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Natural Resources

Jan 6, 2010
Abolishing B.C.'s ALR
Diane Katz

The Agricultural Land Reserve in B.C. doesn’t work – so let’s get rid of it, argues the Fraser Institute's Diane Katz. As most every executive has discovered, instigating change can be a challenge. Beneficiaries of the status quo do not readily relinquish their privileges. When it comes to reforming government, however, the resistance can turn irrational, as if more effective policy were something to fear rather than embrace.

Dec 2, 2009
Teck Is Back in Black
Andrew MacLeod

After a roller-coaster year that brought it to the brink of collapse, Teck Resources is riding high again. But how does Teck’s increasing reliance 
on selling coal to China mesh with the “green economy” being touted by our provincial government?

Nov 4, 2009
Kitimat LNG's Port of Calling
Peter Severinson

Against considerable odds, the team behind Calgary-based Kitimat LNG Inc. dreams of building a shipping terminal on B.C.’s coast outside of Kitimat that will take natural gas piped in from across Western Canada, freeze it to a dense liquid (LNG stands for liquid natural gas) and load it onto ships bound for customers in Asia.

Nov 4, 2009
Boom and Bust in B.C.'s Northwest
by Christopher Pollon

How a proposed power line is reviving a centuries-old dream 
of economic prosperity for 
B.C.’s beleaguered northwest Six times a day, yellow transport trucks carry copper concentrate from the open-pit Huckleberry mine down the main drag of Stewart, B.C. They rumble past the pastel-hued tourist traps, kicking dust onto the windows of the recently closed Home Hardware store, en route to a dying deepsea port that 100 years ago was poised to become B.C.’s biggest.

Aug 5, 2009
Silver Linings
as told to Peter Severinson

So the founders of Silver Wheaton Corp. invented a novel business plan to overcome this limitation: giving upfront cash to base-metal miners for the future silver they’ll unearth as they dig for other metals. The risk is that if those...

Jul 3, 2009
Beyond the Woods: Timberwest and Real Estate
Brennan Clarke

Last summer’s decision by forestry giant TimberWest to parcel off 54,000 hectares of land for potential real estate development caught many Vancouver Island residents by surprise. It also left people across the Island wondering about the future of their communities – and the place for forestry within them.

Jul 3, 2009
Canada's DFO: Managed to Fail
Tyee Bridge

ON A GREY AND DRIZZLY DAY in March, the Granville Island fish wharf is quiet. No customers handing over cash for frozen-at-sea salmon fillets, and only a couple of lunch eaters at the Go Fish food stand. Carte Blanche, Dane...

Jul 2, 2009
Green Giants: Jade in B.C.
Claude Adams

Jade is China’s national stone and seen as a bridge between Heaven and Earth. It’s the must-wear gem of the rising Chinese middle class. All of which makes some miners in northern B.C. – home to more high-quality jade than anywhere else on earth – very, very happy.

Jun 3, 2009
Kind of Blue
Allen Garr

Whoever said you can’t have too much of a good thing wasn’t talking to the folks who grow blueberries in this province. In the past few years, farmers producing B.C.’s highest-revenue fruit crop ($120 million in 2008) have seen prices...

May 6, 2009
Power Struggle: Run of River Power in B.C.
Craig Orr | Donald McInnes

It’s hardly surprising that the proposed Bute Inlet hydro project emerged recently as the latest flashpoint in the ongoing war of words between private river developers and an increasingly concerned public, says Craig Orr, executive director of Coquitlam-based Watershed Watch Salmon Society.

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