The ForestWorks show

Land management’s role in raging forest fire seasons – a conversation with RPF Murray Wilson

In the sixth episode of the ForestWorks podcast, host Stewart Muir and guest Murray Wilson discuss Land management’s role in raging forest fire seasons.

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The ForestWorks show

The reality of the forestry industry in Nanaimo and on Vancouver Island, with Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog

In the fifth episode of the ForestWorks podcast, host Stewart Muir and guest Mayor Leonard Krog discuss the role of forestry in local communities.

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The ForestWorks show

The growing voice of grassroots forestry workers, a conversation with Carl Sweet

In the fourth episode of the ForestWorks podcast, host Stewart Muir and guest Carl Sweet discuss the swelling voice of grassroots forestry workers.

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Reports & Series

Just Transition: Are Canadians ready for lower living standards?

New Resource Works report studies the potential impact of the federal government's just transition policy framework, inviting readers to submit feedback.

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Articles

Workers at risk from new tactics by pressure groups

For more than a year, a small band of protesters has tried to force an abrupt change of direction in British Columbia's forest policy. After burning through public resources to stage illegal antics in the forest near Fairy Creek, the blockaders are turning to potentially lethal tactics that place workers, first responders, and themselves in physical danger.

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Articles

Canada at a hinge point on energy and climate

Progress has been made, but will the country be able to bend its emissions curve downwards and capitalize on its energy potential? Monica Gattinger offers five recommendations.

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Graphics

Exposing big business at Fairy Creek

Help us expose the professional protest industry behind Fairy Creek by downloading and sharing our GIF on social media.

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The ForestWorks show

Doing it better, doing it right: A professional forester speaks out (with Nicola Dickson)

In ForestWork's third episode, host Stewart Muir and guest Nicola Dixon get behind the rhetoric and discuss the real facts of this important industry.

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Articles

Why skyrocketing natural gas prices spur BC’s LNG prospects

The cost of energy is tied to the soaring cost of living, writes Stewart Muir.

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The ForestWorks show

Leading us out of the woods, with Brian Butler

In ForestWork's second episode, host Stewart Muir and guest Brian Butler discuss forestry leadership and the concerns of workers.

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The ForestWorks show

Port McNeill, the little town that would (with Mayor Gaby Wickstrom)

In ForestWork's premiere episode, host Stewart Muir and guest Gaby Wickstrom discuss the unique challenges and triumphs of BC's industry towns.

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The ForestWorks show

Launching the ForestWorks podcast and show

Local government and labour leaders, scientific experts and First Nations figure among guests on our newest radio show and podcast.

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Paradigm Shift: Imagining the forestry future of North Cowichan

Here's a presentation that Resource Works founder, Stewart Muir, made to the District of North Cowichan in Summer 2021 as the district undergoes an overhaul of its forestry strategy.

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New study overturns claims about scarcity of old growth forests in B.C.

Resource Works asked whether tall old growth trees are really running out the way that a recent Sierra Club report claims. What we found was startling.

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Fairy Creek is a special spot but it's not the "last intact watershed" in B.C.

Here's the list of 10 intact watersheds close to Fairy Creek.

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Another fairy tale

Dear media, let's fact-check before we publish, please. Josiah Haynes gets behind the latest misinformation on Fairy Creek.

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"Grandfather Tree" on the chopping block? No, it is in a protected area

The large cedar tree, located near a major forestry road west of Victoria, B.C., was affectionately dubbed Grandfather Tree by individuals trying to block access to a large swathe of the working forest. Stewart Muir provides the facts.

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Former BC Green party leader calls out Fairy Creek blockade actions

Andrew Weaver notes that the party has moved to the far left since his departure, and today's activists do not serve their own cause when all they do is criticize.

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Articles

Off to sea, with LNG

Delta's new Tilbury LNG facilities are exactly what the city needs.

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Old growth forest – cherished, abundant and growing fast

At Resource Works, we're always looking to uncover the facts about complex and challenging science issues. What we have discovered about the vigorously debated issue of old growth forests in British Columbia might come as a surprise. Stewart Muir provides an update.

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Facts are the first casualties of BC’s new war in the woods

Sitting in a downtown highrise, it's easy to say “don’t cut the trees”. But taking away logging would have a massive impact on communities and First Nations, says Nicola Dixon.

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Articles

A gameplan for economic recovery

We have the tools to build back better. Let's use them.

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Media

Podcast: The American and global view of Canada's energy agenda

On Episode 3 of Resource Works' new podcast, Cause & Affect, co-hosts Stewart Muir and Margareta Dovgal chat with Washington, DC-based energy and security analyst Patricia Schouker about how Canadian energy is perceived internationally.

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Brave experiment powers BC resource community

BC businessman teams up with Bitcoin miner, Iris Energy, to revive the fortunes of resource-based communities in Western Canada with renewable energy. Fabian Dawson, with Mata Press Service, reports. 

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Articles

LNG isn't dead yet

BC's LNG era is far from over. Those seeking its demise would have better luck finding the Holy Grail.

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Articles

The pipeline protest built

What does it look like when a major infrastructure project is hardened in the crucible of years of intense public scrutiny?

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Articles

Are Canadians ready to transition to a lower standard of living?

If we're serious about both climate change and having a functioning economy, great care will be needed in crafting "just transition" imperatives. Stewart Muir explains why.

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Articles

BC salmon farms: What’s next?

The phrase "like a fish out of water" is taking on new meaning, thanks to what is sure to be an unnecessary and awkward transition away from open-net salmon farming in BC's coastal waters.

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Media

Podcast: Virtuous but meaningless net-zero aspirations, with David Yager

On Episode 1 of Resource Works' new podcast, Cause & Affect, hosts Stewart Muir and Margareta Dovgal are joined by David Yager, a Canadian energy commentator, author, policy analyst, and former oilfield services executive. 

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Articles

BC’s carbon tax is worse than you think

If one carbon tax kept workers from driving to their jobs, another is driving jobs from workers, Josiah Haynes writes.

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Articles

The oil-gas subsidies that aren’t

A new report claims Canada's oil and gas pipelines received over $23 billion in federal subsidies. But is that really true? 

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Articles

Digging for the future

The world is electrifying. And it's looking to BC to supply the metals and minerals it needs. 

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Activists seeking to protect Canada’s old-growth forest say they are aligned with First Nations. Is that really true?

By protesting in places they’re not wanted, conservationists are being called out by Indigenous leaders like Huu-ay-aht Chief Dennis for exemplifying the colonial approach taken by their forebears, writes Rochelle Baker.

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The Methuselah Myth and the future of B.C. forestry

How did our understanding of forestry get so mangled? And how we can restore knowledge about a way of life that sustains communities and healthy ecosystems? Stewart Muir looks at the situation.

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Articles

From forestry to aquaculture: the need for economic reconciliation

Whether at Fairy Creek or Discovery Islands, economic reconciliation has never been so timely. Resource Works intern Oscar Judelson-Kelly explores.

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Old Growth Forests in British Columbia: A citizen's guide

As anarchists, actors and pressure groups descend on the B.C. Coast to create a high-emotion summer drama they hope will affect our laws and way of life, let's pause for a moment to think and reflect. 

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Graphics

Forestry infographics

With so many British Columbians joining the conversation, there's never been a better time to share the facts on forestry in BC.

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Forestry graphics

Download and share these facts about BC forestry.

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Why the cancellation of Keystone is bad for the climate, the environment and Canada

As TC Energy officially abandons Keystone, scientist Blair King argues canceling Keystone neither reduces emissions nor Albertan oil production.

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Articles

Get past the slogans: what you need to know about old growth

When advocates call for ending “old growth logging,” what do they mean? And why is it being logged? A forestry worker gets past the rhetoric.

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Get past the slogans: what you need to know about old growth

When advocates call for ending “old growth logging,” what do they mean? And why is it being logged? A forestry worker gets past the rhetoric.

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Articles

Top 5 forestry facts that anti-logging protesters would prefer you don't think about

As British Columbians are bombarded with emotional claims about old growth forest practices, the trained professionals who work in the field see a very different picture. Stewart Muir examines the facts.

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Top 5 forestry facts that anti-logging protesters would prefer you don't think about

As British Columbians are bombarded with emotional claims about old growth forest practices, the trained professionals who work in the field see a very different picture. Stewart Muir examines the facts.

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Articles

What a viral photo tells us (and doesn't tell us) about a big log on a truck

Sometimes an image comes along that seems to encapsulate a moment in time – an iconic photo like an exuberant couple kissing on VJ-Day in Times Square, or a politician fumbling a football on the campaign trail. Stewart Muir looks at one interesting picture.

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Articles

Canadians view natural resources as an important pathway to Indigenous economic development: new poll

Western Canadians lead the country in understanding the importance of responsible resources for Indigenous economic development. But more work is needed to tell the story of how Canadian natural resource and energy companies have transformed partnerships with Indigenous communities.

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What a viral photo tells us (and doesn't tell us) about a big log on a truck

Sometimes an image comes along that seems to encapsulate a moment in time – an iconic photo like an exuberant couple kissing on VJ-Day in Times Square, or a politician fumbling a football on the campaign trail. Stewart Muir looks at one interesting picture.

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Articles

Natural resources are more than 50% of BC's economic base. Surprised?

An economic study shows that British Columbia's endowment of natural resources remains a primary source of the province's wealth. Neglecting the health of these industries would come at the cost of our standard of living.

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Articles

Where is Canada’s “just transition"?

With thousands of jobs on the line and challenges meeting its net-zero emissions goals, Canada needs to get serious. That means being realistic, and it means having a plan for energy workers.

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Articles

How Canada can be a leader in the new global net zero pathway

The International Energy Agency has examined what exactly the phrase net zero by 2050 means in practical terms. Stewart Muir takes a close look.

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Articles

Sorting fact from fiction: BC forest conservation

British Columbia has suffered from division and radicalism fueled by misinformation. But when it comes to caring for our environment and respecting workers, sensationalism fails where facts succeed.

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