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Seven signs BC's forestry sector is on the upswing

Stabilizing employment numbers, a more skilled workforce, and rising net investment and labour productivity are among the contributing factors

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BMO economists see strength in BC forestry and LNG, but difficulties in mining

BMO Capital Markets has released its impressions of the BC economy in its latest BMO Blue Book. Here are some key points

 

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Canada lacks the data to make informed decisions on temporary foreign workers

The federal government has not collected precise information about job vacancies for decades, according to a report

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Port Coquitlam company thrives on resource links

A groundbreaking new study by Peter Severinson, research director for Resource Works, should dispel any lingering doubt that resource development is the foundation of Metro Vancouver’s economy

 

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How rural BC packs a punch in the big city

What is the economic impact of resource companies, especially in urban areas? Resource Works sets off in search of the answer

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What does responsible resource development mean to you?

Community Breakfast Conversations on Natural Resources aims to bring together residents with diverse views, values, interests and priorities

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Northern resource development brings life-changing decisions, opportunities

Seaspan CEO Jonathan Whitworth gazes out across Douglas Channel towards a marine jetty reaching out from the Kitimat shoreline and listens to the hum of industrial activity floating over the calm water

 

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Longshoreman union chief appointed as adviser

Mark Gordienko, president of the ILWU  (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) Canada, has joined the Resource Works Advisory Council

 

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UBC forestry leads the revival and rethinking of BC's biggest industry

The faculty is going through a revival at the University of British Columbia, drawing a new wave of urban students like Robert Smidstra, who see not just a profession, but also a way to bring about social change

 

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Signs of hope for BC wood-frame houses market in China

The new five-year memorandum of understanding signed recently between British Columbia and Zhejiang province, which lies just south of Shanghai, seems like a long-held dream coming true

 

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Stewart Muir: BC natural resources debate needs balance

Exclusive to The Georgia Straight: Recently, a young man in Vancouver gained overnight notoriety with a crude video game enacting a massacre in the Main Street SkyTrain station. When television news caught up with him to find out why, he reeled off a list of frustrations he claimed led to him making the game. Among them: natural resource development and an inadequate transit system

 

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Six charts showing how BC depends on natural resources

The sector remains a critical part of the British Columbian economy, as confirmed in the latest review published by the provincial government

 

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Building a better life on the banks of the Fraser River

Sawmill worker Hasrat Begg has a son with a master’s degree teaching at Simon Fraser University and a daughter with a diploma from Douglas College who is working at the Vancouver Film School

 

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Responsible development and public perception

Resource Works's Stewart Muir joins Mike Smyth on CKNW to talk about responsible resource development

 

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The benefits are desirable and the risks can be managed

Back in 1985 when I was editor of The Whistler Question, I remember writing a column on the coming rise of tourism and the inevitable decline of forestry

 

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Getting a better understanding of the Mount Polley accident

One of the most frequently asked questions after the Cariboo mine's tailings dam spill was, 'What is in the tailings?! And furthermore, are they 'toxic', as has been claimed repeatedly in media coverage? Now that new details have been provided from the mine owner, we are better able to answer these questions

 

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Getting a better understanding of the Mount Polley mine

British Columbians are justifiably concerned about the major failure at the operation in the Cariboo region that released an estimated 10 million cubic metres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of fine particles into nearby streams

 

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Different approach to overcoming aboriginal opposition

The federal government has made new commitments to help secure First Nations support for big energy projects in BC

 

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Five facts every British Columbian needs to know

Infographic presentation on oil shipping in the province

 

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Carbon and competition: lessons from BC’s agriculture sector

Back in 2012, the BC government gave greenhouse growers a hefty carbon-tax exemption, with the justification that the tax was unfairly hurting the industry’s competitiveness. But new research suggests there was no justification for this move; the industry was doing just fine

 

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