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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 - Local leaders are the ones closest to public anxieties – they live it every day. In the pandemic response, these are the voices coming to the fore in support of doing the right thing. “Every B.C. community is a resource community” A list of 25 mayors have taken the unprecedented step of writing in unison […]

Resource Works - Even when the market price of natural gas is low (and right now it is) natural-gas developers pay millions of dollars of royalties to the BC government each month. And that’s on top of corporate taxes, property taxes, and sales taxes, which together mean many more millions flowing to government to help pay for education, healthcare, […] Radio - First Nations want resource development for their communities

Resource Works - As we wait for the BC Cabinet to be announced, and the all-important mandate letters to be released, here are 4 major decision points we are looking towards on the natural resources file. The quality of the Premier’s Cabinet lineup will determine whether the government’s agenda on these issues will land right – for their […]

Resource Works - According to recent findings by the Canadian Energy Centre, revenue generated from oil and gas eclipsed the federal government’s contribution to family allowance and children’s benefits since 1970. The CEC’s Mark Milke and Lennie Kaplan weigh in. Human beings are hard-wired to respond to stories that paint a relatable picture of whatever issue is at […]

Resource Works - A Chemist in Langley, Blair King, recently wrote about yet another flawed publication by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). We’ve reprinted his expert review of the dodgy analysis in that report. This piece originally appeared on Blair King‘s website, A Chemist in Langley. It has been reprinted with his permission. Yesterday, I was directed to a […] Radio - Good Progress Being Made on BC LNG

October 28th, 2020 | Big Questions About Net Zero

Resource Works - We’re still awaiting the rules and regulations that the federal government is drafting to execute its plan to achieve net-zero emissions in Canada by 2050. Industries and resource projects from coast to coast to coast know they will be compelled by 2050 to eliminate or offset greenhouse-gas emissions, but how?   The draft rules and […] Radio - Are problems with Site C Dam solvable?

Resource Works - As the world becomes more and more digital, and manufacturing becomes greener, there will be increasing demand for critical metals, minerals and rare earths. And Canada can play a key role in supplying them. The World Bank sees future demand like this: “Over 3 billion tons of metals and minerals will be needed by 2050 […]

Resource Works - BC mining industry contribute $7.4 billion to BC’s economy (GDP). It spends $3 billion to purchase goods and services from 3,700 small, medium and Indigenous businesses in 215 BC communities. And it spends $330 million on exploration. So how is this critical industry coping with the carbon price? And why do governments seem set on making […]

Resource Works - Climate statistics from California show that the long-awaited new pipeline will usher in an era of cleaner choices for the populous state. An oil tanker bound for Asia leaves Canada’s west coast, tethered to a tug for added safety. Photo: Resource Works News. What the statistics tell us Every day, a flotilla of tankers from […] Radio - Natural Resources mostly unrecognized as Canada’s wealth generator

Resource Works - The federal Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) is coming soon. Here are 12 things you need to know (and what it will cost you). 1. The federal government says: “The objective of the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) is to achieve up to 30 million tonnes of annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, making a significant contribution toward exceeding Canada’s […]

October 7th, 2020 | Hydrogen Is On The Way

Resource Works -   A fellow we see constantly on social media greets pretty much every post about oil and gas with a simple: “H2 is the answer.” We can understand his enthusiasm for hydrogen, a fuel you can burn to provide energy, and the only emission at the end is … water. No greenhouse gases, no noxious […]

Resource Works - Residents of Campbell River looked to define and describe the pillars of the local economy. A paper by the Campbell River Business Recovery Task Force zeroes in on challenges to businesses and industries from Covid-19. It was tabled with the City of Campbell River at a meeting on Oct. 6, 2020. The report can be accessed here. Like […]

Resource Works - Slapping the word “clean” on a policy signifies high hopes for its environmental effects. That sparkle wears off quickly if the result turns out to be costly, clunky or counterproductive because it is driven by the stick of regulation rather than the carrot of positive business incentivization. Stewart Muir looks at how market-driven solutions can […]

Resource Works - Slapping the word “clean” on a policy is meant to be an instant badge of its miraculous environmental effect. That sparkle is wearing off: more appropriate terms include costly, clunky and counterproductive. Stewart Muir looks at the situation. The federal Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) is the latest case in point, yet policymakers are so far […] Radio - Nine studies find salmon farming NOT hurting wild salmon

Resource Works - Scientist and public communicator Blair King, PhD, explains why the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project is a good bet for Canada.   Here’s why Alberta oil will remain relevant in a post-pandemic world In the last couple weeks the campaign against the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) project has been turned up to 11. My […]

Resource Works - Canadians agree strongly that oil and gas is important to the country’s current and future economy, they support environmentally responsible development of the sector, and they support oil and gas exports. Here are some findings from a new uOttawa survey. A research centre at the University of Ottawa released public opinion survey results in mid-September […]

Resource Works - First Nation-owned transmission line near Merritt brings BC Hydro green power to Trans Mountain pipeline. Stuart Jackson, chief of the Lower Nicola Indian Band (LNIB) and and chair of its development corporation, said in a news release dated Sept. 14 that the distribution line is “the first electricity transmission line to be majority-owned, operated, maintained […]

September 22nd, 2020 | A Corridor to Prosperity?

Resource Works - What if Canada had a dedicated nation-wide “corridor” for infrastructure: road, rail, power, telecom, cyber and pipelines? What if Canada had a dedicated nation-wide “corridor” for infrastructure: road, rail, power, telecom, cyber and pipelines? It’s a vision of the non-profit, non-partisan C2C2C Unity Corridor Foundation: “A safe, secure and sustainable nation-wide infrastructure pathway will link the country, open vast, […]

Resource Works - This opinion article from our Stewart Muir was published by The Globe & Mail on Sept. 16, 2020. Stewart Muir (pictured) is executive director of Resource Works based in Vancouver and convened the recent Task Force For Real Jobs, Real Recovery. This article can also be read at this link by Globe & Mail subscribers. Back in May, […]

September 20th, 2020 | Mass Timber Becoming Must Timber

Resource Works - We’ve kept an eye on mass-timber buildings since the Tallwood House student residence at UBC was topped off (in 2016) at a world-record 53 metres and 18 storeys. Resource Works catches up on the latest trends. Tallwood was an early leader in some other strengths of “plyscrapers.” It met LEED Gold environmental standards, and it used sustainable […]
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