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Snapshot of Northern B.C.'s resource economy

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.

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What's to like about natural gas?

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A small victory for an industry creating thousands of quality jobs

A Supreme Court judge has rejected the use of violent threats against salmon farm workers' families.

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It's a new year, but the challenges ahead look awfully familiar

In 2018, many British Columbians don’t want to see an expansion of natural resource industries here, especially energy-based export industries. 

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COUNTRY FOCUS: Taiwan claims its role in international climate action

In this free downloadable report, Resource Works looks at how Taiwan is dealing with pressures to curtail its greenhouse gas emissions. LNG is shaping up as a vital part of the solution.

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Naturally Resourceful: Green growth in the new economy

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. 

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Economists provide their top charts for 2018

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.

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The British Columbia government has made a principled and responsible decision to support Site C's completion.

After reviewing the Site C hydro project, British Columbia's decision to keep going to completion is an important step in a long-term energy transition. Stewart Muir looks at the issue.

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Making the progressive case for a modern oil pipeline

TURNING POINT: Two political leaders, two views of how the expanded TransMountain pipeline project benefits Canada's environmental journey.

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Why hydro electricity is a futuristic climate solution

To reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, Canada must commit to building a vast amount of clean energy infrastructure. That's why projects like Site C are critically important.

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The Notley Doctrine: Making the progressive case for the Kinder Morgan pipeline

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.

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Naturally Resourceful lunch draws an audience of 150

Natural resource businesses mean high wages and high productivity. At our Naturally Resourceful conference, we heard why this is a winning advantage.

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Sacrificing the economy to advance class-action climate lawsuits a terrible idea

An academic calling for class-action lawsuits against Canadian energy companies is ignoring the obvious fact that, ultimately, it's always the consumer who pays. That's you, writes Kim Lonsdale.

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Working from home = Win + Win + Win + Win

An emerging trend that offers significant reductions in carbon emissions is working from home, or telecommuting. Kim Lonsdale takes a look.

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Current measures of eco performance do a poor job of valuing Canada

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.

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These nine companies are breaking through tech barriers

Meet nine companies enabling a clean, efficient natural resource industry. They're leading an exciting new export industry based on Canada's traditional strengths: learn more Nov. 29.

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Gaining traction: Why vehicle and engine choice make a huge difference

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.

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Don't miss our Naturally Resourceful event on Nov. 29 2017

Tickets are now on sale for this powerful lineup of thinkers talking about the shift to a more diversified, green resource economy through the global export value chain.

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Spinning our wheels: Why carbon emissions are going in the wrong direction

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.

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Can you guess the seven fields leading B.C.'s green diversification?

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.

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Helios Wire: Satellite technology levels the data playing field

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.

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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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