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The oil sands aren't dying – and Canada still needs them to thrive

This opinion article from our Stewart Muir was published by The Globe & Mail on Sept. 16, 2020.

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Mass timber becoming must timber

We’ve kept an eye on mass-timber buildings since the Tallwood House student residence at UBC was topped off (in 2016) at a world-record 53 metres and 18 storeys. Resource Works catches up on the latest trends.

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Report finds public trust levels in forestry linked to low awareness

Calling for objective reporting about British Columbia forest management, the old growth study is a call to action for educational efforts to bring context and build understanding.

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Amid COVID-19 economic strains, forest recommendations weigh heavily

NEWS ANALYSIS: Residents of dozens of British Columbia forest communities are on edge. Will the province's most renewable industry be allowed to continue after the release of a new provincial study? Stewart Muir looks at the facts. 

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Task Force raises the bar for envisioning a clean and prosperous future

The Real Jobs, Real Recovery initiative brought together 36 organizations from across Canada to show a leadership path for decision making at the national level.

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National Forest Week: "Healthy Forests, Healthy Future"

British Columbia municipalities including Prince George are declaring National Forest Week Sept. 20-26 locally as the commemoration celebrates 100 years.

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Natural resources? Cut the red tape

One of many things for Ottawa to address as it drafts Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery: red tape.  

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Imagining the future of Canada's oil and gas industry

Building backward, not building back better, is the risk of shunning innovation in the four-fifths of global energy that comes from fossil fuels.

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Rewriting the rules for radicals

Fresh hope for a pandemic playbook for 2021 that will help guide the Canadian energy sector out of today’s doubt and uncertainty.

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Task Force delivers solutions for the future of natural resources in Canada

The Real Jobs, Real Recovery is a national project drawing on the input of organizations representing more than 3 million Canadian workers.

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Recovery strategy: "Focus on the leading economic engines"

It turns out that industries producing the materials at the centre of modern life can be a driving force for economic recovery after the pandemic. Stewart Muir looks at how the new Stronger Tomorrow strategy looks to leverage, and evolve, longstanding job and GDP pillars in the natural resource sector.

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How natural resources can relaunch the Canadian economy

In the COVID-19 recovery phase, natural resources are well-positioned to step in to assume their traditional leadership role in creating wealth and jobs for Canadians, writes economist Philip Cross.

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Old growth, new beginning

The province of British Columbia’s Old Growth Strategic Review tackles head-on an issue that has bedevilled the government for decades: ensuring that the seemingly polarizing values of forest protection and public prosperity can somehow be harmonized. Stewart Muir looks at the issue.

 

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What are the rules for Net Zero?

Strategic assessment of climate change says new Canadian mines, power plants, pipelines and railways will be covered, but lacks details on how changes to them – and the global energy system – will be measured or enforced.

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Real Jobs, Real Recovery: A Task Force for Canada

This month and next, Resource Works is supporting a national effort to recommend the best path forward out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's the latest on our work.

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What’s required for Canadian economy to recover from the pandemic?

The one-word answer is: Jobs. Jobs of all kinds, but most of all we need to see the kind of high-paying, long-lasting jobs typically associated with investments in economic growth potential, writes Stewart Muir. 

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The Green Recovery – and some inconvenient truths

Wishful thinking and empty promises aren’t helping with the needed energy transition. It’s time to turn our minds and our will to the hard work of transformation by mid century based on the realities of our society and our economy, writes Mike Cleland.

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Energy transition: Canada’s policy?

The last crystal ball we had was a kid’s marble from a Christmas cracker. So we’re not about to make our own predictions about the fate of oil. We’ll ignore Green MP Elizabeth May’s silly claim that “oil is dead,” and will look instead at what professional predictors are seeing in their digital crystal balls.

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Legislators get a briefing on the state of the natural resource sector

Resource Works looks at presentations made by forestry, mining, energy and ranching representatives to British Columbia MLAs.

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Some realistic solutions for the future of energy

Eager to move off the full-throttled despair and chastising that boils over in the clash of ideas about energy? Offering insights and practicality while many of us are still cooped up at home, Stewart Muir talks about realistic solutions to the problems we're facing.

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