Resource Works at CBC Radio

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. 

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LNG in BC: Progress continues

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."

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Water protection: A matter of vital public interest

A major court ruling was a reminder that British Columbians, and Canadians generally, have the environmental movement to thank for world-leading regulations that make the country a beacon of good practice.

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WATCH: Bill Gates' energy equation

According to Bill Gates, there are four major variables in global COemissions: population, services used, the energy these services require, and the carbon dioxide produced by that energy.

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Mining makes solar energy possible

Before a solar panel is assembled, raw materials are mined and refined. Our new infographic illustrates how this all comes together.

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10 truths about the future of energy in BC

Here are 10 reasons why the emerging Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry in British Columbia provides the best and only realistic opportunity for Canada to contribute to a world-wide transition away from a high dependency on dirtier fuels toward a new global energy paradigm.

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Pressure on for: "We are building pipe."

For those who think the world’s transition from fossil fuels to renewables is going to be easy and speedy, China has a pointed message.

“We are one of the countries with the highest dependency on imported energy from other countries,” said Han Jun, vice-minister of financial and economic affairs, during a visit to Ottawa.

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Portrait of a shipping city

Statistics for 2015 show Port Metro Vancouver experienced a slight downturn consistent with global trends, but overall strength as expected for the nation's largest port

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Natural gas for skeptics

Can we be confident that natural gas and LNG estimates are what companies and politicians say they are?

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Soaring health costs a wakeup call that resources matter

One hidden time bomb in British Columbia's finances is the rising cost of health care. What role can resources play in ensuring quality services can continue to be provided?

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LNG in the headlines

Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told.” “Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says." Yes, those are real headlines, as they appeared in two different newspapers some years ago.

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Media closures damage Canada’s fabric

Nanaimo Daily News, Alberni Valley Times, Kamloops This Week, Kelowna Capital News, Prince Rupert Daily News, Nelson Daily News, Abbotsford Times, Richmond Review. You name them: They are gone.  And there are more than those eight on the roll-call of the dead. 

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BC's diversified resource sector

An oft-heard critique of British Columbia’s resource economy is that it is “boom and bust” in nature. In fact, the overall resource bust argument is a non-starter when applied to an economy that produces a broad range of resource goods as BC’s does.

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LNG delays help Canada's competitors: Resource Works scholar

Economic analyst says the world is not going to wait if we can't get things done

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Meet Gary Kroeker, newest member of the Resource Works Advisory Council

"We’ve got to get people thinking in the right direction — natural resources aren’t our enemy. They’re a part of our economy."

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Why Bill Gates is right on the challenges facing clean energy.

“Bill Gates is right”, says one Forbes contributor, referring to Gates’ November interview with The Atlantic where he begins his assessment of the challenges facing a shift to clean energy with a pointed challenge – we have to bring “math skills to the problem” when talking about changing global energy use.

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Dear Santa: A present for BC?

We suppose it was inevitable, the gleeful crowing when Royal Dutch Shell announced postponement of its Final Investment Decision (FID) on the LNG Canada project in BC.

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Commentary: Pipelines or hype-lines?

Are we going to get approvals for new pipelines from the federal government or are we not?

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and oil industry leaders met with Prime Minister Trudeau in Calgary last week. After which, Steve Williams, president and CEO of oilsands giant Suncor Energy, told reporters: “We are making progress on market access.”

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Clean tech's promise for natural resources

Clean energy has been getting lots of attention, for good reason. Canada’s role as a top exporter of energy is vital to our economy, and new opportunities are swiftly materialising in which Canada could take the lead. In response, the federal government is now rapidly moving towards an energy agenda that embraces the clean energy and clean technology sectors and a fulfillment of the potential they hold for existing natural resource industries.

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Dirty nations, dirty oil: Ottawa’s pipeline pause

What is Ottawa’s secret plan? Are we going to be allowed to sell our oil and natural gas? Are we going to build new pipelines? And how will Ottawa’s new review processes affect Canada’s economy?

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Commentary: Whack A Canadian

This New Yorker cartoon is making the rounds in social media as the United States prepares to become an oil-and-gas exporting nation and Canada gets ready, it sometimes seems, to depart from its resource-trade home base for parts unknown.

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Gift of the Great Bear

It is the new pact reached by the BC government, 26 First Nations, environmental groups, and the coastal forest industry, on ecosystem-based management in the Great Bear Rainforest.

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Resources or resourcefulness? In Canada, they’re one and the same

Canada’s resource sector is not an impediment to economic diversification, it is often the cause of it.

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12 keys to understanding British Columbia's high-tech resource economy

Greener and more efficient use of our precious natural resources can only come from harnessing technology. Here are some ways this is already unfolding around us today.

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A new narrative for Canadian natural resources: Watch Resource Works founder Stewart Muir share his vision for a better, more balanced conversation about balanced prosperity

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Fact, fiction and future

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Let's talk resources

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Tumbler Ridge charts a new economic path with UNESCO Geopark tourism

BC's tourism and natural resource sectors have developed in parallel. Here is a case of how mining enabled a stunning visitor drawcard to develop.

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Newest Resource Works advisor brings environmental depth

Asifa Samji guides engineering practices for a major firm and provides alumni oversight at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

 

 

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A better pipeline?

INFOGRAPHIC: Thanks to Canada's open society, civic society has helped projects like the Trans Mountain Expansion Project identify and address public concerns. Here are five current examples of citizen-driven project improvement.

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Showing why trains are just as safe as pipelines at transporting oil

INFOGRAPHIC: A report titled Canadian Crude Oil Transportation: Comparing The Safety Of Pipelines and Railways" compares incident and spill rates of pipelines and Canada’s Class 1 railways from 2012 to 2014. 

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Why natural resources are the bedrock of British Columbia's economy

Developing the energy, mining and forestry sectors in an environmentally responsible manner is the key to a prosperous future for all British Columbians

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Transparency, responsibility are the keywords in today's pipeline projects

With British Columbia's Trans Mountain project before the National Energy Board this week, it's timely to reflect on how pipelines mean big benefits for BC while doing right by the climate. 

 

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7 survival tips for resource leaders braving a ‘perfect storm’

Citizens need natural resource products as much today as they ever have. But the challenges to resource projects keep getting more complex.

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Without natural resources...

It would not be easy to govern British Columbia were it not for natural resources - and here is some pretty visible evidence.

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Three facts about BC's natural resource sector

Yes it's a powerful economic driver – but just how powerful? Here are some vivid numbers from our research.

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Group discussions: what does responsible development mean

The big question on my mind lately has been: how do we achieve a balanced discussion on the tough issues? And I’m apparently not the only one

 

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Transparency in B.C.’s resource sectors is a boon for communities and investors

Our natural resource industries are among the most transparent sectors in British Columbia. This oft-overlooked characteristic of these industries benefits residents, communities and investors. 

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Karen Ogen, chief of Wet'suwet'en First Nation, joins Resource Works Advisory Council -

Elected leader with background in social work has charted a course to develop the governance, legal, business, natural resource and political aspects of her First Nation

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Doing more with less - that sums up BC's recent oil & gas story

Even with low natural gas prices, and tough competition, the industry makes an outsized contribution to the province's economic health.

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Why natural resources matter so much to our way of life

We can find middle ground, but it will be easier once we come to terms with what it means to be responsible

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Myths and realities of fugitive emissions in natural gas production

Leakage of natural gas into the atmosphere before it gets to the consumer has been a source of concern for years, resulting in progressively better solutions 

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Resource sector drives $200 million port expansion in Port Moody

A pair of resource sector mega-projects has a Port Metro Vancouver tenant buzzing in Port Moody

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New Canadians are at the heart of Canada's resource future

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Vancouver - Resource City: Forestry

As British Columbia has matured, so has its forest industry, now a global leader in green practices. Forestry also has a HUGE impact on jobs in Vancouver and beyond. Here are some remarkable facts.

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What has the resource economy got to do with filling a tub?

Economists at Vancouver's Urban Futures Institute discovered that an ordinary bathroom holds the key to understanding the heart of British Columbia.

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Metro Vancouver enriched by our smarter, quicker, cleaner and safer resource trade

Our natural-resource firms are big creators of wealth and work that keep B.C.’s economy rolling, finance our education and health services and support thousands of families.

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"It couldn't have arrived at a better time": 11 perspectives on Resource Works

What is Resource Works all about? We asked a cross-section of 11 thought leaders to offer their interpretation of the project, which was launched in April 2014.

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What does responsible development mean to you? One community's viewpoint

Is it possible to create quality, respectful conversations about natural resource issues – even when tempers are running hot? Resource Works offers some ideas to help municipal leaders navigate this challenging area.

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Which natural runners do you like best?

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National prominence for Resource Works Advisory Council's Lori Ackerman

The mayor of Fort St. John, a member of the Council since Resource Works began, is quoted in Globe and Mail feature on resource issues

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