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Natural Resources

Mar 1, 2008
How a Gulf Island almost became home to B.C.'s first LNG plant
Ryan Stuart

Back in 2008, long before LNG became a soundbite, a few companies began quietly scouting locations for the province's first liquified natural gas plant. Here's the story of the plant that almost ended up in the Gulf Islands

Feb 1, 2008
B.C. Fisheries: The Strife Aquatic
Don Whiteley

The DFO cites a stack of scientific reports supporting its conclusion that “they graze on the mucous and skin of fish, and usually have little impact on their health and survival” (dfo-mpo.gc.ca; select “Aquaculture” under “Subjects,” then “Sea Lice” under...

Feb 1, 2008
B.C. Fish Farmers' Organic Battle
Don Whiteley

Established in 1990, Tofino-based Creative Salmon Co. Ltd. is a small operation that produces 1,500 tonnes of salmon annually. It has fish-farm operations in the waters of Clayoquot Sound and in the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations. From its inception, this company has followed a path toward what...

Jan 18, 2008
B.C. Hydro: Power to The People (Who Need It)
Tony Wanless

Umedaly is a veteran of the alternative energy industry, including a stint at Ballard Power and shepherding power conversion company Xantrex Technology for almost a decade. Now he's in charge of the province's biggest power producer. With his business and green background, Umedaly is the obvious choice to lead the BC...

Nov 1, 2007
B.C.'s Mining Climate: Who's Hot, Who's Not
Peter Kennedy

With commodity prices soaring, the B.C. mining climate has been enjoying a revival, but recent regulatory decisions have put the chill on a couple of projects. In this new, suddenly frosty market, we take a look at the major players hoping to escape the freeze.

Nov 1, 2007
Trash for Cash
Ryan Stuart

The plant could produce 40 to 60 jobs, generate $1 million in taxes, and spin off related businesses. Steam from the generator could heat vegetable greenhouses or water for a land-based tropical food-fish aquaculture operation. And air emissions from the...

Oct 1, 2007
Brace for a Hydro Shock
by John Calvert

While the B.C. government is extensively promoting the benefits of its “green” private power agenda, BC Hydro customers – including businesses across the province – should get ready for a major sticker shock in the coming years. The era of cheap, publicly owned hydro is rapidly coming to an end.

Oct 1, 2007
The Great Bear Market
Andrew Findlay

The Great Bear Rainforest is being trumpeted as a model of modern conservation that will bring business, environmentalists and First Nations together. But we’re not the only ones with a stake in its success; big U.S. non-profits have a major say in what happens on B.C.’s forest floor.

Oct 1, 2007
A River Runs Through It
Don Whiteley

The main item of contention here is the North Fork of the Flathead River, which flows from headwaters in B.C. across the U.S. border along the west side of Montana’s Glacier National Park, one of the jewels of the U.S. national park system, and into Flathead Lake.

Aug 1, 2007
Conflict Oil: Risky Business
Peter Severinson

This desert-covered land in northeast Africa has been fractured by warring tribal militias for 16 years. But if all goes well, Vancouver-based Canmex Minerals Corp. will be trucking a drilling rig through the countryside looking for oil deposits sometime next year, according to Schmitt, the company’s president and CEO. “Obviously...

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