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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 - Wishful thinking and empty promises aren’t helping with the needed energy transition. It’s time to turn our minds and our will to the hard work of transformation by mid century based on the realities of our society and our economy, writes Mike Cleland. Canada’s two energy economies Most Canadians today agree that Canada and other […] Radio - Billions still wasted because of interprovincial trade barriers

Resource Works - We have a social-media follower that we can count on to tell us, frequently, that the real “fuel of the future” is hydrogen. We can understand his thinking: What better than a zero-emission fuel that, when burned, leaves behind nothing but water? No greenhouse gases or noxious particles; no pollution, no problem. Hydrogen also burns […] Radio - Aboriginal communities must be included in economic recovery

Resource Works - The last crystal ball we had was a kid’s marble from a Christmas cracker. So we’re not about to make our own predictions about the fate of oil. We’ll ignore Green MP Elizabeth May’s silly claim that “oil is dead,” and will look instead at what professional predictors are seeing in their digital crystal balls. […]

Resource Works - Resource Works looks at presentations made by forestry, mining, energy and ranching representatives to British Columbia MLAs. Stained glass windows in the British Columbia Legislature. It’s an annual ritual in Victoria: civil society organizations representing a vast range of interests troop one by one before legislators to provide the latest information about the challenges and […]

Resource Works - We’re at a moment of economic stress, with competing visions for how Canadian society should return to normalcy through the pandemic crisis. Stewart Muir looks at the situation. Road to pandemic recovery It’s plain to see that pursuing successful recovery means choosing responsible utilization of the natural resources owned by each province. Now more than […]

Resource Works - Look out. Look ’way out. And stop looking at today’s depressed spot prices in a rocky world market that’s too full of surplus LNG. Look instead to, say, 2024-2025 – which is where the investors in Woodfibre LNG and LNG Canada are looking. They expect by then, as they prepare to go into production, strong […] Radio - How bad has the economy been hit by virus crisis?

Resource Works - The coronavirus pandemic represents the largest disruption of BC’s labour market in our history. Uncertainty and fear among many businesses, workers, customers and the general public about the continuing pandemic affects how we grasp the new normal and move beyond the crisis. Human resources expert Kerry Jothen weighs in. British Columbians will only resume their […]

Resource Works - Like never before, providers of materials essential to society are under pressure to accept and lead change. Finding inspiration in this dynamic setting means seeking out ideas that can survive in the real world. Stewart Muir looks at some of the ways that people – especially those who work in natural resource fields – are […]

Resource Works - So supporters of a big shift to “green” are putting heat on our federal government to turn Canada into a shiny world leader for renewable energy, now that “oil is dead.” They promote it to Ottawa as a part of the new normal they want to follow the COVID-19 pandemic. But does this logic make […] Radio - Alberta Energy Minister criticized for telling the truth

Resource Works - Non-Indigenous elected officials are staying quiet about a title deal made with a small group of unelected hereditary chiefs, despite calls for transparency from elected Wet’suwet’en chiefs. What’s really going on in this challenging situation? Stewart Muir, who travelled widely in the affected areas earlier this year, weighs the facts so far. Band headquarters (including […]

Resource Works - Resource Works, already recognized by UVic researchers as one of Canada’s Top 50 most influential organizations in the resource space, has now caught the attention of an American anti-tar-sands crusader writing in Rolling Stone magazine. Journalist Bill McKibben has embellished his career by spinning alarming tales about the Canadian energy sector while denying the progress […]

Resource Works - Pushed by anti-LNG pressure groups, District of Squamish councillors have decided to offer their own response to emissions reduction guidelines set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), urging the BC Environmental Assessment Office to refuse a five-year environmental certificate extension for the $1.6 billion Woodfibre LNG project. The councillors supporting this motion are […] Radio - Why are BC and Trudeau against elected aboriginal councils?

Resource Works - The COVID-19 response has changed the boundaries between the public and the private sectors. Post-pandemic Canada will have to function differently than pre-pandemic Canada. This May 2020 report, prepared for Resource Works by Karen Graham of KMG Strategy, argues that Canadian decision-makers should take the opportunity of this enforced pause to consider appropriate public policy […] Radio - How BC can take advantage of Copper’s virus fighting ability

Resource Works - With humanity demanding products like masks, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, reliable 24/7 fuels and medical products based on plastic and metal, there’s no getting away from it: the world needs Canada’s resources. And herein lies the solution for troubled times. Myths of natural resources A commonly heard myth is that you can’t have a resource-based […]

Resource Works - Unrecoverable personnel and overhead costs make up 90 per cent of losses due to regulatory delays. The study, conducted by the Canadian Energy Research Institute and released on April 6, 2020, drew on actual costings for the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) and the Coastal Gas Link pipelines. “The cost of a delay to a project can […] Radio - Canada has the resources to be more self reliant

Resource Works - NEWS ANALYSIS: Health Canada has yet to approve a single blood test despite having 34 products under review, writes Stewart Muir. A faster approach that protects health is needed. APRIL 12, 2020 – Until such time as there is a coronavirus vaccine, the number one public health question will remain whether a person has either […]

Resource Works - Stewart Muir and Margareta Dovgal look at emerging ideas for a strong recovery from the pandemic. A recent paper from David Williams of the Business Council of British Columbia points to Canada’s nagging inability to improve living standards for its residents. Comments Williams: “Once the COVID-19 crisis has passed, it will be important for policymakers to start […]

Resource Works - The annual Vancouver Sun Run attracts 50,000 entrants each April for a festive 10 km race. Sadly, in 2020 there won’t be a race due to the pandemic. However, here’s some good news. While there won’t be a Spring 2020 sighting of the Resource Works Natural Runners, don’t worry: we’ve got you covered. Here are […]
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