Canadian Mining Journal

  • ECONOMY: Canada’s territories on diverging GDP paths: Conference Board of Canada

    September 22, 2016 by John Cumming, The Northern Miner

    It’s tough enough to have an economy dependent on commodity cycles, but doubly so in the small economies of Canada’s three territories, where the opening or closing of a single mine can make the difference between a growing or shrinking

  • News

    Editorial: Metallurgical coal prices go through the roof

    September 14, 2016 by Canadian Mining Journal

    While so much attention this year has focused on gold, it’s metallurgical coal that has suddenly become the unlikely star performer of 2016. Traders in metallurgical coal, also known as “coking coal,” saw the Steel Index price of premium hard

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    Editorial: Texas to build its own gold depository

    September 1, 2016 by Canadian Mining Journal

    When the average person thinks about Texas, a few words and phrases quickly come to mind: old-school, wealthy, isolationist, entrepreneurial and open-carry. Happily we can roll all these elements into one perfect Texas story for gold bugs: the news that

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    COMMENT: Can sex sell junior mines?

    August 8, 2016 by Marilyn Scales

    I thought the days of trotting out scantily clad women to entice people to buy a product were long gone. Evidently not, if Toronto-based KWG Resources manages to separate investors from their money using such an archaic and humiliating practice.

  • COMMENT: Conference Board banking on resource jobs

    July 19, 2016 by Marilyn Scales

    OTTAWA – In a report released today, the Conference Board of Canada is optimistic about the job outlook in the resource sector, calling it “a gold mine for employment opportunities.” I don’t know about a gold mine, but we industry

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    Editorial: Uncertainty on the horizon in the Yukon

    June 27, 2016 by Canadian Mining Journal

    VANCOUVER — The winds of legislative change out of Ottawa are shifting regulatory expectations for natural resource development across Canada, and the Yukon government is feeling the impact. The Trudeau Liberals have expressed a desire to rejuvenate Canadians’ “trust in

  • Feature

    On the firing line

    June 1, 2016 by Marilyn Scales

    The forest fires near Fort McMurray, AB, that started on May 2, are finally abating as press time nears at the end of the month. The fire, dubbed “The Beast,” blazed virtually unchecked for three weeks fanned by wind and

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    COMMENT: Fort McMurray fires move north toward oil sands mines

    May 18, 2016 by Marilyn Scales

    The wildfires that started on May 2 and forced the evacuation of almost 90,000 people from Fort McMurray, AB, have not abated. Hot, dry weather and the winds generated by the firestorms themselves burned through the town two weeks ago

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    COMMENT: Wildfires force Fort McMurray residents to flee

    May 4, 2016 by Marilyn Scales

    As if northern Alberta hadn’t been the target of enough misfortune in the collapse of the oil price, now tens of thousands of Fort McMurray residents have been forced to evacuate as wildfires ravage the town. So many jobs were

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    COMMENT: Worldwide ranking of mine engineering schools released

    March 24, 2016 by Marilyn Scales

    LONDON, UK – The first ever ranking of the world’s mineral engineering schools has been compiled as part of the QS World University Rankings by Subject. The entire list can be found at Click on “Mineral & Mining Engineering.”

  • COMMENT: World Bank bears down on commodity outlook

    January 27, 2016 by Marilyn Scales

    It seems the World Bank has only bearish opinions on commodity prices for this year. In its Q1 2016 Commodity Markets Outlook, it highlighted weak growth in emerging economies and commodity markets. None of what the bank predicted gives the

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    COMMENT: The 100-year legacy of the Obuasi gold mine

    October 14, 2015 by Marilyn Scales

    Anything that keeps working for more than a century is worthy of note. That includes the Obuasi gold mine in Ghana. Dating back to 1897, it was well past the 100-year mark before owner AngloGold Ashanti put it on care-and-maintenance