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Stewart Muir is founder and executive director of the Resource Works Society, a Vancouver-based group open to participation by British Columbians from all walks of life who are concerned about their future economic opportunities. He is an author, journalist and historian with experience on three continents including a financial editor of The Vancouver Sun responsible for mining and markets coverage. Since Resource Works was established in 2014, the group has gained international recognition for its practical approach to the public challenges of responsible natural resource development and use.

Resource Works - Myths abound about how forestry is done in British Columbia. More than ever, sound judgment and respect for the facts are needed. We’ve put together some resources to help with that. Finding balance, asking questions In a field strewn with myths, forestry in BC today is far ahead of urban sectors when it comes to […]

Resource Works - Minister Jordan stands by her decision to cut 1,500 coastal jobs, knocking out almost 25% of BC’s salmon farming industry and culling 10.7 million fish and eggs. Imagine the raging protests that eco-activists would stage if an aquaculture company in BC accidentally killed 10.7 million healthy young fish and fish eggs. There would be rabid […]

Resource Works - With its energy exports to Asia reducing world-wide emissions, Canada could benefit from an international carbon credit trading agreement. But flawed carbon accounting and insufficient liquidity in the international market stand in the way.   Suppose a company in Canada was to produce the world’s cleanest LNG with the lowest emissions. Suppose it then sells […]

Resource Works - Northern communities are increasingly ready to play their part, contribute and benefit from this new era, writes Sean Willy. In the 1850s, the call to action that held promise and purpose was Go West. Now, in this decade, it’s time for a new direction: Canadians need to Look North, and support North, for the future […]

Resource Works - Canada boasts an impressive abundance of water resources, but jurisdictional overlap and over-regulation are drying up opportunities. As the federal government plans a new Canada Water Agency, stakeholders urge greater consultation. Thirty-odd years ago, there was much talk of exporting vast quantities of water from Canada to the US. Proponents spoke of tankers carrying fresh […]

Resource Works - The biggest hold-up is split processes, both provincial and federal, whether it’s cutting permits for forestry or mining assessments. Walter Cobb explains. Red tape and I don’t get along very well at all. And it’s not good for my city, my region, my province or the country as a whole. Our region and province are […] Radio - Alberta oil sands product now as clean as US oil

Resource Works - This Valentine’s Day weekend, Arctic chills froze wind turbines and blackouts descended on Texas. Demand for gas soared as homes were left without heat. If you didn’t know how dependent we are on fossil fuels, ask a Texan. In the 21st century, there are some things we take for granted, like reliable services and reliable utilities. […]

Resource Works - Gulf Coast refineries need Alberta’s heavy oil. But without Keystone XL, that oil will move by rail instead of pipeline. That’s bad news for jobs, and it’s bad news for our environment. Recent years have been good to anti-pipeline activists in Canada but not to the thousands of families put out of work. With US […]

Resource Works - INFOGRAPHIC: ResourceWorks News takes a look at how GIS data is being employed to create a highly misleading picture of forest practices that is at odds with the obvious evidence from satellite photographs. What we discover is confusing, to say the least. In the image below taken from a Conservation North online mapping tool that is making […]

Resource Works - Hydrogen makes a splash with the promise of jobs, green energy, and an emerging industry. But what stands in the way? Climate and activist groups are hopeful for hydrogen as a source of clean energy in the wake of Ottawa unveiling its hydrogen strategy. The federal government has been hailed for its foresight. According to the government, […]

February 10th, 2021 | A Realistic Look at BC Forestry

Resource Works - BC needs a working forest, not activist misinformation. Carl Sweet, a founding director of the BC Forestry Alliance, shares his perspective. Could we take a deep breath, please, and take a fair and factual look at forestry in BC? Could we recognize and acknowledge that the only crisis is one manufactured by opponents of sustainable […] Radio - It’s a myth First Nations against resource development

Resource Works - As a society, we should want these operations in BC where we have some of the highest environmental, social and governance standards of anywhere in the world. Kendra Johnson explains. Mineral exploration in B.C. employed some 12,000 people in 2020 and raised a near-record $358 million for exploration and development work. Much of that money […]

Resource Works -   Despite mixed reviews on its Clean Fuel Standard, the federal government attracts enthusiasm for hydrogen and biofuels. Ottawa caught some flak over future gasoline prices under its Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) — but it’s also winning some acceptance of the plan and for its thoughts on hydrogen development. The CFS aims to reduce greenhouse […]

Resource Works - With thousands of Vancouver Island jobs and a $1.4 billion investment on the line, BC salmon farmers take Ottawa to court Federal Court over forced closure of Discovery Island operations. It’s no surprise that BC’s salmon farmers are asking the Federal Court to review a federal decision to close down 19 ocean salmon farms in […]

Resource Works - Electric vehicles are improving, but battery and cost problems persist. News story from Israel and China: “Electric car batteries with five-minute charging times produced.” Sounds pretty good for potential owners of electric cars and trucks. But now read the fine print: The developer’s first test of this special lithium-ion battery was on an electric scooter, […] Radio - Canada Rich in Alternative Energy and Rare Earths

Resource Works - “If activists are going to attack the Canadian oil industry they should understand what the science really says about the relative GHG intensity of Canadian crudes”, says scientist and public communicator Blair King, PhD. Uncertainty is a fact of life in science. Understanding and communicating uncertainty is an essential element of the scientific pursuit. Uncertainty […]

Resource Works - “UNDRIP does not just provide Indigenous peoples with the right to say no to development; it also supports our right to say yes.”, National Council of Chiefs tells Prime Minister. The National Council of Chiefs put a significant question to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Will Ottawa’s UNDRIP bill get in the way of natural-resource development? […]

January 25th, 2021 | Canada Faces Pipeline Crunch

Resource Works - With Biden blocking Keystone, the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project is more important than ever. After a heated First Ministers’ conference call, provincial aides reported that “Some premiers want to go to war” with the U.S. because of President Joe Biden’s torpedoing of the Keystone XK pipeline. Saskatchewan and Ontario were vociferous. Ontario Premier Doug […]

Resource Works - In December, the federal government shuttered nineteen fish farms on the Discovery Islands, putting over 1,500 Vancouver Island families out of work. With the future of BC aquaculture in question, Josiah Haynes compares where the federal parties stand. On December 17th, you might have been baking gingerbread men, doing some Christmas shopping, or getting into […]

Resource Works - Can Biden be persuaded to keep Keystone XL? Canadian industry and government urge energy cooperation. The Canadian and U.S. energy industries anxiously await the energy policies, plans and standards that will be set by the incoming Biden administration. Washington insiders say the first big move will be on Day One of his presidency this week: […]

Resource Works - This Vancouver Island First Nation’s success story shows how reconciliation and development go hand-in-hand Not long ago, two-thirds of Pacheedaht First Nation band members lived outside their ancestral land. Work was hard to find, and of its 163,000 hectares of land, all the Pacheedaht’s forested area was allocated to outside forestry operations through forest tenures […] Radio - Not enough credit given to Oil and Gas?
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