Get smart: we need a 21st-century electrical grid system

Smart grids liberate customers from an outdated business model and allow free enterprise to provide options and services

Get smart: we need a 21st-century electrical grid systemIt’s time for our electrical grid system to get smart. More precisely, it’s time for a smart grid. Our electrical system consists of power-producing plants (coal, natural gas, oil, solar, wind, nuclear and hydro) and consumers of electricity (houses, schools, commercial buildings and industrial plants). The producing plants generate electricity based upon anticipated demand, always…

Canadian economy grew in the second quarter

Second-quarter growth was mainly driven by a 2.9% increase in export volumes: StatsCan

Canadian economy grew in the second quarterCanadian real gross domestic product (GDP) growth accelerated to 0.7 per cent in the second quarter, following a 0.4 per cent gain in the first quarter, reported Statistics Canada on Thursday. “Growth was mainly driven by a 2.9 per cent increase in export volumes — the largest gain since the second quarter of 2014. Exports…

How to address social inequality without an inheritance tax

Ideas about taxing, restricting or abolishing your inheritance have been floated by western social thinkers for centuries

How to address social inequality without an inheritance taxShould Canadians be taxed on inheritance? The question is increasingly being asked, but the answer is not straight-forward. This discussion is inherently linked to maintaining inequality from one generation to another – and basically to a skewing of the playing field of life from the start. Such debates aren’t new. In fact, they centre on…

Alberta weekly earnings fall, but still higher than a year ago

StatsCan reported today that weekly earnings in June stood at $1,142.75, down 0.2% from the previous month

Alberta weekly earnings fall, but still higher than a year agoAlberta continues to lead all province in average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees. Statistics Canada reported on Thursday that weekly earnings of $1,142.75 in the province in June were down 0.2 per cent from the previous month but they remained 0.7 per cent higher than a year ago. The federal agency also reported that…

Creating harmonious spaces with soul in the home

Ana Cummings of ANA Interiors strives to combine a sense of purpose, style, beauty, art and culture in her work for homeowners

Creating harmonious spaces with soul in the homeAna Cummings is owner and principal designer of ANA Interiors. Calgary's Business: Tell me about ANA Interiors. How and when did it start? What do you do? Cummings: ANA Interiors is a multiple national-award-winning full-service design and decorating firm, which was incorporated in 2016. I had practised professionally for 10 years prior to that under…

Canada needs to become more densely populated

We need a larger internal market that would create economies of scale and further economic productivity growth

Canada needs to become more densely populatedFormer prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King once quipped, “If some countries have too much history, we have too much geography.” This has always been evidenced in Canada’s low national population density, estimated at about four people per square kilometre. Nevertheless, we’re still a highly urbanized country with more than 80 per cent of our…

How to confront sex abuse in the Catholic church

If we’re to rid the world of this horrendous theft of innocence, we need to approach it the same way we approached the Holocaust

How to confront sex abuse in the Catholic churchIn the song Sympathy for the Devil, the Rolling Stones repeat several times, “Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name. But what’s puzzling you is the nature of my game.” In essence, the Stones are talking about the nature of evil and our relation to it. We see it but we often don’t…

How to change your emotional response on command

Your brain needs direction; it wants you to lead. You choose where you want to focus your efforts and energy

How to change your emotional response on commandAre you fed up? Perhaps with politics, taxes, grumpy people or the smoke in the air. Usually these feelings pass. But when you get stuck in a swirl of negative emotion, the problems of the world seem to pile on and leave you feeling spent. Perhaps this is what causes normally rational individuals to become…

Can we preserve Canadian newspapers in the digital age?

Not if those publications must compete with the CBC, which operates with the generous help of taxpayers' money

Can we preserve Canadian newspapers in the digital age?An ominous silence has fallen over the demands to save Canada’s newspapers, even as more of their employees take the long walk into the abattoir of the industry’s ambitions. It was only 18 months ago that the Public Policy Forum report authored by Edward Greenspon – The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the…

Is the CFL kicking off a new sports era with live on-field audio?

For as long as the lens has followed sports, broadcasters have denied fans the language, noise and strategy of the game – until now

Is the CFL kicking off a new sports era with live on-field audio?It’s the next frontier of TV sports broadcasting. Naturally, the Canadian Football League is leading the way. What? The CFL schooling all the big boys on cutting-edge audio technology? Yup. The final frontier of live broadcasting is going inside the audio of the game. Since TSN and the league gave it the go-ahead, we’ve had…