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The Trouble with Big Oil in One Chart

The trouble faced by not only shale oil companies but also Big Oil can be summarized in one chart from a recent BP presentation.

October 20, 2015
In-depth topic: Peak oil
Energy

The Myth of Users Pay Highways and Roads

The first and necessary step towards a rational re-thinking of our transportation priorities involves the dispelling of the long held and common myth that drivers pay for the full cost of the roads they drive on.

September 30, 2015
In-depth topic: Urban planning
Transportation, Urban development

Icelandic Bankers Are Not Too Big To Jail: Face 74 Years In Prison As US Bankers Bask In Bailouts

To date, 26 bankers in Iceland have been sentenced to prison for a combined 74 years among them, for their roles in the 2008 economic collapse.

September 9, 2015
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Finance & Economy

Liquidity: ETF Flash Crashes

The flash crashes of some of the largest blue chip tracking ETFs on Aug 25 should serve as a warning of what’s to come for their smaller and illiquid high yield brethren.

September 8, 2015
In-depth topic: Monetary reset
Finance & Economy

5 Triggers to Come-To-Jesus Moment for Tight Oil

As much as one thinks times are tough now for the tight oil sector, these 5 triggers arriving within the short term horizon have the ability to upset the entire apple cart and then some.

September 5, 2015
In-depth topic: Tight oil Shale gas
Energy

ISDS: Obscure Free Trade Rules Turn Malignant – Part 3

With the TransPacific Trade Partnership ever closer to getting passed by the US Congress, and with a rare opportunity of access to the political parties thanks to the upcoming federal election, what should Canadians do to ensure their social values and those of the political parties are aligned?

8 Essential Elements of an Attractive Urban Place

The lost art of urban design and the essential elements that make an urban place attractive, as ‘re-discovered’ in this dated video by a then pioneer of urban space design, are refreshingly and equally, if not even more so, applicable in today’s new towns and suburbs.

August 23, 2015
In-depth topic: Urban planning
Urban development

There Is Still Hope

Fox news anchor storms off set and refuses to talk about Kardashian.

August 13, 2015
Misc

ISDS: Obscure Free Trade Rules Turn Malignant – Part 2

Part 2 of the series lays out the major flaws of the ISDS regime and key liabilities faced by sovereigns, along with real cases faced Canada, Australia and other developing countries.

ISDS: Obscure Free Trade Rules Turn Malignant – Part 1

From being an obscure clause originally designed to protect foreign investors from weak local legal systems, the Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions embedded in many trade agreements are increasingly used by multinationals to bypass domestic legal systems.