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OPINION: Sustainable solutions needed for remote mining

OPINION: 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.
Productivity most critical mining issue

Productivity most critical mining issue

Of the five important issues the mining industry in Canada needs to address (demographics, mine productivity, environmental performance, exploration, and remote mine development) the most critical is productivity.
Education is not advocacy

Education is not advocacy

I had a fascinating meeting several years ago with the then-finance minister of New Brunswick.
Mining industry facing major hurdles

Mining industry facing major hurdles

The mining industry, in Canada and elsewhere, is facing major challenges — now brought into sharp focus by weak demand and low prices.