In a nutshell, taking care of the environment and ensuring that we have a strong Canadian economy are not contradictory – in fact, they can go hand in hand. Being a progressive that wants our society to deliver on social commitments, like poverty eradication, requires also understanding that without economic growth – growth that hinges on market access for Canada’s most valuable commodity – we cannot provide jobs and a social safety net for Canadians.
The twinning of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, has generated considered discussion and debate. You’ve probably seen your fair share of handwringing, whether about the project or the delays it has encountered. Much of it has, unfortunately, been premised on a poor understanding of the risks as they stand. All-too-frequently, opponents of the TMEP fan fear by pointing to concerns about oil tanker safety that are at odds with what the experts say or misrepresent the probability of risk. Now’s the time to clear some facts up.
Extensive research shows that diluted bitumen behaves much the same way as other heavy oils. Here is an excerpt from the Citizen's Guide to Tanker Safety and Spill Response on BC's South Coast, published earlier this month.
The BC Greens, who hold the balance of power in the province's Legislature, have revealed just how contemptuously they view resource people, and how little they understand the basis of Canadian prosperity.
Environmental, social and economic questions abound when considering major energy infrastructure investments that have aided humanity's recent gains. We should take care not to thwart the innovation that can be the defining thread of humanity’s progress over the next century.
It seems like a common sense argument to state that a raw resource becomes more valuable if it is manufactured into a refined product. Yet this assumption remains a controversial one in 2018, especially when it comes to crude oil and pipeline politics. Stewart Muir shares his research.
Kinder Morgan's decision to suspend non-essential spending because of "unquantifiable risk" means Canada's global reputation as a safe and secure place to invest is at serious risk. Urgent steps are needed without further delay.
The movement for responsible Canadian resources is building in so many ways. One encouraging sign is the recent accomplishment of two researchers who are bringing their fresh perspective to important questions.
Seven mayors from across northern British Columbia have taken the rare step of jointly travelling to Ottawa to lobby the federal government in favour of a resource project that will create not just regional, but national prosperity.
The First Nations Major Projects Coalition is a BC-based group that aims to bring indigenous values and culture into the work of developing major projects. The group met in Prince George where Resource Works caught up with them.
Motorists have been hit hard by high gas prices, according to gasoline market analyst Dan McTeague of GasBuddy. Relief is in sight in the form of added pipeline capacity from the upcoming Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Join us at Jack Poole Plaza to send a clear message to government that the people of Canada know it is time to stop playing politics and get on with vital resource infrastructure that is in the national interest.
Posted by Resource Works | March 06, 2018 10:45 AM
Canada’s natural resource development opponents are indicating that an increase in the number of crude oil tankers leaving the Port of Vancouver would make a catastrophic crude oil spill inevitable. They continue to promote this position even though their evidence has been considered and rejected by the judicial bodies involved.
Posted by Kim Lonsdale | February 27, 2018 8:48 PM
REPORT: In contemporary British Columbia, non-Native society is embracing more and more of the Indigenous approach to sustainable resource development. This Resource Works submission to the provincial Rural Development Strategy shows how this is tied to some fundamental economic truths.
Posted by Resource Works | February 27, 2018 8:06 PM
AUDIO: People are torn between the environment and the economy – but what can we do about this? Resource Works executive director Stewart Muir and pipeline opponent Tzeporah Berman, who has been working for years to undermine Canadian energy sovereignty, took this question to a cross-Canada radio audience.
Posted by Resource Works | February 15, 2018 7:00 AM
What’s the way to move beyond conflict on key resource issues? Not just on a contentious pipeline, but on the larger questions of balance between economy and environment? Stewart Muir looks at what will help—and at what won’t.
Posted by Stewart Muir | February 14, 2018 4:53 PM
A study from the Northern Development Initiative Trust shows that the region continues its hefty contribution to provincial well-being. Uncertainties in trade and decision making have consequences for all British Columbia residents.
Posted by Resource Works | January 11, 2018 6:56 AM
Can we harness technology to ensure necessary natural resource activities are as safe and beneficial as possible? Judging by the turnout at the Nov. 29 Naturally Resourceful event in Vancouver hosted by Resource Works, the answer is yes.
Posted by Resource Works | December 11, 2017 11:07 PM
Here are seven charts that touch on trends in Canada's natural resource future. They are drawn from Maclean's magazine in its annual Chartapalooza feature looking at the biggest economic trends for the coming year.
Posted by Resource Works | December 11, 2017 10:35 PM
Alberta's premier Rachel Notley had a powerful message for Vancouver residents in her Nov. 30 speech: expanding the TransMountain pipeline is a project that centre-left Canadians can embrace. Stewart Muir examines her argument.
Posted by Stewart Muir | December 01, 2017 12:17 PM
Canada’s climate is challenging and hugely variable given that our land area begins at the 42nd latitude and extends to the magnetic north. Between long distances and extreme temperature, Canadians use lots of energy for basic heating, cooling, and mobility.
Posted by Resource Works | November 27, 2017 11:00 AM
Most Canadians are concerned about climate change, yet their actions as consumers paint a contradictory picture. In his second article in a series, Kim Lonsdale illustrates how making better vehicle and engine choices can help make actual headway in terms of reducing our carbon emissions.
Posted by Resource Works | November 19, 2017 4:04 PM
Over 80% of Canadians, and an even greater percentage of British Columbians indicate that they are concerned or very concerned about climate change. Kim Lonsdale looks into how is this translating into how we get around.
Posted by Resource Works | November 07, 2017 7:56 AM
Extracting added value from commodities like minerals, energy, paper and lumber is the most realistic option we have to create more high-tech jobs in an era when over 70 per cent of global trade is in intermediate goods and services and capital goods.
Posted by Resource Works | October 31, 2017 10:39 PM
Greener and more efficient use of our precious natural resources can only come from harnessing technology. In the Naturally Resourceful series, Resource Works writer Don Hauka looks at the British Columbia companies that are on the leading edge of this transformation. Eighth in the series.