Paul Haavardsrud

Paul Haavardsrud writes for CBC's western business desk in Calgary. He is also a producer on CBC Radio’s national business desk where he talks about business on Radio One in the afternoons. Prior to that he worked for newspapers. On Twitter, he’s @paulhaavardsrud.

Latest from Paul Haavardsrud


Why Trump's trade war makes sense — if you're Trump

The U.S. is starting down the path of a global trade war. It makes little sense to most economists, but economics might be the wrong lens through which to see the trade barriers U.S. President Donald Trump is building.

'Displace Saudi barrels': a Trump-like cry heard in Canada

The argument that Saudi oil doesn't have a place in Canadian refineries makes little economic sense, but that's because it's not really about oil.

Keystone XL clears final hurdle only to see more hurdles

Regulators say the Keystone XL pipeline can be built through Nebraska, but they've ordered an alternate route, raising the possibility of further delays.

'Trump has scared the bejesus out of everyone': How Canada could win the Amazon sweepstakes

Amazon's picking Canada for its coveted second headquarters is more than just wishful thinking.

What to do when high-paying jobs start to disappear

Geophysicist was once a slam-dunk career choice for students, but the rise of machines and the weak oil economy mean it's starting to disappear. There could be some lessons in that for other professions across Canada.

West Texas oil boom threatens recovery in Canadian oilpatch

In Canada's oil industry, the hope of higher prices springs eternal, but it's a faith that's now being tested by the oilfields of West Texas - the once and current centre of the global oil world.

Beyond NAFTA tweaks: How Trump's anti-trade talk could be bad for Canada

Justin Trudeau's White House visit has calmed fears about a trade war, but that doesn't mean Canada is out of the woods. If the U.S. sets its sights on China, all bets are off for the global economy.

Just the (alternative?!) facts, ma'am: Why there's so much carbon tax confusion

Complicated and often unpopular, carbon taxes are already ripe for misunderstanding, a vulnerability that's only compounded in a post-truth political world.

CBC Q&A: Climate plan architect Andrew Leach talks carbon tax

What does Alberta's carbon levy mean for households, the oil and gas industry and the global fight against climate change? Here's what Andrew Leach, who came up with the plan, thinks.

Beyond the hippie stereotype: A closer look at the opposition to Trans Mountain

The roots of the opposition to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion run deep.

The lowdown on the Montney: Canada's next big energy bet has same high stakes as oilsands

Not many folks outside of Alberta pay much attention to Grande Prairie, a northern outpost tucked away in the bush about 450 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. But that's about to change. Across the province, another frontier town, Fort McMurray, knows what's coming.

Waiting for OPEC: changing circumstances and new possibilities — maybe

An informal gathering of OPEC this week is widely expected to produce no substantive changes. So why are oil markets paying so much attention?

The most Canadian song lyric belongs to the Tragically Hip ... or does it?

Gord Downie is often considered Canada's unofficial poet laureate, but why do Tragically Hip lyrics, or any song lyrics, resonate as Canadian?

Is Calgary traffic really improving? The stats say it's not just your imagination

Right now, Calgary drivers — at least anecdotally — are noticing something that would have been unthinkable during the extended run of boom-time growth that added tens of thousands of new drivers to the roads every year: traffic seems to be getting better. But is it?

Oil price hedging by governments can be a smart bet or a bad gamble

Provinces from Alberta to Newfoundland are no strangers to what big swings in oil prices do to their budgets, yet hedging still remains off the table. The reasons, as it turns out, are as much political as they are financial.