Attracting job-creating investments to British Columbia requires putting out a welcome mat. It should come as no surprise when hostile messages are taken at face value, and investors head for the hills.
Escalating devastation in the British Columbia Interior is creating widespread hardship. Through this testing time, we should also be thinking about future-proofing the province's people and resources, since the problems aren't going away.
It's time to explode the carefully nurtured myth that British Columbia residents are opposed to the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion and Site C. That just ain't so, according to a new poll from the Angus Reid Institute.
Can British Columbia prosperity be saved from a slate of policies designed specifically to drive natural resource investment out of the province? As investors' hands tighten around their wallets, one thing is clear: the work of our movement has scarcely begun.
The BC NDP has promised to review natural gas fracking and what it calls subsidies, while the BC Greens campaigned to ban the use of any kind of fossil fuels. Davie Higgins looks at why some residents of BC's north east region, including Tyler Kosick, are concerned.
Canada's Aboriginal people consistently speak of their quest for a successful future. Now there is fresh evidence to show that they are twice as likely as non-Aboriginals to find that future through work in natural resource fields.
For those in the natural resource fields, it can prove incredibly challenging to demonstrate to others – like city residents – the positive impact that rural and out-of-sight industrial activities have on the economy. Check out how the Copper Mountain Mine is working to overcome that.
In communities across British Columbia, Resource Works is part of an emerging movement in support of getting past today's natural resource conflicts. We are also helping keep decision makers abreast of important developments in recognizing the essential role of natural resources in the economy.
The central role of natural resources in British Columbia life is reflected in the province's general election results. What are the lessons for those of us working toward broader consensus on what will surely be a resource-intensive future? Stewart Muir looks at the landscape.