News & Views
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 doneRead more
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."Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.”Read more
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.Read more
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?Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Fact, fiction and future
A new narrative for Canadian natural resources: Watch Resource Works founder Stewart Muir share his vision for a better, more balanced conversation about balanced prosperityRead more
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 ColumbiansRead more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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