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Mining and the green economy

Radical improvements needed for metal mining to impact climate change as much as it needs to in coming decades.

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The City of Richmond's contorted relationship with fossil fuels

After voting to sue fuel companies for their role in climate change, local officials signed off on a jet-fuel pipeline project that will create decades of emissions. Awkward? Stewart Muir looks at the issue.

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How things were made right after the Mount Polley spill

Dr. 'Lyn Anglin, founding president and CEO of Geoscience BC, takes a look at what happened at the British Columbia copper and gold mine after its 2014 tailings accident.

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Another shipload of Canadian heavy oil sails for China

Despite some myths, crude oil from the Alberta oil sands has a ready market across the Pacific, writes Stewart Muir.

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Why I work in oil and gas – a personal narrative

Deidra Garyk is a Canadian energy advocate based in Calgary.  

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The shame "is on us" if we don't grasp opportunity

Agri-foods visionary Murad Al-Katib – Saskatchewan's lentil king – shared advice on pursuing resource options with Stewart Muir of Resource Works.

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Saskatchewan's resource reliance facing "unnecessary uncertainty"

Bronwyn Eyre, the province's minister of energy and resources, expressed frustration about constraints facing forestry, mining and energy opportunities. 

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Regional Canadian, U.S. policy leaders gather to scope out economic future

Resource Works is among sixty non-governmental organizations attending the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) 2019 summit, being held in Saskatoon July 21-25.

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The 1990s image of high cost, high emissions Canadian fossil fuels is now completely out of date

TRANSCRIPT: Canadian oil & gas should be on the global market, because greenhouse gas emissions will go down when Canadian products replace competing fuels from any other source in the world. Steve Laut of Canadian Natural Resources explained this trend.

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Swapping dirty cooking fuels for natural gas & LNG shows life-saving results

If all of India's households transitioned to clean fuels, 13% of premature mortality could be averted from the reduction in ambient pollution, says a recent study.

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How Resource Works became a Top 50 energy influencer in just five years

A consortium of Canadian universities including UVic and the University of Alberta, backed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, ranked our not-for-profit as one of the country's 50 most serious voices to be reckoned with in 2019. 

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Reports & Series

REPORT: Measuring the impact of natural resources on PNWER economies

Statistical data and information is essential for making informed decisions about natural resources. Here's our take on how some provinces, territories, and states in the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region are treating the issue - and how they can improve.

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How the Trans Mountain expansion will make Vancouver more affordable

The fact that British Columbia residents pay more in road fuel tax than just about anywhere in North America is a deliberate policy to reduce consumption and GHG emissions. 

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Vancouver’s council should examine other Canadian cities before committing to climate lawsuits

Last week, Vancouver City Council voted in favour of a motion to set the city on a path to pursue a lawsuit against major energy producers in an attempt to hold them liable for climate-change related damages. Stewart Muir analyses the situation and offers a way forward

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Universities fund $4.5 million fishing expedition to expose "conflicts of interest and malfeasance", but come up dry

The University of Victoria found $730,000 to be part of a $4.5 million, publicly funded corporate smear campaign against energy professionals. The end product is an amateurish grab bag of inaccurate information, writes Stewart Muir

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LNG offers massive advantages for the evolving global energy mix

If you have to burn a fossil fuel for power or heat, natural gas should be the first choice. Energy specialist Ian King makes the case for liquefied natural gas from British Columbia.

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Summer reading for resource people

Some books to haul to the cabin, mountaintop or beach this summer

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Blackwater mine means decades of high-paying jobs

New gold and silver mine in central British Columbia will contribute to social and economic well-being locally and in the entire province through expenditures on labour, goods, and services. 

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Getting over the rhetorical yelling on climate

Agriculture, air, fish, hydro, land, minerals, natural gas, oil, seafood, solar, water, wind, wood...there is no nation on earth blessed with a greater variety and abundance of natural resources than Canada.

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Why sustainably managed forests mean green jobs

Resource Works caught up with Jessica Kaknevicius (pictured), vice president of community engagement, Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Project Learning Tree Canada, to hear about innovation and new ideas in forestry.

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Trans Mountain: Reflections on a polarizing decision

Ignorance is what I kept encountering in my quest to understand the validity of the opposition against Trans Mountain, says writer Paula Arab.

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With a decision made on TMX, we can get back to building the country we want

After years of rhetoric and politics it is time to get the Trans Mountain project done. Stewart Muir, executive director of Resource Works, explains why.

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IPSOS POLL: Most British Columbians agree Trans Mountain pipeline expansion needs to get underway

After years of rhetoric and politics, it is time to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project done, writes Stewart Muir, Executive Director of Resource Works.

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North Vancouver residents hear from Resource Works

Resource Works head greets residents at public library, discusses pipeline issues alongside Sophie Harrison of the Dogwood Initiative

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Golden story for golden years: Canada Pension Plan’s heavy resource reliance

4.7 million CPP pensioners have investments in resource and resource-supporting business to thank. 

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Anti-LNG campaign funding linked to ‘serial mine discoverer’

Strange anomalies highlight a donation campaign aimed at preventing adoption of the world's most sought-after clean energy alternative, reports Grant Warkentin.

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Resource champion Richard Neufeld: Thank you for your service

As British Columbia's Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources from 2001 to 2009, Senator Richard Neufeld was on the job as the province's north west oil & gas assets were being brought to maturity. As a senator for the past decade, he helped to gather and share knowledge on an extraordinary number of resource issues. Now he's retiring from the Senate.

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Waterfront spill response demonstration shows current state of preparation

Marine spill response experts gather in Vancouver for a conference on June 18 – the same day federal Cabinet is expected to issue its decision on the fate of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. 

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Helping a neighbour - it's the western way

Alberta's "energy war room" was launched in Calgary with a mission to educate Canadians about necessary facts. Stewart Muir explains why he was happy to take the stage in support of this venture.

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Time for a pro-Canadian approach to solve the impact assessment crisis

To quote Rex Murphy, employment is not just a damn paycheque. It is the spine of most people's existence. As politicians seek to legislate future jobs out of existence, Stewart Muir looks at how resource-sterilization lobbyists brought this about.

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Some pertinent information for the nation to contemplate

Let's pause, as Canadians, for a moment and contemplate Hansard from the Legislature of Alberta on the morning of May 23rd, 2019. Stewart Muir looks at the situation.

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Activist-backed male chiefs’ attempt to ‘unperson’ female leaders ends up in court

Female hereditary chiefs who are fighting for the future of their people share their stories in harrowing court documents. Journalist Grant Warkentin looks at the situation for Resource Works.

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Tracking progress: B.C.'s low carbon industry initiative

Companies across the economy are leveraging technology, innovation, best practices and low-carbon energy resources to reduce their carbon footprint and provide low-carbon solutions to international customers in a carbon-constrained world. 

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No matter how you measure it, Canadian energy is headed upward

Production is up, consumption is up, and we are both importing and exporting more energy than before. Stewart Muir looks at the latest numbers.

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Momentum grows for collaborative approach on climate change

British Columbia municipalities, having had a chance to consider litigation strategy, are now saying there are better ways to go.

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First Nations front and centre delivering messages of hope at CGLNG Conference and Exhibition

First Nations leaders were front and centre at the Canada Gas and LNG Conference and Exhibition (CGLNG) this week. Indigenous people made it clear what LNG development means to their communities as well as all of B.C., writes Don Hauka

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Northern mayors speak out in favour of Canada's future as a maritime country

The Senate of Canada's Standing Committee on Transportation and Communications looking at Bill C-48 heard from these two mayors hailing from north east British Columbia.

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"Energy corridor" concept, back on agenda, has long been mooted as key to a future Canada

A dedicated, coast-to-coast right-of-way specifically set aside for energy infrastructure projects has re-emerged as a question for voters to consider. Stewart Muir looks at the situation.

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VANCOUVER SUN: China’s appetite for Canadian oil continues to defy marketplace myths

In a few days, an oil tanker ship will sail into a Chinese port and once again opposers of the Trans Mountain pipeline will be left scratching their heads. Stewart Muir asks why. 

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The Green effect on British Columbia's natural resources

The Green Party's recent electoral successes at the provincial and federal levels are being noticed. Policy analyst Mary Weiler examines the factors fueling this, and asks where the trend could be headed.

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Can Canada plug into vast natural gas and LNG opportunities, while solving climate change?


For those choosing action over talk when it comes to climate change, the allure of natural gas has never been stronger. 

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A youth perspective on the future of efficient and safer pipelines

It will take passion, creativity, and personal investment to ensure there is a sustainable future for the pipeline-building industry, Sarah Vandaiyar told senators at hearings for Bill C-69.

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In search of the win-win solution for Canada and the planet

Here's a paper everyone should read, authored by one of Canada's most accomplished and informed investors, who shared a career's worth of knowledge recently with senators examining two pieces of legislation that many argue will have a deep impact on the country's future. 

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A First Nation searches for opportunity through responsible resources

Eva Clayton, president of the Nisga’a Nation, told senators recently that federal tanker ban Bill C-48 undermines the principles of self-determination and environmental management that lie at the heart of the Nisga'a Treaty.

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With B.C. forestry "on pause" because of investment threats, what's at risk for a way of life?

Forestry is typically associated with rural settings. Yet 40 per cent of jobs supporting the $13 billion industry are in the Lower Mainland and Southwest British Columbia. 

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Look to Venezuela for why Alberta’s Canadian energy ‘war room’ is needed

This article by Stewart Muir appeared in The Globe and Mail on May 2, 2019.

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British Columbia, don’t go the way of California

Victoria and its mayor Lisa Helps were the first to call for a class action lawsuit against oil companies last year, seemingly bringing some credence to the West Coast Environmental Law Centre’s years-long campaign to convince municipalities to bring litigation against these energy producers. Stewart Muir looks at the issue.

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Dreaming of a green energy future? Then you might not like Bill C-68

Canadian resource people have been preoccupied with two pieces of controversial legislation in Bills C-48 and C-69. In a surprise twist, a third federal bill would increase emissions by placing unexpected new constraints on hydroelectric power.

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10 million barrels of crude oil are sailing to Los Angeles

Four supertankers from Iraq and one from Angola are currently bound for the refineries of Long Beach carrying hydrocarbon cargoes.

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Visual tanker evidence features in Resource Works' Senate submission

As Senate considers tanker ban Bill C-48, maps show the reality of tanker safety around the world, and elsewhere in Canada

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