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2017 Year End Retail Volume Data Now Available

Posted on: Monday, February 5th, 2018

Canadian Gasoline Consumption Finishes Marginally Higher in 2017 Despite rising retail prices throughout 2017, year end volume was up 0.9 percent over year end 2016.  Ga

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2017 Half-Year Retail Volume Data Available

Posted on: Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Canadian Gasoline Consumption Up Marginally in the First Half of 2017 Despite rising retail prices throughout 2017, half-year volume was up 0.2 percent over half-year 201

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Carbon Pricing and Where Canada Goes From Here

Posted on: Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Co-Authors: Michael Ervin, Senior Vice-President and Jason Parent, Vice-President Consulting. The recent announcement of a federally imposed carbon price requirement was

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From Deep Underground to Your Gas Tank

Posted on: Monday, August 29th, 2016

From Deep Underground to Your Gas Tank : Canada’s Unsurpassed Record of Supply of Petroleum Products to Consumers By Michael Ervin, Senior Vice-President, Kent Group L

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What’s driving the Recent Rise in the Number of Retail Fuel Sites in Canada?

Posted on: Thursday, July 28th, 2016

By Jason Parent, Vice President Consulting, Kent Group Ltd. According to the Kent Group’s recently released annual Retail Site Census, the number of retail fuel sites i

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The Increasing Burden of Motor Fuel Taxes in Canada

Posted on: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

By Jason Parent, Vice President Consulting of Kent Group Ltd. The recent enactment of legislation doubling the provincial excise tax on gasoline in Newfoundland has broug

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The Changing Role of Higher Octane Gasoline in the Canadian Retail Fuels Market

Posted on: Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Higher octane grades of gasoline – such as midgrade, premium, and super-premium grades – have an increasing role in the Canadian fuels market, and also in allowin

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Imperial Oil’s Divestiture and the Changing Face of Fuel Retailing in Canada

Posted on: Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

  The recent sale of Imperial Oil’s (IOL) remaining retail assets likely marks a tipping point in the Canadian downstream petroleum industry. When this series of t

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The Weakened Loonie and its Effect on Refined Product Prices

Posted on: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

by Jason Parent, Vice President Consulting, Kent Group Ltd.  Many in the public, media, and petroleum industry have taken notice of the fact that Canadian gasoline and d

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Cheaper Gas on the way, but it has little to do with low oil prices

Posted on: Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Michael Ervin, President of Consulting at Kent Group Ltd. joins BNN to discuss the current situation with gas prices.   Highlights from the

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Diesel and Gasoline Price Spread

Posted on: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Making Sense of the Current Spread Between Diesel and Gasoline Prices By Jason Parent, VP Consulting, Kent Group Ltd. 12 February 2015 Global crude prices have collapsed

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Gas Prices on the Rise in Canada

Posted on: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

February 4th, 2015 Gas Prices Are on the Rise in Canada: Analysts say more price hikes are likely on the way. Click the link below to hear the full interview... Read More

Gasoline price drop nearly done for B.C. motorists: analyst

Posted on: Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Extracted From the Richmond Review December 3, 2014, By JEFF NAGEL A petroleum industry expert says plunging crude oil prices may be close to a bottom, meaning B.C. moto

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Crude Math: What’s happening with oil prices?

Posted on: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Crude Math: What’s happening with oil prices? It is clear that the bottom has fallen out of gasoline prices since the summer – the average Canadian retail price is do

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Gas prices: Here’s how they determine what you pay at the pump.

Posted on: Monday, July 14th, 2014

Energy analysts and gas-price watchers say high gasoline prices across Canada aren’t expected to drop significantly until the summer weather and sectarian conflict

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Pipelines and Fuel Prices – Dispelling the Myths

Posted on: Sunday, June 29th, 2014

There is a lot of talk these days about what the impact on fuel prices might be as a result of the proposed expansion of pipeline capacity, through projects such... Read More


Posted on: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

21 December 2010 Retail gasoline prices in Canada were more stable in 2010 than they have been in any year over the past decade, according to data collected by London...

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Oil Prices Soar Nationwide

Posted on: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Drivers are feeling gas pains as the price at the pumps is jumping in much of the country. Pumps in the Toronto area saw prices rise 3.6¢ a litre overnight,... Read More

Gasoline Prices Rise – The Canadian Press

Posted on: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

TORONTO – The rising price of crude oil, pushed by turmoil in Libya and the Middle East, is driving prices at the gas pump higher. And as spring approaches and... <

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CBC Interview – Interview between host Rex Murphy and guest Michael J. Ervin

Posted on: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

This 2006 interview between host Rex Murphy and guest Michael J. Ervin on the CBC’s famous “Cross Country Checkup” program provides a concise overview of how retail

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