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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.
Summer is over: let’s get back on track

Summer is over: let’s get back on track

Although I have been out of school for many years, when September comes around, I still feel the excitement of the first day of school.
We can help people afford to save for retirement

We can help people afford to save for retirement

Like many other Ontarians, I have been following the debate about the introduction of our very own provincial pension plan with some interest. The latest reasoning put forward in support of the plan has me truly perplexed.
Ontario mining state of play

Ontario mining state of play

Ontario will have to confront a decline in the mining industry over the next five to 10 years.
FedNor: who calls the shots matters

FedNor: who calls the shots matters

What’s the first thing people normally do when the person on the other side of the counter can’t or won’t give them the level of customer service they desire? They ask to speak to the manager.
Selling Hydro One will help consumers (or not)

Selling Hydro One will help consumers (or not)

Long ago, Ontario’s Liberals lost interest in telling the truth about our power situation. Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli repeats endlessly his talking points that Ontario’s massive power exports are profitable and conservation is saving you money.