Monday, August 14, 2017

August This and That

What a beautiful hot summer in Edmonton. We've had some spectacular hail and thunderstorms. The only thing I'd complain about is the mosquitoes...

LNG possibility lives on, even after death of Pacific NorthWest LNG
Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun  08.02.2017
"This week, just seven days after B.C. Premier John Horgan and his NDP cabinet were sworn in, global energy heavyweight Petroliam Nasional Bhd killed its mega-project Pacific NorthWest LNG, citing poor market conditions.

With a price tag of $11.4 billion for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant and a docking terminal that would have loaded tankers bound for new markets in Asia, another $6 billion for a pipeline to carry gas from northeast B.C., and billions more needed to develop gas resources, this was no small cancellation.

There were as many as 4,500 jobs estimated for the project’s construction peak and another 300 or so estimated permanent jobs in northwest B.C., which has been hit hard by thousands of permanent job losses in the forestry sector, including from pulp mill and sawmill closures.

LNG was a nascent sector that had been touted by former Premier Christy Clark and her Liberal government as a new underpinning for the province’s economy." Read more

Artificial Intelligence industry takes root in Alberta
By: Aaron Chatha Metro Published on Tue Aug 08 2017
"Alberta is becoming a hotbed for developing artificial intelligence, or machine learning technology.

Alberta technical agency Cybera thinks that AI research in the province could lead to more jobs, and a better retention of our best and brightest talent.

To start, the University of Alberta in Edmonton has led the charge in AI research for decades now. In fact, the federal government recently budgeted $125 million for AI research, and $25 million of that is already allocated for the U of A’s machine learning lab.

But the real kickstarter for Alberta’s AI industry is that DeepMind, a pioneer organization in machine learning, is opening their first-ever international AI research office in Edmonton." Jump

 Edmonton welcomes new modular apartment
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"Edmonton’s first modular apartment made entirely of shipping containers is opening this month at 95th Avenue and 163th Street. Known as Westgate Manor, the three-storey, 20-unit multifamily development will bring much needed affordable housing to the area.

Constructed with an innovative all-steel modular building technology that uses surplus shipping-containers as its structural core, the apartment modules are fabricated in the Ladacor factory in Calgary, then transported to the infill site to be installed. In total the process takes three months, with less than a month needed to erect the modules for the apartment block on site.

Westgate Manor features a mix of two-bedroom and one-bedroom units, all with balconies and patios, attractive landscaping, modern design, and extensive parking.

“The re-purposing of the shipping containers is both an environmental consideration, as well as providing a far superior steel structure,” said AJ Sliviniski, President of Step Ahead Properties.  “Offering schedule savings and less site disruption to the area, the non-combustible, durable steel versus wood material leads to higher public safety, and overall higher quality and lower execution risk with factory manufactured predictability. By the time the project is finished it is indistinguishable from conventional construction.”" Read more here

Thursday, August 03, 2017

False Boom?

Alberta Oil Sands Investment Real Estate News®
Glenn Simon Inc.,
Suite 1217, 5328 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Tel 1-888-780-5940 Fax 1-888-276-4517

August 3rd., 2017

Volume 23, Issue 03

Dear Friends and Partners,

The talk about the economy is starting to cheer up. But, there isn’t a lot of strong economic data to support it, at least not long-term anyway. We should feel optimistic with the increase in building contracts and public sector industry, but oil & gas is still taking a hiding. ‘Diversification’ is present and needs much time to grow and take root. ‘Cautiously optimistic is a good phrase’ for this summer. If you want a darker read (or perhaps a rant) go HERE

Our next newsletter will be October

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Alberta is about to be Canada’s fastest growing economy again

By Greg Quinn & Catarina Saraiva, Bloomberg, July 28th., 2017

"Alberta’s economy is more than just back on its feet, it’s about to run faster than any other region in Canada.

Gross domestic product in the western province will rise by 2.9 percent this year, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists, up from an April estimate of 2.5 percent. That matches forecasts for neighboring British Columbia, and in 2018 Alberta comes out on top with a 2.4 percent expansion that would be tops among Canada’s 10 provinces." JUMP

Albertans see wage increase; economist considers it encouraging sign

By Scott Johnston, Global News, July 27th., 2017

"The take-home pay of employed Albertans rose in May by 1.9 per cent. It marks what City of Edmonton chief economist John Rose considers another encouraging sign the region is now on the rebound after a recession.

Considering the numbers from Statistics Canada on the average weekly earnings, alongside improvements in employment, retail sales, wholesale activity and housing starts, Rose is cautiously optimistic." GRAB THIS ARTICLE


Alberta economy rebounding, but deficit will remain: Conference Board of Canada

By Alyssa Julie, Global News, July 27th., 2017

"A new report suggests Alberta will have trouble getting back to a balanced budget despite an increase in oil royalties and corporate tax revenues.
The Conference Board of Canada forecast in its fiscal snapshot that Alberta’s economy would grow by more than three per cent this year and 2.3 per cent in 2018. But it said economic growth would not reach pre-recession levels."  FOLLOW THIS STORY


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