I've been told that a change is as good as a rest. The same goes for seasons, particularly as summer winds down and Labour Day approaches. One more long weekend and then everyone returns to work or school routines. I'm looking forward to what comes next.
The CMJ staff held its planning meeting earlier this month, and looked ahead at next year's editorial calendar. We promise our readers plenty of timely information during 2004. We have a tentative line-up and room for late-breaking stories, so consider what you can look forward to.
In January we will again profile mining in Ontario, notably the Montcalm nickel-copper project near Timmins and the Macassa gold mine, which has been reopened in Kirkland Lake. This is the issue that CMJ does in conjunction with the Mining Association of Ontario, and they are supplying information on a breakthrough in understanding between the provincial government and mineral producers doing "good Samaritan" mine rehabilitation work.
Mining in Quebec will be featured later in the year. Exploration is prospering and government is warmly welcoming the mineral industry to one of Canada's most desirable mining provinces.
February is exploration month. Dr. Patrick Killeen again outlines new trends and developments. Then CMJ is taking a look at some of the juniors and the projects that have a chance of propelling them into the ranks of producers in the near future.
Base metal enthusiasts must read the April issue. We are going to take a close-up look as the Voisey's Bay nickel-copper-cobalt project nears the half-way point of construction in Labrador. And there is a new mine, the 777, reaching production near Flin Flon, Manitoba.
Gold never loses its shine nor closure plans their necessity, so in the June issue CMJ is going to revisit the Hemlo camp in northern Ontario. This time the topic is about winding down such an immensely profitable camp as three mines reach the end of their lives. And while we are on the topic of remediation, innovative plans are afoot for tackling the problem of underground storage of arsenic wastes in the Giant gold mine in Yellowknife.
August is our benchmark issue containing a list of the Top 40 Canadian mining companies. Next year we are going to revisit CMJ's capital spending survey. Find out where the money is going into mineral projects in this country. This is a must-read issue for the curious.
Anyone needing to find mine and mill supplies large or small will look forward to our annual Buyers Guide in November.
To wrap up the year, we look westward in the December issue. The coal industry has changed since Fording consolidated operations, and it is time to learn how the change is affecting the sector. In British Columbia, we will review exploration in the Eskay Creek area, again a active area for gold hunters. And we will find out how De Beer's Snap Lake diamond project is progressing in the Northwest Territories.
Plan to join CANADIAN MINING JOURNAL throughout the year, and learn something new in every issue.