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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 - Let’s pause, as Canadians, for a moment and contemplate Hansard from the Legislature of Alberta on the morning of May 23rd, 2019. Stewart Muir looks at the situation. Let’s also contemplate that the national media did not report this screaming headline across the nation, as it might hopefully provoke some fair questions regarding the state […]

Resource Works - To quote Rex Murphy, employment is not just a damn paycheque. It is the spine of most people’s existence. As politicians seek to legislate future jobs out of existence, Stewart Muir looks at how resource-sterilization lobbyists brought this about. Numerous lobbying efforts are underway in Canada and its provinces and territories to remove land from […]

Resource Works - Female hereditary chiefs who are fighting for the future of their people share their stories in harrowing court documents. Journalist Grant Warkentin looks at the situation for Resource Works. Three independently-minded female Wet’suwet’en leaders have had enough of the attacks from a small group of activist-backed men, who claimed this spring to have “stripped” the […] Radio - Threat of unity crisis if Trudeau anti-pipeline and tanker bills go through?

Resource Works - Companies across the economy are leveraging technology, innovation, best practices and low-carbon energy resources to reduce their carbon footprint and provide low-carbon solutions to international customers in a carbon-constrained world. We’ve been looking at some of the leading players in this space, and it turns out that all of them involving, some way, the responsible […]

Resource Works - Marine spill response experts gather in Vancouver for a conference on June 18 – the same day federal Cabinet is expected to issue its decision on the fate of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The 2019 Clean Pacific Conference & Exhibition is aimed at the various agencies responsible for marine spill prevention and response operations in the […]

Resource Works - Production is up, consumption is up, and we are both importing and exporting more energy than before. Stewart Muir looks at the latest numbers. Canadians continue to use more energy, and the vast majority of it is from traditional sources: crude oil, natural gas and coal. While many politicians rail against the evils of fossil […]

Resource Works - British Columbia municipalities, having had a chance to consider litigation strategy, are now saying there are better ways to go. The North Central Local Governments Association (NCLGA) recently passed a resolution calling for NCLGA and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) to recognize energy producers as “innovation drivers” and partners in efforts to decarbonize the economy […] Radio - City of Victoria targets horse drawn carriages

Resource Works - The Senate of Canada’s Standing Committee on Transportation and Communications looking at Bill C-48 heard from these two mayors hailing from north east British Columbia. The committee’s consultation process saw it travel across the country to listen to Canadians, leading to its extraordinary move. Here are two presentations made to the committee when it stopped in […]

Resource Works - First Nations leaders were front and centre at the Canada Gas and LNG Conference and Exhibition (CGLNG) this week. Indigenous people made it clear what LNG development means to their communities as well as all of B.C., writes Don Hauka First Nations leaders were front and centre at the Canada Gas and LNG Conference and […]

Resource Works - A dedicated, coast-to-coast right-of-way specifically set aside for energy infrastructure projects has re-emerged as a question for voters to consider. Stewart Muir looks at the situation. Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer says Canada should position itself as a global energy superpower, given its considerable natural wealth. That’s a familiar refrain, but for years now the […]

Resource Works - In a few days, an oil tanker ship will sail into a Chinese port and once again opposers of the Trans Mountain pipeline will be left scratching their heads. Stewart Muir asks why. This article appeared in The Vancouver Sun on May 17, 2019. Link to the article at Sun website. The 250-metre Ambelos left the […]

Resource Works -   The Green Party’s recent electoral successes at the provincial and federal levels are being noticed. Policy analyst Mary Weiler examines the factors fueling this, and asks where the trend could be headed. The recent federal Green Party byelection win in Nanaimo-Ladysmith is historic.  With the riding newly established in 2015, Paul Manly has secured […] Radio - Federal NDP anti anything fossil fuel connected

Resource Works - It will take passion, creativity, and personal investment to ensure there is a sustainable future for the pipeline-building industry, Sarah Vandaiyar told senators at hearings for Bill C-69. The following is testimony provided by Sarah Vandaiyar, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Young Pipeliners Association of Canada, on April 9, 2019 in Calgary. She was […]

Resource Works - For those choosing action over talk when it comes to climate change, the allure of natural gas has never been stronger. The challenge of supplying energy for society Countries in Asia with growing energy demand are searching for dependable ways to aid their transition away from coal. Clean-burning natural gas is increasingly the global choice […]

Resource Works - Here’s a paper everyone should read, authored by one of Canada’s most accomplished and informed investors, who shared a career’s worth of knowledge recently with senators examining two pieces of legislation that many argue will have a deep impact on the country’s future. Mac Van Wielingen (pictured) is the founder of ARC Financial Corp., the largest […]

Resource Works - Forestry is typically associated with rural settings. Yet 40 per cent of jobs supporting the $13 billion industry are in the Lower Mainland and Southwest British Columbia. When a top forest company executive tells bankers that “the whole B.C. industry” is “on pause” because of policy moves by the provincial government, that’s not a good […]

Resource Works - This article by Stewart Muir appeared in The Globe and Mail on May 2, 2019. See the article as it appears at The Globe and Mail at this link. Since the start of 2019, just one relatively small tanker has left a Canadian West Coast port loaded with oil sands crude for an overseas buyer: Erik Spirit deposited […] Radio - Is Canada now a joke for international investors?

Resource Works - Victoria and its mayor Lisa Helps were the first to call for a class action lawsuit against oil companies last year, seemingly bringing some credence to the West Coast Environmental Law Centre’s years-long campaign to convince municipalities to bring litigation against these energy producers. Stewart Muir looks at the issue. Yet recently, Mayor Helps backed […]

Resource Works - Four supertankers from Iraq and one from Angola are currently bound for the refineries of Long Beach carrying hydrocarbon cargoes. The cargoes they contain are equal to 10 per cent of the world’s entire daily consumption, or more than double the volume of Canada’s entire daily production of 4.2 million barrels. Here are the supertankers in question, […]

Resource Works - As Senate considers tanker ban Bill C-48, maps show the reality of tanker safety around the world, and elsewhere in Canada Here is Resource Works executive director Stewart Muir’s presentation to the Senate Transportation and Communications Committee in Terrace, B.C., on April 17, 2019. The key to enjoying this presentation properly is to see it […] Radio - Many First Nations Pro-Energy Development
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