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'Canada has to compete harder than ever to sell its resources'

The key message to emerge from an energy forum is that the country is at a crossroads: where once we supplied only one customer, now we’re trying to supply the world. It’s a big transition, and it won’t be easy

 

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Northern Gateway poll: What does it mean for environment and jobs?

It’s the undecideds who have it in a survey showing a three-way split in support for the pipeline

 

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Accessing tidewater is key to increasing oil revenue

Compelling evidence from Bloomberg confirms that pipeline expansion in British Columbia is worth tens of billions of dollars to the Canadian economy

 

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BC’s dysfunctional resource debate, Part 3: Action not marketing

Previously in this series, I’ve discussed a few reasons why our public discourse on natural-resource issues has become so dismal

 

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One in 10 Canadians is employed thanks to natural resources (and other neat facts)

According to new figures released by Natural Resources Canada, BC ranks in the middle in terms of both the number of people employed in the sector and its contribution to provincial GDP

 

 

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The 9 Habits of Highly Effective Resource Economies: Lessons for Canada

The Canadian International Council released this whimsically titled but very serious report in 2012. The basic question it asked was: How can the country derive maximum benefit from its tremendous natural advantages?

 

 

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Economy spins around urban log brokers

From his office in New Westminster, Probyn Log vice-president Bill Markvoort is about as far from the woods as you can get, but he is at the hub of a business that keeps the coastal forest industry humming

 

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BC's dysfunctional resource debate, Part 2: It’s our institutions, stupid

This is the second post in a series looking at why our public discourse has become so toxic

 

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How California’s natural gas champion raised the green roof at event

One of the most avidly listened-to speakers at the recent LNG conference in Vancouver was Richard Muller, a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He put natural gas into perspective in terms of climate change and water safety, arguing that it is a 'saviour' fuel

 

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LNG in BC Conference attracting students for education, training and research opportunities

One of the more unexpected sights at the event is the crowds of young people strolling the halls of the Vancouver Convention Centre

 

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Putting Russia's pipeline deal with China into perspective

For more insight, see the commentary piece by Stewart Muir

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New pipeline rules raise pressure on industry to ensure safety

The federal government recently announced new regulations. Here’s a quick breakdown of the main points

 

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Spin-off port spending a boon for city

Three Vancouver-area shipping terminals between them spend nearly $600 million on goods and services in British Columbia, according to figures released today. The impact includes $115 million in the city of Vancouver

 

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Russia pipeline deal underlines high value natural gas has for China

In the 'Power of Siberia' deal announced this week between Russia and China, the parties have been secretive on the exact terms so it is difficult to draw comparisons to other such contracts

 

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BC's dysfunctional resource debate, Part 1: A loss of trust

British Columbians stuck in the middle struggle to decide what to do with natural-resource projects

 

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7 trends that tell the story of BC mining

Despite tough financial times, the sector remains busy. Company revenues have been hit hard by falling global prices for key commodities, leading to a sharp drop in profits. And yet, employment and mine output keep growing, suggesting that miners are focused on building assets for a future upswing

 

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Why think-tank rates BC highly

The reason the province got a B grade for economic performance from the Conference Board of Canada is largely due to the health of its natural-resource sector

 

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Resources: taking inventory of the economic benefits

In the conversations series for this week, Resource Works and The Province talk to Liliana Arias, purchasing manager for venerable Vancouver retailer Fontile Corp, and discuss its connection to natural resource trade

 

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Mining industry 'a prime candidate for innovation'

In a series of stories marking Mining Week, Resource Works takes a look at what the sector means for Metro Vancouver’s economy

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