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RESOURCES PRIMER: Five proof points showing how primary industries drive the economy

The world is just as dependent as ever on basic materials that need to be responsibly sourced from somewhere. This can be challenging to understand  for those who've heard the arguments that Canada is a post-resource economy. This material can help.

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How natural resources are spinning high-tech and clean-tech jobs

British Columbia's highest productivity, highest paying jobs are in natural resources. But did you know resources are creating a stunning level of high-tech and clean tech jobs? Meet some of the companies driving this renaissance.

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At the nexus of high tech and natural resources

To mark the British Columbia Tech Summit, Resource Works looked at how foundational industries are at the leading edge of innovation. You'll be amazed at what we discovered.

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What can be learned from the disappointment of losing one major project?

Industry and government are paying the price for being tone deaf and numb to their obligations to First Nations and communities. Regulatory burden and uncertainty is another. Layer on top of that regulatory uncertainty and a lack of a real and clear commitment by governments, and it's clear Canada is in trouble. Untitled_design_(2).jpg

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International energy guru's message for Canada

Canada has natural advantages in its oil and gas industry that the country would be wise to consider as it plans its energy future. The head of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, took time out from a recent visit to Winnipeg to explain what those are. 

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Building a resilient nation will take courage

Every woman, man and child in Canada benefits from the oil industry through the billions it pays in royalties, corporate taxes and other levies. According to Jamie Carroll, that includes the women, men and children living in British Columbia and Quebec.

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Getting from high-energy to low-carbon lifestyles

In our haste for energy perfection, we are overlooking the more important need to sustain, over the long term, supplies of energy sufficient to let us maintain our standard of living. Stewart Muir looks at what we can do about this emerging crisis.

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Bet you won't guess the most powerful step available to address climate change

Electric vehicles? Solar panels? Wind turbines? None of the above. Educating girls and family planning in combination offer the greatest single opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Proving big things can come in small packages

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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. Seventh in the series.

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A frontline dispatch from the war on responsible resource development

Sobering thoughts from a retired energy regulator who has won accolades from all sides through contentious processes. 

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A new series celebrates progress through natural resources

Our new daily infographic from adventurer-scientist Tony Morley appears in social media with the hashtag #ResourceProgress.

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Two perspectives on carbon pricing, future fuels and prosperity

Global demand for crude oil and natural gas is not credibly forecast to diminish over most of this century, but there is increasing pressure to change our energy systems. Some leading-edge thinkers examine the thorny issues that result.

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What's in the national interest? Let's start with prosperity, freedom and equality

A court challenge paid for by British Columbia taxpayers claims that building safe energy infrastructure is not in the national interest. Could this be true?

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Resource Works adds its voice to Generation Energy

 Winnipeg conference aims to shape Canada’s long-term energy future.

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Our growth potential is wasting away as resource project inertia continues

"We continue to drag our feet about pipelines, we manage to discourage liquefied natural gas investments in BC..."

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DYK: Alberta is a bigger trading partner for BC than China

A fascinating new study from the Business Council of British Columbia reveals high level of mutual dependency between the neighbours.

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Trade is the lifeblood of our prosperity – that is why we must protect it

Resource commodities are nearly 80% of British Columbia's exports today and continue to underpin hundreds of thousands of jobs. Wrong moves on carbon pricing can hurt those workers while doing nothing for climate. 

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Vancouver's "de facto" ban on natural gas: A study

A trio of city policies amounts to a de facto ban on natural gas in pursuit of a "100% renewable energy" target. Moreover, the ban is based on insufficient renewable natural gas and could blunt more effective work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

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How to work effectively with people we don’t agree with, may not like, and don’t trust

One of the most important skill sets for current times is the ability to work with people we don't necessary agree with or even trust. Finally there is a way to acquire this ability.

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Common-sense Canadians want a clean future as well as a powered present

While a small number of protesters get themselves on the news with emotionally charged displays, it turns out most British Columbia residents are practical green futurists who support new energy projects done right.

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Let's get behind the B.C. Thanksgiving Food Drive

Resource families are among the hardest hit by British Columbia's summer of wildfires. As we leave the summer season, they're going to need all the help they can get. Please join us supporting the Thanksgiving Food Drive, an annual event that takes place each September

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Do you love the Earth? Then you should be at Resources for Future Generations 2018

In June 2018, Vancouver will be the site of a major international conference exploring themes of interest to the Resource Works community. 

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Time for a foundational conversation on jobs and the environment

How can we collaborate to protect workers and grow the economy? A roundtable conversation with Canada's environment minister is a reminder that complex regulatory systems are not simple to manage. 

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It's time to build Canada for our children

Recent events prove that when resource investment is driven away from Canada, governments will have no choice but to raise taxes to get the funds they need. 

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Life of a natural gas well

​We're often asked how natural gas, which occurs in great abundance in western Canada, can be extracted with minimal impact on land and water. This animation shows the steps involved.

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Lightship Works: Hardhat experience helps create cutting-edge safety software systems

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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. Sixth in the series.

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Here's why Canada depends so much on its energy exports

What country wouldn't want to retain, and keep improving, a trillion dollar industry? (If it was lucky enough to have one, that is.) Stewart Muir looks at some surprising data.

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Petronas pulls the plug on its massive plans to export BC's gas

Attracting job-creating investments to British Columbia requires putting out a welcome mat. It should come as no surprise when hostile messages are taken at face value, and investors head for the hills.

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It's the imbalances that are hurting climate progress for Canada

Trusted and efficient carbon pricing is fundamental if we expect industry to maintain committed to jobs in Canada. There are some worrying signs this is at risk. 

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Responding to climate change: Reinventing forestry practices in British Columbia

The problem is not coming – it's already here. Writer David Jordan took an in-depth look at how British Columbia researchers have been tackling threats to forest health.

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What today's B.C. wildfires can tell us about the future

Escalating devastation in the British Columbia Interior is creating widespread hardship. Through this testing time, we should also be thinking about future-proofing the province's people and resources, since the problems aren't going away.

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"Carbon bomb"? Sorry, activists: natural gas from Canada is necessary to fight climate change

A vigorous effort to erode confidence in Canada's LNG industry has it all wrong. In fact, natural gas is in hot demand worldwide in the crusade against climate change.

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A portrait of our vulnerability

Wildfires across the British Columbia Interior are a reminder that the things we take for granted can be snatched away with hardly a moment's notice. 

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How resources continue to make B.C. a beacon of responsible prosperity

Stewart Muir looks at how it is that British Columbia remains so strongly identified with natural resources. 

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Canada at 150

It's a time to remember the things that bind us together. 

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Let these projects go forward: B.C. residents send a clear message

It's time to explode the carefully nurtured myth that British Columbia residents are opposed to the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion and Site C. That just ain't so, according to a new poll from the Angus Reid Institute.

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A new reality for British Columbia?

Can British Columbia prosperity be saved from a slate of policies designed specifically to drive natural resource investment out of the province? As investors' hands tighten around their wallets, one thing is clear: the work of our movement has scarcely begun.

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The “R” word sounds sour note in BC’s Northeast

The BC NDP has promised to review natural gas fracking and what it calls subsidies, while the BC Greens campaigned to ban the use of any kind of fossil fuels. Davie Higgins looks at why some residents of BC's north east region, including Tyler Kosick, are concerned.

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Reality check on natural resources

In British Columbia, resource exports have been a stable part of the economy for the past two decades. Last year, they increased. 

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It's Aboriginal Awareness Week

Canada's Aboriginal people consistently speak of their quest for a successful future. Now there is fresh evidence to show that they are twice as likely as non-Aboriginals to find that future through work in natural resource fields.

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In one slide, why the Kinder Morgan pipeline is in Canada's vital national interest

Next time you hear someone claim we can do without the B.C. pipeline expansion, don't be swayed. Without crude oil exports, Canada simply cannot pay the rent. 

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BRIDGING THE DIVIDE: Here's how one mine is building communities

For those in the natural resource fields, it can prove incredibly challenging to demonstrate to others – like city residents – the positive impact that rural and out-of-sight industrial activities have on the economy. Check out how the Copper Mountain Mine is working to overcome that. 

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Busy time ahead for Resource Works

In communities across British Columbia, Resource Works is part of an emerging movement in support of getting past today's natural resource conflicts. We are also helping keep decision makers abreast of important developments in recognizing the essential role of natural resources in the economy. 

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