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Graham Hicks is a freelance Edmonton Sun journalist, an entrepreneur, family man and commentator. His journalism career with the Edmonton Sun, from 1981 to 2010, was spent thinking, talking and dreaming about the city in which he has lived and worked for 34 years, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Hicks on Biz: Good luck and farewell by GRAHAM HICKS, first published Edmonton Sun, June 12, 2020
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HICKS: Racism is not gone from Edmonton By GRAHAM HICKS, first published EDMONTON SUN, June 5, 2020
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Thousands of people gathered in Calgary's Poppy Plaza to protest against racism and police brutality on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The global protests were ignited after the death of George Floyd, who was killed by the police in Minneapolis.Azin Ghaffari / Postmedia, file Two steps forward, one ...
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Hicks on Biz: Pandemic spending could leave Edmonton feeling like Regina By GRAHAM HICKS, first published EDMONTON SUN, May 30, 2020
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The skyline of Regina, Sask. Graham Hicks warns the post-COVID world could alter Edmonton's standard of living to Regina-like levels.Edward Willett / Getty Images/Flickr RF The memory is still vivid. In 2003, as an Edmonton Sun columnist, I headed to Regina to report on the non-football side o...
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Hicks on Biz: De-carbonized oil the key to Alberta's future By GRAHAM HICKS, first published EDMONTON SUN, May 22, 2020
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TC Energy's Keystone pipeline facility in Hardisty, Alberta.Jeff McIntosh / The Associated Press Let us lay ourselves down a while and rest from this ceaseless doom ‘n’ gloom. Let’s have a chat with Ian MacGregor — the most creative and visionary mind in Alberta’s oilpatch, who not only talks ...
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Hicks on Biz: Climate change — the Alberta solution By GRAHAM HICKS, first published EDMONTON SUN, May 15, 2020
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The virus may dominate the headlines, but Alberta’s biggest battle still looms. If we do not gain the “social licence” to produce environmentally acceptable oil and gas, we might as well pack up and leave Alberta now rather than later. We face a staggering enemy, outnumbered even within Canada by...
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Hicks on Biz: Why a post-COVID-19 real estate collapse is not going to happen By Graham Hicks first published: May 8, 2020
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Edmonton's housing market started out strong in March, but ended with an overall decline of two per cent compared to last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.File Predictions of doom in the post-COVID Canadian real estate market have to be questioned … as do visions of sunshine and roses. On...
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Hicks on Biz: Northern Alberta’s pot industry — the euphoria is gone, but the buzz isn’t bad By Graham Hicks, first published EDMONTON SUN, May 2, 2020
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Staff harvests cannabis at the Freedom Cannabis facility in Acheson, Alberta on Sept. 21, 2019.David_Bloom / Postmedia With all eyes on the COVID-19 crisis, the fledgling Northern Alberta cannabis industry has been slowly crawling toward some degree of normalcy. There are now 125 cannabis reta...
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Hicks on Biz: Prosperity will return after COVID-19, but will we still be around? By Graham Hicks, first published EDMONTON SUN, April 24, 2020
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Chief Jim Badger said Sucker Creek First Nation is well prepared to deal with the single COVID-19 case since the individual was infected from a connection in High Prairie and is now self-isolating.NIAID-RML / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Despite the current COVID-19 and oil/gas malaise, Alberta has su...
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Hicks on Biz: What’s going to happen after COVID-19? By GRAHAM HICKS, first published EDMONTON SUN, April 17, 2020
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The near empty parking lot at the Premium Outlet Centre shopping mall near the International Airport in Edmonton, April 17, 2020, is an indication of the economic impact of COVID-19 restrictions.Ed Kaiser / Postmedia What’s going to happen? After the pandemic, will recent graduates find decent...
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Hicks on Biz: Out of crisis arises opportunity By GRAHAM HICKS, first published EDMONTON SUN, April 10, 2020
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Downtown Edmonton is seen from Ada Boulevard near Rundle Park in Edmonton on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.Ian Kucerak / Postmedia, file The glass is half-full, not half-empty. Never waste a good crisis. From the ashes, the phoenix is reborn. Positives can arise from this unprecedented economic emergen...
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