Natural Resources

Aug 24, 2021
Can B.C. stake its claim as a leader in responsible mineral extraction?
Ryan Stuart

The Deer Horn mining project was unusual from the start. When an area in the Coast Mountains south of Smithers first intrigued him back in 2010, Tony Fogarassy didn’t send in a field geologist on a clandestine rock-bashing mission. The...

Jul 29, 2021
Opinion: How B.C. can become the Silicon Valley for carbon capture and reliable clean energy
Craig Golinowski

Over the past few decades, B.C. has built a well-deserved reputation throughout North America and beyond as a clean energy/cleantech powerhouse and hub. Now it’s well positioned to add carbon capture and storage (CCS) to that broader mix of accomplishments. Notable...

Jun 3, 2021
How the B.C. mining industry can transform itself into a global leader in sustainability—and what’s stopping it
Pallavi Rao

B.C. has all the tools to become a global leader in sustainable mining, but with that opportunity comes challenges and a narrowing window to make it reality. That’s one of the takeaways from PwC Canada’s 53rd annual report on the...

Feb 22, 2021
BC Aquaculture Innovation Awards dangle $325,000 in prizes for 3 lucky winners
By the Editors

Got an innovative idea for the B.C. aquaculture industry? The provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) and Innovate BC want to hear from you soon. Applications are now open for the 2021 BC Aquaculture Innovation Awards, which will see...

Feb 19, 2021
The Innovators: Lucara Diamond devised new ways to mine and market giant gems
Michael McCullough

It’s no accident that Lucara Diamond Corp. has, over the past seven years, unearthed a third of the world’s diamonds in excess of 300 carats. Granted, the Vancouver-based, Toronto Stock Exchange–listed company’s Karowe mine in Botswana is extraordinarily rich in such...

Feb 19, 2021
Russell Starr keeps being wrong about buying gold. But he still thinks he's right
Nick Rockel

When Russell Starr looks at the frothy U.S. stock market, he sees big trouble ahead. “I still think my thesis is right,” says the president and CEO of Vancouver-headquartered Trillium Gold Mines. “And that is, this just doesn’t end well.” Starr, who is based in Toronto, keeps sticking to his belief that investing in gold—and, theoretically, cryptocurrency—is a smarter bet than chasing the latest hot stock...

Feb 1, 2021
To reduce B.C.’s climate disaster risk, shake up the logging industry: report
By the Editors

Like the rest of the world, B.C. is running out of time to head off the fires, droughts, floods and other natural disasters that the climate crisis will bring our way. The provincial government just got served notice that reforming...

Jan 27, 2021
Discrimination in the mining business is real, but there’s good news, too. Just ask these four industry veterans
Nick Rockel

Moderator Kendra Johnston didn’t mince words when she kicked off a recent panel discussion. Johnston, president and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration, explained that she looked for midcareer geologists and mining engineers from a variety of ethnic backgrounds to...

Jan 22, 2021
As the world electrifies, the mining industry will strike gold, Robert Friedland predicts
By the Editors

Robert Friedland returned to his old B.C. stomping grounds this week. The legendary mining financier delivered the opening keynote speech for AME Remote Roundup, a virtual edition of the Association for Mineral Exploration’s annual conference. Friedland joined attendees via video from Singapore, his home base...

Jan 7, 2021
Vancity beats other Canadian banks and credit unions to net-zero pledge
By the Editors

It won’t happen overnight—not by a long shot—but Canada’s biggest community credit union is getting out of financing fossil fuels. Vancouver City Savings Credit Union just became the first bank or credit union in the country to commit to net-zero carbon emissions across its entire lending portfolio. Vancity plans to reach that goal by 2040, a decade ahead of the global target encouraged by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

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