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EnCana moving headquarters to U.S.

The company said it would setup shop in the U.S. early next year under the name Ovintiv Inc.

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Calgary based EnCana rocked the oil patch Thursday morning by announcing it was moving its headquarters to the U.S.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney laid the blame for the move right at the door of the federal Liberals.

“It’s not just about EnCana. It’s about the broader decline of the Canadian energy industry which I think is a deliberate policy of the Trudeau government,” Kenny said in an interview with The Globe and Mail.

Kenny called for an urgent First Ministers conference after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau selects his cabinet on Nov. 20.

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage said she was “troubled” by the move but added “I cannot say I’m surprised, as EnCana has been shifting its efforts to the United States for years, in large part due to harmful policies in Canada.”

The company said it would set up shop in the U.S. early next year under the name of Ovintiv Inc.

And she blasted the federal government for creating an environment that lead to the company’s decision.

“It is no coincidence that today’s news is being announced after the federal election,“ said Savage.
The company said the move is not expected to have any impact on its Canadian workforce.

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage

“I would encourage all to read EnCana founding CEO and energy pioneer Gwyn Morgan’s 2018 commentary on how the company he founded is being pushed out of Canada due to policies of our federal government,“ Savage wrote in a tweet.

“I sincerely hope today today’s news will serve as a wake up call for leadership in Ottawa.”  Savage said company officials have informed her that Canadian capital spending plans will remain untouched.

Calgary Nose Hill Tory MP Michelle Rempel Garner also tweeted her anger.

“Bombardier, or an auto plant wants to leave Canada? Endless government cash and incentives. EnCana leaves Calgary? *Crickets* The hypocrisy is maddening.”

Calgary-Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel

Over the last three years, foreign companies have shelved plans for $30 billion of projects, in large part due to lack of pipeline capacity. 

Morgan said he was saddened by the news.

 “I was privileged to lead a highly dedicated team with a shared passion for our mission. Today, my first thoughts are with them,” he said in an email to BNN Bloomberg.

“Having said that, the destructive policies of the Trudeau liberals have left the company with no choice but to shift it’s asset base and capital program south of the border. Now, it’s re-election strikes the final blow.”

EnCanaa has about 1,100 staff in Canada and more than 900 in the U.S.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. N. Fortugno

    November 4, 2019 at 8:29 am

    The Western Provinces have always been treated as mere colonies of Eastern Canada.

    Alberta has been used and abused by the Federal Government since long before the days of Pierre Trudeau. If Albertans don’t act now to protect their own interests from the increasingly predatory and destructive policies of the Alberta-hating eastern Canadian political elites, the Province will soon become a destitute, have-not, shadow of what it once was or could have been.

    The fate of an Alberta or Saskatchewan that remains in confederation is to be nothing but a piggy-bank to support the aging, government service-hungry population in Eastern Canada, while being used as a convenient environmental whipping post for Liberals, Greens, NDP’s and other socialists to advance their own agendas in Eastern Canada.

    As a Western Canadian, you get to be abused and you get to pay dearly for it. Is that what you really want?

    I don’t.

    #WEXIT

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Farkas pledges to freeze taxes for four years

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

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Calgary mayoral candidate Jeromy Farkas released the first plank of his platform Monday, pledging to freeze taxes for four years.

“Over the past 10 years, Calgarians have struggled with lack of opportunity. We’ve witnessed the economy crumble, the tax burden increase, and the city hall establishment become increasingly out of touch. It’s time for that to change,” said Farkas in a release.

“If elected as mayor, I will champion a four-year property tax freeze for homes and businesses. Now more than ever, Calgarians need a strong and growing economy. This four-year tax freeze will throw a lifeline to struggling families, seniors, and small business owners, and give them the certainty that they need to get back on their feet.”

Farkas said economist Jack Mintz reviewed the promise and found it to be an achievable goal, with the millions the city has stashed aside in various reserve funds.

“Implementing a four-year residential and non-residential tax freeze is undoubtedly achievable,” said Mintz,

“The best part is this plan can be implemented without reductions to city services given the excess reserves available and reasonable growth forecasts.”

Farkas said every year Calgarians are told they have to accept increased taxes or face cuts to services.

“It’s time to put this false choice to rest with common-sense financial management,” said the Farkas campaign, adding the tax bill for the typical home has doubled over the last decade while basic city services have remained stagnant or even declined.

“This election is about change versus more of the same. As councillor, I’ve consistently opposed needless budget increases. I have a record of following through on my promises. Change starts now, with a four-year tax freeze,” Farkas said.

Calgarians go to the polls October 18.

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Poll shows Canadians trust the Internet and know what’s fake news

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the internet.

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Despite Liberal attempts to censor the Internet, the vast majority of Canadians think online information is reliable and people can tell when its not, says the feds own internal polling.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the Internet.

“A majority, 80%, believe the online content they consume is factual and truthful,” said a pollsters’ report.

“Two-thirds of Canadians, 66%, feel confident in their ability to tell if online content is fair and balanced.”

The Heritage department paid Ipsos Public Affairs $164,621 to conduct online focus groups and questionnaires with 5,207 people.

“Almost all Canadians are frequently consuming some form of information online,” wrote researchers.

“Canadians largely believe having access to different sources of information with different points of view is important for people to participate in a democracy.

“Most participants were confident in their abilities to consider various sources and ensure they are being presented with ‘the full picture.’”

Guilbeault last July 2 issued a report to instruct the media on how to report the news.

“We can no longer ignore the challenges and opportunities that come with an increasingly digital world,” said Guilbeault.

“We have to act now to ensure a healthy ecosystem online for all citizens.”

Reporters, editors and commentators must “foster greater exposure to diverse cultural content, information and news” and “contribute to a healthier public discourse, greater social inclusion within society, bolster resilience to disinformation and misinformation and increase our citizens’ ability to participate in democratic processes,” said the report.

The guide defined misinformation as “false or misleading content shared without harmful intent though the effects can still be harmful, e.g. when people share false information with friends and family in good faith.”

The document doesn’t say who within the Heritage department would monitor news deemed to be harmful.

“Ethical journalistic standards should be upheld and encouraged,” said the guide, adding: “Information about media ownership and funding sources should be made accessible to the public and transparent to safeguard a diverse and pluralistic media ecosystem.”

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Twenty percent of Canadians bet pro sports is fixed

Only 6% said they were “very confident” major league hockey, football, baseball and basketball players were not doping.

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One-fifth of all Canadians think pro sports is rigged, says the feds’ own research.

Blacklock’s Reporter noted cabinet legalized bookmaking August 27.

Asked: “Do you think there is match manipulation in the NHL, Major League Baseball, the NBA or CFL?” 21% said yes, according to the Survey On Ethics, Equity And Safety In Sport 2021.

Only 6% said they were “very confident” major league hockey, football, baseball and basketball players were not doping.

A total of 19% of Canadians said they were convinced there is match-fixing in college sports, with 18% saying junior hockey is crooked.

A larger number, 24%, said the Olympics are fixed and 37% agreed “there is corruption within Canadian sport organizations” at the Olympic level.

Cabinet on August 27 brought into force Bill C-218 that repealed an 1892 ban on single-event sports betting.

The bill sponsored by Conservative MP Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon-Grasswood) set no limits on sports wagering through provincial gaming monopolies.

Provinces have said Vegas-style bookmaking will be fully introduced by the year’s end.

The Department of Canadian Heritage commissioned the survey using questionnaires with 10,932 people nationwide. The department paid Advanis Incorporated $78,563 for the research.

“The survey gauges awareness, perceptions and understanding of key issues related to ethics,” said the report.

Questions of honest play were “fueled by negative media and public attention,” it said.

The Centre for Ethics in Sport in June 4 testimony at the Senate Banking, tTade and Commerce Committee cautioned legal bookmaking could see corrupt practices spread to “university sport, college sport or the Canada Games.”

Match-fixing “is already occurring in Canada,” testified Paul Melia, CEO.

“Importantly, it is not an issue that only impacts professional sport In fact, match manipulation is often targeted directly at lower-level sport where athletes are not paid or not well paid and are therefore far more vulnerable.”

“Match manipulation is linked to organized crime. It takes advantage of vulnerable athletes, officials, coaches and other support staff in order to fix the outcome of a sporting competition.”

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