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Why think-tank rates BC highly

The reason the province got a B grade for economic performance from the Conference Board of Canada is largely due to the health of its natural-resource sector

 

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Resources: taking inventory of the economic benefits

In the conversations series for this week, Resource Works and The Province talk to Liliana Arias, purchasing manager for venerable Vancouver retailer Fontile Corp, and discuss its connection to natural resource trade

 

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BC's vital but often overlooked miners take centre stage

In a series of stories marking Mining Week, Resource Works takes a look at what the sector means for Metro Vancouver’s economy - particularly in the areas of job creation and innovation

 

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Mining industry 'a prime candidate for innovation'

In a series of stories marking Mining Week, Resource Works takes a look at what the sector means for Metro Vancouver’s economy

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Good resource development depends on understanding what the 'duty to consult' is - and what it isn’t

According to a recent study, misunderstandings around a key legal doctrine threaten both economic progress and aboriginal relations

 

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Scotiabank: Copper set for 'big rebound'

In a series of stories marking Mining Week, Resource Works takes a look at what mining means for Metro Vancouver’s economy - particularly in the areas of job creation and innovation

 

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Resources still the place to be in BC for good wages

Sector still leads the province in delivering high wages to workers, according to recent data from BC Stats

 

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First Nations: testing a new way to resolve resource-related issues

The BC government just announced what promises to be an innovative collaborative approach with an important aboriginal community in the Interior

 

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Balancing business and nature

In a series of conversations with workers and business operators, The Province and Resource Works explore the contributions that trade, industry, and natural resources make to the BC economy. This week, we talk with Alan Chen, sales manager for Long Hoh Enterprises Canada, a small  lumber manufacturer serving a unique niche market

 

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Q&A: Creating a First Nations workforce takes calculated effort by Red Chris Mine's engineers

In a series of stories marking Mining Week, Resource Works takes a look at what mining means for Metro Vancouver’s economy - particularly in the areas of job creation and innovation

 
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The pros and cons of power generation plan

The Site C Environmental Assessment Joint Review Panel has released its recommendations to government on the Peace River hydro-electric project. Here are the top benefits and costs of the dam, as reported by the panel

 

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BC construction market "exciting to be in"

This week we talk with Blair Wilson, project manager for G Wilson Construction, a Vancouver company founded by his father Gordon that takes an old-school approach to carpentry and home building

 

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Commentary: We have to put trust in our institutions if we want them to make tough decisions for us

BC often seems stuck in an endless struggle over resource development choices. In theory, we have effective public institutions to help guide us through tough collective decisions like these. So why do they seem to have so little influence?

 

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A global leader – but word has not gotten out

Is Canada leading the world in natural resource development? And what does this question mean for how British Columbia approaches the extraction of its non-renewables and renewables?

 

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Chinese media show strong interest in BC’s LNG story

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Resource Runners storm the Sun Run

Scantily-clad joggers took to the streets of downtown Vancouver Sunday, determined to draw attention to the importance of BC’s resource economy to our day-to-day lives

 

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How one local company is globalizing BC innovation

In a series of conversations with workers and business operators, The Province explores the contributions that trade, industry and natural resources make to the economy. This week we talk with Tim Epp, a plant manager at Britco, about competing globally in the modular construction industry

 

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BC LNG doesn't have to be a massive polluter

Here are a few options the province has for minimizing carbon pollution from liquefied natural gas

 

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Why we must shift our economic emphasis away from consumption

When it comes to the engine powering future growth in Canada, prepare for a fuel switch: the indebted Canadian consumer is tapped out and will have to be replaced by an increase in exports, especially to emerging markets in Asia

 

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Our growing dependency on resources

As a recent Resource Works study by Philip Cross shows, the British Columbia natural resources sector continues to be a prime employment driver for the province

 

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Top BC welder talks about handling massive business growth

In a series of conversations with workers and business operators, The Province and Resource Works explore the contributions that trade, industry and natural resources make to the British Columbia economy

 

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Bridging opinion gaps on natural resources in British Columbia

Dr Lyn Anglin appears on Radio NL to talk with Jim Harrison about the Resource Works Society: 'The feeling in the Interior has long been that those who live in the Lower Mainland just don't understand the value of BC's resource sector'

 

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Resources are a global challenge, not Just a Canadian one

It is estimated that $11-17 trillion in global investment is needed by 2030 in minerals and oil & gas, if current consumption trends continue. Much of this resource extraction will occur in developing countries

 

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BC First Nations eye massive LNG windfall

Northern aboriginal communities are developing a strategy they hope will net them hundreds of millions of dollars if they support liquefied natural gas projects and pipelines

 

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Bruce Anderson: drowning out the 'no way' chorus

Opinion: When it comes to Site C, British Columbians are pragmatic. People know power is worthy if the environment doesn't suffer

 

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Mythbuster economist takes to the airwaves

Resource Works senior research fellow Philip Cross discusses the groundbreaking research related in his 7 Myths of the BC Resource Economy report on the Bill Good radio show

 

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Resources generate 'disproportionate share of Canada’s wealth'

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney was asked to identify the 'next big thing for Canada' by an Ottawa think-tank. The result was a speech he delivered in Ottawa. Here’s the written text of that speech

 

 

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High impact: the economic importance of BC's natural resources

A 10 percent boost in BC’s natural-resource economy would mean an extra $2.137 billion in the province's’s GDP, an extra $4.5 billion across Canada, and more than 39,000 new jobs for British Columbians.

And 55 percent of those jobs would be in the Lower Mainland.

All this and much more from Philip Cross, former chief economic analyst for Statistics Canada.

He says that a 10 percent boost in our natural resource output is indeed realistic.

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Sustainability is key to winning public support

Research shows that most British Columbians appreciate the importance of resource development, but want to ensure it is conducted in a 'world-class' manner

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Trying to alleviate poverty? There is one sure-fire way to do it

Canada’s natural resources boom has been the key factor in narrowing the growing gap between the rich and the poor, BC economists told an Ottawa conference

 

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