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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 - The gap between rural and urban BC closing

Resource Works - A study from the Northern Development Initiative Trust shows that the region continues its hefty contribution to provincial well-being. Uncertainties in trade and decision making have consequences for all British Columbia residents. Published in January 2018, the State of North report provides a timely update.

Resource Works -   This brief video looks at the kitchen-table conversation of one couple on the topic of natural gas. It starts out as a routine domestic scene before taking a turn for the unusual..

Resource Works - A Supreme Court judge has rejected the use of violent threats against salmon farm workers’ families. British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Peter Voith last month ruled an injunction was warranted because protesters’ actions interfered with a Vancouver salmon farm’s operations, prevented the harvest and removal of salmon from the facility, and included threatening behaviour toward staff […] Radio - How much of BC’s Economy dependent on Natural Resources?

Resource Works - In 2018, many British Columbians don’t want to see an expansion of natural resource industries here, especially energy-based export industries. Many also don’t want to see port expansion to accommodate the importing of foreign-produced consumer goods and exporting of resource and manufacturing exports. And it is popular to call for the setting aside of more forest […] Radio - 2017  Resource Industry Highlights  and Lowlights  

Resource Works - Here are seven charts that touch on trends in Canada’s natural resource future. They are drawn from Maclean’s magazine in its annual Chartapalooza feature looking at the biggest economic trends for the coming year. Maclean’s shared 91 charts this year that appeal to the inner wonk in all of us. From that bumper crop, here […]

Resource Works - After reviewing the Site C hydro project, British Columbia’s decision to keep going to completion is an important step in a long-term energy transition. Stewart Muir looks at the issue. The Site C dam being constructed in North East B.C. is a relatively minor project when compared to the nearby W.A.C. Bennett Dam, which was […] Radio - Yellowknife – Mining the Sky

Resource Works - Two political leaders, two views of how the expanded TransMountain pipeline project benefits Canada’s environmental journey. On Nov. 30, Vancouver was visited by two out of town political leaders bearing powerful messages on the future of Canada. Their full speeches, as delivered to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, are reprinted below. Rachel Notley, Premier […]

Resource Works - To reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, Canada must commit to building a vast amount of clean energy infrastructure. That’s why projects like Site C are critically important.   Canada is pursuing the ambitious goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent from 2005 levels, by 2050. For this to be successful, a vast […]

Resource Works - An academic calling for class-action lawsuits against Canadian energy companies is ignoring the obvious fact that, ultimately, it’s always the consumer who pays. That’s you, writes Kim Lonsdale.   According to the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper, UBC international law professor Michael Byers suggested at a recent Victoria Forum event that Canadian courts should pursue fossil-fuel companies […]

Resource Works - Canada’s climate is challenging and hugely variable given that our land area begins at the 42nd latitude and extends to the magnetic north. Between long distances and extreme temperature, Canadians use lots of energy for basic heating, cooling, and mobility. If you just arrived from another planet, reading a smattering of social media and headline […] Radio - BC finally ships some LNG to China

Resource Works - Most Canadians are concerned about climate change, yet their actions as consumers paint a contradictory picture. In his second article in a series, Kim Lonsdale illustrates how making better vehicle and engine choices can help make actual headway in terms of reducing our carbon emissions. When buying a new vehicle, people who are concerned for […]

Resource Works - Over 80% of Canadians, and an even greater percentage of British Columbians indicate that they are concerned or very concerned about climate change. Kim Lonsdale looks into how is this translating into how we get around. Such a high level of awareness and concern is the result of the ongoing efforts of environmental organizations, academics, politicians, and others […] Radio - Terrace BC First Nation pro-resource use

Resource Works -   Extracting added value from commodities like minerals, energy, paper and lumber is the most realistic option we have to create more high-tech jobs in an era when over 70 per cent of global trade is in intermediate goods and services and capital goods. Natural resources are a foundational element of British Columbia’s economy, resulting in high-paying […] Radio - Primary Industries Key to Canada’s Economic Health

Resource Works - One of the most important skill sets for current times is the ability to work with people we don’t necessary agree with or even trust. Finally there is a way to acquire this ability. It’s difficult to overestimate the complexity of the human brain and the way it drives our social relations. Check out this […]

Resource Works - Industry and government are paying the price for being tone deaf and numb to their obligations to First Nations and communities. Regulatory burden and uncertainty is another. Layer on top of that regulatory uncertainty and a lack of a real and clear commitment by governments, and it’s clear Canada is in trouble.  \ Ken Hughes […]

Resource Works - The world is just as dependent as ever on basic materials that need to be responsibly sourced from somewhere. This can be challenging to understand  for those who’ve heard the arguments that Canada is a post-resource economy. This material can help. The first thing to know is that over time, resources have actually been a […]

Resource Works - Every woman, man and child in Canada benefits from the oil industry through the billions it pays in royalties, corporate taxes and other levies. According to Jamie Carroll, that includes the women, men and children living in British Columbia and Quebec. This article by Jamie Carroll was originally published by iPolitics. TransCanada has announced that it […]

Resource Works - In our haste for energy perfection, we are overlooking the more important need to sustain, over the long term, supplies of energy sufficient to let us maintain our standard of living. Stewart Muir looks at what we can do about this emerging crisis. This article was originally published as an op-ed in the Winnipeg Free […]
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