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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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REALITY CHECK: Guess who's got the most to lose from rash decisions on economic recovery?

We’re at a moment of economic stress, with competing visions for how Canadian society should return to normalcy through the pandemic crisis. Stewart Muir looks at the situation. 

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Coming up: BC’s cleanest LNG

Look out. Look ’way out. And stop looking at today’s depressed spot prices in a rocky world market that’s too full of surplus LNG. Look instead to, say, 2024-2025 - which is where the investors in Woodfibre LNG and LNG Canada are looking.

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Fighting fear and uncertainty in the economic recovery

The coronavirus pandemic represents the largest disruption of BC’s labour market in our history. Uncertainty and fear among many businesses, workers, customers and the general public about the continuing pandemic affects how we grasp the new normal and move beyond the crisis. Human resources expert Kerry Jothen weighs in.

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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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