Saturday, November 03, 2007

This And That

Alberta premier urges oil sands firms to negotiate - "I'm sure, at the end of the day, those companies will realize it is in the best interests of their shareholders ... to sit down with the government and look at the two agreements and discuss how we can reach a solution," Ed Stelmach

Alberta launches initiative to attract skilled labour - “We’ll work on the apprenticeship strategy and make sure that people that want to retrain, earn new skills and get opportunities to get engaged in construction get that chance.”

Slim majority favours nuclear power in Alberta - "What we see are a slim majority in favour of building a plant, but there are also 25 per cent who are very unfavourable which is a fairly large group to have strongly opposed to something, and it is larger than the group that is very in favour (20 per cent),"

Alberta tops survey with largest pay increases - "Alberta's labour shortage is creating a "ripple effect" that is driving up wages across the country with pay increases for non-unionized workers expected to average 3.9 per cent in 2008, says a study released yesterday by the Conference Board of Canada."

Alberta will maintain its lead in housing starts per capita across ... - " Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) will host their annual Alberta Housing Outlook Conference today at The Westin Hotel. This sold-out event brings together over 400 housing experts, speakers and conference participants to discuss the economic, demographic and financial factors that will impact Alberta's housing markets over the next year."

'Bottlenecks' an issue in Alberta investing - "To date, the biggest constraint for many natural resource producers currently operating in the region has been bottlenecks in labour and investment, rather than profitability," Mr. Tilton wrote in a research note Tuesday. "High and rising oil prices are steadily improving the cash flow from such projects."

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