Tony Seskus

Senior Producer Western Digital Business Unit

Tony Seskus is senior producer with CBC's Western Business unit in Calgary. He's written for newspapers and wire services for more than 25 years on three continents. In Calgary, Tony has reported on the energy sector and federal politics.

Latest from Tony Seskus


Oilpatch downturn has cost Calgary $300M in tax revenue from downtown offices now sitting empty

After years of leaning on downtown's office towers to cover a healthy chunk of municipal tax revenue, Calgary's politicians are facing tough decisions thanks to a large number of vacancies.

It's now Jason Kenney's turn to deliver on jobs, pipelines and a better economy

For weeks, Jason Kenney framed Alberta's election around three key issues: jobs, pipelines and the economy. With his United Conservative Party soon to take charge, people are looking to him to fulfil his pledge and deliver on all three.

Alberta could slip back into recession this year, says new report

The ongoing woes of the oilpatch and China’s move to block imports of Canadian canola and other agricultural products are two of the reasons the province's economy could shrink this year. 

What U.S. flooding could mean for Canada's Prairie farmers

Flooding across the United States agriculture belt continues to thwart the planting of key crops — something that could help some Canadian farmers fetch better commodity prices themselves.

What the Boeing Max 8 groundings could mean for summer travel

With the holidays beckoning, airlines, analysts and travel agents weigh in on what flyers can expect this summer with the Boeing Max 8 jetliners still grounded.

WestJet CEO says he'll take first flight aboard 737 Max 8 when flights resume

WestJet CEO Ed Sims gave airplane manufacturer Boeing his vote of confidence Tuesday, pledging to be on his airline's first flight on the Max 8 once they're cleared for service.

What the sale of WestJet means for jobs, fares, routes — and investors

It's a $5-billion deal that no one saw coming — not aviation experts, not analysts following the company, not even the vast majority of staff at the airline. There wasn't even a whiff of speculation.

Happy hour not over for Alberta's craft beer boom

The number of craft beer breweries continues to climb despite trade barriers — but how long will the party continue?

What it really means for Alberta to 'turn off the taps' on oil to B.C.

Dinara Millington, vice-president of research at the Canadian Energy Research Institute, explains what happens if Alberta ever decides to "turn off the taps" on oil and gas exports to British Columbia.

Oilpatch reps head east seeking allies among business, civic leaders

Representatives of Canada's oil and gas industry are headed east this month as the sector looks to rally support among business and municipal leaders. The effort comes as the sector faces increasing scrutiny due to concerns over its environmental impact.

Sleeman makes bid for Calgary's Wild Rose Brewery

Wild Rose Brewery, a cornerstone of Alberta's craft beer business, could soon be snapped up by Sleeman Breweries, the third-largest brewing company in Canada.

Liberal environment minister faces push back over criticism of Scheer meeting

Two prominent attendees of a private meeting organized by a pro-oil advocacy group are pushing back against criticism from Catherine McKenna, the federal environment minister, regarding the involvement of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. 

Trump aims to clear path for Keystone XL, but opponents vow to keep fighting

Environmentalists fighting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline remain confident of stopping the project despite U.S. President Donald Trump's latest executive order aimed at speeding up development of cross-border infrastructure.

Senate roadshow stops in Alberta's oilpatch for feedback on impact-assessment bill

Senators will visit Calgary and Fort McMurray, Alta., this week as part of a Western Canadian tour to collect feedback on plans to overhaul the approval process for major energy projects.

Alberta auditor probing relationship between energy regulator and not-for-profit centre

Alberta's auditor general is examining the relationship between the province's energy regulator and a not-for-profit centre it helped launch — as the regulator sues the centre for $2.6 million.