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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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National Energy Board vs. Vancouver Mayor: Survey Results

Last week we asked what you thought about Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson's latest attack on the National Energy Board.

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What does it take to drive a modern economy?

One remarkable quality of British Columbia's natural resource economy is that it does its work quietly, yet in plain view. 

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Are you ready for the Winner’s Circle?

Imagine the thrill of standing in the Winner’s Circle and hearing your name over the loudspeaker at Hastings Park.

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NORTHERN GATEWAY: When the going gets tough, the tough start writing letters

If you are a supporter of economic opportunity, job creation, benefit sharing with communities, and new markets for Canadian energy, here’s your opportunity to write to the National Energy Board and reiterate the reasons for why the pipeline should go ahead.

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The real backbone of green technology

Renewable energy has an enviable position in the court of public opinion. All the while, natural resources that make renewables possible are regularly decried by self-proclaimed progressives pushing to leave everything in the ground.

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Spreading the Word: Vancouver Courier series

Resource Works stars, and spreads its messages, in a special series in The Vancouver Courier.

There are three parts to it:

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Why we’re dressing up on Saturday June 25

Race for Resources is an event in the long tradition of summertime equestrian events.

You’ve heard of Royal Ascot, the Kentucky Derby, and Vancouver’s own Deighton Cup. Race for Resources is something like those events—and has a great cause attached to it. 

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Public confidence: the challenge of our times

Here are some words to think about as we see quality projects that are of clear benefit stalled by protracted and increasingly unpredictable public processes. 

The following excerpts are drawn from a new paper by Professor Monica Gattinger of the University of Ottawa. 

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Race for Resources highlight: Dan Jukich

We’ve mentioned some of the highlights of our Resource Works “Race for Resources Day” at Hastings Racecourse on Saturday, June 25:

A buffet lunch, friends, photos, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live music, a roaming photographer, and our own personal betting kiosk.

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Rallying behind Rally4Resources

We have tipped our hat several times to the “real people” of BC’s pro-LNG campaigns: FSJ for LNG, FNforLNG, and their members who took the LNGorBust bus to Ottawa.

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Refining bitumen in BC the green way

In BC, the greening of bitumen may not be all that far off. Earlier last month, the Kitimat Clean Refinery took the first step towards seeking environmental assessment from the BC government for a project to refine bitumen. 

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Help build a campaign: Support Race for Resources on June 25

We need to your help to protect prosperity in British Columbia. Buy a ticket for Race for Resources, or sponsor a race. Failing to act means placing our responsible, prosperous future at risk. 

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Regular people with a message for Ottawa

The “LNG or Bust” campaigners have done far more than drive a one-time BC HandiDart bus from Fort St. John to Ottawa, by way of Edmonton, Calgary, Regina and Winnipeg.

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Bringing our messages home to the city: a new milestone for Resource Works mission

We often hear it lamented that resources make city life possible, yet urban dwellers are noticeably detached from the realities of their material existence. 

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Canada's energy dilemma

Pressure from the international community to minimize increases in global temperature is mounting, and CO2 emissions reduction strategies are becoming valuable political capital for environmentally-conscious political parties the world over.

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Social licence: “Opponents’ permission”

It’s a piece of oh-so-predictable theatre that we have seen before, as the recent headlines illustrate:

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British Columbians have granted social license for oil pipelines: newest poll

Despite strenuous campaigns by some in the environmental movement, there is little public opinion pressure on the Liberal government to scrap these projects, according to Abacus Data

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Countdown: Just one month until the Race for Resources

At Resource Works, we have worked relentlessly for two years to build understanding about the benefits of responsible resources. If you value this, here is your chance to help ensure the project can continue.

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Mining jobs in the city: Harder to see, but we have lodes of them

British Columbia's largest export is minerals, accounting for $140 billion in export value over the decade to 2014. We know this means lots of jobs, so why do mining people struggle to illustrate this to others?

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May 26: DYK it's Resource Recognition Day across Canada?

A range of activities are scheduled for this Thursday as business leaders across the country take a close look at resource activities.

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What's coming up in June? Turns out to be a busy month for Resource Works

June looks to be busy for your executive team, and a glance at the calendar reminds us there are many events coming up that will help us to get the word out about the cause.

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Natural gas mission to Ottawa has set the bar high

New Canadian leads convoy to Ottawa with a clear message on LNG

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A testing time for pipeline twinning project

What does it look like when a major infrastructure project is hardened in the crucible of years of intense public scrutiny?

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Media Guide to Trans Mountain Expansion Project decision

For journalists covering the Trans Mountain Expansion Project decision on May 19, 2016 we've put together this handy guide to key topics likely to come up.

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They call it 'FSJ for LNG'

They call it 'FSJ for LNG'. And it shows a lot of community support for BC natural-gas to be tuned into LNG.Writer Dean Pelkey asks if Justin Trudeau and his cabinet will listen. 

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Timber dollars sticker sends a clear message in Prince George

Travelling through Prince George, our advisory council member Mona Forster snapped this photo at Summit Insurance. 

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Marine planning must balance environment and economy

Many sectors of our economy rely on our coastal waters as their “marine highway.”

In Part One of our examination, we looked at issues raised by coastal marine management and regulatory developments.

Now Karen Graham and Denise Mullen look further into it all.

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SheTalks Resources “powerful and motivating day”

Geologist Andrea Cade reports on our SheTalks Resources event in Vancouver, and looks forward to the 2017 edition.

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Annual look at mining confirms times are tough – with a notable exception

In general, 2015 was another difficult year for the mining industry in British Columbia, given the continued downturn in global metal and mineral prices. In its annual report on BC mining, released during Mining Week in Vancouver, PwC illustrated this story in detail. 

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Waiting for the impact of UNDRIP

The Trudeau government’s endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, unflatteringly known as UNDRIP, is already causing gloom and glee.

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A New Marine Regulatory Regime on BC’s Coast? - Part 1

These posts on BC’s marine regulatory regime originate from the February 2016 issue of the Environment and Energy Bulletin for the Business Council of British Columbia.

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