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With a decision made on TMX, we can get back to building the country we want

After years of rhetoric and politics it is time to get the Trans Mountain project done. Stewart Muir, executive director of Resource Works, explains why.

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IPSOS POLL: Most British Columbians agree Trans Mountain pipeline expansion needs to get underway

After years of rhetoric and politics, it is time to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project done, writes Stewart Muir, Executive Director of Resource Works.

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North Vancouver residents hear from Resource Works

Resource Works head greets residents at public library, discusses pipeline issues alongside Sophie Harrison of the Dogwood Initiative

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Golden story for golden years: Canada Pension Plan’s heavy resource reliance

4.7 million CPP pensioners have investments in resource and resource-supporting business to thank. 

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Anti-LNG campaign funding linked to ‘serial mine discoverer’

Strange anomalies highlight a donation campaign aimed at preventing adoption of the world's most sought-after clean energy alternative, reports Grant Warkentin.

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Resource champion Richard Neufeld: Thank you for your service

As British Columbia's Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources from 2001 to 2009, Senator Richard Neufeld was on the job as the province's north west oil & gas assets were being brought to maturity. As a senator for the past decade, he helped to gather and share knowledge on an extraordinary number of resource issues. Now he's retiring from the Senate.

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Waterfront spill response demonstration shows current state of preparation

Marine spill response experts gather in Vancouver for a conference on June 18 – the same day federal Cabinet is expected to issue its decision on the fate of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. 

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Helping a neighbour - it's the western way

Alberta's "energy war room" was launched in Calgary with a mission to educate Canadians about necessary facts. Stewart Muir explains why he was happy to take the stage in support of this venture.

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Time for a pro-Canadian approach to solve the impact assessment crisis

To quote Rex Murphy, employment is not just a damn paycheque. It is the spine of most people's existence. As politicians seek to legislate future jobs out of existence, Stewart Muir looks at how resource-sterilization lobbyists brought this about.

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Some pertinent information for the nation to contemplate

Let's pause, as Canadians, for a moment and contemplate Hansard from the Legislature of Alberta on the morning of May 23rd, 2019. Stewart Muir looks at the situation.

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Activist-backed male chiefs’ attempt to ‘unperson’ female leaders ends up in court

Female hereditary chiefs who are fighting for the future of their people share their stories in harrowing court documents. Journalist Grant Warkentin looks at the situation for Resource Works.

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Tracking progress: B.C.'s low carbon industry initiative

Companies across the economy are leveraging technology, innovation, best practices and low-carbon energy resources to reduce their carbon footprint and provide low-carbon solutions to international customers in a carbon-constrained world. 

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No matter how you measure it, Canadian energy is headed upward

Production is up, consumption is up, and we are both importing and exporting more energy than before. Stewart Muir looks at the latest numbers.

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Momentum grows for collaborative approach on climate change

British Columbia municipalities, having had a chance to consider litigation strategy, are now saying there are better ways to go.

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First Nations front and centre delivering messages of hope at CGLNG Conference and Exhibition

First Nations leaders were front and centre at the Canada Gas and LNG Conference and Exhibition (CGLNG) this week. Indigenous people made it clear what LNG development means to their communities as well as all of B.C., writes Don Hauka

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Northern mayors speak out in favour of Canada's future as a maritime country

The Senate of Canada's Standing Committee on Transportation and Communications looking at Bill C-48 heard from these two mayors hailing from north east British Columbia.

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"Energy corridor" concept, back on agenda, has long been mooted as key to a future Canada

A dedicated, coast-to-coast right-of-way specifically set aside for energy infrastructure projects has re-emerged as a question for voters to consider. Stewart Muir looks at the situation.

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VANCOUVER SUN: China’s appetite for Canadian oil continues to defy marketplace myths

In a few days, an oil tanker ship will sail into a Chinese port and once again opposers of the Trans Mountain pipeline will be left scratching their heads. Stewart Muir asks why. 

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The Green effect on British Columbia's natural resources

The Green Party's recent electoral successes at the provincial and federal levels are being noticed. Policy analyst Mary Weiler examines the factors fueling this, and asks where the trend could be headed.

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Can Canada plug into vast natural gas and LNG opportunities, while solving climate change?


For those choosing action over talk when it comes to climate change, the allure of natural gas has never been stronger. 

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A youth perspective on the future of efficient and safer pipelines

It will take passion, creativity, and personal investment to ensure there is a sustainable future for the pipeline-building industry, Sarah Vandaiyar told senators at hearings for Bill C-69.

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In search of the win-win solution for Canada and the planet

Here's a paper everyone should read, authored by one of Canada's most accomplished and informed investors, who shared a career's worth of knowledge recently with senators examining two pieces of legislation that many argue will have a deep impact on the country's future. 

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A First Nation searches for opportunity through responsible resources

Eva Clayton, president of the Nisga’a Nation, told senators recently that federal tanker ban Bill C-48 undermines the principles of self-determination and environmental management that lie at the heart of the Nisga'a Treaty.

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With B.C. forestry "on pause" because of investment threats, what's at risk for a way of life?

Forestry is typically associated with rural settings. Yet 40 per cent of jobs supporting the $13 billion industry are in the Lower Mainland and Southwest British Columbia. 

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Look to Venezuela for why Alberta’s Canadian energy ‘war room’ is needed

This article by Stewart Muir appeared in The Globe and Mail on May 2, 2019.

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British Columbia, don’t go the way of California

Victoria and its mayor Lisa Helps were the first to call for a class action lawsuit against oil companies last year, seemingly bringing some credence to the West Coast Environmental Law Centre’s years-long campaign to convince municipalities to bring litigation against these energy producers. Stewart Muir looks at the issue.

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Dreaming of a green energy future? Then you might not like Bill C-68

Canadian resource people have been preoccupied with two pieces of controversial legislation in Bills C-48 and C-69. In a surprise twist, a third federal bill would increase emissions by placing unexpected new constraints on hydroelectric power.

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10 million barrels of crude oil are sailing to Los Angeles

Four supertankers from Iraq and one from Angola are currently bound for the refineries of Long Beach carrying hydrocarbon cargoes.

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Visual tanker evidence features in Resource Works' Senate submission

As Senate considers tanker ban Bill C-48, maps show the reality of tanker safety around the world, and elsewhere in Canada

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VIDEO: China wants Canada's oil sands crude oil and here's the latest evidence

While some peddle the myth that China is not interested in buying high-quality crude oil from Canada's oil sands, here's the evidence that proves otherwise.

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Pipeline progress: Trans Mountain CEO Ian Anderson reflects on the project so far

Here's a rare interview with the chief executive of what is surely Canada's most talked about infrastructure project: a twinned crude oil pipeline to the west coast of British Columbia.

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CHARTS: Here's why Canada has a big future in LNG

Europe and Asia don't have enough natural gas. North America has more than it needs. Righting the imbalance through LNG trade is creating big opportunities for Canada.

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The confusion around natural resources in Canada

ESSAY: Who wants to start a process and commit money to developing a project under circumstances of prevailing uncertainty and confusion in law and practice? In this sweeping essay, longtime political affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson looks at the landscape of Canadian natural resources and prosperity. 

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What's this - a big city mayor who wants to put Canadians first?

Toronto Mayor John Tory says he's not a fan of making homeowners pay for vexatious litigation against fuel companies. In doing so, he sent a message about Canadian unity.

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DATA: Latest statistics confirm that crude oil still pays the rent for Canada

Western Canada's oil sector continued in 2018 to be the foundation stone of national prosperity. That's why innovation is so important for our future, says Stewart Muir.

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Industry voices as one on Bill C-48: it needs to be stopped

In a rare missive, the heads of four major industry groups are calling on the Trudeau government to rethink need for a discriminatory ban on economic activity.

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POLICY NOTE: A closer look at Bill C-48, the proposed ban on shipping oil along British Columbia's north coast

After careful consideration, we've found that Bill C-48 comes up short in striking a balance between environmental and economic interests.

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A woman hereditary chief speaks out

VIDEO SERIES: Who speaks for members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation? That's at the heart of a controversy involving elected and hereditary representatives of the northwest British Columbia group. We asked Theresa Tait Day, a hereditary chief known as Wi'hali'yte, for her perspective. 

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Critical thinking on energy more important than ever

STEWART MUIR IN THE CALGARY HERALD: "It’s increasingly difficult to see the reward for Canada’s energy self-flagellation."

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We’re at the dawn of the LNG era

As the world pursues cleaner forms of energy to reduce GHG emissions, the outlook for a Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry only gets better.

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TANKER MAPS: Tracking where oil tankers go continues to fascinate

For more than a year, Resource Works' Stewart Muir has been sharing real-time oil tanker maps in Twitter, making the point that safe ship movement is an everyday occurrence all around the world. Here are some recent maps.

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Thanks to a founding Advisory Council member

Soon to retire as CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF), Dr. Brian Riddell was also among the community leaders who answered the call from Resource Works in 2014 to be part of our Advisory Council.

 

 

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Overview: Climate litigation in British Columbia

Municipalities are being asked to participate in campaigns that would seek funds from fuel companies. A range of differing views is emerging as to its efficacy, writes Stewart Muir.

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5th anniversary draws a committed crowd

110 friends and supporters of Resource Works gathered on March 14, 2019 at Vancouver’s Terminal City Club to help us celebrate our first five years of service. 

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Mountain caribou and the future of land access

What started as a government initiative to protect the mountain caribou has become a hot issue in rural British Columbia, with some residents concerned that traditional access to the backcountry is in jeopardy.

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Natural resources maintain strong support in B.C., Canada

70 per cent of Canadians believe the economy will suffer if resource development projects don't get built. In the case of British Columbia, a mere 3 per cent of people are strongly opposed to such progress.

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NEB's Trans Mountain Reconsideration raises bigger questions about future of the Salish Sea

What responsible management of oil shipping can teach us about protecting ecosystems around the Salish Sea, starting with our sewage. Stewart Muir looks at recent developments.

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Breaking boundaries, changing lives

Crystal Smith, elected chief councillor of the Haisla First Nation in Kitimat, is the latest indigenous leader speaking out against threats of violence.

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The path to Canadian Energy 2.0

POLICY NOTE: The business of energy is facing a crisis of perception around the world, causing energy exporters to become increasingly strategic in how they approach climate risk, economic growth, and politics. Canada is going to have to sharpen its elbows to reclaim its rightful place as an energy leader. Stewart Muir weighs in.

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Homeland Journey: Stories of First Nations and the land

VIDEO SERIES: Across western Canada, a movement is stirring. Aboriginal people, seeking to revive their cultures and preserve myriad indigenous languages, are increasingly seeing natural resources as the key to unlock their hopes and dreams. 

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