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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 […]

July 3, 2019 | Universities Fund $4.5 Million Fishing Expedition to Expose “Conflicts of Interest and Malfeasance”, But Come Up Dry

The University of Victoria found $730,000 to be part of a $4.5 million, publicly funded corporate smear campaign against energy professionals. The end product is an amateurish grab bag of inaccurate information, writes Stewart Muir Four years and $4.5 million later, Canadian taxpayers have the result of the Corporate Mapping Project, a scheme to expose […]

July 1, 2019 | Getting Over the Rhetorical Yelling on Climate

Agriculture, air, fish, hydro, land, minerals, natural gas, oil, seafood, solar, water, wind, wood…there is no nation on earth blessed with a greater variety and abundance of natural resources than Canada. The following is a June 28, 2019 tweet thread from Vancouver-based Rick Anderson, a principal of Earnscliffe Strategy. His starting point was the recent release […]

June 25, 2019 | Why Sustainably Managed Forests Mean Green Jobs

Resource Works caught up with Jessica Kaknevicius (pictured), vice president of community engagement, Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Project Learning Tree Canada, to hear about innovation and new ideas in forestry. Can you give us a quick overview of what Project Learning Tree Canada is? Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada), an initiative of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative […]

June 21, 2019 | With a Decision Made on TMX, We Can Get Back to Building the Country We Want

After years of rhetoric and politics it is time to get the Trans Mountain project done. Stewart Muir, executive director of Resource Works, explains why. On June 18, the federal government announced it is again approving the project. Most British Columbians agree it should move forward. Resource Works sponsored a poll from Ipsos that was […]

June 20, 2019 | Trans Mountain: Reflections on a Polarizing Decision

Ignorance is what I kept encountering in my quest to understand the validity of the opposition against Trans Mountain, says writer Paula Arab. Nothing has been as divisive to national unity as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, since the Quebec referendum 25 years ago. But unlike separation, this project – reapproved Tuesday by the federal government – is good for the country andwill benefit all Canadians. Moving to Vancouver […]

June 17, 2019 | Some Pertinent Information for the Nation to Contemplate

Let’s pause, as Canadians, for a moment and contemplate Hansard from the Legislature of Alberta on the morning of May 23rd, 2019. Stewart Muir looks at the situation. Let’s also contemplate that the national media did not report this screaming headline across the nation, as it might hopefully provoke some fair questions regarding the state […]

June 16, 2019 | Time for a Pro-Canadian Approach to Solve the Impact Assessment Crisis

To quote Rex Murphy, employment is not just a damn paycheque. It is the spine of most people’s existence. As politicians seek to legislate future jobs out of existence, Stewart Muir looks at how resource-sterilization lobbyists brought this about. Numerous lobbying efforts are underway in Canada and its provinces and territories to remove land from […]

June 14, 2019 | Activist-Backed Male Chiefs’ Attempt to ‘Unperson’ Female Leaders Ends Up in Court

Female hereditary chiefs who are fighting for the future of their people share their stories in harrowing court documents. Journalist Grant Warkentin looks at the situation for Resource Works. Three independently-minded female Wet’suwet’en leaders have had enough of the attacks from a small group of activist-backed men, who claimed this spring to have “stripped” the […]

June 3, 2019 | Tracking Progress: B.C.’s Low Carbon Industry Initiative

Companies across the economy are leveraging technology, innovation, best practices and low-carbon energy resources to reduce their carbon footprint and provide low-carbon solutions to international customers in a carbon-constrained world. We’ve been looking at some of the leading players in this space, and it turns out that all of them involving, some way, the responsible […]

June 1, 2019 | Waterfront Spill Response Demonstration Shows Current State of Preparation

Marine spill response experts gather in Vancouver for a conference on June 18 – the same day federal Cabinet is expected to issue its decision on the fate of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The 2019 Clean Pacific Conference & Exhibition is aimed at the various agencies responsible for marine spill prevention and response operations in the […]

May 31, 2019 | No Matter How You Measure It, Canadian Energy is Headed Upward

Production is up, consumption is up, and we are both importing and exporting more energy than before. Stewart Muir looks at the latest numbers. Canadians continue to use more energy, and the vast majority of it is from traditional sources: crude oil, natural gas and coal. While many politicians rail against the evils of fossil […]

May 29, 2019 | Momentum Grows for Collaborative Approach on Climate Change

British Columbia municipalities, having had a chance to consider litigation strategy, are now saying there are better ways to go. The North Central Local Governments Association (NCLGA) recently passed a resolution calling for NCLGA and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) to recognize energy producers as “innovation drivers” and partners in efforts to decarbonize the economy […]

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