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Future of Site C question is a query about the future of society itself

A new study that says stop building the clean-energy mega project is based on two assumptions – low commodity prices lasting forever, and revolutionary energy technologies "just around the corner". Stewart Muir analyzes the study, which was authored by longstanding project opponents.

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MYTH BUSTER: How do we get the most out of our natural resources?

Doesn't it seem like common sense that the smartest thing to do to strengthen our economy is make finished products? Donald Trump might have made this idea work for him. But the Smiley Curve shows why a strong resource economy like British Columbia should be realistic about manufacturing.

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Here's what we need to know about competitiveness in the carbon pricing era

Carbon pricing in individual Canadian provinces—if not matched by equivalent carbon prices in other jurisdictions—can potentially create competitiveness pressures on individual economic sectors. Check out the Ecofiscal Commission's findings on this issue.

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MYTH BUSTER: The joint panel reviewing Site C actually found much to like about the dam project

Supporters of clean energy investment were backed by the findings of a 2014 joint federal-provincial panel on the Site C dam project.

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Local leaders find paths toward balanced understanding of mining

Opinions vary by region when it comes to mineral exploration and mine development. Courtesy of Mineral Exploration magazine, here's the experience of three British Columbia communities. 

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ATTENTION POLITICAL CANDIDATES: Growing the resource economy = more jobs

A recent Ipsos Reid poll for Resource Works confirmed that 83% of British Columbia residents equate natural resources with opportunity. And they are right to do so. Check out the stunning diversity of good jobs that come from a healthy resource sector.

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"Where does your money sleep?" First Nations panelists challenge B.C. businesses at Nation2Nation Forum in Vancouver

Initially established in North East British Columbia, the forum was in Vancouver for the first time. Mission: to bring together those interested in pursuing and supporting First Nations business opportunities.

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Thanks to you, we've hit a new milestone

The idea of a research group dedicated to building solid information, broader understanding, and a supportive movement wasn’t novel in 2014 when Resource Works came onto the scene.

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Who decides our energy future?

At a conference in Ottawa this week, Resource Works joined a conversation about the ability of Canada to attract investment and foster innovation.

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NGRAIN technology gives "super hero powers" to people

Using 3D scanners and laser scanning measurement devices, workers can scan a piece of equipment, feed the data into the NGRAIN platform and have it automatically identify problems. Naturally_Resourceful_logo.png

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Here's the simple, non-partisan truth about crude oil: exporting it is how Canada pays the rent

Politics has absolutely nothing to do with the urgent necessity to build pipelines, like the Kinder Morgan expansion, to tidewater.

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Because of the resource economy, high tech jobs are going from strength to strength

In the quest for resource innovation, high technology is creating jobs and building the green economy.

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At the nexus of high tech and natural resources

To mark the British Columbia Tech Summit, Resource Works is looking at how foundational industries are at the leading edge of innovation.

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MYTH BUSTERS: Why building the bridge to our energy future is not as easy as it might appear

In part 2 of the Myth Busters series, we look at some of the challenges facing those committed to cleaner ways to power society

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Disruptive innovation comes to mining

As the global mining industry struggles to break through all kinds of limitations, disruptive innovation strategies are suddenly in vogue.

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The bottom line on pipelines and hot commodities

Exports, primarily in natural resources, are how we pay for needed imports: economist Patricia Mohr

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Think again about natural resources

With future prosperity at stake, it's time to ask whether some of the things we think we know about natural resources are even true. 

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MYTH BUSTERS: Here's why log exports do not cost BC jobs

It's common to hear that selling logs to foreign countries is bad for British Columbia jobs. In fact, precisely the opposite is true. Stewart Muir explodes the myth in these six charts that take a long-term view of the evidence. 

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