Or maybe just out to lunch . . . Picking up my Calgary Herald newspaper on Wednesday morning, Sept. 11, I fully expected the 9/11 anniversary retrospectives. But there was something else that caught my tired eyes. It was on the front page of the Business section in a story entitled Neil Young calls oilsands a ‘disaster.’…

And a way to inject some life into the same tired refrain I’ve just enjoyed a week of sunshine (right here in Calgary), winter appears to be finally over and, as this is being written, the first summer long weekend is almost upon us. Working in the PR trenches, I’m always reminded at this time of…

An issue that bears watching in 2013 – and a related film that does not First of all, my apologies for the corny headline, it was just too tempting under the circumstances. I’ll begin 2013 with what I believe is the biggest oil patch related story of 2012 – the seemingly sudden revelation that the…

The outcome of the recent provincial election is, on balance, a good thing for the patch and Albertans in general This spring’s election in Alberta was surely the most divisive in the province’s relatively short history. For the first time in 40 years, there appeared to be a serious challenge to the ruling party, in…

Big Oil in Canada has more of a conscience and a soul today because of the trail that Hazel Gillespie blazed, torch in hand Our industry, and indeed Canada, lost one of its best and brightest with the passing of Corporate social responsibility pioneer Hazel Gillespie in late February, at the age of 61. Hazel…

Another year and the energy story dominating the headlines should be no surprise – oil sands pipelines: specifically, Enbridge’s $5.5 billion northern gateway proposal and trans-Canada Pipelines’ $1.9 billion Keystone XL line. On the eve of the gateway hearings, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver launched a broadside – in print and in person – against…

OK, I jumped the gun, took a calculated risk and screwed up big time. I’ve taken a lot of (mostly good natured) flak for my last column, when I wrote about Alberta’s next premier – the RightHonourable Gary Mar. But wouldn’t you know it – between writing and publication, the world changed, just as it…

Alberta’s next premier benefits from Washington experience By the time you read this, the Alberta Progressive Conservative party will have chosen a new leader. As this is being written, it appears that the chosen one will be Gary Mar. All three candidates defeated on the first ballot in mid-September – Ted Morton, Rick Orman and…

As we peons wrestle with the minutiae of the day-to-day routine (how do I get to the next screen in SAP? which meeting should I attend on Tuesday? where to go for lunch? salad, slaw or fries? gravy with those fries?), it’s comforting to know that the industry’s ‘big picture’ issues are seemingly in good…