In general, 2015 was another difficult year for the mining industry in British Columbia, given the continued downturn in global metal and mineral prices. In its annual report on BC mining, released during Mining Week in Vancouver, PwC illustrated this story in detail.
Like it or not, two-thirds of the large double doubles and grande decaf soy lattes consumed in the province are ultimately paid for by non-metropolitan activities. Any discussion of the future of British Columbia’s economy must begin with acknowledgement of the reality that this is a resource dependent province.
There is no question of the importance of natural resources in the BC economy. They are as much as 37.4% of total activity. But what about an equally pressing question: How well are we treating Mother Earth while earning our living on the land?
Alberta's new carbon levy matches British Columbia's $30/tonne level, placing both jurisdictions ahead of others. The premiers of both provinces are showing determination to be leaders, but not sacrifice their economies while others lag.
Compared to other North American jurisdictions, the carbon price in British Columbia is between twice and 100 times higher. An effort to have BC escalate even higher, while still allowing others to lag behind, increasingly feels like a carnival game in which the odds are stacked against the player.
It’s time once again to showcase what is surely, bare none, the proudest achievement of Resource Works in the category of sending an important message in a not-so-serious way: the Natural Runners program.
No matter how small a footprint one wishes to have, today's modern lifestyle is utterly dependent on responsible use of natural resources. For the past two years, the Resource Works Society has placed itself at the centre of this story, building dialogue and understanding about jobs, innovation and the environment.
OP-ED: Resource Works founder Stewart Muir offers a unique and informed perspective about how natural gas is being safely extracted in British Columbia today. This article is provided for the use of news outlets.
So long as the climate movement is limited to fracking opponents, safety alarmists and renewables fabulists, it seems like society will continue to encounter friction on embracing less harmful fuels like natural gas. Those like Resource Works advocating for realistic pathways for growing the green economy are in search of a better path.
Posted by Resource Works | March 28, 2016 10:00 AM
With many governments unclear on how they can enhance jobs and affordability, it can be frustrating to watch as global economic opportunities are lost to Canada through indecision. Low commodity prices don't help. Here are a few thoughts to weather the tough times...
Across British Columbia, voices are chiming in about the desirability of a clean, green natural gas export industry. Not only will it cut harmful coal emissions around Asia Pacific, British Columbia's LNG is also a key factor in addressing affordability and jobs at home.
The federal budget released this week marked the first opportunity for the new Liberal government to make its mark on public policy where it counts most: in the pocketbook. Let's take a look at what this could mean for resource economy issues.
Compared to energy giants like Saudi Arabia and the USA, Canada is a pipsqueak at throwing its considerable weight around. If there is a time for that to change, now is it. Let's look at a blood tax, argues Stewart Muir.
Resource jobs have always meant opportunity for hard-working British Columbians. Consistently higher-than-average wages in sectors like forestry, mining, oil, and gas have allowed workers to support themselves, support their families, and contribute back into their communities. That's been true throughout BC’s economic history.
For drivers who see <$1 a litre at the pumps, it may look great, what is less easy to spot is the impact of low prices on the goods and services supply chain. But there are a few things we can look at to gain insight into the extent of the problem.
The voice for LNG in B.C. is getting louder and British Columbians who care about their communities are making it all happen. Tomorrow in Terrace, Fort St. John, and Fort Nelson, hundreds of grassroots activists will be rallying to show their support for the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.
Looking after the land today is the only way we'll be able to reap its beneficial products tomorrow. A group of foresters looked deeply into the concept of stewardship and provided some pointers that might just help a broad audience gain better understanding.
Please welcome two British Columbians to our Resource Works Advisory Council. The new members of our province-wide brains trust are Mona M. Forster, who has an extensive background in the mining sector, and Wayne Dunn, who bring 25 years of senior-level global experience in the corporate social responsibility field.
He is, by profession, a registered professional chemist and a registered professional biologist with an interdisciplinary PhD in chemistry and environmental studies. He’s also a dad, a soccer coach (and a basketball and baseball coach), a science-fiction fan, and a regular blogger known to us and an ever-growing audience as “A Chemist in Langley.”
The more it’s squeezed, the more efficient it gets. That's how it is for one Alberta oil company that has found the current global glut of crude oil to be the mother of invention and efficiency - not pain and hardship.
Relations with our largest trading partner could not be more important in 2016. During a recent Vancouver trip, U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman acknowledged the enduring importance of this, noting that even with lower commodity prices the volume of cross-border trade is up.
Our Stewart Muir appeared on CBC Radio's BC Almanac show to talk about the green economy. He discussed plans by Canada's premiers to arrive at a national carbon strategy, with leadership from prime minister Justin Trudeau.
Gleeful anti-LNG messages shot around social media after Alta Gas of Calgary announced that it was halting further development of the Douglas Channel LNG Project in BC “due to unfavourable market conditions."