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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. Radio - Carbon Tax, Power Plants, and Pick ups

Resource Works - British Columbia’s LNG exports will allow growing Asian economies to reduce their climate emissions. Should this development also mean fundamental changes to BC’s own energy system? The recent approval of LNG Canada’s liquefied natural gas export project in Kitimat has been accompanied by calculations that British Columbia domestic energy consumption will have to undergo radical […]

Resource Works - From Oct. 7 to 13, Resource Works will be observing British Columbia Natural Gas Week with a program of public service information. Producing and marketing gas in global markets is the single most influential thing British Columbians can do to reduce the impacts of climate change, so it’s fitting that this declaration comes the week after LNG […]

Resource Works - Whom to trust for information about tanker safety? As the Trans Mountain expansion project moves forward, we’re launching a series based on our popular Citizen’s Guide to Tanker Safety and Spill Response on British Columbia’s South Coast. Here’s part one. This post details the local, national and international systems that are in place to oversee […]

Resource Works - Moving forward with historic $40 billion LNG Canada project means natural gas from Canada will receive its fair market value as Asian countries, desperate to lower their climate impacts, use cleaner gas to displace coal. LNG Canada will bring decades of quiet prosperity to Canada once it is completed several years from now. Gas deposits in northeast British […] Radio - One million dollar reward for out-side-the-box thinkers

Resource Works - Across western Canada, a movement is stirring. Aboriginal people, seeking to revive their cultures and preserve myriad indigenous languages, are increasingly seeing natural resources as the key to unlock their hopes and dreams. This brief video offers a sneak preview into the upcoming Homeland Journey project, a documentary looking at the future of Canada from […]

Resource Works - 19 million cars would need to be taken off the road to equal the climate benefits of LNG Canada project. It’s time for global thinking now. If the LNG Canada project is approved, expect to hear a lot more about the climate impact of using liquefied natural gas (LNG) to replace coal in Asia. No […]

Resource Works - Whether it is climate policy, oil pipelines, mining, forest licenses, salmon farms or LNG projects, the consequences of being able to convey credible, accurate specialist information are significant. On Sept. 28, 2018, the Resource Works Advisory Council hosted a panel featuring scientist Dr. Blair King and political scientist Dr. Wenran Jiang. In their broad-ranging discussion moderated […]

Resource Works - What policies and priorities should guide the British Columbia government in managing the provincial economy? On Sept. 28, our Stewart Muir joins a panel to discuss this topic at the second annual Politics, Policies & Priorities conference. Muir’s panel will be entitled Challenges for B.C.’s Economic Development and will be moderated by Shachi Kurl, Executive Director of the Angus […] Radio - BC Power Consumption Shows Site C Needed

Resource Works - The resource economy is a thing of the past? Not so fast. New data from the British Columbia government proves the opposite. Products from mining, forestry, energy and aquaculture (whole salmon) accounted for 7/10ths of total export value in 2017. And the British Columbia Natural Resources Index created by Resource Works shows that the dollar […]

Resource Works - A new report from the provincial government shows that across all measures – production, consumption, total demand and exports – electricity hit all-time highs last year, says Stewart Muir. The figures may help to demystify the tumultuous Site C debate In the years of public debate over whether or not the Site C hydro power […]

Resource Works - Walt Cobb is the mayor of Williams Lake. He joins the Resource Works Advisory Council to share his perspective on the contribution of natural resource activities to healthy communities. Williams Lake is the business hub of British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin, where forestry, mining and ranching historically providing its economic foundation. Mayor Cobb has served in local […]

Resource Works - With $4.5 billion of taxpayer money invested in the Trans Mountain Pipeline, the federal government needs more support than ever in getting the expansion project over the finish line. That’s because Canadians in general were the biggest losers when the Federal Court of Appeal decided to nullify permits for the expansion of the existing pipeline. Lost […] Radio - What About First Nations that Support the Pipeline?

Resource Works - Thousands of workers are bracing for pink slips in the wake of a Federal Court of Appeal decision that put the brakes on construction of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, reports Don Hauka for Resource Works. And communities across B.C. that were counting on an economic boost from the pipeline’s construction are holding their collective […] Radio - Salmon Farming and Fossil Fuel 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  […] 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 […]
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