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Green pressure on Canada escalating, rapidly

So supporters of a big shift to "green" are putting heat on our federal government to turn Canada into a shiny world leader for renewable energy, now that “oil is dead.” They promote it to Ottawa as a part of the new normal they want to follow the COVID-19 pandemic. But does this logic make sense?

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Questions abound in fate of Wet'suwet'en governance

Non-Indigenous elected officials are staying quiet about a title deal made with a small group of unelected hereditary chiefs, despite calls for transparency from elected Wet'suwet'en chiefs. What's really going on in this challenging situation? Stewart Muir, who travelled widely in the affected areas earlier this year, weighs the facts so far.

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Four things that District of Squamish councillors are getting wrong about Woodfibre LNG

Pushed by anti-LNG pressure groups, District of Squamish councillors have decided to offer their own response to emissions reduction guidelines set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), urging the BC Environmental Assessment Office to refuse a five-year environmental certificate extension for the $1.6 billion Woodfibre LNG project. The councillors supporting this motion are getting a couple of things very wrong.

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An unlikely fan base for Michael Moore's latest documentary, Planet of the Humans

A recent documentary backed by filmmaker Michael Moore and directed by Jeff Gibbs, Planet of the Humans, has received effusive praise from the most surprising of audiences. Moore, of course, is known for pointed critiques of capitalism and American politics. Yet oil- & gas-loving conservatives are among the film’s most vocal champions on social media. What gives?

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CHARTS: A timely reminder of what natural resources do for Canada

With humanity demanding products like masks, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, reliable 24/7 fuels and medical products based on plastic and metal, there's no getting away from it: the world needs Canada's resources. And herein lies the solution for troubled times.

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One year of delay adds $812 million to a Canadian pipeline's costs: study

Unrecoverable personnel and overhead costs make up 90 per cent of losses due to regulatory delays. 

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Double testing – blood and saliva – is the quickest way Canadians can get back to normal for as long as we are without a coronavirus vaccine

NEWS ANALYSIS: Health Canada has yet to approve a single blood test despite having 34 products under review, writes Stewart Muir. A faster approach that protects health is needed.

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Innovation and regulatory certainty will be central to restarting Canada's economy post-COVID-2019

Stewart Muir and Margareta Dovgal look at emerging ideas for a strong recovery from the pandemic.

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Critical thinking matters amid calls for folding up Canada's oil & gas sector

Renewables-only advocates have seized upon the pandemic as a way to pressure federal politicians into using their powers to deep-six Canada’s domestic oil and gas industry, writes Stewart Muir.

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How the Natural Runners brought a light touch to the story of natural resources

The annual Vancouver Sun Run attracts 50,000 entrants each April for a festive 10 km race. Sadly, in 2020 there won't be a race due to the pandemic. However, here's some good news.

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Notes from Flight 163, the oil sands shuttle from Toronto to Edmonton

"On a recent Monday morning, I found myself on Air Canada Flight 163 from Toronto Pearson to Edmonton," writes Stewart Muir. "As the plane loaded, I began to sense there was something not so regular about the passengers boarding the Airbus 320 for a regularly scheduled flight."

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Resource sector finds ways to carry on despite COVID-19 crisis

But government support needed to weather the storm. Don Hauka filed this report assessing the status of natural resource projects underway in British Columbia.

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Health authority monitoring on-leave employee heading up taxpayer-funded protest camp

A British Columbia civil servant has a surprising second job – she is a director at the Unist'ot'en camp originally created to block any pipeline that might be planned for a North West corridor. Her government employer is monitoring the situation, just weeks after $400,000 in public funding was announced for the camp. Veteran journalist Stewart Muir assembled a number of facts about the situation.

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Another century, another pipeline

In 1956, the Liberal government of Louis St. Laurent was tasked with defending the decision to establish a Crown Corporation in order to build the Trans-Canada Pipeline. Sound familiar?

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Who’s “right” on the CGL pipeline?

Thoughtful and intelligent views do exist on the natural gas project across British Columbia's north. Many others are stunningly simplistic, and are often emotional, and/or romanticized. Others are outright racist.

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Resource Labour Market Information Report 2020

Report will identify job growth in forestry, mining and mineral exploration, oil and gas extraction including liquefied natural gas, paper manufacturing, primary metal products, resource-based construction, utilities and wood product manufacturing in British Columbia.

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Start 2020 right with January 14 must-attend conference

Historic changes to British Columbia’s legal system are now in place that will affect how business is done in the province. And, soon, across Canada. It's a step forward for Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Don't be left out: attend this event January 14 to know what's in store for 2020.

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New Frontier for the oilsands

There’s a constant lack of long-term thinking, and business basics, on the part of so many vocal opponents of major resource projects.

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Declaration of rights opens the door to billions in First Nations partnerships

The benefits to First Nations that participate more fully in the B.C. economy will be measured in billions of dollars. A win-win result will create society-wide benefits. A full-day gathering in Vancouver on January 14, 2020 will look at how a new legal landscape will affect this trend.

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FORESTRY CRISIS: Messages for community leaders

From the Interior to the Island to Metro Vancouver and its suburbs, British Columbia forest workers are facing the biggest threat in decades.

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