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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.

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 […]

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Resource Works - While some peddle the myth that China is not interested in buying high-quality crude oil from Canada’s oil sands, here’s the evidence that proves otherwise. It seems like in the search for ways to oppose Canadian energy sovereignty, there is no argument that hasn’t been tried. Unsafe, undesirable, uneconomic…we’ve heard them all. It’s a real […]

Resource Works - Here’s a rare interview with the chief executive of what is surely Canada’s most talked about infrastructure project: a twinned crude oil pipeline to the west coast of British Columbia. It’s a saga that is now seven years in the making: the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline that will eventually elevate the national wealth […]

Resource Works - EXCLUSIVE: Eco-activist group Greenpeace invested in a protest scheme to sow the image of indigenous resistance to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. New revelations deal the credibility of Kanahus Manuel, the militant face of Tiny House Warriors, and Greenpeace, a serious blow, claims Stewart Muir. Kamloops-area indigenous activist Kanahus Manuel is from the local Neskonlith First Nation. […]

April 3rd, 2019 | More BC LNG Expansion

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Resource Works - Europe and Asia don’t have enough natural gas. North America has more than it needs. Righting the imbalance through LNG trade is creating big opportunities for Canada. These three charts tell a big story. The green bars show demand for natural gas; the red lines show supply. Chart 1: North America currently has abundant gas due […]

Resource Works - ESSAY: Who wants to start a process and commit money to developing a project under circumstances of prevailing uncertainty and confusion in law and practice? In this sweeping essay, longtime political affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson looks at the landscape of Canadian natural resources and prosperity. From the time of the fur trade, Canada (and before 1949 […]

Resource Works - In a rare missive, the heads of four major industry groups are calling on the Trudeau government to rethink need for a discriminatory ban on economic activity. No Parliamentary action in living memory has laid down a dividing line between Ottawa political interests and First Nations like Bill C-48, the proposed act to prevent economic […]

Resource Works - Western Canada’s oil sector continued in 2018 to be the foundation stone of national prosperity. That’s why innovation is so important for our future. When economists say that crude oil exports “pay the rent” for Canada, this is another way of stating that there is no greater source of trade revenue and surpluses. Sure enough, new data […]

Resource Works - As the world pursues cleaner forms of energy to reduce GHG emissions, the outlook for a Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry only gets better. Two LNG stories stand out starkly from the annual BP energy outlook released on Feb. 14, 2019, and in both cases the upshot is good news for Canadian exporters of […]

Resource Works - Municipalities are being asked to participate in campaigns that would seek funds from fuel companies. A range of differing views is emerging as to its efficacy, writes Stewart Muir. Background In 2017, a local environment group, the West Coast Environmental Law Centre (WCEL), started a climate accountability campaign in British Columbia (BC) and started lobbying local municipalities […]

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Resource Works - What started as a government initiative to protect the mountain caribou has become a hot issue in rural British Columbia, with some residents concerned that traditional access to the backcountry is in jeopardy.   The government of British Columbia says mountain caribou are down to 1,500 in 15 separate herds and are at risk of […]

Resource Works - 70 per cent of Canadians believe the economy will suffer if resource development projects don’t get built. In the case of British Columbia, a mere 3 per cent of people are strongly opposed to such progress. A significant proportion of Canadians and British Columbians are in favour of resource development projects, a new Research Co. […]

Resource Works - What responsible management of oil shipping can teach us about protecting ecosystems around the Salish Sea, starting with our sewage. Stewart Muir looks at recent developments. The recent Reconsideration process by Canada’s National Energy Board was ostensibly about potential harm to Southern resident killer whales and the indigenous customs surrounding the animals. At the end of its […]

Resource Works - POLICY NOTE: The business of energy is facing a crisis of perception around the world, causing energy exporters to become increasingly strategic in how they approach climate risk, economic growth, and politics. Canada is going to have to sharpen its elbows to reclaim its rightful place as an energy leader. Stewart Muir weighs in. The nearly […]

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Resource Works - In our ongoing Citizen’s Guide series, Resource Works tackles the question of what economic benefits will flow from completion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. This document was independently prepared by veteran journalists Stewart Muir and Don Hauka. Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: What does it mean for the economy? Fact-based information can be hard […]

Resource Works - As the world pursues cleaner forms of energy to reduce GHG emissions, the outlook for a Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry only gets better. Two LNG stories stand out starkly from the annual BP energy outlook released on Feb. 14, 2019, and in both cases the upshot is good news for Canadian exporters of […]

Resource Works - POLICY BRIEF: Should corporations be sued for supplying fuels to local residents? Stewart Muir, Resource Works founding executive director, takes a look at a campaign imported from the United States where it has met with little success in the legal system. Executive Summary Over the past two years, environmental activist groups in Canada have lobbied municipalities […]

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Resource Works - British Columbia’s 2019 got off to a positive start on Feb. 12 when natural resources were acknowledged as the bedrock of the province’s economy. “British Columbia’s traditional industries — forestry and mining, oil and gas, fisheries and farming, and renewable electricity — power our economy and form the bedrock of our communities. This government is […]

Resource Works - HOMELAND JOURNEY: More than 20 First Nations are actively supporting the LNG Canada project. Many of their members are choosing to speak out about their personal views. Meet Diane Lukasser of Kitsumkalum First Nation. Diane Lukasser, an employment and training counsellor with Kitsumkalum First Nation located near Terrace, B.C., describes the occupational challenges in her region, where she […]

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