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Stewart Muir

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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.

HoweStreet.com Radio - BC Pipeline, Salmon Farming, and Sustainable Energy

August 1st, 2018 | From Russia, with Oil

Resource Works - EXCLUSIVE: This week saw a loaded oil tanker arrive from Vladivostok at the refinery port of Anacortes, Washington. What does this surprising event mean for the Trans Mountain pipeline project? Stewart Muir looks at the situation. On Tuesday July 31, the oil tanker Nordtulip arrived, loaded, at the Washington State port of Anacortes. It’s almost  […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - Kinder Morgan pipeline could be Canadian Pension funder

Resource Works - Salmon farming has quietly become British Columbia’s leading agricultural sector by export value. Recent scientific findings from the federal and provincial governments came as welcome news for the industry. An independent scientific review of piscine reovirus (PRV) and its possible linkage to jaundice and anemia in chinook salmon – a review requested by the British […]

Resource Works - Although we constantly hear about the scenic city’s affordability problem, almost never are its embarrassingly low salaries flagged as a causative factor. According to Bloomberg News, Vancouver is in an ignominious class of its own amid a larger and growing urban affordability crisis. It has Silicon Valley housing prices but Rust Belt incomes. The characterization arises from […]

Resource Works - The idea that natural resources are receding as the driver of the provincial economy proves to be just as mythical as ever. Forestry, mining and other sectors are going from strength to strength. Business in Vancouver’s annual Top 100 public companies in British Columbia list for 2018 may cause bewilderment among those who have, for years now, […]

Resource Works - A report from the International Energy Agency suggests that Canada’s $4.5 billion Trans Mountain purchase may be more typical than critics of the deal have maintained. State-backed investments are accounting for a rising share of global energy investment, as state-owned enterprises have remained more resilient in oil and gas and thermal power compared with the private […]

Resource Works - EXCLUSIVE: Eco-activist group Greenpeace invested in a protest scheme to sow the image of indigenous resistance to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. New revelations deal the credibility of Kanahus Manuel, the militant face of Tiny House Warriors, and Greenpeace, a serious blow, claims Stewart Muir. Kamloops-area indigenous activist Kanahus Manuel is from the local Neskonlith First Nation. […]

Resource Works - Why are we suddenly acting ashamed or embarrassed at Canada’s abundant crude oil, natural gas, pulp and paper, lumber, potash, water, coal, land, and base metal resources? Energy executive Paul Colborne makes an eloquent case for getting past those feelings. It’s fairly rare for an energy company to reveal its operating intelligence to the world, […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - Many First Nations pro resource development

Resource Works - Acting to reduce emissions means that everybody must sacrifice some degree of unrestrained consumption of hydrocarbons. The question is, will Canadians embrace cross-Canada carbon pricing, which is set to start in 2019? Margareta Dovgal looks at the issue. Whack consumers directly, and they will rebel, by voting out any government hurting their daily bottom line […]

Resource Works - Forestry, mining and business groups were quick off the mark with strong criticisms of a British Columbia review calling for a costly overhaul of how foresters, geoscientists, engineers and other professionals are governed. Stewart Muir looks at the issue. The province of British Columbia’s review of professional reliance in natural resource decision-making was released last […]

Resource Works - Potential chaos in British Columbia’s largest agriculture sector means we need to get back to the basics of trust and collaboration, and deal with the reality of differing opinions and uncertain evidence. Stewart Muir looks at the situation. Salmon farming in British Columbia is one of the greenest resource industries we have. It harnesses the energy […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - First Nations want bigger role in resource economy

Resource Works - It’s not uncommon to hear critics decrying fossil fuel subsidies as a giveaway to the petroleum industry. When we went looking for them in British Columbia, we found a different story. The Reuters Thomson Foundation claimed, in advance of the G7 meeting in held in Quebec recently, that the world’s major industrial democracies spend at least […]

Resource Works - Two MPs who defied a judicial order using the excuse of “social justice” forgot their role as political leaders. Ian Binnie spoke out on the practice at the Law Society of BC’s Rule of Law lecture. When Green Member of Parliament Elizabeth May and Burnaby South New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart defied a court order […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - Should BC be worried about escaped fish farm Atlantic salmon?

Resource Works - Funding the transition to the green economy is possible, but it will cost money. First in a series on the economic impacts of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. By Don Hauka. There are a lot of reasons why a new pipeline project has been described as necessary to our shared prosperity as a country, […]

Resource Works - Sharing a vision for the future is the way forward for coastal aquaculture, writes Stewart Muir. First Nations elder James Walkus of Port Hardy at June 1 Vancouver event speaking out in favour of responsible salmon farming. Simple answers are rarely available to complex questions. This is a fact that resource people are particularly aware […]

Resource Works - As I see it, writes Margareta Dovgal, the greatest challenge in facilitating a constructive dialogue across Canada on the role of natural resources is in bridging knowledge and perspective gaps. One on hand, resource enthusiasts are accused of being blind to the reality of climate change – of putting short-term, “trivial” concerns about jobs front […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - No conspiracy, Vancouver has always paid high gasoline prices

Resource Works - Margareta Dovgal shares her thoughts on a weekend roadtrip from Vancouver to Smithers, and back again. Picturing the vastness of British Columbia is a challenge unless you’ve been out there, have seen it by road, by air, or by boat. Even then, there will always be pockets of this massive province that are out of reach, […]

Resource Works - Residents of several British Columbia communities will rally on Saturday, May 26 in defence of a strong Canada. Details here. Without a supportive attitude to natural resource development, including the badly needed Kinder Morgan pipeline, Canada will fall down on its duty to provide for its citizens. These Saturday, May 26 events are open to all: […]

Resource Works - A record trade deficit shows Canada is not keeping up. Can we get our crude oil to new markets in time to reverse this growing trend? Maybe, but it will take a pipeline. Canada’s crude oil exports were worth $342 billion over the past five years, which is why economists like Patricia Mohr like to […]

Resource Works - Although you might not know it from outbursts in the media of late, salmon farming is one of the greenest and most sustainable rural industries that British Columbia has going for it. Stewart Muir looks at the situation. As a researcher and former journalist who goes beyond the headlines to study the benefits and challenges […]
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