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Riding the National Dream becomes nightmarish

Riding the National Dream becomes nightmarish

There is no question who is slowly euthanizing the greatest of all Canadian passenger trains, the world-renowned Canadian on the Toronto-Sudbury-Vancouver route. It’s former Crown corporation Canadian National (CN).
Op-Ed: Michael Gravelle

Op-Ed: Michael Gravelle

‘Thought leaders’ gather for Sudbury Mining Innovation Summit
Getting the small things right

Getting the small things right

Northern Policy Institute recently released a briefing note about how data is (or isn’t) being collected in Northern Ontario, and how this can impact our knowledge and perception of important public policy issues in the region.
Sustainable solutions needed for remote mining

Sustainable solutions needed for remote mining

The most significant mineral discoveries in Canada the last two decades are the base-metal deposits found in the Ring of Fire.
New mindset needed for exploration

New mindset needed for exploration

Discovering new orebodies and opening new mines in Northern Ontario is urgent and necessary.
Electoral Reform – what is best for the North?

Electoral Reform – what is best for the North?

There is a growing national debate about electoral reform in Canada. Putting aside issues of democracy, representativeness, fairness and government stability for a moment, let’s focus on what is known as “realpolitik.
Avoiding decision-based evidence-seeking

Avoiding decision-based evidence-seeking

Evidence-based decision-making is all the rage nowadays. Everyone, of every political stripe and every cause, claims to be advocating that decisions should reflect the “evidence.
Industry failing in environmental conduct

Industry failing in environmental conduct

For the metal mining industry around the world, typically producing grades of less than five per cent, it is the management of waste rock and tailings (sand- and silt-sized particles of rock from around the grains of valuable mineral) that has the gr
Innovation key to mining longevity

Innovation key to mining longevity

In my last article, I made the case that innovation is essential for improving mine productivity so that mines can attract new investment; the question is how this should be funded? Funding for research and innovation across the Canadian economy is e
Does Northern Ontario need more people?

Does Northern Ontario need more people?

The demographic shift is upon us, and has been for a while. Our overall population is falling and our total population is aging.