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September 22, 2018 | What are the Challenges for B.C.’s Eeconomic Development?

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 […]

September 19, 2018 | Here’s the Latest Evidence that Natural Resources are Growing in Importance

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 […]

September 18, 2018 | British Columbia’s Electricity Use Hit an All-Time High in 2017

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 […]

September 17, 2018 | Advisory Council Welcomes a Steady Voice for Communities: Walt Cobb of Williams Lake

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 […]

September 6, 2018 | RESET: Saving the People’s Pipeline

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 […]

September 5, 2018 | Workers Brace for Pink Slips After Federal Court Decision Stops Work on Pipeline

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 […]

August 1, 2018 | From Russia, with Oil

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  […]

July 21, 2018 | Bright Day for a Local Green Industry That Can Feed the World

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 […]

July 20, 2018 | Want to Afford Vancouver Housing? Aim for a Well-Paying Job in Natural Resources

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 […]

July 19, 2018 | Once Again, Majority of Top 100 B.C. Companies are in Resources

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, […]

July 18, 2018 | Federal Move to Buy Oil Pipeline Reflects Global Trend

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 […]

July 17, 2018 | Meet the Radical Oil Pipeline Opposer Who (quietly) Owns a Gas Station

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. […]

July 16, 2018 | Why We’re Taking Such Pride in Canadian Resources

Why are we suddenly acting ashamed or embarrassed at Canada’s abundant crude oil, natural gas, pulp and paper, lumber, potash, water, coal, land, and base metal resources? Energy executive Paul Colborne makes an eloquent case for getting past those feelings. It’s fairly rare for an energy company to reveal its operating intelligence to the world, […]

July 5, 2018 | No Easy Out: Climate Action’s Tough and Necessary Decisions

Acting to reduce emissions means that everybody must sacrifice some degree of unrestrained consumption of hydrocarbons. The question is, will Canadians embrace cross-Canada carbon pricing, which is set to start in 2019? Margareta Dovgal looks at the issue. Whack consumers directly, and they will rebel, by voting out any government hurting their daily bottom line […]

July 4, 2018 | Environmental Advocate Urges Scrapping Professional Reliance System

Forestry, mining and business groups were quick off the mark with strong criticisms of a British Columbia review calling for a costly overhaul of how foresters, geoscientists, engineers and other professionals are governed. Stewart Muir looks at the issue. The province of British Columbia’s review of professional reliance in natural resource decision-making was released last […]

June 21, 2018 | Stress Alert: Salmon Farming’s New Uncertainty Has Broad Implications

Potential chaos in British Columbia’s largest agriculture sector means we need to get back to the basics of trust and collaboration, and deal with the reality of differing opinions and uncertain evidence. Stewart Muir looks at the situation. Salmon farming in British Columbia is one of the greenest resource industries we have. It harnesses the energy […]

June 19, 2018 | Are “Subsidies” an Actual Problem in British Columbia Oil & Gas?

It’s not uncommon to hear critics decrying fossil fuel subsidies as a giveaway to the petroleum industry. When we went looking for them in British Columbia, we found a different story. The Reuters Thomson Foundation claimed, in advance of the G7 meeting in held in Quebec recently, that the world’s major industrial democracies spend at least […]

June 13, 2018 | Elizabeth May’s Criminal Contempt Action “Extremely Dangerous”: Former Supreme Court Justice

Two MPs who defied a judicial order using the excuse of “social justice” forgot their role as political leaders. Ian Binnie spoke out on the practice at the Law Society of BC’s Rule of Law lecture. When Green Member of Parliament Elizabeth May and Burnaby South New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart defied a court order […]

June 6, 2018 | Funding the Tansition to the Green Economy with Billions of Dollars in Tax Revenues

Funding the transition to the green economy is possible, but it will cost money. First in a series on the economic impacts of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. By Don Hauka. There are a lot of reasons why a new pipeline project has been described as necessary to our shared prosperity as a country, […]

June 5, 2018 | Unlocking Potential of Salmon Farming Depends on Crucial Decisions

Sharing a vision for the future is the way forward for coastal aquaculture, writes Stewart Muir. First Nations elder James Walkus of Port Hardy at June 1 Vancouver event speaking out in favour of responsible salmon farming. Simple answers are rarely available to complex questions. This is a fact that resource people are particularly aware […]

May 25, 2018 | What Good is Environmental Idealism Anyways?

As I see it, writes Margareta Dovgal, the greatest challenge in facilitating a constructive dialogue across Canada on the role of natural resources is in bridging knowledge and perspective gaps. One on hand, resource enthusiasts are accused of being blind to the reality of climate change – of putting short-term, “trivial” concerns about jobs front […]

May 24, 2018 | Resources: The Source of BC’s Prosperity

Margareta Dovgal shares her thoughts on a weekend roadtrip from Vancouver to Smithers, and back again. Picturing the vastness of British Columbia is a challenge unless you’ve been out there, have seen it by road, by air, or by boat. Even then, there will always be pockets of this massive province that are out of reach, […]

May 23, 2018 | May 26 is Rally Day for a Strong Canada

Residents of several British Columbia communities will rally on Saturday, May 26 in defence of a strong Canada. Details here. Without a supportive attitude to natural resource development, including the badly needed Kinder Morgan pipeline, Canada will fall down on its duty to provide for its citizens. These Saturday, May 26 events are open to all: […]

May 22, 2018 | Why you should be concerned about Canada’s economic path

A record trade deficit shows Canada is not keeping up. Can we get our crude oil to new markets in time to reverse this growing trend? Maybe, but it will take a pipeline. Canada’s crude oil exports were worth $342 billion over the past five years, which is why economists like Patricia Mohr like to […]

May 18, 2018 | Salmon Farming has a Key Role to Play in Protecting Wild Fish

Although you might not know it from outbursts in the media of late, salmon farming is one of the greenest and most sustainable rural industries that British Columbia has going for it. Stewart Muir looks at the situation. As a researcher and former journalist who goes beyond the headlines to study the benefits and challenges […]

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