Trudeau, Ford mark opening of Canada’s first full-scale electric vehicle plant

Trudeau, Ford mark opening of Canada’s first full-scale electric vehicle plant

INGERSOLL, ON. – Canada’s first full-scale electric vehicle manufacturing plant officially opened in southern Ontario on Monday, with the prime minister and the province’s premier saying the launch of the facility marked a national milestone. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said electric delivery vans started rolling off the line earlier in the day at the General Motors CAMI production plant in Ingersoll, Ont., that was retooled to build the company’s BrightDrop all-electric vehicles. 

Trudeau, Ford mark opening of Canada’s first full-scale electric vehicle plant

Canada ‘watching closely’ as Biden pressed to fix Inflation Reduction Act ‘glitches’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that Canada will be “watching closely” as the United States responds to complaints from Europe about the North American protectionism built into President Joe Biden’s signature climate change initiative.
Biden received an earful from French President Emmanuel Macron about “super aggressive” climate incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act — incentives that favour manufacturers in Canada and Mexico, as well as the U.S.

Saskatchewan Revenue Agency Act introduced, meaning two tax filings for business

Saskatchewan Revenue Agency Act introduced, meaning two tax filings for business

As a business owner, do you prefer dealing with one tax agency, or two? Because you are soon likely to find out.

As part of its push to establish more autonomy from the federal government, on Dec. 5 the Government of Saskatchewan introduced Bill-122, The Saskatchewan Revenue Agency Act. It is aimed at establishing a new agency to pursue greater autonomy in tax collection.

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Outgoing CEO Al Monaco says Enbridge ‘poster child’ for an orderly energy transition

Outgoing CEO Al Monaco says Enbridge ‘poster child’ for an orderly energy transition

Monaco calls Northern Gateway “the best project that we couldn’t do.” But he says Canada’s energy sector emerged from that battle, and those related to other cancelled projects such as TC Energy’s Energy East and Keystone XL, stronger and wiser.
“Things became very polarized in that time frame, and I think it was a real wake-up call for the industry in general,” he said. 

No OPEC+ oil shakeup as Russian price cap stirs uncertainty

No OPEC+ oil shakeup as Russian price cap stirs uncertainty

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The Saudi-led OPEC oil cartel and allied producers including Russia did not change their targets for shipping oil to the global economy amid uncertainty about the impact of new Western sanctions against Russia that could take significant amounts of oil off the market.

The decision at a meeting of oil ministers Sunday comes a day ahead of the planned start of two measures aimed at hitting Russia’s oil earnings in response to its invasion of Ukraine. Those are: a European Union boycott of most Russian oil and a price cap of $60 per barrel on Russian exports imposed by the EU and the Group of Seven democracies.

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Parkland to double size of announced EV charging network in western Canada

Parkland to double size of announced EV charging network in western Canada

Parkland Corp. is doubling the size of its previously announced electric vehicle charging network with a focus on British Columbia, which leads the country in EV adoption.
The Calgary-based fuel retailer said Friday it will now install 50 ultra-fast charging stations on highways and in major destinations from Vancouver Island to Calgary, instead of the previously announced 25.

EXPLAINER: What’s the effect of Russian oil price cap, ban?

EXPLAINER: What’s the effect of Russian oil price cap, ban?

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Western governments have agreed to cap the price of Russia’s oil exports in an attempt to limit the fossil fuel earnings that support Moscow’s budget, its military and the invasion of Ukraine.

The cap is set to take effect Monday, the same day the European Union will impose a boycott on most Russian oil — its crude that is shipped by sea. The EU reached a deal for a $60-per-barrel threshold Friday, and the Group of Seven nations and Australia signed off on the deal later in the day.

Brian Zinchuk: Ding! Ding! Ding! Alarm bells should be ringing in Alberta as wind failure leads to second grid alert in three days. Saskatchewan should take notice

Brian Zinchuk: Ding! Ding! Ding! Alarm bells should be ringing in Alberta as wind failure leads to second grid alert in three days. Saskatchewan should take notice

As evidenced twice this past week, the electrical grid can barely handle the demand we have, now, before we switch most of our transportation system to electric vehicles. What happens when half our cars and trucks are EVs? Then three-quarters? What happens when the wind doesn’t blow then? No one goes to work?
When will the other media take notice? When will they start to question this mad rush to wind and solar, and total adoption of electric vehicles? When will someone else in the Saskatchewan media declare “The emperor has no clothes?”

Elite Safety Services acquires Nobel HSSE Management LTD

Elite Safety Services acquires Nobel HSSE Management LTD

OXBOW – Nobel HSSE Management Ltd. of Oxbow, Regina and Saskatoon has been purchased by Brandon-based Elite Safety Services.
That company specializes in rescue, safety and medic services, while Nobel focused on leader in occupational health, WCB management, medical and safety services.

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Op-Ed: UN Report Attempts to Swap “Net”-Zero with Absolute-Zero Emissions

Op-Ed: UN Report Attempts to Swap “Net”-Zero with Absolute-Zero Emissions

Integrity Matters, the report from Catherine McKenna’s UN High-Level Expert Group on the Net Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities, was launched at COP27 earlier in November. While probably appealing to climate activists or the likes of Steven Guilbeault, former Greenpeace activist and Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, it ought to be ignored and launched into the trash. The report effectively seeks to pull out the rug from under Canada’s resource industries by redefining net-zero with the effect that hydrocarbon investment would have to end, while demanding that the industry associations muzzle any criticism against such net-zero policies. Remarkably, it also insists that the industry only be permitted to lobby for more restrictions, euphemistically described as “positive climate action.” Despite the absurd recommendations, the McKenna report has pulled back the veil that, for the Expert Group at least, “net-zero” means “absolute” zero.

TC Energy expects cost of Coastal GasLink pipeline project to rise

TC Energy expects cost of Coastal GasLink pipeline project to rise

The Coastal GasLink pipeline is not the only major energy infrastructure project in Canada to be plagued by cost overruns this year. In February, the company behind the ongoing Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project — which will increase oil transportation capacity from Alberta to the West Coast — announced the new cost of the project is an estimated $21.4 billion, up from an earlier estimate of $12.6 billion.

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Lithium in SK, Part 5: Prairie Lithium – Old wells or new wells?

Lithium in SK, Part 5: Prairie Lithium – Old wells or new wells?

TORQUAY – Prairie Lithium’s president and CEO Zach Maurer first thought of producing lithium from the produced water that comes from oil wells. But that idea has since evolved into the pursuit of drilling directly for the highest concentrations of lithium. Still, extracting lithium from oil well brines is a possibility, too.
Here’s how Maurer explained it in late September, 2021, while in a shack during the drilling of the first lithium well in Saskatchewan.

Lithium in SK, Part 4: Prairie Lithium pursuing the idea there could be lithium in those brines

Lithium in SK, Part 4: Prairie Lithium pursuing the idea there could be lithium in those brines

Lithium is one of the key resources in the quest for energy transition, and specifically for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and greater electrification of the global economy. As the lightest metal on the periodic table, it is a key component in battery chemistries, especially in anything that needs to move. There is simply no substitute that can match its lightness – crucial for everything from cellular phones to electric pickup trucks.
While other companies have been active in land acquisition, Prairie Lithium has been leading the charge, out in the field, testing its technology, and, in late September of 2021, it was the first to put a drill bit to rock.