Varcoe: Province must act on unpaid property taxes by energy firms

Former MLA David Swann calls for a property tax strike to pressure the Alberta government to hold oil and gas companies accountable for not paying rural property taxes. Swann was speaking outside the McDougall Centre in Calgary on Wednesday, Jan.…

Varcoe: It’s deja vu all over again, as council debates tax relief for city businesses

Kelly Doody, owner of The Social School, helped organize a tax revolt last summer when her business faced a 400 per cent tax hike. She says relief programs, like council is again proposing, have not been effective. Brendan Miller/Postmedia If…

Varcoe: Pressure builds over Ottawa’s decision on Frontier project — from both sides

Ron Quintal, president of the Fort McKay Métis, in council in Fort McMurray, Alta. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Cullen Bird/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network ORG XMIT: POS1706211440058925 Fort McKay Metis Nation president Ron Quintal becomes animated when speaking about why…

Varcoe: Three oil pipeline projects inch toward goal-line for Canada

On Canada’s pipeline playing field, there have been more head fakes and false starts than at a weekend flag football game. But reading through this week’s status report on the long-delayed Keystone XL project, it sure seems like TC Energy…

Varcoe: PM’s envoy listens to fears of West, as Encana OK’s moving HQ south

The Calgary Chamber of Commerce hosted the Honourable Jim Carr at the Fairmont Palliser in downtown Calgary on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, as he took part in his first trip and discussion since becoming the prime minister’s special representative for…

Varcoe: Cold snap welcomed by power and gas producers as Albertans await relief

Sun sets in Calgary as the city’s under an extreme cold warning on Monday, January 13, 2020. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia A nasty cold snap will leave many Albertans marooned indoors for the week, but it has already provided a spark to…

Varcoe: Cenovus embraces net-zero emissions goal as carbon becomes competitive yardstick

Cenovus has set out a series of environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets, joining Canadian Natural Resources and MEG Energy in adopting a longer-term ambition of net-zero emissions over the next three decades. It also intends to reduce emissions per…

Varcoe: UCP set to overhaul oilpatch liability policies

Energy Minister Sonya Savage says the province will unveil “an entire suite of policies dealing with well licences and the liability” management issues before the end of March. Azin Ghaffari / SunMedia Decision time is coming soon for the Kenney…

Varcoe: Three key questions — and answers — to 2020

Calgary Real Estate Board chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie CREB chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie says local home sale prices are starting to stabilize. Gavin Young / jpg One week into a new year, here are three decisive questions to ponder about…

Varcoe: Bleeding in Calgary’s downtown office values finally stops

City of Calgary assessor Nelson Karpa says market-value declines have reversed slightly for 2020. “The market is at least putting some additional faith back in the downtown and overall office market here in the city of Calgary,” he said Thursday.…