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Yahoo Finance Canada presents Editor's Edition, featuring finance industry insiders and the Yahoo Finance Canada editorial team discussing the top issues facing Canada's business and political realms.

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    Editor's Edition: Chaos hits Canadian airports

    The airline industry was among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent weeks the situation dramatically improved, as demand for travel soared amid the post-pandemic recovery. But a new challenge for airlines has emerged in recent days. A shortage of workers, combined with ongoing COVID-19 measures, have created chaos at some of Canada’s busiest airports, with customers waiting hours to get through customs and security. On this episode of Editor’s Edition, Yahoo Finance Canada’s Alicja Siekierska and the Public Policy Forum’s Sean Speer discuss what the situation at many Canadian airports shows about the post-pandemic recovery, and what the government should be doing about the long lineups. They also dig into what policymakers should be doing for businesses still struggling amid a slow return to the office, and how companies are addressing the tight labour market. They’ll also take a look at why Canadians are growing increasingly concerned about possible recession, and what that means for the Bank of Canada. If you have any policy-related questions, or feedback about the show, please email alicja@yahoofinance.com.

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    Nikola Motor has plans in Canada’s oil patch

    TC Energy is spelling out new details of its partnership with Nikola Motor. The American zero-emissions vehicle-maker and Canadian energy firm say they’re assessing a site for a hydrogen production hub in Alberta to fuel big rig trucks and power homes. A final investment decision is expected by 2023. Critics have denied the environmental merits of hydrogen produced by natural gas, as will be the case in the project. For Kevin Krausert, the debate over blue hydrogen from natural gas versus green hydrogen created with renewable energy misses the point. “This whole debate around the colours of hydrogen, I just find it rather pedantic,” the CEO and co-founder of Avatar Innovations told Yahoo Finance Canada’s Editor’s Edition. “There is a real opportunity with creating hydrogen through natural gas that we would be remiss as a country to avoid.” Got a question for Kevin Krausert? Email Jeff.Lagerquist@yahoofinance.com and let him know what interests you in the world of clean energy and technology. Jeff Lagerquist is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada. Follow him on Twitter @jefflagerquist. Download the Yahoo Finance app, available for Apple and Android.

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    Why American have ‘eaten our lunch’ on clean energy investment

    Canadian pension funds managing a combined $2.2 trillion assets have seen their share of domestic investments slip to less than half, down from 70 per cent 10 years ago, according to Statistics Canada. In a recent Globe and Mail article, Senator Clément Gignac, a veteran economist, argued that Canada risks missing its climate goals if these funds don’t back companies focused on energy transition. Kevin Krausert is CEO and co-founder of Avatar Innovations, a Calgary-based venture capital firm and startup accelerator that pairs entrepreneurs with companies in Canada’s energy patch. He says Americans have historically “eaten our lunch” when it comes to such investment, pointing to a US$250 million investment from Goldman Sachs in a Canadian energy storage firm as one recent example. The deal reportedly encouraged the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to pony up US$25 million. “Canada is blessed with a very innovative workforce, but we do not have a lot of risk capital,” he told Yahoo Finance Canada’s Editor’s Edition. “The challenge is a lot of these investments are still too early stage for an institutional equity [investor] to be making investments.” Got a question for Kevin Krausert? Email Jeff.Lagerquist@yahoofinance.com and let him know what interests you in the world of clean energy and technology. Jeff Lagerquist is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada. Follow him on Twitter @jefflagerquist. Download the Yahoo Finance app, available for Apple and Android.