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There is always another side to mining.  Here is a story from an email I received this week.  I present it as received.  Look to your comments.  (more…)

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The CostMine 2012 Survey of Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits is the only factual source of information that I know of on the salaries of technical, managerial, and administrative folk who work on Canadian Mines.   The data come from fifty-six metal, industrial mineral, and fossil fuel mines.  Fourteen are underground operations; thirty-three surface mines.   Size ranged from one million to five million tonnes ore or product mined annually.  (more…)

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CostMine’s newly published 2012 Survey Results of Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits is now available.  It is expensive; most individuals probably cannot afford it;  you will have to get your union or human resources staff to order it if you want to see all the data.   Thanks to the folk at Cost Mine, I can give some numbers that interest me and that may interest you.  (more…)

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    Each evening on the ride home from work, I cross the Second Narrows Bridge.  It is a spectacular ride up to the crest of the bridge and down at great speed over the bumpy construction joints.  The bike lane is narrow.  Two bicycles cannot pass in opposite directions.  The cyclist coming up has to stop, pull to the side, and let the cyclist going down pass.  Each such encounter is a friendly passing, with smiles and thank-yous to all. (more…)

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Click to learn more about REBgold
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Click to learn more about CERM3
Click to learn more about Kemetco
Click to learn more about Nevada Clean Magnesium

Above are the logos of the current members of clean mining alliance, a new website headquartered here in Vancouver.  Go take a look at their site.  It contains much of interest, most of it new to me.  In particular, I liked the section on projects underway.  Here is one: (more…)

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Yesterday I blogged about the compensation of CEOs of major mining companies in Canada and the United States (see posting below this one.)  Today let us turn to the stalwarts of the industry, namely the executives of junior mining companies.  They are the entrepreneurs who find, prove, promote, and generally sell promising ore bodies to mid and major mining companies.  Do they get the remuneration they deserve for the risks they take? (more…)

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How much compensation does the executive of a Canadian mining company deserve?  We cannot answer that question.  We can only tell what they do earn.  Here are some numbers from CostMines’  2012 Survey Results, Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits.  It was made available yesterday.   These numbers come from information that public companies must disclose, so no secrets revealed here.  Numbers are in U.S. dollars for the year 2011.  (more…)

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Back to the Pebble Mine.   Back to the eternal debate.  Getting dull, yet ever fascinating.  For the fate of this proposed mine will make mining history.  If the mine does not go ahead because of opposition, all other anti-mining groups will be vitalized to oppose and stop many more proposed mines.  If the mine goes ahead, it will have to do conservative things in such a way that future mines will face an added, expensive burden to replicate. (more…)

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One small strike for mining; many opportunities for mining; all in one package.  I repeat below an email in my inbox today.  I repeat it as it arrived, for it strikes my of worthy of repeat—and maybe it will promote the causes of mining, employment opportunities, and the success of those who undertake to train folk.  Let us know if you employ any of those noted below. (more…)

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Controversy is its name–I refer to Bill C-38 that is in the process of passing through the Canadian Parliament.  Here is a brief description of an omnibus juggernaut: (more…)

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