March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

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Canadian Oil Slammed By Low Prices, Pipeline Woes

Canada has been particularly hit hard during the downturn in oil prices. A major oil-producing country, Canada rode the commodity wave upwards over the past decade, but has suffered from the downturn. The economy briefly dipped into a recession in 2015. Even after growth resumed, Canada’s GDP slowed the most out of all G7 nations. The unemployment has rate ticked up, especially in Alberta where most of its oil and gas production is concentrated. And the Canadian dollar has plunged in value to its lowest level in over a decade. The problems for Canada’s oil industry are compounded by several factors. First, Canada’s oil is more costly to produce than other regions, particularly when compare

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