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Business Columnist — Calgary Herald

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Varcoe: Big contrast in meetings as oil giants grapple with price rollercoaster

Varcoe: Big contrast in meetings as oil giants grapple with price rollercoaster
calgaryherald.com — Suncor Energy Inc.'s annual meeting this week was so action-packed, they should have sold popcorn outside the Telus Convention Centre. In contrast, Friday's annual meeting at Imperial Oil Ltd. was more sedate; informative, but distinctly to the point. Regardless of style points, both gatherings captured the impact of big Canadian oil companies caught on a commodity...

Varcoe: Workplace fatalities fall last year, but two deaths in a day show the danger

Varcoe: Workplace fatalities fall last year, but two deaths in a day show the danger
calgaryherald.com — The number of Albertans who died on the job or due to a workplace-related disease tumbled by more than one-quarter last year during the depths of the recession. But that's not the important number to remember today. The important number is two.

Varcoe: Don’t believe the hope - at least, not yet

Varcoe: Don’t believe the hope - at least, not yet
calgaryherald.com — Springtime has arrived in Calgary early. So has a sudden lift in crude oil prices. But if there's one early message to take from Canadian energy companies that have already released their first-quarter results, it's simple: Don't believe the hope. At least, not yet.

Varcoe: Another day, another credit rating downgrade for hard-luck Alberta

Varcoe: Another day, another credit rating downgrade for hard-luck Alberta
calgaryherald.com — Joe Ceci travelled to Bay Street on Monday to meet with credit rating agencies. The trip didn't start well for Alberta's finance minister. Before sitting down with Moody's Investors Service, the agency pulled the rug on Alberta's final triple-A credit rating, lowering it to double-A1.

TransAlta looks at more hydro, not worried about Alberta buying B.C. power

TransAlta looks at more hydro, not worried about Alberta buying B.C. power
calgaryherald.com — TransAlta Corp. CEO Dawn Farrell says her company is examining its hydroelectric options as Alberta moves to shift away from coal-fired power toward more renewable energy sources. The head of the Calgary-based power company also said she isn't concerned about a possible deal for the province to buy hydro-electricity from British Columbia while Alberta seeks an oil pipeline to the west coast.

Varcoe: Will détente between NDP and oilpatch last?

Varcoe: Will détente between NDP and oilpatch last?
calgaryherald.com — The NDP government made two moves Thursday that won backing from the energy industry on the thorny - and divisive - issues of pipelines and royalties. But will détente between the two sides last? The day started with news the Notley government has moved off the NDP's long-standing opposition to Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline to the British Columbia coast.

Varcoe: Auction offers front-row seat to the recession’s fallout

Varcoe: Auction offers front-row seat to the recession’s fallout
calgaryherald.com — Larry Graham has a favourite saying and his employees know it by memory. "Auctions are good in the good times and better in the bad times," says the 69-year-old businessman and co-owner of Graham Auctions in Calgary. "The reason they're better is because people have to make their money go further."

Lack of oil pipelines will increasingly batter Alberta’s finances, budget warns

Lack of oil pipelines will increasingly batter Alberta’s finances, budget warns
calgaryherald.com — A lack of pipelines to ship oil out of province will tighten the financial squeeze on Alberta's treasury caused by inadequate market access, warns the new NDP budget. The provincial financial plan released by Finance Minister Joe Ceci on Thursday forecasts the "light-heavy differential" facing Alberta oil will widen in the next two years, cutting into the price domestic petroleum producers receive for...

Varcoe: A long, painful path for Alberta to return to balanced budget

Varcoe: A long, painful path for Alberta to return to balanced budget
calgaryherald.com — Look up, look way up. Albertans will need binoculars to look up from the deep dark hole of Thursday's $10.4-billion deficit crater if they want to see the next budget surplus that lies ahead. In fact, children born this spring will blow out eight candles on their birthday cake and be in Grade 3 by the time Alberta returns...

Varcoe: Big deficits could trigger credit rating trouble for Alberta

Varcoe: Big deficits could trigger credit rating trouble for Alberta
calgaryherald.com — After Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci delivers the province's new budget Thursday, his plan will quickly be scrutinized by taxpayers, businesses and an array of interest groups. Each will want to know what the $50 billion or so in provincial spending, along with its tax measures, means to them.
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May 03, 2016

Encana Corp. annual meeting begins in #yyc. Oil & gas producer posted Q1 net loss of $379M. httppic.twitter.com/XzU4aWsjWb

May 02, 2016

Wildrose wants to know why NDP gov taking so long to disclose contracts of 13 political staff hired since Feb. 1. calgaryherald.com/News/11891620/…

May 02, 2016

RT @darcyhenton: Wildrose MLA Don MacIntyre laments lack of health care facilities or even a doctor in Sylvan Lake. If you come bring your#ableg

May 02, 2016

RT @geoffreymorgan: Ritchie Bros. industrial auction sets another record as Alberta’s economy struggles natpo.st/1W2YXhd via @financialpostalpost

May 02, 2016

Debt-laden intermediate oil & gas firm Lightstream given 90 days to pay down debt. httpcalgaryherald.com/business/11891…

May 02, 2016

Halliburton Co, Baker Hughes Inc call off $28 billion merger amid global opposition calgaryherald.com/News/11890709/…

May 02, 2016

Enbridge rethinks U.S. natural gas business as Q1 revenue plunges calgaryherald.com/business/11890…

May 02, 2016

Wildrose, PC leaders say support for a new right-wing Alberta party threatens to divide conservatives further #ableg calgaryherald.com/news/politics/…

May 02, 2016

Yet another sign of the recession's impact: Calgary home sales drop 10 per cent in April. #yyc calgaryherald.com/business/real-…


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