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March 21, 2019 | Overview: Climate litigation in British Columbia

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 […]

March 17, 2019 | Mountain Caribou and The Future of Land Access

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 […]

March 16, 2019 | Natural Resources Maintain Strong Support in B.C., Canada

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. […]

March 13, 2019 | NEB’s Trans Mountain Reconsideration Raises Bigger Questions About Future of the Salish Sea

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 […]

March 11, 2019 | The Path to Canadian Energy 2.0

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 […]

March 5, 2019 | Citizen’s Guide: Economic impacts of Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

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 […]

March 4, 2019 | We’re at the Dawn of the LNG Era

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 […]

February 21, 2019 | The True Cost of Climate Litigation in Canada

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 […]

February 14, 2019 | Throne Speech 2019: Recognition for the “Bedrock” Sector

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 […]

February 13, 2019 | Travels in LNG: Hear firsthand why First Nations are embracing opportunity

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 […]

January 28, 2019 | New Process, New Soapbox: Inside the Strategy of Thwarting Nation-Building Energy Investment

Groups hacking Canada’s regulatory system to stop projects through technicalities find a rage-fuelled ally to help them throw a wrench in the works. Dave Johnston and Steven Simons of The North Matters take a look at the situation. On November 22, 2018 anti-oil and gas activist Mike Sawyer, speaking via live stream and in person at a Sierra Club function […]

January 17, 2019 | Flash Mobs for the Protest Era

A few observations about LNG’s brusque rite of passage into resource radicalism, from Stewart Muir of Resource Works. For those who watch these things closely, the sudden arrival of a previously innocuous gas pipeline into media prominence wasn’t that big a surprise. Although it’s true that nobody expected to see protestors as far away as […]

January 1, 2019 | Who gets to decide? A conversation on making the rules

VIDEO: The Canadian economy is based on free markets, competition, capitalism, and the rule of law. Should we drop this model in favour of imposing high costs onto business resulting in merely symbolic benefits? Bruce Pardy is a professor of environmental law at Queen’s University. Our Stewart Muir caught up with him at the University of […]

December 31, 2018 | OPINION: The Great American conspiracy to sabotage Canadian oilpatch

Canada’s debilitating inability to gain fair market value for its largest export commodity – crude oil – has become the top economic story of 2018. It will likely dominate headlines in 2019, writes Stewart Muir. This article appeared in the Calgary Herald on Dec. 29, 2018. Link It’s so bad that heavyweight energy investors with large […]

December 18, 2018 | Struggle Continues to Find Right Path for Climate Policy

How divided is the public conversation on carbon taxes? A hint comes from the reaction to a recent report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on the subject. On Dec. 13, the chamber issued a thoughtful new report entitled A Competitive Transition: How smarter climate policy can help Canada lead the way to a low carbon economy. […]

December 14, 2018 | Energy Company Letters Backfire, with Neither Municipalities nor Climate Better Off

Whistler mayor backtracked, vowed to focus on local actions where municipal efforts can actually make a difference Trial lawyers are pitching cities on climate lawsuits against energy companies in a bid to score massive payouts as part of the largest corporate shakedown in history. Recently, watchdog groups and journalists have uncovered evidence of trial lawyers […]

December 12, 2018 | British Columbia has an Opportunity to Gin from Slow Global Shift to a Lower GHG Future

The results of the CleanBC plan, should they be achieved, will have “zero effect” on the level, pattern, or growth of global greenhouse gas emissions, states a new commentary from leading business group. The Business Council of BC comment article, published on Dec. 12, found the CleanBC plan entitled Building a Low Carbon Economy: Industry in Action to […]

December 1, 2018 | Export Figures Show Why Canadians Need to Confront their Pipeline Fears

There are easy ways and hard ways to pay for the things we need in everyday life, such as vaccines. The easiest thing we can do is simply ensure that our largest export commodity, crude oil, trades for a fair price. The chart below shows the value of exports versus imports for Canada’s high-value trading […]

November 27, 2018 | Amid Automotive Turmoil, Resources Keep Nation’s Trade on Even Keel

Government moves to restrict wealth-building resource activities have grave consequences as the automotive industry sheds jobs. For Canada’s top 10 export products in 2017, results were mostly positive as 7 of the 10 recorded an increase in exports during the year. According to federal government publication Canada’s State of Trade: Trade and Investment Update – 2018, […]

November 20, 2018 | LNG Canada a “Transformational” Opportunity

VIDEO: Economist Bryan Yu from Credit 1 Credit Union shares his research findings at a Resource Works gathering in Vancouver.

November 14, 2018 | LNG: Measuring its Impact on the British Columbia Economy

Natural gas, liquefied so it can be shipped to distant markets, will be produced by the LNG Canada terminal in north west British Columbia. This new study sets out to find out what impact is created by building the unprecedented, $40 billion project. Philip Cross, Resource Works senior research fellow and 34-year veteran of Statistics Canada […]

November 13, 2018 | Explaining liquefied natural gas

As British Columbia prepares to be a true global player in clean natural gas, we’ll be providing information that provides context and meaning for the transition.            

November 8, 2018 | LNG CANADA: Where are the Opportunities?

On November 14 in Vancouver, economic experts will share their insights into how Canada’s largest-ever private sector investment will stimulate economic growth. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

November 6, 2018 | BC LNG Offers ‘Historic’ Benefits

On November 14, Resource Works hosts experts who will discuss the economic impact of liquefied natural gas exports to Asia. The lunch event, in downtown Vancouver, is open to the public. We still get the giggles about BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver’s statement in March this year: “I’ve been saying for four years, there is no […]

November 2, 2018 | As New Challenges Stack Up, Crude Oil is Still the Basis of Canadian Prosperity

Though the biggest driver of innovation, economic growth and social equality in Canada is the nation’s oil & gas industry, executives from the industry face a staggering list of challenges. Crude oil exports are what pay the rent for Canada, in the words of economist Patricia Mohr, yet we seem content to watch the industry […]

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