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News and Opinion Highlights

  • Petronas will not proceed with Pacific NorthWest LNG megaproject – Malaysian state-owned energy company Petronas and its partners have decided not to proceed with the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest (PNW) LNG project near Prince Rupert, BC. Anuar Taib, Chairman of the PNW LNG Board, attributed the decision to "prolonged depressed prices and shifts in the energy industry."

  • BC wildfires cause disruptions in the province's resource and tourism industries – More than 375 wildfires have plagued homes and business in BC, forcing 37,000 people to evacuate and putting thousands more on alert. The fires have affected key resource and tourism industries, including multiple mining and forestry operations. Slack lumber production has led to a boost in prices, which is helping to offset the U.S. duties on Canadian softwood.

  • International Artificial Intelligence lab coming to Edmonton – Artificial intelligence (AI) company Deep Mind, a London-based AI research division of Google, announced it will open its first research lab outside of the United Kingdom in Edmonton. The lab will collaborate closely with University of Alberta and, particularly, with three professors who are considered world leaders in AI.

  • Indigenous participation on the Trans Mountain pipeline project – A joint program between Women Building Futures and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project will train twelve Alberta indigenous women to work on the $7.4-billion pipeline project. The eight-week program will provide training in basic carpentry, welding and safety. An Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee has been established for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, backed by $64.7 million in funding from the Government of Canada, to allow Indigenous groups to participate in and monitor the project's construction.

  • Federal funding for Heritage Park in Calgary – WD announced an investment of $40,000 through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program towards the Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta – Régionale de Calgary to build a Francophone pavilion in Heritage Park. The pavilion's design is based on sugar shacks from the turn of the century, where maple tree sap was boiled down and prepared into maple syrup. The practice of boiling sap down into syrup was taught to Francophone settlers by Indigenous people. As such, the pavilion celebrates French Canadian and Métis cultures, while promoting the French language in the Calgary region.

  • Provinces join the Canadian Agricultural Partnership – On July 21, 2017, the federal, provincial and territorial governments reached an agreement on a new agricultural policy framework. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a five year federal-provincial-territorial funding agreement and $3 billion investment that will govern agricultural risk management programs including Crop Insurance, AgriStability, and AgriInvest, and support a number of strategic initiatives in: science, research, and innovation; markets and trade; environmental sustainability and climate change; value-added agriculture and agri-food processing; and public trust.

  • Husky Energy investing in carbon capture – Husky Energy is investing in a new carbon capture and storage (CCS) pilot plant near Maidstone, Saskatchewan. The plant will use Inventys' second-generation CCS technology, developed in Burnaby, BC, to capture 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide per day for enhanced oil recovery.

  • Saskatchewan innovator demonstrates driverless tractor at farm show – A driverless tractor, invented by the owner of Saskatchewan-based Seed Master, was showcased at the Ag in Motion trade show outside of Saskatoon on July 19, 2017. Developers anticipate that the driverless tractor could reduce fuel, labour, GHG emissions and capital equipment costs by 20 percent.

  • Comm Stream to Connect Northern Communities – Winnipeg company Comm Stream is installing infrastructure to provide high-speed internet to 17,000 residents in 2,000 homes in remote, northern Manitoba communities.

  • Liberstream Technologies is Industry Go-To – Two of the four largest aircraft engine manufactures in the world, along with other unnamed clients, have adopted Winnipeg-based Liberstream Technologies' video tech for engine maintenance. The technology allows for efficient engine repair, maintenance planning and decision making to maximize operable aircraft hours.

  • Brandon University Economic Impact Study – A study conducted by Brandon University found the annual economic impact of the school to be over $417 million. Additionally, for every dollar invested by the province, the university generated $11 in economic impacts. The university has 3,000 students, 400 employees and is responsible for the creation of 927 jobs across Manitoba.