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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 […]

May 17, 2018 | Federal Government has No Choice but to Hold its Nose and Invest in Trans Mountain Expansion

There are rare moments when Canada’s federal government must step outside its normal way of doing business for the good of the nation. Now is such a moment. The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project is too important to our national interests to allow it to fail due to political posturing by British Columbia’s NDP-Green Government […]

May 16, 2018 | Not Too Late for Trudeau to Spare First Nations Unwanted Impacts of Bill C-69

Improve Canada’s energy project process as needed, argue these experts, but be cautious with federal legislation that puts energy security at risk. Hydrotechnical expert Wim Veldman, a 40-year veteran of project approvals, has argued that the government has not made its case for dramatic changes contained in Bill C-69. Among other questions, in a new paper […]

May 15, 2018 | In Search of Policy Coherence in Canadian Carbon Taxation

Stewart Muir, Resource Works executive director, delivered this talk at Mining Week 2018 in Whitehorse, Yukon.   Canada is preparing to embark on a national carbon pricing program that has already provoked some serious regional divisions. Provinces are tinkering with the goalposts – or making plans to do away with them altogether (though Ottawa says […]

May 10, 2018 | Putting a Face to the Pipeline – One Company’s Story

Resource Works met the founder of a B.C. family business, Surerus Pipeline, that is tooled up and ready to proceed with twinning a section of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Brian Surerus arrived in British Columbia’s Peace River country with 20 bucks in his pocket as a 17 year old. Over the subsequent decades he built […]

May 9, 2018 | Citizen’s Guide to Tanker Safety & Spill Response: Second Edition Now Available

An authoritative and comprehensive source of relevant information about oil tanker safety and spill response on the south coast of British Columbia. Resource Works has developed a plain-language guide to oil tanker safety and spill response on British Columbia’s coast. There is a lot of confusing information, often without any basis in fact, being offered to […]

May 3, 2018 | The Progressive Case for Supporting Kinder Morgan

In a nutshell, taking care of the environment and ensuring that we have a strong Canadian economy are not contradictory – in fact, they can go hand in hand. Being a progressive that wants our society to deliver on social commitments, like poverty eradication, requires also understanding that without economic growth – growth that hinges […]

May 2, 2018 | 5 Reasons Why KM is the Safe Way to Get Canadian Oil to Market

The twinning of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, has generated considered discussion and debate. You’ve probably seen your fair share of handwringing, whether about the project or the delays it has encountered. Much of it has, unfortunately, been premised on a poor understanding of the risks as they stand. […]

April 27, 2018 | Scientific Studies are Ongoing to Ensure Dilbit Behaviour Understood

  Extensive research shows that diluted bitumen behaves much the same way as other heavy oils. Here is an excerpt from the Citizen’s Guide to Tanker Safety and Spill Response on BC’s South Coast, published earlier this month. EDMONTON JOURNAL Read about and download the full Citizen’s Guide here Better ability to predict behaviour of […]

April 26, 2018 | Resource Denial: Watching the BC Greens Denigrate Resource People with Worrisome Implications

The BC Greens, who hold the balance of power in the province’s Legislature, have revealed just how contemptuously they view resource people, and how little they understand the basis of Canadian prosperity. Canada and British Columbia are “resource colonies” according to BC Greens deputy Adam Olsen, supplying the world with raw resources. Speaking in the […]

April 25, 2018 | Counting the Risks of Canada of Losing Yet Another Pipeline Project

Environmental, social and economic questions abound when considering major energy infrastructure investments that have aided humanity’s recent gains. We should take care not to thwart the innovation that can be the defining thread of humanity’s progress over the next century. From no vaccinations at all for tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough, today 86 per cent […]

April 24, 2018 | Cheap Attack on Responsible Canadian Resources a Black Eye for Greenpeace UK

Greenpeace UK is known for its outrageous stunts to capture media attention, but by lying about the Canadian oil sands it is not only misleading Britons – the group is harming global climate progress. This week Greenpeace UK erected a mock oil pipeline in front of London’s Canada House, claiming the oil sands would “use […]

April 23, 2018 | Key First Nation Open to Pipeline, and Seeks “a Reasonable Solution”

It’s another sign that indigenous leaders have recognized the need to stand up and be counted when it comes to projects that can help them break free of the poverty trap. It came as a surprise to some when Vancouver’s Musqueam Indian Band came out in support of a “reasonable solution” that recognizes the “vital […]

April 22, 2018 | Should Canada Refine its Crude Oil Instead of, or Before, Exporting it?

It seems like a common sense argument to state that a raw resource becomes more valuable if it is manufactured into a refined product. Yet this assumption remains a controversial one in 2018, especially when it comes to crude oil and pipeline politics. British Columbia’s premier, John Horgan, has been arguing that oil pipelines are […]

April 21, 2018 | Debunking Six Myths about the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

DYK? The pipeline’s expansion is legally in the national interest, and the approval process heard from 1,650 intervenors and commenters. It seems like there is a cottage industry these days for a very small number of academics, economists and politicians to pretend that fundamental truths about the Canadian resource economy are simply a matter of […]

April 20, 2018 | What is Revealed by an Honest Appraisal of Pipeline Safety

To hear some tell it, pipelines are an inherently unsafe way to move crude oil because they will (so the story goes) inevitably spring a leak. With Kinder Morgan halting all non-essential spending on its Trans Mountain Expansion Project until some public issues are sorted out, let’s take a look at whether there really have […]

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