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What happens if Canada loses an oil pipeline?

A Parliamentary committee has looked at what would happen if the United States goes through with Michigan's threat to cripple the Canadian economy by unilaterally shutting down the Line 5 pipeline. 

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Pacheedaht First Nation: An example of reconciliation and development

In spite of a concerted pressure campaign to sideline the Indigenous group's economic opportunities, this Vancouver Island people is an example of how reconciliation and development go hand-in-hand, writes Josiah Haynes.

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What an educated millennial thinks about forestry

Social media stoked his belief that old-growth forestry was something to oppose. Now: "After seeing firsthand how forests are managed in British Columbia, I am firmly against a ban on old-growth harvesting."

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What kind of energy Bill are you?

In the battle for energy hearts and minds, are you a Gates or a McKibben? Stewart Muir weighs two different approaches to how humanity might be powered in future.

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Mining plans new future in BC

Amidst uncompetitive tax and regulatory regimes, a new roadmap from the province and the Mining Association of BC hopes to overcome challenges through innovation, ESG, and a revitalized workforce.

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Resource Works: Trans Mountain's request is about the integrity of the public process

In a last-ditch effort to stop TMX, its insurers are being targeted and intimidated. Resource Works supports Trans Mountain's request to make insurer identities confidential, support civil dialogue, and uphold the public process.

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Natural resources in decline? The reality is very different, yet perceptions persist

Renowned natural resource scholar Ken Coates tells Parliamentarians: "We don't see resource development as being particularly attractive or compelling these days. I think it's fair to say that our country's urban areas, which are very powerful and very appropriately powerful, are disconnected from the sector."

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"Shifting the forestry paradigm" requires getting down to serious efforts – but not violence

Those in positions of responsibility must work to lower the temperature on a brewing "war in the woods"

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Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: Why oil sands producers say they need it

Do changing attitudes about oil, and projected shifts in global demand for it over coming decades, affect whether the Canadian pipeline is needed? Stewart Muir looks at what oil sands companies are telling investors about this.

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Danish scientists say old-growth forests' climate role overestimated by 1/3

Incorrectly analyzed data led to mistaken view about the climate mitigation impact of old and unmanaged forests.

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Here's the real story on Fairy Creek and the future of responsible forestry

If all your information is from high-volume advertising campaigns, the following might come as a surprise: the Fairy Creek watershed near British Columbia's Port Renfrew is not at risk because of forestry. 

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Meeting Canada's aggressive green targets a tall order

OPINION: In this commentary for Resource Works, Jock Finlayson and Denise Mullen of the Business Council of British Columbia explain what a green recovery from COVID-19 might actually look like – and what it might cost. 

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Go for the gold, BC

BC finds a silver lining in exploration investments but won't strike gold without reform. Without regulatory and tax reforms, BC may lose two-thirds of its mines by 2040.

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Natural gas: a way forward for BC and First Nations

Natural gas makes our province an energy giant. But what is LNG, and what does it mean for BC? Josiah Haynes explores.

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How Canadian pipelines reduce global emissions

Want to bring down global emissions? Clean Canadian energy can help, but we'll need pipelines to do it.

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Not your grandparents' oil

With emissions reduced by over 30% since 1990, the Canadian oilsands continue to find innovative ways to reduce emissions and conserve the natural environment.

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Metro Vancouver council rejects "fossil fuel treaty" that would seek to end thousands of B.C. jobs

Mayors’ assembly debating the proposal pondered environmental, social and economic aspects before landing on its decision.

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Reports & Series

Safe Passage: A major new report from Resource Works

Study looks at Trans Mountain oil tanker safety perspectives from maritime experts who live on British Columbia’s South Coast.

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What's our shared future in BC's forests?

Myths abound about how forestry is done in British Columbia. More than ever, sound judgment and respect for the facts are needed. We've put together some resources to help with that.

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Killing 10 million fish & eggs "unfortunate"

Minister Jordan stands by her decision to cut 1,500 coastal jobs, knocking out almost 25% of BC's salmon farming industry and culling 10.7 million fish and eggs.

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Carbon trading: opportunity and obstacles

With its energy exports to Asia reducing world-wide emissions, Canada could benefit from an international carbon credit trading agreement. But flawed carbon accounting and insufficient liquidity in the international market stand in the way.

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Look North for Canada’s future

Northern communities are increasingly ready to play their part, contribute and benefit from this new era, writes Sean Willy.

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What's next for Canada’s water?

Canada boasts an impressive abundance of water resources, but jurisdictional overlap and over-regulation are drying up opportunities. As the federal government plans a new Canada Water Agency, stakeholders urge greater consultation.

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Red tape hurts investment in Canada

The biggest hold-up is split processes, both provincial and federal, whether it’s cutting permits for forestry or mining assessments. Walter Cobb explains.

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Fossil fuels: here for a long future

This Valentine's Day weekend, Arctic chills froze wind turbines and blackouts descended on Texas. Demand for gas soared as homes were left without heat. 

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Resource Innovation Forum: progress in Canada's oil sands

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No pipeline? Then oil moves by rail

Gulf Coast refineries need Alberta's heavy oil. But without Keystone XL, that oil will move by rail instead of pipeline. That's bad news for jobs, and it's bad news for our environment. 

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“Seeing Red: BC's last primary forests” map weaves an artful fiction about forestry

BEHIND THE NEWS: ResourceWorks News takes a look at how GIS data is being employed to create a highly misleading picture of forest practices. What we discover is confusing, to say the least.

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Hydrogen: the future and the fine print

Hydrogen makes a splash with the promise of jobs, green energy, and an emerging industry. But what stands in the way?

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A realistic look at BC forestry

BC needs a working forest, not activist misinformation. Carl Sweet, a founding director of the BC Forestry Alliance, shares his perspective.

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Exploration and mining can and should be at the forefront of B.C.'s post-COVID economic recovery plan

As a society, we should want these operations in BC where we have some of the highest environmental, social and governance standards of anywhere in the world. Kendra Johnson explains.

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Canada’s plans: clean fuels and hydrogen

Despite mixed reviews on its Clean Fuel Standard, the federal government attracts enthusiasm for hydrogen and biofuels.

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Fishy decision from federal minister

With thousands of Vancouver Island jobs and a $1.4 billion investment on the line, BC salmon farmers take Ottawa to court Federal Court over forced closure of Discovery Island operations.

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Electric vehicles: the fine print

Electric vehicles are improving, but battery and cost problems persist.

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The GHG intensity of the Canadian oil industry – what the scientific research actually says

"If activists are going to attack the Canadian oil industry they should understand what the science really says about the relative GHG intensity of Canadian crudes," says scientist and public communicator Blair King, Ph.D.

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Will UNDRIP hurt resource development?

"UNDRIP does not just provide Indigenous peoples with the right to say no to development; it also supports our right to say yes." National Council of Chiefs tells Prime Minister.

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Canada faces pipeline crunch

With Biden blocking Keystone, the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project is more important than ever.

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Where do federal parties stand on BC aquaculture?

In December, the federal government shuttered nineteen fish farms on the Discovery Islands, putting over 1,500 Vancouver Island families out of work. With the future of BC aquaculture in question, Josiah Haynes compares where the federal parties stand.

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We need private investment to build back better

Government can’t print money forever—we’ll need private investment. So what would happen without investment from mining, oil, and gas? Josiah Haynes investigates.

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Messages to Biden on cross-border energy

Can Biden be persuaded to keep Keystone XL? Canadian industry and government urge energy cooperation.

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West Coast First Nations strike agreement to protect sacred cultural cedars

Nanwakolas Council and forestry companies make groundbreaking agreement to ensure monumental trees are protected within traditional territories.

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Innovation for a turbulent year

From battling misinformation during the Wet’suwet’en crisis to launching the Resource Innovation Forum, Resource Works proved itself a critical advocate for Canada’s resource sectors. We look back on 2020, a year of adapting to meet new challenges and emerging opportunities.

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Yes, we do need those pipelines

Canada Energy Regulator: The TMX pipeline will help Canada meet global demand for crude oil, despite misinformation campaign.

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Island communities left behind as 19 fish-farms shut down

"Scientists have spoken but the government prefers to listen to activists and not to the people who live and work here,” says Port Hardy Mayor Dennis Dugas. Phasing out open-net salmon farming would mean more costs on industry, less benefit to communities.

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When it comes to the new carbon tax, sustainability is a double edged sword

As the federal government drives towards its Paris Agreement goals, concerns abound regarding economic sustainability.

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Innovative start-ups cap 6-week series on energy and sustainability

Sustainably reaching climate targets requires meeting the double bottom line—reducing GHGs while boosting commercial viability. Hydrogen experts Marty Reed and Chris Reid say that the road to green energy is blue.

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Time to "turn the page" on opposing Trans Mountain pipeline, says B.C. cabinet minister Murray Rankin

Though he long had "difficulty" with the venture, British Columbia's new Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister now acknowledges the project deemed to be in the national interest has its approvals and is going forward.

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Yes, Virginia, Trans Mountain does have a business case

Critics of the pipeline project are outdoing themselves to seed doubt and confusion. In spite of this, those who care about Canadian economic-environmental balance needn't worry: TMX will be productive, profitable and climate-friendly for many decades. Stewart Muir explains why.

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How B.C. mayors are taking action to heal the urban-rural divide

Local leaders are the ones closest to public anxieties – they live it every day. In the pandemic response, these are the voices coming to the fore in support of doing the right thing.

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Digging deeper into deep-well credits

Even when the market price of natural gas is low, natural-gas developers pay millions of dollars of royalties to the BC government each month. 

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