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March 30, 2020 | Notes from Flight 163, the Oil Sands Shuttle from Toronto to Edmonton

“On a recent Monday morning, I found myself on Air Canada Flight 163 from Toronto Pearson to Edmonton,” writes Stewart Muir. “As the plane loaded, I began to sense there was something not so regular about the passengers boarding the Airbus 320 for a regularly scheduled flight.” Unlike those I more typically see on my […]

March 20, 2020 | Resource Sector Finds Ways to Carry on Despite COVID-19 Crisis

But government support needed to weather the storm. Don Hauka filed this report assessing the status of natural resource projects including CGL and Site C. “Now that the federal government has laid out some of its measures it’s time to look at what can be done provincially to ensure that job creators can withstand economic […]

March 17, 2020 | Our LNG? Yes, there is a market.

It was sad to see Andrew Weaver citing health reasons as he stepped down as leader of the BC Green Party, and announced he would not seek re-election as MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head. We had to respect his tenacity in the legislature as a champion of fighting climate change, and for seeking to keep […]

March 12, 2020 | National Energy Policy? Where?

It should be no surprise to learn that Teck’s decision to back-burner its $20-billion Frontier oilsands mine was preceded by secret thumbs-down signals from some federal cabinet ministers. As disclosed by The Globe and Mail, “Several Liberal ministers worked behind the scenes earlier this year against Teck Resources Ltd.’s proposed oil sands mine in Alberta, according […]

February 11, 2020 | Health Authority Monitoring on-leave Employee Heading up Taxpayer-Funded Protest Camp

A British Columbia civil servant has a surprising second job – she is a director at the Unist’ot’en camp originally created to block any pipeline that might be planned for a North West corridor. Her government employer is monitoring the situation, just weeks after $400,000 in public funding was announced for the camp. Veteran journalist […]

February 5, 2020 | Consultation, Accommodation, No Veto

We will ignore, for the moment, the Twitter photo of BC First Nations activists with raised middle fingers, and the adolescent message: “F*** your white supremest #TransMountain pipelines!” We will note, though, this from Tsleil-Waututh Nation member Will George: “if it has to get ugly, it will get ugly.” And this from the Wilderness Committee: “Communities […]

February 3, 2020 | Another Century, Another Pipeline

In 1956, the Liberal government of Louis St. Laurent was tasked with defending the decision to establish a Crown Corporation in order to build the Trans-Canada Pipeline. Sound familiar? The pipeline controversies of 2020 are nothing new. Sixty-four years ago, the Canadian Parliament was in embroiled in a scandal about the financing of the Trans-Canada […]

January 31, 2020 | Who’s “Right” on the CGL Pipeline?

Thoughtful and intelligent views do exist on the natural gas project across British Columbia’s north. Many others are stunningly simplistic, and are often emotional, and/or romanticized. Others are outright racist. Social media channels continue to sizzle with people claiming to be “right” on the issue of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, the Wet’suwet’en council, and the Coastal […]

January 6, 2020 | Resource Labour Market Information Report 2020

Report will identify job growth in forestry, mining and mineral exploration, oil and gas extraction including liquefied natural gas, paper manufacturing, primary metal products, resource-based construction, utilities and wood product manufacturing in British Columbia. Do you want to be ahead of the curve or losing in the war for talent and jeopardizing your business growth? […]

January 2, 2020 | Start 2020 Right with January 14 Must-Attend Conference

Historic changes to British Columbia’s legal system are now in place that will affect how business is done in the province. And, soon, across Canada. It’s a step forward for Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Don’t be left out: attend this event January 14 to know what’s in store for 2020. For those who want […]

December 31, 2019 | New Frontier for the Oilsands

There’s a constant lack of long-term thinking, and business basics, on the part of so many vocal opponents of major resource projects. Time and again, they look at current (or outdated) market prices for oil and natural gas, ignore expert projections for prices 10 and 20 and further years down the road, assume demand for […]

December 25, 2019 | Declaration of Rights Opens the Door to Billions in First Nations Partnerships

The benefits to First Nations that participate more fully in the B.C. economy will be measured in billions of dollars. A win-win result will create society-wide benefits. A full-day gathering in Vancouver on January 14, 2020 will look at how a new legal landscape will affect this trend. First Nations leaders and businesspeople will gather in […]

September 22, 2019 | FORESTRY CRISIS: Messages for Community Leaders

From the Interior to the Island to Metro Vancouver and its suburbs, British Columbia forest workers are facing the biggest threat in decades. As civic leaders gather in Vancouver this week for the annual Union of BC Municipalities Convention, it will be a chance to speak directly with provincial representatives on their important issues. Forestry […]

August 28, 2019 | Seeking a Way to Compete: British Columbia Forestry at a Crossroads

Longtime forestry journalist Gordon Hamilton went in search of solutions to the crisis in the woods. A SPECIAL REPORT FROM RESOURCE WORKS Communities throughout the British Columbia Interior are facing an economic crisis as the combined effects of beetle epidemics, forest fires and external market forces take their toll on what was once North America’s […]

August 25, 2019 | Examining the Evidence

Do climate lawsuits serve the interests of municipalities and local residents? Since January, 2017 a campaign has been underway to hold fossil fuel companies financially ‘accountable’ for the effects of a changing climate on BC communities by taking several actions including writing demand letters to the top 20 fossil fuel companies and connecting with other […]

August 3, 2019 | How Things Were Made Right After the Mount Polley Spill

Dr. ‘Lyn Anglin, founding president and CEO of Geoscience BC, takes a look at what happened at the British Columbia copper and gold mine after its 2014 tailings accident. I’ve taken a look back over the progress that has been made by Mount Polley in response to the well-known tailings spill, and in this post […]

August 1, 2019 | The City of Richmond’s Contorted Relationship with Fossil Fuels

After voting to sue fuel companies for their role in climate change, local officials signed off on a jet-fuel pipeline project that will create decades of emissions. Awkward? Stewart Muir looks at the issue. Only a small number of municipalities in British Columbia have caved in to lobbying efforts by West Coast Environmental Law to […]

July 30, 2019 | Mining and The Green Economy

Radical improvements needed for metal mining to impact climate change as much as it needs to in coming decades. Reprinted from the July 2019 newsletter of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation. Most Canadians recognize the global impact of climate change and acknowledge that in other parts of the world, the effects are CRITICAL. Currently, one […]

July 29, 2019 | Another Shipload of Canadian Heavy Oil Sails for China

Despite some myths, crude oil from the Alberta oil sands has a ready market across the Pacific, writes Stewart Muir. It’s a persistent myth: Canadian heavy oil from the tar sands is “inferior” and nobody is going to buy it, so what do we need an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline for? Abundant evidence (the latest […]

July 18, 2019 | Regional Canadian, U.S. Policy Leaders Gather to Scope Out Economic Future

Resource Works is among sixty non-governmental organizations attending the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) 2019 summit, being held in Saskatoon July 21-25. PNWER is a statutory public/private non-profit created to enhance the competitiveness of the region – five U.S. states and five Canadian provides and territories – in both domestic and international markets. It also […]

July 16, 2019 | The 1990s image of High Cost, High Emissions Canadian Fossil Fuels is Now Completely Out of Date

TRANSCRIPT: Canadian oil & gas should be on the global market, because greenhouse gas emissions will go down when Canadian products replace competing fuels from any other source in the world. Steve Laut of Canadian Natural Resources explained this trend. Below is a transcript of a July 2019 ARC Energy Ideas podcastwhere Peter Tertzakian and Jackie […]

July 14, 2019 | Swapping Dirty Cooking Fuels for Natural Gas & LNG Shows Live-Saving Results

If all of India’s households transitioned to clean fuels, 13% of premature mortality could be averted from the reduction in ambient pollution, says a recent study. The benefits of natural gas exports from Canada are often stated in terms of the economic boost of a new industry, or the climate advantages of a low-CO2, clean-burning […]

July 7, 2019 | How the Trans Mountain Expansion Will Make Vancouver More Affordable

The fact that British Columbia residents pay more in road fuel tax than just about anywhere in North America is a deliberate policy to reduce consumption and GHG emissions. Although perception among some consumers may be that gasoline and diesel prices are too high, the majority of the costs that people pay at the pump […]

July 5, 2019 | LNG Offers Massive Advantages for the Evolving Global Energy Mix

If you have to burn a fossil fuel for power or heat, natural gas should be the first choice. Energy specialist Ian King makes the case for liquefied natural gas from British Columbia. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: natural gas is a worse climate villain than coal. It’s a bridge fuel to […]

July 4, 2019 | Vancouver’s Council Should Examine Other Canadian Cities Before Committing to Climate Lawsuits

Last week, Vancouver City Council voted in favour of a motion to set the city on a path to pursue a lawsuit against major energy producers in an attempt to hold them liable for climate-change related damages. Stewart Muir analyses the situation and offers a way forward However, proponents on Vancouver’s Council should be looking […]

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