We at CMJ would like to wish all our friends and acquaintances the happiest of holidays, however they plan to celebrate.
This is the time to look back on a year in our industry that was anything but dull. Prices remained strong, making almost all commodities attractive exploration and mining targets. We saw mergers large and small. Foreign companies took over almost all of the Canadian nickel industry. Gold miners were pairing up at breakneck speed, with one notable rejection. Nickel developments announced during the year each had billion-dollar-plus price tags, and the number of dollars committed to oil sands development and expansion adds up to tens of billions.
We offer a big thank you to all our readers, without whom our jobs would be meaningless. We cannot remember any other time that has been so frenzied or when we have had so many interesting stories to report. It has been our pleasure to keep you informed. We hope you find the Canadian mining industry as interesting as we do.
And an extra thanks to all our readers who took the time to respond to what we have published on the Web: Rick Adams, Ian Bandklayder, Don Bubar, Sabine Goetz, Matthew James, Gavin Ritson, Roy Rupert, Duane Studer, Stan Sudol. Keep those letters coming.
Thanks are due, too, to all the organizations who support CMJ with their advertising. Without their backing, we editors would have very little space to fill and many good stories would go untold.
We are ready to celebrate the end of this year, and we wish the same happy holidays to all our readers, correspondents and supporters.