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With the stroke of a pen, an industry is gone

British Columbia officials ignored scientists' advice in decision to eradicate the $12-million-a-year mink farming industry located in the Fraser Valley. Stewart Muir looks at the situation.

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From Ottawa to Glasgow

Breaking down Canada's new Cabinet and COP26 with Margareta Dovgal and Josiah Haynes.

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Workers at risk from new tactics by pressure groups

For more than a year, a small band of protesters has tried to force an abrupt change of direction in British Columbia's forest policy. After burning through public resources to stage illegal antics in the forest near Fairy Creek, the blockaders are turning to potentially lethal tactics that place workers, first responders, and themselves in physical danger.

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Canada at a hinge point on energy and climate

Progress has been made, but will the country be able to bend its emissions curve downwards and capitalize on its energy potential? Monica Gattinger offers five recommendations.

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Why skyrocketing natural gas prices spur BC’s LNG prospects

The cost of energy is tied to the soaring cost of living, writes Stewart Muir.

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Off to sea, with LNG

Delta's new Tilbury LNG facilities are exactly what the city needs.

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A gameplan for economic recovery

We have the tools to build back better. Let's use them.

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LNG isn't dead yet

BC's LNG era is far from over. Those seeking its demise would have better luck finding the Holy Grail.

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The pipeline protest built

What does it look like when a major infrastructure project is hardened in the crucible of years of intense public scrutiny?

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Are Canadians ready to transition to a lower standard of living?

If we're serious about both climate change and having a functioning economy, great care will be needed in crafting "just transition" imperatives. Stewart Muir explains why.

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BC salmon farms: What’s next?

The phrase "like a fish out of water" is taking on new meaning, thanks to what is sure to be an unnecessary and awkward transition away from open-net salmon farming in BC's coastal waters.

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BC’s carbon tax is worse than you think

If one carbon tax kept workers from driving to their jobs, another is driving jobs from workers, Josiah Haynes writes.

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The oil-gas subsidies that aren’t

A new report claims Canada's oil and gas pipelines received over $23 billion in federal subsidies. But is that really true? 

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Digging for the future

The world is electrifying. And it's looking to BC to supply the metals and minerals it needs. 

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From forestry to aquaculture: the need for economic reconciliation

Whether at Fairy Creek or Discovery Islands, economic reconciliation has never been so timely. Resource Works intern Oscar Judelson-Kelly explores.

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Get past the slogans: what you need to know about old growth

When advocates call for ending “old growth logging,” what do they mean? And why is it being logged? A forestry worker gets past the rhetoric.

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Top 5 forestry facts that anti-logging protesters would prefer you don't think about

As British Columbians are bombarded with emotional claims about old growth forest practices, the trained professionals who work in the field see a very different picture. Stewart Muir examines the facts.

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What a viral photo tells us (and doesn't tell us) about a big log on a truck

Sometimes an image comes along that seems to encapsulate a moment in time – an iconic photo like an exuberant couple kissing on VJ-Day in Times Square, or a politician fumbling a football on the campaign trail. Stewart Muir looks at one interesting picture.

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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.

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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.

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