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Natural Resources

Sep 18, 2017
Ocean Wise adds B.C. kelp to its menu of sustainable seafood choices
By BCBusiness

Kelp is a superfood, especially high in iodine, which improves thyroid function and metabolism. It has become popular in recent years among mainstream chefs and foodies, leading B.C. fisheries to boost production 43 per cent from 2014 to 2016, from 281 tonnes to 400 tonnes, according to Ocean Wise. The Ocean Wise program...

Sep 15, 2017
Coal snap: Tumbler Ridge residents have reason to hope
Marcie Good

Dean Turner noticed that more people were buying bedding plants this spring at his Ace Hardware store in Tumbler Ridge. With more than 100 departments, including lumber, major appliances, toys, pet supplies, health and beauty, and ammunition, the shop is...

Aug 25, 2017
Will a B.C. company revive tin mining in Cornwall?
By BCBusiness

Cornish mining is having a moment. BBC One's Poldark TV series, based on Winston Graham's novels about an 18th-century copper-mining family in Cornwall, is into its third season, while in the real world, things are looking up for at least one...

Aug 10, 2017
B.C. government to join legal challenge against Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion
By BCBusiness

The provincial government announced today that it will take steps to protect B.C.’s interests against increased tanker traffic that would result from the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The government has retained lawyer Thomas Berger, author of the groundbreaking 1977 Berger Report...

Jul 24, 2017
Have energy companies made secret deals with B.C. First Nations leaders?
Trevor Jang

In February 2015, when Andrew Genaille walked into his local coffee shop in Chilliwack, he didn’t expect to see two men from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. They were waiting to meet the elected chief and council of his First Nation.

Jul 20, 2017
B.C. kelp farming is untapped resource
Brad Badelt

Louis Druehl started farming kelp back in 1982, in the aptly named Kelp Bay, just west of Port Alberni. His was the first and, at the time, only commercial seaweed operation in North America. Druehl farmed a one-acre patch of...

Jul 14, 2017
CCPA slams natural gas biz on water use, First Nations rights
By BCBusiness

The natural gas sector in northeastern British Columbia is booming. But its thirst for water violates First Nations’ rights, according to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The paper, by Ben Parfitt, a resource policy analyst...

Jul 5, 2017
Why your business should rethink its relationship with plastic
Steve Burgess

Whole foods? Great in theory, but in real life inconvenient and annoying. Much better to cut them up and enclose them in plastic. Presumably that’s why the Whole Foods Market Inc. supermarket chain briefly tried marketing pre-peeled oranges in plastic...

May 19, 2017
Cleantech firm MineSense offers the mining industry a way to boost profits while cutting pollution
Nick Rockel

Mining companies everywhere are having a tough time finding high-grade ore because others have beaten them to it. At the same time, the industry faces pressure to clean up its environmental act. MineSense Technologies Ltd. seeks to solve both of...

May 19, 2017
Raising fish in containers on land is eco-friendly. The next step is growing vegetables in the same water
Felicity Stone

Is salmon raised on land the future of seafood?” asked National Geographic in a story about Kuterra LP, a farm established in 2013 by the ’Namgis First Nation in Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to raise Atlantic salmon in tanks.

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