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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 - Crude Oil, Natural Gas, Pipelines, Solar, Wind, Coal

Resource Works - New Resource Works report studies the potential impact of the federal government’s just transition policy framework, inviting readers to submit feedback. Advocacy groups, political leaders, and government officials are proposing unprecedented interventions in the Canadian energy sector. The goal? To deliberately “phase out” coal, oil, and gas. Yet, recognizing the devastating economic impact on energy […]

Resource Works - For more than a year, a small band of protesters has tried to force an abrupt change of direction in British Columbia’s forest policy. After burning through public resources to stage illegal antics in the forest near Fairy Creek, the blockaders are turning to potentially lethal tactics that place workers, first responders, and themselves in […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - Indigenous partnerships key to developing Canadian resources

Resource Works - Progress has been made, but will the country be able to bend its emissions curve downwards and capitalize on its energy potential? Monica Gattinger offers five recommendations.   Canadians see much the same picture in Parliament as they did when they voted: a minority Liberal government with the Conservatives in official opposition, and both the […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - Natural Resources and manufacturing key to Canadian recovery

Resource Works - The large cedar tree, located near a major forestry road west of Victoria, B.C., was affectionately dubbed Grandfather Tree by individuals trying to block access to a large swathe of the working forest. Stewart Muir provides the facts. A large western red cedar tree located in the Fairy Creek area where blockaders have spent the […]

Resource Works - Andrew Weaver notes that the party has moved to the far left since his departure, and today’s activists do not serve their own cause when all they do is criticize. UVic professor Andrew Weaver has levelled an unexpected critique at an ongoing anti-forestry blockade in the woods west of Victoria. It’s a surprise because the […]

September 6th, 2021 | Off to Sea, with LNG

Resource Works - Delta’s new Tilbury LNG facilities are exactly what the city needs. One of BC Ferries’ new LNG-powered Salish class vessels. Another day, another protest. This time at FortisBC’s Tilbury liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Delta, where protestors objected to the proposed expansion. One of the proposed projects, The Tilbury Pacific Marine Jetty, would support LNG fuelling […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - Old Growth Forest protestors lying to public

Resource Works - At Resource Works, we’re always looking to uncover the facts about complex and challenging science issues. What we have discovered about the vigorously debated issue of old growth forests in British Columbia might come as a surprise. With daily reports in the news media about colourful protests against logging of “British Columbia’s last old growth […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - Quebec loves Alberta’s money but not it’s oil and gas

Resource Works - Sitting in a downtown highrise, it’s easy to say “don’t cut the trees”. But taking away logging would have a massive impact on communities and First Nations, says Nicola Dixon.   I am a registered professional forester in BC and proud of it. BC is a world leader in sustainable forest management, backed by rigorous […]

Resource Works - BC businessman teams up with Bitcoin miner, Iris Energy, to revive the fortunes of resource-based communities in Western Canada with renewable energy. Fabian Dawson, with Mata Press Service, reports. BC businessman Brian Fehr receiving the gift of an otter from Yaqan Nukiy Nasukin Jason Louie after Iris Energy recently pledged $500,000 annually to four local […]

August 11th, 2021 | LNG Isn’t Dead Yet

Resource Works - BC’s LNG era is far from over. Those seeking its demise would have better luck finding the Holy Grail. If you had the misfortune of reading a recent article in the National Observer heralding the end of LNG, you might be reminded of that famous scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Many of the same […]

August 10th, 2021 | The Pipeline Protest Built

Resource Works - What does it look like when a major infrastructure project is hardened in the crucible of years of intense public scrutiny? The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project—the $7 billion oil pipeline twinning from Edmonton to Vancouver—might go down in history as a design affected as much by its engineers as by the environmental activists who […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - Making Mining, Forestry, more sustainable

Resource Works - If we’re serious about both climate change and having a functioning economy, great care will be needed in crafting “just transition” imperatives. Stewart Muir explains why. With the federal government now talking about “just transition” as a legislative and policy framework for re-doing the Canadian economy, anyone with a point of view on this topic […]

Resource Works - The phrase “like a fish out of water” is taking on new meaning, thanks to what is sure to be an unnecessary and awkward transition away from open-net salmon farming in BC’s coastal waters. The arbitrary decision by Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan to close 19 salmon farms in BC’s Discovery Islands area has taken another […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - First Nations getting into energy development

Resource Works - If one carbon tax kept workers from driving to their jobs, another is driving jobs from workers, Josiah Haynes writes. Not that long ago, as the federal government pushed ahead with plans for a national carbon backstop, one minister of cabinet took it upon himself to give the grumblers some advice: Can’t afford the skyrocketing cost […]

Resource Works - A new report claims Canada’s oil and gas pipelines received over $23 billion in federal subsidies. But is that really true? A remote northern community has no effective way of generating power other than using a diesel-fuelled generator provided by government. Now: Is that a subsidy to the oil industry? Some of the anti-petroleum activists […]

HoweStreet.com Radio - Cedar mill to help stop the export of raw BC logs

July 3rd, 2021 | Digging for the Future

Resource Works - The world is electrifying. And it’s looking to BC to supply the metals and minerals it needs. With all the focus on well-funded protesters seeking noisily to block, and then end, logging of old-growth trees in BC, another BC natural-resource sector has been quietly getting on with its productive work and its contribution to our […]

Resource Works - By protesting in places they’re not wanted, conservationists are being called out by Indigenous leaders like Huu-ay-aht Chief Dennis for exemplifying the colonial approach taken by their forebears, writes Rochelle Baker. Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. is blunt in his assessment of old-growth activists in southwestern Vancouver Island who remain in First Nations’ territories […]
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