Max Fawcett

Freelance magazine writer who covers energy, business, climate change, and politics.

    Jan 14, 2020
    What Jason Kenney’s War Room Is Costing Alberta

    So far, Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party have picked fights with environmentalists, journalists, and academics in an ongoing campaign to defend Alberta’s beleaguered oil-and-gas industry. According to the premier, “foreign-funded…

    So far, Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party have picked fights with environmentalists, journalists, and academics in an ongoing campaign to defend Alberta’s beleaguered oil-and-gas industry. According to the premier, “foreign-funded…

    So far, Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party have picked fights with environmentalists, journalists, and academics in an ongoing campaign to defend Alberta’s beleaguered oil-and-gas industry. According to the premier, “foreign-funded…

    Jan 10, 2020
    New Conservative leader, new climate plan?

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine This summer, federal Conservatives will gather in Toronto during Pride Week to pick the next leader of their party. And while the timing might seem to be an unforced…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine This summer, federal Conservatives will gather in Toronto during Pride Week to pick the next leader of their party. And while the timing might seem to be an unforced…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine This summer, federal Conservatives will gather in Toronto during Pride Week to pick the next leader of their party. And while the timing might seem to be an unforced…

    Alberta’s oil and gas ‘war room’ isn’t doing Alberta’s oil and gas industry any favours

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. He previously worked in Alberta’s Climate Change Office. Alberta’s United Conservative Party government may be cutting funding for education in…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. He previously worked in Alberta’s Climate Change Office. Alberta’s United Conservative Party government may be cutting funding for education in…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. He previously worked in Alberta’s Climate Change Office. Alberta’s United Conservative Party government may be cutting funding for education in…

    Dec 18, 2019
    This isn’t just a game: Calgary cannot afford a new football stadium

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. It’s hard to tell if Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie was being deliberately provocative or just plain careless when he…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. It’s hard to tell if Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie was being deliberately provocative or just plain careless when he…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. It’s hard to tell if Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie was being deliberately provocative or just plain careless when he…

    Dec 13, 2019
    Jason Kenney’s ‘triggered’ culture reaches Alberta students

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine Jason Kenney’s government has made no secret of its affinity for combat, and it’s already launched offensives against a wide range of targets that includes everything…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine Jason Kenney’s government has made no secret of its affinity for combat, and it’s already launched offensives against a wide range of targets that includes everything…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine Jason Kenney’s government has made no secret of its affinity for combat, and it’s already launched offensives against a wide range of targets that includes everything…

    Nov 28, 2019
    What Jason Kenney and Albertans can learn from Texas

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. He previously worked in Alberta’s Climate Change Office. There may be no other place that holds a more prominent place in the shared imagination…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. He previously worked in Alberta’s Climate Change Office. There may be no other place that holds a more prominent place in the shared imagination…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. He previously worked in Alberta’s Climate Change Office. There may be no other place that holds a more prominent place in the shared imagination…

    Nov 27, 2019
    An Alberta Pension Plan has merit — but not as a source of fresh capital for the energy sector

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, and that might be what Jason Kenney's government has in mind when it comes to supporting the energy sector. Yes, it's already invested in a $30-million war room and a public inquiry that will investigate…

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, and that might be what Jason Kenney's government has in mind when it comes to supporting the energy sector. Yes, it's already invested in a $30-million war room and a public inquiry that will investigate…

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, and that might be what Jason Kenney's government has in mind when it comes to supporting the energy sector. Yes, it's already invested in a $30-million war room and a public inquiry that will investigate…

    Nov 25, 2019
    How Ranked Ballots Could Strengthen Our Democracy

    In last month’s election, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada earned a stay of execution. But, if they want to get off political death row entirely and repeat the majority government that Justin’s father, Pierre Trudeau, earned in the wake…

    In last month’s election, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada earned a stay of execution. But, if they want to get off political death row entirely and repeat the majority government that Justin’s father, Pierre Trudeau, earned in the wake…

    In last month’s election, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada earned a stay of execution. But, if they want to get off political death row entirely and repeat the majority government that Justin’s father, Pierre Trudeau, earned in the wake…

    A solution to the toxic effects of NIMBYism: Indigenous ownership

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. He previously worked in Alberta’s Climate Change Office. You might not think that a proposal for modest three-storey infill townhouses in one of…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. He previously worked in Alberta’s Climate Change Office. You might not think that a proposal for modest three-storey infill townhouses in one of…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. He previously worked in Alberta’s Climate Change Office. You might not think that a proposal for modest three-storey infill townhouses in one of…

    Oct 31, 2019
    Why Jason Kenney’s proposed referendum is so puzzling

    It wasn’t that long ago that Encana, one of Canada’s largest oil and gas companies, was breaking ground on an ambitious new head office tower that would redefine the Calgary skyline and serve as a testament to its own global aspirations. But like…

    It wasn’t that long ago that Encana, one of Canada’s largest oil and gas companies, was breaking ground on an ambitious new head office tower that would redefine the Calgary skyline and serve as a testament to its own global aspirations. But like…

    It wasn’t that long ago that Encana, one of Canada’s largest oil and gas companies, was breaking ground on an ambitious new head office tower that would redefine the Calgary skyline and serve as a testament to its own global aspirations. But like…

    Oct 29, 2019
    OPINION | Alberta's back-to-the-future budget

    On Oct. 16, their CEO announced a $4 million advertising campaign aimed at attracting the talent that Calgary needed to fill the jobs in its burgeoning tech sector. And then, barely a week later, Premier Jason Kenney cut the legs out from under that…

    On Oct. 16, their CEO announced a $4 million advertising campaign aimed at attracting the talent that Calgary needed to fill the jobs in its burgeoning tech sector. And then, barely a week later, Premier Jason Kenney cut the legs out from under that…

    On Oct. 16, their CEO announced a $4 million advertising campaign aimed at attracting the talent that Calgary needed to fill the jobs in its burgeoning tech sector. And then, barely a week later, Premier Jason Kenney cut the legs out from under that…

    Oct 25, 2019
    Could Chrystia Freeland save Canada?

    It’s been a long time since separatism was a meaningful issue in Canada, but Monday’s election results seem to have brought it back to the fore. In Quebec, the Bloc Québécois surged back to political relevance by winning 32 seats, while the Liberals…

    It’s been a long time since separatism was a meaningful issue in Canada, but Monday’s election results seem to have brought it back to the fore. In Quebec, the Bloc Québécois surged back to political relevance by winning 32 seats, while the Liberals…

    It’s been a long time since separatism was a meaningful issue in Canada, but Monday’s election results seem to have brought it back to the fore. In Quebec, the Bloc Québécois surged back to political relevance by winning 32 seats, while the Liberals…

    Oct 25, 2019
    Jason Kenney is uniquely placed to save Alberta – if he has the audacity to impose a sales tax

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. He previously worked in Alberta’s Climate Change Office. Jason Kenney promised his supporters that if he were to become premier of Alberta, he’d…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. He previously worked in Alberta’s Climate Change Office. Jason Kenney promised his supporters that if he were to become premier of Alberta, he’d…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine and Vancouver magazine. He previously worked in Alberta’s Climate Change Office. Jason Kenney promised his supporters that if he were to become premier of Alberta, he’d…

    Oct 15, 2019
    Alberta oil’s next test: Greta Thunberg

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine. For months now, Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party have talked up the merits of their approach to fighting for the interests of Alberta’s oil and gas…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine. For months now, Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party have talked up the merits of their approach to fighting for the interests of Alberta’s oil and gas…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine. For months now, Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party have talked up the merits of their approach to fighting for the interests of Alberta’s oil and gas…

    Sep 30, 2019
    How the Liberals can appeal to young people this election

    Bribing voters with their own money is a familiar political strategy, and the current election campaign hasn’t disappointed on that front. The Conservative Party is pledging to reintroduce income splitting for wealthy Canadians and restore every…

    Bribing voters with their own money is a familiar political strategy, and the current election campaign hasn’t disappointed on that front. The Conservative Party is pledging to reintroduce income splitting for wealthy Canadians and restore every…

    Bribing voters with their own money is a familiar political strategy, and the current election campaign hasn’t disappointed on that front. The Conservative Party is pledging to reintroduce income splitting for wealthy Canadians and restore every…

    Sep 26, 2019
    Political Polls Are Flawed. Can AI Fix Them?

    When tory prime minister David Cameron called a referendum in 2016 on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union, he had no reason to think he was making a mistake. After all, the polls were clear: Remain voters would overwhelm the…

    When tory prime minister David Cameron called a referendum in 2016 on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union, he had no reason to think he was making a mistake. After all, the polls were clear: Remain voters would overwhelm the…

    When tory prime minister David Cameron called a referendum in 2016 on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union, he had no reason to think he was making a mistake. After all, the polls were clear: Remain voters would overwhelm the…

    Sep 17, 2019
    Jason Kenney takes the words right out of Ezra Levant’s mouth

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine. It’s been a tough few years for Ezra Levant. Rebel Media, his far-right website that trades predominantly in anti-Muslim content and attacks on progressive politics and…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine. It’s been a tough few years for Ezra Levant. Rebel Media, his far-right website that trades predominantly in anti-Muslim content and attacks on progressive politics and…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine. It’s been a tough few years for Ezra Levant. Rebel Media, his far-right website that trades predominantly in anti-Muslim content and attacks on progressive politics and…

    Sep 12, 2019
    OPINION | The conversation Calgary needs to have: How does an oil city adjust to a new reality?

    OPINION | What happens if Albertans keep praying for another oil boom, but God has none left to give? What Calgary desperately needs right now is an honest conversation about how it will adjust to the new reality it's facing, one defined by finite…

    OPINION | What happens if Albertans keep praying for another oil boom, but God has none left to give? What Calgary desperately needs right now is an honest conversation about how it will adjust to the new reality it's facing, one defined by finite…

    OPINION | What happens if Albertans keep praying for another oil boom, but God has none left to give? What Calgary desperately needs right now is an honest conversation about how it will adjust to the new reality it's facing, one defined by finite…

    Sep 11, 2019
    OPINION | What happens if Albertans keep praying for another oil boom, but God has none left to give?

    On Aug. 14, the Financial Post reported that Koch Industries (yes, that Koch Industries) was selling its collection of oilsands leases to a subsidiary of Paramount Resources for an undisclosed sum of money. To some, like BNN's Amanda Lang, this was…

    On Aug. 14, the Financial Post reported that Koch Industries (yes, that Koch Industries) was selling its collection of oilsands leases to a subsidiary of Paramount Resources for an undisclosed sum of money. To some, like BNN's Amanda Lang, this was…

    On Aug. 14, the Financial Post reported that Koch Industries (yes, that Koch Industries) was selling its collection of oilsands leases to a subsidiary of Paramount Resources for an undisclosed sum of money. To some, like BNN's Amanda Lang, this was…

    Sep 3, 2019
    Why Albertans should stop voting Conservative

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine. Like a lot of Albertans these days, Michelle Rempel is frustrated with the rest of the country. In a Globe and Mail story last week, Rempel made the case for why people…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine. Like a lot of Albertans these days, Michelle Rempel is frustrated with the rest of the country. In a Globe and Mail story last week, Rempel made the case for why people…

    Max Fawcett is a freelance writer and the former editor of Alberta Oil magazine. Like a lot of Albertans these days, Michelle Rempel is frustrated with the rest of the country. In a Globe and Mail story last week, Rempel made the case for why people…