevent energy efficiency from receiving the attention it deserves in the business world. The authors expand on the idea of energy efficiency as a cost-saving measure; they point out that it increases energy security, while benefiting climate change and air quality. They conclude by suggesting opportunities for action for both business and government.