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REALITY CHECK: What comes after coal?

News from Ottawa that coal is going to be phased out for Canadian electricity raises the question – what will replace this energy source?

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It's time for an open conversation on getting Canadian resources to market

Calgary's mayor Naheed Nenshi visited Vancouver to share his views on a wide range of topics, the most relevant of which for Resource Works involved access to markets for essential resource products.

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10 need-to-know facts about natural resources and jobs

Jobs are the most direct and significant way that natural resources benefit society. Here are 10 standout facts about this powerful relationship.

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Documentary shows there are no simple answers when it comes to development

Brody Rokstad interviews Koneline: Our Land Beautiful director Nettie Wild about the nuanced account she gives of the complexity surrounding resource projects in North West British Columbia.

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By sea or by air, we're in the era of safety

Concerned that a small increase in Vancouver's sea-based trade might be "not worth the risk"? Vancouver's mayor can rest easy: over the past half century, the clearest trend in global air and sea transportation has been the near elimination of accidents. 

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Voices from the North

Residents of British Columbia's North West are looking for economic opportunities at a time when jobs are disappearing. Here are three authentic voices from the struggling region.

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Is this the future of clean power?

The Canadian oil sands are at a threshold moment, and British Columbia's vast reserves of clean electricity are seen by some to hold the key to that future. Here's a glimpse behind the headlines.

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One day of natural resources...

Canadian natural resources are 12.2% of the Canadian economy, resulting in deep impact in our daily lives – and here are some examples.

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OPINION: Why resources won't lose place in B.C. economy

What do you call a high-tech resource society driven by green innovation? Read what Resource Works commentator Stewart Muir had to say in this Vancouver Sun article for B.C. Day.

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Is there a "simple fix" in the battle over lumber?

An emerging viewpoint has it that restrictions on exporting logs are a "net loss" to the Canadian economy. Meantime, American critics are disputing the policy on different grounds...

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Building trust: A project for 2017

A common thing heard from resource people is: have we lost the battle for public trust? Positive signs on a number of fronts point to some useful emerging models for developing the economy-environment story.

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How to design a carbon policy that doesn't export Canadian jobs

Carbon pricing is not a bad idea, but there are bad ways to implement it. Sending our energy jobs to other countries is not a good way.

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Question to ask about controversy over Site C: Does the dam make sense?

Newspaper columnist Tom Fletcher muses on the intellectual gymnastics required to oppose a major clean energy project in British Columbia's North East.

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Roderick Haig-Brown: A legendary figure in conservation and resource education

Forty years ago, British Columbians lost a towering figure of resource wisdom with the passing of this author and educator. Could his example be helpful to those caught up in today's resource culture conflicts?

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Why do you get more attention calling for a ban than for better understanding?

At change.org, an online petition platform favoured by groups seeking to build grassroots support, a search on the word “ban” comes up with 5,772 hits.

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For millennials, transitioning to a low-carbon economy calls for time and tact

Many millennials are opposed to liquefied natural gas exports, but is this position informed and aligned to their principles? Writer Brody Rokstad observes that if there was just a little more FOMO ('fear of missing out'), the situation might be different.

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Municipal forestry ban attempt leaves First Nations frustrated

A Vancouver Island First Nation takes issue with civic politicians attempting to limit aboriginal forest activity

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What's being said about LNG

Individual reflections on the $36 billion Pacific North West LNG project, which received its environmental seal of approval this week.

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Countdown to oil tanker moratorium: Have your say

Canadians have until Sept. 30 to share their views on a planned crude oil tanker moratorium on British Columbia's north coast. What are the issues?

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Why are natural resources like the "CPU" of the economy?

The central processing unit of a computer provides the basic logic and operations to run the machine. According to one eminent professor, it bears a striking similarity to the resource economy.

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Win-win approach on LNG unifies climate, jobs and energy security

As federal cabinet prepares to decide the future of the Pacific Northwest LNG project, it’s vital the project be judged fairly using information that is both current and complete. 

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A moment to consider forests and forestry

National Forest Week is a reminder of Canada's long dependence on its forests. Keeping them healthy is the only path toward future sustainability.

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Founding chairman tapped for federal environment role

A lifetime in government, industry and environmental protection causes prepared Resource Works leader to join major review process.

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ENERGY EAST: Manufacturers of dissent know how to do photo-ops but they do not represent the majority

Carefully staged public displays of indignation have become an art form in the social-media age. When they are brought to a violent head, as in Montreal at oil pipeline hearings on Aug. 29, do they give up legitimacy? It all depends on whom you ask.

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Trudeau government begins to reveal its clean energy strategy

Natural resources not only account for one-fifth of the economy, they also produce the majority of greenhouse gas emissions. Instead of being seen as part of the problem, resource people must be (and be seen to be) the solution provider. 

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From mill towns to metropolis, ports hold key to long-term prosperity

Latest news is a reminder that national prosperity is intricately linked to the west coast.

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Top 10 reasons why Canada's controversial Site C dam defied odds to win federal approval as future of clean energy

After years of protests, lawsuits, and even a hunger strike, Canada's federal government approves British Columbia's largest clean-energy project in decades.

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How often do city residents stop and think about resource dependencies?

Writing in The Asian Post, Stewart Muir of Resource Works takes stock of our options for strong communities and a dynamic broad economy.

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Does this sound familiar? A wry look at evidence-based conversations

For technical experts, wading into public conversations can be frustrating. Here's one website devoted to improved understanding.

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Everything you always wanted to know about every Canadian resource project but didn't know where to look

21 federal departments contributed to a remarkable mapping project that is now in soft-launch phase.

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For B.C.'s climate vision to succeed, federal leadership is past due

Researchers at North Carolina's Duke University recently lauded the B.C. carbon tax, observing that it has been "a politically difficult policy to implement, because support and opposition are concentrated in particular groups."

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Headlines, Hydro, and what was the real story?

There have been some memorable headlines in the world of journalism: “Red tape holds up new bridge” . . . “Grandmother of eight makes hole in one”.

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An emerging vision for public confidence

Natural resources are the backbone of the Canadian economy, and in Winnipeg the nation's energy and mines ministers come together to find a way forward.

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Got questions about oil tanker risk in Vancouver? Here's how to check the facts for yourself

A new ministerial panel on the TransMountain Pipeline Expansion proposal is currently hearing from the public about the project. Resource Works offers this guide to understanding what may, at times, seem to be contradictory information being put forward.

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British Columbia is Canada's uncontested climate leader - here's the evidence

The long-waited BC climate policy update must not punish residents with unfair anti-affordability measures that let other provinces off the hook.

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Our Barinder Rasode takes responsible resource message to the UN

Resource Works is just over two years old now, and there is new evidence that our values are resonating across society at a time of peak interest in our issues.

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Our biggest challenge: Building trust and confidence in resource development

Stewart Muir of Resource Works joins other Environmental Non-Government Organizations (ENGOs) at a breakthrough ministerial panel in Burnaby.

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Citizens require resource products, but they also need to know how land is respected and protected

Understanding the modern resource economy opens our eyes to a virtuous circle of discovery, development, social growth, technological innovation, and environmental protection. How can resource people succeed in telling this story? 

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Log exports part of sustainable forest industry in 2016

Should our trees only be processed in local mills? Or have global markets irreversibly affected how forest products are manufactured today? Here are 8 arguments for taking a global trade approach.

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Changing the conversation on energy transition

Let's move on from an "and-or" to an "and-more" mindset about how we fuel our daily lives, writes Resource Works executive director Stewart Muir. This commentary appeared in The Vancouver Sun on July 14, 2016.

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LNG news, as seen from two views

It’s been a classic month for both pessimists and optimists who watch the world of LNG:

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Energy fireworks making for a summer to remember on the west coast

Is the Paris Agreement on climate change a license for draconian, ill-considered attempts to radically overturn the world’s existing energy distribution systems? 

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Race for Resources: Pictures

The 1st annual Race for Resources took place on the 25th of June 2016. 

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Michelle Pockey: A heartbreaking loss for resource leadership

Michelle Pockey inspired many, not just in forestry and mining where she left a deep mark as an environmental lawyer. Her passing is a loss for resource leadership in British Columbia. 

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Meena Mann: Small town values, big city career

Emcee of the 1sth annual Race for Resources is steeped in British Columbia's rural heritage and the continuing reliance on responsible natural resources. 

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Will Trudeau government action on tanker ban re-open painful wound?

The history of the so-called offshore oil and gas moratorium and subsequent tanker exclusion in BC has little to do with environment and everything to do with contested territory.

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What federal scientists determined about the safety of this natural gas export proposal

Though natural gas from LNG is proven as the safest way to lower greenhouse gas emissions, there is a lot of competition to get it to market. Here is what federal scientists said about one project, the Pacific North West LNG proposal near Prince Rupert.

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What do you call a high-tech resource society driven by green innovation? How about B.C.-ism

City residents use British Columbia’s resource products such as natural gas on a daily basis, but how often do they stop to think about the significance of these goods in their own personal lives?

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Can First Nations veto resource developments?

We saw a national headline that read: “One in six First Nations vows to block pipelines; all claim veto power.” 

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If the world has lots of natural gas, why does Japan want Canada's?

A presentation by a Japanese company at a Canadian LNG conference shows that Japan wants Canada's LNG for very specific reasons related to its own energy strategy. 

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