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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 prosperity

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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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Can Walbran's breakthrough green forest pact stand the test of time?

The forest industry upheld its end of the bargain in Vancouver Island's Walbran forest – and now must be wondering if the environmental movement can do the same 

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UBCM 2015 Briefing Book

For mayors and councillors from communities across British Columbia, here is a tool providing greater context on important natural resource topics being discussed at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities 2015 convention. 

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Looking for resource leadership in contentious times

The overwhelming majority of people, especially when they sit face to face, want to engage in an open-minded, fact-based dialogue about responsible resource development.

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STREET TALK: Vancouver connecting with everyday things and how they get made

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What does an ecomodernist mom think about the future?

A new movement is asking whether human beings are an invasive species that needs to be beaten back in order to save the planet – or can humanity's achievements make us less dependent on nature so that we can restore balance and health?

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What if you had to make the things you use yourself every day?

A fascinating video series looks at how to turn raw materials into the everyday things we take for granted – from food to clothing, energy, medicine, and so much more. 

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British Columbia's dysfunctional resource debate

The province has a history of bitter, unyielding fights over resource issues. And no wonder. We have a highly resource-dependent economy, a population of passionate environmentalists, and significant urban-rural divides

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Green utopia or standard of living?

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Powerful truths about the real impact of natural resources in Metro Vancouver

The health of BC’s economy depends on exporting natural resources, yet many British Columbians can find it difficult to grasp how this economic activity benefits them and their communities. 

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Will Canada let go of its resource economy? Let's hope not

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BC's economy still driven by the resource sector

For any resident of the Lower Mainland, a combination of the knowledge economy, tourism and a vast array of services seems to dominate the landscape, while our province's historic role as a producer of resource products (specifically forestry, mining, agriculture and energy) appears to be receding into the past.

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New economic numbers illustrate impact of marine coal terminals

BC's Coal Alliance releases new research showing that the province's facilities have spent about $580 million in communities since 2009. More details here

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Women rally around natural resources

Nearly half the natural resources workforce consists of women, and with gatherings like sheTalks Resources, it should come as no surprise that women have a distinct perspective. This infographic draws on Resource Works research materials to tell that story

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Impacts of natural resources in Vancouver

Natural resource companies in British Columbia have a powerful impact on the economies of coastal cities. This infographic shows a small sample of how the City of Vancouver benefits. Learn more here.

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"Have you stopped cheating on tests?" and other politically loaded questions

It's that time when resource questions turn political. The question "Have you stopped cheating on tests?" is an old example of a loaded question, as discussed in many a first-year university class on logic and logical fallacy.

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What are the safety rules for foreign energy companies in BC?

A news report about Petronas safety issues in Malaysia raises question of whether foreign companies have to follow Canadian laws - and it's an easy answer

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Welcoming our newest Advisory Council member

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Resource sector is behind 70% of the things that get made in BC

Natural resources are fundamental to the health of another sector, one that runs across the entire economy

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Australia starts to see its new LNG industry pay off

For anyone hoping to dampen Canada's hopes of developing the liquefied natural export industry, news from Down Under may be a disappointment

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Close urban-rural divide, BC residents urge industry, government

A poll for Resource Works shows that most of us support the natural resource sector, but think our positives could be sold more effectively.

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"NOT AFRAID" - Getting comfortable with our natural resource future

In January 2016, one of Canada's most nuanced thinkers on natural resource issues will again partner with Resource Works for a public speaking event in Vancouver: Brian Lee Crowley of Ottawa's Macdonald-Laurier Institute

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What would it take to run ALL of BC's cars and trucks on electricity?

In 2015, almost everyone agrees that the world needs to change the mix of fuels it uses. But exactly what the result needs to look like, and how quickly that can happen, is one of today's most pressing questions

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A surprising shift in the relative importance of resource companies

Research by a Simon Fraser University marketing professor shows how natural resource companies moved to the fore of the Canadian economy. 

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Footprint of mining

Almost all the things we use in everyday life come from mining – but the land footprint is so small it is practically invisible.

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