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April 14, 2021 | Pacheedaht First Nation: An Example of Reconciliation and Development

In spite of a concerted pressure campaign to sideline the Indigenous group’s economic opportunities, this Vancouver Island people is an example of how reconciliation and development go hand-in-hand, writes Josiah Haynes. Not long ago, two-thirds of Pacheedaht First Nation band members lived outside their ancestral land. Work was hard to find, and of its 163,000 […]

April 13, 2021 | What an Educated Millennial Thinks about Forestry

Social media stoked his belief that old-growth forestry was something to oppose. Now: “After seeing firsthand how forests are managed in British Columbia, I am firmly against a ban on old-growth harvesting.” British Columbia’s coastal forests are very important to all citizens. Personally, I am a frequent user of our coastal forests for recreation and I […]

April 12, 2021 | What Kind of Energy Bill are You?

In the battle for energy hearts and minds, are you a Gates or a McKibben? Stewart Muir weighs two different approaches to how humanity might be powered in future. In a new book, Bill Gates argues that defeating the reality of climate change means eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by a mixture of solutions, including investments […]

April 11, 2021 | Mining Plans New Future in BC

Amidst uncompetitive tax and regulatory regimes, a new roadmap from the province and the Mining Association of BC hopes to overcome challenges through innovation, ESG, and a revitalized workforce. With the provincial government’s support, the Mining Association of BC (MABC) has launched the BC Mining Innovation Roadmap, outlining ways to achieve critical objectives and improve environmental […]

April 8, 2021 | Resource Works: Trans Mountain’s Request is About the Integrity of the Public Process

In a last-ditch effort to stop TMX, its insurers are being targeted and intimidated. Resource Works supports Trans Mountain’s request to make insurer identities confidential, support civil dialogue, and uphold the public process. Nine years ago in February 2021, Kinder Morgan Canada first proposed to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline to the west coast. After […]

April 7, 2021 | Natural Resources in Decline? The Reality is Very Different, Yet Perceptions Persist

Renowned natural resource scholar Ken Coates tells Parliamentarians: “We don’t see resource development as being particularly attractive or compelling these days. I think it’s fair to say that our country’s urban areas, which are very powerful and very appropriately powerful, are disconnected from the sector.” Ken S. Coates of the Joynson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public […]

April 2, 2021 | South Vancouver Island’s Abundant Intact Watersheds

Examining recent claims about the status of pristine watersheds on south Vancouver Island. For months now, a pressure campaign has been underway in the woods west of Victoria. Logging roads that exist to allow forest companies to carry out permitted harvesting work have been blockaded by interest groups. Their argument is that this is the […]

April 1, 2021 | Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion: Why Oil Sands Producers Say They Need It

Do changing attitudes about oil, and projected shifts in global demand for it over coming decades, affect whether the Canadian pipeline is needed? Stewart Muir looks at what oil sands companies are telling investors about this. How do you evaluate the financial prospects of a complex project like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX)? One […]

March 30, 2021 | Danish Scientists Say Old-Growth Forests’ Climate Role Overestimated by 1/3

Incorrectly analyzed data led to mistaken view about the climate mitigation impact of old and unmanaged forests. The claim that old-growth forests play a significant role in climate mitigation, based upon the argument that even the oldest forests keep sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere, is being refuted by researchers at the University of Copenhagen says a […]

March 29, 2021 | Here’s The Real Story on Fairy Creek and the Future of Responsible Forestry

If all your information is from high-volume advertising campaigns, the following might come as a surprise: the Fairy Creek watershed near British Columbia’s Port Renfrew is not at risk because of forestry. In fact, writes Stewart Muir, its lovely appearance today is a direct consequence of many decades of successful forest management practices. As I […]

March 26, 2021 | Meeting Canada’s Aggressive Green Targets a Tall Order

OPINION: In this commentary for Resource Works, Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen of the Business Council of British Columbia explain what a green recovery from COVID-19 might actually look like – and what it might cost.   Building back ‘clean’ and ‘green’ means trillions of dollars of investment, and the electrification of many machines and activities […]

March 25, 2021 | Go For The Gold, BC

BC finds a silver lining in exploration investments but won’t strike gold without reform. Without regulatory and tax reforms, BC may lose two-thirds of its mines by 2040. In 2020, the global economy came to a screeching halt as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe. Uncertainty in world markets drove investors to safe-haven investments […]

March 18, 2021 | Natural Gas: A Way Forward for BC and First Nations

Natural gas makes our province an energy giant. But what is LNG, and what does it mean for BC? Josiah Haynes explores. Simply put, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a scientific marvel. It’s clean, cheap, and efficient. That mix of qualities is hard to find, and it’s part of what makes BC’s LNG so promising. […]

March 12, 2021 | How Canadian Pipelines Reduce Global Emissions

Want to bring down global emissions? Clean Canadian energy can help, but we’ll need pipelines to do it. As anti-pipeline protests continue to flare up in Canada, like this downtown Vancouver blockade in early March, here’s a long-term thought for short-sighted protesters: Every reputable forecaster sees world demand for oil and natural gas continuing for decades. If […]

March 9, 2021 | Not Your Grandparents’ Oil

With emissions reduced by over 30% since 1990, the Canadian oilsands continue to find innovative ways to reduce emissions and conserve the natural environment. “This isn’t your grandparents’ bitumen any more”, said Richard Kruger, the now-retired CEO of Imperial Oil. Oilsands oil is actually “cleaner” than many people think: Crude oil from Alaska’s North Slope—carried […]

March 7, 2021 | Metro Vancouver Council Rejects “Fossil Fuel Treaty” That Would Seek to End Thousands of B.C. Jobs

Mayors’ assembly debating the proposal pondered environmental, social and economic aspects before landing on its decision. A carefully reasoned argument by Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West led to the region-wide governance board rejecting a measure that is designed to eradicate entire sections of the economy in the name of helping the environment. Metro’s leaders were […]

March 3, 2021 | Safe Passage: A Major New Report From Resource Works

Study looks at Trans Mountain oil tanker safety perspectives from maritime experts who live on British Columbia’s South Coast. Resource Works has published Safe Passage: Trans Mountain oil tanker safety perspectives from global experts who live on British Columbia’s South Coast, bringing the expert knowledge of eight professionals in marine shipping, regulation, risk management and engineering […]

March 2, 2021 | What’s Our Shared Future in BC’s Forests?

Myths abound about how forestry is done in British Columbia. More than ever, sound judgment and respect for the facts are needed. We’ve put together some resources to help with that. Finding balance, asking questions In a field strewn with myths, forestry in BC today is far ahead of urban sectors when it comes to […]

March 1, 2021 | Killing 10 Million Fish & Eggs “Unfortunate”

Minister Jordan stands by her decision to cut 1,500 coastal jobs, knocking out almost 25% of BC’s salmon farming industry and culling 10.7 million fish and eggs. Imagine the raging protests that eco-activists would stage if an aquaculture company in BC accidentally killed 10.7 million healthy young fish and fish eggs. There would be rabid […]

February 28, 2021 | Carbon Trading: Opportunity and Obstacles

With its energy exports to Asia reducing world-wide emissions, Canada could benefit from an international carbon credit trading agreement. But flawed carbon accounting and insufficient liquidity in the international market stand in the way.   Suppose a company in Canada was to produce the world’s cleanest LNG with the lowest emissions. Suppose it then sells […]

February 27, 2021 | Look North for Canada’s future

Northern communities are increasingly ready to play their part, contribute and benefit from this new era, writes Sean Willy. In the 1850s, the call to action that held promise and purpose was Go West. Now, in this decade, it’s time for a new direction: Canadians need to Look North, and support North, for the future […]

February 26, 2021 | What’s Next for Canada’s Water?

Canada boasts an impressive abundance of water resources, but jurisdictional overlap and over-regulation are drying up opportunities. As the federal government plans a new Canada Water Agency, stakeholders urge greater consultation. Thirty-odd years ago, there was much talk of exporting vast quantities of water from Canada to the US. Proponents spoke of tankers carrying fresh […]

February 25, 2021 | Red Tape Hurts Investment in Canada

The biggest hold-up is split processes, both provincial and federal, whether it’s cutting permits for forestry or mining assessments. Walter Cobb explains. Red tape and I don’t get along very well at all. And it’s not good for my city, my region, my province or the country as a whole. Our region and province are […]

February 18, 2021 | Fossil Fuels: Here For a Long Future

This Valentine’s Day weekend, Arctic chills froze wind turbines and blackouts descended on Texas. Demand for gas soared as homes were left without heat. If you didn’t know how dependent we are on fossil fuels, ask a Texan. In the 21st century, there are some things we take for granted, like reliable services and reliable utilities. […]

February 16, 2021 | No Pipeline? Then Oil Moves By Rail

Gulf Coast refineries need Alberta’s heavy oil. But without Keystone XL, that oil will move by rail instead of pipeline. That’s bad news for jobs, and it’s bad news for our environment. Recent years have been good to anti-pipeline activists in Canada but not to the thousands of families put out of work. With US […]

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