In the Media Archive 2020

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Innovative company creates ‘synthetic cities’ to help solve future problems before they happen (folio)

U of A grad Myrna Bittner talks about RunWithIt Synthetics, her innovative company that helps clients envision and anticipate the complex reality...

Imperial Oil set to end Syncrude services contract as Suncor becomes operator (Global News)

Dean Joseph Doucet says switching operatorship at Syncrude is a sign of the evolution of the oilsands mining industry from a high-cost venture with...

As COVID-19 surges, Alberta braces for possible new restrictions (CBC News)

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the province, the Alberta government is expected to introduce further measures to slow the spread of the...

‘The documentary is like a letter to my wife’: Edmonton man produces film about Iran plane tragedy (Global News)

It was a tragedy that shocked the world and impacted many in Edmonton.

Second-hand surge: why buying used is trendy among young Canadians (CBC Radio)

The second-hand economy is seeing a bump in 2020 thanks to younger generations choosing sustainable and renewable products over so-called fast...

Risky Business? New shops open amid second wave of COVID-19 infections (CTV News)

Starting your own business is a risk-filled venture at the best of times. During a global pandemic, which has forced temporary and permanent...

U of A experts make impact on latest list of highly cited researchers (folio)

Clarivate’s annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of...

COVID-19: Edmonton retailers urge local support during holiday season (Global News)

Both consumers and retailers are facing uncertainty this holiday season. Many people are eager to support Edmonton-based businesses, while also...

We're beginning to shop a lot like Christmas (CBC News)

With more time spent at home, people look to get into the Christmas spirit early.

OPINION | On COVID-19, Jason Kenney refuses to take responsibility (CBC News)

COVID-19 cases hit record levels nearly every day now — a startling 919 new cases were identified on Nov. 7. But it's not the case counts that hit...

New Alberta immigration pathways aimed at encouraging international students to stay in province (The Lawyer's Daily)

Alberta has launched two new immigration pathways to attract investment and encourage international graduates to start their businesses in the...

OPINION | It's full-speed ahead for the technology sector in Alberta (Edmonton Journal)

Opinion piece by Joseph Doucet and Adam Legge, co-chairs of the Innovation capital Working Group, on the promise of the tech industry in Alberta.

OPINION | Alberta's shift away from coal power is a climate action success story (CBC News)

Over the past five years, coal has gone from supplying about 50% of Alberta's electricity to about 27%. This column is an opinion piece from U of A...

Edmonton’s iconic Take 5 doughnut shop for sale (Global News)

Take 5 is a cafe in Edmonton's Beverly neighbourhood. After 41 years with the same owner, the shop is up for sale. Heather Thomson, executive...

COVID-19-Fighting Tools (New Trail)

Innovators aren’t holding their breath for a vaccine — they’re tackling the biggest health crisis in a century on several fronts

OPINION | This 'Bitumen Boondoggle' is costing Alberta taxpayers billions (CBC News)

In an op-ed, Andrew Leach discusses the Sturgeon Refinery saga.

Alberta projects historic $24.2-billion deficit amid COVID-19 pandemic, low oil prices (Edmonton Journal)

Collapsed oil prices and an increase in spending amid the COVID-19 pandemic have pushed Alberta into a historic projected deficit of $24.2 billion....

Proposed spot zoning could have negative consequences, critics say (Pique Magazine)

A Resort Municipality of Whistler initiative to lock key food and beverage establishments into their current zoning is an attempt to address a...

Where new Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole stands on climate change, carbon tax, oil and LNG (The Narwhal)

In his acceptance speech new federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole promised his party would be ready for an election as early as this fall. What...

Should you pay with cash or debit during the pandemic? (CTV News)

While many businesses are urging customers to not use cash, Mike Maier from the University of Alberta School of Business says relying too much on...

Why not using cash during COVID-19 could make you more likely to overspend (folio)

Cashless purchases during the pandemic can add up quickly and make us more likely to ignore prices, says Mike Maier, a financial expert who...

Return to Stage 1 would devastate Edmonton businesses, says retail school director (Edmonton Journal)

Amid a surge of COVID-19 infections in Edmonton, returning to Stage 1 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy would be devastating to many businesses, says...

Economy showing signs of rebound but experts warn it could be short lived (CTV News)

As more stores started to re-open in June, so did people's wallets. According to Statistics Canada, retailers across the country reported $53...

Downtown businesses show flexibility, creativity during COVID-19, report says (CBC)

MBA student Kennedy Quigley authored a report released by the Downtown Business Association that evaluates what some downtown Edmonton companies...

New Startup Edmonton program offers mentorship for Black entrepreneurs (CBC)

Startup Edmonton launched Foundations for Black Founders this summer to offer business classes with mentorship and stories from successful Black...

Alberta government handpicks new school curriculum advisers (CBC News)

The Alberta government has appointed eight advisers to shape a revamped curriculum for K-12 schools. Of the eight, five are from the U of A.

How to handle digital overload (folio)

Being online all the time can be exhausting, say U of A experts who offer tips for anyone working or learning from home.

Varcoe: Alberta studies nuclear power again — this time, it's small modular reactors (Calgary Herald)

Alberta has toyed with the idea of embracing nuclear energy for decades. The piece includes comments from Dean Joseph Doucet.

Anti-China sentiment in US at ‘historic high’, Pew Research survey finds, amid friction over trade, coronavirus and human rights (South China Morning Post)

The story mentions a study involving Runjing Lu, showing that wherever COVID-19 has spread in the U.S., it has been closely followed by racist...

OPINION | The fiasco that is Alberta's energy 'war room' (CBC News)

In an op-ed, Andrew Leach discusses the Canadian Energy Centre.

Obesity rates likely to rise during COVID-19 pandemic, study suggests (folio)

New consumer psychology research shows people under financial stress want to eat more of everything.

Jack Knox: Coronavirus or not, we are trending tubbier (Times Colonist)

Jim Swaffield, a consumer psychology researcher, warns the current crisis could drive up obesity rates, particularly among those who have lost...

COVID-19, low oil prices leads to dramatic drop in demand for power in Alberta (Global News)

Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, combined with a slowdown in Alberta’s oil patch, led to a dramatic drop in demand for electricity in...

Success begets success in crowdfunding—but so does falling just short, study shows (folio)

If entrepreneurs can’t follow in the footsteps of blockbuster ideas, they should aim to come in behind campaigns that nearly reached their goals,...

Staying in grace: Why some people are immune from scandal – until they’re not (The Conversation)

According to researchers, not all scandalous acts result in a scandal or produce the same consequences. In this piece co-authored by Assistant...

Research reveals which types of leaders are more likely to burn out (folio)

U of A researcher Ian Gellatly finds that being too hands-off can be as stressful for leaders as being too engaged.

Trampolines, hot tubs and fitness equipment in high demand during pandemic (Airdrie Today)

There's no place like home in a pandemic which explains why hot tubs and gym equipment are selling like toilet paper did in the early days of...

Alberta at Noon with Judy Aldous (CBC Radio)

The province has announced a plan to turn around its struggling economy. Are these the right steps? Professor Andrew Leach weighs in (interview...

David Staples: Jason Kenney shakes up pandemic recession with bold tax cut, big spending (Edmonton Journal)

On Monday, Kenney unleashed a blizzard of government programs to help deal with what he refers to as the Triple Threat of pandemic, global economic...

As 330,000 Albertans lose their jobs, Kenney unveils tax cuts, $10B in spending to lift economy (Financial Post)

Deepest recession in a generation has effectively cut all the job growth the province enjoyed over the past decade. Dean Joseph Doucet comments.

Investing in green future easier said than done for Alberta, say economists (folio)

Capitalizing on an educated workforce and taking a hard look at taxation would help the province diversify its post-pandemic economy, according to...

OPINION: COVID-19 hastens retail revolution for consumers (Edmonton Journal)

In an op-ed, Heather Thomson, executive director of the School of Retailing suggests that not only did the pandemic bring the world to a halt but...

OPINION: Defunding police a movement whose time has come (Edmonton Journal)

In an op-ed, assistant professor Noah Castelo makes a case for reallocating some police funding to social workers and adopting body cameras for...

COMMENTARY || Defunding police a movement whose time has come (folio)

Reallocating some police funding to social workers, making body cameras mandatory would reduce incidents of unnecessary violence against racial...

How the pandemic will affect e-commerce (CBC Radio One)

Retail expert Craig Patterson shares how an online presence is vital for retailers, and that service providers like Shopify and Amazon will benefit...

Pandemic increases importance of entrepreneurship and innovation (Folio)

Dean Joseph Doucet and professor Tony Briggs talk about how the pandemic has made entrepreneurship and innovation even more important, and which...

Shifting consumer habits during the pandemic may change the future of retail in Canada (CBC Radio)

Retail expert Craig Patterson comments that it was a tough year for retail even before COVID-19. Patterson tallied a list of 1,000 store locations...

COVID-19 fees being implemented (Newstalk 770)

As businesses including dentists and hair salons begin to open up, many are charging a COVID-19 surcharge due to higher costs of obtaining PPE....

Emission remission a complicated proposition (Winnipeg Free Press)

"When you go out and say, 'We're going to cap oilsands emissions,' it's something you can say relatively easily. But if you turn around to...

Innovation, free time help Edmontonians launch online businesses during COVID-19 (Global News)

A keen business sense - mixed in with some unexpected free time - has helped a few young Edmontonians launch small businesses amid the COVID-19...

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