Canadian Mining Journal

  • A federal budget with miners in mind

    May 1, 2016 by Matthew Peters

    On March 22, 2016, Canada’s Liberal party released its first Federal Budget since taking office last year, and despite projecting a staggering deficit of approximately $30 billion, the Budget brings welcome news for the Canadian mining industry in both what

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    TSXV response to commodities slump

    January 1, 2016 by James Clare

    In 2015, Canada’s junior stock exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange sunk to levels that a few years ago would have been inconceivable. This drop, caused primarily by the sustained slump in commodities, led the S&P/TSX Venture Composite Index to sink

  • Mining must include truth and reconciliation

    January 1, 2016 by Isadore Day, Wiindawtegowinini

    The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s six-volume, 2.3-million-word final report was issued on December 15, 2015. It not only contains stories from survivors of residential schools, but a set of 10 guiding principles and 94 recommendations or Calls to Action. While

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    Tailings disaster highlights risk management role of CSR norms

    January 1, 2016 by Michael Torrence

    There is a clear convergence of Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) expectations and legal risk for Canadian miners operating abroad. A recent example of this can be found in the recent tailings dam breach at an iron-ore mine run by Samarco

  • First Nations women are an untapped resource

    January 1, 2016 by Bruce Sprague

    First Nations women are an untapped resource We are staring down the barrel of a skilled labour shortage that could leave as many as 100, 000 Canadian mining jobs empty in the coming decade. It’s too late to sit back

  • DIAMONDS: CPAWS very wrong about Victor mine

    December 22, 2015 by Marilyn Scales

    Remember hearing that “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing”? Here is a contemporary corollary: “Especially when you cherry-pick your facts to make another look bad.” The case in point is the report circulated by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness

  • Setting the tone, pace and opportunity for positive change

    December 1, 2015 by Isadore Day, Wiindawtegowinini

    The new federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau comes with very high expectations for all Canadians, especially for First Nations. We have endured a decade of darkness and despair under a Conservative regime – First Nations are ready to

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    Colombia, a country of challenges and opportunities

    December 1, 2015 by Hernan Rodriguez and Jean-Phillippe Buteau

    The drop in global commodity prices, market volatility and the general crisis suffered by the mining industry throughout the world has seriously affected the industry; nevertheless, medium- and long-term investment opportunities are being generated, particularly in countries that do not

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    Contemplating binding CSR Dispute Resolution in Canada

    December 1, 2015 by Michael Torrance

    What will the election result and new government in Canada mean for corporate social responsibility (CSR)? The Harper Government’s CSR Strategy for the Extractive Sector (CSR Strategy) was adopted in 2009, adopting some but not all of the recommendations of

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    A letter to the Prime Minister on mining in Canada

    December 1, 2015 by Sander Grieve

    Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: Congratulations on your election victory! As you settle into your new office I am sure you are struck by the awesomeness of your accomplishment and of country which has chosen you. Ours is a country rich

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    Harnessing information technology to drive productivity gains

    December 1, 2015 by Iain Thompson

    In the mining sector, if someone is talking about productivity, they usually mean cost-cutting initiatives which have tended to yield modest or short-term results at best. According to EY’s global survey, (Productivity in Mining: Now Comes the Hard Part) mining

  • News

    COMMENT: New NRCan minister Jim Carr of Winnipeg

    November 5, 2015 by Marilyn Scales

    What a lovely day in Ottawa on Nov. 4 to swear in a new Prime Minister and his Cabinet. It was all warm sunshine and a renewed hope for better days ahead for PM Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government. Trudeau’s Cabinet