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Natural Resources

Jun 1, 2007
Comox Valley Agriculture: La nouvelle Provence
Ryan Stuart

Often it’s said that men personify their vehicles, and the three professionals standing in a fallow field near the Oyster River on Vancouver Island definitely do. Lifelong farmer Patrick Evans’s truck is littered with leftover hay, mud covers the sides and there’s the distinct aroma of cow manure.

Apr 1, 2007
Kitimat and Terrace B.C.: A Tale of Two Towns
Don Whiteley

In one corner: the town of Kitimat, with suspicions that Alcan wants to halt aluminum production in favour of selling power to BC Hydro. It’s doing everything it can to foil the aluminum giant’s electricity sales.

Oct 2, 2006
The Resource Sector: Dead End Jobs
Ben Parfitt

As northern winter days go it wasn't bad: minus-10 degrees Celsius with a mild breeze that never came close to whipping up the thin layer of snow that blanketed the ground and dusted the conifers. There would be no rain...

Sep 1, 2006
Mineral Exploaration and Mining: Rock Stars
By David Jordan

It’s mid-morning on a sunny Friday in July, and most of the offices on the south side of the 16th floor of the Guinness Tower in downtown Vancouver are empty. To Mark O’Dea, president and CEO of Fronteer Development Group, that’s good news. His employees haven’t phoned in sick to...

Sep 1, 2006
Canada's Softwood Lumber: Raw deal
Trevor Boddy

On August 16, 1812, U.S. General William Hull surrendered Fort Detroit, without firing a shot, to a much smaller force of British, Canadian and First Nations troops. It still stands as one of the most humiliating defeats in U.S. military...

Jul 1, 2006
West African Hardwood: Out of Africa
William Mbaho

It’s 35 degrees Celsius in Accra on a February afternoon and former Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark looks comfortable, despite wearing a business suit and tie in the sweltering West African heat. A frequent ¬visitor to the capital of Ghana, Clark isn’t breaking a sweat. His B.C.-based company, Clark Sustainable...

Jun 25, 2006
B.C. Forestry: The Battle Against a Billion Beetles
Tony Wanless

Problem: The decimation of B.C.’s $19-billion forest industry by the mountain pine beetle. Solution: A three-pronged approach that tries to help the trees, the lumber and the communities at stake. In a world trained by half-hour television drama solutions and B-school case...

Jun 2, 2006
Uranium Mining: Hot Commodity
Sarah Efron

As the price of uranium hits an all-time high, B.C. junior mining companies can’t resist taking another look at the controversial hot commodity. Sky-high oil prices are giving nuclear power – with its zero greenhouse gas emissions – a rosy glow, after all.

Jun 1, 2006
Water Privatization: Tapped
Andrew Findlay

Is it possible for water, a substance that eschews arbitrary political borders and respects only those prescribed by topography and the forces of nature, to be owned and commodified? If you mention water and privatization in the same sentence in this province, you may as well wear a mink coat to an animal rights convention.

Sep 1, 2005
B.C. Coastal Forestry Crisis: Work Cut Out
Brian Howell

The financial train wreck that is B.C.’s coastal forest industry needs a hero, someone with the brains, stomach and leadership savvy to turn things around – fast. Eyes are falling to Reid Carter, and he’s feeling the pressure.

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