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November 18, 2021 | With the Stroke of a Pen, an Industry is Gone

British Columbia officials ignored scientists’ advice in decision to eradicate the $12-million-a-year mink farming industry located in the Fraser Valley. Stewart Muir looks at the situation. Above: Dogwood Fur Farms animal husbandry specialist Gloria will be losing her job after 20 years because Agriculture Minister Lana Popham ignored scientific panel advice and bowed instead to […]

October 1, 2021 | Just Transition: Are Canadians Ready for Lower Living Standards?

New Resource Works report studies the potential impact of the federal government’s just transition policy framework, inviting readers to submit feedback. Advocacy groups, political leaders, and government officials are proposing unprecedented interventions in the Canadian energy sector. The goal? To deliberately “phase out” coal, oil, and gas. Yet, recognizing the devastating economic impact on energy […]

September 29, 2021 | Workers at Risk from New Tactics by Pressure Groups

For more than a year, a small band of protesters has tried to force an abrupt change of direction in British Columbia’s forest policy. After burning through public resources to stage illegal antics in the forest near Fairy Creek, the blockaders are turning to potentially lethal tactics that place workers, first responders, and themselves in […]

September 27, 2021 | Canada at a Hinge Point on Energy and Climate

Progress has been made, but will the country be able to bend its emissions curve downwards and capitalize on its energy potential? Monica Gattinger offers five recommendations.   Canadians see much the same picture in Parliament as they did when they voted: a minority Liberal government with the Conservatives in official opposition, and both the […]

September 12, 2021 | “Grandfather Tree” on the Chopping Block? No, it is in a Protected Area

The large cedar tree, located near a major forestry road west of Victoria, B.C., was affectionately dubbed Grandfather Tree by individuals trying to block access to a large swathe of the working forest. Stewart Muir provides the facts. A large western red cedar tree located in the Fairy Creek area where blockaders have spent the […]

September 10, 2021 | Former BC Green Party Leader Calls out Fairy Creek Blockade Actions

Andrew Weaver notes that the party has moved to the far left since his departure, and today’s activists do not serve their own cause when all they do is criticize. UVic professor Andrew Weaver has levelled an unexpected critique at an ongoing anti-forestry blockade in the woods west of Victoria. It’s a surprise because the […]

September 6, 2021 | Off to Sea, with LNG

Delta’s new Tilbury LNG facilities are exactly what the city needs. One of BC Ferries’ new LNG-powered Salish class vessels. Another day, another protest. This time at FortisBC’s Tilbury liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Delta, where protestors objected to the proposed expansion. One of the proposed projects, The Tilbury Pacific Marine Jetty, would support LNG fuelling […]

August 22, 2021 | Old growth forest – cherished, abundant and growing fast

At Resource Works, we’re always looking to uncover the facts about complex and challenging science issues. What we have discovered about the vigorously debated issue of old growth forests in British Columbia might come as a surprise. With daily reports in the news media about colourful protests against logging of “British Columbia’s last old growth […]

August 16, 2021 | Facts are the First Casualties of BC’s New War in the Woods

Sitting in a downtown highrise, it’s easy to say “don’t cut the trees”. But taking away logging would have a massive impact on communities and First Nations, says Nicola Dixon.   I am a registered professional forester in BC and proud of it. BC is a world leader in sustainable forest management, backed by rigorous […]

August 13, 2021 | Brave Experiment Powers BC Resource Community

BC businessman teams up with Bitcoin miner, Iris Energy, to revive the fortunes of resource-based communities in Western Canada with renewable energy. Fabian Dawson, with Mata Press Service, reports. BC businessman Brian Fehr receiving the gift of an otter from Yaqan Nukiy Nasukin Jason Louie after Iris Energy recently pledged $500,000 annually to four local […]

August 11, 2021 | LNG Isn’t Dead Yet

BC’s LNG era is far from over. Those seeking its demise would have better luck finding the Holy Grail. If you had the misfortune of reading a recent article in the National Observer heralding the end of LNG, you might be reminded of that famous scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Many of the same […]

August 10, 2021 | The Pipeline Protest Built

What does it look like when a major infrastructure project is hardened in the crucible of years of intense public scrutiny? The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project—the $7 billion oil pipeline twinning from Edmonton to Vancouver—might go down in history as a design affected as much by its engineers as by the environmental activists who […]

July 22, 2021 | Are Canadians Ready to Transition to a Lower Standard of Living?

If we’re serious about both climate change and having a functioning economy, great care will be needed in crafting “just transition” imperatives. Stewart Muir explains why. With the federal government now talking about “just transition” as a legislative and policy framework for re-doing the Canadian economy, anyone with a point of view on this topic […]

July 21, 2021 | BC Salmon Farms: What’s Next?

The phrase “like a fish out of water” is taking on new meaning, thanks to what is sure to be an unnecessary and awkward transition away from open-net salmon farming in BC’s coastal waters. The arbitrary decision by Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan to close 19 salmon farms in BC’s Discovery Islands area has taken another […]

July 14, 2021 | BC’s Carbon Tax is Worse Than You Think

If one carbon tax kept workers from driving to their jobs, another is driving jobs from workers, Josiah Haynes writes. Not that long ago, as the federal government pushed ahead with plans for a national carbon backstop, one minister of cabinet took it upon himself to give the grumblers some advice: Can’t afford the skyrocketing cost […]

July 12, 2021 | The Oil-Gas Subsidies That Aren’t

A new report claims Canada’s oil and gas pipelines received over $23 billion in federal subsidies. But is that really true? A remote northern community has no effective way of generating power other than using a diesel-fuelled generator provided by government. Now: Is that a subsidy to the oil industry? Some of the anti-petroleum activists […]

July 3, 2021 | Digging for the Future

The world is electrifying. And it’s looking to BC to supply the metals and minerals it needs. With all the focus on well-funded protesters seeking noisily to block, and then end, logging of old-growth trees in BC, another BC natural-resource sector has been quietly getting on with its productive work and its contribution to our […]

June 26, 2021 | Activists Seeking to Protect Canada’s Old-Growth Forest Say They are Aligned with First Nations. Is That Really True?

By protesting in places they’re not wanted, conservationists are being called out by Indigenous leaders like Huu-ay-aht Chief Dennis for exemplifying the colonial approach taken by their forebears, writes Rochelle Baker. Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. is blunt in his assessment of old-growth activists in southwestern Vancouver Island who remain in First Nations’ territories […]

June 25, 2021 | The Methuselah Myth and the Future of B.C. Forestry

How did our understanding of forestry get so mangled? And how we can restore knowledge about a way of life that sustains communities and healthy ecosystems? Stewart Muir looks at the situation. A number of years ago, foresters with the B.C. Ministry of Forests Research Program were puzzled that an area known to be highly […]

June 22, 2021 | From Forestry to Aquaculture: The Need for Economic Reconciliation

Whether at Fairy Creek or Discovery Islands, economic reconciliation has never been so timely. Resource Works intern Oscar Judelson-Kelly explores. As the summer of 2021 unfolds, the need for reconciliation with Indigenous communities has never been so important. The Fairy Creek blockade reached new heights in its protest against the logging of old growth forests on Vancouver […]

June 17, 2021 | Old Growth Forests in British Columbia: A Citizen’s Guide

As anarchists, actors and pressure groups descend on the B.C. Coast to create a high-emotion summer drama they hope will affect our laws and way of life, let’s pause for a moment to think and reflect. What is old growth? Is news of its demise greatly exaggerated? What’s the right way to push back against misinformation? What […]

June 11, 2021 | Why the Cancellation of Keystone is Bad for the Climate, The Environment and Canada

As TC Energy officially abandons Keystone, scientist Blair King argues canceling Keystone neither reduces emissions nor Albertan oil production. By now we all know that President Biden has cancelled the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. Needless to say, climate activists gleefully celebrated the decision. But, as I pointed out, cancelling KXL will not […]

June 10, 2021 | Get Past The Slogans: What You Need To Know About Old Growth

When advocates call for ending “old growth logging,” what do they mean? And why is it being logged? A forestry worker gets past the rhetoric. It’s perfectly reasonable to be against logging certain areas and advocate for an expansion of protected forests. Perhaps you even hold a stance against old growth logging, based solely on […]

June 2, 2021 | Top 5 Forestry Facts That Anti-Logging Protesters Would Prefer You Don’t Think About

As British Columbians are bombarded with emotional claims about old growth forest practices, the trained professionals who work in the field see a very different picture. Stewart Muir examines the facts. Got a forest question? Ask a forester While news media outlets continue the daily pilgrimage out to Fairy Creek to see what fresh and […]

May 29, 2021 | What a Viral Photo Tells Us (and doesn’t tell us) About a Big Log on a Truck

Sometimes an image comes along that seems to encapsulate a moment in time – an iconic photo like an exuberant couple kissing on VJ-Day in Times Square, or a politician fumbling a football on the campaign trail. Stewart Muir looks at one interesting picture. The story behind the story To a great many social media […]

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