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May 28, 2021 | Canadians View Natural Resources as an Important Pathway to Indigenous Economic Development: New Poll

  Western Canadians lead the country in understanding the importance of responsible resources for Indigenous economic development. But more work is needed to tell the story of how Canadian natural resource and energy companies have transformed partnerships with Indigenous communities. A newly released Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Resource Works and the Indigenous Partnership Success Showcase (IPSS) demonstrated that […]

May 27, 2021 | Natural Resources are More than 50% of BC’s Economic Base. Surprised?

An economic study shows that British Columbia’s endowment of natural resources remains a primary source of the province’s wealth. Neglecting the health of these industries would come at the cost of our standard of living. A population of 5 million could not efficiently produce all the products that are standard features of a modern standard of living […]

May 26, 2021 | Where is Canada’s “Just Transition”?

With thousands of jobs on the line and challenges meeting its net-zero emissions goals, Canada needs to get serious. That means being realistic, and it means having a plan for energy workers. Laid-off energy workers. Photo from MyMcMurray As the world slowly transitions to renewable energy, what will happen to oil and gas workers in Canada? […]

May 24, 2021 | How Canada can be a leader in the new global net zero pathway

The International Energy Agency has examined what exactly the phrase net zero by 2050 means in practical terms. Stewart Muir takes a close look. How could Canada go ahead and lead with the new net-zero approach? The concept is outlined in a report from the International Energy Agency issued in May 2021. Th It turns out to be a goal of staggering difficulty. Yet, with a […]

May 22, 2021 | Sorting Fact From Fiction: BC Forest Conservation

British Columbia has suffered from division and radicalism fueled by misinformation. But when it comes to caring for our environment and respecting workers, sensationalism fails where facts succeed. On May 20th, Resource Works released Forestry in BC: Setting the Record Straight. The following article is an excerpt from that report, which was first introduced here. Is BC in […]

May 21, 2021 | Forestry in BC: Setting the Record Straight

Are BC’s forests in a state of crisis? This new Resource Works report responds to the rhetoric coming out of Fairy Creek and anti-logging activists.   Resource Works presents its latest report, Forestry in BC: Setting the record straight. The report brings together Resource Works’ earlier articles on Fairy Creek and new research on forest conservation […]

May 12, 2021 | 12 Trends That Foretell The Future of Energy

What does the smart money think about the intertwined issues of energy and climate? An annual investor report with insights from a Canadian expert reveals some interesting trends in 2021. Why decarbonization is taking so long? How is it that wind and solar power reach new heights every year but still represent just 5% of global […]

May 9, 2021 | Mining for a Sustainable Future

Canada has an opportunity to provide the sustainably sourced materials for electric vehicles, batteries, wind turbines, and solar panels that the world needs, Margareta Dovgal tells a House of Commons Committee. While hydro-carbons will be needed for many years, the world is slowly electrifying. Despite existing challenges, innovators are creating new and continually improving electric […]

May 4, 2021 | Energy Security and the Road to Net Zero by 2050

Canada is diversifying energy sources. But reaching net zero also requires energy availability and affordability writes Dr. Monica Gattinger.   February’s power outage in Texas was a devastating reminder of the importance of energy security. Like the ubiquity of electricity in our lives, we don’t realize how pivotal energy security is until we don’t have […]

April 30, 2021 | Energy Regulator Approves Trans Mountain’s Request for Insurer Confidentiality

The Canadian Energy Regulator’s April 29th announcement is good news for Canadian energy and the integrity of the public process, writes Josiah Haynes.   After nine years of painstaking scrutiny, divisive debate, and dramatic if not disingenuous protest, Canadians could be forgiven for asking: “Why are we still talking about Trans Mountain’s Expansion Project?” As we […]

April 29, 2021 | Don’t Ban Plastics, Recycle Them

Inspired by BC’s model, Elena Mantagaris says Canada needs a national recycling program to boost jobs and the green economy.   The federal government is pressing on with a ban on some single-use plastics by the end of this year, covering such things as plastic grocery bags, straws, and food packaging. British Columbia has already approved bans on […]

April 23, 2021 | RNG: Opportunity in Unlikely Places

BC has a lot of waste. But thanks to local innovators, BC companies are finding a way to use that waste to bring down emissions and supply renewable natural gas. Pete Schouten (pictured) of Fraser Valley Biogas, a facility in Abbotsford, BC that turns waste into natural gas. Photo from Spudsmart. With the push for decarbonization, […]

April 22, 2021 | What British Columbia’s Budget Tells Us About Resources and Reconciliation

Numbers show how the province’s forest sector is quietly the biggest contributor to the hopes and dreams of First Nations. The April 20, 2021 budget reveals that over the next four years, government revenues from British Columbia’s forest sector will provide significant funds for advancing First Nations reconciliation. Over the four years to 2023/24, the […]

April 21, 2021 | Budget 2021 and natural resources

From R&D to low emission fuels and national trade corridors, Budget 2021 means big things for natural resources, says Margareta Dovgal. Following the release of the federal budget, Resource Works published a thread of analysis on points relating to natural resources, edited below. Resource Works is pleased to see many items relating to recommendations provided by the Task […]

April 19, 2021 | Nuclear Power for Canada, IKEA-Style

With immeasurable amounts of energy and zero CO2 emissions, it’s nuclear’s moment, says Resource Minister Seamus O’Regan. Canada has long been a leader in nuclear power. But with emerging 21st-century nuclear technologies, Canada is talking nuclear-generated electricity in a way it never has. We now generate some 15% of our power from nuclear reactors, with 18 in […]

April 15, 2021 | What Happens if Canada Loses an Oil Pipeline?

A Parliamentary committee has looked at what would happen if the United States goes through with Michigan’s threat to cripple the Canadian economy by unilaterally shutting down the Line 5 pipeline. It might sound like a scenario from Ukraine-Russian relations, but in fact it is happening right here, right now on the world’s longest undefended […]

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 […]

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