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Want to afford Vancouver housing? Aim for a well-paying job in natural resources

Although we constantly hear about the scenic city's affordability problem, almost never are its embarrassingly low salaries flagged as a causative factor.

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Federal move to buy oil pipeline reflects global trend

A report from the International Energy Agency suggests that Canada's $4.5 billion Trans Mountain purchase may be more typical than critics of the deal have maintained.

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Once again, majority of Top 100 B.C. companies are in resources

The idea that natural resources are receding as the driver of the provincial economy proves to be just as mythical as ever. Forestry, mining and other sectors are going from strength to strength.

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Meet the radical oil pipeline opposer who (quietly) owns a gas station

EXCLUSIVE: Eco-activist group Greenpeace invested in a protest scheme to sow the image of indigenous resistance to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. New revelations deal the credibility of Kanahus Manuel, the militant face of Tiny House Warriors, and Greenpeace, a serious blow, claims Stewart Muir.

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Why we're taking such pride in Canadian resources

Why are we suddenly acting ashamed or embarrassed at Canada’s abundant crude oil, natural gas, pulp and paper, lumber, potash, water, coal, land, and base metal resources? Energy executive Paul Colborne makes an eloquent case for getting past those feelings.

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No easy out: climate action's tough and necessary decisions

Acting to reduce emissions means that everybody must sacrifice some degree of unrestrained consumption of hydrocarbons. The question is, will Canadians embrace cross-Canada carbon pricing, which is set to start in 2019? Margareta Dovgal looks at the issue.

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Environmental advocate urges scrapping professional reliance system

Forestry, mining and business groups were quick off the mark with strong criticisms of a British Columbia review calling for a costly overhaul of how foresters, geoscientists, engineers and other professionals are governed. Stewart Muir looks at the issue. 

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Stress alert: Salmon farming's new uncertainty has broad implications

Potential chaos in British Columbia's largest agriculture sector means we need to get back to the basics of trust and collaboration, and deal with the reality of differing opinions and uncertain evidence. Stewart Muir looks at the situation.

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Are "subsidies" an actual problem in British Columbia oil & gas?

It's not uncommon to hear critics decrying fossil fuel subsidies as a giveaway to the petroleum industry. When we went looking for them in British Columbia, we found a different story. 

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Elizabeth May's criminal contempt action "extremely dangerous": former Supreme Court justice

Two MPs who defied a judicial order using the excuse of "social justice" forgot their role as political leaders. Ian Binnie spoke out on the practice at the Law Society of BC's Rule of Law lecture.

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Funding the transition to the green economy with billions of dollars in tax revenues

Funding the transition to the green economy is possible, but it will cost money. First in a series on the economic impacts of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. By Don Hauka.

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Unlocking potential of salmon farming depends on crucial decisions

Sharing a vision for the future is the way forward for coastal aquaculture, writes Stewart Muir.

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What good is environmental idealism anyways?

As I see it, writes Margareta Dovgal, the greatest challenge in facilitating a constructive dialogue across Canada on the role of natural resources is in bridging knowledge and perspective gaps.

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Resources: the source of BC's prosperity

Margareta Dovgal shares her thoughts on a weekend roadtrip from Vancouver to Smithers, and back again. 

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May 26 is rally day for a strong Canada

Residents of several British Columbia communities will rally on Saturday, May 26 in defence of a strong Canada. Details here.

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Why you should be concerned about Canada's economic path

A record trade deficit shows Canada is not keeping up. Can we get our crude oil to new markets in time to reverse this growing trend? Maybe, but it will take a pipeline.

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Salmon farming has a key role to play in protecting wild fish

Although you might not know it from coverage in some media of late, salmon farming is one of the greenest and most sustainable rural industries that British Columbia has going for it. Stewart Muir looks at the situation.

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Federal government has no choice but to hold its nose and invest in Trans Mountain expansion

There are rare moments when Canada’s federal government must step outside its normal way of doing business for the good of the nation. Now is such a moment. 

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Not too late for Trudeau to spare First Nations unwanted impacts of Bill C-69

Improve Canada's energy project process as needed, argue these experts, but be cautious with federal legislation that puts energy security at risk.

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In search of policy coherence in Canadian carbon taxation

Stewart Muir, Resource Works executive director, delivered this talk at Mining Week 2018 in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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