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May 11, 2016
How climate change is helping one Okanagan vintner create the perfect Chardonnay
Timothy Taylor

You don’t come across a lot of feel-good business stories about climate change. Global warming is more typically reported as a cost. A 2013 report from the nonprofit Center for Climate and Energy Solutions in Virginia put the real cost to businesses globally of the previous year’s abnormal weather at...

May 10, 2016
No rebound in sight for B.C. mining sector
Marcie Good

The five-year slump in commodity prices does not appear to be ending anytime soon, says Karina Briño, the president of the Mining Association of B.C., in an aunnual industry survey authored by PwC “What I think we are seeing now is an actual correction,” said Briño. “Prices aren’t coming up the way...

May 4, 2016
B.C.’s mines regulator failing at its job, says auditor general
Jacob Parry

The ministry responsible for regulating B.C.’s mining industry is failing at its job, concluded a harsh report from the office of B.C.’s Auditor General Carol Bellringer. Bellringer recommended that the government remove its mining compliance and enforcement program from the Ministry of Energy and Mines, stating that “the environmental risks...

May 3, 2016
Oil and gas workers are Canada's happiest employees—when they can find work
Marcie Good

Workers in the oil and gas sector in Canada reported higher levels of job satisfaction than other sectors, according to a new survey compiled by recruitment firm Hays Canada. According to the report, 27 per cent of employees in the energy industry felt “very happy” in their current role. This was...

May 1, 2016
How the new federal government is helping B.C. regain its green reputation
Andrew Findlay

When former premier Gordon Campbell introduced the Climate Action Plan in 2008, it was revolutionary for North America—long considered an environmental laggard in the western world. The provincial government’s plan included a revenue-neutral carbon tax (intended to rise over time), a zero emission policy for 93 per cent of new power generation...

Apr 26, 2016
Two in three in Vancouver approve of dispensaries
Jacob Parry

Two-thirds of Vancouver residents think that marijuana dispensaries should be allowed to operate while less than a quarter said they should not, according to a poll from Forum Research released Tuesday, days before the city is set to shut down dozens of illegal dispensaries on Friday, May 1. The poll found...

Apr 21, 2016
Pot producers get creative as feds mull reforms
Jacob Parry

If you want to know what happened to the lofty dreams of B.C.’s medical marijuana hopefuls, look no further than Bellingham. In a white-panelled warehouse across from that city’s airport, Otto Folprecht—CEO of Vodis Pharmaceuticals Inc.—rents out a climate-controlled, 450,000-square-foot grow-op for $3 million a year. It’s one of only...

Apr 14, 2016
Study gauges economic effect of clean-energy sector
Felicity Stone

B.C.’s clean-energy sector is spending as much on projects as the provincial health care and health care and social assistance sector, almost double the total projected investment in port and harbour facilities and more than double the projected investment in the mining sector, according to a study commissioned by the...

Apr 11, 2016
Helicopter crews snip tree tops to find minerals underground
Felicity Stone

Clues to what mineral deposits are in the soil could be found in the tree tops. At the Kamloops Exploration Group Conference, an industry conference in Kamloops April 12 and 13, Geoscience BC will release the results of a new tree-top sampling program led by Noble Exploration Services Ltd., a...

Mar 29, 2016
Fracking causes small quakes in northeast B.C.: study
Felicity Stone

A new study has found a high degree of correlation between hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and earthquakes in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin straddling the border between B.C. and Alberta. The WCSB contains one of the world’s largest reserves of oil and natural gas. Fracking, which involves injecting fluids under pressure along...

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