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Oil is rebounding, but rural municipalities are waiting on their bills

Oil is rebounding, but rural municipalities are waiting on their bills

By Nick Pearce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Rural municipalities in northwest Saskatchewan are chasing after millions of dollars in unpaid taxes from struggling oil companies as prices rebound. They hope to recover the money as the West Texas Intermediate oil price fetches near $70 per barrel after cratering during the pandemic. If they can’t, rural ratepayers may be left holding the bag.…

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Q&A: U of S researcher pushes the limits on pulses

Q&A: U of S researcher pushes the limits on pulses

By Nick Pearce, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A University of Saskatchewan scientist sees a future where grocery bags come from pulse seeds. Dr. Yongfeng Ai has received $2.5 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to spur research aiming to draw more value from plants like peas, fava beans, lentils and chickpeas. Ai spoke to the StarPhoenix about how his research works on…

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Boreal Area Regional Waste Authority receiving over $2 million to decommission old landfill cells

By Jessica R. Durling, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Boreal Area Regional Waste Authority Inc. (BARWA) will be decommissioning multiple old landfill cells after receiving about $2 million from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Rennie Harper, Nipawin’s mayor and BARWA chair, said that without the assistance, the timeline to decommission the cells would likely have been “remote.”    The landfill, started…

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Tax dispute erupts over sale of ‘marked fuel’ at Prince George gas station

Tax dispute erupts over sale of ‘marked fuel’ at Prince George gas station

By Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A Prince George business owner is fighting back after the provincial government ordered him to pay nearly $200,000 in tax he allegedly failed to collect from the sale of “coloured fuel” at one of his gas stations. According to a petition filed June 18 at the Prince George courthouse Bruce Kidd is seeking a court order to…

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Alberta is gambling its future on carbon capture

Alberta is gambling its future on carbon capture

By John Woodside, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter On the same day Keystone XL was officially axed, Alberta’s oil and gas industry made two massive bets on carbon capture, representing billions of dollars, designed to extend the life of the oilsands indefinitely. One bet is on blue hydrogen. Air Products Canada, a subsidiary of its Pennsylvania-headquartered parent company, announced it was moving ahead on a $1.3-billion carbon…

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