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Natural Resources

Oct 23, 2017
Vancouver-based Plastic Bank wins UN award, is slated to meet the Pope
Nathan Caddell

Another United Nations climate change conference, another prestigious award for the Plastic Bank, a Vancouver-based company that has fought to bring a halt to ocean plastic. The Plastic Bank will receive one of 19 Lighthouse Momentum for Change Activity awards at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) summit, which runs from November 6...

Oct 16, 2017
Fish feud: Will changes to the West Coast salmon industry hurt or help independent fishermen?
Andrew Findlay

Classic rock blares from the wheelhouse radio. Skipper Quincy Sample layers on fibreglass in a waist-deep cockpit at the stern of his boat, making repairs to the 42-foot vessel in anticipation of a commercial salmon fishery opening in June. Gulls...

Sep 29, 2017
Entrepreneur of the Year 2017: Mining & Metals
Jacob Parry

On a Sunday in October 2009, William Lamb got a text message from a friend in South Africa: “Do you have $42 million—because you may need it by the end of the week.” “I knew straight away what it was...

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...

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