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Natural Resources

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.

Jul 1, 2005
B.C.'s Environmental Economy: A Sinking Feeling
Katherine Gordon

It’s July – the Lower Mainland’s favourite season. Weeks on end of virtually rain-free frolicking on local beaches; fresh berries on restaurant dessert menus; skipping work for a little fishing or golf in the afternoons. But while some rejoice in...

Nov 1, 2004
Land Administration in Mine Affected Areas: Land Forces
Derek Moscato

The project is called Land Administration in Mine Affected Areasç—LAMAA. And it’s an example of how international aid—in this case delivered via two companies from B.C.—may make a difference to a struggling nation. It is May 10, 2003. Ian Lloyd, a...

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